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March 11, 2019

 Staff Employees of the Month

Staff Employee of the Month: Megan Hale

M. HaleWith a work ethic and commitment to the Columbus State brand that “shines through,” Megan Hale was named Staff Employee of the Month. Hale is one of the officers in the Columbus State Police Department. She was nominated by Sgt. Jeff Dodge.

In his nomination, Dodge said that Megan recently investigated two crimes. In one case, an employee had their identity stolen while at work. In the other, Columbus State property was stolen over several months. Megan identified suspects, sought felony charges, and worked to assist the employee-victim.





Part-time Staff Employee of the Month: Polly Moore

P. MoorePolly Moore is a specialist who splits her time between Student Central and College Testing Services. Nominator Stephanie Albrecht, senior director in Student Central, wrote that Polly provided service to departments outside of her work with students.

“Perhaps the main reason Polly most deserves to be awarded,” says Albrecht, “is the way she interacts with students. In tough situations, she displays genuine empathy. In difficult conversations, she brings a gentleness. Students are lucky to have her in their corner.”





New grant helping to develop vital suicide prevention project

A new grant totaling just over $300,000 is helping to launch the Cougar Courage Campus Suicide Prevention Program at the College. Ameena Kemavor, senior director of Student Support and Advocacy, announced the funding last week. Our Grants Office helped secure the funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the nation and the second leading cause of death among college students. Columbus State began addressing suicide prevention in 2015 with a small grant from the Ohio Programs for Campus Safety and Mental Health. According to Kemavor, the grant allows us to establish a more formal approach to suicide prevention.

The goals of the grant include, but are not limited to:

  • Establishing tools and resources for students, faculty, and staff for suicide prevention in a formal, coordinated effort
  • Increasing attention to mental health as an institutional priority through highly visible and repeated messaging by the president and senior administrators
  • Increasing awareness and prevention services at Columbus State community locations beyond the Columbus Campus
  • Developing prevention resources for College Credit Plus students, teachers, and parents

The grant also allows the College to:

  • Hire an additional mental health counselor
  • Institute Healthy Minds Assessment, a mental health campus climate survey
  • Make available “Just in Case,” a suicide prevention app
  • Offer CHOICES, an alcohol awareness program
  • Train students, faculty, and staff in Mental Health First Aid and QPR


Veterans and the LBGTQ community will also have targeted prevention services available. If you have questions, need more information, or want to be involved in this project, contact Ameena Kemavor at extension 2818. 

Our mental health professionals in Counseling Services can be reached at 614-287-2818.  For suicide prevention information at Columbus State, click here.



Poet Sara Abou Rashed reading at Columbus State Library

In honor of National Poetry Month, Columbus-based poet Sara Abou Rashed will speak at the Library. Rashed escaped war-torn Syria with her family in 2013 before settling in Ohio. 

In 2015 she won the Columbus District Poetry Slam and the Ohio Poetry Association High School Contest. The following year she won the Denison University Book Award. Rashed has also given a TEDx Talk and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Last year, she debuted A Map of Myself, a one-woman theatrical production about her immigration experience.

Now studying International Relations and Creative Writing at Denison University, Rashed continues to write about immigration, war, and the meaning of home. She will perform on Thursday, April 11, at 4:00 p.m. in the Multimedia Studio in the lower level of the Library.

To learn more about Rashed, visit her website.


Help the STEM Club with its fundraiser

Columbus State’s STEM Club needs your baked goods. Their biggest fundraiser of the year is a bake sale at the Central District Science Fair which will be held this Saturday, March 16. They are in desperate need of donations for the sale. Please consider donating cookies, muffins, granola bars, fruit, or other snack items.  Money raised will help Columbus State STEM students attend educational trips to places like Honda, Worthington Industries, and Battelle. If you would like to donate an item, contact Laura Shady at extension 5541. She is willing to pick up your donation in person at your office. Donations must be brought in by Friday, March 15.  


