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May 6, 2019

Franklin Hall goslings have hatched

photos of birds
Weeks after a Canada Goose made a nest outside Franklin Hall, her goslings hatched last Thursday. Paul Rehg captured still photos and Jenna James shot video hours after the six goslings hatched. Greg Phillips captured additional video as the gaggle left campus for new home somewhere across busy Spring Street early Friday morning. See the video here. 


5K figures being calculated

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Following this weekend’s annual Cougar 5K Challenge, the final fundraising figures are being calculated. More than 150 runners – and walkers – turned out for the event Saturday on the Delaware Campus. A final tally, a picture gallery, along with information on winning times, will be in Thursday’s Update.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who worked before, during, and after the event to make it a success again this year. It could not happen without you.


light ohio logoLight Ohio Blue

Columbus State and the College Police Department will once again support the annual Light Ohio Blue campaign as a sponsor. The event, which runs May 8-16, is designed to show support to law enforcement personnel who protect our communities in Central Ohio. It’s also a way to honor and pay respects to the law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

Each year in May, many Central Ohio businesses light the Columbus skyline blue. Here at Columbus State, our Facilities Department is once again installing blue lights on the exterior of the TL building at the corner of Cleveland and Mt. Vernon avenues. This year, they will also be lighting the Columbus State sign atop the Center for Workforce Development and lights on the Bookstore along Cleveland Avenue.

Our Police Department will also be taking part in a kickoff event followed by an annual cruiser parade. It will begin at Easton Town Center on Wednesday, May 8 at 5:00 p.m. The cruiser caravan will begin at 6:00 p.m. and travel to multiple locations in the area with a completion time expected at 10:30 p.m. You can find out more about Light Ohio Blue at this link.


Screen Time

When WSYX-TV (ABC 6) recently reported on the impact of “screen time” from phones and tablets on our mental and physical health, they turned to Columbus State for an expert. Psychology Professor Ron Elizaga provided context. Watch the story.


May Library exhibit features student artist

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On display for May is work by student artist Philip Sarsany. The theme is “THE QUEST:  A Journey of Discovery Through Textiles.” Sarsany says, “Working with fibers is an amazing way to not only produce pieces of art but also to give your body and mind a touch of relaxation. This labor can let materials grow from a ‘seed’ to a beautiful representation of feelings and thoughts. With the use of different textiles, I ask my inner being to talk to others about what I can make to transform materials in a very personal way. This kind of work is continuous experimentation with fibers and techniques which leads me to discover skills to show the world another kind of art.”

The pieces featured in this exhibition include diverse techniques including crochet, knitting, and weaving to transform yarn and other fibers. The exhibit will be on display through May 31 in the Library’s Main gallery on the second floor.


Humanities professor’s painting to be on display

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A painting by Stacy Leeman, Self-Portrait W11, will be on display from September 11 -October 12. It will be part of the WAOW Mountain Aire 49th National Exhibition at Mary Williams Fine Arts Gallery in Boulder, Colorado.


ERG news

The Women’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) invites college employees who identify as women to join us as we continue our women and workplace conversations around equity and policy. Feel free to bring your lunch and invite a colleague to join the conversation. The ERG meeting will be held on Thursday, May 9 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Multimedia Studio in the lower level of the Library If you have questions about the Women’s ERG, please contact liaison Crystal Clark or Kelly Hogan.


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 on 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


Temporary traffic light at Mt. Vernon Avenue

You may have noticed traffic lights being installed at Mt. Vernon and Cleveland avenues across from the Bookstore. Although that is currently a one-way street heading toward downtown, the city will soon be making it a temporary two-way street as part of the Cleveland Avenue streetscape project. A nearby parallel one-way road which runs in the opposite direction (Naghten Street) will be closed for several weeks. That will require vehicles to be detoured over to Mt. Vernon Avenue making it a two-way street.



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!


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.


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.