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Monday, August 5, 2019


Mitchell Hall dedication and
Taste the Future next week

photo of main lobby stairway

Columbus State’s annual Taste the Future culinary showcase and fundraiser will provide the first public look at the new Mitchell Hall. Beginning autumn semester, Mitchell Hall will be the new home for faculty, staff, and students in the culinary arts and hospitality programs. Cameron Mitchell Restaurants pledged $2.5 million for the building and the hall will carry the Mitchell name to recognize the gift.

The $34.5 million project at 250 Cleveland Avenue is funded by a $10 million philanthropic campaign, $10 million in state capital funding, and project financing secured by the College.

The formal dedication for invited guests and city and civic leaders will be held on Monday, August 12. The following evening, self-guided tours of the building will be available for anyone attending Taste the Future. To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, visit It will be held Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  


Renovations in Design, Construction & Trades

photo of renovated areas                                                   Two areas that have been renovated in Design, Construction & Trades

The Design, Construction & Trades Department on the second floor of Davidson Hall has been undergoing a facelift. Teresa Berry is the office associate for the department. She says, “When Doug House, the chair, and I began our positions two years ago, the hallways were lined with filing cabinets filled with outdated documents. We started the daunting task of going through them one by one.”

And that was just the beginning. Over time, cabinets were removed, discolored and mismatched carpet was replaced, and walls were painted. Shelley Toale in Facilities assisted with the project orders. If you would like to take a look at the changes, stop by or contact Teresa Berry at extension 5949. They will also be offering an Open House for students next semester.


Students gain certification during heatwave

Students from a Construction Materials Science class (CIVL 1120) faced the heat and humidity on July 16. That’s when they had to demonstrate their skills before earning the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Grade 1 Concrete Technician certification. A practical application and a closed-book exam are part of the certification process. ACI certification is required to be able to verify concrete design, mix, and performance on construction projects.

Their Columbus State instructor, Adam Viney, says, “There is such a need for these skills and many well-paying career opportunities are available here and around the country."
photo of construction students
Photo Left: student Instructor Adam Viney (in blue shirt facing the camera) mixing concrete.; Right: Nicolette Breinich performing a slump test  

Hands-on law enforcement event August 24

The Columbus State Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office are hosting a day-long conference in the Center for Workforce Development on Saturday, August 24. The morning session will be for law enforcement agencies.

That afternoon, a hands-on tie-in event will be open to the entire community. The Police Department will be open for residents to stop in and ask questions. A MILO training simulator – an interactive tactical and firearms training system – will be available for demonstrations. Multiple police vehicles from around Franklin County will also be opened up and on display for a “Touch-A-Truck” for children (and adults). Officer Megan Hale has helped coordinate the event for the College. Touch-A-Truck will take place from 2:30-5:00 p.m. in parking lot 2-E at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Grove Street. Contact Megan Hale at extension 2525 if you have questions.


Instructor's painting included in art competition

 photo of art

Stacy Leeman's painting – Self Portrait W6 – will be displayed at the 32nd Annual Northern National Art Competition at Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Wisconsin September 26-November 15. The exhibition judge is Scott Stulen, director and president of Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Leeman is a Columbus State adjunct professor of Humanities.


HR webinar

A Webinar – CancerBridge: Healthy Eating and Cancer Prevention – will be available on Tuesday, August 6, at noon. Dial in number: 614-688-7800. You can access the one-hour Webinar with meeting access code 731 056 590.


Admissions visitors

The Admissions Office reports that potential students will be visiting the Columbus Campus on August 7 and 14 for Ready, Set, Register - Adults. Incoming international students will have their orientation on Monday, August 12.



Legal Aid Society on campus today for students

A representative from Legal Aid Society of Columbus will be on the Columbus Campus today, August 5, from 10:30 a.m.-noon to meet with students in in the lobby of the CT building. Read more on what they can assist students with.



in case you missed it   

Employee fee waivers deadline - today

The deadline for employee/spouse/child/dependent fee waivers for autumn semester is today, August 5. A Request for a Fee Waiver form must be submitted to Professional Development & Retention, SX room 139, by 4:30 p.m. on August 5 to guarantee fee waivers will be processed before late fees are assessed.

If you have questions or concerns, please visit the webpage here, or contact Morgan Sayre via or call extension 2406.

Capital Planning - final session is August 15

There is just one Capital Planning session remaining. It will be on August 15. Register here. A registration link is at the top of the page.


