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Monday, August 26, 2019


Taste of Campus

  photo from Taste of Campus event

The second annual Taste of Campus was held on Friday on the Columbus Campus following the Convocation for faculty and staff. Pictured above, the Computer Science area renovation in Eibling Hall was one of the five stops on the tour.



First4Weeks initiative

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The first four weeks of each semester provide an experience that can set students up for success. That’s why the College now places a special emphasis on those weeks at the beginning of each term. Dozens of faculty and staff members are involved in this ongoing project. One of those is Jessica Plannick, program coordinator in Student Central.

Plannick says the Student Central team is using the First4Weeks as a way to build on student success and focus on strategies for continuous improvement. This year, they are focusing on the Build Relationships and Connect and the Support and Collaborate categories by enhancing and improving their student interactions. The goal is to make sure students feel welcomed, heard, and supported. "We want them to leave with a clear vision and understanding of their next steps and the resources available for support," says Plannick.

Student Central will be assessing the impact of this work by using the Student Central satisfaction survey results. The survey gauges how students perceive their interaction with staff in terms of overall friendliness, and the student’s ability to learn how to use the tools and resources available to them at Columbus State. Results from previous years will be compared to this year’s with improved, targeted practices. Plannick says, “First4Weeks is a great tool to help build a strong foundation of student support by creating relationships, making connections, celebrating and supporting our students. This impact will stick with them in the early part of the semester and beyond.”


Cybersecurity Update
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As a new semester gets underway, Ben Dalton, Columbus State’s security information officer, has essential cybersecurity information for us:

Welcome back to campus!  I hope that each of you enjoyed a summer filled with relaxation, new experiences, and time to visit with family and friends. As we embark upon this new semester, the Information Security Office wants to help you make your Columbus State experience a safe one. To accomplish this, we will be regularly providing cybersecurity best practices and alerts throughout the year.  A new cougar paw “Cyber Warrior Badge” is available in Cornerstone.  Use the Cyber Warrior badge to recognize faculty and staff implementing cybersecurity practices in their work efforts.

As we begin the new semester, here are 10 cybersecurity habits that are good to practice:

  • Don’t be a victim of phishing - think twice before clicking on links
  • Use caution when emails are flagged as EXTERNAL
  • Use antivirus software
  • Verify requests for private or direct deposit information
  • Protect your passwords
  • Keep your devices and apps up to date
  • Lock your screens when not in use
  • Protect your technology - Lock it up and use strong passwords
  • Delete or shred sensitive information when it’s no longer needed
  • If it looks suspicious, report it!

If you receive a suspicious email, report it.  Email or call the IT Support Center at extension 5050.

Open House following First Wednesday

The Grants Office is hosting an Open House event on Wednesday, September 4 at 9:30 a.m. in the WD 4th floor gallery. The Open House will begin at the conclusion of First Wednesday. This event will be an opportunity for staff and faculty to learn more about the grant-funded projects at the College. Project teams will be on hand to discuss the impacts of their projects as they relate to student success, workforce innovation, and best practices.

Projects include:
HRSA Health Career Opportunity Program

NSF Advanced Technological Education

  1. Logistics Engineering Technology Work-Study
  2. Manufacturing Experiential Advancement Readiness Network
  3. Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute
  4. Collaboration of Midwest Professionals for Logistics Engineering Technology
  5. Pathways for Alternative Energy Automotive Technicians
  6. Data Analytics Technician Advancement
  7. Strengthening Mobile Application Resources and Technician Training
  8. Increasing Technician Preparedness in the Built Environment
  9. Building an Industry-Aligned Pathway to Careers in Cloud Computing

Upward Bound,  Student Support Services, and Talent Search

Future Scientists of Ohio
NSF S-STEM Scholarship, Choose Ohio First, and NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

Afterschool Communities in North Linden and Prairie Norton

Central Ohio Compact
U.S. DOE Investing in Innovation (i3),JPMorgan Chase New Skills at Work, and AEP Credits Count

Grants Office Pre-Award – Josephine Newman and Ellie Rafoth

Employer Engagement and Experiential Learning
NSF ATE IT Work-Study, U.S. DOL FLEXTech, and Accenture IT Work-Study

 Campus Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy

Campus Suicide Prevention Grant


Counseling Services hosting Fresh Check Day

Join Columbus State Counseling Services for Fresh Check Day. It’s an uplifting mental health check-in event that will include fun interactive booths, peer-to-peer messaging, free food, prizes, and more. It will be a perfect opportunity to break down the stigma around mental health. These events are open to the College and the community, so bring a friend. For additional questions contact Counselor Shelby Hartzell,

Fresh Check Day will be held on Wednesday, September 11 from 11:00 a.m-2:00 p.m. on the Nestor Hall Ramp. (Rain location: Nestor Hall lounge.)


