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March 12, 2018

Note: On Friday, March 16, the Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration office will be closed for a staff retreat.


Financial Aid launches new FAFSA Completion Campaign


The Financial Aid department, with generous support from Marketing and Communications, is pleased to announce its new FAFSA Completion Campaign. 

The main purpose of the campaign is to help new and returning students complete their Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) early. The Financial Aid team plans to use buttons, signs and other materials to prompt students to ask employees questions about the process of completing the FAFSA and learn about their eligibility. The goal is to increase the number of students who apply for financial aid early, know how to check on the status of the FAFSA, understand the correct year’s income information needed to complete the form, and to remind them that the FAFSA needs to be completed annually. 

The campaign slogan is, “File your FAFSA first. Ask me why.” Buttons with this phrase have been ordered for all student-facing staff members to wear between now and the beginning of Autumn Semester 2018. Large banners, posters, and table tents will be distributed across campus with more information.

For reference, Financial Aid has created a webpage for referral with common questions and answers related to completion of the FAFSA.  Several departments around campus may be receiving flyers and several buttons. Feel free to hang the flyers up in your offices and pass the flyers out to students.  

If students have additional financial aid questions, please refer them to the Telephone Information Center, Student Central, or Student Services at the Delaware Campus for assistance. 

Thank you for your support and we welcome your feedback on this campaign. If you have any questions or concerns please direct them to either Financial Aid Director Dave Metz or Financial Aid Advisor Lauren Merante. Again, our goal is to increase the number of students who complete their FAFSA earlier, and thereby improve their opportunity to be successful from the first day of the semester and onward.


Time management workshop series for students

In a joint effort to provide more resources and tools for students, The Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration and the Student Academic Success office have joined forces to create the Time Management Workshop Series. These workshops were designed to focus on assessing students’ current time management skills and provide strategies to help them with time management. Students will even get the chance to apply those skills during the workshop.

If you know a student who can benefit from attending one of these workshops, please follow this link to get to our sign-up page. (Please copy and paste this link into your web browser if the hyperlink is not working: If you have any questions, please email Stacie Odhner-Sibley or Ryan Fissel.


Columbus State receives grant to increase Mental Health First Aid training

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds an understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Columbus State was the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County’s (ADAMH) first pilot training group for Mental Health First Aid at colleges and universities in 2012. The College used grant funding to bring Mental Health First Aid back to campus in 2016. This most recent grant of $4,000 from ADAMH will allow Columbus State to train two College staff members to become certified as Mental Health First Aid Adult Instructors so that more training events can be held. Instructors will teach at least three courses a year. According to the Mental Health First Aid Instructor Directory, only 20 instructors reside in the entire state of Ohio, so the Columbus State instructors will be a vital resource for the entire community.


Columbus State recognized for commitment to improving campus safety

For the past few years, Columbus State has continued to invest in safety and security equipment to assist the Columbus State Police Department. In addition, the department’s officers and staff are trained in campus safety best practices.

All of the work continues to pay off. Columbus State is ranked at the top of the list of the Best Campus Security in the nation. It’s the only institution in Ohio on that list.

Kim Hall, Senior Vice President and General Counsel has been a strong advocate of the police efforts. "We take the safety of students, staff and faculty seriously by prioritizing funding for ongoing safety measures. It's satisfying to see others recognize our efforts,” says Hall.

“During the past several years the Police Department has focused on enhancing safety systems, community engagement, visibility, and highly focused targeted patrol tactics to elevate campus safety,” says Chief Sean Asbury.  “Ultimately, I believe our success is a result of our campus communities’ commitment to safety and quickly reporting safety concerns.” 

A link to the rankings is here:


Support the Columbus State Foundation while you shop

Did you know that you can earn dollars for the Columbus State Foundation just by shopping on Amazon and at Kroger? And this week, you can triple your impact on Amazon Smile.

Amazon Smile
From March 12-31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first purchase! Go to this link for easy sign-up, or go to and select the Columbus State Community College Development Foundation Inc. as your charity. 

Kroger Community Rewards program
The Kroger Community Rewards program lets customers earn donations for their chosen nonprofit by shopping with their Kroger Plus Card. Between October 31, 2017, and January 30, 2018, the Foundation received $369.15 from this program alone. It’s a simple, convenient way to support students at Columbus State.