Hiring student employees for autumn semester

Career Services Student Employment is requesting that campus departments begin submitting their Autumn job postings. With a new academic year and recent changes to the Cornerstone job portal (now mobile-friendly), all positions must be submitted with a new Requisition Request instead of copying a previous version.

We are inviting all hiring managers, as well as any staff member who works directly with student employees, to attend an upcoming workshop that covers the following topics:

  • Creating and submitting job postings
  • Recommended steps during the applicant review process
  • Overview of the hiring process
  • Tips on managing students

Register to attend “Student Employment: Job Posting and Hiring Process” by logging in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event listed under the desired date and select “Request to register.” (See this guide for search and registration tips.)

Thursday, August 8 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, August 13 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Additional sessions may be added in the future. If no scheduled session works with your calendar, please contact Amanda Perk for one-on-one training.



Medical Assisting hiring event

Students can explore employment options and achieve career goals by attending a Medical Assisting hiring event. It will be held on Monday, August 5, from 8:00-11:00 a.m. in Nestor Hall 106. Students interested in stopping by should be ready to connect with employers who are hiring Medical Assistants. Remind your students to take portfolios and resumes.


Promotion and Tenure workshop

Monday, August 5 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. - Digital Portfolio Open Lab in Nestor Hall 212

If you have questions, please contact P&T Faculty Fellows Leslie Smith or Tom Shanahan


Employee fee waivers deadline approaching
The deadline for employee/spouse/child/dependent fee waivers for autumn semester is Monday, August 5. A Request for a Fee Waiver form must be submitted to Professional Development & Retention, SX room 139, by 4:30 p.m. on August 5 to guarantee fee waivers will be processed before late fees are assessed.

If you have questions or concerns, please visit the webpage here, or contact Morgan Sayre via or call extension 2406.

Mark your calendar for the annual SAC cookouts

Please join the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) as they celebrate a valuable part of Columbus State Community College: YOU the Employees! Come out for a free lunch, music, and fellowship with your co-workers. The first cookout will be held on the Columbus Campus in the courtyard on Wednesday, August 14, with a second cookout on the Delaware Campus patio on Thursday, August 15. Both cookouts will be held from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win great prizes.

Convocation and Taste of Campus set

Staff and faculty at last year’s Taste off Campus August 24, 2018
There are changes in store this year for the annual Convocations for faculty and staff. In recent years, a Convocation for faculty has been held on the Friday before the start of autumn semester. A second Convocation for staff was held several weeks later. This year, the two will be combined. Although a start time has not yet been determined, faculty and staff will gather for the event in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium on the morning of Friday, August 23. (One important change: Due to the fact that this will be the final business day before the start of the semester, all offices will remain open. For those staff members who are not able to attend the Convocation, a College-wide Town Hall will be held in the fall.)

Later that morning, the second annual Taste of Campus will be held. This is a chance for faculty and staff to tour various departments and find out what’s new and what’s going on in those areas. Light refreshments are served at each location. The specific locations and the time of the event will be determined soon so that it complements the Convocation. Stay tuned.

Talent judges and celebrity chefs needed for Cougar Welcome

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 cookout or a "Judge" for “CS Has Talent! “

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.

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 shifts during that time. You can choose what time(s) you are available. 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).


Food Service hours

July 29-August 9
Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Closed Fridays)

August 12-23
Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Union Cafe and Starbucks
July 29-August 9
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

August 12-23
Closed to prepare for autumn semester. Reopening Monday, August 26.

Sips and Tortillas Food Truck will reopen on Monday, August 26.

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.

Department of College Recreation & Wellness (CRW) offerings

Mind Body Recreation Classes
Monday and Wednesday 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Hatha Yoga
Friday 11:00 a.m. – noon Barre, noon - 1:00 p.m. Yoga Flow or Mat Pilates (alternating weeks)

Self Defense Program
Monday 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., Thursday 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., and Friday noon – 1:30 p.m.
Delaware Hall 047

Guidance with Grace Podcast
Released weekly on Friday mornings and can be heard on SoundCloud.

Wellness Workshop
The Benefits of Running & Strength Training; Wednesday, July 24 at noon; Delaware Hall 158
*additional online seminars will be available via CRW social media pages and the CRW webpage

Columbus Campus Fitness Center Hours
Monday - Thursday 6:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 6:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Delaware Campus Fitness Center Hours
Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday’s 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Conditioning Center Hours
Monday - Thursday 6:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday’ 6:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.






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