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February 18, 2019

 Career Services mentorship students practice their networking skills

photo of interview sessions
On Friday, February 8, student members of the Career Services Mentorship Program practiced their networking skills with 13 professionals from across campus. The goal was to help students practice these skills in a positive, less intimidating environment so they can more confidently apply these skills in future situations.

Activities from the experience included:
⦁    Providing a strong handshake
⦁    Delivering an effective elevator speech
⦁    Using appropriate conversation topics
⦁    Effectively concluding a conversation 

Immediately following the meeting, the students were able to apply these skills during lunch with Dr. Harrison as well as share their stories and experiences.

Thank you to all of the professionals who made this experience worthwhile:  Dr. David Harrison, Karina Brown, Sarah Baker; Todd Warner, Sean Asbury, Nancy Case, Jeff Akers, Barbara Allen, Ardell Trotter, Tari Blaney, Michael Greer, Rhonda Gurio, Aloysius Kienee, Christina Stillion, Chelsea Francis, Amanda Perk, Carie Davis, Taylor Slocum.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration will now be held Wednesday, Feb. 20

Dr. M. Dyson photo
Postponed from its original date due to weather, Columbus State’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration featuring keynote speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will now be held from 10:00 a.m.- noon Wednesday, February 20 in the Conference Center ballroom (fourth floor of WD).

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis to this rescheduled event. Additionally, you can watch remotely by open livestream (no password required) at

Dyson, professor of sociology at Georgetown University, is an author, a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, an MSNBC political analyst, a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an ordained Baptist minister for more than 30 years. He is the author of nearly 20 books, including most recently What Truth Sounds Like and Tears We Cannot Stop.
Dyson will sign copies of his books following his appearance.


Disclosures and Acknowledgments questionnaire coming soon

The annual Columbus State employee Disclosures and Acknowledgments questionnaire will be sent to all employees later this month. The questionnaire, required by College Policy, includes information regarding the Ohio Ethics Law requirements, as well as important employment acknowledgements. Watch your email for the form during the last week of February.

IT Training classes in March

Information Technology is hosting training sessions open to faculty and staff. If you are interested in any of the classes, please register by logging in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event listed under the appropriate date and select “Request” to register. (See this guide for search and registration tips.)

NEW! Identify and Fight Phishing Scams: Colleges are frequent targets of cybercriminals and email scams. Successful attacks are highly likely to result in financial fraud or identity theft and it is possible they could result in a data breach. Protect yourself and the college. Join our session to learn common phishing tactics, view scams received by the college, and learn about ways to fight against phishing. Tuesday, March 12 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Outlook for Beginners: This hands-on training is designed for users who are new to the Outlook Desktop application. We will go over the essential skills that an employee might need to complete their daily tasks. Learn how to send and receive email, organize with folders, complete a basic search, manage your contact list, and use your calendar. Friday, March 8 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Introduction to Skype for Business: Skype for Business can help you to easily connect with your coworkers at Columbus State. You can have conversations or hold meetings using IM, voice, or video calls. See when your contacts are available online. Share your screen during a presentation or give control to others. Come to this interactive training to learn more about what Skype can do for you. Tuesday, March 12 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Outlook Calendar Management: Are you interested in learning more about your options for calendar management? This hands-on training is designed for users who have mastered the basic features of the Outlook Desktop application. Learn how to customize your calendar, create calendar events, create and share new calendars, and visually organize your events and invites. Thursday, March 14 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Managing incoming mail in Outlook: Do you want to learn more about email management in Outlook? Join our session to learn how to organize incoming emails and customize the appearance of your inbox. This hands-on training is designed for users who have mastered the basic features of the Outlook Desktop application. Topics include: rules, conditional formatting, categories, and search folders. Wednesday, March 20 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Timesavers for emailing in Outlook: Do you wish that you could send outgoing emails in Outlook more efficiently? Join our session to learn about Outlook shortcuts and features. This hands-on training is designed for users who have mastered the basic features of the Outlook Desktop application. Topics include: drafting repetitive emails with ease and using Quick Steps to automate common tasks. Thursday, March 28 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Guendelsberger at extension 5899.



