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July 15, 2019


Market construction underway

rendering and photo of building

Just as construction is about to wind down on Mitchell Hall, work is ramping up on the Mid-Ohio Market. It’s located on Grove Street, across from the Center for Workforce Development where a small construction storage building is being renovated into the market. It’s designed to provide fresh food and other items to students and residents in the nearby community. The Mid-Ohio Food Bank is a partner in this unique project. It’s expected to be completed during autumn semester.

(Left, rendering of the completed building. Right, indoor renovations.)


Gearing up to welcome students for autumn semester

Cougar Fairs - Columbus Campus
The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership would like to formally invite all Columbus State departments, student groups, and partnered colleges to participate in the 2019 Fall Cougar Fairs. These events are free and open to the Columbus State community. This will be an excellent opportunity to showcase involvement and resources that your organization, department, and colleges offer to Columbus State students.

If you’re interested in hosting a table during one or both days of the fair, please complete the registration form here by Tuesday, September 3. The fairs will occur on two dates: 

  • Monday, September 9 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus courtyard
  • Tuesday, September 10 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus courtyard

If you have questions, email or contact the Student Engagement and Leadership office at extension 2637.

Cougar Fair - Delaware Campus
The Delaware Campus would like to formally invite all Columbus State departments and student groups to participate in the Delaware Campus 2019 Autumn Cougar Fair. This event is free and open to the Columbus State community. This will be a great opportunity to showcase involvement and resources that your department offers to students. The one-day fair will occur on Wednesday, September 4 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Moeller Hall lobby

If you’re interested in hosting a table during the fair, please complete the registration form here by Thursday, August 29.

For questions, contact Avery Fields at 740-203-8175.


Participate as a judge or chef for the 2019 Cougar Welcome
Cougar Welcome is coming! Our annual cookout and talent show will be occurring during our first four weeks of the semester. The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership would like to invite you to participate as a “Celebrity Chef” for the cookout or a "Judge" for “CS Has Talent! “

The Cookouts will be held on Wednesday, August 28, and Thursday, August 29. Celebrity Chefs are needed from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for meal prep and distribution of hotdogs and food items. The Student Engagement and Leadership office provides free food and beverages along with activities on these days as a way to kick off autumn semester.

CS HasTalent will be held on Tuesday, September 10 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus Courtyard! Judges are needed for shifts during that time. You can choose what time(s) you are available. Sign up here by Tuesday, August 20. Thank you in advance for your support! Please share this opportunity with others in your area who may like to participate.

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Engagement and Leadership office at extension 2637 or email


Annual awards recognize excellence across the College

group photo
The Gold Award went to the Mobile/Flexible Classroom Technology Project Team.

The annual Columbus State Community College Quality Recognition Awards luncheon was held last month on June 26 to recognize the winners among those nominated for Employees of the Year, Distinguished Teaching Awards, Quality Improvement Teams, and Distinguished Full Professor. Formerly known as the Continue Quality Improvement Awards – or CQI – the name was changed to better reflect the recognitions. Read more and see the winners here.


book cover

“Becoming” Book Salon on July 31

Are you looking for incentives to finish reading Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” or just want a group to talk about how you experienced the book?  The Women’s Employee Resource Group invites you to a Book Salon. We will meet on Wednesday, July 31 from noon - 1:30 p.m. in WD 1068 (the annex). All readers and critical thinkers are welcome to attend. Bring the book, your lunch, and a friend. We promise an engaging conversation. For more information, please contact Crystal Clark, Kelly Hogan, or Andrea Pifher. Come dine on words with us.


Career Counselor selected to lead statewide organization
portrait of Francis Chelsea Francis has been appointed president-elect of the Ohio Career Development Association (OCDA), a division of the Ohio Counseling Association. In this role she will lead professional development and networking initiatives for career counselors. A career counselor herself, Francis will also support and promote the creation and implementation of innovative career services programming across the state. She will be the first community college staff member to serve as OCDA President.

Francis brings nearly a decade of career and workforce development experience to this role, and has previously served on the OCDA Executive Board as the chair of Professional Development and Government Relations


July 26 deadline for invoices and reimbursements
Please be aware that any invoice, travel reimbursement, personal reimbursement, or tuition reimbursement that needs to be paid out of the fiscal year 2019 budget should be received by the Travel Office or Accounts Payable Office no later than Friday, July 26in order to be processed before the close of fiscal 2019. Paperwork received after July 31 cannot be paid from the fiscal 2019 budget.


Telephone updates

New Phone Background
Beginning this Thursday, July 18, you may notice that the background on your office phone has a slightly different look. The Information Technology (IT) Division will be setting a new default background for all campus phones, similar to the images seen below.  At the request of the Columbus State Police Department, the new images will include a visual reminder of their extension: 2525. This will keep the main number for the police easily accessible for increased safety and for emergencies. It will also include the college’s logo keeping it consistent with the Columbus State brand. Employees will no longer have the option to personalize their background. Images may vary slightly by phone model.

Voicemail Reminder
Don’t forget! The IT Division migrated all employee and department mailboxes to the new voicemail system earlier this month. All employees received an email on Monday, July 1, with detailed instructions for setting up a new voicemail box. If you have not done so, please complete the setup process. It will allow you to change your PIN number from the default for security reasons, and you will be able to record a greeting.

If you still have voicemail messages on the old system that you wish to save, you can access them until August 1. Dial 614-287-2555 to reach the prior voicemail system and document any vital information you need. Existing messages will not be transferred to the new system. For more information or to request assistance, contact the IT Support Center at extension 5050 or email the Help Desk at


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

The workshop 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 session will be held on Tuesday, July 16, at noon in Nestor Hall 323. Please spread the word to students.


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.)

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 today, 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.

Promotion and Tenure workshops
Today, July 15, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Digital Portfolio Open Lab in Davidson Hall 104
Wednesday, July 24, 12:15 - 1:15 p.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.

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.)


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.

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.

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

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

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. 

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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 Colleague.

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

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:


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 26, 1:00 – 2:00 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 


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.