Fire Science program receives national recognition

Columbus State’s Fire Science program has been awarded recognition by the National Fire Academy (NFA) in acknowledgement of their success in meeting the standards of excellence established by professional Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) development committees.
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JP Morgan Chase commits $2.5 million to Columbus State

In an unprecedented partnership with the Columbus region, JPMorgan Chase announced Tuesday a $2.5 million commitment to expand The Central Ohio Compact – a regional education and jobs initiative. The grant is part of Chase’s five-year, $250 million global New Skills at Work initiative.
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Open Enrollment Forums in May

Open Enrollment period is May 1 through 31. The Open Enrollment period is your opportunity to elect, terminate, and/or modify your benefit choices for the upcoming plan year for medical, dental, vision, life and flexible spending accounts (FSAs). 
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Purchasing Deadline is June 9

In a continued effort to allow as much time as possible for the expenditure of Fiscal Year 2014 funds, the Purchasing Department will retain a June cut-off date for purchases. The last day to purchase goods and services for the year ending June 30, 2014 is June 9, 2014.
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Previous Stories:

April 28

Faculty Excellence Awards

Two-year college conference seeks proposals

Employee passwords

Fire Science program recognized nationally

SAC brown bag lunch

Graduate named Regional Chef of the Year

April 24

JPMorgan Chase commits $2.5 million to Columbus State

Open Enrollment forums in May

Massis, Beidler meet with Columbus Library IT team

Meditation Room

PTK Chapter earns awards

Disability Services staff present at conference

New rules for depositing funds

Additional mail delivery comes May 1

Summer Fee Waivers deadline

April 21

In-Service photo

Mumps inoculation clinic offered

Theatre Columbus State presents Antigone

"Socialist Fun"

Grad student ERG meeting

Health Rewards briefing

Fidelibus elected president of Coalition

Rivers named Financial Champion

Columbus State freshman earns Girl Scout award

Scholarship winners attend seminar

Professional development courses

April 14

Arts & Sciences Symposium

In-Service registrations

Men of the Year nominations

Quality Matters Consortium

Mayor's office sends commendation

Purchasing deadline is June 9

Kudos and Welcomes

New Opportunities

April 10

Registration for In-Service

Writers Conference April 26

Cougar Challenge 5K

Last in Latin American Film Series changed to April 24

President Harrison published in This Week

Scholarship recipient presents at NASA event

"Share the Road" survey

April 7

Testing Center coordinator goes the extra mile(s)!

Transfer Fair Organizer displays daily Hostmanship

Job Ready Internship Program extended by OBOR

Di Pietro to perform with students April 25

Student employees recognized at reception

Cougars for Community host bake sale

Join upcoming Relay for Life

Health Rewards briefing is April 10

Weight Watchers offers open house






This week at Columbus State
Monday April 28
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Wednesday April 30
Thursday May 1



Friday May 2


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May 1, 2014  

Burning up Beekman

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Rich James
laps a group of walkers on his way to a second-place finish in the annual Cougar Challenge 5K, which was held at Fred Beekman Park on the Ohio State campus last weekend.  The annual race is sponsored by Staff Advisory Council to raise funds for book scholarships. The race raised more than $5,000 this year!

President’s Town Hall scheduled for May 6
President Harrison’s monthly town hall meeting will be held Tuesday, May 6, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  The May Staff Employee of the Month will be recognized, and Dr. Harrison will update the attendees on the latest college news.  If you are unable to attend in person, be sure to log on to the live stream site, where you will be prompted to enter the password cougars. A chat feature will be enabled on the site to allow for questions at the end of the presentation.

“Branding” your email signature in Microsoft Outlook

Along with Columbus State’s new brand look and appearance, including the new logo, brand colors, type fonts and messaging—a template for your email signature has been approved for use.  This template is now available for downloading on the Marketing & Communications website, under “Resources.”

Your Department Name
550 East Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 287-0000 |
FAX (614) 287-1111 (optional)
CELL  (614) 123-4567 (optional)

There are some simple rules and guidelines to follow, which have been established to ensure a professional and more universal look to employees’ email correspondence. The email signature template is very similar in appearance to the new business cards. 

You will see that we are advised to not use any graphics (only text) in our email signature files due to the large size of such files, and inconsistencies in the way graphics appear on email systems other than Outlook.  The dreaded red X can ruin your elegant signature!

You are encouraged to use a good quality photo of yourself in your profile photo, however! Encouraged are profile photos that depict a professional image, and do not include other people, cartoons, pets, etc. You can also choose to upload a Columbus State logo in place of your own photograph if you choose, which is also available on the M& C website

Don’t have a good picture of yourself for your Outlook profile?  Contact Paul Rehg in Marketing & Communications for a passport-worthy portrait!     

Appropriate profile photos.
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Inappropriate profile photos!






