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Thursday, September 12, 2019


Cougar Fairs kick-off semester

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The annual Cougar Fairs sponsored by Student Engagement and Leadership helped kick-off the new semester for students. The two-day event was held on the Columbus Campus on Monday and Tuesday (September 9 and 10). It included games, food, a talent show (pictured above), and information booths from internal and external organizations. The Delaware Campus held a one-day Cougar Fair last Tuesday, September 3.



Annual Humanities symposium set for this month



The Humanities Symposium Series presents the fourth annual When East Meets West: Knights and Samurai: Legends and Reality. The symposium will examine the culture and belief systems of warrior cultures in medieval Europe and Japan. The Knightly Code of Chivalry and Samurai Code of Bushido share many principles. They represent distinct religious and social practices that shaped how each group of elite soldiers fought and lived.

The symposium will also include scholars and an expert trained in medieval swordsmanship.

Co-sponsored by the Columbus State Humanities Department and the Ohio State East Asian Studies Center, the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit has included the symposium in a recent newsletter.

Knights and Samurai: Legends and Reality will be held on Friday, September 27 from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Conference Center in WD. Admission is $10 for faculty and staff. The symposium is free for students. Sessions include:

Session 1: Chivalry and Bushido

 A Similar Warrior Code in Medieval Europe and Japan? – Richard Kaueper, professor of History, University of Rochester

Hired Swords, Nostalgic Bureaucrats, National Exemplars: Situating Bushido in Japanese History – Melinda Landeck, assistant professor of East Asian Studies, Austin College

Session 2: Weapons and Technology
Like a Poleax to the Head: The Myth and Reality of Knightly Combat – Ken Mondschein, independent scholar and fencing master

Swords, Arrows, and other Sharp Sticks – Myth and Reality of Warriors in Medieval Japan – Morton Oxenboell, assistant professor in Japanese Studies, Indiana University

Click here to purchase tickets or find more information.


New faculty development workshops

The Faculty Professional Development Initiative (FPDI) team invites you to collaborate and explore Active and Collaborative Learning (ACL) with new Level 1 workshops. In addition, within the context of ACL, they will focus on four other key areas known as Four Tracks. It encompasses teaching and learning to integrate business and industry-identified needs into course outcomes.

Areas include diversity, equity and inclusion, critical thinking, building writing and reading skills in all disciplines, and leveraging teaching with technology.

The first FPDI workshop will begin on Monday, September 16 in the CT building. Each workshop is taught by a faculty fellow from the FPDI team and will last about 90 minutes. Multiple sessions will be offered through autumn semester to reach as many full-time and adjunct faculty members as possible.

**Registration is in Cornerstone.  Search for “FPDI” in the Learning Tab. For questions, contact More details such as dates, times, and description for the FPDI ACL and Four Track workshops can be found here.


Going green with Facilities Management

photo of blue plastic box

Facilities Management has a new procedure in place to offset waste generated from staff and faculty moves. To pursue a more environmentally friendly procedure, they have switched from cardboard boxes to totes made of recycled plastic.

The totes offer an eco-friendly solution to the wasteful process of using cardboard boxes that are often discarded after one use. The totes also allow better protection of belongings.

  • The recycled totes are reusable for the next move
  • Each tote must be returned to the Facilitates Department after one week
  • Contact extension 2424 if more than a week is needed

Contact Facilities Management at extension 2424 if you have questions.


Counseling Services program for students

During autumn semester, Counseling Services will be offering an alcohol awareness and harm reduction program for students known as CHOICES. The program incorporates personal reflections on alcohol use, facts, risks, and harm reduction strategies for students who choose to drink alcohol. In some instances, it might also qualify as class credit for attendance in CHOICES. Read more.


Time management workshop series

The Center for Advising, Support and Exploration (CASE) and the Student Academic Support Services (SASS) office are have teamed up again to offer the time management workshop Digitize Your Time.

The series will provide students with resources, information, and skills to help them be successful. The workshops will address the importance of good time management. They include an interactive presentation, creative tips, and electronic tools used on a daily basis to help keep the balance of life and school organized. Students will explore how to set up an electronic calendar using tools they are the most comfortable with including Outlook, Yahoo, or Google.

The first two available sessions are Monday, September 16 at 2:00 p.m. (Click here) and Thursday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. (Click here). Both sessions will be held in Columbus Hall 111 (the Library).

Please help spread the word to students.

