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Monday, September 16, 2019


Exchange program in Germany

 Student group photo 

Group photoTen Columbus State students from business, engineering, computer science, and the Ohio State University Pathway Program visited the manufacturing plant for Theegarten-Pactec in Dresden, Germany last Wednesday. While there, they attempted to package a chocolate candy by hand properly. Paul Carringer, associate professor of marketing and trip mentor, says, “It took many minutes for them to even come close to passing a quality check. Then the students viewed a machine that can package thousands of the candies in one minute.”

If you have ever enjoyed a Hershey's Kiss chocolate candy, it was individually wrapped by a Theegarten-Pactec machine. Topics of engineering, logistics, business, marketing, and trade realities were discussed during the visit. The Dresden-Columbus State Sister City Exchange Program is designed to enhance international experiences for our students. 


Faculty member named Ohio's Fire Service Instructor of the Year

photo of Jay CompsonColumbus State adjunct faculty member Jay Compson has been named the State of Ohio’s Fire Service Instructor of the Year. He’ll be recognized at the Ohio Fire Academy on Wednesday, September 18. The recognition is presented to instructors who have made a significant impact within their local department and in fire education.

Compson has been a certified fire instructor since 2003 and has been teaching at the College since 2006. He provides instruction to students and fellow firefighters while serving as Lieutenant with the Westerville Division of Fire, adjunct faculty member at Columbus State, and advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

At Columbus State, Compson is active in Firefighter I & II courses and teaches the Fire and Emergency Services higher education course: Fire Behavior and Combustion. He has a mission to raise awareness about firefighter suicide and mental health issues. Compson speaks to assemblies of doctors, therapists, and experts in the field of mental health in hopes of creating programs geared specifically to the fire service where he also shares the struggles that firefighters experience daily.


Cybersecurity corner


National Preparedness Month: Protect yourself against a cyberattack
September is National Preparedness Month. Ben Dalton, director of Information Security, says, “Preparing for a cybersecurity attack at work and at home should be part of your regular preparedness plans.” Cyberattacks are malicious attempts to access or damage a computer system. Cyberattacks can involve computers, mobile phones, and gaming consoles. Attacks can result in identity theft, loss of money or data, and damage to your reputation, as well as cause disruption to business services. 

Tips to protect against a cyberattack:

  • Keep software and operating systems up to date
  • Use updated antivirus
  • Create strong passwords and enable two methods of verification
  • Watch for suspicious activity; when in doubt, don't click
  • Use encrypted (secure) internet communications (https)
  • Create backup files
  • Protect your home WiFi network


Actions to take if you become a victim of Identity theft:

  • Change passwords
  • Contact banks, credit card companies, and credit bureaus
  • File a report with the local police
  • File a report with the Office of the Inspector General at
  • File a complaint with the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at

Report suspicious activity. Email or call the Help Desk at extension 5050.

Undefeated volleyball team off to best start since 2014

Vollyball action photo
 The Columbus State Cougar volleyball team recorded its fourth straight 3-0 win at home last Wednesday, notching a victory over Hocking College. The Cougars moved to 9-0 for the first time since 2014. Pictured: #23 Akea Hunter goes up for an attack set by #6 Jordan Plas in Wednesday’s victory over Hocking. Read more here.  


CState Major Fest October 15

Career Services has announced that the first CState Major Fest will be held next month. Advising teams will be on hand to support students as they consider selecting or changing majors, or explore in-demand career opportunities. Students will be directed to programs by color-coded pathways. Advising teams will be available within each pathway or department area to assist them in confirming or changing their majors. 

Staff will be available to discuss opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning while studying here at CState. Career Services will offer a free raffle with prizes as an incentive for first-year students to attend and engage with department representatives throughout the event. Please encourage all students to attend CState Major Fest. Programs or departments that would like to host a table at the event can register at this link. (The deadline to register is Friday, September 27.)

CState Major Fest is Tuesday, October 15 from 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall lounges.

Career working for students

Remind students in Business, Engineering, and Technology that they are invited to a career workshop this month. They will have the opportunity to practice interview techniques, build or refine a resume, and hear from the experts on networking and professionalism. This workshop is limited to 50 students. It will be held on Friday, September 27 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on the fourth floor of WD. Students can sign up here. Contact Alli Dayhuff if you have questions.

Syllabus Statements

In a syllabus statement, all instructors are encouraged to invite students with disabilities (who haven’t already made arrangements with Disabilities Services) to meet with them in a confidential environment to discuss making arrangements for accommodations. It normalizes the accommodation process while creating a positive and welcoming environment for students with disabilities. The statement creates a collaborative vehicle for providing accommodations and serves as a reminder to students who need the accommodations that these arrangements need to be made.

The Academic Council approves the following course syllabi statement:
It is Columbus State policy to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities, as stated in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you would like to request such accommodations for access, please contact Disability Services: 101 Eibling Hall, 614-287-2570. Delaware Campus students may contact an Advisor in the Student Services Center on the first floor of Moeller Hall, 740-203-8345.

You will find the approved syllabus language at the following links: and


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.

Rally health benefits session

A two-part information session to address the Rally health benefits platform will be held on Thursday, September 19 at noon in WD room 307.

