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March 18, 2019

Recent graduate testifies before U.S. Congressional committee

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Columbus State graduate and staff member Jenae Parker testified Wednesday, March 13, before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor about her experiences struggling to pay for college as a single parent. Approached by Achieving the Dream about the possibility of testifying, Jenae went through several preliminary interviews and vetting by both political parties before being selected as a witness for the hearing “The Cost of College: Student-Centered Reforms to Bring Higher Education Within Reach." Her full written testimony is available here online.

Jenae’s testimony attracted the attention of two media outlets present for the hearing. Community College Daily wrote extensively about her story. You can read it here. ABC News interviewed Jenae Thursday, one day after her compelling testimony to the committee. Her interview was part of a daily online segment in “The Briefing Room.” You can watch it here. (Tune in at the 15:30 minute mark for the segment.) ABC News also filed an online story you can read here.

Jenae’s original four minutes of testimony can be seen on this YouTube link.

Jenae is a specialist in Partnership and Programs at the College. She graduated from Columbus State in 2018 with an associate degree in Human Resources Management and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in that field at Franklin University.

Employee Giving Campaign: supporting students

Following the recent Columbus State Foundation’s annual charitable-giving breakfast, several faculty and staff members volunteered to provide a quote on why they give each year. They were asked the question, “Supporting our students through the Foundation makes me feel...”

                                  “…like I have the power to change a student’s life,” responds Dale Gresson, Justice, Safety, and Legal Studies chairperson. He is one of many faculty and
staff members who, along with retirees and graduates, support the Foundation. 

D. Gresson

Dale Gresson


At Columbus State, helping students is at the center of everything we do. Giving to the Foundation is yet another way for every employee to support students by funding scholarships, special projects, and much more. The Columbus State Foundation’s annual Employee Giving Campaign runs through April 30. You can make a one-time donation or sign up for payroll deduction on the employee giving website. Giving is easy, and every gift matters. If you donate $5 per paycheck, it adds up to $120 by the end of the year! And whether you donate once, or sign up for a recurring donation, your gift is tax deductible.

If you have questions or would like for a member of the Foundation to speak with your staff or a group on campus, contact Jesse Jones, annual fund officer at extension 5101.

If you weren’t able to attend the charitable-giving breakfast, you missed a touching video featuring students talking about the impact scholarships have had on their lives. You can watch it here.


Association president speaking at Columbus State

The value of a liberal arts education is the topic of an upcoming lecture at Columbus State by Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The event is sponsored by the Arts & Sciences Lecture Series Committee.

Pasquerella has served as the president of the Association since 2016. She’s a philosopher whose career has combined teaching and scholarship with local and global engagement. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium and is free. More information is here.  


Third Friday is this week

Join the discussion around one of our next steps as a Guided Pathways College. We will be using evidence to design clear, coherent, and structured experiences to take students from the start of their journey to their ultimate goals. The discussion will include how to optimize support for the many types of students at Columbus State. We’ll examine what support services should be available for different student cohorts. We will also look at data to understand who is gaining momentum and who needs more assistance. Opportunities for future service are available. The event will be held Friday, March 22 from 10:00 a.m. – noon in the Library media studio. Seating is limited.

To register, log in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on “Third Fridays” listed on March 22. Select “Request to register.” (See this guide for search and registration tips.) Upcoming events will be posted in Cornerstone if this date is not convenient for you. 


College Knowledge: Marketing & Communications

In order to orient new employees to the College, and help all employees stay abreast of organizational changes and initiatives, we have revived and redesigned college on-boarding meetings to feature twice-yearly conversations with each of the College’s divisions. This month we feature Marketing and Communications. It will be held Friday, March 22 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in CT 108.

If you are interested in this class, or any other, please register by, logging in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event listed under the date listed above and select Request to register. (See this guide for search and registration tips.)

Feature your department or program at Friday’s open house

Columbus State’s next Open House for prospective high school students will take place Friday. Throughout the day, future students will have an opportunity to hear what Columbus State offers. They can choose an academic and career pathways break-out session and take a guided walking tour of campus. 

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, March 22 from 12:30 - 1:30 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.


Heavy equipment converges at the center of campus

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If you were in the center of the Columbus Campus on Thursday, March 14, you couldn’t miss the heavy equipment parked there. Due to a transformer that had to be replaced, the electricity to Union Hall was turned off at 4:00 p.m. that day. Crews spent most of the evening using a crane to remove the transformer from the roof of the building.  


Female welders take part in Columbus State training course

Turner Construction Company female employees were on the Columbus Campus March 6 to receive a crash course in Welding. Scott Laslo, assistant professor in Design, Construction & Trades, led the training. This Week News published a photo gallery. You can see it here.


Make sure you’re using the correct wireless network

Did you know that the Columbus State wireless network is for students and employees? Using the correct network can significantly increase your wireless speed. Double-check your network now on your mobile devices.

In your Wi-Fi settings, choose CSCC, not CSCC-Guest.  Use your CSCC username and password to connect to the server. It is the same login you use for Blackboard and CougarWeb.

If you need additional assistance, contact the IT Support Center at extension 5050. You may also stop by in person to get help from the IT Frontliners at the Center for Technology and Learning- Cyber Café. It’s located in the TL Lobby. You can also stop by Computer Commons in TL 116. If you’re on the Delaware Campus, visit the Learning Center in Moeller Hall.


Staff Advisory Council helping Campus Cupboards

Food insecurity is a real challenge for many of our students. Statistics show that in the United State, 42 percent of community college students reported experiencing food insecurity in the last 30 days. Read this article for more on this issue.

