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February 7, 2019

 Visual cues to help fight phishing and cyber attackscomputer code image

Phishing is a top cybersecurity threat to private and public businesses and institutions. Columbus State is no exception. Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or person is contacted by email. The person sending the email pretends to be a person or a company. Their intent is to lure a person into sharing sensitive information such as passwords, credit card numbers, and social security numbers.

Phishing attempts typically originate from outside the College from someone who is not using a College email account. Email messages requesting information about password changes, account closures, benefit changes, and more should be approached with extreme caution.

To help combat phishing, and to provide a visual cue for these external emails, Michael Babb, vice president of Information Technology, announced new safeguards at yesterday’s First Wednesday which involves external email tagging. This means that messages sent from outside Columbus State will now be marked – or tagged - with “[EXTERNAL]” in the subject line.

A message that is tagged “[EXTERNAL]” does not mean it is malicious. It only indicates that you should take caution once you have opened the email. Do not click on links or open attachments in messages with which you are unfamiliar. All email originating from outside the College, except for approved services, will be tagged. This new tagging will begin on Monday, February 11. If you have questions contact Ben Dalton, information security officer, at extension 2153 or the Help Desk at extension 5050.




Feature your department or program at upcoming open house

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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.


Rescheduled: analytics training is tomorrow

Due to last week’s weather closures, this employee training will now be held tomorrow.

Achievement Analytics – Basics
Friday, February 8 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m
. in WD 206
Participants will receive an overview of the Achievement Analytics website and learn how Achievement Analytics can help you make decisions with the use of consistent, transparent data. The site includes items such as information on enrollment, course sections, census day data elements, multiple student success metrics, and other academic program level data elements. Reports, such as a College Scorecard, and other benchmarking information are also available directly from Achievement Analytics. You can register on Cornerstone.

Achievement Analytics – Reports
Friday, February 8 from 11:00 a.m. – noon in WD 206
Participants will receive an overview of the Reports section of the Achievement Analytics website, which mostly contains student-level data.  A basic overview of FERPA will be provided.  Achievement Analytics - Basics is a prerequisite to this course. You can register on Cornerstone.

For questions, contact Christene Bain in Institutional Effectiveness.


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. 

February IT Byte: the wireless network

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Did you know that the Columbus State wireless network is for students and employees? Using the correct network can significantly increase your wireless speed. Double check your network now on your mobile devices.

In your Wi-Fi settings, choose CSCC, not CSCC-Guest.  Use your Columbus State username and password to connect to the server. This is the same login you use for Blackboard and CougarWeb.

For further assistance, contact the IT Support Center at 614-287-5050. You may also stop by in person to get help from the IT Frontliners. They are located in the Center for Technology and Learning Cyber Cafe (TL Lobby) or inside the Computer Commons (TL 116).  

On the Delaware Campus you may visit IT at the Learning Center in Moeller Hall.



Spots open for Civil Rights Heritage Tour

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A few spots remain open if you would like to participate in the Civil Rights Heritage Tour of the South April 22 - 26. This event begins in Columbus and takes you on a historical journey through some of the most important sites from the Civil Rights movement. Cities visited on the trip include Atlanta, Tuskegee, Selma, Birmingham, and Louisville. You can get more information or register here.

Register for SafeZone workshops

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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.  


Register now for the Cougar 5K Challenge in May

5k thermometer at $993


We're making great progress on our donation goal of $3,000!

We've still got work to do to fund scholarships that help students afford their course materials.
Time is ticking down! Which team is going to get the glory and the grand prize of breakfast with Dr. Harrison?

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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.


College Recreation and Wellness weekly podcast

For your health and wellness information this week, check out the latest Guidance with Grace podcast. This week’s episode shows how “Being Healthy is a Choice.” Listen to it here.



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

Natural Hair Workshop March 28

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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.

Save the date: 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



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.



New ATMs coming soon

New Huntington Bank ATMs will be on the Columbus Campus in Delaware Hall and the Bookstore soon. Until the new ATMs are installed, current students who have cash needs may present their Columbus State student ID to withdraw funds using a Visa or Mastercard at the Cashiers and Student Accounting customer service windows on the second floor of Rhodes Hall. The maximum amount of withdrawal is $50 per student, per day.


Around the Discovery District

The Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) has opened a new exhibit, Life in the Age of Rembrandt. It is the first collaborative project stemming from an ongoing international partnership between CMA and the Dordrecht Museum, The Netherlands. Life in the Age of Rembrandt showcases 40 masterworks, many paired with a related object such as a print, a coin, Delftware, or silver. Read more here.


In case you missed it: reminders of recently published events



February blood drives

Did you know that a blood donation can save three lives?
These two blood drives will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall 106.
Monday, February 11
Tuesday, February 26

Sign up for the 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.


JCPenny "Suit-Up" event for students

JCPenny 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 JCPenny 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.

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


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


New Student Domestic Travel Packet

All student travel within the United States will now need to be completed using the new Student Domestic Travel Packet. This is a combination of all previously used student travel forms. It was created to help streamline the process, and it complies with federally mandated Clery requirements. If you have questions, or need any further information, please contact Sibhan Courts at extension 2094.


PONO for 2019

Spots remain to join the Spring 2019 cohort of the PONO Diversity Learning Community, sponsored by the Global Diversity Inclusion Center (GDIC).

PONO is a group open to employees and students. It meets for eight weeks to discuss different diversity-related topics including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, socio-economic status, intersectionality, and more. PONO provides opportunities to build community with others, to share your story, and to gain new perspectives. If you are interested in joining, please register here on GDIC's Cougar Connect portal. You will also find our Spring 2019 meeting dates at the start of the application.

If you have questions, contact Jasmine Marks, Specialist, GDIC at extension 5319.


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 Assignments

Friday, February 8 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in CT 106.

This hands-on workshop covers creating, uploading, and grading assignments. You can also look at assignments from the student point of view. We will also show you how to effectively use drafts, rubrics, and Turnitin. Register.


Blackboard Tests and Quizzes

Friday, February 8 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in CT 106

Discover all the ways to create tests and quizzes in Blackboard in this hands-on workshop. We will go over test pools, random blocks, test exceptions, and feedback options. We will also cover how to extract a Blackboard test using Respondus and how to set up a test in Respondus Lockdown browser. Register.


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.