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June 17, 2019

Capital planning kickoff

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Photo: Faculty and staff hear from President Harrison at Friday’s Town Hall Capital Planning Work Session in Nestor Hall west lounge

Asking faculty and staff to focus on positioning our buildings for the future, President Harrison kicked off Friday’s Town Hall Capital Planning Work Session. Grouped in tables of eight, the more than 100 participants discussed comprehensive needs including, but not limited to, instructional, maintenance, safety, technology, and common space.
“Think ambitiously but also what needs to be fixed now,” said Harrison. “What are students complaining about? Nothing is too trivial. We need to focus on positioning our buildings for the future.” He added, “We want our academic needs to drive our facilities plan, not the other way around.” The Columbus and Delaware campuses and the regional learning centers are all part of the discussion.
The President said he would like to take a recommendation for a capital plan to the Board of Trustees for its approval in September. He said having that in place will position the College well when presenting budget and infrastructure needs to the State of Ohio in the near term.
At least a dozen smaller Capital Planning Engagement Sessions will follow this summer. Those focus groups and breakout sessions will examine specific areas and needs of the College.

See the upcoming sessions here.

Register for upcoming sessions here.

(Note: The dates and times for a select number of sessions are subject to change. If changes are made, they will be noted in upcoming issues of Update.)

If you have questions, contact Kelly Weir, director, Resource Planning & Analysis at extension 2717.


Students prepare for a trip to Germany

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Preparations continue for the Dresden-Columbus State Sister City Exchange Program. This inaugural trip is uniquely funded by businesses, nonprofits, Columbus State, and the City of Columbus. It’s designed to enhance international experiences for our students. Ten students from Engineering and Business Programs will travel to Dresden, Germany from September 4 - 15 where they will learn about German manufacturing processes, attend classes, and experience German culture.

Those students recently participated in activities to prepare for the journey. In addition to cultural and language training, they earned the Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) designation to represent the City of Columbus and were given a tour of German Village. The programs’ Faculty Mentors are Charla Fraley and Shane Bendele. Other faculty members who will be making the trek are Paul Carringer, Adele Wright, Jeremy Banta, and Andy Woodmansee.  

For more information about the program, e-mail Paul Carringer, Charla Fraley or Shane Bendele

left photo: A tour guide points out landmarks to the students in German Village

right photo: Students learning about the Certified Tourism Ambassador Program as they prepared for the certification test. Left to right, a German Village group member, and students Michael Foy Armstead,  Alexis Thomas, and Amber Battle.



Legal Aid Society on campus

A representative from Legal Aid Society of Columbus will be on campus today, June 17 from 10:30 a.m. - noon hosting a resource table in the Student Central lobby in Madison Hall. Encourage students to stop by if they have questions. Legal Aid can assist with these and more:

  • Benefits (Medicaid/Medicare, food stamps, Ohio Works First, SSI/SSDI, disability assistance, Title XX Child Care, unemployment compensation, and medical debt)
  • Family (Divorce, civil protection order, custody, spousal/child support)
  • Housing (Evictions, conditions problems, subsidy terminations)
  • Consumer (Foreclosure, credit card debt, consumer scams, repossessions)
  • Tax (Disputes with both the IRS and the State of Ohio)
  • Reentry (Record sealing, CQE)



Faculty member shares expertise

A tragic story out of Scioto County renewed attention on the issue of reunifying foster children with their biological parents. Last week, WSYX-TV (ABC 6) turned to Shauna Sowga, assistant professor in social sciences, to provide context on family reunification. Watch the story here.

Calling all Bobcats

Ohio University logoOhio University offers a $5,000 incentive scholarship for OU alumni for any of their professional graduate programs and a $1500 incentive scholarship for any of their graduate certificates. 
If you are an Ohio University alumnus interested in a graduate program or gaining additional skills through one of the university’s graduate certificates, this incentive program is for you.

OU offers graduate certificates in Business Analytics, Finance, Supply Chain and Operations Management, Strategic Sales and Sales Leadership, Management and Leadership, Business Venturing, and Human Resource Management. If you want further information, contact Kathy Wilson, director of Executive and Professional Programs, Partner Development at 614-793-5643.


in case you missed it

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.

Summer promotion and tenure (P&T) workshops

Wednesday, June 19 from 12:15 - 1:45 p.m. in Nestor Hall 317 
Thursday, June 27 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in Davidson Hall 412 

Each workshop will include digital portfolio information. If you have questions contact P&T Faculty Fellows Leslie Smith or Tom Shanahan.


Summer professional development opportunities

Mark your calendars. The Faculty Entry, Training, and Professional Development committee is bringing several speakers to campus this summer for professional development. 

“Engaging Students with Visual Design” featuring presenter Nina Kim on Friday, June 21 in WD 216/217. Time to be announced.  

"Interactive Lecturing" featuring presenter Elizabeth Barkley on Friday, June 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Delaware Hall 133.

"Poverty in the Brain" featuring presenter Rob Levitt on Friday, July 12 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in WD 412.

If you have questions, contact Karen Rippe at extension 5497.

ID reminder

All 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. - 4:30 p.m.

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

Commemorate Stonewall at 50

On June 28, 1969, members of the LGBTQ+ community stood their ground and fought back at a New York bar called the Stonewall Inn. The events of that night gave rise to the modern gay rights movement and forever changed how sexual orientation was viewed in America.

Voices in the Street: Stonewall at 50 is a collaborative effort combining photographs, video, audio, historical content, and live performance. Audiences will be transported to the night of the riots with an excerpt from Street Theatre. They will experience a re-creation of the famous speech from Dr. Henry Anonymous and witness the coming of age from a man who shares a birthday with the anniversary of Stonewall in an excerpt from The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me.

Sponsored by the Columbus State Humanities Department, Voices in the Street: Stonewall at 50 will be held on Friday, June 28 in Nestor Hall Auditorium. The Gallery opens at 6:00 p.m. with live performances beginning at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. Please register for tickets here. Advisory: This event is for mature audiences.

Offices closing early on July 3

Due to the holiday and annual Red, White, and Boom event downtown, Columbus State offices on both campuses and the regional learning centers will close at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3. Faculty members have the option to cancel classes scheduled after 3:00 p.m. on July 3. 

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.


Summer 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 for individual training at your convenience. The workshops below are held in the Library’s third-floor instructional lab in room 302.

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.

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, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Closed Fridays)
(Now open one hour earlier, at 10:00 a.m.)

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

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



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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.