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May 2, 2019

Staff Employee of the Month: Justin Mulinex

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Justin Mulinex
, material handler in Mail and Distribution Services, was named the Staff Employee of the Month at First Wednesday yesterday. He was nominated by Brittany Barrett, supervisor, Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration. She says, “Justin was a valuable member of the New Student Orientation Team this past summer.

He was always asking what we need and kept track of our stock in the warehouse making it easier for the team to keep up during the hectic summer months.” Mulinex earned his Associate of Arts degree from Columbus State last May and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology at Franklin University.


Society of the Compass

During First Wednesday, professors Jennifer Dragroo and Scott Gano spoke briefly about the Society of the Compass program and nominations. The Society recognizes outstanding achievement both inside and outside of the classroom for very select graduating students. Nominations are made by faculty and staff throughout the academic year. Information is here about the Society and the nomination process.


Changes, changes, and more changes

Open Enrollment is just the first of three changes occurring this spring. The second is a new voice mail system (see story below). The third is new identification cards which will be issued for all faculty, staff, and students. Our IT Department and Police Department are working to implement and issue new ID cards for everyone. They will be needed to access buildings after hours. They will also be used to provide quick access to new copiers and printers, which are being installed across both campuses and the regional learning centers. You will receive more information in a single, campus-wide email later this month. It will provide specific instructions on how and when you can get a new ID.


IT update: transitioning to a new voicemail system

The Information Technology department will be transitioning the voicemail system for all employees from AVST to Cisco Unity. The Cisco Unity voicemail system will include some useful new features, including voicemail to email. A copy of your incoming voicemails will be emailed to you, allowing you to listen to them from your email or voicemail box.

The change will occur in three phases beginning with department mailboxes, followed by staff, then faculty. The voicemail transition will begin over the upcoming break. It will be completed by the end of June.

Additional information will be provided via email and Update as this project moves forward. Instructions will be provided to assist you to set up your mailbox, to create a new recording, and to manage your messages.


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.


Final chance to register for the Cougar 5K Challenge

The annual Cougar 5K Challenge is two days away. You can take part as an independent runner, or be a member on one of five teams: Rebecca Butler’s Cougar Corps, Sean Asbury’s Cougar Proud, Tina Diggs’ Cougar Striders, Terrence Brooks’ Spirited Sprinters, and Curt Laird’s Wellness Warriors. You can see all five teams and the number of members on this link.

The Cougar 5K Challenge 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.

If you have not registered, but still want to take part, you have two options:

  • Register on-site at the race Saturday from 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
  • Register at the Columbus State Bookstore today or Friday (see hours below)

If you’ve already registered:
You may pick up your 5K packet and race bibs at the Columbus State Bookstore today, May 2 until 6:00 p.m. and tomorrow, May 3 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. If you’re not able to make it to the Bookstore, the packets will be available on Saturday morning at the race site.

5K volunteers
Volunteers are always needed. If you’re available, contact Sherita Golden at extension 5988. 



DEIS faculty Blackboard training workshops

Eight new workshops are available for faculty and staff. See the list and register here.


Become a Diversity Peer Educator

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Do you know a student who is a positive leader on campus? The Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion is currently looking to hire new Diversity Peer Educators to help plan and lead initiatives on campus during the 2019-2020 school year.

Students can visit the college’s employment page to apply. Contact Brett Welsh to get more information about this position.

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!


Napoleon Bell Sr. Award

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Dale Gresson, chairperson, Justice, Safety, and Legal Studies, was awarded this year’s Napoleon Bell Sr. Award at the final MAN Initiative meeting on April 26. Each year, the award is presented to a Central Ohio male who demonstrates ambition, persistence, integrity, and support of Columbus State values. Those values are qualities embodied by the award's namesake. Pictured, Gresson, center, is with the grandchildren of Bell Sr., Napoleon Bell III and Chris Bell.


