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February 11, 2019

 Staff Employees of the Month


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Full-Time SEOM - Laura Baisden

Laura Baisden, an advisor in Student Central, was named the Staff Employee of the Month at February’s First Wednesday last week. She was nominated by coworker . In
her nomination letter, Tomasek said, “Laura makes a significant difference with our students who sign up and attend FAFSA and scholarship workshops. She created a database to track attendees, in addition to contacting them before and after the workshops. These efforts have increased enrollment numbers and the number of financial awards to students.”





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Part-time SEOM - Nancy Smith

 Nancy Smith, specialist, Student Advocacy, was awarded the Part-time Staff Employee of the Month. Lauren Merante, advisor, was the nominator. Merante said, “Nancy has made great strides for Student Advocacy. She recently gave a presentation to high school students about budgeting and borrowing and the importance of graduating with less debt. The high school seniors were engaged and eager to speak with her after the class.”

Student loses his life practicing his chosen profession

The tragic news of a medical helicopter crash southeast of Columbus two weeks ago made headlines in Central Ohio and beyond. We have learned that one of our students was on board and died in the January 29 accident, which is still under investigation. Bradley Haynes, 48, was a father of five and a friend of many. He served as a paramedic for Jefferson and Fairfield townships along with the Village of West Jefferson for 18 years.

Brad began taking classes at Columbus State in 2013 and was currently enrolled this semester. Jack McCoy, coordinator and assistant professor, Justice, Safety and Legal Studies, reports he was only a few classes away from finishing his degree. “When Brad and I first began talking about college, I asked him why he wanted to finish his Fire professional degree,” says McCoy. “He simply stated, ‘I just want to make my kids proud.’”

Bradley’s obituary is here.

Registrar Regina Randall is working to determine if a posthumous diploma can be awarded to the family. 


Assistance with tax returns

Business Programs Department Tax Practice students, along with faculty, will once again be providing free income tax return assistance. Tax preparation sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 – noon. The service starts this week and continues through April 13 in Delaware Hall room 212.

Appointments can be made by calling Hands-on-Columbus at 211.  This service is open to all Columbus State students and the surrounding community.  Contact Terrie Stolte if you have questions. Please note that this service will not be available during Spring Break in March.



Openings at Wonder School

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Wonder School, the Early Childhood Development and Education program's lab school, is currently enrolling children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old for the 2019-2020 school year. Wonder School is a partnership between Columbus State, the Columbus Museum of Art, and The Childhood League Center. Each week the children attend three mornings at our classroom at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center and one morning at the Columbus Museum of Art. There are five seats open for next school year. Contact Melanie Adams for more information.

Cougar 5K Challenge checklist:

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First: attend tomorrow's Couch to 5k

Let us help you get ready for it. The Couch to 5K session will help you learn about training methods and ways to get in shape for the run. You will also hear from folks here at the College who recently started running.

Couch to 5K will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12 at noon in WD 1094. Presenters include Dustin Iacovone, College Recreation and Wellness, and Jackie Jenkins and Michael Hicks who are official 5K Ambassadors.

By attending, you will receive a discount on registration. Your name will also be entered into a drawing for a prize. RSVP with Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator or call x3989 by 2/12 10 am.

Second: register for the 5K
Once you’ve attended the “Couch” event, register for the 5K. It will be held Saturday, May 4 at 9:00 a.m. on the Delaware Campus. Sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, all proceeds support book scholarships for students.  Read more and register.

February is American Heart Month

February is designated American Heart Month to bring awareness to the severity of heart disease in the United States. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in four deaths is caused by heart disease every year. In the U.S., someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds. African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos are disproportionately affected by heart disease.
You can take small steps toward making healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. To lower your risk: Watch your weight, quit smoking, and control your cholesterol and blood pressure. If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation.


Employee Resource Group (ERG) news

Women's ERG discussion: top issues facing women on campus

The Women’s ERG invites college employees who identify as women to join us on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Media Studio in the lower level of the Library. We will continue our conversation on the top issues facing women on campus and the recommendations we have generated to address these concerns. Bring a Valentine's treat, your lunch, and a friend and enjoy a thoughtful discussion with your peers. If you have questions about the Women’s ERG, please contact liaisons Crystal Clark or Kelly Hogan. 


New name for Disabilities ERG

The Disabilities ERG has been renamed the Empowering Diverse Abilities ERG. Our group is focused on offering inclusive, confidential, and supportive discussion about living with or caring for someone with diverse abilities. Our goal is to provide a connection for our College community to resources and best practices for navigating a world of varying abilities along with valuable fellowship. We meet the last Friday of every month for one hour at Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, 350 Mt. Vernon Ave. For more information, contact Michael Hicks or Jennifer Shah.  The next meeting is Friday, February 22 at 3:00 p.m. 



Around the Discovery District

Thurber House welcomes the Belladonnas to talk about their bestseller, New Erotica for Feminists. Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, and Carrie Wittmer are comedy writers and satirists whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, and more. They co-founded and edit the website The Belladonna. It will be held Wednesday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad St., Columbus. Thurber House, Advance tickets are $25.00. Tickets and information are here.

