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Monday, October 18, 2019


Blend opens this week;
Cameron Mitchell "in his own words"

 Blend logo on window

Blend cafe counter photoThe wait is nearly over. Blend, the student-staffed retail bakery in Mitchell Hall, opens Wednesday, October 23 at 7 a.m. A ceremonial dedication will occur at 10 a.m.

Under the supervision of professional cafe and bakery staff, students have been practicing for weeks to prepare for the regular operation, which will be open to the public weekdays from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Degrees, the full-service restaurant, is scheduled to open early next year. Both are located on the ground floor of the distinctive Mitchell Hall. The structure has changed the landscape of Cleveland Avenue and the entryway to the College.

The $34.5 million project was made possible with a public-private partnership using a combination of funding from the state, College, and private philanthropy. It was named after renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR), which provided generous early support with a $2.5 million gift.

Mitchell recently talked with Update to provide context to his decision to support Columbus State’s Hospitality program. In his own words, he tells how the program has helped build his company and how CMR will remain involved going forward.
You can watch the video here.


Higher Learning Commission arrives next week

The College is just one week away from its Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Comprehensive Quality Review (CQR) visit. On Monday and Tuesday, October 28 and 29, the HLC CQR team will host two days of group and individual meetings as a requirement for the College’s reaffirmation of accreditation.

Included are two open forums.  A faculty open forum will be held on Monday from 2:45-4:00 p.m. A staff open forum will be held on Tuesday from 9:15-10:30 a.m. Both forums will be held in the Library Media Studio, Columbus Hall 111.

The HLC CQR team has also set aside time each day for drop-in sessions for those who would like to engage in discussion with the team. The drop-in sessions will be held on Monday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Columbus Hall 305.

Prior to attending these open sessions, it would be beneficial to review the Systems Portfolio and the Systems Appraisal Feedback Report. These documents provide a strong grounding into the materials the HLC CQR team will have reviewed prior to its visit.

If you have questions, contact Bruce Massis, accreditation liaison officer, or David M. Tom, faculty fellow for accreditation.


Student Success Week begins today

The Library Media Studio will be filled with students this week taking part in workshops on budgeting, time management, financial planning, scholarships, self-defense, and more. It’s all part of Student Success Week, which takes place today, Tuesday, and Friday. The week-long event is coordinated by Advising and Student Support. Students who register will also have the chance to win gift cards or a laptop. See the full schedule here. 

You're invited to the Success Summit

All faculty and staff are invited to learn about the numerous student success initiatives underway at the College. They will be featured at the 2019 Student Success Summit next week. The theme this year is “Caring to Completion: Holistic Supports In and Out of the Classroom.” The Summit will be held on Friday, October 25 on the fourth floor of WD. 

You may choose either of the two sessions. The first one runs from 8:00 a.m.-noon then repeats from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Register at this link. (A complimentary lunch is provided between the sessions.)

If you have questions, contact Teddi Lewis-Hotopp at extension 2866.

Community Resource Fair this week

Student Advocacy is sponsoring a Social Services Resource Fair for students, staff, and faculty this week. At least 18 service agencies will take part including Action for Children, Celebrate One, Center for Cancer Health Equity, Columbus Urban League, Dress for Success, Franklin County Job and Family Services, Franklin County Child Support, Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, the YMCA, and more.

It will be held on Thursday, October 24 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Nestor Hall lounges.


Restored Citizens' Summit

You’re invited to celebrate the achievements of our restored citizens at the eighth annual Restored Citizens’ Summit: Working Together to Change the Narrative. It will be held on Thursday, November 7. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 9 a.m. Awards and workshops are included in the program. Additional information is here.


IT Department update for computers is this weekend

Did you know that much like your car, your computer needs regular maintenance to keep running smoothly? Each month, the IT Department runs updates and then restarts all employee computers. This helps ensure they stay secure and run well.

There is no need for faculty and staff to do anything. The updates will automatically occur overnight during the last weekend of each month. The next automatic update will run this weekend, October 26 and 27. To prepare, you’ll want to keep your computer powered on and plugged in when you leave at the end of the week.

