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January 24, 2019

 Winter’s wrath keeps Facilities Management crews busyfacilities crews outside during winter

For the second weekend in a row, Facilities Management crews converged on our campuses and regional learning centers to stay ahead of winter weather. Last weekend’s wily storm teased Central Ohio before bearing down. Meteorologists predicted that Columbus would be on or near the rain-snow line, and they were correct. While the city and points south received rainfall on Saturday, January 19, points north, including Marysville and Marion, received heavy snow.

When the system finally pushed through late Saturday, rain changed quickly to sleet and snow.Then late Sunday night the bottom dropped out as the temperature plummeted below zero.

Facilities Management was ready. While most of us enjoyed a three-day weekend, they were clearing walkways and parking lots at all Columbus State locations. Thanks to their concentrated efforts, the College was able to open for business as usual on Tuesday.

Pictured: Jarrett Powers, left, clears snow on a loading dock, while Mike Yuille clears walkways.



County caseworkers are now on site for new partnership

After months of planning, the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services (FCDJFS) is now on the Columbus Campus. A soft launch of the new program began Tuesday. Caseworkers from FCDJFS are on site to assist students, staff, and faculty in learning how to access public assistance benefits and support services. The caseworkers can help complete the application and redetermination processes, provide direct referrals to the appropriate work units at FCDJFS, complete updates, and case changes, answer questions and concerns, and make community referrals. 

Caseworker Omar Rose will work with students who have questions about applying for food assistance, Medicaid, existing benefits, and additional benefits. He will have walk-in hours in Student Central from 8:30 a.m. – noon and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. He will also be available each Friday from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Email Omar here. 

Caseworker Jessica Serpa will work with students who have questions about applying for childcare benefits. She will have walk-in hours in Eibling Hall, room 201 from 8:30 a.m. – noon and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Wednesday. Email Jessica here.   

Watch for additional information and advertising as this exciting partnership graduates from its “soft launch” status in the coming weeks. For more information, contact Tari Blaney in Student Advocacy at extension 5021, or Stephanie Albrecht in Student Central at extension 5402. 

Chef Jim Taylor: 2019 Outstanding Educator

photo of J. Taylor

You could call Chef Jim Taylor’s career a “recipe” for success! Over the years he’s been recognized for his leadership in the food industry and for his tireless work at Columbus State. As a result, The Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) has recognized Jim as the 2019 Outstanding Educator. This award honors an educator who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the advancement of the Ohio foodservice industry. 
You can view a video here that was produced by the ORA.  

Jim is currently the Chairperson of Sport & Exercise Studies and Hospitality Programs. He previously served as a full-time professor. He is a certified executive chef and spent 23 years in the hospitality industry and also owned and operated his own catering company “Tasteful Solutions.”   

Taylor is a member of the Board of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Columbus Chapter.  He was past Chef of the Year in 1991 and 2002. The Federation presented him with the annual Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award in 2016. It honors one chef in the nation who has demonstrated a high level of commitment to the ACF and the advancement of the culinary profession.  


work behind the scenes of locally profiled bakery 

A new article in Food & Wine Magazine looks at the “Best Breakfast in Every State.” You can read it here. Scroll down to Ohio where you will find the Fox in the Snow Cafe featured as one of several best-bet breakfast stops in the state with “some of the best pastry in town…”  

Associate Professor and Chef Karen Krimmer says Columbus State Baking and Pastry Arts students are behind the scenes at Fox in the Snow, which has three locations. Krimmer says, “Although the students aren’t mentioned by name, their training and talents are the catalysts for the success, and for whom we should all be extremely proud. They are Justine Quick, a current student, along with Jillian Price, Daniela Picardo, and Caroline Bitonte, all graduates of the program.  



Reception for Kim Hall 

At the end of this month, Sr. Vice President Kim Hall will be leaving Columbus State Community College and transitioning to her new role as the Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. This is a cabinet-level position with Gov. Mike DeWine. It’s a wonderful opportunity for Kim and a great appointment for the State of Ohio. 

A cake and punch reception is scheduled for Thursday, January 31 from noon until 2:00 p.m. in Christopher’s Restaurant, Eibling Hall room 003. Please stop by to thank Kim for her valued leadership at Columbus State and wish her well on this exciting new endeavor. You may confirm your attendance by filling out this form. 


Workshop today to assist victims of domestic violence 

Victim Advocates Corey Harris and Lyen Djakov will be facilitating a workshop “Escalation.” It will be held today, January 24 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio. Escalation, created by the One Love Foundation, is designed to provide strategies to help a friend or family member who may be experiencing violence in their relationship. 

Have you ever been concerned about a friend or family member, but weren’t sure how to help? Come get the skills you need as well as information and resources that are available at the College. Check out the event on Cougar Connect. 


Analytics training for employees 

Achievement Analytics – Basics 
Friday, February 1 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (location to be announced) 

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. Register on Cornerstone by going to the Events Calendar tab under Learning.

Achievement Analytics – Reports 
Friday, February 1 from 11:00 a.m. - noon (location to be announced) 

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. Register on Cornerstone by going to the Events Calendar tab under Learning.

Manufacturing Night set for February 12 

Columbus State is sponsoring a Manufacturing Night with Honda, Worthington Industries, Stanley Electric, and Midwest Acoust-A-Fiber. It will be held Tuesday, February 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Fort Hayes Performing Arts Center, 540 Jack Gibbs Blvd 

This is an opportunity for anyone to learn more about engineering technology and careers in manufacturing and logistics. This is the largest recruitment event for the Modern Manufacturing Work Study and Logistics Engineering Technology Work Study programs, as well as the new Engineering Technology Work Study program. View a two-minute program overview here. 