Volunteer for the Restored Citizens Summit

Volunteers are needed for the eighth annual Restored Citizens Summit being hosted by Columbus State. The summit brings formerly incarcerated individuals, their families, supported community members, and service providers together to participate in workshops and presentations. This year’s summit will be on Thursday, November 7 from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in WD. You can volunteer for a one-hour shift, or longer.

Click here on Cougar Connect to indicate your preference and availability.

You will receive a confirmation email with the time and volunteer area. There will be a brief volunteer meeting scheduled beforehand.

WCMH-TV (NBC4) covered the summit held here in 2016. Watch the story here.


Seeking student representative for the Board of Trustees

The Office of the President needs your help seeking applicants for the 2019-20 Student Representative for the Board of Trustees. If you know of any students who want advanced co-curricular experience and possess the skills, ability, and desire to engage with Executive Leadership, please encourage them to submit an application by clicking here. The deadline for application has been extended to Friday, September 20.  

Please contact Sarah Baker for additional information on the position or application.


Writing instructors needed

The English Department is seeking instructors for its first-year writing program.  A master’s degree in English or a related degree is required. Contact Robyn Lyons-Robinson, chairperson, for more information.



Admissions visitors

The Admissions Office will host the Ohio Virtual Academy on the Columbus Campus on Thursday, September 26 at 10:30 a.m.


No Cougar ID cards on September 23 and 24


Due to system upgrades, Cougar ID card-creation services will not be available on Monday, September 23. In addition, the College is closed for Day of Service on Tuesday, September 24. ID card-creation services will be available again starting on Wednesday, September 25.


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Food market training sessions

If you’re interested in volunteering at the Mid-Ohio Market Columbus State, additional training sessions have been schedule. (An opening date has not been determined)

Click here to sign up on CougarConnect. Search for “Mid-Ohio Market.” Contact Desiree Polk-BlandJack Popovich or Lisa Phillips with questions.

Compliance training: Friday, September 13 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in TL 115
PantryTrack training: Friday, September 13 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in TL 115

Hours of operation (once a permanent opening date is announced)
Mondays: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Last Saturday of each month: 9:00 a.m.-noon

New book club: share your experiences

The Mindful Classroom Book Club is set to begin this week on the Columbus Campus. Organizer Nichole Brandt says, “Mindfulness helps us give our full attention to the present moment, in an evermore distracted culture.”

The book club series, co-led by Brandt and Cathy Ritterbusch, will explore the growing movement to use contemplative pedagogy in higher education. Mindfulness practices have been shown to improve attention and academic performance and help students manage academic stress. In addition to working with ideas in the text, the club will allow participants to share their experiences integrating mindfulness into the classroom across disciplines. 

Everyone is welcome. Each session will be interconnected, yet stand on its own. The readings will be from “Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning” by Daniel P. Barbezat and Mirabai Bush. The plan is to work with the text over three sessions this semester and three sessions during spring semester. Eighteen books are available for faculty who participate in the book club. Contact Catherine Ritterbusch if you would like a book in advance.   

Sessions this term will be held on these Fridays: September 13, October 11, and November 15. Each session will be held from noon-1:00 p.m. in TL 311. Space is limited. RSVP here.



Join the Fall 2019 PONO Diversity Learning Community

PONO is a dialogic community open to employees and students. It meets for eight weeks to discuss different diversity-related topics, including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, socio-economic status, intersectionality, and more! PONO provides opportunities to build community with others, share your story, and gain new perspectives. If you are interested in joining, please register at this link on the office of Global Diversity & Inclusion's Cougar Connect portal. You will also find our Fall 2019/Spring 2020 meeting dates at the start of the application. The first meeting will be on Friday, October 4.

If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to contact Jasmine Marks, specialist at Global Diversity and Inclusion.


Library announces new OER workshop

The library is offering a new Open Educational Resources (OER) workshop called “Introduction to Open Texts” during September. It’s for faculty and employees interested in learning more about the Open Texts@Columbus State initiative. In addition to the initiative, the workshop will cover basics about OER, where to find them, and how to use them in course material.  Each workshop will be held in the Library (Columbus Hall) room 302.

Thursday, September 5 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Friday, September 13 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Thursday, September 19 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Friday, September 27 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Register for a workshop in Cornerstone. For questions,contact Rachel Dilley, OER librarian.