In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events

Kim Hall reception rescheduled for next week

Due to last week’s weather-related closures, the cake and punch reception for Kim Hall, departing senior vice president, will now be held Thursday, February 14 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the lower level of Eibling Hall, room 003 (Christopher’s Restaurant). Kim recently left the College to accept a position on Gov. Mike DeWine’s cabinet as the director of Ohio Job and Family Services. Please stop by to thank Kim for her valued leadership at Columbus State and wish her well on this exciting new endeavor.


Lung Association annual Fight for Air Climb

The American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb is a unique and challenging fundraising event. It’s a vertical climb up the stairs of one of the tallest buildings in Columbus. It’s held in skyscrapers in other cities as well.  

By taking part, you will be climbing for those who have been diagnosed with a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and lung cancer, which is a leading killer of smokers and non-smokers. The Air Climb is about raising funds for research, advocacy for cleaner air, and support for those who want healthy lungs and freedom from smoking. It is also about you: each participant will benefit. 

Contact Katina Fitch, extension 5508, if you have questions or want to join the Columbus State team. A prize drawing will be held for those taking part. The Air Climb takes place on Saturday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the Rhodes Tower downtown. The American Lung Association has more information.

JCPenney "Suit-Up" event for students

JCPenney is stepping up to assist students and recent graduates. The event will allow them to shop for professional clothing at affordable prices. It will be held on Sunday, February 17 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the JCPenney department store, 1450 Polaris Parkway, Columbus. They may sign up here.

Participants will receive an additional 40 percent off men's and women's career and dress apparel, shoes, and accessories. It can feel overwhelming to shop for professional wear, which is why volunteers will be available to help them pick outfits if needed.


Feature your department or program at upcoming open house

Columbus State’s next Open House for prospective high school students will take place in less than two weeks. Throughout the day, future students will have an opportunity to hear what Columbus State offers. They will experience a self-selected academic and career pathways break-out session, take a guided walking tour of campus, and much more.

One key portion of the event is the Campus Resource Fair featuring information about student support departments and academic programs. The Campus Resource Fair will be held on Monday, February 18 from 11:00 a.m. – noon in the Nestor Hall west student lounge.

If you are interested in hosting a resource table featuring your department or program at the Open House, please contact Jessica Bagby, Assistant for Future Student Experience, Events, and Programs.

American Crossroads symposium February 22

The Humanities Symposium Series will present the second annual “American Crossroads” symposium next month. This year it is entitled “Make America 1919 Again? Anti-immigrant Sentiment, a Century and Back.”
The resurgence of nativism is irrefutable in today’s partisan politics which includes campaign promises for a border wall, a travel ban from six predominantly Muslim countries, “alt-right” demonstrations, and an open mean-spiritedness. Given these issues, the 2019 symposium will examine similar issues from a century ago to help us make sense of our times.

The event will be held on Friday, February 22 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Center for Workforce Development. Register and purchase tickets here.


Nominations, applications for Women's Leadership Summit

Columbus State Community College's fifth annual Women's Leadership Summit and Awards will be held on Thursday, March 21. This summit is designed to provide meaningful intergenerational connection opportunities in addition to focusing on leadership development, personal and intellectual growth. This year's theme is ‘W.O.M.E.N.’

 Women are without limits 
 Women for Ohio 
 Women’s mental health matters
E: All deserve equity 
 We champion non-conformity 

Workshop Proposal Applications
We are currently seeking workshop presenters for the summit. If you are interested in facilitating a break-out session, please fill out this workshop proposal. The proposal deadline is March 1.

Outstanding Woman Leader and Legacy and Leadership
Do you know an outstanding woman leader? Now is the time to nominate a Columbus State student, faculty, or staff member for the Outstanding Woman Leader Award and the Legacy and Leadership Award. The deadline for both is March 1.

Outstanding Woman Leader Award nomination form

Legacy and Leadership Award nomination form (Faculty/Staff nominations only)

If you have any questions, please contact Katrina de los Santos or Jasmine Marks


Natural Hair Workshop March 28

Global Diversity & Inclusion presents the third annual Natural Hair Workshop. It will explore hair textures and the history of the natural hair revolution. The workshop will delve into the chemistry of hair and body care products and techniques with the expertise of special guests. Discussions will include protective hairstyles, styling methods, and the basics of hair care. There will also be an opportunity to make natural hair masks to use at home. Everyone is welcome.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 28 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Library (Columbus Hall 111) RSVP here. If you have questions, contact Jasmine Marks, specialist, Global Diversity & Inclusion, at extension 5319.


Service-Learning conference March 29

Each year, the Service-Learning conference provides a forum for participants to discover more about service-learning and promoting civic engagement on campus.  This year’s conference is Service-Learning: Engage, Empower, Act.

The purpose this year is to share information about campus and community resources. The goal is to empower participants to support students on campus and beyond.  They will also have the opportunity to learn about the upcoming Fresh Market initiative and the work of the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. 