Hunger, and worry about the ability to access food, prevent students from focusing on their education and learning what they are being taught. This can have a direct impact on student success. Therefore, we invite you to join Staff Advisory Council (SAC) for its “Food for Thought” campaign. This is a way to support our colleagues in Student Advocacy and various Campus Cupboards across the College. The goal is to fuel student success by making sure our cupboards are adequately stocked.

Be on the lookout for white boxes and lists of the most needed items. They are being placed in the Office of the President, Student Central, TL Commons Lab, Justice/Safety and Legal Studies, the SX building HR Suite, the Facilities Management building, Sport and Exercise Studies & Hospitality, the Police Department, and other employee areas around the Columbus Campus. Please make sure donations do not need refrigeration and are not close to expiring. Email with any questions. SAC thanks you for all you do to support our students.

Student Advocacy still accepting Peer Advocate applications

Peer Advocates are part of the Student Advocacy Center and help with the college’s student retention efforts. The goal of the Peer Advocate program is to help students remove barriers to persistence and to reinforce success-oriented behaviors that lead to certificate and degree completion. Peer Advocates provide support to students individually and in groups and connect them to college and community resources that can assist them in addressing issues and help them have a successful experience at Columbus State.  

Candidates should have knowledge of the Columbus State campus, programs, services, and opportunities for students. Peer Advocates need to possess strong leadership abilities, active listening and communication skills, an aptitude for problem-solving, comfort with public speaking, an ability to work with diverse populations, and the motivation to learn and help others in the Columbus State community. This experience may be especially applicable to those looking to enter the social and human services field or with interest in learning about community resources or referrals.

Information and an application link are here. 

For questions regarding this role, contact Nancy Smith, Student Advocacy specialist.

Calling former CSCC student employees

Did you get your start as a work-study student at Columbus State? Career Services is seeking former student employees to be on a panel for our Student Employment Week programming Wednesday, April 17. If you are open to sharing your experience on starting as a student employee and transitioning to a staff or faculty member at CSCC, please contact Amanda Perk at


Student survey information

Columbus State is committed to supporting a safe, healthy and productive learning environment. An important part of supporting this work is to understand what students know about sexual misconduct. In conjunction with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Office of Equity and Compliance is asking students to take a short survey to help guide our efforts to better respond to and prevent sexual misconduct.

Students will find details and a link to the survey in their student email account this week. Their responses are completely anonymous and will be reported only after they are grouped with the responses of many others. We appreciate your help in spreading awareness of this effort and encouraging students to complete the survey. Any questions about the survey, please contact Renee Fambro, Title IX coordinator.

Career Services fundraiser Thursday

Career Services will be holding a fundraiser for the Career Mentorship Program. It will be held on Thursday, March 21 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Grass Skirt, 105 N. Grant Ave. Enjoy Columbus State inspired drink and food specials and buy tickets to win raffle prizes such as Funny Bone tickets. You may also take a tour of Noble Cut Distillery. One dollar of every special and a percentage of the days’ sales will be donated to the Mentorship Program.

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Magical Morning

Saturday, March 23 at 9:00 a.m.: Celebrate a magical morning with your family at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad St. The event will start before the Museum opens to the public. You will enjoy waffles and other goodies at a continental family breakfast. It will be followed by activities and a viewing of the 1984 classic film, The NeverEnding Story. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for children 6 -17, and $5 for children 5 and younger. Members receive $5 off per ticket.  Information for this event is here.


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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.


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. 


Couch to 5K sessions 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. The Couch to 5K session will be held Wednesday, March 27 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.

Then, later in the summer, take part in Pelotonia:

For the first time since 2013, there will be a Columbus State Community College 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 Aug. 3 and 4. You can join or give to the Columbus State team by clicking here. 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. Questions can be directed to Brent or Amanda Cecil at extension 2083. Brent and Amanda are the College Pelotonia Ambassadors.

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.

NEW, LARGER LOCATION: The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 28 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Ballroom on the fourth floor of the Center for Workforce Development, 315 Cleveland Ave., Columbus. RSVP here. If you have questions, contact Jasmine Marks, specialist, Global Diversity & Inclusion, at extension 5319.


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.

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.

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.


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.


IT training classes for March

Information Technology is hosting training sessions open to faculty and staff. If you are interested in any of the classes, please register by logging in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event listed under the appropriate date and select “Request” to register. (See this guide for search and registration tips.)

Managing incoming mail in Outlook: Do you want to learn more about email management in Outlook? Join our session to learn how to organize incoming emails and customize the appearance of your inbox. This hands-on training is designed for users who have mastered the basic features of the Outlook Desktop application. Topics include: rules, conditional formatting, categories, and search folders. Wednesday, March 20 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. in WD 211

Timesavers for emailing in Outlook: Do you wish that you could send outgoing emails in Outlook more efficiently?  Join our session to learn about Outlook shortcuts and features. This hands-on training is designed for users who have mastered the basic features of the Outlook Desktop application. Topics include: drafting repetitive emails with ease and using Quick Steps to automate common tasks. Thursday, March 28 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in Franklin Hall 310.

If you have questions, contact Michelle Guendelsberger at extension 5899.


DEIS Blackboard Faculty Training Workshops

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:




Retirement planning

A representative from AXA Advisors will conduct a Retirement Planning Workshop on Wednesday, March 27 from noon - 1:00 p.m. in WD-409.  Learn about Social Security claiming strategies, pension claiming options, and retirement savings strategies.  RSVP to by March 25, 2019.

Open Forums Thursday for Financial Aid candidates

Open forums will be held Thursday, March 21 so faculty and staff can hear from the two candidates being considered for the position of financial aid director. Both sessions will be in Franklin Hall 104.

1:00 p.m.: La Saundra Craig
4:00 p.m.: Patrick Hoffman







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