Be a Judge at Invention Convention 2014!
judge with studentsIn school classrooms across Ohio, children have been thinking, imagining and creating new solutions to everyday problems. They have been encouraged at every turn to dream that their idea can change the future. This spring, the brightest student inventors will converge at all of our regional conventions where the newest Edison Winners will be crowned. Your role as a judge is simple, yet impactful. It is the final fifteen minutes of a five-month journey that began with an idea and ended with an invention.

As always, you don’t need special skills or knowledge to be an evaluator, just a belief in children and their ability to make a positive change in the world around them. Please sign up to judge on Saturday, May 17, at the Central Ohio Regional Competition held at Columbus State.  The judging will be held from 9:00 a.m. through 12:45 p.m.  You can sign up here!

Bike to work May 16

Stay active this spring by biking and taking advantage of nearby bike amenities and events. Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 16. There will be a breakfast event at Columbus Commons at 8:00 a.m., with organized rides to the event from various locations. See more details about Bike to Work Day on the City of Columbus event page.

Don't have your own bike at work? You can still ride to lunch or other downtown errands by using the new CoGo Bike Share. A CoGo station is located across from the Columbus State Bookstore. Swipe your credit card, grab a bike and go!  See the CoGo page on our bike website for more information. Want to give it a try for free? Contact Rich James for a day pass (supplies are limited).

Five teams in running for Quality Awards

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The Employee Appreciation Team poses for a pre-ceremony portrait.

Five campus teams will vie for top honors at this year’s sixth annual Quality Awards ceremony.  The June 17 luncheon will honor Quality Improvement teams, Distinguished Teachers and Full Professors, the Staff Employee of the Year, and—for the first time—a Part-time Staff Employee of the Year!
This year’s Quality Team finalists are:

  • The Practice of Statistics Team: an Interactive Distance Learning Experience.  The Math Department tackles retention issues in a new course – The Practice of Statistics (Stat 1450).

  • Transient Student Team:  Transient, or “guest” students love taking our courses because they transfer easily to their home institution.  This project simplified the process with impressive results. 

  • Generation One Trailblazers Team: Addressing the fears and apprehension of first generation college students is what this Faculty Learning Community team is all about.

  • Attendance Verification Team:  Student defaults on college loans are in the news almost every day.  This project details how Columbus State handles this complex issue.

  • Employee Appreciation Day Team:  The Fall 2013 cookout on the Columbus and Delaware campuses was the Staff Advisory Council’s special way of saying thank you to our hard-working employees.

Cash prizes, as well as a commemorative plaque, go to the finalists in each category. Bruce Massis will host.  Beginning at noon, the event will be streamed live from the Conference Center Ballroom.

Distinguished Teaching Award finalists selected

After reviewing 38 portfolios reflecting outstanding teaching, the Distinguished Teaching Award selection committee has chosen ten finalists for classroom observation. Of these ten, four will be selected as the Distinguished Teachers for the 2013 nomination year. Winners will be honored during the Team and Quality Awards luncheon to be held June 17. Please congratulate the finalists:

Sharon Barnewall, Professor, Biological and Physical Sciences
Daniel Hare, Program Coordinator, Criminal Justice
Kevin James, Professor of Mathematics
Theresa Kegley, Annually Contracted Faculty, Mathematics
Betsy McCall, Annually Contracted Faculty, Mathematics
Mark Mitchell, Associate Professor, Automotive Technology
Nancy Pine, Instructor, English 
Julie Posey, Instructor, Biological and Physical Sciences
Rachael Romain, Instructor, Biological and Physical Sciences
Adele Wright, Professor, Mechanical Engineering 

You can learn more about the DTA award and past winners online here.


History instructor publishes book
SturtevantJim Sturtevant, dual enrollment instructor in History, recently had his bookYou've Gotta Connect: Building Relationships That Lead to Engaged Students, Productive Classrooms, and Higher Achievement” published by Incentive Publications.

The book is about how the positive effects of building teacher-student relationships impact all aspects of classroom life. Sturtevant teaches full time at Big Walnut High School, and teaches a Columbus State history course in the dual enrollment program. His book is now available on

Medical Lab students win national scholarships

studentsColumbus State Medical Laboratory student Bethany Fenske, left, was recently awarded the $1,000 American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Scholarship, and the $750 American Society  for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (ASCLS) Scholarship. Samia Arkoub, right, was also awarded the $1,000 ASCP Scholarship. Each year, both organizations award scholarships to medical laboratory science students across the nation for their outstanding academic achievements and contributions to the community. The scholarships are awarded to outstanding second-year college students pursuing a career in pathology and laboratory medicine.

Landscape students travel to Colorado for annual competition

Nine Columbus State Landscape Design and Management students made the long trip to Fort Collins, Colo. in late March to compete in the annual PLANET Student Career Days—a four-day-long national competition that offers 28 different events ranging from horticulture and pest identification, to paver installation and irrigation!

excited students in ColoradoAttending this year were 743 students representing 65 two- and four-year colleges. The Columbus State team was small in comparison to most schools, and had to compete in up to five events each. Four of them placed in the top 10 percent in the final point scoring, and the team placed in the top ten in eight different events. Columbus State placed 20th overall, which was fate because it was Columbus State’s 20th trip to the “Landscape Olympics.”

