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May 9, 2019

Cougar 5K Challenge final tallies

photos from 5k event
Left: Runners at the gate of Saturday’s 5K. Right: Dawn Hockensmith, specialist in College Recreation and Wellness, with her five-month-old daughter Adalee. As a paid entrant in the race, Adalee may be the youngest official participant in the history of the event.

The race winner was Keith Kuisick of Columbus who finished with a time of 19:58.3. Frank Bucy, groundkeeper on the Delaware Campus, was the top Columbus State runner with a time of 20:05.5. Following closely were Rich James (20:11.8) and Brett Welsh (20:27.1). The top female runner was Courtney Pugno of Delaware with a time 24:28.9. Taylor Slocum, counselor in Career Services, was the fastest Columbus State female. Her time was 26:15.6.

Overall results are here.
Age group results are here.
This link has an array of pictures from the 5k.


Join Columbus State's Pelotonia team

With the annual Cougar 5K Challenge completed, avid athletes can now prepare to pedal. For the first time since 2013, there will be a Columbus State Community College 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.


Allied Health recognition; interim chair named to national board

T. Banks Tywan Banks

Columbus State’s Respiratory Care Program has received the “Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award” from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) in Texas. The RRT (registered respiratory therapist) award was presented as part of the CoARC’s continued efforts to value the RRT credential as a standard of professional achievement. CoARC views the RRT credential as a measure of a program’s success in inspiring graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations.

To qualify for the recognition, the program was required to have at least three years of outcome data, hold accreditation without a progress report, document RRT credentialing success of 90 percent or more, and meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for success, retention, and on-time graduation rate. In its letter, CoARC congratulates faculty, students, and graduates for meeting these “rigorous” criteria. This was the third time the program has received this recognition.

In other Allied Health news, Tywan Banks, interim chair of Allied Health Professions, has been named to the Board of Directors of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Curt Laird, dean of the Division of Health and Human Services, says, “I am not surprised that Tywan was elected to this post. He has already been recognized as a leader at the College and he will be recognized in this organization as well.”

Sign of the times

series of group photos

On Thursday, May 2, faculty, staff, and student volunteers gathered at the Columbus and Delaware campuses, the regional learning centers, and the Bookstore to share special yard signs celebrating our Spring 2019 graduates. Students enjoyed well wishes, selfies with Clawdette, and special celebration stickers honoring their accomplishments. A special thank you to members of the Facilities Management team for taking great care posting additional signs across campus to celebrate the big day! Feel free to remind graduates who did not get a sign to stop by the Bookstore booth at the Celeste Center Friday where they will be handing out the remaining stock of signs following commencement.

You can share your graduation photos with the hashtag #cstateproud and check out photos already posted showing our pride for our the success of our graduates!

Wireless network name change

During the semester break, IT will rename the “CSCC-Guest” wireless network. It will soon be known as “CSCC-Visitor.” The name change is aimed at helping students understand which network they should use for the best performance. When you search for wireless networks on your mobile devices, you’ll see: “CSCC” and “CSCC-Visitor.” Faculty, staff, and students should continue to use “CSCC” with their username and password for best performance.

Why is this change occurring? In a facilities survey conducted last fall, students indicated dissatisfaction with the WiFi on campus. However, many of them have been using the current guest network, which does not provide the same speed or security as the CSCC network. The guest network does not require login with Columbus State credentials. Changing the name from “CSCC-Guest” to “CSCC-Visitor” will more clearly define the network’s purpose.


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.)


Faculty, staff, and community assist with new scholarship

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Pictured, left to right: Crystal Causey, Regina Randall, Julie Barry, and Iris Cooper.

The Columbus State Foundation would like to thank a collaborative effort involving employees, the community, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. The Central Ohio Chapter has started a new scholarship at Columbus State Community College. Three $1,000 scholarships will be presented annually. For more information on the Foundation scholarships go here.


Cardinal Health partnership

The Supply Chain Management (SCM) Department has developed an on-going partnership with Cardinal Health. Jeremy Banta, coordinator, says students from the SCM 1100 (Principles of SCM) conduct class once each semester on location at Cardinal's National Logistics Center (NLC) in Groveport at Rickenbacker Airport. The students get a class in Lean Principles, meet with the facility's leadership, and then get an extensive behind-the-scenes tour. The most recent class and tour on April 29 included 15 students, two staff members, and one faculty member.

The NLC is a centralized facility designed to further improve efficiency within Cardinal Health's pharmaceutical distribution operations. It is a single, national point of entry for inventory of certain manufacturers' product lines. This inventory is held at the NLC and used to replenish the company's 24 regional distribution centers. Roughly 90 percent of Cardinal's pharmaceuticals distributed in the United States and Puerto Rico pass through this facility.

As a result of this partnership, Cardinal Health has hired two of our students. It also led to some process improvements after a student-employee from the Cardinal headquarters took the tour and suggested some internal changes.


Nursing Students present Health Fair to the community

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Left: The Health Fair on the Columbus Campus on May 1.   Right: The Street Fair on Parsons Avenue on May 4.

Columbus State nursing students have been busy. They hosted a Health Fair on the Columbus Campus, presented educational offerings at the United Methodist Free Store on Parsons Avenue, and followed that by taking part in a Parsons Avenue street festival.

During the student-driven campus Health Fair on May 1, students engaged the College community while providing health and wellness education. As part of their coursework, students utilize the nursing process to educate and care for the community. They assess the health needs of the community, develop and tailor information to be presented, and plan all aspects of

the event, including coordinating with several campus departments and staff. After implementation, they evaluate the entire process.

Educational topics included nutrition, emergency preparedness, physical fitness, human trafficking, vaccinations, substance abuse, organ donation, mental health, domestic violence, diabetes, complementary medicine, asthma, stroke, family planning, cancer, smoking cessation, and child safety.

The students then presented their topics and educational offerings at the Free Store on May 2 and took part in the street festival on May 4. Students and faculty want to thank all staff who provided assistance and everyone who donated personal hygiene products during the campus Health Fair. Those donations were given to the Free Store.


event photoMarketing professor speaks at North American conference

Amy Shropshire, faculty member, Business Programs, recently spoke at the DrupalCon North American Conference April 8-12 in Seattle, Wash. She was a plenary speaker on Digital Analytics and a roundtable discussion leader on Branding for the Government Summit.

She was also a main conference session speaker on using the scientific method to create engaging consumer experiences. DrupalCon is an annual event bringing together 3,000 marketers, visual designers, content creators, and developers. They collaborate on creating ambitious digital experiences focused on the open source content management system Drupal.


Disability Services is now a fragrance-free zone

The chemicals used in scented products can make some people sick, especially those with fragrance sensitivities, asthma, allergies, and other medical conditions. Disability Services staff are committed to being fragrance-free for the health and comfort of our students, staff, and visitors.

Please join us in keeping the air healthy and fragrance-free when visiting our space.

What types of products can contain scents?

  • colognes, aftershaves, fragrances, and perfumes
  • lotions, powders, and creams
  • potpourri and candles
  • industrial and household chemicals
  • soaps and oils
  • air fresheners and deodorizers


Please note that this list is not all-inclusive and other products may trigger a response. If your department is interested in going fragrance-free to create a more inclusive and welcoming space, please contact Alissa Price at extension 5910 for more information.


Cougar Paw awards for April

Download the list here.


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.

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 today, 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.


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.

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.


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.