Welding magazine features professor/coordinator

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ARC Magazine
, a trade publication covering the welding industry, recently featured Columbus State’s Scott Laslo in an article now available online. Titled “Double Life,” it highlights the fact that Laslo is both an assistant professor and the welding program coordinator and included a quote from one of his students. You can read it here.


Surveying Program earns recognition

Columbus State’s Surveying Program has earned some accolades. The program was presented with the 2018 Presidential Merit Award given by the President of the Executive Committee of Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio (PLSO). Jon Link, assistant professor in Design, Construction & Trades accepted the award for the program last month at the State Annual PLSO Conference at Easton.

Each year, the Executive Committee President selects the award winners from nominations given by PLSO member organizations. Five colleges with surveying programs earned the award this year. It honors them for helping promote the profession and attract licensed surveyors, which are in short supply. The average age for professional surveyors in Ohio is 59. Fewer than a dozen people on average take the professional exam annually in the state.




Audience warmed by Winter Concert

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Columbus State Concert Band and Columbus State Jazz Ensemble presented their annual Winter Concert last Tuesday, March 5 in the WD Ballroom. The Concert Band, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd, performed the music of African-American composers including W. C. Handy, James Reese Europe, and Alvin Singleton. The program concluded with the band and the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Rick Brunetto, performing “Duke Ellington in Concert.”


Cougar Paws for January and February are now published!

January Cougar Paws

February Cougar Paws



Spring Break hours for March 11 - 16

Subway: 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Sips, Starbucks, and Union Cafe will be closed.

Tortillas food truck will be in lot 20S at the corner of Grove Street and N. Grant Avenue from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Thursday only.

Catering services through AVI will be available during the break.

Help Desk
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Bookstore will be closed. Regular operating hours will resume Monday, March 18.

Testing centers
The testing centers at Columbus State will have reduced hours during the upcoming Spring Break. The hours can be found here.


In case you missed it: reminders of recently published events

Couch to 5k sessions today and March 27

Get ready for the upcoming Columbus State Cougar 5K Challenge. You’ll learn some training methods and ways to get in shape. You will also hear from employees who recently started running. There will be two Couch to 5K sessions to choose from: Today, Thursday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 27. Both will be held at noon in WD 1094. You will receive a registration discount and your name will be entered into a drawing for a prize.

Presenters are Dustin Iacovone, College Recreation and Wellness, and Jackie Jenkins and Michael Hicks, employee 5K ambassadors. Questions? Contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator at extension 3989.

The 5K will be held Saturday, May 4 at 9:00 a.m. on the Delaware Campus. Sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, all proceeds support book scholarships for students. Register and get more information here.


Women’s Brunch is tomorrow, March 8

The departments of Global Diversity and Inclusion and Student Engagement and Leadership will host the third annual Women's Brunch in celebration of Women's HERstory month. The brunch is free and open to all. Join the Columbus State community and hear from special guest and keynote speaker, Crystal Clark, English professor. The brunch will be held on Friday, March 8 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Nestor Hall Lounge 106. Register here.



Judges and volunteers needed for Science Fair

The annual Central District Science Fair is just a couple of weeks away, and organizers need  judges and volunteers. Last year the Fair hosted more than 300 middle and high school students from Central Ohio. The event will be held in Delaware Hall on Saturday, March 16 with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. For additional information, contact Sharon H. Stickley at extension 5201.

Please consider lending a hand and sharing this call for assistance with friends, family, colleagues, and students. All are welcome!  It would not be possible to make this day special for these students without your help and support.

  • Regular judges are asked to work with a partner and evaluate 5-7 projects, depending on the number of judges. Judging registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; the actual judging of projects starts at 9:00 a.m. and runs until noon. Register here to be a regular judge.


Volunteers are needed on in the following areas on Saturday: tally room, runners, registration assistance, and hall monitors. (Set up assistance is also needed on Friday evening at 4:00 p.m.) Register here to be a volunteer,

Women’s Leadership Awards

The fifth annual Women's Leadership Summit and Awards is designed to provide meaningful intergenerational connection opportunities in addition to focusing on leadership development, personal and intellectual growth. This year's theme is ‘W.O.M.E.N.’

