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March 19, 2018


Construction on new Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Building starts April 1

Columbus State will start the construction project for our new Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Building at Mount Vernon and Cleveland avenues on Sunday, April 1. Construction is scheduled to run through August 2019. Here’s what you need to know about construction impact.

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Starting April 1, parking lot access at Cleveland Avenue and Naghten Street will close during construction and will reopen at the completion of the project.

During construction, parking will be restricted in the lot bordered by Cleveland Avenue, Spring Street and Mount Vernon Avenue. Parking will remain reserved for students within the lot adjacent to the construction site, with access from Spring Street and Mount Vernon Avenue. Parking for construction workers is being provided off campus. It is important to know that Columbus State restriped all campus parking lots last year to ensure sufficient parking during this construction project, and that some parking reserved for the construction site will reopen when the project is complete.

The sidewalk on the east side of Cleveland Avenue between Spring Street and Mount Vernon Avenue will be closed during construction. Pedestrians will be directed to use the sidewalk on the west side of Cleveland Avenue.

Fencing will be maintained around the construction site perimeter for the duration of the project. Click here for an image of the impacted area.

As part of the construction, Mount Vernon Avenue will permanently close at Cleveland Avenue in 2019. Anticipated in early spring of 2019, this closing will result in the termination of Mount Vernon Avenue at existing parking access points, its conversion to a two-way drive with on-street parking, and the creation of continuous green space between the new building and the Center for Technology and Learning. The city will also add limited public parking along Cleveland Avenue.

Thank you for your patience as we take on this major campus improvement project.


Men's basketball team captures third place in national tournament

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Over spring break, our men’s basketball team captured third place in the Div. III National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament in New York State. The Cougars defeated Montgomery College 97-87 Saturday evening to cap off an incredible season. The team will be recognized at Thursday night's Board of Trustee's meeting on the Delaware Campus. Watch for a complete story next week in Update.


Columbus State among 17 recipients of national TREE Fund award


The Illinois-based TREE Fund has selected Columbus State as one of 17 recipients of its just-released 2017 fund awards list. The College is receiving $5,000. The awards are provided for urban tree research and education.

The College received the grant for the “Columbus State Arboriculture Education Expansion and Tree Care Academy Project” which seeks to increase awareness of the field of arboriculture and create an entry point for the college’s new Arboriculture Technician Certificate. The weeklong Youth Tree Care Academy for students 16 and older provides a hands-on introduction to arboriculture as well as the certificate program. It will be held again in the spring.

Steven O’Neal, professor of Landscape Design and Management, says, “The Academy exposes students to the ever-present and important profession of Arboriculture and Tree Healthcare. This part of the Landscape Profession is growing at an enormous rate and surpasses most other professions that we typically think of. The impact that these species have on our environment is immeasurable. Not only do we recognize their inherent beauty, but we also rely on the environmental, economic and social impact that trees have on our lives.”

Since its funding inception in 2002, TREE Fund has provided more than $3 million. “The wide array of grants that TREE Fund awarded in 2017 demonstrates the extensive impact that we and our research partners can have on communities within and beyond the tree care industry,” notes TREE Fund President and CEO J. Eric Smith. “From the broad quantification of human health benefits gained from city trees to approaches for battling tree disease on a microbial level, we are seeking to empower tree care professionals at all levels, and to educate lay people and policymakers alike on the economic, health and aesthetic benefits of healthy urban canopies around the world.”

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Columbus State Manufacturing Programs Earn M-List Recognition

Columbus State’s manufacturing programs were recently recognized by The Manufacturing Institute through inclusion on the M-List. The M-List distinguishes quality manufacturing education and training programs that are a preferred source of talent for manufacturing employers. Specifically, these colleges offer students the opportunity to earn National Association of Manufacturing-Endorsed Skills Certifications as a standard part of their manufacturing education programs. The M-List is designed to benefit manufacturers, skilled workers, students and career changers looking to upgrade their skills, and site selection agents looking for a region with a commitment to manufacturing skills. The application was submitted through a collaboration of the Welding and Engineering Technology Departments and as part of the college’s effort in the Ohio TechNet TAACCCT grant.


Application period open for Distinguished Full Professor and Quality Team Awards

The intent of the Distinguished Full Professor Award is to recognize faculty members who have achieved the rank of Professor and who continue to perform in an exemplary manner through service, scholarship, innovation, leadership, and other professorial achievements. Click here to download the application. The deadline to submit nominations is Tuesday, March 27.

