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January 14, 2019

 Last-minute rush to register
for Spring Semesterstudent central image

Student Central was a busy place Friday as students rushed in to register ahead of the start of Spring Semester classes which begin today. Behind the scenes, operators in the Telephone Information Center answered hundreds of questions daily


full-time employee of the monthStaff Employee of the Month - Kara Seigh

College Credit Plus Curriculum specialist Kara Seigh was named January Staff Employee of the Month at First Wednesday. Her supervisor, Jacqueline Jenkins, was the primary nominator. Barbara Allen and Lauren Jones were co-nominators.

Jenkins wrote, “Kara has helped streamline the functions for creating and tracking embedded College Credit Plus classes at our partner high schools. She impresses our school district partners by responding promptly to any and all concerns and by offering training over the phone or in person.

In addition to her nomination, two external recommendations were received for Kara, including one from the Dublin City School District.


part-time employee of the monthPart-Time Staff Employee of the Month -
Beth Stanley

Arts and Sciences advisor Beth Stanley was named the January Part-Time Staff Employee of the Month. “When I hear her conversing with a student, no matter how complicated the situation may be or how frustrating the student’s attitude may be, Beth always responds with patience in tone and action,” writes Amanda Jurden, her nominator, and fellow advisor. She says Beth’s demeanor and interactions with students help bring out the Columbus State “spirit” in the advising team.

Beth has taken on a project that involves following up with students who have met requirements to graduate but have not yet filled out a Graduation Application, some of whom met requirements years ago. She also occasionally teaches COLS 1100 classes.



Delaware Campus, regional learning centers celebrate professional development

professional development group photo

The Professional Development and Retention (PDR) team, in partnership with Tina Diggs and the leadership teams from the Delaware Campus and the regional learning centers, celebrated a year-long commitment to professional development on December 17. It involved staff, faculty, and administrators who explored professional development during the first “Spirit of Community Day.”

Participants took part in mini-leadership workshops and coaching opportunities. There were dedicated spaces for fun, and informative activities focused on healthcare, wellness, and other benefits. Many danced to Zumba, focused on yoga, or grabbed hot chocolate and cookies. Volunteers from the Staff Advisory Council and members of the Student Ambassador Program supported the event and shared time with their colleagues.    

Barbara Allen, coordinator of Employee Engagement, says, “The Spirit of Community Day” developed out of our ongoing professional development relationship with the employees from the Delaware Campus and regional learning centers. It was an effort to make a focused commitment to their professional development. The PDR team has been preparing and delivering curriculum all year long. The day was a chance to pause and celebrate everyone's efforts.”

Deadline for Cougar Fair is this Friday

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership would like to formally invite all Columbus State departments, student groups, and partner colleges to participate in the 2019 Spring Cougar Fairs. This event is free and open to the Columbus State community. It’s an excellent opportunity to showcase the involvement and resources that your organization, department, or college offers to Columbus State students! 

If you are interested in hosting a table during one or both days of the fair, please complete the registration form here on CougarConnect. This fair will occur on two consecutive days to connect with more students' availability. 

Spring Cougar Fairs will be held in both Nestor Hall lounges:
Monday, January 28 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, January 29 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Registration deadline to participate in the Cougar Fair closes this Friday, January 18
For questions, please email or call extension 2637.


Cougar Welcome: new Student Engagement initiative

The Cougar Fairs (see story above) are part of “First4Weeks,” a new initiative. During those weeks, Student Engagement invites you to engage in efforts aimed at hosting students in their introduction or return to campus through Cougar Welcome throughout the first four weeks of the semester. Cougar Welcome includes activities such as the hunt for Clawdette, connecting students to student leaders through COLS courses, hosting the Cougar Fairs, and encouraging students to visit CougarConnect. Please join us in sharing this information with students and colleagues and help create a welcoming environment for the semester. For more information on Cougar Welcome, visit CougarConnect or email at

Career and Academic overviews unveiled

Congratulations to all faculty and staff who spent countless hours creating and polishing the new Career & Academic Overviews, fondly called “one-pagers.” Watch the Success Minute Video shown at First Wednesday here. You will learn more about their creation and purpose: helping new students find their paths and helping returning students maintain theirs. Find the full list of Academic Overviews here. Departments are invited to host their Career & Academic Overviews on their respective pages as well.




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 CougarConnect. 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.

Nursing students hold annual health fair

Photo of nursing group
Above: nursing students held a health fair at the United Methodist Free Store on Parsons Avenue in December.

