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December 11, 2014


MLK events begin January 12

statue of King

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. Americans from all walks of life work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. Columbus State has planned a week of programs focused on education, action, and reflection.

The theme of this year’s program is: “Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Addressing the Fierce Urgency of Now.” The activities are hosted by Global Diversity and Inclusion, Student Engagement and Leadership, Service Learning OAA Committee, Honors Program, Student Conduct, Title IX, Cougars for the Community, and the African Descendants Union.

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership is recruiting faculty and administrators to participate as volunteers at the film discussion and the Global Café, as listed below. Contact Kimberly Rhyan at ext. 2674 to find out more.

Serve Your Community and Take Action
Monday – Wednesday
January 12 – 14, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Nestor Hall atrium
Hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership

A small act of gratitude, kindness, or forgiveness can take less than two minutes and goes a long way. Stop by and "Serve on the Go"—you'll be glad you did! Please recycle and drop off plastic grocery bags to create mats for the homeless.


SharptonMLK Annual Celebration, featuring Rev. Al Sharpton
Thursday, January 15, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
The Lincoln Theatre
Hosted by Global Diversity and Inclusion

The annual Columbus State Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration honors the memory and life of Dr. King and features an array of musical guests and speakers.


Selma Film Screening and Discussion
Friday, January 16, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Gateway Theater, South Campus Gateway, 1550 N High St.
Transportation will be provided at 12:30 p.m. - meet in front of Nestor Hall, facing Mt. Vernon Ave.
This film expresses the story of Martin Luther King, Lyndon Baines Johnson and the civil rights marches that changed America. Following the film, there will be a 20-minute question and answer session. Seating is limited. RSVP in OrgSync by January 16. A $3 suggested donation will benefit the Boys and Girls Club, Milo-Grogan.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 19, 12:00 p.m. - 5:15 pm.
King Arts Complex
Hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership, Cougars for the Community and African Descendants Union

Students will be volunteering during the Annul MLK Open House at the King Arts Complex. This free community event is an excellent opportunity for children, families and friends to enjoy musical and live theater performances, watch films and videos, learn about the civil rights movement, participate in hands-on studio art activities, view art exhibitions and meet new friends. Columbus State students will volunteer in 1-2 hour blocks and lead activities with families, including making signs for the march; handing out materials, provide directions during the march and/or other responsibilities.

Martin Luther King Day March and Program
Monday, January 19, 3:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.
King Arts Complex & Lincoln Theater
Hosted by the City of Columbus and Community Relations Commission

The celebration will kick off with the annual Martin Luther King Day March which will begin from The King Arts Complex at 3:45 p.m. Participants of the march are encouraged to wear warm clothing and bring banners representative of their school, organization or city department. Everyone is encouraged to attend the free Martin Luther King Jr. Day program at Lincoln Theater from 5:15-6:15 p.m.

MLK Global Café: Addressing the Fierce Urgency of Now
Wednesday, January 21, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Nestor Hall, West Lounge

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was on Monday, January 19, but what about the "Urgency of Now?" The Global Café will inform students about becoming engaged citizens through freedom of speech and by learning the steps to promote social justice on campus and in the community.

Please register for these programs in OrgSync; visit for more information.


Business and Campus Services closed Dec. 16

Business and Campus Services will be closed on Tuesday, December 16, for a departmental retreat. The following areas are included:

  • Accounting Services (which includes: Cashiers and Student Accounting, Financial Accounting and Reporting, Grants Accounting and Reporting Services)
  • Bookstore
  • Fiscal and Compliance Services
  • Payroll Services*
  • Procurement and Campus Services (which includes: Print and Copy, Conference Center, Mail Services, Shipping/Receiving and Warehouse, Purchasing and Accounts Payable)

Normal Business hours will be resumed on Wednesday, December 17. 

*Important payroll processing dates for December 15 and 16 were recently listed in Update


Innovation Fund proposals due Jan. 30

The Student Success Council has announced the Call for Preliminary Proposals for the Second-Year Round of Student Success Innovation Fund Projects.  The Student Success Innovation Fund includes $200,000 that has been set aside for exploratory student success projects. The “one-time” money can be used to begin or explore new processes that aim to improve student success.

Any current Columbus State employee can apply for funding. The first step in the process is completion of the Preliminary Proposal Form which will be online soon, and can be obtained by emailing  An information sheet that reviews the proposal process can also be emailed to you. Completed Preliminary Proposal Forms can be sent to  The proposal deadline is set for January 30, 2015 at noon. 

Preference will be given to projects that fit into one of the following categories: 

1. Academic Support- Providing support for student learning and achievement both inside and outside of the classroom.

2. Faculty Development- Developing and delivering training and professional development for faculty.

3. Program Enhancement- Enhancement of new services, systems or processes that can be added to an existing program.

4. Student Development- Helping students develop skills that positively impact their ability to persist and successfully complete their courses and programs. 

5. Civic Engagement- Helping students to explore, connect and engage with external and internal communities.

The Student Success Council hopes that you will consider submitting your ideas or ongoing student success projects for funding! 

If you have questions concerning the process, please contact Tracy Little or Desiree Polk-Bland.


ACT conference scheduled for March 26

The Service Learning OAA committee is proud to announce that the first annual “ACT: Active Citizen Transformation Conference” is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2015. The conference will feature student posters, focus groups, and an internationally known speaker. Please stay tuned in early Spring Semester 2015 for the Call for Submissions for faculty presentations and student posters. For more information, please email


Regional Learning Centers offer holiday hours

The Regional Learning Centers will be operating on a reduced schedule during the Holiday Break. All RLCs will be closed from Sunday, December 14, through Sunday, January 4. On Monday, January 5, the RLCs will open with hours of operation listed online. Services during this week will include advising, registration, computer labs, and book order pick-up. Once the semester beings on Monday, January 12, the RLCs will resume normal hours of operation. Feel free to contact Jeff Akers, Supervisor of the RLCs for more information.


Placement Boot Camp is back!

Next week, qualifying new students who want a refresher in reading, writing, or mathematics can take a week-long intensive Boot Camp to improve their placement test results.  Each day, students will brush up their skills in one content area, and the COMPASS test will be broken down by discipline to maximize success. 

These Boot Camps are intended for new students who have not yet begun their course sequence in reading, writing, or math.  If you know anyone who qualifies or if you have any questions, contact Lauren Jones at ext. 5372.    






Dr. Lewis certified as geropsychologist

Mary Lewis, Ph.D., ABPP, instructor in Psychology and a licensed psychologist in Ohio, recently became one of the first 30 professionals to complete the requirements for board certification in Geropsychology. The field is a specialty in professional psychology that applies the knowledge and methods of psychology to understanding and helping older persons and their families to maintain well-being, overcome problems and achieve maximum potential during later life. The American Board of Professional Psychology acknowledged geropsychology as an official specialty on December 5 after a three- year effort by the geropsychology community to be recognized.

There are an increasing number of organizations that are requiring or at least giving preferential treatment in hiring and raises to those who are board certified. To receive board certification, Dr. Lewis successfully completed an initial application, lengthy professional self-study statement, and work examples, in addition to a three-hour intensive review of the materials during an oral exam.



November 17 - Donna Robinson, Office Associate in Computer Sciences

December 1 - John Peek, Building Services 1 in Facilities Management

December 1 - Faye James, Project Specialist in Distance Education and Instructional Services


headingNew Opportunities
Specialist, Systems - Financial Aid, Requisition no. 3321

Specialist - Community and Civic Engagement, Requisition no. 3324

Program Coordinator - Curriculum Management, Requisition no. 3322






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