The annual Quality Team Awards recognize groups that have had the most impact or continuous improvement on the College and on students, by incorporating the values and strategic goals set forth by the Board of Trustees. Teams are encouraged to think outside the box and showcase the best that Columbus State has to offer. Cash awards of $4,000 (one gold) and $2,000 (two silver) are made to the winning teams. Click here to download the application. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, April 25

The awards will be given at the annual Continuous Quality Improvement Awards luncheon on Tuesday, June 21.


Sign up to participate in Spring Fling

Student Engagement and Leadership would like to invite departments to participate in our annual Spring Fling Event on Monday, April 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the courtyard. This will be a great opportunity to provide resources for Columbus State students and get them engaged in future campus activities! To host a table, please register by following this link to the Hub.


In-Service Day: Call for volunteers and materials

Columbus State’s spring In-Service Day will be held on Thursday, April 19. The day will feature break-out sessions, a Wellness Fair, a luncheon catered by our Hospitality Management students, and some department meetings. No day classes are held and all college offices are closed on In-Service Day.

Below are some requests for your participation:

Volunteer ushers needed
We are in need of volunteers to usher for In-Service throughout the day. If you are willing to serve, or for more information, please contact Steven Zelenka.

Accommodations requests
There will be American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and captioning on screen at the morning session. If you would like to request an interpreter for the afternoon sessions, please contact Michael Hicks. To provide the highest quality of service, we encourage everyone to submit requests a minimum of ten business days in advance. Every effort will be made to secure services, however, if the notice is received less than ten days prior to the event services may not be available.

Call for In-Service Day materials
Do you have materials or information you want included for In-Service Day 2018? The In-Service Day Committee will produce a single booklet that includes all printed materials instead of placing multiple individual flyers on the chairs in the gymnasium. Please send your flyers, ads, artwork, etc. to In-Service Project Manager Drew Clausen no later than 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, for inclusion in the booklet.


Learn to recognize relationship abuse with screening and discussion

Intimate relationships can be difficult to navigate and sometimes abusive behavior is hard to identify. That is why the Office of Equity and Compliance is presenting One Love’s “Love Labyrinth” video with a facilitated discussion about emotional abuse in intimate relationships. One Love is an organization committed to “changing the statistics around relationship abuse one conversation at a time.” Whether you’re a student or an employee of Columbus State, starting a conversation about healthy and unhealthy relationships can be difficult, but it can make all the difference in someone’s life. With the assistance of friends and resources at the College and in the community, you can help the people you know to recognize and stop toxic relationships.

Please join us on Wednesday, March 21 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Delaware Campus, Moeller Hall room 128 for this important and informative event! Free snacks will be provided and everyone who attends will be eligible to enter a drawing for a gift card. This event is offered as part of the Know it. Name it. STOP IT! Awareness Campaign about stalking and intimate partner violence.


Natural Hair Workshop

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Are you interested in learning more about the natural hair revolution? If so, then join us for a fun and informative natural hair workshop! All are welcome.

You'll find a few topics that we'll touch on listed below:
The chemistry of natural hair products and how to make your own
The history behind the natural hair revolution
How to properly take care of and celebrate different hair types

Join us on Thursday, March 29, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Library Media Studio. There will be door prizes, raffles, giveaways, and refreshments.

Please RSVP on The Hub. For more information, please contact Jasmine Marks at or (614) 287.5319.  


Courageous Conversations event to highlight women in business

For every dollar a man earns, women earn only 78 cents on average. For African-American and Hispanic women, the gap is even wider. On Thursday, March 29, Courageous Conversations Women’s Voices is hosting an event that examines how we can achieve equal pay for equal work, and provides resources to help women succeed. Columbus City Council member Elizabeth Brown will deliver opening remarks, and Business Programs Chair Carmen Daniels will emcee a panel discussion. Attendees will also get a free professional headshot with styling support from Dress for Success. Learn more and RSVP here.

Elizabeth Brown, Columbus City Council member
Mary B. Relotto, founder of Dames Bond and candidate for Ohio Representative District 24
Tracy Maxwell Heard, Vice President of Dress for Success
Sarah Pariser, Director of Grants and Programs at the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio


Student Advocacy is hiring Peer Advocates

Student Advocacy is currently hiring Peer Advocates for the 2018-2019 academic school year. Do you know students you would like to recommend that have the skills, compassion, and drive to fill this student employment position? 