How to sign up

Kroger Community Rewards makes supporting the Foundation easy as 1, 2, 3 … 

1) Go to to sign in or create an account to enroll with your Kroger Plus card.

2) Once signed in, go to your Account Settings to update your Community Rewards. Look for Columbus State Community College Foundation, organization number 72383.

3) Shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!


Women’s HERstory Month exhibit in the Library

The Library is pleased to announce its exhibition for Women’s HERstory Month. The exhibit represents a sampling of women across generations, socioeconomic backgrounds, and ethnicities who not only made an undeniable impact on the lives of women and on the world. We all know of the incredible contributions by such women as Rosa Parks, Gloria Steinem, and Oprah Winfrey, but have you heard of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or Patsy Mink? Stop by the exhibit located in the Library’s second-floor gallery area for an interactive experience, and learn more about these lesser-known feminist heroes. The exhibit will also be on display Thursday, March 22 in the WD fourth-floor gallery during the Women's Leadership Summit.


Institutional Review Board welcomes Leslie Mathew

Leslie Mathew was recently named to the college’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Mathew replaces Leslie King, who served for two years as the non-institutional IRB representative. 

Mathew is currently the Program Chair for the Master of Healthcare Administration Program at Franklin University, College of Health and Public Administration, where he has served as full-time faculty since September 2010. He specializes in teaching Community Health, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Finance, Strategic Planning and Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Management. With the launch of the Doctoral Programs at Franklin, Mathew serves as a faculty member for the Doctorate of Healthcare Administration Program.

In addition to earning a Master’s in Biotechnology Enterprise from Johns Hopkins University, he completed the Executive MBA program from The Fisher College of Business while working as Administrative Director of Operations at The Ohio State University Medical Center. 

Columbus State’s IRB is responsible for research activities on campus that involve human subjects. Last year, the board approved close to 100 research protocols.


Student Affairs and Academic Affairs encourage students to engage in research

On February 28, twenty-four Columbus State students were invited to attend Ohio State University's Three-Minute Thesis Competition, where graduating seniors gave quick-talks about their research. This visit was part of a new collaboration between Columbus State’s Office of Student Affairs, Honors, and Future Scientists of Ohio program, and the Office of Undergraduate Research at The Ohio State University. The partnership is aimed at getting community college students to think about research early and to engage Columbus State students with faculty and students at a research university. Another outing is planned in April to take students to Ohio State’s Denman Research Day for an educational, hands-on experience.

For more information, contact Diana Wisse, executive director of Student Affairs, or Rebecca Mobley, director of the Honors program and professor in social sciences.


Business Programs inducts its first class of students into Kappa Beta Delta

On March 7, the Business Programs Department inducted its first class of students into Kappa Beta Delta, the international honor society for business students in two-year colleges accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Nineteen students were joined by family, friends, administrators, and faculty members as they recited the pledge and received certificates and pins. The purpose of Kappa Beta Delta is to encourage and recognize scholarships and accomplishments among students of business pursuing associate degrees, to encourage personal and professional improvement, and promote a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. Chapter activities will include professional development, networking, and leadership opportunities. Special thanks to chapter advisor Amy Popovich, Angelo Frole, Carmen Daniels, Rick Bartlett, Marcia Brandt, Charla Fraley, Linda Reid, and Jack Popovich.




Issuance of IRS 1095-C form

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires certain employers to provide tax forms to their employees to help the employee file their individual income taxes. The ACA also requires most taxpayers to certify on their individual tax returns that they had health insurance that is considered minimum essential coverage. The 1095-C form you receive is your way of documenting the health insurance you were offered and/or enrolled in.

Your tax professional might request to see your IRS form(s) in order to complete your individual tax return, but it is not required to file. The IRS form(s) you receive should be kept in the same manner you retain your annual tax documents and forms and other paperwork such as your W-2.

You should receive your IRS Form(s) within the next week, if you have not already. If there are concerns or if you have an issue with information provided on the form, please contact Benefit Program Coordinator Monessa Bradford at ext. 2107.




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