 Women are without limits 
 Women for Ohio 
 Women’s mental health matters
E: All deserve equity 
 We champion non-conformity 

The event will be held on Thursday, March 21 from 7:45 a.m. – 4:10 p.m. at Columbus State’s Workforce Development Center, 315 Cleveland Ave., Columbus.  More details are here.

Natural Hair Workshop March 28

Global Diversity & Inclusion presents the third annual Natural Hair Workshop. It will explore hair textures and the history of the natural hair revolution. The workshop will delve into the chemistry of hair and body care products and techniques with the expertise of special guests. Discussions will include protective hairstyles, styling methods, and the basics of hair care. There will also be an opportunity to make natural hair masks to use at home. Everyone is welcome.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 28 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Library (Columbus Hall 111) RSVP here. If you have questions, contact Jasmine Marks, specialist, Global Diversity & Inclusion, at extension 5319.

Ethics and Acknowledgments forms due by March 22

The 2019 Ethics and Acknowledgments form is now available to be completed online. Completing this form is an annual requirement for all employees. If you have not done so, please complete and submit the form by March 22. The form can be found here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Disclosures and Acknowledgments Form please contact the Columbus State Legal Office at extension 5213 or email Nate Faubel-Ravely

Service-Learning conference March 29

Each year, the Service-Learning conference provides a forum for participants to discover more about service-learning and promoting civic engagement on campus.  This year’s conference is Service-Learning: Engage, Empower, Act.

The purpose this year is to share information about campus and community resources. The goal is to empower participants to support students on campus and beyond.  They will also have the opportunity to learn about the upcoming Fresh Market initiative and the work of the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

Presentations will include SafeZone, DACA Dream Zone, and QPR training. There will also be information from Columbus State C.A.R.E.S and Victim Advocacy Services. Please email with any questions. The conference is scheduled for Friday, March 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center. Get more information and register.


Annual Writers Conference is April 6

Please save the date for the English Department's 16th annual Writers Conference! The conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Conference Center on the fourth floor of WD. It includes workshops on the craft of writing and a book fair that features local presses and authors. The conference is free and open to the public.

This year's keynote speaker is David Wanczyk, author of “Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind” in 2018 (Swallow Press).  He has also placed essays, poetry, and criticism in magazines such as SlateBoston Globe MagazineTexas Monthly, BrevityPank, and Woolf Studies Annual and is the editor of the literary journal New Ohio Review.

Please see the Writers Conference website for more information. 


Faculty Idea Exchange accepting presentation proposals

The annual Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX) in June is now accepting presentation proposals for the Lost in Translation: Connecting with the Student Mind 2019 conference. This conference is open to all Central Ohio higher education faculty members and experts. Proposals should be based on instructional communication strategies and their link to student success.

There are two formats to choose from:
Traditional  - A 50-minute presentation including time for questions

PechaKucha (Lightning Talk) – a fast-paced 20-slide presentation, delivered in a six-minute and 40-second time slot.

Submit a proposal by April 10 at Examples include talks on motivation, effective study strategies, technology in the classroom, and teaching best practices. Conference representatives will contact you by April 15 with your status.

If you have questions please contact Columbus State faculty members Tracy Koski, Patricia May-Woods, or Ron Elizaga

The FIX conference will be held on June 7 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Center for Workforce Development, 315 Cleveland Ave., Columbus.

Nominate student employees and supervisors for awards


Nominate student employees and supervisors for awards

As part of National Student Employment Week April 15 - 19, Career Services is seeking nominations for the following:


  • Student Employee of the Year Award
  • Student Employment Supervisor of the Year Award
  • Student Employment Team Recognition Award


The Student Employment Week awards celebrate the achievements of student employees and supervisors who lead them. If you work with a student employee or a team of student employees that go above and beyond making a difference, or a supervisor that provides exceptional leadership, please consider submitting a nomination.


Nomination forms are on the Student Employment CougarConnect page. The submission deadline is Sunday, March 31.


If you have questions contact Amanda Perk at extension 2156.


Please take time during Student Employment Week to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all student employees.


