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July 11, 2019

Support Columbus State Pelotonia team
as event draws closer


Excitement is building for Pelotonia 2019 as Columbus State’s cyclists prepare for ride weekend August 2 - 4. Five riders have signed up to represent Team Columbus State: Royce Carpenter, Mandi Cecil, Lisa Cerrato, Tim Malloy, and Brent Wilder. Oliver and Wesley Cecil will be virtual riders. Thanks also to Grace Edwards, Dawn Hockensmith, and Curt Laird who signed on as Pelotonia volunteers!

Team Columbus State will host a fundraiser from 3:00 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, July 25 at Platform Beer Company, 408 N. 6th St., Columbus. A portion of all sales will benefit the team. You can also make a donation directly to the team by clicking here. Want to support the team further? Consider signing up as a virtual rider, rider, or volunteer to be a part of the one important goal to end cancer.



Grant to help Columbus State create national apprenticeship model

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Columbus State Community College $3.78 million to work with Collin College in Texas to create a national model for flexible apprenticeships in IT and IT-related industries. This will increase the pipeline of workers in high-demand occupations.

The project will use the resources of Columbus State’s Workforce Advisory Council, a group of national employers with IT talent needs convened by Columbus State President David Harrison. Combined with Collin College’s Business and Industry Leadership Team, it will create the Employer and Education Consortium to establish the Flexible Learning Expressway for Technology (FLEXTech) Apprenticeship Consortium. FLEXTech will establish new IT apprenticeship pathways and expand existing pathways.

Nancy Case, dean of Partnerships and Programs, said, “We have good momentum toward understanding the employer needs for entry-level talent. This project will provide support on scaling and framing the program from student, institution, and employer angles. 

The program will expand opportunities to provide workers with apprenticeship training and credentials they need to reach middle-to-high-skilled occupations.

Technology careers impacted by the grant include, but are not limited to:

  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Software Developers
  • Database Administrators

 The project will serve at least 1,600 participants over a five-year period.



In the news

The July issue of Columbus CEO magazine provides incisive reporting on the Discovery District. The story includes the College: "Columbus State Community College has been a primary driver of the Discovery District’s overhaul in recent years..." Read the story here.

The Edible Columbus summer issue includes contributors Josh Wickham, director of operations for the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, and faculty member Adam Hagar.

Wickham provides a recipe for summer squash and lemon muffins with blackberry glaze.
The recipe is here.

Hagar writes about the Ethiopian spice berbere. Read it here.



Save the Date: 2019 Day of Service

This year, the College’s annual Day of Service will take place on Tuesday, September 24. Day of Service provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to participate in service projects at volunteer sites across Columbus. In the past, volunteer sites have included Life Care Alliance, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Goodwill, Ronald McDonald House, and Habitat for Humanity.

Day of Service reflects the College’s commitment to service, and allows employees to make meaningful connections with each other and organizations doing great work in the community. Day of Service can also help you meet your service goal in Cornerstone!

Watch Update for more news and registration information as the day approaches. In the meantime, you can learn more here.

Volunteer to be a team leader

The Day of Service committee is also seeking team leaders. There’s a team leader at each volunteer site to help coordinate and check-in volunteers. It’s an easy way to help the day run smoothly, and also counts toward your service or professional development goals. If you’re interested in being a team leader, please fill out this form.

If you have any questions, please email

Ohio CBE4OH State Conference at Columbus State


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Rebecca Butler
, executive vice president, kicks off the event, by warmly welcoming conference attendees and reinforcing the necessity of community in order to forge our campuses into the future with a spirit of excellence.

Columbus State hosted the second CBE4OH (Competency-Based Education for Ohio) statewide conference on June 14. Colleges and universities were invited to discuss competency-based education and learn how Ohio’s institutions are implementing CBE programs and thinking differently about student readiness and course development.

In 2017, Columbus State made a commitment to implement and advance competency-based education through a two-year innovation grant awarded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. This full-day conference gave Columbus State and Sinclair College (grant sub-awardee) the chance to disseminate recent Competency-Based Education (CBE) findings while inviting other institutions to share their CBE experiences and best practices in return.

 The CBE approach promotes student support, and career readiness. Courses require students to demonstrate mastery of employer-relevant competencies as a part of completion. In return, students can gain both academic and economic efficiencies. This year’s conference offered three tracks: Program Strategy and Delivery, Curriculum and Course Development, and Student Support.


New faculty workshop offered by DEIS

Kahoot: Using Mobile Devices in the Classroom for Active and Collaborative Learning
There are many ways to use technology to foster student engagement and learning in the classroom. The free Kahoot program can be an effective tool for reviewing concepts and involving students in active and collaborative learning. This program allows instructors to create their own interactive games, and it encourages students to work together and to use their mobile devices in a constructive way. In this session, Emily Anderson will demonstrate one of the Kahoot activity she uses in class, followed by a Q&A. Bring your smartphone or laptop so you can play along! Wednesday, July 17 - 11:00 a.m. – noon in CT 106.

