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March 22, 2018


Apply for a table at Visit Day on April 6

tables at fair

Columbus State will host Visit Day on Friday, April 6. Prospective students and their guests will visit the Columbus campus to see and hear all the reasons why Columbus State is their smartest choice for college. During the event, a Resource Fair will be offered with tables in both Nestor Hall student lounges. If your area would like to host one of these tables, please contact Admissions Event Coordinator Tom Capps via email or at ext. 2051. Space is limited and tables are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Learn to combat implicit bias

Everyone has biases. Even college community members who are committed to equality and providing the best support can fall victim to implicit biases, impacting the quality of our college environment. Join Equitas Health, Counseling Services and Victim Advocacy for a training designed to give you the tools to recognize and combat explicit and implicit bias against the LGBTQ community, and their various intersecting identities. This training offers 2.0 Free Continuing Education Units for counselors, psychologists, social workers, and nurses. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 28 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in WD 404.  For additional questions please contact Corey Harris, Victim Advocate.



Join the World Bazaar on April 11

Be a part of Columbus State’s first ever World Bazaar on Wednesday, April 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the courtyard. This event will celebrate an array of cultures through performances, merchandise, crafts, a story booth, cultural presentations, community resources, and international foods! Admission is free and this event is open to the public. If you would like to host a table, perform, volunteer, or sell items at the event click here to register by March 25. Please contact Brett Welsh with any questions.



Save the Date: Student Success Summit
When: Tuesday, April 10
Morning Session: 8:00 a.m.-noon
Afternoon Session: noon-4:00 p.m. 

Where: Columbus State Conference Center (Center for Workforce Development, 4th Floor)

The Student Academic Success Department is proud to present the 2018 Student Success Summit: College with a Career in Mind. This summit is for faculty, tutors, and advisors. We will present breakout sessions that align with Career and Academic Pathways where you can learn exciting key strategies being offered by our academic and staff departments, get caught up on the latest trends in higher education, and have a chance to interact with some of our passionate students. Part-time and adjunct faculty are eligible for meeting pay. Lunch will be provided.


REMINDER: Registration open for the Service-Learning Conference

The Columbus State Service-Learning OAA College and Division Committees will host the fourth annual Service-Learning Conference on Friday, April 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Columbus State Conference Center.  The theme of this year's conference is Service-Learning Presents: United - Supporting Students in Challenging Times. The purpose of the event is to share information and offer training about campus resources, and to empower participants to support students on campus and beyond.  Sessions will include DACA Dream Zone Training, Behavioral Intervention Team, Responding to Campus Visitors, QPR Suicide-Prevention Training, Columbus State Resources to Support Students, SafeZone Training. Registration available on The Hub. Part-time instructors will be compensated for attending the conference.  Please email with any questions. 


Nominate student employees for award

National Student Employment Week is April 9-13 and Career Services is seeking nominations for our Student Employee of the Year. If you work with a student employee that exceeds expectations and makes a difference in the campus community, contact Amanda Perk to request a nomination form. This year, small team nominations will be accepted for the first time!

Also, please be sure to take time during Student Employment Week to acknowledge the hard work and dedication to student employees around campus.


Professional Development presents at Ohio Safety Congress & Expo

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On March 9, the Professional Development & Retention (PDR) unit of Human Resources was invited to present at the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo with the State of Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation. The Ohio Safety Congress & Expo is the largest regional safety and health conference in the U.S. More than 7,000 Ohio employers and workers attend Safety Congress, which features 200 educational sessions presented by experts from across the country covering topics related to injury and illness prevention, rehabilitation, return-to-work and cost savings. 

PDR presented before a group of more than 150 attendees. The session entitled, “Making the Workplace Inclusive: Generations in the Workplace" told a story of five generations influencing today’s workplace. Employers who create space for all five generations to bring their authentic selves to the workplace can see increased engagement, productivity, innovation, and employee satisfaction. This session examined each generation’s experience and characteristics, explored differences in the workplace, and provided strategies for effective communication, problem-solving and respectful interaction designed to support an inclusive workplace.

Representatives from Columbus State included Program Coordinator Rich James, Program Coordinator Barbara Allen, Trainer Paula Teeter, Specialist Morgan Sayre, Assistant Director Dr. Phyllis Gorman, and Diversity Student Services Specialist Sarah Baker.


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Professor and students volunteer in Puerto Rico

Associate Professor in Human Services Dianne Fidelibus, along with five Columbus State students from Vineyard Columbus, spent Spring Break in Puerto Rico doing a variety of disaster assistance services including, roofing, tree and brush removal, and painting in several areas that are still impacted by the hurricanes last year.   






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Columbus State student debuts original composition

Columbus State's Winter Concert featured a new work by Columbus State student Max Morrison. "March of the Spiders" was given its world premiere by the Columbus State Concert Band before an enthusiastic crowd in the Conference Center Ballroom on March 20. Morrison also performed on trumpet with the Columbus State Jazz Ensemble on the concert.




Student Advocacy is currently hiring Peer Advocates

Do you know students that have the skills, compassion, and drive to find student employment as a Peer Advocate? Student Advocacy is currently hiring Peer Advocates for the 2018-2019 academic school year and is seeking recommendations.

Recommended candidates should have knowledge of the Columbus State campus, programs, services, and opportunities for students. Students should also have 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 for more information on the position. Please email Nancy Smith with the name and Cougar ID of any students you would like to nominate and they will be emailed about the position. 


Disabilities Employee Resource Group meeting March 30

The Disability ERG invites college employees who identify as an individual with a disability or as a caretaker for someone whose disability substantially affects a person's life to our gathering on Friday, March 30 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at The Roosevelt Coffeehouse (300 E Long St, Columbus, OH 43215).

Please consider joining in conversations.  If you have questions about the ERG, please contact liaison Michael Hicks or Tiffany McClain.


IRS releases new W-4 form for 2018, updates withholding calculator

On February 28, the IRS released the 2018 Form W-4Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, and its updated Withholding Calculator. Both the form and the calculator have been updated to reflect changes in the tax law made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Now that these tools are available, the IRS is suggesting that employees do a “paycheck checkup,” to check that they are having the correct amount of tax withheld from their paycheck.

Revised Form W-4

The new instructions explain how employees can claim exemption from withholding; suggest that employees use the tax calculator if they have a complex tax situation; and provide additional guidance to filers with multiple jobs or a working spouse, nonwage income, or are nonresident aliens.

The three worksheets used to determine the number of allowances to claim – Personal Allowance Worksheet; Deductions, Adjustments, and Additional Income Worksheet; and the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet – have all been updated. For instance, the Personal Allowance Worksheet includes information on the child tax credit and the credit for other dependents.




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