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March 25, 2019

Women's Leadership Summit and Awards

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The fifth annual Women's Leadership Summit and Awards was held at the Center for Workforce Development on March 21. The day-long event was designed to provide meaningful intergenerational connection opportunities with a focus on leadership development along with personal and intellectual growth. Above, keynote speaker Sile P. Singleton, The Reluctant Evangelist, addresses the audience. Our Facebook Live interview with Singleton is here (Video link may not be visible in Internet Explorer.)

Annual Writers Conference around the corner

The 16th annual Writers Conference is fast approaching. Sponsored by the English Department, it includes workshops on the craft of writing and a book fair featuring local presses and authors.

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.

The Writers Conference, which is free and open to the public, includes a continental breakfast. It will be held on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom on the fourth floor of WD.

Please see the Writers Conference website for the complete schedule of presenters. 


Honors Program seeking more applications

If you know a student who would be ideal for the Honors Program, let them know that applications for priority admittance are still being accepted through April 15. Students accepted into the Honors Program are awarded a $2,000 scholarship for the academic year ($1,000 for autumn semester, and $1,000 for spring semester). The scholarship is renewable for a second year if criteria are met.

Honors Program applications received by April 15 will receive priority admittance into the program and scholarship award. Applications received after that date will be considered as space and scholarship funds remain available. Final deadline to apply to the Honors Program is May 31.

Click here for eligibility requirements.



Remind students that summer semester registration is now open 

Students can earn credits faster, graduate sooner, and lighten their class load for future terms if they enroll in summer classes. Registration information is here.


March madness with Career Services

Let students know that Career Services can help them get their head in the game with March Madness at two locations this week.

  • Become a career champion: Complete a transferable skills bracket for a chance to win prizes
  • Get your style game on: Get signed up to receive a free interview outfit through Dress for Success Columbus
  • Snap a professional headshot: Have your photo taken for LinkedIn just like the pros

March Madness will be held on the Columbus Campus on Tuesday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall lounge.

It will be held on the Delaware Campus on Wednesday, March 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Moeller Hall lobby.



Social Justice Awards

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College representatives and students attended the inaugural Central Ohio Social Justice Awards on Friday, March 15 at The Boat House Restaurant and Special Events Center at Confluence Park in Columbus. This event was the first of its kind in the nation. Ten awards were presented to individuals and organizations for their leadership in various social justice causes. Among the honorees was former College Credit Plus student and Columbus State graduate Amara Leggett who received the Young Legend Award for her Gahanna Lincoln High School Diaspora Program. Learn more and submit nominations for future awards here.

Pictured, left to right: Terrence Brooks, senior director of Student Life; Terrence Lawrence, coordinator, Intercollegiate Athletics; Amaal Shehabi, specialist in Student Engagement; and Chloe Faure, specialist for Advising and Student Support.



Information session for OU higher education programs

Ohio University will return to the Columbus Campus to host an open session for their Higher Education and Student Affairs programs. Peter Mather and Laura Harrison, both from OU, will be on hand to talk about the university’s Masters in Higher Education and Executive Doctorate Higher Education programs. Stop by to learn more about the programs and curriculum.

The session will be held on Tuesday, April 2 from noon – 1:00 p.m. in WD 1094.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Did you know that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month? Victim Advocacy has activities and events planned throughout the month to raise awareness about this important issue and to make sure that everyone in the Columbus State community is aware of the many resources available to survivors of sexual assault both on our campuses and in the Central Ohio Community. Visit the Victim Advocacy Events Page here so you can add them to your calendar.




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Ride your bike daily in April

Pledge here with CoGo Bikes, to ride your bike every day in April. The promotion is in partnership with Yay Bikes!. They want you to ride and share your journey using #30daysofbiking and #cbus30daysofbiking. Prizes and group rides to come. A pledge is required. Proceeds benefit World Bicycle Relief.

Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite to speak in Columbus

The creator of the Cathy comic strip will be in Columbus next month. Thurber House is hosting  Cathy Guisewite for the next Evenings with Authors. She will talk about her latest book, Fifty Things that Aren’t My Fault, a collection of funny, warm, and wise essays in the style of Nora Ephron and Erma Bombeck. It centers on the particular challenge of caring for aging parents and growing children, all while trying not to lose oneself in the process. The event will be held on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad St., Columbus. Information and tickets are here.  


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Couch to 5K session this week

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 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.


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.


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.


Natural Hair Workshop March 28: new location

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. RSVP here. If you have questions, contact Jasmine Marks, Specialist, GDI at extension 5319.


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 29 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.)


Nominate Students for the Cougar crew

The Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration (CASE) and New Student Programs are looking for both experienced and emerging leaders in order to create a well-rounded student Cougar Crew leadership team. Cougar Crew members will serve in a variety of ways in order to support student success. They will primarily serve as guides and leaders during transition events such as orientation and welcome team.

Submit your nominations here. Feel free to submit as many students as you feel appropriate. The deadline is next Friday, March 29 at 5:00 p.m. Nominated students will receive a congratulatory email message which will include how to apply for the position. If you are interested in reading the position job posting, please click here.  CASE and New Student Programs greatly appreciate your time and look forward to seeing your nominations. If you have questions contact Brittany Barrett.

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.

"Improv for Interviews" workshop for students

Career Services is offering an “Improv for Interviews” workshop. Led by Barbara Allen, Professional Development and Retention Department coordinator and experienced improvisational actress and director, students will learn the practical applications and connections between “improv” and leadership.

Improvisation - or improve - is a form of theater in which the plot, characters, and dialogue of a game, scene or story, are made up in the moment. The skills and mindset that come from learning improvisational techniques span far beyond the world of theater. It is being incorporated in professional development training across the country. This workshop will include fun, interactive activities that will help students be able to think quickly on their feet, recover from making a misstep, and see the interview process in a whole new light! 

The workshop for students will be held on Wednesday, April 3 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the media studio in the lower level of the Library. For more information on how to sign up, please go here.


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.

Calling former Columbus State 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


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

JUST ADDED: Blackboard and Interactive Learning
Are you ready to increase student engagement in your online courses? In this session, learn how to use Blackboard features that promote student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction. Interact with your students using video, audio, text, and real-time communication methods. Join us in the Digital Education and Instructional Services (DEIS) lab in the CT building for a technical and pedagogical overview of Blackboard's student engagement features. Note: Basic knowledge of Blackboard is required.

Thursday, March 28
Noon – 1:00 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:

Achievement Analytics training for employees 

Achievement Analytics – Basics 
Friday, March 29 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in WD206

Participants will receive an overview of the Achievement Analytics website and learn how Achievement Analytics can help you make decisions with the use of consistent, transparent data. The site includes items such as information on enrollment, course sections, census day data elements, multiple student success metrics, and other academic program level data elements. Reports, such as a College Scorecard, and other benchmarking information are also available directly from Achievement Analytics. Register on Cornerstone by going to the Events Calendar tab under Learning.

Achievement Analytics – Reports 
Friday, March 29 from 11:00 a.m. - noon in WD206 

Participants will receive an overview of the Reports section of the Achievement Analytics website, which contains student-level data.  A basic overview of FERPA will be provided.  Achievement Analytics - Basics is a prerequisite to this course. Register on Cornerstone by going to the Events Calendar tab under Learning.




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.