Register here:

See all DEIS workshops here.


Workforce Innovation on the road

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This summer, Columbus State instructors Erik Aagard and Brian Schaefer are providing professional development for the team that keeps the automation running within the state-of-the-art Abercrombie & Fitch distribution center in New Albany. From hands-on lab work,  presented on their shop floor, to observing industrial-sized equipment from atop the center’s roof, Columbus State goes where the learning is needed!  

Hiring student employees for autumn semester

Career Services Student Employment is requesting that campus departments begin submitting their autumn job postings. With a new academic year and recent changes to the Cornerstone job portal (now mobile-friendly) all positions must be submitted with a new Requisition Request instead of copying a previous version.

We are inviting all hiring managers, as well as any staff that work directly with student employees, to attend an upcoming workshop that covers the following topics:

  • Creating and submitting job postings
  • Recommended steps during the applicant review process
  • Overview of the hiring process
  • Tips on managing students

Register to attend “Student Employment: Job Posting and Hiring Process” by logging in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event listed under the desired date and select “Request to register.” (See this guide for search and registration tips.)


Thursday, July 11 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, July 16 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 25 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, July 30 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 8 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, August 13 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Additional sessions may be added in the future. If no scheduled session works with your calendar, please contact Amanda Perk for one-on-one training.


Interpreter Education at Special Olympics 

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Pictured left to right: Leslie Turner, Kristaline Williams, Royce Carpenter, Sarah Koza, and Shelby Mills.

Columbus State’s Interpreter Education Program (IEP) faculty and students volunteered as the interpreters for the 2019 Special Olympics Ohio held June 28 - 30. Royce Carpenter, IEP program coordinator, set up a partnership with Special Olympics Ohio as a way for faculty and students to give back to the Deaf community and their beautiful language.

Interpreter Education takes part in emergency exercise 

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Also last month, IEP practicum students and alumni participated in the Rickenbacker International Airport’s 2019 Full-Scale Exercise (FSE). The exercise was designed to establish a learning environment for players to exercise emergency response plans, policies, and procedures that would be used in a disaster. The FSE provides participants an opportunity to evaluate current response concepts, plans, and capabilities while anticipating additional issues.

The CSCC IEP practicum students were able to interpret during this exercise which started at Rickenbacker International Airport and ended at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. They were able to experience a simulation of what an emergency of this size entails. This was the third year that the IEP participated in this exercise.

The FSE provides participants an opportunity to evaluate current response concepts, plans, and capabilities while anticipating additional issues. The CSCC IEP practicum students were able to interpret during this exercise which started at Rickenbacker International Airport and ended at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. They were able to experience a simulation of what an emergency of this size entails. This was the third year that the IEP participated in this exercise.


Students bring Storybook Village alive

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Students in Early Childhood Development and the Interpreter Education Program participated in the Ohio History Museum's "Storybook Village."  

(Before the June 8 event, students from both programs had an opportunity during class time to come together and practice the skills they had learned in their perspective classes.) Inside the museum’s small schoolhouse Early Childhood Development students read popular children's stories while Interpreter Education students provided American Sign Language to children and families attending the event.

Pictured, left row, front to back: Clare Pruitt, Brittany Lanham, and Jordyn Derham. Right row, front to back: Ashley Cantrell, Greer Davidson, Gabrielle Whitman, and Carson Ozcomert


Career Counselor kudos from a student

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Career Services would like to share that recent graduate Jimmy Lim thinks Taylor Slocum is an amazing Career Counselor!  Lim gifted Taylor with the mug pictured here to thank her for guidance, support, and assistance with his career journey.

Lim came to Columbus State to make a career change from accounting to software development. He participated in the Career Mentorship Program, in addition to visiting Career Services for assistance with his resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills. Jimmy credits the assistance he received from Career Services for being a key factor in receiving a full-time job offer with Tosca Automation before graduation.


Legal Aid Society on campus Monday for students

Do you know a student who is facing legal issues? Encourage students to visit with a Legal Aid Society of Columbus representative next week. Tracy Virgin will be visiting the Columbus Campus on Monday, July 15 from 10:30 a.m. - noon in the lobby of Student Central in Madison Hall. Encourage students to stop by. Legal Aid can assist with these and more:

  • 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)
  • 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)

Students are encouraged to complete an Intake Form prior to arrival


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Around the Discovery District
The PBJ & Jazz is back in action. The interactive concerts with the Jazz Arts Group are one-hour long and designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. They start with storytime at 11:00 a.m. at the Columbus Metropolitan Library. The event continues with a walk over to Topiary Park next door for a jazz concert at noon. You can also stay for an art activity afterward. It’s all free. PBJ & Jazz is held the second Saturday of the summer months. The next one is this weekend on Saturday, July 13. Details are here.

