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May 20, 2019

Open Enrollment Q & A

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The online enrollment portal is now open, allowing all benefit-eligible employees to make health care benefit selections during Open Enrollment. You can access the portal with any device that has Internet connectivity. Once you have created your username and password, you can enroll on the website or through the BenefitFocus mobile app. Instructions for account creation and mobile app installation are attached to this email.

Please enroll and make your elections by Friday, May 31.

You can access the portal at this URL:

If you need assistance, please sign up for one of the lab sessions available at this link. (Scroll down to "RSVP Online.")

Go all the way through all benefits until you receive the confirmation message with the survey and number. Two common questions that Human Resources has received, along with the answers are below.

  QuestionI’ve uploaded my spousal affidavit and my 1040. Way can I only see one document?
  Answer:  Go to "Document Center," set the “Filter by Status” to “All Documents” and you will be able to see all the documents that you have loaded. 
  Question: I think I’m done, how do I know?
  Answer: You will receive a confirm number at the end of the enrollment. Please make sure that you enroll or decline each and every benefit. 



Golf team heading to national tournament

 Photo of 2019 golf teamAfter winning the region eight Div. III golf tournament, the Columbus State golf team is headed to the 2019 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Div. III National Championship. It will be held in Chautauqua, NY beginning on Tuesday, June 4. The Cougars last saw national tournament action in 2017 when they finished as national runner-up.

During the regionals, this month the men's golf team shot a 325-333-329—987 to trounce Delta College (349-331-334—1014) for the victory.

Columbus State finished with two golfers going head-to-head in a playoff round for low-medalist honors. Nicholas Darling (81-80-79—240)) claimed the individual championship after battling with teammate Jacob Wilson (79-81-80—240) for the top spot.

Preston Yeater finished in fifth place with 83-87-85—255 while Adam Hopson and Anthony Tesi tied for sixth place at +40 over par.

Pictured, left to right: Adam Hopson, Nick Darling, Jacob Wilson, Coach Rocky Nelson, Asst. Coach Dan Miller, Preston Yeater, Anthony Tesi, and Hunter Ficeto.




Aspiring Leaders ERG

The upcoming Aspiring Leaders Employee Resource Group (ERG) will dive deeper into their StrengthsFinder results. They will meet on Thursday, May 30 from noon – 1:00 p.m. in the lower Media Studio in the lower level of Library.

Barbara Allen will be leading the ERG session. To prepare for the May 30 event, please email her at this link to request a code to complete the StrengthsFinder assessment. You will then visit to add your code and take the assessment.  Please bring your top five strengths to class as well as the assessment report. NOTE - If you have taken the assessment before, or have forgotten your username and password from another session, please follow this link. 



Pride parade imagePride Parade in June

You are invited to represent Columbus State at the 38th Annual Columbus Pride Festival and Parade on Saturday, June 15. The parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. at Polar and High streets in the Short North District. It wraps up at Bicentennial and Genoa Parks off of Rich Street. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal event in the LGTBQ+ civil rights movement. Please contact Brett Welsh if you would like to participate. This event is open to faculty, staff, students, and guests.




Lunch and learn with Franklin University

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Have you been considering pursuing a degree? Would you believe you can get a bachelor’s degree for less than $550? To find out more, bring your lunch and meet with Franklin representatives to find out how you can get your bachelor’s degree in less than two years and for less than $550.  This Lunch and Learn will be held Tuesday, May 21 at noon in Nestor Hall 013. You bring your lunch. They bring dessert and an affordable degree option.


Medicare benefits information session

If you have questions about Medicare benefits, there will be an informational session on the Delaware Campus on Thursday, May 23 at 3:00 p.m. in MO 128 


Aquinas Hall air flow

An air handler in Aquinas Hall has experienced a mechanical failure. While air conditioning is not out, the lack of airflow could affect temperatures on the ground and the first floors on the sides the building facing Rhodes and Madison halls. The east side – facing the parking lot – still has airflow. Mechanical parts are on order. It could be fully operational by the end of this week.


Floor Restorations

Several Columbus Campus buildings are in line for floor restorations. This work is underway and will continue through June. Sections of hallways and restrooms may be blocked off for short periods of time. Crews will work to minimize interruptions. The following buildings are included in this project: Aquinas, Franklin, Nestor, Eibling, Madison, Columbus, and Union halls. 


Cleveland Avenue construction update

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The Edward Street alleyway that provides access to the 1-E parking lot will be closed at Cleveland Avenue today and Tuesday.



in case you missed it

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.)


Register now for FIX

There’s still time to register for the 2019 Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX), Columbus State’s annual teaching conference scheduled for June 7, 2019.  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.


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

Food Service Hours

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.