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March 4, 2019

 Columbus State trustee featured on Columbus CEO cover

C. Burger photo

Corrine Burger, who is a member of the Columbus State Board of Trustees and the managing director for consumer and community banking at JPMorgan Chase, is featured on the March 2019 cover of Columbus CEO magazine. The profile article includes comments from President Harrison. You can read the full article here.


First Wednesday

First Wednesday will be held this week on March 6 at 8:15 a.m. in the WD Ballroom.


Faculty Idea Exchange accepting presentation proposals

FIX logoThe 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.


Let us know how you are communicating with students

We know you do a lot to engage students. We want to find out more about how and what you are communicating to nudge students along their academic paths. You are invited to participate in a project to help us understand how, when, and why we are communicating with students.  You can participate in one of three ways:

  1. Complete this online form OR
  2. Visit this online virtual corkboard OR
  1. Visit one of the rooms on the Columbus Campus listed below and add your information to the provided posters. (Five posters will be placed in each room reflecting the five completion plan categories. Each poster will include columns for the following prompts: what is the message, what causes it to be sent, who does it target, who sends it out, and how is it sent? You will add information to under each prompt.)



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The information will be used by the college completion team to better understand our communication to students along their academic paths, and identify gaps or redundancy in messaging.

Thank you in advance for your participation. If you have any questions please contact Pat Fabrisi at extension 5976 or Teddi Lewis-Hotopp at extension 2866.



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.



Spread the word on full-tuition STEM scholarships

Do you know a student who may qualify for the Future Scientists of Ohio (FSO) Scholars Program? It gives high school students interested in the STEM Fields (science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine) the opportunity to complete the first two years of college tuition-free. Students must major in an Associate of Science program at Columbus State and, after earning their associate degree, plan to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related major.

Through funding from the National Science Foundation and Choose Ohio First, all FSO scholars receive a scholarship that awards full tuition for two years at Columbus State. Students who qualify for Federal Pell Grant funds and meet FSO requirements may also be eligible for additional funding to cover other college costs such as textbooks, supplies, and transportation.

FSO scholars who transfer to a university participating in the Choose Ohio First program can apply for an additional scholarship for their final two years of study. Choose Ohio First institutions are listed here.

Incoming freshman are eligible to apply for the FSO scholarship if they are Ohio residents, have not earned college credits other than through College Credit Plus, and meet one of the following criteria:

  • ACT composite score of 24 or higher, OR 
  • High school GPA of 3.0 or higher, OR 
  • Placement into Math 1149 or higher and English 1100 by ACT, SAT or Columbus State Placement Tests.​

Students can find out more, and complete an FSO scholarship application, at Applications and required materials must be submitted by April 1 for priority consideration.



Columbus State faculty receives HI-TEC fellowship

photo of D. NowakDavid Nowak, an instructor in the Computer Science Department, has been selected for a Faculty Fellowship to attend the High-Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) in St. Louis July 22 - 25. The Faculty Fellowship and the HI-TEC Conference are both supported by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) program.

HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technological education. The conference will focus on the preparation needed by the existing workforce and the future workforce for companies in high-tech sectors that drive the nation’s economy.

Growing playlist for Business Programs webpage

Do you want to know if that accounting class is right for you? Or for one of your students? Maybe you’re curious about a social media class? Check out audio interviews with faculty members from the Business Programs Department to learn about upcoming classes. The playlist on this SoundCloud webpage includes interviews about more than a dozen Business Programs courses.


Protect yourself from tax fraud

With tax season upon us, Ben Dalton, information security officer at Columbus State, has tips to avoid scams and fraud. As people begin to file their tax returns this year, cybercriminals will be busy trying to take advantage using a variety of scams. According to the Internal Revenue Service, last year there was a 60 percent increase in phishing scams that attempted to steal money or tax data.