Peer advocates schedule

Peer Advocates are available daily for students needing assistance. Advocates can help with navigating processes at the College, connect with community resources, and provide tools and tips for success. Contact Student Advocacy at extension 5192 or

Peer Advocate hours:
Monday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Cougar Fair - Columbus Campus

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership would like to invite all Columbus State departments, student groups, and partnered colleges to participate in the 2019 Fall Cougar Fairs. These events are free and open to the Columbus State community. This will be an excellent opportunity to showcase the involvement and resources that your organization, department, and colleges offer to Columbus State students.

If you’re interested in hosting a table during one or both days of the fair, please complete the registration form here by Tuesday, September 3. The fairs will occur on two dates: 

  • Monday, September 9 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus courtyard
  • Tuesday, September 10 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus courtyard

If you have questions, email or contact the Student Engagement and Leadership office at extension 2637.

NEW information: The United States Postal Service (USPS) will be joining the upcoming Cougar Fair and offering students and staff the opportunity to apply or renew passports and enroll in Informed Delivery. Visit the USPS table this week. See additional details  by viewing and downloading this link.


Equity Advocate training

With the autumn semester cohort of Equity Advocate training now full, an additional cohort was just added. In order to support fair, legal, and equitable hiring and promotional processes at Columbus State, you are invited to participate in the Equity Advocate Certification Training Program. This program amplifies the College commitment to fairness and equal opportunity in hiring and promotion. 

If you’re interested in becoming an Equity Advocate, contact Morgan Sayre at extension 2406. Once confirmed, the meetings below will be shared with your Outlook Calendar.

Cohort 11 (Locations have not yet been determined)

Friday, September 13 from 9:00 a.m.-noon
Kick-off: successful and inclusive hiring

Friday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m-4:00 p.m.
CUPA: building a successful, more inclusive search

Friday, October 4 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cultural competency: developing vocabulary, welcoming, understanding privilege

Friday, October 11 from 9:00 a.m.-noon

Registration for Day of Service 2019 is now open

It is time to register for Columbus State’s seventh annual Day of Service, which will be held on Tuesday, September 24. See video highlights here from 2018.

On that day, the campus community — including faculty, staff, and students—will join together to show our community the impact we can make in just one day. Service sites range from foodbanks and shelters to community gardens and arts organizations. There’s sure to be a service activity for everyone to join!

Please click this link to be directed to the Day of Service sites page where you can regiser for individual events. If you do not see any sites, please use the log in button in the top right.


"The Mix" recreational cooking classes open to the general public

Columbus State Community College has created The Mix, a new program of recreational cooking classes that anyone can take without being enrolled in a degree program. It’s the perfect way for members of the general public to hone their cooking skills and be a part of Columbus State’s new School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts.

Hosted in Mitchell Hall, The Mix classes are now open for registration at The first classes start in early September. Registration prices typically range between $55-$65, although some classes are free.


Food Service hours

Union Cafe and Starbucks
Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Fridays: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday

Tortillas Mexican food truck
Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Closed Friday and Saturday

Market C on the Delaware Campus
Open at all times that Moeller Hall is open

Mid-Ohio Market @CState
Hours of operation (once a permanent opening date is announced)
Mondays: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Last Saturday of each month: 9:00 a.m.-noon

 DEIS faculty Blackboard training workshops for Autumn 2019

New: Academic Quality Review (AQR): Best Practices in Online Course Design

If you are curious about how online course design is evaluated at Columbus State and the work done by your department’s Academic Quality Review (AQR) team, come to this session. The AQR process has been revised and you are invited to learn all about it. Departments are in the midst of completing AQRs on web and blended courses. AQRs provide faculty with data that may be used to show the exemplary work occurring in web and blended courses. In this session, we will take a close look at the criteria used by AQR reviewers when courses are reviewed. The AQR criteria cover:

  • Course navigation
  • Interaction
  • Assessment
  • Course content
  • Course accessibility

Information will also be provided on how to add captioning to videos and descriptions to images so that courses meet the AQR course accessibility criterion. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to complete a self-assessment using the AQR rubric on one of your own courses. All three sessions are in CT 106, and taught by Jane Roberts.

Monday, September 9 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Register here


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, Sept. 6, 10-11am – CT 106 - Register here
Thursday, Sept. 12, 3-4pm – CT 119 - Register here


Blackboard 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. LibGuides, Due Date Management, Video/Audio Feedback, Grade Center tips and more!