Registration for Day of Service is now open

It is time to register for Columbus State’s seventh annual Day of Service, which will be held on Tuesday, September 24. 

On that day, the campus community — including faculty, staff, and students—will join together to show our community the impact we can make in just one day. Service sites range from foodbanks and shelters to community gardens and arts organizations. There’s sure to be a service activity for everyone to join!

Please click this link to be directed to the Day of Service sites page where you can regiser for individual events. If you do not see any sites, please use the log in button in the top right.



New leadership chapter for students

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Student Engagement & Leadership have announced that the College has established a chapter with The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) for Columbus State students. Ashley Abbott and Mya Pollard will serve as the chapter advisors, helping to facilitate the five-step leadership program on campus. The first event for NSLS will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019, noon-1:30 p.m. The location has not been determined. Additional details will be available on CougarConnect.

The National Society of Leadership and Success is the nation’s largest leadership honor society and collegiate leadership development program. And it is the only program of its kind to have earned accreditation for its programming.

NSLS differentiates itself from traditional honor societies in that students must complete a step-by-step leadership development program in order to become inducted. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to develop many in-demand skills such as leadership, communication, and team building. They will also have the opportunity to complete additional online educational modules in order to earn credit for their work with NSLS. 

Candidacy is determined by the local Chapter Leaders. For the Columbus State chapter, current students who have earned between 6-36 credit hours and a minimum of 2.5 cumulative grade point average can be selected for nomination in person or online.

Benefits include scholarships and awards, a job bank, custom recommendations with personalized letters for graduate admissions and employers, and communication training.  

If you’re interested in learning more about the Columbus State NSLS chapter, please contact the Chapter Advisors at”


"The Mix" recreational cooking classes open to the public

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Columbus State Community College has created The Mix, a new program of recreational cooking classes that anyone can take without being enrolled in a degree program. It’s the perfect way for members of the general public to hone their cooking skills and be a part of Columbus State’s new School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts.

Hosted in Mitchell Hall, The Mix classes are now open for registration at The first classes start in early September. Registration prices typically range between $55-$65, although some classes are free.

“At Columbus State, we believe that everyone should be empowered to cook and enjoy good food,” said Joshua Wickham, director for the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts at Columbus State. “The Mix is about making it fun for home cooks to improve upon their skills in a supportive, educational environment.”

All Columbus State cooking instructors are certified by the American Culinary Federation and have years of professional cooking and teaching experience. Most serve as faculty in Columbus State’s culinary arts programs in addition to teaching classes for the general public, which means participants have an opportunity to learn from accomplished chefs with a passion for sharing their knowledge with cooks of all skill levels.


Mitchell Hall recap 

For faculty members who may have been away in August, a dedication ceremony for Mitchell Hall was held on August 12. Read more and see a video.


Additional training times for Mid-Ohio Market @CState 

After months of planning and construction, the Mid-Ohio Market at @CState (400 Grove St.) is about to open three days a week and the last Saturday of each month.

Training sessions cover civil rights (compliance) and customer registration software (PantryTrak). Click here to sign up - Cougar Connect Events and search for Mid-Ohio Market.  All volunteers should attend compliance training, while those who want to register customers should add PantryTrak training. Before signing up, be sure to communicate with your supervisor for permission.

Combined civil rights (compliance) and PantryTrak training
Thursday, August 29 from 10:00 a.m.-noon in Delaware Hall 217

Friday, August 30 from 10:00 a.m.-noon in TL 114

Friday, August 30 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in TL 114

Civil rights training only
Wednesday, September 4 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Market, 400 Grove Street

Market operations training only
Wednesday, September 4 from 11:00 a.m.-noon at the Market, 400 Grove Street

After training is complete, you (and your team) will be able to sign up for shifts on a system called VolunteerHub. Email Desiree Polk-Bland, Jack Popovich or Lisa Phillips with questions.

