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May 13, 2019

Spring Semester Commencement

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Columbus State’s 198th Commencement took place Friday, May 10 at the Celeste Center. A record number of students – more than 1,600 – earned degrees during the semester. Of the graduates, 30 were College Credit Plus students, earning their associate degree the same semester as their high school diploma. David Brown provided the commencement address. He is the founder and creative director of the Harmony Project in Columbus.  

See video highlights here.

A limited slideshow is here.


College Credit Plus student profiled on local news

Haylee Adams was one of a record 30 College Credit Plus students who earned an associate degree the same semester they will receive their high school diploma. The 17-year-old from Reynoldsburg was Friday night profiled on WCMH-TV (NBC 4). Watch the story here.  


Posthumous degree awarded

photo from graduation
A poignant moment occurred as a posthumous degree was awarded to graduate Bradley Haynes, 48, of London, Ohio. Haynes died in a tragic helicopter crash in January. He was working for a medical flight company. He was also a firefighter for the Jefferson Township Fire Department. President Harrison presented Haynes’ Fire Science degree to his young son. A standing ovation from the graduating class followed.


Evacuation drill will briefly close Grove Street Thursday

The Columbus State Police Department will conduct an evacuation and relocation exercise with Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center this week. Fort Hayes is just two blocks north of the Columbus Campus off of Cleveland Avenue. During this exercise, all Fort Hayes students, faculty, and staff will be walking down to Columbus State to shelter in Delaware Hall.

To accommodate the drill, Grove Street between Cleveland Avenue and the stop signs and crosswalk in front of Delaware Hall will be closed to all vehicles. However, the parking lots will remain open. The 1-E lot will have access from the Edwards Avenue alleyway. The 2-E lot will be accessible on Grove Street across from the far end of Delaware Hall near the Automotive Technology Department.

This evacuation drill will happen on Thursday, May 16 starting at 8:30 a.m. It is expected to last about one hour. Once it has been completed, Grove Street will reopen.


Delaware Hall power to be shut off briefly Thursday

The generator for Delaware Hall will be shut off for a short time as part of a Police Department “communication infrastructure” check. During the test, parts of the building will still be able to operate on generator power. To lessen the impact, it will be conducted before regular business hours. The power source will be turned off on Thursday, May 16 around 6:00 a.m. The test is expected to last less than one hour.


Chancellor visits Columbus State

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President Harrison joined Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner during a visit to the Columbus Campus last Wednesday. Gardner was here to showcase In-Demand Jobs Week and the thousands of jobs available in in-demand fields, including allied health careers. The brief tour in the GA building included a demonstration by Scott Gano, assistant professor, on how the Anatomage virtual cadaver table provides learning opportunities for students. Pictured: On the left, Chancellor Gardner examines the Anatomage table while President Harrison looks on. Right: Scott Gano is on the right.


Register now for FIX

FIX logoThere’s still time to register for the 2019 Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX), Columbus State’s annual teaching conference scheduled for June 7.  All full-time and adjunct instructors are encouraged to attend.  We are excited to offer 21 presentations by college instructors from Columbus State and other colleges and universities around the state. In addition, our keynote speaker is Jennifer Waldeck from Chapman University in California.

She is a renowned expert in successful classroom communication strategies. We are also looking forward to our “Quick FIX” breakout session of Pecha Kucha presentations, also known as “lightning talks.”

Please visit for the list of presentations. Click here to register.


Fueling Our Futures at middle schools

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Columbus State Community College’s Automotive Technology Department and Grants Office hosted a “Fueling Our Futures” event at four Central Ohio middle schools on May 6 and 7. Funded by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Environmental Education Fund, the event focused on clean energy careers. The seventh-grade students were able to ride a Hydrogen Fuel Cell bus while learning about alternative energy career opportunities. They were also able to complete electrolysis on a small scale, compare the emissions of diesel fuel versus ethanol with a live flame, and experiment with light and wind as possible power sources.

Said one teacher: “A lot of the kids told me that their favorite parts were the hydrogen fuel cell and riding the hydrogen bus. I thought all stations were great and aligned with my standards and what we just learned about in science.”

