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July 8, 2019

Staff Employee of the Month
Stephanie Hall

Stephanie Hall

Stephanie Hall, project manager in the Grants Office, was named the July Staff Employee of the Month (SEOM) last week at First Wednesday. Hall’s efforts in an application to make Columbus State designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense was highlighted in her nomination for SEOM. Tara Sheffer, grants manager, said, “With just three months left in the application process and many parts of the application not even started, Stephanie rose to the occasion. She collected more than 150 pieces of evidence from key department across campus.”

Larry McWherter, instructor in the Computer Science Department, said, “Stephanie was consistently there meeting deadlines and providing superior products with a great attitude that just wouldn’t quit. She was part of a team that applied for and received the prestigious Community of Academic Excellence – Cyber Defense designation on our first attempt without the need for revisions or clarifications.”



New partnership highlighted in the Columbus Dispatch

Last month’s formal announcement of Columbus State’s partnership with Catholic Social Services (CSS) earned praise over the weekend from the editorial board of the Columbus Dispatch. The partnership was made possible by a $1.2 million grant from CSS. The money will be used to improve degree completion by replicating a program known as Stay the Course.
Read the editorial here.



New official banking partner and new ATMs

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We are excited to announce our new banking partnership with Huntington National Bank. The College’s competitive contract process resulted in a five-year agreement for Huntington to serve as our provider of banking, merchant services, and ATMs.

The agreement includes transitioning servicing of the College’s bank accounts for our general fund (paying the College’s bills, tuition reimbursement checks, and mileage reimbursements), student refunds, development foundation, and other accounts that the College maintains. Our merchant services include minor behind-the-scene impacts.

The agreement also includes the establishment of a Huntington Success fund with the Columbus State Development Foundation, providing support for students to remove barriers to degree completion. 

Over the next few months, several seamless changes are expected starting with Huntington ATMs being installed this month. ATMs will be located in the Bookstore, near the Customer Service registers, and in Union Hall, near the vending machines by the entrance of Union Cafe. ATM withdrawals, balance inquiries, and balance transfers will be free of Huntington surcharges to any cardholder. The ATMs accept cards using the Cirrus network, Maestro network, Star network, Pulse network, and Plus network, as well as all credit cards issued from American Express, Discover, MasterCard, VISA and Quest.

Later this year, after testing is completed, checks and direct deposits will begin to be issued from our Huntington accounts. The first payroll direct deposit through Huntington will be announced later.

Huntington offers Columbus State employees special financial services, including Huntington 5 Checking® with the monthly maintenance fee and minimum balance requirements waived for Columbus State employees, and special lending offers such as a $300 discount on closing costs to any mortgage with Huntington. 

If you currently do not have a preferred bank for direct deposit, please consider Huntington Bank for all of your banking needs. For more information on how to open an account, please visit your local Huntington branch or call 800-480-2265. Note: you may be asked to verify your employment with Columbus State.



Service change at the Cashier’s Office and Student Accounting Office

Effective today, July 8, employees and students who need a cash withdrawal with an ATM/Debit card will be directed to one of the new Huntington ATMs on campus (See story above). ATMs are located in the Bookstore, near the Customer Service registers, and in Union Hall, near the vending machines by the entrance of Union Cafe. All of your ATM withdrawals, balance inquiries, and balance transfers will be free of Huntington surcharges to any cardholder. 

Other services, such as mini statements, are available for a fee. The ATMs accept cards using the Cirrus network, Maestro network, Star network, Pulse network, and Plus network, as well as all credit cards issued from American Express, Discover, MasterCard, VISA, and Quest.

Update on printers and puck readers

Installation is underway to add so-called “puck readers” to the new copiers and printers at the College. Once completed, the readers will allow faculty and staff to quickly scan their new IDs which have pucks attached to make copies and print. Until a puck reader is installed on the machines in your area, you will continue to have to enter your Cougar ID. The installation of the puck readers began last week with a focus on student-facing areas and high security areas first. All of the roughly 150 readers should be installed by the middle of July. In the meantime, the pickup of the old copiers is also underway and will be finished later this month. 


Job readiness program helps TRIO students

Last month, 22 TRIO Educational Talent Search students participated in the “Getting Ahead Professionally: Mentoring for Excellence in Employment” career exploration and job readiness program. Participants gained valuable employability skills throughout the two-week program, which included a team-building trip to Camp Mary Orton and a day of STEM activities while visiting COSI.

Students gained valuable work experience volunteering at the Columbus Zoo. Thanks to a generous grant provided by the Gap Foundation, the students learned employability skills, had fun, and earned a $200 stipend for their participation in the program.  The program wrapped up with a visit to Gap, Inc., where students put their interviewing skills to the test and toured the facility. These participants will have a leg up on the competition in the competitive job market. They know how to dress to impress, conduct an interview, and have an amazing resume and cover letter ready to go!

We thank the many Columbus State employees that volunteer their time to help make this camp such a success. We couldn’t do it without you!


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.

New Promotion and Tenure workshops announced

Monday, 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.


Envelope recycling

Mail & Distribution Services would like to gather up excess interoffice envelopes. They currently have none available to share with the College.  To help recycle them simply leave any extra interoffice envelopes near where the campus mail drop-off is located in your area and they will gather the extras to share.


Restroom dispenser upgrades

Following requests and to better serve our students, faculty, and staff, Facilities Management has changed our bathroom products service provider. This week all dispensers at the College will be replaced. Our newly provided containers will allow more bathroom tissue paper and towels in every dispenser. Where possible, soap dispensers will be mounted at every sink. 

The schedule below provides a time frame for the project. They will do one floor at a time, to allow access to the nearest floors.

Monday: 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

(Saturday if needed)



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The July issue of Matrix features articles on helping a friend with an eating disorder and journaling for maximum impact and more. Read the issue here.

June CougarPaw recipients

See the list here of June CougarPaw recipients. If you’d like to give a CougarPaw, find information here on “How to Award Feedback, Badges, and Cougar Paws” in Cornerstone.


in case you missed it  

Capital Planning sessions underway

June 28 – August 15. See all sessions here. (There is a registration link 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).


Retirement celebration 

Join Allied Health Professions in celebrating the upcoming retirement of Rick Greely, assistant professor. It will be held on Wednesday, July 10, from noon - 2:00 p.m. in Union Hall 308. Light refreshments will be served. Please stop by to congratulate Rick on his retirement after more than 20 years of service to our Massage Therapy Program.



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.


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.


Join Columbus State's Pelotonia team 

With the annual 5K completed, avid athletes can now prepare to pedal. For the first time since 2013, there will be a Columbus State team participating in the Central Ohio cancer research fundraiser Pelotonia.

This charity fundraiser bicycle ride offers a variety of distances for riders. Pelotonia will take place on the weekend of August 3 and 4.  In addition to riding, there are options to sign up as a virtual rider or volunteer.

To register, follow the registration signup process of your choice and request to join the Columbus State Community College team at the “Request to Join a Peloton” step. If you are already registered for Pelotonia 2019 and would like to join the Columbus State team, please contact Brent Wilder at extension 5789 or Amanda Cecil at extension 2083. Brent and Amanda are the College Pelotonia Ambassadors.

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.
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  

Blackboard’s Features

Learn how to use Blackboard features that will make your life easier. Some are brand new to Blackboard and some are just new to you. Due Date Management, Video/Audio Feedback, Grade Center tips and more!

Tuesday, July 9, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: CT 119
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.

Friday, July 12, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: CT 106


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






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.