In our Work Study programs, students complete their first year of classes at Columbus State in an Engineering Technology program as a full-time student. In the spring of their first year, they interview with our industry partners for a part-time position earning $16 to $21 per hour.  

If successful in obtaining one of these positions, students work three days per week and attend class two days per week while finishing their associate degree. Upon successful completion, students often receive full-time job offers for positions with starting salaries around $50,000 or more annually. Students wishing to continue their education can transfer credits towards a bachelor’s degree in a related field. 


Career development series for students 

The offices of Career Services and Employer Engagement & Experiential Learning (EEEL) have partnered to develop a four-part career development series for the College’s Modern Manufacturing Work-Study program. The Career Development Series began on January 18. It includes workshops on resume writing, employer research, interviewing skills, and career management strategies.  

The workshops are designed for first-year engineering and logistics students who are interested in pursuing a work study opportunity with more than 20 central Ohio manufacturing and logistics employers. The Modern Manufacturing Work Study program is supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation. Contact if you would like more information. 

Spring semester blood drives announced 

Did you know that a blood donation can save three lives?  
Mark your calendars. All blood drives will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall 106 

Monday, February 11 
Tuesday, February 26 
Wednesday, March 20 
Tuesday, April 30 

Note: A blood drive will also be held during our annual In-Service Day on Thursday, April 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. It will be held in a mobile bus and is open to administrators, faculty, and staff. 



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 reading The 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 Friday, February 1 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in WD 352.  If you’re not able to make it on that date, the Club will offer repeat sessions on Friday, March 1 and Wednesday, April 3.  
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. 


Late news on holiday giving  

The Student Nurses Association (SNA) held a holiday event on November 20 after collecting donations for Christmas stocking stuffers. Those stockings were filled during a regular SNA activity meeting that month. Later in the season, the stockings were distributed to senior citizens in area nursing homes. In all, the SNA handed out more than 110 stockings. A number of left over items were also donated to the Free Store.  


Record-breaking semester for Disability Services 

New statistics from autumn semester show a record number of people utilized Disability Services (DS). A total of 1,401 students registered with DS were actively taking courses. 

  • Finals week alone: 391 accommodated tests were proctored in Disability Services 
  • 105 of those students were enrolled in College Credit Plus courses 
  • 1,962 accommodated exams were administered at the DS Testing Center, surpassing the previous autumn record of 1,942 
  • 35 percent of exams were converted to formats such as audio, braille, or large print. 
  • An additional 609 were administered with accommodations at the other Columbus State Testing Centers (Aquinas Hall, Delaware Campus, and regional learning centers) in collaboration with College Testing Services  
  • 180 students qualified for the autumn semester Dean’s List with 42 students graduating 



Legal assistance for students next Thursday

Do you know a student in need of legal assistance? A representative from Legal Aid Society of Columbus will be on campus on Thursday, January 31 from 10:30 a.m. until noon in the lobby of Student Central (2nd floor of Madison Hall).  

The representative will host a resource table and will answer their questions.  

Topics they can provide guidance on include: 

  • Benefits including Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, Ohio Works First, SSI/SSDI, disability financial assistance, Title XX Child Care, and unemployment compensation. 
  • Family (divorce, civil protection order, custody, and spousal/child support) 
  • Housing (evictions, conditions problems, and subsidy terminations) 


In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events

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


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 this form. You will also find our Spring 2019 meeting dates at the start of the application. 


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
1. 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. 

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. 

If you have questions, contact Tracy Thornton at extension 2443

Faculty 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.  





Upcoming Policy Council Elections 

In accordance with the College’s recently updated Shared Governance model, the Policy Council will begin conducting elections next week for employees interested in serving. This council provides recommendations for the adoption of primarily non-academic policies and procedures that have general application to College operations. Elected members serve two-year terms beginning in March. The Policy Council meets approximately four times per the calendar year with ad-hoc meetings as needed. Serving on the council is a great opportunity for College service. Additional details regarding Policy Council elections will be provided next week. For more information regarding the Policy Council, please click 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 


Disability Employee Resource Group  

The Disability Resource Group offers a supportive, inclusive, and confidential environment for college employees who identify with a disability, or as a caretaker for someone with a disability. Please join us on Friday, January 25 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, 350 Mt. Vernon Ave. For more information, contact Michael Hicks or Jennifer Shah. 


Safety tips from Facilities Management  

Winter weather's arrival leads to an increased risk of slips, trips, and falls. Columbus State’s snow removal efforts are the responsibility of Facilities Management. Depending on the severity of the snow event, removal can involve more than 50 people and 30 or more pieces of equipment. Salt and snowmelt products are kept in storage to aid in our snow and ice removal efforts. Facilities Management evaluates each weather event for its unique characteristics and a plan of action is put in place by their team. 

Facilities Management works hard to make all Columbus State locations as safe as possible. The department encourages everyone to be mindful of a few safety guidelines.  

  • Follow local weather, understand possible weather conditions before leaving home. 
  • Stay on established walkways and sidewalks that have been cleared and treated.  Columbus State Facilities Management makes every effort to keep campus parking lots, sidewalks, steps, and accessible areas as clear as possible. 
  • Be alert. Walking with earbuds or texting while walking can distract you from potential hazards like slippery surfaces or vehicle traffic. 
  • Make appropriate choices about winter footwear. 
  • Avoid walking near a moving vehicle that is performing snow removal. 
  • Avoid parking on snow that has been plowed into piles, your vehicle may become stuck. 

Please direct any questions or concerns to Facilities Management at extension 2424. 





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