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Thursday, August 8, 2019


August Employee of the Month

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David Wells, academic advisor at the Dublin Regional Learning Center, is the August Staff Employee of the Month. “As a member of the Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration (CASE), David always has a positive outlook and put the students’ needs forward in everything he does,” says nominator Teresa Lister, CASE supervisor. “David helped organize registration workshops at the Dublin Regional Learning Center, where 32 potential students turned into 28 active students.” Dawn Blair, CASE assistant director, adds, “David is flexible and always willing to pitch in whether there is a need for advising assistance at the Delaware Campus, another regional learning center, or on the Columbus Campus.”


First Wednesday enrollment update

The push is on to boost enrollment as the autumn semester draws closer. At First Wednesday, Allen Kraus, vice president, Enrollment Management and Marketing Communications, provided an update on enrollment for the College. Compared to this week last year, the total headcount (excluding College Credit Plus students, who take fewer classes, usually at much lower tuition rates) of 18,636 is 6.88 percent lower. Credit hours are also down – just over 7 percent.

As a retention “nudge” to boost the numbers in the final stretch, the College is sending postcards and emails to current students. And a popup call center is now in operation through August 22 in the WD. The call center allows College employees to make individual calls to students who’ve not registered for classes. A similar operation two years ago found that more than one in four people called responded by registering.

Volunteers are needed for one-hour blocks of time. Snacks and beverages are provided. If you’re interested, an easy-access scheduling page is available here.


Pelotonia team represented Columbus State

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Pictured, left to right, Dawn Hockensmith, Tim Malloy, Royce Carpenter, Mandi Cecil, Lisa Cerrato, Grace Edwards, and Brent Wilder.

Pelotonia 2019 is in the books! Held over the August 3 weekend, riders on the Columbus State team rode distances from 25 to 200 miles. The event is a fundraiser for cancer research. Altogether, the team has committed to raising $12,500 toward cancer cure research. This was the first time since 2013 that a Columbus State team took part. The five riders were Royce Carpenter, Mandi Cecil, Lisa Cerrato, Tim Malloy, and Brent Wilder. Oliver and Wesley Cecil were virtual riders. Grace Edwards, Dawn Hockensmith, and Curt Laird also signed on as Pelotonia volunteers. If you would like to donate directly to the team, you can do so by clicking here. Donations are being accepted through October.

Volunteer for Taste of Campus

Taste of Campus: A Passport to Student Success is Columbus State’s collective effort to showcase changes and updates in various departments for all faculty and staff. It will be held in an open-house format on Friday, August 23 from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the Columbus Campus following the morning Convocation. Volunteers are needed for this annual event. Your assistance will help the day run smoothly and it counts toward service or professional development goals. If you’re interested in volunteering at one of the locations, fill out this form. (Note: Specific locations are still being determined and will be announced soon.)

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 sudents.

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


Reminder: annual SAC cookouts

Please join the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) as they celebrate next week with Employee Appreciation Days. It’s for all faculty and staff. Come out for a free lunch, music, and fellowship with your co-workers. The first cookout will be held in the courtyard on the Columbus Campus on Wednesday, August 14. The second cookout will be on the patio on the Delaware Campus on Thursday, August 15. Both cookouts will be from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win prizes.



in case you missed it  


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.


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.


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.

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: August 19 start date, 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.