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May 28, 2019

 Zoo grounds become lassroom for landscape students

Students at zoo

The spring semester began with a new collaboration between Columbus State and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The association provides horticulture support to the zoo while giving students a valuable hands-on learning opportunity.

Landscape Design and Management students met regularly at the zoo throughout the semester, where they performed important horticulture tasks such as seasonal cleanup, corrective pruning, edging landscape beds, and mulching. Under the supervision of adjunct professor Ryan Kolb and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Horticulture Manager Stoyan Iordanov, students put the concepts they learned in class into practice. Returning regularly allowed them to see results from the work they accomplished earlier in the semester.

Students were also exposed to a unique environment – zoos have special horticulture challenges compared to standard residential or commercial properties. All plants must be non-toxic to animals and able to weather the high visitor traffic. Meanwhile, the Columbus Zoo benefits from the students’ work. During the semester, Columbus State students were largely responsible for planting new landscaping around Conservation Lake, a main focal point when guests walk into the zoo.

Photo: Ryan Kolb lectures to students.




Voicemail transition underway for department mailboxes

The Information Technology (IT) division has started transitioning to a new voicemail system. Each department will have the opportunity to set up their mailbox prior to the new system becoming active. This will allow for a more seamless transition to occur. Changes to voicemail for individual employees will occur in the near future.

For most faculty and staff members, there is no need to take action yet. However, if you’re an employee who manages a department mailbox you are now able to access the new system. IT would like all departments to set up their new voicemail as soon as possible.

Here are the steps:

  • Dial 614-287-3100
  • Use the ID number (the four-digit extension you’re calling from)
  • Then use the default pin number – 0000 - to access the system the first time
  • You will be promoted to record a new department greeting and new pin number

The new voicemail system will become active on June 30.  In the meantime, your department phone will still route to our current voicemail system, accessible, as in the past, at extension 2555. Please review your saved voicemail messages to obtain vital information while extension 2555 is still accessible. 

Click here to see a list of voicemail extensions related to this phase. If your department is missing from this list, contact us at extension 5050 so it can be added.    

Please review the attached Quick Reference Guide & Voicemail FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page to get more information. Questions or concerns about this transition can be directed to the IT Support Center at extension 5050 or email to reach them.



New Group Fitness classes

Hatha Yoga with Kathleen at 1:00 p.m.

Hatha Yoga with Kathleen at 1:00 p.m.

Barre with Amy at 11:00 a.m.

Yoga, Mat Pilates with Amy at noon (Yoga and Pilates alternate each week)

Monday - Thursday
Summer Cougar Conditioning Club ($30 per semester for students, $90 per semester for faculty, staff, and community members)

Descriptions and locations for new classes are listed here.


Delaware Campus hosts national conference

The Delaware Campus hosted the national Methods of Administration Conference on May 16 in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Career-Technical Education. This conference assists state agencies in meeting their responsibilities for comprehensive civil rights on-site compliance reviews and biennial reporting to the Office of Civil Rights. The Delaware Campus provided the perfect location to incorporate extensive hands-on application of investigative techniques and collection of evidence for areas of compliance and quality improvement. Pictured are more than 60 representatives from many states as well as representatives from the District of Columbia, Guam, America Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.



Mentors for students recognized

The offices of Career Services and Global Diversity & Inclusion partnered together to offer a four-part training series for mentors at the college. Training topics included: Mentorship 101, Trauma Informed Mentorship, Coaching Conversations, and Culturally Competent Mentorship. More than 50 Columbus State employees participated in these workshops.

Congratulations to the following employees for completing at least three trainings during the 2018-2019 academic year: Holly Green, Stacey Lewandowski, Bettina Batts, Jennifer McCord, Genevieve Sharron, Amanda Perk, Chaka Wilson, Jennifer Schleppi, Augustine Munobe, Pamela McGough, Bree Miller, Mary Lewis, Robert Neutzling, Lyen Djakov, and Santiago Pinto. If you are interested in future training opportunities or would like to become a mentor for students, please contact Brett Welsh in Global Diversity & Inclusion or Taylor Slocum in Career Services.


Blackboard support for students

The IT Support Center will be providing Blackboard drop-in hours for students who are struggling to learn how to use Blackboard. After the labs end on Thursday, they will still be able to call the Help Desk at extension 5050 for assistance. They can also stop by in person to talk to the Frontliners in TL 116 if they have questions or concerns.

Drop-in hours are 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, and Thursday this week only in TL 116. Contact Michelle Guendelsberger at extension 5899 if you have any questions.


Pride Parade in June

parade image

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.


around the district

Thurber and Kelton House Events

Thurber House has just released its 2019 Literary Picnic series. There’s mystery, young adult, poetry, and children’s books along with an outside dinner. The list is here.

The Kelton House Museum & Garden will celebrate Frances Gage, the suffragist, author, women’s rights pioneer, and an Ohioan. Gage wrote and lectured throughout the Midwest and was friends with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Bloomer, and others fighting for women’s rights in the 19th century. You can join presenter Darla Gage to learn about this brave native Ohioan. The presentation is $7.00 and includes a tour of Kelton House. It will be held on Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. at 586 East Town St., Columbus. Reservations are recommended by calling 614-464-2022 or emailing Read more here.



in case you missed it

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. 

Join Columbus State's Pelotonia 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, 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.


Food Service Hours

May 13 - June 30 
Subway - Monday - Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Closed Fridays)

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

Recreation Wellness Classes
Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Hatha Yoga
Fridays 11:00 a.m. – noon: Barre
Fridays noon – 1:00 p.m.:-Yoga Flow or Mat Pilates (alternating weeks)
Self Defense Program
Mondays 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Thursdays 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Fridays noon – 1:30 p.m. 
Delaware Hall 047 (lower level inside the Police Department)

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. Released weekly on Friday mornings.
Wellness Workshop

The Benefits of Running & Strength Training
Wednesday, July 24 at noon in Delaware Hall 158
*additional online seminars available via CRW social media pages and the CRW webpage
Columbus Campus Fitness Center
Monday - Thursday 6:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday  6:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Delaware Campus Fitness Center
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Conditioning Center
Monday - Thursday 6:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 6:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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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Kudos, welcomes, and opportunities

Kudos and welcomes
Katherine Lopez - Program Coordinator, Facilities Operations
Billie Williams - Supervisor, Building Services
Patricio Plazolles - Accountant, Cashier's & Student Accounting
Ebony Cullins - Payroll Accountant, Business Services
Andrea Denning - Executive Director, Columbus State Foundation

New opportunities

Req2495 Instructor-Nursing (RN Program)

Req2492 Social Media Relations Coordinator, Marketing & Communications

Req2488 Analyst, Institutional Effectiveness

Req2487 Project Manager, Employer Engagement & Experiential Learning, Partnerships & Programs

Req2486 Instructor, Nursing Certificate Program

Req2467 Maintenance Technician I, Facilities Operations


College Knowledge this week features the Administration division

You are invited to join us on Friday, May 31 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. in WD 412 for the College Knowledge session presented by the Administration division where they will share their “family secrets.” The staff crafted a Family Feud game featuring insights about divisional programs, services, and current projects.

Join us, learn, and have some fun! Teams are welcome.

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 31 (location WD 412). Select Request to register. (See this guide for search and registration tips.)


Open Enrollment Q&A

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.

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

Question: I’ve uploaded my spousal affidavit and my 1040. Why 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 confirmation number at the end of the enrollment. Please make sure that you enroll or decline each and every benefit.


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.