Recommended candidates should have knowledge of the Columbus State campus, programs, services, and opportunities for students, and an interest in learning about community resources for referrals. Peer Advocates need to possess strong leadership abilities, active listening and communication skills, an aptitude for problem-solving, comfort with public speaking, an ability to work with diverse populations, and the motivation to learn and help others in the Columbus State community!

Visit the job posting here for more information on the position. Please email Nancy Smith at  with the name and Cougar ID of any students you would like to nominate and they will be emailed about the position. 


Get a free dental screening and help senior dental hygiene students

If you haven’t had a dental cleaning and exam in a while, The Columbus State Dental Hygiene program will be holding several screening events in their preclinic lab in the Grant Avenue building at 375 North Grant Ave. This screening is free and open to all staff, faculty, and students.

You will need to fill out a health history and consent form in order for the students to examine your mouth and determine if you are eligible as a patient for their national board clinical exam. If you appear to qualify, the students will ask you to come for a more extended examination with possible x-rays at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry dental clinic. This exam would also be at no cost.

All patients who qualify and participate as a patient receive all of their dental hygiene care for free (this excludes fillings and other procedures). The dental hygiene board exam is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, and patients need to be available all day. The board exam takes place at the College of Dentistry at Ohio State. All follow-up care would occur at the Ohio State College of Dentistry.

The dates and times for the screenings are below:

Wednesday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. – noon 
Monday, March 26, 10:00 am – 2:00 p.m. 
Thursday, March 29, 9:00 a.m. – noon

To schedule an appointment time, email Dan Collins or call (614) 287-2521. Walk-ins will be accepted as time allows Please bring your Cougar ID!


Rocco Di Pietro traveling to Germany to perform original composition

Humanities adjunct Rocco Di Pietro is traveling to Berlin, Germany this month as the guest of Savvy Contemporary Berlin and the MaerzMusik Berlin festival, to perform Julius Eastman's “Hail Mary” and his own composition "Message from Julius Eastman," as well as excerpts from his work “Three Black-American Folk-Songs.” Di Pietro’s letters, programs, and memoir of African-American composer Julius Eastman are being housed in the Berlin Archive and will be exhibited on the first day of the three-day festival.


Employee Disclosures and Acknowledgments questionnaire

The annual Columbus State employee Disclosures and Acknowledgments questionnaire will be sent to all employees later this month. The questionnaire, required by College Policy, includes information regarding the Ohio Ethics Law requirements, as well as important employment acknowledgments. Watch your email for the form during the third week of March.


LGBTQ Employee Resource Group meeting

Columbus State’s LGBTQ Employee Resource Group will be meeting on Monday, March 26 in Rhodes Hall 211A from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Bring your lunch, and bring a friend. All are welcome.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) allow members to connect with other employees who share similar interests and a common bond or background.  For more information about this and other ERG’s, please visit the Employee Resource Group website.




Kudos and Welcomes

February 1 – Michell Ward, Program Coordinator in Partnerships and Programs
February 16 – Edwynna Freeman, Manager in Facilities Operations
February 19 – Tewolde Haile, Teaching Assistant in Biological and Physical Sciences
February 19 – Lisa Biggum, Administrative Assistant in the Columbus State Foundation
March 1 – Becky Fields, Project Director in Facilities Planning, Design and Construction
March 1 – Janell Jones, Advisor in College Credit Plus
March 18 – Rachel Trump, Communications Technician in the Police Department

New opportunities

Student Success Specialist, Upward Bound - Requisition #1915
Accountant, Grants Accounting & Reporting - Requisition #1920
Chairperson (Social Sciences) - Requisition #1923
Executive Assistant (Board Liaison) - Requisition #1925

College Knowledge: Marketing and Communications

This month, College Knowledge will feature Marketing and Communications. Marketing and Communications recently completed a major redesign Columbus State website, and in this session the team will share some of the website’s new features, and how the new website aligns with the College’s strategic goals. The session will be held Friday, March 23 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in WD 404. To register, log on to Cornerstone and look for the event under the “Learning” tab events calendar.

Need help training for the Cougar Challenge 5K?

Let us help you get ready for Columbus State Cougar Challenge 5K on May 5. You will learn training methods and ways to get in shape for the run.  You will also hear from employees who recently started running. Attendees will receive a registration discount.

Wednesday, March 21 at noon in WD 1113
Presenters: Dustin Iacovone, College Recreation and Wellness
Jackie Jenkins & Michael Hicks, 5K Ambassadors 

RSVP your attendance with Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator at or ext. 3989 by Wednesday, March 21 at 9:00 a.m.




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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 noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.