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February 25, 2019

 Mitchell Hall construction on schedule

Achieving the Dream logo

The $33 million Mitchell Hall project, which will be the new home of the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, is progressing on schedule. The opening is set for mid-August. The building will include 11 kitchens, a culinary theater, and a conference room that can seat as many as 600 people. Josh Wickham, director of operations, provided a guided tour for several College staff members last Thursday.

Deadline tomorrow to RSVP for Service Awards

To show our sincere appreciation for the outstanding contributions from staff, faculty, and administrators who have served our Columbus State community for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years, we have extended an invitation to honor each of them during the 2018 Columbus State Community College Service Awards recognition event.     

Each recipient has received a formal e-mail invitation. We ask honorees to RSVP below by tomorrow, Tuesday, February 26 as we have more than 650 employees to celebrate. We want to make sure you are counted in our tally.  

President Harrison will recognize recipients from the past 45 years, as well as other members of our Columbus State family as we offer up our appreciation with conversation, stories, snacks, and laughter. Come share memories, remember traditions, create new ones, and learn more about the magic that is our community!

Spirt of Community: Years of Service Recognition will be held Friday, March 8 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the WD Ballroom. Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP here by Tuesday, February 22 to reserve seating.      

New (math) tradition: We are thrilled to widen the circle of celebration! To honor our entire Columbus State community, we have changed the way we calculate recognition. We value all of our contributors: full and part-time staff, and full and part-time faculty. Click here for a sneak preview of the new calculation process.


Volunteer recruitment for Service Awards

If you are interested in being a part of this year’s “Spirit of Community: Day of Recognition” we are seeking spirited volunteers. If you would like to assist, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at extension 3989 by this Friday, March 1.

Two members of Police Department certified as executives

CLEE graduation photo

Left photo: Lt. Williard, center  Right photo: Deputy Chief Schemine, center 

Deputy Chief Steven Schemine and Lt. Doug Williard recently graduated from the Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) training program through the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. The training is a 14-month program for officers who are at the executive level (Sergeant and higher rank). The ceremony was held Friday, February 8 at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in Columbus.

More about CLEE is here.


Practical Nursing Program featured in Evolve

Ever-focused on keeping the Practical Nursing Program at the top of its game, faculty members recently decided to revitalize the curriculum by implementing active-learning strategies and switching to a concept-based teaching style. Faculty invested time and effort utilizing a digital learning platform by Evolve. The platform provides case studies, adaptive quizzes, and simulated patient charts.

Since implementing these changes, students have demonstrated an increase in active course engagement and critical thinking, as well as enhanced performance on their state board exams. Evolve has taken note of these achievements by highlighting the Columbus State Practical Nursing Program in a Success Stories Article. It was recently distributed to higher education partners and establishments across the nation. You can read it here.


Arrivals and departures

J. Gilchrist-ElliottDeparting: James Gilchrist-Elliott

Reception set for Wednesday

The Military and Veterans Service Department is announcing the approaching retirement of James Gilchrist-Elliott after 14 years at the College. He started in the Financial Aid Department in 2004 and moved to the Military and Veteran Services Department when it was created in 2012. While there, Gilchrist-Elliott has been dedicated to assisting and guiding student veterans through the process of utilizing their education benefits. 

He’s also an alumnus of Columbus State, having earned his Associate of Science degree before ultimately completing his Bachelor of Science degree at Capital University and his Master of Science Management from Ohio Dominican University. 

While we are happy for James, we would also like for him to know that he will be missed by many, including those whom he has worked beside and the veterans he has taken care of over these past years. Please join us as we wish James well during a retirement reception Wednesday, February 27 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in room 006 (conference room) in the lower level of Union Hall. Light refreshments will be provided.

Arriving: Rich Kane

The Office of Student Conduct welcomes Richard (Rich) Kane to the College. Kane comes to us from Ohio University. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding student standards and support. Kane will be meeting many key stakeholders in the coming weeks. Please feel free to reach out to him at extension 2171 or via email here. His office is in the Center for Workforce Development, room 1099. 

Human Resources launching faculty hiring campaign

A new recruitment advertising campaign is getting underway as the Department of Human Resources (HR) begins a search for 28 new faculty positions. HR would like to encourage current faculty and staff to let their contacts know of these openings, which will be part of an upcoming global email. In addition, HR would like you to stay connected to their Facebook and Twitter social media sites for job postings on those platforms. If you have questions, contact Deborah Plummer, recruitment & selection, at extension 5075.

Women’s Brunch set for March 8

The departments of Global Diversity and Inclusion and Student Engagement and Leadership will host the third annual Women's Brunch in celebration of Women's HERstory month. The brunch is free and open to all. Join the Columbus State community and hear from special guest and keynote speaker, Crystal Clark, English professor. The brunch will be held on Friday, March 8 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Nestor Hall Lounge 106. Register here.


Student Ambassador recruitment underway

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The 2019-2020 Student Ambassador Leadership Program (SALP) recruitment process is underway. Do you know a student in need of a job and leadership opportunities? The Office of Student Engagement is looking for potential candidates to serve the campus community.

Student Ambassadors are student leaders who represent the College to both current and future students. They are enthusiastic leaders who give tours, host social events, interact with the student body, and more. They also participate in leadership and professional development training to ensure that their experience applies to other parts of their lives.

If you recognize a standout student who would be an impressive representative of the student body, encourage them to RSVP for an information session by going to this link or they can apply here. If you have questions, contact Amaal Shehabi at extension 2841.


In case you missed it: reminders of recently published events

Meet and greet event for students and staff

The Construction Specifications Institute is holding a Meet and Greet for students or staff who are studying or affiliated with Architecture, construction skilled trades, real estate, landscape design, supply chain/ material science, green build-sustainability, finance, and law.

Benefits include professional networking, resume highlights, scholarship awards, and expanding knowledge of the industry. The event will be held Monday, February 25 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Davidson Hall 229. Refreshments will be served. Contact Dean Bortz at extension 5033 for more information.


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

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. 


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


Legal assistance available for students

Do you know a student who is in need of legal assistance? A representative from Legal Aid Society of Columbus will be on campus on Thursday, February 21 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in Eibling Hall 201. You can stop by or request an appointment here. For additional dates, check CougarConnect.

Topics they may be able to provide guidance on include:

  • Benefits (Medicaid/Medicare, food stamps, Ohio Works First, SSI/SSDI, disability assistance, Title XX Child Care, unemployment compensation, and medical debt)
  • Family (Divorce, civil protection order, custody, spousal/child support)
  • Wills/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)


Proposals being accepted for In-Service Day workshops

In-Service Day provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn about college resources and strategies to improve student success. It’s a day of professional development and community building filled with informative break-out sessions. If you have professional development ideas related to student classroom success, student support resources, co-curricular opportunities, career exploration resources, or other student success topics, please submit them for consideration. The deadline for workshop submissions is Monday, March 11. Please fill out this form with your workshop information.


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.


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 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 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.


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.


Peer Advocates needed by Student Advocacy

Candidates for Peer Advocates should have knowledge of the Columbus State campuses, 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 to submit a student recommendation.


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 (GDI) 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, GDI 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.


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.. 



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 19
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:





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