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July 22, 2019


Chancellor comments on new state budget

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed into law Ohio’s new biennial operating budget last week. Chancellor Randy Gardner calls the new budget a positive investment in Ohio’s future.

“After 33 years in the General Assembly and 16 budgets, this may be the most student-focused state budget I’ve seen for higher education,” Chancellor Gardner said. “This budget centers on affordability while helping prepare Ohio for a fast-changing economy and high-quality jobs through workforce preparation, more need-based financial aid, and strategic scholarships.”

Budget highlights pertaining to higher education include:

  • Supporting Ohio’s students by increasing the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, which provides financial assistance to Ohio residents who demonstrate the highest levels of financial need. The budget increases funding for the OCOG grant program by more than $50 million over the biennium, an Ohio record, which results in grant amounts of between $2,500 and $4,000 per eligible student by 2020.
  • Focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine (STEMM) opportunities for Ohio college students by expanding funding for the Choose Ohio First Scholarship by $12 million each year, which will help serve additional students and improve scholarship benefits for those seeking a degree in the STEMM disciplines. Choose Ohio First scholars complete their degree in four years at nearly twice the rate of other STEMM students, and the program has contributed to a 61 percent increase in the number of graduates with STEMM-related degrees.
  • Building up Ohio’s career-tech infrastructure by providing additional support to Ohio’s Technical Centers (OTCs). Fifty-four OTCs around the state provide crucial postsecondary career and technical education to adults seeking training in the skilled trades. With an additional investment of more than $6 million over the biennium, more Ohioans will have access to certificates and industry-recognized credentials through their local OTC.
  • Strengthening Ohio’s workforce through the authorization of an additional $8 million for the successful Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) program, which provides campuses with grant funding to purchase equipment necessary to train, retrain, and upskill students for regionally in-demand occupations.

Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC)

The OACC also supports the new budget. A statement from the OACC read in part, “…this budget puts us in a better position to close the skills gap and put more Ohioans on the path to rewarding new careers…”


Theatre Columbus State's summer production opens Wednesday

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Directed by Frank Barnhart, “Stupid F*ing Bird” is Aaron Posner’s contemporary update of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” The play creates a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. Due to language, this production is for mature audiences only. It will be performed 8:00 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday, July 24-27, with an additional 2:00 matinee on Thursday. More details and the video trailer are here.


First-generation graduates needed for event

Were you a first-generation college student? Then we need your help. The Center for Advising, Support and Exploration (CASE) will be hosting its first extended orientation experience for first-generation students on Friday, August 2 from noon - 1:00 p.m.  For that hour, the Center will host a lunch for new first-generation students joining the Columbus State community this fall. CASE would like faculty and staff who were first-generation students to join them for lunch and build relationships with our new students. If you are interested, RSVP here.

Three weeks until Taste the Future

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Taste the Future is just weeks away. This annual event is a culinary showcase of Central Ohio's best in food. More than that, it’s a tasty fundraiser to support student success at Columbus State. Don't miss the opportunity to see amazing chefs from around the community show off their remarkable culinary skills to 1,500 guests. It will be held this year on Tuesday, August 13 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on the Columbus Campus.

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit or follow on Facebook for the latest news and updates.


Disability Services

Disability Services would like you to be aware of two upcoming events.

Ohio State Fair
The Ohio State Fair is offering its first sensory-friendly morning for individuals with sensory sensitivities on Wednesday, July 31. This will include quieter music levels, designated parking closer to the entrance, a quiet room, social narratives, and more. This link has details on what will be offered and how to participate.

Voter Registration
July 15-19 is National Disability Voter Registration Week. That’s when the REV UP Campaign (Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power) aims to increase political participation of the disability community and engage candidates and the media on disability issues. This link has details on how to get involved and why the disability vote matters.

Related facts about the 2016 presidential election

  • Only 16 million of 63 million voters with disabilities who were eligible to vote did so.
  • If people with disabilities voted at the same rate as people without disabilities, there would be 2.2 million more voters


Volunteer to be a Day of Service team leader

The Day of Service committee is looking for 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.

Day of Service will be on Tuesday, September 24. If you have questions, email


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Lincoln Theatre movies

As part of a yearlong partnership between the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) and the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD), the Lincoln Theatre will showcase a selection of films and animated work by CCAD students and recent graduates. CCAD at the Lincoln: A screening of film and animation is free and open to the public. It will be held on Sunday, August 4 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Health benefits information session

It’s a new year (July 1-June 30) to begin collecting the required eight coins to maintain your 20 percent payroll contribution for health benefits. An information session to address questions for the coming year, or for the previous year which just ended, will be held on Thursday, July 25 at noon in Delaware Hall room 109

Any employee and spouse/domestic partner covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State must reach eight coins under the Health Rewards program to maintain your 20 percent payroll contribution. The new cycle started July 1 and runs through June 30, 2020.

Questions? Contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator at extension 3989.



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.)


Promotion and Tenure workshops

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.


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.)

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 member who works 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 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 workshop 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 time does not accommodate your schedule, please contact Rachel Dilley at for individual training at your convenience. The workshop below will be held in the Library’s third-floor instructional lab in room 302.

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

Reminder: deadline this week 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 26 in order to be processed before the close of fiscal 2019. Paperwork received after July 31 cannot be paid from the fiscal 2019 budget.

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Book Salon for “Becoming” 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.


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.

Talent judges and celebrity chefs needed for 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 will provide 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

Cougar Fairs 

Cougar Fair - Columbus Campus
The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership would like to 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 the 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 the involvement and resources that your department offers to students. The one-day fair will occur on (new date) Tuesday, September 3 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.

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 

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.

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.