Creative cooking

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Columbus State chef Josh Wickham and Allison Hendricks from the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts assisted Scholar Network students as they created a meal on April 26 in an Eibling Hall kitchen. The menu was developed using produce from the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s recent market on campus. The students were able to enjoy the meal together following the preparation. The partnership was developed by Kim Eckhart, Barb Smith-Allen, and the Scholar Network to promote the new Mid-Ohio Food Market coming to the Columbus Campus this fall. The Scholar Network is a support group for students who are current or former foster youths.

Food for Thought

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) would like to thank all who participated in the Food for Thought campaign to combat student hunger and fuel student success. With your help, SAC was able to collect multiple boxes brimming with food and hygiene products from 12 different departments. SAC is making plans to continue this effort to help stock Campus Cupboards in various ways, so be on the lookout for coming information.


In-Service Day survey

An additional "thank you" from the organizers of the annual In-Service Day for everyone who took part. If you attended a portion of the day on Thursday, April 18, we would like for you to consider filling out a short survey. You can take the survey here.



Field trips for Interpreting classes

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Two Intermediate Interpreting classes took field trips in April to two video relay companies: Purple Communications and Sorenson Communications. (Video relay is a video telecommunication service allowing deaf individuals and others to communicate over video telephones and similar technologies with hearing people in real-time.) As future Interpreters for the deaf, a viable career option is to interpret for similar companies. The on-site visits gave them an indication of what skills the companies require and the employment screening process. The students were also able to do a mock video relay call to experience what it's like to work in that environment.

Top Picture left to right: Bryan Neal, Robbyn Kutil, Greer Davidson, Elaini Young, Caitlin Stiltner, Jenn Wallace, Shawanna Lewis, and Brittany Lanham.

Bottom Picture left to right:Teanna Hrinko, Jennifer Moscato, Julia Hargrove, Ray Kiff, Amanda Gallof and Ashley Cantrell.

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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 Colleague.

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.



Two Rocco Di Pietro concerts

Rocco Di Pietro will perform his work “Out of the Studio” featuring guitarist Larry Marotta. Former electronic music student Jacob Moses, back from New York after six years and working as Di Pietro’s assistant, will also perform. Student work from Di Pietro’s current electronic music class will be included. “Out of the Studio” will be performed on today, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ohio State University Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130, Columbus. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Then, on Friday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m., Di Pietro’s Electronic music class recital will be held in the Band Room in TL 123. It will feature student oral walks and soundscapes by Jason Shirey and Yi Yang Lu. Guests Larry Marotta and-Paul Strawser will perform on the piano. Free admission.

Combined vocal groups perform on Sunday

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble will collaborate with Chorus Columbus State to present, “Gathered Together As One.” Each choir will present compositions from their repertoire. They will then compare renditions of the same song. The concert concludes with a rousing selection by the combined choirs. Chorus Columbus State is under the direction of Elizabeth Scinto. The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble is under the direction of Emma L. Easton.

This event will be held on Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad St., Columbus.


Music class assisting with West Side Arts Festival

The Columbus State Business of Music class has partnered with the Focus Learning Academy to host a West Side Arts Festival. This collaboration is a service learning project with proceeds benefiting the College’s Stan Ross Scholarship. The event features a talent showcase, vendors, and fine art designs by students. While the festival is free, there are limited VIP packages available for $8 each. (Package includes table seating, a music gift pack, complimentary Crimson Cup Coffee, and inclusion in an entertainment raffle.) 

The Festival will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Focus Learning Academy, 190 Southwood Ave., Columbus. To purchase VIP tickets, contact Joseph Butler For more information call 614-287-5377, extension 1677.

Woodwind Ensemble

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The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble was featured performing in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium at the All-Ohio Academic Team Awards Program on Thursday, April 25. The annual event, sponsored by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, provides statewide recognition and scholarships to outstanding two-year college students. The Woodwind Ensemble, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd, provided music during the luncheon portion of the program. The ensemble has performed every year but one since 2000.
Pictured, left to right: Ann Eblin, faculty; Chris Liu, student; Rob Klein, community member; Kris Brown, student; Thomas Lloyd, director; Nik Engelhart, community member.



in case you missed it

Workshop on housing and evictions

Columbus State and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus are sponsoring a free workshop this week on housing and eviction. It will be held Today, May 2 from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio. More information is here.


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.