Commencement Highlights captured

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Relive the May 9 Spring Semester Commence- ment with this video captured by Mark Van Horn, Marketing & Communications!
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Five teams in running for Quality Awards

Five campus teams will vie for top honors at this year’s sixth annual Quality Awards ceremony, to be held June 17.
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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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May 27

First Wednesday to be held June 3

Light at Grove and Cleveland

Open Enrollment deadline

Library offers new website

DREAM workshop helps undocumented students

Library to air Isaacson lecture

Professional development opportunities

May 19

Monthly Town Hall June 3

Woodward Elementary students visit Delaware Campus

Health Rewards briefings

Ohio Growth Summit

New spot for fine dining

Di Pietro returning to Stanford

Weight Watchers this summer

Kudos and Welcomes

New Opportunities

May 12

Commencement highlights

Malloy named May SEOM

Parking lot closures

Paycheck date incorrect

Bowling Green newest Columbus State partner

Blackboard upgrade

Testing Services offers 24-hour proctoring

"Taste to Remember" planned

Food Court closed until Aug. 1

Students graduate from unique program

May is National Blood Pressure Awareness Month

Columbus schools grads eligible for scholarship

May 5

Grads to hear from Habash

Road construction to wrap up

2014 Student Employee of the Year named

Learning Workshops for faculty

Advising Services article explains how to overcome unique barriers

Sullivan presents TRiO awards

Frederick to retire

May 1

Cougar Challenge 5K

"Branding" your email signature

Be a judge at Invention Convention

Bike to Work

Five teams in running for Quality Awards

Distinguished Teaching Award finalists

History instructor publishes

Med Lab students win scholarships

Landscape students travel to Colorado for competition

Construction Sciences students win eight of ten scholarships

Food Court to close for summer

Summer Welcome Team

Business Dept. to host project mgmt. event

Professional Development courses

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This week at Columbus State
Monday May 26

Summer Semester begins

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Tuesday May 27
Wednesday May 28
Thursday May 29



Friday May 30


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Christopher's is closed for Spring Semester and will reopen next term.

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May 29, 2014  


First Wednesday to be held June 3
President Harrison’s town hall meeting, First Wednesday, will be held on Tuesday, June 3, at 8:00 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. Or watch the live stream here:, and log in using the password cougars.

Open Enrollment deadline is Friday
The Open Enrollment period for full-time benefit-eligible employees ends on Friday, May 30. All requested changes to your benefit elections must be received in Human Resources by 4:00 p.m. It is recommended that any modifications are hand-delivered or emailed directly to the Human Resources Department to ensure their receipt.


Pono Learning Community Champion named

BarbaraBarbara Allen, coordinator in Human Resources, was selected as this year’s “Pono Champion” at the group’s annual celebration last month. “Allen was selected by her peers because of her strong commitment to compassion and acceptance,” said Brett Welsh, director of Global Diversity and Inclusion.  “The Columbus State community as well as Global Diversity and Inclusion are very thankful for Barbara’s service and inclusiveness to our students, staff and faculty.”

In recognition of her award, Allen will have the honor of introducing the keynote speaker at the 2015 Martin Luther King Day Celebration.

The Pono Learning Community wants you!
In the Polynesian culture, the word “pono” describes the unconditional love and compassion for--and the spirit connections between--all things. In the Fall of 2014, Global Diversity and Inclusion will continue its fifth consecutive academic year of offering Pono Learning Communities.

Pono Learning Communities offer a place where you can collaborate with faculty, administrators, staff and student participants to discuss diversity- related topics, share your own experiences, and build relationships. A cohort will be offered in both the Autumn 2014 and Spring 2015 Semesters.

If you’re interested in more information on the group for personal development, or for a PERFORMs goal, contact Sarah A. Baker at ext. 2861 or visit .

Library receives grant to support “Banned Books Week”

logoThe American Library Association formally announced a grant of $1,000 to the Columbus State Library in support of activities around “Banned Books Week,” September 21 through 27.  The grant will allow the Library to involve students, faculty and staff in creating an online exhibit celebrating the freedom to read.  The goal is for participants to “curate their own learning experience”—the project will involve a story recording booth, photo booth, mock trial, film festival and significant social media content.  This is very exciting for the Library in that the college is only one of seven institutions receiving this national grant, and it is especially exciting for the two librarians who wrote the grant, Julie Zavaloff and Dana Knott. Congratulations!  

Hours changed for SEaL Job and Family Services rep
The office for Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services in the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) Department office have been changed. Please visit the website for Christina Edwards’ new hours of service and additional information. A drop-box is also available in Nestor Hall 116 for students who wish to leave paperwork for Edwards, Monday- Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Blackboard upgrade - Review of new features available in sessions

Information about the recent Blackboard upgrade can be obtained by any of the following methods:

Blackboard upgrade review:

Blackboard Upgrade Information Page:

Introduction to Blackboard (3 Hours)

Grade Center I (2 Hours)
(Prerequisite: training participants must have already taken Introduction to Blackboard)

Blackboard - Online Self-Paced Offerings
ITI online courses can be taken completely online and do not require any face-to-face meetings. ITI online classes are now accessible via our new online course tracking portal system that will require you to login when taking our classes. The online tracking system will allow you to track the online courses you have taken, print your own certificates of completion, and even email proof of completion to anyone if the needed.

Current online Blackboard course offerings are:


Click here to login and start taking ITI online courses

book coverHumanities instructor publishes WWI book

Dr. Kevin Smith, long-time adjunct in the Humanities Department, has just published "Letters from the Front: The BEF (British Expeditionary Force) in Belgium and France, 1914-1918," just in time for the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War. WWI began July 28, 1914, England declared war on Germany in early August, and the BEF was dispatched to France only days later. Find out more about Smith’s book and this fascinating era in history online here.


Join Columbus State at the 2014 Pride Brunch

George Takei, keynote at the 2014 Pride Brunch.

Celebrate Stonewall Columbus’ Annual Pride Weekend June 20 to 22, by claiming a seat at the 2014 Pride Brunch. Columbus State has reserved a table for this year’s Pride Brunch, to be held Sunday, June 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Columbus Athenaeum. This year’s brunch will feature special guest speaker George Takei. Seats are limited so please contact Brett Welsh or call ext. 2426 to reserve your spot. To see a full listing of Pride Weekend events please visit