After the updates run, your computer will automatically restart. It’s recommended that you close all open programs and save your work before you leave to avoid any data loss. If you have any questions, contact the IT Support Center at 614-287-5050 or email


Professional Development options

Do you still need to complete some MyPlan Professional Development goals? If so, you might consider registering for the two-part CARES Advocate training in Cornerstone. (Go to the Learning tab, Select Learning Search, and type in CARES.) This training series is hosted by Student Advocacy and will be offered in November and December.

Part one focuses on how to serve as an effective advocate for students. You’ll learn more about barriers our students are experiencing, such as housing and food insecurity, the impact of poverty and trauma, stages and readiness for change and action, the best ways to demonstrate empathy and sympathy, helping a student develop an action plan, and more.

Part two focuses on key college and community resources for support, including information located on our website.  We’ll review the services provided by Student Advocacy and explain how to make referrals to our team members. Several case studies (and answers to your questions) will be addressed. 

Completion of CARES Advocate Training, Part one is a pre-requisite for attending Part two. Completing both is required to receive a CARES Advocate Certificate. 

For more information, contact Tari Blaney or Nancy Smith.


Identifying pronouns

Have you noticed that some individuals include their pronouns in their email signatures? Including pronouns is considered a best practice to support our transgender and non-binary students, faculty, and staff. By sharing pronouns, we help create an inclusive climate where everyone feels safe sharing their own pronouns. They can also be shared in course syllabi, on Blackboard, or in person. For more information, consider registering for a Safe Zone training. You may also talk with any member of the Office of Academic Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Contact them at this email.

Bookstore has new merchandise

Photo of bookstore display
Following its four-day closure last week to take inventory, there are some changes on the retail floor. The area under the stairwell was updated with all the new Cougar merchandise, and there’s a new Champion apparel display. In addition, an area has been created to highlight the Hospitality Management uniforms on the first floor. Stop by to see the changes, and make a purchase while you’re there. Don’t forget, faculty and staff enjoy a 10-percent discount.


Facilities Management director featured in trade publication

Blueprint, a trade publication for general contractors, construction executives, and architectural and engineering firms, featured Mark Dudgeon in the Case Studies section of the current issue. Dudgeon came to Columbus State in 2014 as the supervisor of grounds in 2014 before being promoted to director of Facilities Management.

He’s quoted in the article about the 55 members of his team saying, “(The) members are the frontline associates working behind the curtain every day as the face of our operation.” You can read the full article at this link.



Window washing underway

A campus-wide window-washing project is underway and will continue through October.  Shine Pro, the window cleaning contractor, will be cleaning exterior windows (and indoor depending on the weather).  If you have questions, contact Shelley Toale in Facilities Operations at extension 5876.




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Volunteering at the Mid-Ohio Market at Columbus State

If you have not been through training to work at the Market, you will first need to view five short training videos. They can be accessed in Cornerstone at this link. (The videos appear in the upper left-hand corner on the page after you sign in.)

If you do decide to volunteer, keep in mind that your priority is to your office and department. Please seek supervisor approval before volunteering for the market. Once you have approval, you may sign up for shifts at this link.



IT information session

This month, HR will focus on Information Technology. IT will discuss new initiatives and technology on campus and provide helpful tips for college employees. If you plan to attend you can bring your internet-accessible cell phone, tablet, or laptop if you want to participate in an interactive quiz game during the session. It will be held on Friday, October 25 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in WD 353.

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, then select “Request” to register. (See this guide for search and registration tips.)


Medicare seminar October 30

All interested employees are invited to attend a Medicare informational seminar presented by United Health Care. It’s open to anyone interested in learning more about Medicare. Find out how you can use Medicare after retirement, or how to help a friend or family member navigate the system. You do not need to be on Medicare, and you do not need to be 65 or older. Everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Some of the top Medicare questions include: What is Medicare? Who can get Medicare? What does Medicare cover? How much does Medicare cost? These and more will be answered during the session. It will be held on Wednesday, October 30 from 1-2:30 p.m. in WD 410.