Registration OPEN for annual Service-Learning Conference

The conference will be held Friday, March 29, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center. Click here to register.
The Service-Learning Conference provides a forum for participants to discover more about service-learning and promote civic engagement on campus.This year’s conference theme is Engage, Empower, Act.

This year’s purpose is to share information about campus and community resources with the goal to empower participants to better support students. We welcome Keynote Speaker Matt Habash, president and CEO of the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, to share valuable insight and information regarding food insecurity issues our expanding partnership with Mid-Ohio: the Fresh Market at Columbus State.

Presenters include Service-Learning, Columbus State C.A.R.E.S, Disability Services, SafeZone, DACA Dream Zone, QPR, and Victim Advocacy trainings.  Please email if you any questions.

Student Advocacy is accepting application for Peer Advocates

Candidates should have knowledge of the Columbus State campus, programs, services, and opportunities for students. Peer Advocates need to possess strong leadership abilities, active listening and communication skills, an aptitude for problem solving, comfort with public speaking, an ability to work with diverse populations, and the motivation to learn and help others in the Columbus State community! This experience may be especially applicable to those looking to enter the social and human services field or with interest in learning about community resources for referrals.
For more information and to apply, please encourage students to visit:
Additionally, staff can reach out to Nancy Smith at to submit a student recommendation. Keep an eye out for a soon to come Starfish nomination survey!


Professional development and service goal opportunity

Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your leadership skills? Expand your network across the college? Deepen your understanding of the community?
For the second year, the College is seeking someone to serve as co-chair for Day of Service. The co-chair will shadow the current chair to support the planning, coordination, and implementation of the 2019 Day of Service with the intention to lead and chair the 2020 event (with the support of a new co-chair). The co-chair will help:

• Recruit colleagues from across campus for Day of Service core team
• Identify and contact community organizations to serve as site hosts for Day of Service
• Identify, recruit and train team leaders to direct volunteers at each community site
• Learn and leverage the Cougar Connect system to manage site sign-up and tracking
• Facilitate Day of Service team meetings
• Prepare Day of Service summary and feedback
• Document lessons learned to improve the event for next year

Download the full description here. Please contact Laura Baisden (2018 co-chair), Barb Smith-Allen, or Flo Plagenz to learn more. If interested, please submit a cover letter/statement of interest, a resume, and a letter of support from your supervisor to Jenae Parker by Monday, February 25. Jenae will work with you to schedule an interview in March.

Veteran LGBTQ+ support group

The OSU Student Veteran LGBTQ+ Group is inviting interested students from Columbus State to join them for a meeting on Thursday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. at Stonewall Columbus (1160 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43201). The focus of this meeting is to explore options for the development of a support group for veteran students who are part of the LGTBQ+ community. For more information please contact:

Film screening of Donte and Day’Mariah: The Documentary

Join Global Diversity & Inclusion and Donte Woods-Spikes for a special film screening of Donte and Day’Mariah: The Documentary on Tuesday, February 26 from 4:00-6:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio (CO 111). This local documentary explores the relationship between a mentor and his mentee and the impact male figures can leave on young girls as they transition into womanhood. Please contact for more information.


Legal Aid for Students Thursday, February 21

A representative from Legal Aid Society of Columbus will be on campus Thursday, February 21 hosting appointment and walk-in hours in Eibling Hall, Room 201 for income eligible students.

Appointments are available in 30-minute time slots on: Thursday, February 21 from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Click the following link to schedule an appointment for this date:  Request Legal Aid Appointment

Check below for some topics they may be able to provide guidance on:
Benefits (Medicaid, Medicare, Food Stamps, Ohio Works First, SSI/SSDI, Disability Financial Assistance, PRC, Title XX Child Care, Unemployment Compensation, and Medical Debt)

Family (divorce, civil protection order, custody, spousal/child support)
Wills or advanced directives
Housing (evictions, conditions problems, subsidy terminations)
Consumer (foreclosure, credit card debt, consumer scams, repossessions)
Tax (disputes with both the IRS and the State of Ohio)
Reentry (record sealing, CQE)




In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events

16th annual Writers Conference is April 6

Please save the date for the English Department's 16th annual Writers Conference! The conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Conference Center on the fourth floor of WD. It includes workshops on the craft of writing and a book fair that features local presses and authors. The conference is free and open to the public.