Spring Street road construction
Spring Street will be reduced to one lane from at Washington Avenue (next to the parking garage) at various times starting today, July 11 and continuing through next week. The construction will occur each day between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Expect serious delays if you’re entering the Columbus Campus from the Spring Street exit on I-71 southbound.


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Successful and inclusive hiring

We’ll be exploring our new training materials for managers and hiring committee members in this course on successful and inclusive hiring. We will look at an overview of the hiring process and take a closer look at the necessary steps to plan and implement fair and equitable hiring.

Thursday, July 25 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

To register, log in to Cornerstone and hover over the “Learning” tab in the upper left. That will bring up a pull-down menu. Select “Events Calendar.” Click on the event, then select Request to register. (See this guide for search and registration tips.)

Ohio Deferred Compensation appointments

A representative from Ohio Deferred Compensation will be available for individual appointments on Thursday, July 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in WD 1113.  You will need to pre-register for an individual appointment. Please click on this link to schedule in advance. You may need to scroll down to see all appointment times available. Once scheduled, please add the date and time to your calendar. 


Employee fee waivers deadline approaching

The deadline for employee/spouse/child/dependent fee waivers for autumn semester is Monday, August 5. A Request for a Fee Waiver form must be submitted to Professional Development & Retention, SX room 139, by 4:30 p.m. on August 5 to guarantee fee waivers will be processed before late fees are assessed.

If you have questions or concerns, please visit the webpage here, or contact Morgan Sayre via or call extension 2406.

in case you missed it  

Capital Planning sessions underway

Capital Planning sessions will be held in throughout July and August. See all sessions here. (A registration link is at the top of that page.)



Paper ordering process for new copiers

Most offices have now received new copiers and printers along with new instructions on how to print. Beginning on Monday, July 1, Konica Minolta will be Columbus State’s new supplier for copier/printer/scan/fax equipment. Along with that, the paper ordering process is also changing.

Current users of the Office Depot ordering portal will be able to order paper by the box for next-day delivery. It’s the same portal currently used for ordering office supplies. No more than 10 boxes should be ordered at a time, with a preference for only one or two. 

Current users of the Office Depot ordering portal will be able to order paper using two new charge codes: one for paper used in the office for administrative purposes and the other for paper used to produce materials used in labs or coursework. (In both cases, you will select an account name and/or number.)

The approval process for ordering is identical to what’s currently used to order office supplies.

Questions on how to use the portal to order paper should be directed to Darrin Albaugh at extension 2641 or to Natasha Bryant at (513-253-6243).




Summer professional development 

"Poverty in the Brain" featuring presenter Rob Levitt on Friday, July 12 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in WD 412. Click here to register

If you have questions, contact Karen Rippe at extension 5497.


Open Educational Resources workshops at the Library

The Columbus State Library invites you to find out how faculty across the country are gaining greater control over their course material, helping make textbooks affordable, and preparing all students to learn on the first day of class. Join Columbus State’s Open Educational Resources (OER) Faculty Fellows for these OER workshops by signing up in Cornerstone by selecting “Learning Search” option under the Learning tab, then search for “OER.”

If the workshop times do not accommodate your schedule, please contact Rachel Dilley at for individual training at your convenience. The workshops below are held in the Library’s third-floor instructional lab in room 302.

OER Adoption Process
Friday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Understanding Open Licenses
Friday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. 

Fair Use in the Classroom
Friday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Promotion and Tenure workshops

Monday, July 15, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Digital Portfolio Open Lab in Davidson Hall 104
Wednesday, July 24, 12:15 - 1:15p.m. - Teaching Philosophy Workshop in Davidson Hall 119
Monday, August 5 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Digital Portfolio Open Lab in Nestor Hall 212

If you have questions, please contact P&T Faculty Fellows Leslie Smith or Tom Shanahan.


Annual mobile mammography screening

The annual mobile mammography screening will be held in the large 11-S lot across the street from Nestor Hall Auditorium on Monday, July 15 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. To make an appointment call James Care Mammography Scheduling Department at 614-293-4455 during business hours. If you have questions, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at extension 3989.

Time Management for students

The Center for Advising, Support and Exploration (CASE) and the Student Academic Support Services (SASS) office are again teaming up to offer Digitize Your Time, a time management workshop series providing students with resources, information, and skills to help them be successful.  

 The workshops will address the importance of good time management and will include an interactive presentation, creative tips, and electronic tools used daily to help keep the balance of life and school organized. Students will explore how to set up an electronic calendar using whatever tools they are the most comfortable with such as Outlook, Yahoo, and Google.