Peer Advocates needed by Student Advocacy

As part of National Student Employment Week April 15 - 19, Career Services is seeking nominations for the following:

  • Student Employee of the Year Award
  • Student Employment Supervisor of the Year Award
  • Student Employment Team Recognition Award

The Student Employment Week awards celebrate the achievements of student employees and supervisors who lead them. If you work with a student employee or a team of student employees that go above and beyond making a difference, or a supervisor that provides exceptional leadership, please consider submitting a nomination.

Nomination forms are on the Student Employment CougarConnect page. The submission deadline is Sunday, March 31.

If you have questions contact Amanda Perk at extension 2156.

Please take time during Student Employment Week to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all student employees.


Department of College Recreation & Wellness (CRW) offerings

Group classes

H.I.T.T. at noon
Roll and stretch at 12:30 p.m.

Yoga at 5:30 p.m.

Kettlebell express at 11:00 a.m.
Roll and stretch at 11:30 a.m.

Total body conditioning at 11:00 a.m.
Yoga at noon

Group classes are held in Delaware Hall room 158.

Self-Defense Program
This empowering self-defense training for men and women combines fitness training and martial arts. It is taught by experienced instructors on the Columbus Campus. All classes are provided free of charge. 

You can take a few classes, or progress through four levels of training where you will learn valuable techniques to keep yourself and others safe. 

Mondays at 5:00 p.m., Thursdays at 10:00 a.m., and Fridays at noon.
All self-defense classes are held in the Columbus State Police Department Training Room in Delaware Hall room 047

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.

More information is here. If you have questions, email CRW at



W-2 information for 2018

Through ADP, our W-2 provider, employees are able to access W-2 forms around the clock.

 How to Register on ADP W-2 Services
Go to
2. Click “Register Now”
3. Enter the Registration Pass Code which is: 1COUGAR-TS  (case sensitive)
4. Enter your Name and select W-2 Services
5. The following information is required for validation purposes:

  • Full Social Security Number
  • Employee ID #   
  • Company Code from Box D   : VJC (case sensitive)
  • Employee Zip Code
  • Tax Year

You will be prompted to complete a registration process during which you will select a unique password.  Your password must contain between 8 to 20 characters and at least one alpha and one numeric character. Additionally, you will be assigned a system generated User ID.  Once you have completed the registration process, you should “Bookmark” or “Add to your Favorites” the new URL

If you need assistance accessing this website to retrieve your W-2, please contact Janiece Brunner in the payroll department at extension 5617.


Assistance with tax returns

Business Programs Department Tax Practice students, along with faculty, will once again be providing free income tax return assistance. Tax preparation sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 – noon. The service starts this week and continues through April 13 in Delaware Hall room 212.


Appointments can be made by calling Hands-on-Columbus at 211.  This service is open to all Columbus State students and the surrounding community.  Contact Terrie Stolte if you have questions. Please note that this service will not be available during Spring Break in March.


DEIS Blackboard Faculty Training Workshops

Organizing Your Workflow: Using Outlook and Blackboard to make your life easier
Friday, March 1
1:00-2:00 p.m.
CT 106
Register here:

Blackboard Grade Center Small Group
Tuesday, March 5
2:00-3:00 p.m.
CT 119
Register here:

Blackboard Features
Friday, March 8
11:00 a.m.-noon
CT 106
Register here:

Blackboard Assignments
Thursday, March 21
1:00-2:00 p.m.
CT 106
Register here:

Blackboard’s Multimedia Tools
Friday, April 5
10:00-11:00 a.m.
CT 106
Register here:

Blackboard Tests & Quizzes
Monday, April 8
11:00 a.m.-noon
CT 106
Register here:

Blackboard Grade Center Small Group
Wednesday, April 24
9:00-10:00 a.m.
CT 119
Register here:

Testing Center: Successful Test Preparation and Submission
Friday, April 19
10:00-11:00 a.m.
CT 106
Register here:
Blackboard Grade Center Small Group
Tuesday, April 30
1:00-2:00 p.m.
CT 119
Register here:




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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.