Town hall set for November 1

President Harrison is hosting a college-wide Town Hall next month. It will be held on Friday, November 1 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in Mitchell Hall. The event is open to all faculty and staff at the College. A live stream will be made available for anyone who cannot attend in person.

With the Town Hall taking place during business hours, all offices will be closed for the first portion of the morning. They will open beginning at 11:00 a.m. All morning classes will be held as scheduled.


Veterans Week events approaching

Please join the Military & Veterans Services Department as they recognize our past and present service members of the U.S. Armed Forces in observance of Veterans Day 2019. The week includes a luncheon for students, faculty, and staff who are veterans, a Resource Fair, and a Commemoration Ceremony for the entire campus. In addition, our Veterans Services Department will be taking part in the annual Veterans Day Parade downtown.

Veterans Luncheon: Tuesday, November 5 from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Eibling Hall 005.
Registration required: See details and register here. (Limited to 100 veterans.)

Commemoration Ceremony: Wednesday, November 6 at noon in the courtyard outside of Franklin Hall. (Rain location: Franklin Hall 110.)

Veterans Resource Fair
: Thursday, November 7 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Nestor Hall lounges.
Registration required: See details and register here.

Suicide prevention training: Friday, November 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. in Nestor Hall 315.
This training is based on the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) model.

For further information, please contact the Military & Veteran Services Department at or extension 2644. Check out their webpage here.


First Generation Day

Columbus State will celebrate First Generation Day next month. There will be snacks, giveaways, and photo opportunities. Make plans to come out, support, and celebrate our First Generation students, staff, and faculty on the Columbus Campus. This is a great opportunity to let students know they are not alone. The event will be held on Thursday, November 7 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. under the Nestor Hall archway.

If you are interested in volunteering, please register through CougarConnect and search 1st Generation Celebration. Register as a volunteer at this link.


Wellness walks this fall

Join Nichole "Dr. Nic" Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, for a fall walking series. There will be two walks each week, continuing through November 26. Meet on the east side of Mitchell Hall (the side of Mitchell Hall facing Nestor Hall). You can join for one walk or all of them. Registration is not required; just show up. The walks will not occur when it is raining or snowing. 

The walks will be held each Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. and each Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. For more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at extension 3989.


Open educational resources and copyright workshops

The Library invites faculty and staff to its lineup of open educational resources (OER) and copyright workshops. If you are interested in textbook affordability, two new workshops may be of interest: OER Enabled Pedagogy and OER Crash Course. The Library also offers the Fair Use in the Classroom workshop, which provides basic information about copyright issues in your teaching practices. Registration is in Cornerstone. Search “OER” in the Learning Search tab. All sessions are held in Columbus Hall room 302 (the library’s instruction lab).

OER Enabled Pedagogy
Use OER to change the way students engage with course material
Thursday, November 14 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

OER Crash Couse
A comprehensive overview for OER search, adoption, attribution, accessibility, and licenses
Thursday, October 24 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Friday, November 1 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 7 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 20 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Fair Use in the Classroom
Discover the proper way to use copyright-protected material in your course
Friday, December 6 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

For questions, contact Rachel Dilley, OER librarian.



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 began earlier this month 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.


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.
Fridays: 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Fridays: 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 Street 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



DEIS faculty Blackboard training workshops for Autumn 2019

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.
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10–11am — Register here
Friday, Nov. 1, 10–11am — 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.
Monday, Oct. 21, 2–3pm — Register here
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 3–4pm — Register here

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.)
Friday, November 1, 11:30am-12:30pm, 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 25, 12:30-1:30 p.m. – 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.
Monday, November 18, 2-3 p.m. – CT 119 - 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.
Friday, October 25, 11a.m.-12 p.m. – CT 119 -  Register here 
Thursday, November 8, 10-11 a.m. – 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, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. – CT 106 - Register here 
Tuesday, November 5, 2-3 p.m. – 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, 1-2 p.m. – CT 106 - Register here 
Wednesday, November 13, 10-11a.m. – CT 119 - 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.