Seven steps to protect yourself from tax fraud:

  1. File your taxes as soon as possible.
  2. Be wary of unsolicited calls, texts, or emails requesting personal information, or tax or payment information.
  3. Do not click on links or open attachments in messages with which you are unfamiliar.
  4. Avoid conducting business over public, guest, or free Wi-Fi networks.
  5. Shred all unneeded or old documents containing your confidential information.
  6. Check your statements from financial accounts and credit reports regularly.
  7. Use strong, unique passwords for all of your accounts.

At work, if you happen to receive a tax-related phishing email or any suspicious email, report it to the help desk at As you may have noticed, emails sent from outside Columbus State are now tagged with “[EXTERNAL]” in the subject line. A message that is tagged “[EXTERNAL]” does not mean it is malicious. It only indicates that you should take caution once you’ve opened the email. Do not click on links or open attachments in messages with which you are unfamiliar.


Proposals being accepted for In-Service Day workshops

In-Service Day provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn about college resources and strategies to improve student success. It’s a day of professional development and community building filled with informative break-out sessions. If you have professional development ideas related to student classroom success, student support resources, co-curricular opportunities, career exploration resources, or other student success topics, please submit them for consideration. The deadline for workshop submissions is Monday, March 11. Please fill out this form with your workshop information.


Short Takes

massage graphicPop-up employee massage event

Employees who RSVP can stop by for a 15-minute massage tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. They will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis until all slots are filled. The location for the pop-up messages will be revealed once you confirm your appointment. To RSVP email Nichole Bowman-Glover or call her at extension 3989. Massages will be provided by Buckeye Physical Medicine and Rehab in Columbus.


Delaware Hall floor restoration underway

Starting today, phase two of the Delaware Hall floor restoration project will begin. During the upcoming spring break, sections of the hallway may be blocked off. Crews will work to minimize interruptions. The project will wrap up in mid-March.


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.


Around the Discovery District

Free event with author Paula McLain

This coming weekend, author Paula McLain will visit the Columbus Metropolitan Library as part of their Carnegie Series. She will talk about her books, answer questions, and sign books afterward. Tickets are free. You can register here. The event will be held Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m. in the library at 96 South Grant Ave., Columbus



In case you missed it: reminders of recently published events


Winter concert this Tuesday

Columbus State Concert Band and Columbus State Jazz Ensemble will present their Winter Concert on Tuesday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m. in the WD Ballroom at the Center for Workforce Development. The Concert Band, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd, will perform the music of African-American composers including W. C. Handy, James Reese Europe, and Alvin Singleton. The program will conclude with the band and the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Rick Brunetto, performing “Duke Ellington in Concert.”  For more information on the free concert contact


Couch to 5k sessions

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: 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 set for this Friday

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, 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.

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. You can register here.


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 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 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 Slate, Boston Globe Magazine, Texas Monthly, Brevity, Pank, and Woolf Studies Annual and is the editor of the literary journal New Ohio Review.

If you are interested in participating in the conference, the deadline to submit workshop proposals has been extended to March 1, 2019. Please see the Writers Conference website for more information.


The Book Club

The Faculty Entry, Training, and Professional Development and the Instructional Success committees will once again be partnering to host several book clubs. This semester the club will be readingThe College Fear Factor.”  Some faculty received the book at the 2018 FIX. It focuses on observations and interviews of community college students, and how students and faculty can misunderstand, and ultimately fail each other. 

The book club will meet Wednesday, April 3 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in WD 352.
Register and find more information here.

The Book Club will also be discussing “The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life” over four sessions throughout the semester. This book focuses on the concept that good teaching is more than just good pedagogy. It says that good teaching requires an authentic connection in the classroom that stems from the integrity and identity of the teacher. These sessions will be held on March 29; Friday, April 26; and Friday, May 3.  Register and find more information here.

Please follow the two links for more information and to register for any of the sessions. Contact Karen Rippe for more information at extension 5497.


Peer Advocates needed by Student Advocacy

Candidates for Peer Advocates should have knowledge of the Columbus State campuses, 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 for referrals.

For more information and to apply, please encourage students to visit:

Additionally, staff can reach out to Nancy Smith to submit a student recommendation.


Department of College Recreation & Wellness 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

More information is here. If you have questions, email the department 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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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.