Skip to main content

Thursday, July 25, 2019


Convocation and Taste of Campus set

photo of campus

There are changes in store this year for the annual Convocations for faculty and staff. In recent years, a Convocation for faculty has been held on the Friday before the start of autumn semester. A second Convocation for staff was held several weeks later. This year, the two will be combined. Although a start time has not yet been determined, faculty and staff will gather for the event in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium on the morning of Friday, August 23. (One important change: Due to the fact that this will be the final business day before the start of the semester, all offices will remain open. For those staff members who are not able to attend the Convocation, a College-wide Town Hall will be held in the fall.)

Later that morning, the second annual Taste of Campus will held. This is a chance for faculty and staff to tour various departments and find out what’s new and what’s going on in those areas. Light refreshments are served at each location. The specific locations and the time of the event will be determined soon so that it complements the Convocation. Stay tuned.



campus location graphicNext College Knowledge is tomorrow

The Delaware Campus and regional learning centers are vital parts of Columbus State. They will be the focus of the next College Knowledge session, which will be held tomorrow, Friday, July 26 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in CT 108. This session will be presented by the Academic Affairs Division and feature the Delaware Campus and regional learning centers.

Join us to learn about the services the regional centers offer and the programs associated with each location. You will also be introduced to the Delaware Campus faculty, programs, and expanding suite of services for students.

You might also want to take a few notes. After the presentation, you’ll have the opportunity to play Regional Enterprise Jeopardy to win prizes to commemorate this engaging session!

If interested, please register by, logging in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event listed on July 26 and select “Request to register.” (See this guide for search and registration tips.)

Team Columbus State fundraiser for Pelotonia today

Team Columbus State will host a Pelotonia 2019 fundraiser from 3:00 p.m. to midnight, today, July 25 at Platform Beer Company, 408 N. 6th St., Columbus. A portion of all sales will benefit the team. You can also donate 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.

Our cyclists have been preparing 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!

In the news

Shauna Sowga, professor of sociology, was among the guests on Monday's "All Sides with Ann Fisher" on WOSU-FM. Changing societal norms was the topic. The link is here to listen to or watch the in-studio broadcast.


Library invites faculty to collaborate on research guides

Columbus State librarians are eager to collaborate with faculty to make research guides in all disciplines as beneficial as possible for students. The Library invites faculty members to embed research guides, online topics, or course pages created by librarians to help students begin research, in Blackboard course shells. This video explains how.

If you would like to collaborate, or recommend a book, website, or database that we can add to an existing guide, please contact the librarian listed in the guide. If you would like a librarian to create a new guide specific to a course or new subject area, please contact the Reference Department at

Also, librarians need your help in directing students to these valuable research tools. A research guide is a much better research starting point for your students than a Google search any day. You can embed relevant guides in Blackboard, in your syllabus, or research assignments.


Humanities professor's art to be displayed

photo of art
Stacy Leeman,
Humanities adjunct professor, will have two paintings on display as part of the 61st Annual Juried Show of the Gadsden Art Association at the Gadsden Art Museum in Gadsden, Alabama. It will be held August 20 - September 30. The paintings are Darrow's Words w12 and Darrow's Words d1. Show details are here.

Medical Assisting hiring event

Students can explore employment options and achieve career goals by attending a Medical Assisting hiring event. It will be held on Monday, August 5, from 8:00-11:00 a.m. in Nestor Hall 106. Students interested in stopping by should be ready to connect with employers who are hiring Medical Assistants. Remind your students to take portfolios and resumes.

Mark your calendar for the annual SAC cookouts

 cookout event photo
Photo: last year’s SAC cookout on the Columbus Campus

Please join the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) as they celebrate a valuable part of Columbus State Community College: YOU the Employees! Come out for a free lunch, music, and fellowship with your co-workers. The first cookout will be held on the Columbus Campus in the courtyard on Wednesday, August 14, with a second cookout on the Delaware Campus patio on Thursday, August 15. Both cookouts will be held from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win great prizes.


ERG news

The Aspiring Leaders Employee Resource Group (ERG) meets today, July 25 from noon-1:00 p.m. in the Library’s lower level media studio. They will hear from Leslie Melton, director of Career Services and Wanda Demons, career facilitator with the Labor and Employee Relations Office. The two will discuss resources current employees can take advantage of to further their career and how to explore possible career paths. The meeting is brown bag style so please feel free to bring your lunch. All are invited.



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.)

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.


Theatre Columbus State's summer production opens Wednesday 

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. Watch the video trailer here.


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.)

Deadline tomorrow 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


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.


book cover

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.


Promotion and Tenure workshop

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



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.
Delaware Hall 047

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).

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.