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Campus Life January 29

Did you get a text when campus closed Tuesday?

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You would have received a text telling you that Columbus State was delaying classes until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, if you had a subscription to RAVE Mobile Alert system!

The RAVE system is used for important or emergency messages to all subscribers, and it’s free. Go online here to sign up for this valuable service and you’ll never have to wait for the TV news or slow emails to tell you when campus is closed for severe weather.

1098-T Tax Document for 2013 is now available online

Columbus State provides you with the opportunity to receive your 2013 Form 1098-T electronically. Form 1098-T is a "Tuition Payments Statement" that higher educational institutions are required to provide to you and the IRS. You receive this form because higher education costs may be eligible for tax benefits. For more information please consult a tax professional or the IRS website at

IRS regulations state that each student who wishes to receive their 1098-T electronically must also provide his/her consent electronically. Therefore, if you wish to take advantage of this, you must sign up. To sign up, you just copy and paste this link to your web browser:

Enter the Site ID: 10409
User Name: Your 7-digit Cougar ID Number - (Include zero if your Cougar ID begins with zero).
Password: Use the same password you used last year. If you are a new enrollee, your password is the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

For security reasons, you will then be prompted to change your password. Enter your old password (last four digits of your SSN) and then enter a new password of your choosing. The new password must be 7 characters and contain at least one digit.

Once you have entered your new password, you will be presented with the Online Consent Form. Read the Online Consent Form for the requirements and specifications. If you agree, click on "Consent". Once you consent, you will not be mailed a 1098-T.

If you have any questions please contact

Spring will be here eventually!

Paw logoAnd the 3rd Annual Cougar Challenge 5K is coming up fast! This annual event to raise money for book scholarships will be held at Fred Beekman Park at the corner of Kenny Road and Lane Avenue on Saturday, April 26. Register online by February 15 for a discounted entry fee of only $20. You can register here: “Like'”the Columbus State Cougar Challenge 5k Facebook page for opportunities to win some cool prizes!

Shopping around for some workshops?

Check out the new booklet “A Class Above—Workshops and Resources to Build Student Success.” This complete listing of sessions offered during Spring Semester is the perfect place to start. Produced by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL), the booklet ncludes are leadership opportunities, career-planning workshops, intramural sports activities, community service groups, student success seminars, and much more! Add a few of these to your resume or transfer applications for an extra dose of campus engagement!

Travel abroad to Japan in May!

There’s still time to sign up for SSCI 1798: Japanese Anthropology – and study abroad for 11 days in Japan!  The course is being offered during the second 8 weeks of Spring Semester, and the travel abroad opportunity is from May 10-20.


The trip will introduce you to the culture and diversity of Japan, a land where the ancient and cutting edge coexist. Japan offers an excellent opportunity to study different aspects of culture (history, economics, religion, politics, art and architecture, group dynamics, etc.) from an anthropological perspective. This tour starts upon arrival in Osaka. The group will first work its way south to Hiroshima, and then back north to Kyoto, Hakone, and finally, Kamakura and Tokyo.

A few of the highlights of the trip include excursions to the Great Buddha of Kamakura, ancient imperial palaces and medieval castles, the Golden Pavilion, Meiji and Miyajima Shrines, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum; traveling on an air-conditioned, movie- and karaoke-equipped tour bus, the preferred method of sightseeing in Japan; two trips on the superfast Shinkansen (bullet train); a cruise on beautiful Lake Hakone and a cable car ride up Mt. Komagatake to glimpse Mt. Fuji; and even a chance to soak in a hot spring!

The cost for the trip is $4,630 (add $270 for adults over 30), and includes airfare, lodging, breakfast and dinner daily, in-country transportation, site admission fees, and tips. The fee does not include tuition, textbooks, a passport (required), or excess baggage fees. If you would like more information about the class Japanese Anthropology, or the trip, contact Dr. Erica Swarts.

Want to learn more about Study Abroad opportunities at Columbus State?  Visit this site:


BLUEprint Success Workshops: Increase your opportunity for success!


You can now earn a new type of recognition by attending Advising Services’ BLUEprint Success Workshops.  Not only will you get extra help on student success topics for FREE, but you will also earn a non-credit notation on your student record after completing a workshop.  You can also request a Certificate of Completion for your own portfolio. These items can be very helpful when you apply for transfer to a four-year university, or apply to a graduate program!

You are encouraged to attend at least one new workshop each semester.  Workshops cover a variety of topics such as library services, money and time management, transfer planning, student services, test anxiety, degree audits, and much more. 

This Spring Semester, BLUEprint has unveiled ten new workshop topics focused on goal setting, returning adult students, “apps” for college success, the Honors Program, selecting a lifestyle/major, reading comprehension, critical thinking and communication, healthcare careers, and more!  In addition, BLUEprint will continue to partner with the Ohio State Preferred Pathway Program to offer new workshop topics presented by OSU faculty and staff.  Visit the BLUEprint page online for a detailed schedule or workshops.  

Don’t have time to attend a full BLUEprint workshop?  Stop by the new Table-Top Info Stops on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to noon, outside of Aquinas Hall Room 116. You can pick up tips and information on subjects such as time management or running a degree audit. You can find the schedule of subjects on the BLUEprint page as well.

Whether you are a new student, a returning student, or close to graduating, BLUEprint Success Workshops have something to offer for everyone. BLUEprint is here to help you lay the plans for your success! 


Don't miss important activities- Check the calendar!

Lots more activities and events can be found on the Columbus State Activities Calendar:


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