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July 14, 2014

Comedy takes center stage in ‘Places in Five’

Comedy is king as five stage plays, written by five different playwrights, star in Theatre Columbus State’s summer semester production, “Places in Five.”

The plays will run Wednesday through Saturday, July 16through 19 at 8:00 p.m. nightly with an additional 3:00 p.m. matinee on Thursday. Some language may be inappropriate for younger audience members. All performances are at Nestor Hall Auditorium and are free of charge.


Kojo Kamau to be inducted in Lincoln Theatre Walk of Fame

Adjunct faculty member in Photography, Kojo Kamau, will be inducted into the Lincoln Theatre Walk of Fame on Saturday, July 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St.  Columbus artist Aminah Robinson will also be honored at the ceremony.

Established in 2010, the Walk of Fame honors Columbus natives who have made outstanding contributions in their professional careers. Robinson and Kamau will be honored during a ceremony that will feature the Urban Strings ensemble, Columbus Museum of Art Executive Director Nannette Maciejunes, former King Arts Complex curator Bettye Stull, and researchers of the JAG “Beyond the Blackberry” project, before moving outdoors beneath the marquee to reveal their stars on the Walk of Fame.

Kamau has exhibited his photographs throughout the Midwest, and has been honored with numerous awards including the Ohioanna Library Career Award and the Columbus Winterfair Award of Excellence. His international exhibitions include Gallery 44 Center for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, Canada; Culturefest '93, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa; and the Central Bank of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas. Kamau studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design, The Ohio State University, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a retired chief medical photographer at The Ohio State University, and now teaches photography at Columbus State.

The ceremony is free and open to the public, and follows on the heels of the opening July 10 of the Long St. Cultural Wall, which connects the King-Lincoln and Discovery districts, and honored both Kamau and local artist Larry Winston Collins. 


Together for the first Ohio Community College Registrars' meeting are, from left: Sun Jamerson, Lorain; Eric Langenderfer, Owens; Regina L. Randall, Columbus State; Veronica Rine, COTC; Rose Reinhart, Rhodes State; Alissa Zimmerman, Rhodes State; Elizabeth L. Yount, Columbus State; and Pamela Arrington, Stark State.

Community college registrars meet

The Ohio Community College Registrars (OCCR), a state group founded and led by Dr. Regina L. Randall, Columbus State registrar, held its first meeting July 8 in the Columbus State Conference Center. The group plans to discuss issues and initiatives presented to their offices and research best practices. It also allows networking between institutions with common student information systems, practices and enrollment, to find better solutions to the many issues faced by registrars. Participants at this first meeting were Columbus State, Central Ohio Technical College, Lorain County Community College, Owens Community College, Rhodes State Community College, and Stark State Community College. 

Join student group to help distribute food July 16

Columbus State’s student service organization, Cougars For The Community, will team up with Columbus Cares Inc. and the Gladden Community House to distribute fresh produce to families who are in need, Wednesday, July 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Gladden Community House.

Franklinton residents wait in line at the Gladden Community House food pantry in this photo taken by Columbus Dispatch photographer Tom Dodge.

Columbus Cares is a non-profit service organization that specializes in high-impact service opportunities for residents of Columbus that revolve around education, service, networking and business. Gladden Community House is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to making Columbus and Franklinton a better place for all of its residents. The fresh food and produce is being donated by Mid-Ohio Food Bank for the event. 

The group from Columbus State will be working at Gladden Community House's main agency located at 183 Hawkes Avenue, three blocks west of Mt. Carmel West Hospital. Volunteers can park at Avondale Elementary, 156 Avondale Ave., located right across Town Street from Gladden House. Volunteers are asked to please arrive by 9:00 a.m. for set-up, and a pizza lunch will be available for all volunteers. If you would like to participate, RSVP at the Columbus Cares website.

Student Success Summit to be held September 12

Mark your calendars for Columbus State’s Student Success Summit scheduled for Friday, September 12. The Summit will include a morning session from 8:00 a.m. to noon, and an afternoon session from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will be three different tracks for tutors, advisors, and faculty members. Also included will be a student panel who will share their success stories and breakout sessions detailing several Columbus State success initiatives. More information will be coming soon!




Family Medical Leave administration updated July 1

Effective July 1, MetLife is the administrator of the Family Medical Leave program as outlined in the College’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) policy. This partnership will improve the administration of Columbus State’s Family Medical Leave program, while providing employees and supervisors with better data and improved accuracy of information and records.

Eligible Columbus State employees may qualify for Family Medical Leave (FML) in the event of:

  • The birth of a child and care of a newborn child or child placed with you for adoption or foster care.
  • Your own serious health condition.
  • A serious health condition of an immediate family member.
  • A qualifying exigency under military leave entitlements.

New claims and/or approved intermittent or continuous absence should be reported directly to MetLife by calling the FML Intake Line at 1(800)330-4941 or submitting a web form at who have a current certification on file should have already received a welcome letter from MetLife. This communication provided instructions on how to proceed in the event that you need to miss work.

To access instructions to use MetLife’s web portal system
, go online here: The page will prompt you for a password, and you can then register as a first-time user to set up your account.

Columbus State will provide training later this month on Blackboard for both employees and supervisors to help them use the website. MetLife’s website will provide real-time Family Medical Leave benefit information to help employees see the time they have used and the amount of remaining FML hours available. The website will also enable supervisors to access and run FML reports on their employees. Announcements will be made to include further information on training dates and locations.

If you have questions about the FMLA or about MetLife’s role in this process, please contact your Human Resources FML Coordinator, Treschelle Kendrick at ext. 5755.