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June 10, 2019

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Columbus State hosting OACC conference next week

Columbus State will be the host site for the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) Annual Conference. It will be held June 12 and 13 at the Conference Center in the Center for Workforce Development (WD). The event will include a Trustee Town Hall. Moderated by President Harrison, Columbus State trustees Dianne Radigan, Poe Timmons, and Dr. Richard Rosen will be on the panel.


Trustee named as next Nationwide CEO

Columbus State Trustee Kirt Walker will become the next CEO of Nationwide on October 1. Walker is currently the president and COO of Nationwide Financial. Read the Columbus Monthly story here.


College Pelotonia fundraiser today at Hills Market

hills marketSupport the Columbus State Pelotonia team by shopping Monday, June 10 at The Hills Market Downtown: a portion of proceeds from all large pizzas sold today will support the Columbus State team.

This evening, the team will host a happy hour from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with all tips going to fundraising for the annual weekend-long charity bike ride.

Please consider buying large pizzas for department lunches or taking a pizza home for dinner. And stop in to buy a beer, wine, or water from your Columbus State colleagues during the happy hour. Hills Market Downtown is located at 95 North Grant Street, just a couple of blocks from the Columbus Campus.

Interested in joining the Columbus State Pelotonia team? There’s still time to register to ride, virtually ride 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. Customized Columbus State rider jersey orders are due June 10, so you must register before then in order to receive a jersey for ride weekend August 3 and 4.

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.

Want to give any time? No problem. Click here to donate to the team. Founded in 2008, Pelotonia has raised more than $184 million for cancer research.


Library Research Guides for Student Success

The Columbus State Library invites you to explore our research guides, which are online topic pages or course pages that librarians create to help students begin research. Librarians are eager to collaborate with faculty to make research guides as beneficial as possible for students. To determine the guides that exist for your subject, go to the Library’s webpage, click the “Research Help” tab, and select “Research Guides” from the drop-down menu.

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 for a new subject area, please contact Bree Biller, reference supervisor.

Most important, 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 bar any day! Provide your students with links to relevant guides in Blackboard, in your syllabus, or in research assignments.


New Blackboard training workshops

There are six new workshops available this summer from DEIS.

  • Organizing Workflow: Using Outlook/Blackboard to make your life easier
  • Blackboard’s Features
  • Kaltura Capture
  • Use Learning Glass to Enhance Your Class
  • Tips, Tricks, and Techniques to Make Your Grade Center Experience Better
  • Blackboard Grade Center

You can register for these, plus five others at this link.


ID Reminder

puck on id cardAll faculty and staff need new IDs to interface with new printers and copiers being installed across campus this month. Here is the schedule when IDs will be produced:

Columbus Campus, Student Central - through June 21
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(Note: wait times will be shorter before 10:00 a.m.)

Delaware Campus - through June 21
Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fridays 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

(Faculty members not arriving back until autumn semester will have an opportunity to have their new IDs made upon their return.)

Hot water hiatus in Delaware Hall

The heat exchanger that creates the hot water in Delaware Hall is being replaced. The eight-hour project will be done this Saturday, June 15 beginning at 5:00 a.m. While the replacement is underway, cold water will be available, but hot water will not.

Don't pitch it, pass it on!

The Columbus chapter of the national non-profit, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC), is now transporting excess food to partners in need throughout the area. If you have leftover food following a campus event, pass it on. RLC is a courier between donors who have excess food and the community organizations that need food. (Note: some caterers have policies regarding how their excess food is handled.) 

If needed, RLC has a liability waiver that can be provided to any caterers or donors. Information on how you can help is on the RLC Facebook page.

Quick tips from the Food and Drug Administration guidelines for safe food storage:

  • Hot food should be held at 140 °F or warmer.
  • Cold food should be held at 40 °F or colder.
  • Perishable food should not be left out for more than two hours at room temperature (One hour when the temperature is above 90 °F).
  • Use cooked leftovers within three days. 
  • Reheat leftovers to 165 °F.

If you have further questions, please contact Terrence Brooks at extension 2815 or Genevieve Sharron at extension at 2824.  Both volunteer with the Columbus RLC chapter. 


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Reading volunteers needed

Broad Street United Methodist Church is looking for community members to read to their students at their Freedom School this summer. The readings are at 8:30 a.m. daily. If you are interested, sign up here.

The Book to Film Family Film Series is back at the Gateway Film Center. In partnership with the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, you get into these family friendly movies for free with your library card. Check out the lineup here.


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Women's ERG meeting this Thursday

The Women’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) invites college employees who identify as women to join us as we continue our women and workplace conversations around equity and policy and hear from some of our members who attended the 2019 Ohio Women’s Conference last month at the University of Cincinnati. Actress and activist Angela Bassett was the keynote speaker. Feel free to bring your lunch and invite a colleague to join the conversation. The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 13 at 11:30 a.m. in Columbus Hall 111, Library Media Studio.

 If you have questions about the Women’s ERG, contact liaisons Crystal Clark or Kelly Hogan.


Capital planning town hall next week

Planning is underway for the College’s capital needs – facilities and technology – for the next six years and beyond. The President and his team are working on recommendations for the Board of Trustees. As part of that process, they would like to hear directly from you during several planning sessions this summer focused on your location and department.

The capital planning kick-off discussion will be held Friday, June 14 from 10:00 a.m. - noon in the Nestor Hall west lounge (new location). In this session, they will get your input and discuss the planning process for the summer. This process will include the Delaware Campus, the Regional Learning Centers, and other locations throughout our service area.