Any employee and spouse or domestic partner covered under either of the United Health Care plans through Columbus State must earn eight coins under the Health Rewards Program to maintain a 20 percent payroll contribution. The new cycle started July 1, 2019 and runs through June 30, 2020. The healthcare benefits are now managed through the new benefits portal, BenefitFocus. This session will allow you to explore the portal and ask any questions you may have about your healthcare benefits.

If you have questions, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness program coordinator, or Jason Love, Benefits program coordinator.


Admissions visitors

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


Challenge: develop a Cougar 5K Challenge theme

Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is now planning next year’s annual Cougar 5K Challenge in May. As part of the process, they want to find a captivating theme for the event. SAC is taking recommendations and suggestions. The deadline is Monday, September 30. They want theme ideas that include “Cougar.” The individual with the winning theme will receive a complimentary 5K registration and SAC gift. Staff members should submit ideas to Nichole Bowman-Glover.


Free flu shots in Reynoldsburg

Federal health statistics show thousands of Americans died of the flu last winter. It was the highest number recorded in more than a decade. Health experts recommend residents six months and older get a flu shot as soon as possible.

In honor of Franklin County Public Health’s centennial anniversary, the agency will host its largest free flu shot clinic. The shots are available to anyone six months or older. Participants do not have to live in Franklin County.

The clinic will be held on October 2 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Reynoldsburg High School, 6699 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg. No appointment is needed.


Medicare Seminar

All interested employees are invited to attend a Medicare informational seminar on Wednesday, September 18 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in WD 420. It is open to everyone; you do not need to be 65 or older. RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover by 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.

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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.


Global Diversity and Inclusion Certificate

Are you interested in learning more about yourself, our diverse College community, or how to cultivate equitable practices in the classroom/office? The inaugural Global Diversity and Inclusion Certificate is a structured opportunity which focuses on developing greater cultural competence through strengthening knowledge, awareness, behaviors, and skills. Prior diversity, equity, or inclusion experience is not required.

The series is organized so participants start from the basics and conclude with the development of specific skills you can apply to your life, your teaching, and your work.

⦁    Diversity 101 & 102: Friday, September 20 from noon-1:30 p.m.
⦁    Cultural Awareness: Friday, October 18 from noon-1:30 p.m.
⦁    Implicit Bias: Friday, October 25 from noon-1:30 p.m.
⦁    Microaggressions: Friday, November 15 from noon-2:00 p.m.    
⦁    Safezone 101: Friday, November 22 from noon-2:00 p.m.
⦁    DreamZone: Friday, December 6 from 2:00-4:30 p.m.

To register as a faculty or staff member, 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, then select “Request” to register. See this guide for search and registration tips. If you have questions contact Jasmine Marks in GDI.


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.

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.


Student Conduct Hearing Board application

The Office of Student Conduct is looking for Columbus State students, faculty, staff, and administrators to join the Student Conduct Hearing Board (SCHB). Representation on the SCHB allows you to educate students on expectations, maintain community standards, and uphold the Student Code of Conduct.

SCHB meetings are convened by the Office of Student Conduct for either of two reasons:

  1. When an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct occurs that is severe enough to warrant potential suspension or expulsion
  2. When a student denies responsibility for an allegation(s) or disputes the sanctions proposed by an Administrative Hearing Officer in non-suspension level situations

Benefits of being involved with the SCHB include:

  • The opportunity to partner with faculty, staff, and students to forge professional and mentoring relationships
  • The opportunity to practice critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • The opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to your campus community and provide a valuable service to the College

The deadline to submit your application is September 30. To apply, please use this Cougar Connect link.

Successful applicants must attend a required training session. Members are asked to be available to participate in two or three board meetings each semester. Hearing Boards typically occur from 2:00-4:00 p.m. during the workweek. If you are interested, please check with your supervisor before applying.

If you have any questions, contact Rich Kane, Office of Student Conduct, extension 2104.


Recommend students for scholarship opportunity

The All-USA Academic Team and the Coca-Cola Academic Team Programs will continue this academic year. The collaboration of Follett Higher Education Group, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa will award nearly $500,000 in scholarships to outstanding college students. Columbus State has the opportunity to receive national press recognition should one of our nominees be identified as a scholar. The College is able to nominate up to eight candidates. Awards are available for all plans of study.

At this time, we are seeking your recommendation of students who should be encouraged to apply for these scholarship opportunities. In selecting nominees to represent Columbus State, we ask you to consider students with outstanding academic rigor and grade point averages; participation in honors programs; awards, honors, and recognition for academic achievement, and service to the College and community.

As soon as possible, please forward the names of students who should be considered for nomination, as well as a brief summary as to why they would make a good candidate. Students must complete the application no later than October 25 for consideration. Nominated students will be assisted with the application process. If you have questions or suggestions, contact Rebecca Mobley.

Volunteer for the Restored Citizen Summit

Volunteers are needed for the eighth annual Restored Citizen 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 Restored Citizen’s Summit in 2016. Watch the story 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 OER workshops

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.


College Recreation & Wellness schedule

The link to classes and program is here.


"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

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!

Friday, Sept. 27, 9-10am – CT 119 - Register here
Thursday, October 10, 1-2pm – CT 106 - Register here

New addition: Use Blackboard Discussion Boards Effectively
Research on how online students persevere in the web environment reveals that in order 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.

Thursday, September 19, 10-11am – 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. 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.

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.