This year's keynote speaker is David Wanczyk, author of “Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind” in 2018 (Swallow Press).  He has also placed essays, poetry, and criticism in magazines such as Slate, Boston Globe Magazine, Texas Monthly, Brevity, Pank, and Woolf Studies Annual and is the editor of the literary journal New Ohio Review.

If you are interested in participating in the conference, the deadline to submit workshop proposals has been extended to March 1, 2019. Please see the Writers Conference website for more information.


Join the Staff Advisory Council at the Women’s and Men’s Basketball Games

What: Columbus State Community College vs Hocking College
When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Women’s game 5:30 p.m.
Men’s game 7:30 p.m

Seasonal Affective Disorder seminar

The changing seasons can have a tremendous impact on our well-being. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons. Come join us for a seminar where you will learn valuable techniques to deal with our changing seasons.

Tuesday, February 19
WD 326
Michael Hicks, ADA Coordinator, Office of Equity & Compliance

RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at ext. 3989 or


Conversations That Matter: Fresh Market

Service-Learning is hosting a “Conversations That Matter” open forum to discuss the Fresh Market, coming to Columbus State in autumn 2019. The Fresh Market will be a new on-campus market to provide free fresh food to those at Columbus State and in the community who experience food insecurity. Food insecurity is defined as the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable nutritious food.

Students, faculty, and staff: your voice is an important part of this initiative!

Join us on Friday, February 22 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in Franklin Hall 104 to discuss how we can make this a resource that will help our community succeed, how you would envision it, and what ways you can help.


Generation One Trailblazers event

The Generation One Trailblazers (GOT) Events Committee would like your help in recruiting first-generation students to attend “The Power of Perseverance” on Wednesday, February 20, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Delaware Auditorium (DE 121).

This event provides an opportunity for first-generation students to connect with each other and discuss academic success at CSCC. Panelists will discuss their experiences in navigating college, ways they dealt with obstacles, and success strategies. On campus resources will also be shared. If you have questions, contact Nancy Ziminski at

Third Friday on Columbus Campus

Save the Date! The next Third Friday will be held on Friday, February 22 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., and it’s a chance to better understand Columbus State’s College Completion Objectives. Learn what’s happening with our progress towards our completion goals and discuss with colleagues how we systematically support our students. Register here (log into Cornerstone) for your spot. Seats are limited.


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.


Empowering Diverse Abilities 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.


Register 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 

The event will be run from 7:45 a.m.-4:10 p.m. The Women’s Leadership Summit will include workshops (break-out sessions) to empower students, Columbus State employees and community members to uncover the stories of each other’s lives. Register to attend for free at

Register here

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.


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


DEIS Blackboard Faculty Training Workshops

Organizing Your Workflow: Using Outlook and Blackboard to make your life easier
Friday, March 1
1:00-2:00 p.m.
CT 106
Register here:

Blackboard Grade Center Small Group
Tuesday, March 5
2:00-3:00 p.m.
CT 119
Register here:

Blackboard Features
Friday, March 8
11:00 a.m.-noon
CT 106
Register here:

Blackboard Assignments
Thursday, March 21
1:00-2:00 p.m.
CT 106
Register here:

Blackboard’s Multimedia Tools
Friday, April 5
10:00-11:00 a.m.
CT 106
Register here:

Blackboard Tests & Quizzes
Monday, April 8
11:00 a.m.-noon
CT 106
Register here:

Blackboard Grade Center Small Group
Wednesday, April 24
9:00-10:00 a.m.
CT 119
Register here:

Testing Center: Successful Test Preparation and Submission
Friday, April 26
10:00-11:00 a.m.
CT 106
Register here:
Blackboard Grade Center Small Group
Tuesday, April 30
1:00-2:00 p.m.
CT 119
Register here:


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


Cougar 5K Challenge

Get ready for the annual Cougar 5K Challenge. The eighth annual event 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.


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. 

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.



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.