For many years, nursing students have been holding annual health fairs. They’ve evolved from just four tables in Madison Hall to the use of both Nestor Hall lounges. The most recent health fair was on December 5. The students divided themselves into groups that provide education on different topics including stroke, cardiac, cancer, family planning, and domestic violence. A student steering committee coordinates the entire process which provides for active and collaborative learning.
Diane Moyer RN, MSN, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, meets with the groups to discuss what is appropriate in patient education. Reference librarian Kayla Hennis provides information on how to perform a literature search and obtain evidenced-based material. 
There is wide coordination from Student Engagement and Leadership guiding them in budgeting, to Facilities Management assisting with set-up and storage. Additional departments assist or participate in the health fair. Students also solicit resources from community contacts. The health fair provides an opportunity to educate the community and allows students to build upon interpersonal skills as they communicate with one another, faculty, vendors, college staff, and community members.
The students also provide the health fair at the United Methodist Free Store on Parsons Avenue. While there, they must adjust to smaller accommodations and adapt their education to meet the needs of the clients who may be different than those served on campus. 

Anyone interested in participating in future nursing health fairs can contact Jackie Miller It is an opportunity for courses needing service learning. 

In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events


2018 year in review

As Columbus State ushers in 2019, we take a look back at a few highlights from 2018. Well-known speakers engaged us early on. Groundbreaking for a new building brought renewed attention to our award-winning Hospitality Program. Summertime included a visit by the Governor of Ohio and a record-setting Taste the Future, while Autumn Semester began with the unveiling of the renovated Union Cafe on the Columbus Campus. See the headlines and pictures here.


New hours for Delaware Campus Testing Center

The Delaware Campus Testing Center has new hours beginning today, January 14.
Monday – Thursday:  10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Self-review assistance

One-on-one assistance is available to complete self-reviews or manager reviews in the Professional Development and Retention conference room. Dates and times are listed below. If possible, send Rich James, HR Program Coordinator, an email in advance so that he knows that you will be stopping by. There are only a couple of workstations available at a time.

The conference room is located in the 366 N. Sixth St. building (the SX building) on the far west side of the Columbus Campus. Enter the building from the parking lot side. You will need to ring a doorbell to be let into the hallway. Email Rich or call him at extension 2175.

Drop in Times
Monday, January 14, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 15, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 16, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 17, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Important reminder:

The current review does not automatically import your 2018 goals. In each review section, you will see a button that says "Select Goals." Click “Select Goals” to see a list of all your approved items for that category. Check all the items, then click “Add.” This will add the goals or key responsibilities (KRs) to your review. Remember that only approved goals/KRs, and approved modifications will appear in the review.


Third Friday live on Columbus and Delaware campuses

Save the Date: Friday, January 18 from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Join the next Third Friday where our conversation will be focus on our goal of increasing the percent of students completing college math and English gateway courses during year one. Completion is currently 18.9 percent. We want to raise it to 30 percent.

Learn what’s happening with our co-requisite courses and discuss with colleagues how we support our students during the first semester they are enrolled and in subsequent terms. Everyone is invited. We especially encourage faculty across disciplines, advisors, testing support, College Completion team members, Professional Development leaders, Student Support personnel, and regional learning center support staff. Register here on Cornerstone for a spot on the campus of your choice. Seating is limited.

Author, activist Michael Eric Dyson speaking at Columbus State

Columbus State Community College will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at our 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration, featuring author and news personality Dr. Michael Eric Dyson as the keynote speaker.

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.

Columbus State has been proud to host many high-visibility speakers for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration. The College honors Dr. King near but not on the MLK Jr. holiday to maximize opportunities for students, faculty and staff participation on a date classes are in session. Past speakers have included Angela Davis, Donna Brazile, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Dick Gregory.

This is Dyson’s second appearance at Columbus State; he first spoke at the Day of Celebration event in 2012. He will conclude his appearance with a book signing. Copies of What Truth Sounds Like will be available for sale. (Columbus State is partnering with The Ohio State University to host the appearance; Dyson will also speak at Ohio State later on Jan. 30.)

The event featuring Dyson will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30 at Nestor Hall Auditorium. Tickets - free with registration- are available here


Blackboard drop-in labs for students - spread the word! 

Students can now stop by during hours below for individualized help with Blackboard, including logging in to courses and asking questions. They can also explore a “demo classroom” to practice essential tasks. Seating is limited for the hands-on open labs, which are available at two locations on the Columbus Campus.