Please let students know about the Market upon their return. It’s available if they need to use its services, or if they would like to volunteer.

Hours of operation beginning Monday, September 9
Mondays: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Last Saturday of each month: 9:00 a.m.-noon


Food Service Hours

Union Cafe and Starbucks
Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Fridays: 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Fridays: 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Fridays: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday

Tortillas Mexican food truck
Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Closed Friday and Saturday

Market C on the Delaware Campus
Open at all times that Moeller Hall is open


Overflow parking

To accommodate parking congestion during the first few days of classes, overflow parking will be available in the Fort Hays Metropolitan Education Center. The overflow lot is across from Abbott Labs on Cleveland Avenue. See the map here. This lot was last used for overflow parking in 2016. Since this is only a temporary arrangement, the Columbus State Police Department will determine each week whether the overflow lot will remain open.  


Student parking pilot: What to know about permits not being issued to students for autumn semester

As part of a pilot program for autumn semester, individual parking permits are not being issued to students as part of the registration and payment process. Technology now allows agencies to read individual license plates by scanning vehicles in parking lots, so student license plates will serve as their parking pass for the semester.

To be valid to park, students will need to pay for parking for the semester AND register their vehicle and license plate, which can be done online on CougarWeb. (A tutorial is available by clicking here at the parking website.)

Students may also pay for parking in person at the Cashier’s Office on the second floor of Rhodes Hall, or over the phone with the Telephone Information Center by calling 614-287-5353. However, if they pay in person or over the phone, they must still complete vehicle registration online via CougarWeb.  


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July Cougar Paws announced

Click here to see the list.


in case you missed it


Cleveland Avenue construction update

Starting on Thursday, August 29, Mt. Vernon Avenue alongside the Bookstore will temporarily convert from a one-way traffic pattern to two-way traffic. This change is needed to accommodate the temporary closure of Naghten Street, which runs parallel one block over. Both streets are scheduled to revert to one-way after about one week. Click here to see those streets on the campus map.



Mid-Ohio Market @CState opens in September; volunteers needed

After months of planning and construction, the Mid-Ohio Market at @CState (400 Grove St.) is about to open three days a week and the last Saturday of each month.

While your key job responsibilities will always be the first priority, your supervisor may approve a request to spend time during working hours if it is a non-peak period and all responsibilities have been fulfilled. Training sessions are planned to cover compliance and the customer registration software known as PantryTrak.

Click here to sign up on CougarConnet. Search for “Mid-Ohio Market.” Volunteers need to attend a Compliance session. Those who want to register customers should add a PantryTrak session. Before signing up, check with your supervisor for permission.

Compliance training in Delaware Hall 214

Today, August 22 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

PantryTrack training in Delaware Hall 214

Today, August 22 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Combined Compliance and Market Operations training

Wednesday, September 4 from 10:00 a.m.-noon at the Market, 400 Grove Street

After training is complete, you (and your team) will be able to sign up for shifts on a system called VolunteerHub. Email Desiree Polk-Bland, Jack Popovich or Lisa Phillips with questions.

Please let students know about the Market upon their return. It’s available if they need to use its services, or if they would like to volunteer.



Still needed: Celebrity Chefs Aug. 28, 29; Talent Judges Sept. 10

Cougar Welcome is coming! Our annual cookout and talent show will be occurring during our first four weeks of the semester. The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership would like to invite you to participate as a “Celebrity Chef” for the cookouts or a "Judge" for the “CS Has Talent!” show.

The cookouts will be held on Wednesday, August 28 and Thursday, August 29. Celebrity Chefs are needed from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for meal prep and distribution of hotdogs and food items. The Student Engagement and Leadership office will provide free food and beverages along with activities on these days as a way to kick off autumn semester for students.

CS HasTalent will be held on Tuesday, September 10 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus Courtyard! Judges are needed for one-hour shifts during that time. You can choose what time(s) you are available.

To serve a chef or a judge, sign up here by Tuesday, August 20. Thank you in advance for your support! Please share this opportunity with others in your area who may like to participate.

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Engagement and Leadership office at extension 2637 or email


Cougar Fairs 

Cougar Fair - Columbus Campus
The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership would like to invite all Columbus State departments, student groups, and partnered colleges to participate in the 2019 Fall Cougar Fairs. These events are free and open to the Columbus State community. This will be an excellent opportunity to showcase the involvement and resources that your organization, department, and colleges offer to Columbus State students.