Presentations will include SafeZone, DACA Dream Zone, and QPR training. There will also be information from Columbus State C.A.R.E.S and Victim Advocacy Services. Please email with any questions. The conference is scheduled for Friday, March 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center

Upcoming Transfer Fairs

Tuesday, February 26
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Reynoldsburg Regional Learning Center

Thursday, February 28
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Dublin Regional Learning Center

Wednesday, March 6
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Delaware Campus


Call for advisors

Are you interested in helping students around the college cultivate meaningful leadership opportunities? If so, please consider becoming a student group advisor. An Advisor acts as a mentor, guide, leader, supervisor, and more. Currently, there are two student groups in need of an advisor. 

Columbus State Students for Life

Columbus State Students for Life is a service and activism-oriented group focused on empowering pregnant and parenting students on the Columbus Campus. We aim to equip students with accurate information and continued community support to thrive as student parents! Weekly meetings are held every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. If you have questions, email Students for Life here.  

International Student Association
Would you like to meet with students of diverse cultures? If the answer is yes, the International Student Association (ISA) needs you. This ISA community will facilitate outside-the-classroom learning experiences through leadership and networking opportunities, field trips, and various other events for its members. If you are interested in learning more about this advisor position, please contact student Koffi Edah.


Department of College Recreation & Wellness offerings

Group classes

H.I.T.T. at noon
Roll and stretch at 12:30 p.m.

Yoga at 5:30 p.m.

Kettlebell express at 11:00 a.m.
Roll and stretch at 11:30 a.m.

Total body conditioning at 11:00 a.m.
Yoga at noon

Group classes are held in Delaware Hall room 158.

Self-Defense Program
This empowering self-defense training for men and women combines fitness training and martial arts. It is taught by experienced instructors on the Columbus Campus. All classes are provided free of charge. 

You can take a few classes, or progress through four levels of training where you will learn valuable techniques to keep yourself and others safe. 

Mondays at 5:00 p.m., Thursdays at 10:00 a.m., and Fridays at noon.

All self-defense classes are held in the Columbus State Police Department Training Room in Delaware Hall room 047

More information is here. If you have questions, email the department at


Register for SafeZone workshops

Join Global Diversity & Inclusion for a SafeZone workshop this spring. SafeZone is a series of interactive workshops aimed at helping students and employees develop a better understanding of LGBTQIA+ experiences and to become more effective allies of this community. Click here for more information or to register for an open workshop. Contact Brett Welsh, director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, with any questions.  


W-2 information for 2018

Through ADP, our W-2 provider, employees are able to access W-2 forms around the clock.

 How to Register on ADP W-2 Services
Go to
2. Click “Register Now”
3. Enter the Registration Pass Code which is: 1COUGAR-TS  (case sensitive)
4. Enter your Name and select W-2 Services
5. The following information is required for validation purposes:

  • Full Social Security Number
  • Employee ID #   
  • Company Code from Box D   : VJC (case sensitive)
  • Employee Zip Code
  • Tax Year


You will be prompted to complete a registration process during which you will select a unique password.  Your password must contain between 8 to 20 characters and at least one alpha and one numeric character. Additionally, you will be assigned a system generated User ID.  Once you have completed the registration process, you should “Bookmark” or “Add to your Favorites” the new URL

If you need assistance accessing this website to retrieve your W-2, please contact Janiece Brunner in the payroll department at extension 5617.


The Book Club is back

The Faculty Entry, Training, and Professional Development and the Instructional Success committees will once again be partnering to host several book clubs. This semester the club will be readingThe College Fear Factor.”  Some faculty received the book at the 2018 FIX. It focuses on observations and interviews of community college students, and how students and faculty can misunderstand, and ultimately fail each other. 

The book club will meet for a single session on two different dates: Friday, March 1 and Wednesday, April 3 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in WD 352.
Register and find more information here.

The Book Club will also be discussing “The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life” over four sessions throughout the semester. This book focuses on the concept that good teaching is more than just good pedagogy. It says that good teaching requires an authentic connection in the classroom that stems from the integrity and identity of the teacher. These sessions will be held on Friday, February 22; Friday, March 29; Friday, April 26; and Friday, May 3.  Register and find more information here.

Please follow the two links for more information and to register for any of the sessions. Contact Karen Rippe for more information at extension 5497.


Faculty Blackboard training

Blackboard's Multimedia Tools
Wednesday, February 13 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in CT 106
This hands-on workshop offers best practices on adding video to your course and the related copyright and captioning issues. Learn tricks involving PowerPoint, adding graphics, how to make online interactive games with StudyMate, and more!  Register.

Introduction to SoftChalk
Friday, February 22 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in CT 106
SoftChalk is an easy-to-use digital curriculum authoring solution that lets you take content you already have, combine it with resources from the web, and turn it into easy-to-navigate, professional-looking, interactive, web-based modules — perfect for online learning and integrated into Blackboard. Learn how to create a simple SoftChalk presentation in this workshop, led by Melissa Logue, Associate Professor of Spanish. Register.  




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.