Like to see more?  Visit Youtube to view a video.



Construction Sciences students win eight of ten scholarships
The Builders’ Exchange of Central Ohio Foundation Scholarship Trustees have awarded $60,000 in scholarships to 49 area high school and college students for 2014 based on their academic achievement, their financial need, and their potential for impact in the Central Ohio construction community.  The BX Foundation has awarded over $1 million in scholarships since 1959.  This year Columbus State students were awarded eight of the ten statewide two-year college scholarships! 

They are: Brian Albright, Construction Management; Samantha August, Landscape Design and Management; Beth Ann Bricker, Construction Management; Brian Cunningham, Construction Management; Allison Fulford, Landscape Design and Management; Donald Plott, Construction Management; Matthew Puhlick, Construction Management; and Christen Wilcox, Landscape Design and Management.

Food Court to close for summer

graphic with burgerThe Union Hall Food Court will be closed for construction from May 12 through August 1. During this time, Food Services will feature food and drink selections in multiple venues throughout campus including food trucks outside of the library, food carts around campus, and in the DX Café located in the bookstore.  Look for signs with this logo to direct you.

A link will also be provided during this time on your desktop “CSCC News and Events” that will give you a map and up-to-date information on hours, menus and specific offerings available.

If you have any questions about the food services offered this summer, we invite you to let us know by clicking on the link below: Columbus State Summer Food Service Questions, Comments, and/or Suggestions.

Summer semester 2014 is just around the corner and it’s Welcome Team time

The Welcome Team invites you to participate in the Welcome Team Summer 2014 Tuesday, May 27, and Wednesday May 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The Team counts on your support and hopes you will be able to join in the fun as they welcome new and returning students to our Columbus State campus. 

Your service is vital, appreciated and has a direct impact on student success at Columbus State.  Your time, patience and enthusiasm create an excitement that makes Welcome Team a valuable experience for all.

For Summer Semester, the Welcome Team will offer assistance on the second floor of Madison Hall in the Student Assistance Center lobby.  You may RSVP to Barbara Allen, at ext. 5297 with the times and days you are able to work.  She will send you a confirmation within 24 hours.

Business Department to host project management event

Columbus State’s Business Management Department will host a Project Management Certificate Award and Information Event Tuesday, May 6, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  Doug Hamon, Vice President of Outreach Sponsorship for the Central Ohio Chapter of the Project Management Institute will speak about the importance of project management in business today.

Join the Business Management Department in congratulating new Project Management Certificate recipients and learn more about project management.  The event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Charla Fraley.

Professional Development courses offered

Discover Your True Calling 
Are you still struggling to find an answer to the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Are you interested in learning more about the concept of vocational identity? Would you like to learn more about your vocational design? If so, then this class is for you. Discover Your True Calling is a highly interactive class to help you better discern your vocational design and understand how vocational identity fits into your life plan.
May 5, 12:30-4:30 p.m. – WD 415
Instructor: Barbara Allen
(If you would like to request an interpreter for a professional development event at Columbus State, please contact Amy Burns at or 287-5381.)

Managing with Strengths (Managers)
Everyone has strengths. Recognizing and tapping into them to reach larger goals can lead to increased job satisfaction, performance, productivity and success. In this course you learn: Introduction to strengths-based language; more about your own strengths; more about others’ strengths.
Take an online Strengths Finder assessment and determine your top five “Signature Strengths.”
May 15, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – WD 354
Instructor: Lori Thomas

Win With Your Strengths (All Employees)
Completion of the Strengths Finder online assessment is REQUIRED prior to the course. If you do not receive your access code to complete the assessment please contact Susan Thompson at ext. 2406 or
May 20, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., WD 402
Instructor: Barbara Allen

Reminder: Deadline for Summer Fee Waivers is May 9

The deadline for Employee/Dependent Fee Waivers for Summer Semester is Friday, May 9.  A Request for Fee Waiver form must be turned into Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. to guarantee that fee waivers will be processed before late fees are assessed.

You may also pay your fees first, and be reimbursed within 30 days from the start of the term by completing the Request for Fee Waiver form and submitting an official payment receipt  into Human Resources by June 27.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Thompson at ext. 2406.

Reminder: Open Enrollment Forums to be held in May

Open Enrollment period is May 1 through 30. The Open Enrollment period is your opportunity to elect, terminate, and/or modify your benefit choices for the upcoming plan year for medical, dental, vision, life and flexible spending accounts (FSAs).  Open enrollment changes take effect on July 1, 2014, and the deadline to turn in your election form is May 30, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

The Human Resources Department will host Open Enrollment Forums for full-time benefit-eligible employees on the following dates:

Monday, May 5, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. (live-streamed)
Friday, May 9, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., and
Wednesday, May 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (live-streamed)
Delaware Campus – Friday, May 9, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

The live stream presentations will be archived for later viewing. Location for the forums is CT-107. The Delaware Campus forum will be located in DA-129.