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August 18, 2014

Campus community invited to meet new leaders

President Harrison will host a Meet and Greet Reception on Friday, August 22, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in the Conference Center Ballroom to welcome new Vice Presidents Allen Kraus, Marketing and Communications, and Diane Walleser, Enrollment Management and Student Services. 

The reception also gives campus the opportunity to meet new employees and appointments: Allysen Todd, Dean, Arts and Sciences; Steve Dackin, Superintendent of School and Community Partnerships; Angelo Frole, Dean, Business and Engineering; Thomas Habegger, Dean, Health and Human Services; Stacia Edwards, Associate Vice President, Workforce Strategy; Lisa Schneider, Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences; and Polly Owen, Associate Vice President and Dean of the Delaware Campus. 

Please join us on this Friday morning!


Record amount raised during this year’s Taste

rainbow over Taste the Future

A spectacular rainbow capped off the annual Taste the Future Culinary Showcase last week on the Columbus Campus. The event raised a record $165,000 to support student programs and scholarships administered by the Columbus State Foundation.

Pam Bishop, executive director of the Foundation said, “We raised 20 percent more than last year and the most in the 26 years of the event. The fact that people come back year after year to this event tells us this is a great event.”

Part of the credit goes to the endless behind-the-scenes work of the Host Committee, whose members spend months planning and promoting Taste the Future. “We were looking to invite new people to the event,” said Chairperson Tracy Harrison. “I’m not sure everyone really realizes what goes on here at Columbus State and I think bringing them to campus is an important step in helping them understand that.”

Three previous culinary students were the honorees: Curtis Duffy (’00), Jonathan Basch (’07) and Joshua Wickham (’02). Wickham remains an adjunct faculty member at Columbus State.

Primary sponsors included Cardinal Health, Giant Eagle, LBrands Foundation, Crave Magazine and WBNS – 10TV.  Additional sponsors were: American Culinary Federation, American Electric Power, Bob Evans, Huntington, KBK Enterprises, Nationwide, and US Bank. 

See the three honorees and other sights and sounds in this recap video:



Columbus State partnership with Columbus Libraries featured in Journal

The new partnership between the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries and Columbus State was recently featured in the Library Journal, a national online publication. Bruce Massis was quoted in the article, which featured the Driving Park branch and the special programs and facilities that have been integrated into that new building.  Read the full article here.


Akers to serve as interim supervisor

Jeffrey Akers has been named Interim Supervisor of the Regional Learning Centers, replacing Susan Norris-Berry. Akers has served as Coordinator for the Westerville and Bolton Field Regional Learning Centers, where he was responsible for the academic course schedule, supervision of on-site staff, administration of daily operations and student support services. He has worked for Columbus State for four years, starting as coordinator in the Testing Center. 


Students and employees help at Children’s Hospital summer camp

group photo with Volleyballers

The Cougar women’s volleyball players, in grey t-shirts, helped make the summer camp dance a big success!

The Sport and Exercise Studies Program and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics teamed up to provide support for the 23rd Annual Nationwide Children's Hospital Myelo Clinic Athletic Camp August 8 and 9. 

Dr. Tom Habegger, dean of the Health and Human Services Division, and SES teaching assistant Johnna Kay led the effort with SES alumni and student counselors providing athletic and social activities for the campers.  More than 40 campers were served this year participating in a wide range of activities including flag football, swimming, fishing and other recreational activities.

The 2014 Lady Cougar Volleyball team came on Friday evening to the camp dance and encouraged all the children to participate. Former Ohio State standout and NFL player Dimitirus Stanley capped off the weekend with a talk to the campers about respect and effort. 


Pelotonia People!

Team Columbus State Pelotonia volunteers Aletha Shipley, left, and Kelly Weir, right, join bicyclist Terri Gehr at the event, held August 9.  The volunteers handed out snacks and drinks and cheered the riders on their journey; the riders RODE! All money raised at Pelotonia goes to support cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. This year’s Pelotonia has raised more than $12 million to date.


CoGo Bikes offers half off to students, employees

Columbus State students and employees can take advantage of a special promotion from CoGo Bike Share through the end of the month, making it even more affordable with a special promotion of half off the $75 CoGo annual membership. 

CoGo Bike Share is a network of 300 bicycles and 30 stations located throughout downtown that provides Columbus residents and visitors with a transportation option for getting around town. The station on the Columbus State campus is directly across from the Bookstore, on Mt. Vernon Ave.

The system is available for use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The station network provides twice as many docking points as bicycles, assuring that an available dock to return the bicycle is always nearby. The system includes a fleet of specially designed, heavy-duty, very durable bicycles that are locked into a network of docking stations.

To get the half-off offer, email CoGo from your email at and receive your discount code to sign up. For more information about CoGo Bike Share visit us at


Leeman to exhibit


The Book of Esther, by Stacy Leeman.

Stacy Leeman, adjunct faculty member in Humanities, will have two of her works on display at the "From Our Perspective" exhibition at Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills, Mich.  The exhibition runs from September 18 through October 17.  





Columbus State welcomes the latest new hires and promotions:

August 1 - Lynn McNish, specialist in Advising Services

August 1 - Dorsey Stocksdale, technician in Information Technology

August 1 - Marcus Jackson, assistant director in Financial Aid

August 1 - Karen Payne, office associate in Arts and Sciences

August 11 - Richard Hatcher, assistant director in Human Resources

August 11 - Kimberly Eckhart, financial analyst in Business and Administrative Services

August 16 - Tiffany Hayes, resources specialist in Early Childhood Development

August 18 - Dr. Diane Walleser, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services

August 18 - Allen Kraus, Vice President of Marketing and Communications

August 18 - Tara N. Rohr, instructor in Nursing

August 25 - Nicole Brandt, instructor in Psychology



Missed the annual Quality Awards?


In case you missed the 2014 Continuous Quality Improvement Awards on live video stream, you can now see all of the winner’s acceptance speeches online here: Quality Awards web page. 







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