Students can sign up on Cougar Connect; walk-ins are also welcome. The sessions will be held on Thursday, June 20 at 2:00 p.m. in Franklin Hall 310 and on Tuesday, July 16, at noon in Nestor Hall 323. Please spread the word to students.

Next Columbus State Open House is July 19

Columbus State’s next Open House for prospective high school students is coming up. 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 Friday, July 19, from noon to 1:00 p.m. 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.


Equity Advocate training

To support fair, legal, and equitable hiring and promotional processes at Columbus State, you are invited to participate in the Equity Advocate Certification Training Program. This program amplifies the College commitment to fairness and equal opportunity in hiring and promotion. 

If you’re interested in becoming an Equity Advocate, contact Morgan Sayre at extension 2406. Once confirmed, the meetings below will be shared with your Outlook Calendar. (Locations have not been determined.)

Cohort 10
Friday, September 13 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Kickoff; successful and inclusive hiring

Friday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CUPA: building a successful, more inclusive search

Friday, September 27 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cultural competency: developing vocabulary, welcoming, understanding privilege

Friday, October 4 from 9:00 a.m. - noon


Important end-of-fiscal-year dates

In our continued effort to allow as much time as possible for the expenditure of Fiscal Year 2019 funds, we will retain a June cut-off date for purchases. The last day to purchase goods and services for the year ending June 30, 2019, is June 7, 2019.

Friday, June 7, 2019
Last day to create requisitions in Collea

Friday, June 14, 2019
Last day to place orders with vendors. Exceptions must be approved by your Cabinet member and by Darrin Albaugh, assistant director, Purchasing.

Friday, June 21, 2019
Last day to place office supply orders with Office Depot. 

Friday, June 28, 2019
Date by which all goods and services must be physically received in order to be charged to FY’2019 budget. (Note, operating budgets do not carry into the next fiscal year so goods not received by June 30, 2019, will be applied to the FY’2020 budget.)

Friday, June 28, 2019
Last day to complete and submit Bookstore requisition for stock items in the Bookstore.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Date by which invoices must be received in Accounts Payable to be paid from FY’2019.  Invoices received after July 31, 2019, will be charged to FY’2020.


Food Service Hours

May 13 - July 31
Subway - Monday - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Closed Fridays)

May 28 - August 9
Union Cafe and Starbucks – Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sips – Closed


Department of College Recreation & Wellness (CRW) offerings

Mind Body Recreation Classes
Monday and Wednesday 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Hatha Yoga
Friday 11:00 a.m. – noon Barre, noon - 1:00 p.m. Yoga Flow or Mat Pilates (alternating weeks)

Self Defense Program
Monday 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., Thursday 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., and Friday noon – 1:30 p.m.
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Guidance with Grace Podcast
Released weekly on Friday mornings and can be heard on SoundCloud.

Wellness Workshop
The Benefits of Running & Strength Training; Wednesday, July 24 at noon; Delaware Hall 158
*additional online seminars will be available via CRW social media pages and the CRW webpage

Columbus Campus Fitness Center Hours
Monday - Thursday 6:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 6:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Delaware Campus Fitness Center Hours
Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday’s 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Conditioning Center Hours
Monday - Thursday 6:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday’ 6:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

DEIS faculty Blackboard training workshops  

Kaltura Capture

For years, TechSmith (Camtasia) Relay has been the College’s simple screen/camera recording program. It is now being phased out and will be completely replaced with a new program, Kaltura Capture, by the end of 2019. So join us and learn about Kaltura Capture, which works on any computer to create your own videos with just a few mouse clicks. Those videos are then automatically pushed to Blackboard, where they can be easily embedded in any course site. You can also embed the videos in any other website — including CSCC’s own, soon-to-be-released YouTube-like site — or download them to your computer. Instructor: Jason Lamar. All sessions will be held in CT 106.

Monday, July 15, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 16, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, July 17, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, August 2, 10:00 -11:00 a.m.


Use Learning Glass to Enhance Your Class

Why use Learning Glass? You need to show students diagrams, graphs, illustrations, flowcharts, mathematical equations or scientific formulas. In your classroom, you stand at a whiteboard with your back to students while you teach. With Learning Glass – a camera records your face, your voice, and your writing on the Lightboard for a more personal and engaging learning experience. Your recorded Learning Glass presentations in Blackboard benefit web and blended students. Workshop includes hands-on practice.

Friday, July 12, 11:00 a.m. – noon
Location: CT 106

Monday, July 29, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: CT 106


Tips, Tricks, and Techniques to Make Your Grade Center Experience Better

Learn all about your Blackboard Grade Center including filtering, manage column organizations, weighted grades, and more!

Friday, July 19, 11:00 a.m. - noon
Location: CT 119


Blackboard Grade Center

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).

Tuesday, July 23, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: CT 119

Friday, July 26, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: CT 119







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