If you’re interested in hosting a table during one or both days of the fair, please complete the registration form here by Tuesday, September 3. The fairs will occur on two dates: 

  • Monday, September 9 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus courtyard
  • Tuesday, September 10 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus courtyard

If you have questions, email or contact the Student Engagement and Leadership office at extension 2637.

Cougar Fair - Delaware Campus
The Delaware Campus would like to formally invite all Columbus State departments and student groups to participate in the Delaware Campus 2019 Autumn Cougar Fair. This event is free and open to the Columbus State community. This will be a great opportunity to showcase the involvement and resources that your department offers to students. The one-day fair will occur on (new date) Tuesday, September 3 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Moeller Hall lobby

If you’re interested in hosting a table during the fair, please complete the registration form here by Thursday, August 29.

For questions, contact Avery Fields at 740-203-8175.

Equity Advocate training

With the autumn semester cohort of Equity Advocate training now full, an additional cohort was just added. In order to support fair, legal, and equitable hiring and promotional processes at Columbus State, you are invited to participate in the Equity Advocate Certification Training Program. This program amplifies the College commitment to fairness and equal opportunity in hiring and promotion. 

If you’re interested in becoming an Equity Advocate, contact Morgan Sayre at extension 2406. Once confirmed, the meetings below will be shared with your Outlook Calendar.

Cohort 11 (Locations have not yet been determined)

Friday, September 13 from 9:00 a.m.-noon
Kick-off: successful and inclusive hiring

Friday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m-4:00 p.m.
CUPA: building a successful, more inclusive search

Friday, October 4 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cultural competency: developing vocabulary, welcoming, understanding privilege

Friday, October 11 from 9:00 a.m.-noon

Mentors needed

The office of Global Diversity and Inclusion is looking for a few good mentors. Click here to complete a brief application to become a mentor for the MAN Initiative program or click here to become a mentor for the Women’s Connection program. Both programs require a minimal time commitment and provide an opportunity to leave a lasting impact on a Columbus State student. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Brett Welsh (MAN Initiative) or Katrina De Los Santos (Women’s Connection).


Presenters needed for CLCO

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) needs 2019 Workshop Proposals for the 10th annual Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio (CLCO). This day-an-a-half conference will be held Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9 in the Columbus State Conference Center.

Since 2009, Columbus State's Student Ambassador Leadership Program has worked to organize an engaging and informative conference for college students and advisors across Ohio. Over the last 10 years, more than 1,000 attendees have had the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, hear from expert speakers, engage in hands-on community service experiences, and network with other students and professionals. As we celebrate the 10th annual conference, we reflect on the last 10 years of the people we met, the speakers we have heard, and the experiences we have made!

This year's theme is 10 Years Later: The Evolution of Leadership, with the purpose for attendees to develop a culture of collaboration and developmental leadership. Key areas of focus include leadership, collaboration, communication, holistic wellness, self-efficacy, diversity, and equity.

Complete a workshop presentation form here. The deadline is Friday, September 6.
If you would like to attend the conference, register here. Please share this opportunity with others in your community who may like to present!


Map of Columbus Campus

With the upcoming opening of Mitchell Hall, a new map of the Columbus Campus has been created. You can see it here. (Mitchell Hall has “MH” as its official two-letter designation.) This updated design replaces a decade-old map. To enlarge the small font, move your cursor to the bottom where you’ll see a plus (+) and a minus (-) sign appear, allowing you to zoom in closer.


DEIS faculty Blackboard training workshops

Effective online teaching course
This course is required for Columbus State faculty teaching at web courses at a distance for the first time. It can also be used by faculty members who wish to refresh their distance-learning teaching skills. This fully online course prepares participants to teach in the web format, using department-approved shells (courses that have been designed by experienced faculty and undergone quality peer review). The course takes approximately 15 hours to complete over the three weeks it is offered. The course is facilitated but is self-paced, and there are deadlines to keep participants on task.

There are three cohorts to choose from: September 23 start date and November 11 start date. To register visit:



Submit your news to Update

Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State? Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees. Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at 9 a.m. for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at 9 a.m. for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

Submit your news to students in Campus Life

Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at 9 a.m. for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.