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July 2, 2014

Retiring Reynoldsburg Superintendent joins Columbus State in key role

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After years of successful leadership in the Reynoldsburg City Schools, retiring Superintendent Steve Dackin will join Columbus State in August as the college’s Superintendent of School and Community Partnerships.

In the newly designed position, Dackin will oversee the growing number of Columbus State partnerships and initiatives originating from The Central Ohio Compact.

 “This new role provides me the unique opportunity to use my knowledge and experience in the K-12 system to further develop college and career pathways for more students in our community,” said Dackin. “Columbus State has worked hard to establish an unprecedented network of partners through the efforts of The Central Ohio Compact, and we have been entrusted with the resources to help students achieve college and career success. I’ll make sure it’s effective.”

Dackin’s new position was made possible with this year’s $2.5 million grant from JPMorgan Chase. The money was earmarked to expand The Central Ohio Compact – a regional education initiative formed in 2011 with Columbus State as a primary architect. The collaborative involves dozens of school districts, higher education institutions, business and civic partners to develop solutions for college completion and career success in the region.

“The collaboration between Columbus State and school district partners in our region has never been stronger as we work together to provide students and families a predictable, high-quality, affordable pathway to college,” said President David Harrison.  “Steve’s understanding of today’s student and his ability to develop creative partnerships will advance the work of The Central Ohio Compact.  We are lucky to have Steve in this new role.”

Through its regional collaboration, The Central Ohio Compact employs targeted strategies to ensure that all college-bound high school students are college ready, eliminate postsecondary remediation, manage the costs of educational attainment for students and their families through dual enrollment and 2+2 baccalaureate partnerships, and advance the region’s need for a highly skilled workforce prepared for the jobs of the future. The Compact adopted The Lumina Foundation goal of having 60 percent of Ohioans obtain a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2025.

Initiatives originating from The Central Ohio Compact include the AEP Credits Count program to develop career pathways for students in at least five Columbus City high schools, Straight-A programs in Reynoldsburg and Marysville schools to develop career pathways for students, and the FastPath/Cougar Bridge program with the City of Columbus to help transition adults into the workforce.


July 3 early closings

College offices on both campuses and the regional learning centers will close at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, due to the Red, White and Boom event in the downtown area.  Evening classes will be held as scheduled. The following parking lots will be closed for use by city vehicles at Red, White and Boom:
Thursday morning July 3, at 6:00 a.m. - Lot 32-S will be closed all day.  The Columbus Police will use the lot for their vehicle parking.

Thursday afternoon July 3, at 4:00 p.m. – The Parking Garage vehicle entrances will be closed.

Thursday afternoon July 3, at 4:30 p.m. – The doors from the Pedestrian Bridge to the garage will be locked. Special note:  All pedestrian traffic into the garage will be restricted starting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday July 3, and no one will be allowed to enter the building or watch fireworks from that location.


Academic Affairs names Faculty Fellows for new academic year

In an effort to ensure that faculty take on key leadership roles at the college, the Office of Academic Affairs has drawn from the ranks of college faculty to work on complex projects that require extensive organization throughout various offices, departments and divisions at Columbus State. 

Faculty fellowships were put into place to allow for faculty growth in leadership and as a way to allow for the recognition of time and effort in organizing such large-scale projects at the college.  The title of “faculty fellow” also provides the official recognition of the work of the project, many of which are ongoing and need a faculty leader devoted to seeing to the details as well as providing connections and leadership across college areas.

In the past, the only avenues for faculty to take on such key leadership roles included applying for short-term reassigned time for special projects, working as an organizer or committee chairperson without any corresponding reassigned time, or working in a coordinator or lead instructor role within a department. 

Depending on the type and scale of the project, there may be one faculty fellow serving in the role, or faculty fellows from multiple divisions.  When such a project is identified, or when an existing faculty fellow leaves a position to take on other roles at the college, a “Call for Applications” is sent out to all full-time tenure-track faculty. The applications are then reviewed and decided upon by the appropriate office.

Several key projects have been identified as requiring a faculty fellow position. These include: Service Learning, Accreditation, Dual Enrollment, Tenure and Promotion and Study Abroad. There are also several existing faculty fellow positions that have received new applicants.

This academic year, the following faculty fellows will be in place.

  • Michael Schumacher will be Study Abroad Faculty Fellow in from Arts and Sciences and Catherine Ritterbusch will be Study Abroad Faculty Fellow from Career and Technical Programs.
  • Tom Shanahan and Leslie Smith were selected as the new Tenure and Promotion Faculty Fellows.
  • Norm Clevenger, Traci Haynes, Shawn Casey, Dean Bortz, and Julia Shew were selected as the new Dual Enrollment Faculty Fellows.
  • Terri Stolte and Mary Lewis were selected as the new Service Learning Faculty Fellows. 
  • David Tom was selected to replace Greg Goodhart as the Accreditation Faculty Fellow.
  • Tracy Little was selected to take on Darrell Minor’s role as the Academic Council Faculty Fellow.  
  • April Magoteaux will be transitioning into the role of Assessment Faculty Fellow from Career and Tech, working with Adam Moskowitz who is remaining in the Assessment Faculty Fellow role from Arts and Sciences.
  • Distance Learning Faculty Fellows include Ann Palazzo and Shannon Bookout.
  • Deborah Bersch will continue as the Faculty Fellow for the Writing Center.
  • The Faculty Fellow for International Students will be Crystal Clark.
  • The Faculty Fellow for the Honors Program will be Rebecca Mobley

Congratulations and thanks to these dedicated faculty fellows in the coming year!


CSI class in the news

Columbus State's somewhat unique CSI class in Criminal Justice received some local media attention last month. WBNS-TV profiled the work students learn in the field at a makeshift "crime scene" for Professor Richard Vade Bon Coeur's class. During the multiple-semester program, students study everything from finger prints and blood spatter to hair and fiber collection. The courses are part of the Crime Scene Investigation Certificate Program.

You can see the students in action here:

students with plaster
At one of the “crime” scenes, students Brian Burton, left, and Cynthia Dummermuth pour a casting material to make a three-dimensional impression of a tire print for later comparison in the investigation.





Taste the Future happens August 12!

Taste the Future, Columbus State's premier culinary event, is only six weeks away. To purchase tickets, click here.

This year's event will be held on Tuesday, August 12, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the Columbus State mallway. The night will be filled with good food, drink, and friends, all to benefit the students at Columbus State.  Last year's event hosted 1,000 people with more than 50 food and drink stations. is updated frequently.  You can check out who is participating, read about our 2014 Alumni Chef Honorees, and more. Don’t miss it!