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December 8, 2014


Retired CCAD President to address graduates Friday

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Denny Griffith, the recently retired president of Columbus College of Art & Design, will deliver the commencement address to graduates of the Summer and Autumn Semester classes on Friday, December 12. The ceremony takes place starting at 10:00 a.m. in the Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. More than 1,400 students have earned their degrees between the two graduating classes.

Griffith was appointed the third president of Columbus College of Art & Design in May 1998, and retired after 16 years of service in June 2014.

During his presidency he oversaw the doubling of the size of the campus, the erection of the College’s iconic ten-story-high ART sculpture as well as growth in CCAD’s academic, community outreach and exhibition programs. A Master of Fine Arts program was added, and the college moved to widely incorporate business curricula into the art and design curricula during his tenure.

For the decade prior to his appointment to CCAD, he worked at the Columbus Museum of Art in several capacities including deputy director.

He recently served on the boards of The Columbus Partnership, Experience Columbus, and the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD) the leading accreditation agency for the art and design field in this country. He was named a Life Fellow of NASAD in 2014.

Alongside his administrative career Griffith has maintained a vigorous commitment to his work as an artist. His work has been included in more than 90 group and solo exhibitions domestically and abroad.  It is in the collections of such public institutions as The Butler Institute of American Art, The Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China.

Griffith earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from The Ohio State University in 1994 and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1974.


Staff Advisory Council offers relaxation session Wednesday

Come to the SAC Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, December 10, at 12:00 p.m. in the DX 1st Floor lounge for a session called “Holiday Relief,” and learn about relaxing through reflexology, pressure points, and aromatherapy from Columbus State yoga instructor Kathleen Lewis.


Valerie Wilson to retire


Marketing and Communications invites the campus community to a retirement reception for Valerie Wilson, Publications Coordinator. Join us on Wednesday, December 17, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Pete Grimes Board Room (FR 118.

Valerie Wilson’s energy and talents are “directed squarely on the achievements of others on the Columbus State campus,” said Susan Norris-Berry, former director of Regional Learning Centers, when Valerie was awarded Staff Employee of the Month in January 2013.  “Her tenacity and commitment to the college are unmatched.” Wilson has worked at Columbus State for nearly eight years. Prior to Columbus State, she worked at Columbus Academy for 10 years as Director of Communications.

Please stop by and share your memories of Valerie’s time at Columbus State as well as best wishes for her retirement.


Discovery District’s ‘Holiday Trolley Hop’ set for Dec. 13


Family fun will be the emphasis for the third annual Holiday Trolley Hop in the exciting Discovery District in downtown Columbus. Businesses will open their doors for the three-hour event to welcome the community to experience the festive holiday season in the District.

Free trolleys will stop at each point of interest where free activities and demonstrations will be available. Park in one spot and ride the free trolleys around the district on short, mapped-out routes. Options for shopping and dining will be featured throughout the Discovery District.

Key points include:

  • Holiday reading at Snowden-Gray House
  • Studio craft at Columbus Museum of Art
  • Create an ornament at the Topiary Park
  • Tours of historic Kelton House, Thurber House and First Congregational Church
  • Special finale at 3:30 p.m. at the Topiary Park with a hot chocolate bar, holiday sing-a-long, and the lighting of the Topiary Park
  • Afterwards, view the State Auto Nativity display; lighted at 5:30 p.m.

Participants have the option to support Faith Mission and the Manna Café by bringing socks or gloves to marked drop boxes at each site. The Holiday Trolley Hop will be Saturday, December 13, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Discovery District. Free Parking is available at Motorists Insurance lots at 471 E. Broad St., Columbus. More information is available at




SBDC featured in Business First

The Small Business Development Center’s Manufacturing and Technology Center was recently highlighted in Columbus Business First for work done with a client, BizTechnologies.

Kevin Hammond, director of Manufacturing and Technology for the SBDC assisted the company in their business and financing efforts for a new software product called BizSight. Read the entire article online here.


Short-term highway ramp closings reminder

Today: The ramp from Cleveland Avenue to I-670 east will be closed until early this afternoon. It will be open for evening rush hour. Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 9: The ramp from Cleveland Avenue to I-71 north and to I-670 east will be closed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Columbus State to host session on immigration reform Dec. 14

Interested in learning more about the recent immigration reform announced by President Obama? Please join the Global Diversity and Inclusion Department for a community-wide information session on Sunday, December 14, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Franklin Hall 110. Representatives from the Central Ohio Worker Center will help lead the discussion.





Health Rewards briefing offered tomorrow

All fulltime employees with United Health Care coverage are invited to attend a Health Rewards Program briefing on Tuesday, December 9, at 9:00 a.m. in CT 106.  The briefing is an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the Health Rewards Program.  All employees and their spouse/domestic partner covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State must earn eight Health Rewards points to maintain the 20 percent payroll contribution. The deadline to achieve the points is June 30, 2015 for the 2016 year of coverage. You can watch an online tutorial about the program here:

For more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989.   

Employee Fee Waiver deadline is Dec. 19

The deadline for Employee and Dependent Fee Waivers for Spring Semester is Friday, December 19.  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 February 12, 2015.  If you have any questions, please contact Carmelita Boyer at ext. 2407.





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