Columbus Hall - CO 302
Monday, January 14 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 15 from 10:00 a.m. - noon
Wednesday, January 16 from 10:00 a.m. - noon
Thursday, January 17 from 10:00 a.m. ­- noon
Thursday, January 17 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Friday, January 18 from 10:00 a.m. - noon
Friday, January 18 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Madison Hall - MA 203
Tuesday, January 22 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 23 from 10:00 a.m. - noon
Wednesday, January 23 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Blackboard training

Blackboard Fundamentals small group

Friday, January 18 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in CT 119

Are you new to using Blackboard? Do you want to better understand college policies and processes for designing and copying courses? Want to know how to get timely help with troubleshooting or content design? If you said "yes" to any of these questions then this Blackboard Fundamentals workshop is for you. Register.


Blackboard Grade Center small group

Friday, January 25 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in CT 119

Need to brush up on your Grade Center skills? This workshop will introduce you to the main Grade Center features. Participants can also schedule additional one-on-one help with the Faculty Assistance Center following the workshop.

All College faculty are required to use the Grade Center in Blackboard. According to a resolution approved by Academic Council: In order to increase student success, the OAA Digital Learning Committee recommends that all Columbus State faculty employ the Blackboard Grade Center for students in a manner which allows students to determine, at any point during the term, their current grade in the course (e.g. a running average; running total, weighted or unweighted; other up-to-date benchmark that allows a student to compare their performance to that course’s overall standards of assessment).  Register.


Testing Center: Successful Test Preparation and Submission

Monday, January 28 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in CT 106

Faculty members, do you use the Testing Center? Have you had questions or concerns about the process? Forms and policies have undergone recent changes and we want to make it easier for you! This session will provide details on the best way for you to set up your test in Blackboard, submit it using the proper forms to the Testing Center, and go over how and when to give your tests to Disability Services. There will be three parts to this session, each led by a representative of the Faculty Assistance Center, College Testing Services, and Disability Services. Register.


Blackboard Features

Monday, February 4 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in CT 106

Learn how to use Blackboard features that will make your life easier. Some are brand new to Blackboard and some are just new to you. Due Date Management, Video/Audio Feedback, Grade Center tips and more! Register.


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.  





Cougar Paw invitation; list of December awardess

To show our sincere appreciation for your outstanding contribution serving our Columbus State community, please join us for the Cougar Paw Social, “Spirit of Community: Cougar Paw Recognition Trailblazers Edition.”

It will be held on Friday, January 18 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation (CT).  Register here

As a special collaboration, Cougar Paws will partner with the Digital Education & Instructional Services (DEIS) to celebrate, honor and share their innovative work and special contributions supporting faculty and staff as they TRAIL BLAZE Columbus State into the future.  

Join us along the TRAIL as we celebrate employee stories of success, create new ones, learn about and participate in new technology, and visit with new colleagues as we come together to kick off the 2019 pathway to success!  

DEIS helped produce a dramatic Hollywood-like film-trailer video invitation for Friday’s Cougar Paw Social. Watch the two-minute presentation here.

See the full list of Cougar Paws awardees here.

W-2 information for 2018

Through ADP, our W-2 provider, employees are able 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 #  (Your Cougar 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.


Mileage rates for travel in 2019

New travel rates began on January 1. The IRS standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will now be 58 cents ($0.58) for every mile of business travel driven.

Submissions received for miles driven in 2018 will remain 54.5 cents ($0.545) per mile.

Please use the updated 2019 forms found on the intranet for Travel Request, Travel Expense, and Mileage-Meals Reimbursement Request.

For more information visit the IRS website at

Questions? Contact Tracy Thornton at extension 2443.


January Webinars from Matrix

Simplify your life

Are you so busy with life that you miss out on what matters most? If so, you’re not alone. Most of us get stuck with physical and emotional clutter. Join us to discuss: how modern life can create stress, ways to focus on what’s important to you, and tips to de-clutter and simplify your life

Presented on Tuesday, January 15 at 3:00 p.m.
Register for this webinar


You are what you post: What’s your online persona?

Social media is a great place to connect. But it can be tempting to vent, argue or insult people online. Do your posts show your values? Or do they bring out the worst in you? Join this webinar to discuss: the impact of your online activity, how your values are reflected in your posts, and tips to be a responsible digital citizen.

Presented on Thursday, January 24 at 3:00 p.m.m
Register for this webinar


Avoid these 10 common money mistakes

Are you having a hard time meeting your financial goals? You’re not alone. But the financial decisions you make now can cost you in the future. We’ll review: common money mistakes, tips to make better financial decisions, and important financial priorities

Presented on Thursday, January 31 at 3:00 p.m.
Register for this webinar

Blackboard Features

Monday, February 4 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in CT 106

Learn how to use Blackboard features that will make your life easier. Some are brand new to Blackboard and some are just new to you. Due Date Management, Video/Audio Feedback, Grade Center tips and more! 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.