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June 3, 2019

 Mitchell Hall in the news

Mitchell Hall under construction

As the August opening of Mitchell Hall approaches, Columbus CEO magazine provided a profile of Cameron Mitchell who has donated $2.5 million to the project. The restaurant entrepreneur is one of several significant contributors to the public-private collaboration. When finished, Mitchell Hall will be the home of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. Private donors are funding an estimated $10 million of the $33 million project. Read the article here.




College Pelotonia fundraiser June 10 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 that day will support the Columbus State team. That 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 the 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.



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. 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.


Diggs family tornado fund

Diggs family photo
Last week’s extreme weather was especially devastating in the Dayton area, where several tornadoes destroyed property and shattered lives, including those near and dear to our own Dr. Tina Diggs. Tina’s parents — longtime Dayton residents who have been married for nearly 50 years — lost their home and most of their possessions when a tornado ripped through their neighborhood last Monday night.

The Diggs family, while grateful to have escaped injury, is facing enormous hardship as they rally around each other and their neighbors to recover and rebuild. Despite insurance, the financial burden will be substantial. Those who are able to help can do so by donating to a crowdfunding effort launched by Tina and her brother. Click here to visit the GoFundMe site. Thank you.



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.

Coffee and Donuts
Friday, June 7
, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. (small program will begin at 10:00 a.m.)
Columbus Hall 111, Library Media Studio
RSVP by clicking here

Foundation Charity Happy Hour
Tuesday, June 18
, from 3-11 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 Facebook event page.


Voicemail transition underway for department mailboxes

The Information Technology (IT) division has started the transition to the new voicemail system. Each department will have the opportunity to set up their mailbox and record a greeting prior to the new system becoming active. This will allow for a more seamless transition to occur. A separate email with more information about department voicemails will be sent out this week. If you manage a department mailbox, please review the email upon receipt for detailed instructions.


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. 


Math Club student earns scholarship

It’s been just over a year since a Math Club was established at Columbus State linked to the national Math honor society, Mu Alpha Theta. In that short time, two club students have been awarded scholarships, with the most recent being Elizabeth Sharrock (pictured with Greg Goodhart, chairperson of the Mathematics Department).

Sharrock was awarded the prestigious Andree Award, named in honor of Mu Alpha Theta founders Richard and Josephine Andree. It is given to deserving students interested in becoming mathematics teachers. Each Andree Award winner receives $2,500 as a cash prize or college scholarship money.


Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society logo

math club image

Disability Services fast facts

1,325 students were registered with Disability Services (DS) during Spring Semester 2019

  • 66 of those students graduated
  • 204 students made the Dean’s list

2,258 accommodated academic tests were proctored among the testing centers

  • More than 1,715 accommodated tests were taken at the DS Testing Center
  • Alternate media (audio, large print, and other accessible formats) was produced for 34 percent of proctored tests
  • 539 accommodated tests were taken at Aquinas Hall, the Delaware Campus, or a Regional Learning Center
  • DS proctored 308 tests during Finals Week



in case you missed it

Pride Parade in June

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.


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

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

Blackboard Fundamentals

Are you new to using Blackboard? Do you have questions about your online courses? Let us show you the basics. Learn how to get timely help with content development and troubleshooting. Better understand college policies and processes for online course design and course copying.

Friday, May 31 – 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
CT 119
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Thursday, June 6 – noon - 1:00 p.m.
CT 119
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Monday, June 17 – 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
CT 119
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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. The workshop includes hands-on practice. 

Friday, June 7, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
CT 106
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Tuesday, June 25, noon - 1:00 p.m.
CT 106
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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.
CT 106
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Use Blackboard Discussion Boards Effectively

Research on how online students persevere in the web environment reveals that 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.
CT 106
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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!

Friday, June 21 – 11:00 a.m. - noon
CT 119
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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.

Tuesday, June 25, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
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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.
CT 106
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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
CT 106
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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.