As the need for alternative energy continues to develop, we are excited to share the growing industry with Central Ohio’s future workforce. To learn more about the event and what is coming up next, contact


College Visit Day held at Delaware Campus

Alison the alienAlison the Alien was used for a learning session for elementary students on the Delaware Campus on May 3

The Delaware Campus hosted the eighth annual College Visit Day on May 3. The event was a partnership across departments including the Library, Student Engagement, faculty, advisors, peer mentors, specialists, administrators, and more. The campus hosted more than 55 fourth-grade students from Woodward Elementary School.

The morning included icebreakers and three learning sessions. A literacy workshop challenged students to examine library books, websites, and expert opinions in order to determine whether or not aliens and UFOs exist. A second session focused on the science area where students created foam and “flubber.” A third workshop helped students build leadership and presentation skills. Each student left with a certificate and some College swag.








in case you missed it

Optional Open Enrollment information and training sessions

With significant changes requiring everyone to actively enroll or re-enroll for healthcare benefits, Human Resources has set up multiple dates in May for information and training sessions. If you do nothing, you will lose health care benefits for you and your dependents.

Information sessions are underway through May 15. While these are optional, they are recommended. Computer training sessions from May 14 - 31 are also optional. Complete details about the new system, along with registration links, are located here.

Earn a mental health training certificate

The stress of finals is almost over, and summer is on its way. Learn warning signs and behaviors for future semesters that might help you identify individuals who could use extra support mentally and emotionally.

We invite you to join us for a free 90-minute training where you will learn about risk factors and warning signs of a potentially suicidal person, as well as a technique for starting a conversation with them. This technique is QPR, which stands for Question, Persuade, Refer. It is intended to offer hope to those who may feel that they have none.

We welcome all faculty, staff, and students. All attendees who are present for the training will receive a certificate of completion. It will be held on Wednesday, May 15 from 10:30 a.m. – noon in Union Hall 053 (lower level).  RSVP on CougarConnect here!

If you or someone you know are having thoughts of harm to self or others, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. You may also contact Netcare Access at 614-276-2273. You may also reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or contact the national crisis text line at #741741.

Conscious Inclusion for Leaders

Is your professional network as diverse as the workforce and community around you? If not, you could be missing important opportunities for your career and your company. Learn about the challenges we all face in making meaningful connections, the impacts of these missed connections, and how to recognize and overcome them. This session will help you remove the artificial barriers that may be keeping you from your next mentor, star hire, or big customer.

Three 90-minute sessions will be held on May 20 for Columbus State leaders addressing issues related to building skills for recognizing and mitigating implicit bias.

To register, log in to Cornerstone and hover over the “Learning” tab in the upper left. That will bring up a pull-down menu. Select “Events Calendar.” Click on the event listed on May 20th (location WD 420). Select “Request to register.” (See this guide for search and registration tips.)


Join Columbus State's Pelotona team

With the annual 5K completed, avid athletes can now prepare to pedal. For the first time since 2013, there will be a Columbus State 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 August 3 and 4.  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 or Amanda Cecil at extension 2083. Brent and Amanda are the College Pelotonia Ambassadors.

Important end-of-fiscal-year dates

In our continued effort to allow as much time as possible for the expenditure of Fiscal Year 2019 funds, we will retain a June cut-off date for purchases. The last day to purchase goods and services for the year ending June 30, 2019, is June 7, 2019.

Friday, May 17, 2019
Last day to submit technology requests (software, hardware) to the IT service portal at .

Friday, May 17, 2019
Last day to submit for custom products at the Bookstore for end of fiscal year delivery.

Friday, June 7, 2019
Last day to create requisitions in Collea

Friday, June 14, 2019
Last day to place orders with vendors. Exceptions must be approved by your Cabinet member and by Darrin Albaugh, assistant director, Purchasing.

Friday, June 21, 2019
Last day to place office supply orders with Office Depot. 

Friday, June 28, 2019
Date by which all goods and services must be physically received in order to be charged to FY’2019 budget. (Note, operating budgets do not carry into the next fiscal year so goods not received by June 30, 2019, will be applied to the FY’2020 budget.)

Friday, June 28, 2019
Last day to complete and submit Bookstore requisition for stock items in the Bookstore.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Date by which invoices must be received in Accounts Payable to be paid from FY’2019.  Invoices received after July 31, 2019, will be charged to FY’2020.


Help Desk Hours during the break
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Closed weekends

No mail on Friday
To accommodate a departmental retreat, there will be no mail service or print services on Friday, May 17. The Warehouse and Receiving Dock will also be closed. Normal services resume on Monday. Contact extension 2568 if you have questions.

