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September 14, 2017


Construction near Delaware Hall

clock tower graphic

Starting on Saturday, September 16, foot traffic will be restricted around Delaware Hall thanks to construction work. Crews will be placing new panels on the tower in front of Delaware Hall, and the Delaware south ramp doors, lower Police dispatch doors, and the ramp doors between Union and Delaware will all be closed, and part of the area will be roped off. During this time, the entrance to Delaware Hall can be accessed from the doors and ramps facing Grove Street, and the breezeway between Union and Delaware alongside the cafeteria. Signs will be placed to help you navigate around the construction. The food truck Tortillas will be temporarily located between Columbus and Franklin halls.

During the project, there will be no handicapped accessible entrance to the Police Department. Please call (614) 287-2525 if you need the Police Department.

Depending on the weather, work will wrap up by Thursday, September 21.






Food service operations closed for Day of Service

On Tuesday, September 19, all AVI Food Service Operations will be closed, including the Union Hall Food Court, Subway, and Sips. Normal service hours will resume on Wednesday September 20.


Save the Date: Staff Convocation
Staff Convocation is Friday, October 13 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. in the Gymnasium. Offices will be closed from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. 


Columbus State a leader in growing game development industry

The game industry is growing in Columbus, and Columbus State Community College is right in the middle of that growth. Adjunct instructor Chris Volpe and assistant professor Henry Bawden appeared on WOSU’s All Sides Considered Tech Tuesday to speak the growth of the industry and Columbus State’s video game programs (Bawden is the Lead Instructor for the Interactive Media department’s Video Game Art and Animation program). 

Volpe and Bawden also contributed to an article in the September issue of Columbus CEO magazine examining the many initiatives to develop the game industry locally. Read the full article. 

Columbus State and its students are a vital part of the game industry here in Central Ohio. From September 29through October 1, GDEX (Game Developer Expo) will take place in Columbus. It’s the largest expo of its kind in the Midwest, and many Columbus State students are volunteers and exhibitors. To learn more, please check out the GDEX website


Celebrate Banned Books Week with the Library

book cover graphic

Celebrate the annual Banned Books Week with the Columbus State Library September 24 through 30. This year, the library is hosting an art competition of works that reimagine a cover for a banned or challenged book. The competition is open to current students (faculty and staff may showcase their art outside of the competition). Digital design and art faculty will serve as judges. Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 22 by 5:00 p.m. For details about the art competition and events, visit the library’s Exhibit the Right to Read website. Please encourage students to enter, and join us for the exhibit and reception on Wednesday September 27, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the library’s media studio. There will be light refreshments, giveaways, fan favorite voting, and the winners will be announced that evening!


Restored Citizens Summit

Mark your calendars for the sixth annual Restored Citizens Summit on Thursday, October 26. This free conference will be held in the Center for Workforce Development and is open to the public. Participants will receive inspiration and empowerment from keynote speakers, workshops about overcoming barriers to success, access to community resource tables, and a luncheon to recognize individuals and agencies leading the way in opening doors to individuals who have been involved with the criminal justice system.

Please feel free to take advantage of this event and invite others. Volunteer opportunities will be available and shared soon. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Conduct at (614) 287-2104 or We look forward to seeing you at the summit!   



Lynda Anderson-Casey Invited to Participate in Columbus Women’s Commission Focus Group

The Columbus Women’s Commission, chaired by the city’s first lady Shannon Ginther, is an advising body to Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther for the purpose of dismantling barriers and reducing gender-based inequities in our community to improve the economic position of women. Executive Director of Human Resources Lynda Anderson-Casey was recently invited by the Commission to participate in a focus group to provide feedback on the Commission’s upcoming pay equity awareness and education campaign. Representatives were invited from specific constituencies to lend valuable insight and experience to shape the work and execution of the campaign. Those interested are invited to follow the Commission’s work by visiting the website.


Humanities professor publishes essays on women in American history

Marilyn K. Howard, associate professor in the Department of Humanities and lead professor of African American History, has nine essays and entries in the recently published Women in American History:  A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection edited by Peg A. Lamphier and Roseanne Welch.



Safe Zone Training kicks off this month

Columbus State’s SafeZone program is a series of interactive trainings aimed at helping students and employees develop a better understanding of LGBTQ+ experiences and become effective allies of this community. Four distinct training models will be offered this school year including SafeZone 101, Understanding Gender Variance, Understanding Sexual Identity, and The Importance of Being an Ally.

The first workshop, SafeZone 101, will be held on Friday, September 22 from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. in WD 415. Participants who complete the training will receive a certificate and an opportunity to take the SafeZone Pledge as a committed ally of the LGBTQ+ community. Register for workshops here.


Tips to protect personal information following national Equifax data breach

In response of the recent Equifax Data Breach that exposed 143 million American consumers, Ben Dalton, information security officer for Columbus State, shares tips to keep your personal information secure. 

More information on the Equifax data breach can be found on the Federal Trade Commission website:


Last chance to register: Tips from the Teaching Professors

Join the Teaching Professor Conference faculty for a fast paced, round robin of quick ideas to implement in your classes this fall! Sessions will run concurrently every 20 minutes. Participants can attend up to four sessions or can stop in for just one. 

20 minute round robin topics will include:

Identity Puzzles

Grit and Growth Mindset

Warning! Graphic Content

Tech for Collaboration & Feedback

Teaching Tricks

Building Social Capital

Brain Friendly Learning

Plickers and More

Meet your Magna Mentor

Date: Friday, September 15
Time:  9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Place:  WD 404



Upcoming training events

myPLAN: Competencies for Supervisors/Managers Discussion

Building employee competency is a great strategy for supporting employee development.  Please join this discussion on how the use of rubrics can assist in advancing employee performance and create a road map for increased engagement and success.

September 14, 10:00-11:00 a.m. in WD 315
Register Here 

myPLAN: Documenting Performance

The myPLAN performance management system allows for year round creation, editing and documentation of an employee’s key responsibilities and goals.  With the performance review cycle more than 2/3 complete, it’s time to assure that all of our documentation is up-to-date!  Join PDR in the lab for a discussion of best practices for assuring your myPLAN records are ready for review and that you are taking ever advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate the outcomes of all your hard work.  This opportunity is for those just getting started with their documentation, new employees and those who would like to share tips on what is making them successful using the system.

Monday, September 18, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in WD 307
Register Here

Thursday, September 21, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in DE 215
Register Here

All Trainers Gathering

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are a set of written instructions that describe in detail how to perform a given task, process or activity.  They allow a job task to be broken down into smaller tasks that are of a manageable size for an on-the-job training.  Learn the basics of job task analysis and how this facilitates the creation of training modules.

Wednesday, October 4, 10:00-11:30 a.m. in WD 404 
Register Here

Wednesday, October 4, 2:00-3:30 p.m. in WD 404 
Register Here



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