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 10-11am – CT 106 - Register here

Friday, Sept. 27, 9-10am – CT 119 - Register here

Thursday, October 10, 1-2pm – CT 106 - Register here


Blackboard Test Pools

This workshop is about how to use Blackboard Test Pools to create a database of questions that can be reused for multiple tests. We will talk about how to build a pool, edit existing pools, and also how to export and import pools for use in tests in other courses or to share with other instructors.

Friday, October 4, 11:30-am-12:30pm – CT 119 – Register here

Wednesday, October 16, 1:30-2:30pm – CT 119 – Register here

Friday, October 25, 12:30-1:30pm – CT 119 – Register here


Blackboard Assessments: Assignments, Tests/Quizzes and Surveys

Are you tired of using so much paper and grading by hand? In this training you will learn how to use Blackboard for assignment submissions and grading. We will show you how to create and deploy tests and quizzes – from simple multiple choice to math formulas – in Blackboard. You will also see how to survey your students using Blackboard.

Tuesday, September 17, 2-3pm – CT 106 – Register here

Friday, October 4, 10-11am – CT 119 - Register here

Monday, November 18, 2-3pm – CT 119 - Register here


Kahoot - Using Mobile Devices in the Classroom for Active and Collaborative Learning

There are many ways to use technology to foster student engagement and learning in the classroom. The free Kahoot program can be an effective tool for reviewing concepts and involving students in active and collaborative learning. This program allows instructors to create their own interactive games, and it encourages students to work together and to use their mobile devices in a constructive way. In this session, Emily Anderson will demonstrate one of the Kahoots she uses in class, followed by a Q&A. Bring your smartphone or laptop so you can play along!

Friday, September 20, 1-2pm – CT 106 - Register here


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.

Friday, October 18, 10-11am – CT 106 - Register here


Using Weighted Grades in Blackboard

Setting up a weighted grade center can be challenging. This workshop will explain how to use categories in Grade Center to streamline the process as well as other tips to ensure the Grade Center is in sync with the syllabus and reporting accurate grades to the students.

Wednesday, October 16, 12-1pm – CT 119 - Register here

Friday, October 25, 11am-12pm – CT 119 -  Register here

Thursday, November 8, 10-11am – CT 119 - Register here


Blackboard Grade Center

Need to brush up on your Grade Center skills? This workshop will introduce you to the main Grade Center features. Participants can also schedule additional one-on-one help with the Faculty Assistance Center following the workshop. All College faculty are required to use the Grade Center in Blackboard. According to a resolution approved by Academic Council:

In order to increase student success, the OAA Digital Learning Committee recommends that all Columbus State faculty employ the Blackboard Grade Center for students in a manner which allows students to determine, at any point during the term, their current grade in the course (e.g. a running average; running total, weighted or unweighted; other up-to-date benchmark that allows a student to compare their performance to that course’s overall standards of assessment).

Monday, October 28, 11am-12pm – CT 106 - Register here

Tuesday, November 5, 2-3pm – CT 119 - Register here


Tips, Tricks, and Techniques to Make Your Grade Center Experience Better

Some topics include: Drop the highest grade, drop the lowest grade, use filters, manage Grade Center columns, export the Grade Center to Excel, and more!

Friday, November 1, 1-2pm – CT 106 - Register here

Wednesday, November 13, 10-11am – CT 119 - Register here


Introduction to Screen Recording with 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, at the beginning of 2020. 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. Accompanying tutorial documentation will be provided in hard copy and digital format. CT 106.


Monday, Sept. 9, 11am-12pm – Register here

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 10-11am – Register here

Monday, Sept. 16, 2-3pm – Register here

Friday, Sept. 20, 10-11am – Register here

Monday, Sept. 23, 3-4pm – Register here

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 11am-12pm – Register here

Monday, Sept. 30, 2-3pm – Register here


Easy-to-Use and Powerful Video Features in Blackboard

How would you like to be able to do the following things *inside* Blackboard: video edits, closed captioning creation and editing, and interactive video quiz construction? Well now you can. And it's much easier than you might think. Join us for this quick-hitting workshop on how simple it is to use these advanced video features in My Media on Blackboard. Accompanying tutorial documentation will be provided in hard copy and digital format. CT 106.
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 10-11am – Register here

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 3-4pm – Register here

Friday, Sept. 13, 10-11am – Register here

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 10-11am – Register here

Thursday, Sept. 19, 4-5pm – Register here

Friday, Sept. 27, 10-11am – Register here



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.