Food Service Hours

Finals Week, May 6-11

Subway and Sips (in Davidson Hall) - Regular service hours

Union Cafe - regular hours Monday - Friday, closed Saturday, May 11

Tortillas food truck - closed

May 13-June 6
Subway - Monday - Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Closed Fridays) (Hours after June 6 have not yet been determined.)

May 28-August 9
Union Cafe and Starbucks – Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sips – Closed


Department of College Recreation & Wellness (CRW) offerings

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 department information is here. If you have questions, email


DEIS faculty Blackboard training workshops

Blackboard Fundamentals

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

Friday, May 31 – 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
CT 119
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Thursday, June 6 – noon - 1:00 p.m.
CT 119
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Monday, June 17 – 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
CT 119
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Use Learning Glass to Enhance Your Class

Why use Learning Glass? You need to show students diagrams, graphs, illustrations, flowcharts, mathematical equations or scientific formulas. In your classroom, you stand at a whiteboard with your back to students while you teach. With Learning Glass – a camera records your face, your voice, and your writing on the Lightboard for a more personal and engaging learning experience. Your recorded Learning Glass presentations in Blackboard benefit web and blended students. The workshop includes hands-on practice.

Friday, June 7, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
CT 106
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Tuesday, June 25, noon - 1:00 p.m.
CT 106
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Tracking Student Progress in Blackboard: Retention Center, Performance Dashboard & Course Reports

An overview of how Blackboard’s built-in performance and activity trackers can help you quickly identify students who are needing extra attention and those who are doing well. Data provided in Blackboard’s Retention Center can assist in creating Starfish reports in a timely manner. See how Course Reports and the Performance Dashboard can identify most frequently used course areas and students’ access patterns.

Wednesday, June 12 – 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
CT 106
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Use Blackboard Discussion Boards Effectively

Research on how online students persevere in the web environment reveals that to be successful, learners need to feel that they are part of an active and invested community.  The most direct and comprehensive way to anchor students in this community is through discussion boards. However, the most effective method of designing and facilitating the discussion board often relates closely to the discipline of the course. This session will offer practical tips and useful strategies for creating effective student-to-student interaction from two contrasting academic areas. Led by Ann Palazzo, Professor of English, and Kevin James, Professor of Mathematics.

Friday, June 14 – 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
CT 106
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Blackboard’s Features

Learn how to use Blackboard features that will make your life easier. Some are brand new to Blackboard and some are just new to you. Due Date Management, Video/Audio Feedback, Grade Center tips and more!

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

For years, TechSmith (Camtasia) Relay has been the College’s simple screen/camera recording program. It is now being phased out and will be completely replaced with a new program, Kaltura Capture, by the end of 2019. So join us and learn about Kaltura Capture, which works on any computer to create your own videos with just a few mouse clicks. Those videos are then automatically pushed to Blackboard, where they can be easily embedded in any course site. You can also embed the videos in any other website — including CSCC’s own, soon-to-be-released YouTube-like site — or download them to your computer.

Tuesday, June 25, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
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Increase Student Success with Blackboard Rubrics

Do you find yourself writing the same comments to multiple students when grading? Do your students ask you why they received a “B” instead of an “A” on an assignment? Rubrics outline assignment expectations for students and allow them to know how assignments will be graded. Rubrics are powerful tools for instructors to use to provide feedback to students in a very efficient, consistent manner. Grading rubrics are easy to create in Blackboard. In this training session, learn how to use Blackboard grading rubrics enhance the feedback for students and improve the grading experience for faculty.  (Note: A basic knowledge of Blackboard is required.)

Thursday, June 27 – 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
CT 106
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How to Use Turnitin Direct Assignment

Learn how to use Turnitin to check your student’s writing for plagiarism and to easily grade their papers online. Turnitin Direct Assignment is now integrated with Blackboard. It is a useful and effective feature that allows instructors to provide feedback to students through markup instruments, rubrics, proofing tools, and originality reports. Presented by Robert Trent, Turnitin trainer, and tech support.

Friday, June 28 – 11:00 a.m. - noon
CT 106
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Submit your news to Update

Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State? Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees. Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at 9 a.m. for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at 9 a.m. for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

Submit your news to students in Campus Life

Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at 9 a.m. for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.