Cougar Paw social recognition "Game On" edition

Human Resources will be celebrating our 2019 Cougar Paw recipients from January – May. They will also feature some narratives highlighting the good work of our Facilities Management team honoring their contributions and dedication to “Putting Students First, Always.”
Please join them on Friday, June 14 at 12:15 p.m. at the Facilities Management (FM) building (near the corner of N. Grant Avenue and McCoy Street) for welcoming remarks and a chance to hear those compelling stories. Festivities will include carnival games, popcorn, hot dogs, and merriment as everyone celebrates our colleagues’ contributions!  And you will be able to take a guided tour of the Facilities Management area to learn more about what they do.

All are welcome. RSVP at this link

Summer Open Education 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. 

Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)
Friday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m. 

Search, Selection, and Use Strategies for OER
Friday, June 28 at 10:00 a.m.

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.

Pride Parade this weekend

You are invited to represent Columbus State at the 38th Annual Columbus Pride Festival and Parade on Saturday, June 15. The parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. at Polar and High streets in the Short North District. It wraps up at Bicentennial and Genoa Parks off of Rich Street. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal event in the LGTBQ+ civil rights movement. Please contact Brett Welsh if you would like to participate. This event is open to faculty, staff, students, and guests.

Celebrate Columbus State employee alumni 

During the month of June, we would like to celebrate our employee alumni and discuss future engagement opportunities. Join us if you’ve completed a degree, credential, or even a class at Columbus State.

Foundation Charity Happy Hour
Tuesday, June 18
, from 3:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Platform Beer Co., 408 N. 6th St. Columbus, Ohio 43215

The event is open to the public with a special focus on our employee alumni from 4:00-8:00 p.m. (brief remarks around 5:00 p.m.) $1 of every Platform beer sold will go directly toward helping our students. Click here for the Facebook event page.

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 - June 30
Subway - Monday - Thursday, 11:00 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

Recreation Wellness Classes
Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Hatha Yoga
Fridays 11:00 a.m. – noon: Barre
Fridays noon – 1:00 p.m.:-Yoga Flow or Mat Pilates (alternating weeks)
Self Defense Program
Mondays 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Thursdays 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Fridays noon – 1:30 p.m.
Delaware Hall 047 (lower level inside the Police Department)

CRW Podcast
The health and wellness podcast, Guidance with Grace, can be heard on SoundCloud. It is updated regularly throughout the year. It is also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, and Spotify. Released weekly on Friday mornings.
Wellness Workshop

Wellness Workshop
The Benefits of Running & Strength Training
Wednesday, July 24 at noon in Delaware Hall 158

*additional online seminars available via CRW social media pages and the CRW webpage

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

Friday  6:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Delaware Campus Fitness Center
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Conditioning Center
Monday - Thursday 6:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday 6:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

DEIS faculty Blackboard training workshops

NEW: Organizing your Workflow: Using Outlook and Blackboard to make your life easier
Learn some strategies for managing your email communication with students using Microsoft Outlook and Blackboard. This session will give you tips for sending and organizing your emails to promote effective record-keeping. Join us for this hands-on workshop brought to you by the FAC and IT and never miss an important email again!

Wednesday, June 12, noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: CT 106
Register here: 

Tracking Student Progress in Blackboard: Retention Center, Performance Dashboard & Course Reports

An overview of how Blackboard’s built in performance and activity trackers can help you quickly identify students who are needing extra attention and those who are doing well. Data provided in Blackboard’s Retention Center can assist in creating Starfish reports in a timely manner. See how Course Reports and the Performance Dashboard can identify most frequently used course areas and students’ access patterns. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: CT 106
Register here:

Use Blackboard Discussion Boards Effectively

Research on how online students persevere in the web environment reveals that in order to be successful, learners need to feel that they are part of an active and invested community.  The most direct and comprehensive way to anchor students in this community is through discussion boards. However, the most effective method of designing and facilitating the discussion board often relates closely to the discipline of the course. This session will offer practical tips and useful strategies for creating effective student-to-student interaction from two contrasting academic areas. Led by Ann Palazzo, Professor of English, and Kevin James, Professor of Mathematics.

Friday, June 14, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: CT 106
Register here:

Increase Student Success with Blackboard Rubrics

Do you find yourself writing the same comments to multiple students when grading? Do your students ask you why they received a “B” instead of an “A” on an assignment? Rubrics outline assignment expectations for students and allow them to know how assignments will be graded. Rubrics are powerful tools for instructors to use to provide feedback to students in a very efficient, consistent manner. Grading rubrics are easy to create in Blackboard. In this training session, learn how to use Blackboard grading rubrics enhance the feedback for students and improve the grading experience for faculty. (Note: A basic knowledge of Blackboard is required.) 

Thursday, June 27, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: CT 106
Register here:


How to Use Turnitin Direct Assignment

Learn how to use Turnitin to check your student’s writing for plagiarism and to easily grade their papers online. Turnitin Direct Assignment is now integrated with Blackboard. It is a useful and effective feature that allows instructors to provide feedback to students through markup instruments, rubrics, proofing tools and originality reports. Presented by Robert Trent, Turnitin trainer and tech support. 

Friday, June 28, 11:00 a.m. - noon
Location: CT 106
Register here:


NEW: 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:


NEW: 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


NEW: 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


NEW: 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


NEW: 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.