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November 13, 2014


Chorus Columbus State to perform at Museum Sunday

Kick of your holiday season with a choral concert in the beautiful Darby Court at the Columbus Museum of Art, Sunday, November 16, at 3:00 p.m.  Chorus Columbus State will perform a variety of numbers ranging from folk songs to spirituals to jazz numbers.  All are invited and the concert is free.  Because the Museum is under construction, visitors can park across the street in the State Auto parking lots at no charge!


COLS training for instructors offered

Individuals interested in teaching the First-Year Experience Seminar (COLS 1101, College Success Skills) are required to attend a 60-minute training session. This training provides new instructors with an introduction to the course content, structure, grading policies, and Blackboard Community. Sessions are offered November 18, 19 and 20.

Columbus State faculty and staff who hold a master’s degree or higher are invited to attend the training to learn more about the course. Register online here:

Instructors who completed the training in Summer Semester 2014 (for Autumn Semester 2014) are not required to attend the training. Spring sections are limited, so those who attend may not be assigned to a section of the course right away, but will be added to the pool from which instructors are selected. Questions about the training can be directed to the lead instructors: Debra Dyer, Sue Donohue, or Heather Johnston.


College hosts statewide Dev Ed conference

group shotTaking their oath as board members of OADE are, from left, Carter Jastram, Ellen Stadler, Nancy Ziminski, and Cameron Kishel from Columbus State, and David Haiduc and Jeff Koleno .

Several Columbus State faculty, adjuncts, and staff participated in this year’s Ohio Association for Developmental Education (OADE) conference held November 7. The Developmental Education Department hosted the annual statewide event, which featured a keynote address by Dr. Hunter Boylan, director of the National Center for Developmental Education. His remarks on “The Fate of Developmental Education: It’s Not as Bad as It Looks” set the tone for an event that highlighted many positive efforts from Columbus State. 

Dr. Allysen Todd, dean of Arts and Sciences, joined deans from across the state in a panel discussion addressing some of the most challenging issues facing developmental education.  Julie Hallas and Lauren Jones, Developmental Education instructors, led a session on Placement Boot Camps.  Carter Jastram received an award for “Outstanding Contribution to OADE by an Adjunct.”  And Brenna Michelis, Nominations and Awards chairperson, announced the newly elected Board members for OADE 2015, which include Cameron Kishel, recorder, Carter Jastram, treasurer, and Nancy Ziminski and Ellen Stadler, at-large representatives.  

“I am quite impressed with the new board members because their input will help shape the direction of developmental education,” said Celeste Bland, chair of Developmental Education. 

Special thanks go to Diane Souza, Adam Hagar, and James Taylor, CEC, for their coordinated efforts to serve meals to 150 attendees of the conference.  Next year’s OADE conference will return to Columbus State.  Please direct any questions to Nancy Ziminski.


Brainstorm about ‘Alternate Spring Break’

Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) is looking for participants who have an interest and experience in community service to be a part of a brainstorming session to talk about SEaL’s “Alternative Spring Break” program.

Offered Spring Semester, the Alternative Spring Break is an annual service program in which students can spend their break, March 16-20, doing service throughout the community, meeting new people, and reflecting on their experiences. In this brainstorming session, SEaL will constructively assess the program and gather ideas for student recruitment. To join in on this focus group, please email Michelle Weiser, or call her at ext. 2857.


Discussion on Ebola to take place Nov. 17

You are invited to attend a Community Discussion on Ebola on Monday, November 17, from
1:00 to 2:00 p.m., in the Library Media Studio. The discussion will focus on the science behind the Ebola virus and the social impact of this epidemic on Western Africa and beyond. Leading the discussion will be: Martha Crone, Social Sciences adjunct faculty; Eric Neubauer, Social Sciences professor; Jeanette Ferguson, Biological and Physical Sciences assistant professor; Robert Fitrakis, Social Sciences professor; student Mohamed Barrie; and Nancie Bechtel, Assistant Health Commissioner/Chief Nursing Officer at the Columbus Department of Health.



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Di Pietro to perform Nov. 21

Rocco Di Pietro, adjunct faculty in Humanities, will perform a free concert “Taubes I, II, III” on Friday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m. in TL room 123. The concert is free and open to the public.


More dangers of phishing:
Hackers targeting university payroll systems

Inside Higher Ed - November 13, 2014

Hackers are targeting university emails to gain access to employees' direct deposit information and reroute their checks, according to a public advisory issued on Wednesday by the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC).

The attack starts with a “phishing” email, a common malicious attack where recipients are duped into clicking on a link inside an email disguised as an official message from their institution. They are then asked to input their university login information, which the hackers can use to take over their accounts and send more phishing emails -- or, in this case, steal money from the university.

"Attempting to harvest credentials through phishing is a common practice, but certain aspects of this campaign indicate that attackers are specifically targeting university and college personnel and conducting some level of reconnaissance prior to their attack," the advisory reads. In the past 15 months, Boston University, Texas A&M University, the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan and the University of Western Michigan have been targeted.



College mourns loss of two faculty members


Marcia Rees Conrad
Marcia Rees Conrad, age 63, died unexpectedly on Friday, November 7.  An architect (LEED AP, AIA) for more than 35 years and faculty member in Architecture at Columbus State, Marcia developed architecture camps for kids and was very active in her community and Rush Creek Village.  

She partnered with Columbus State to create a series of Construction Management Special Topics course on Rush Creek Village, documenting its history and improvements for 21st century sustainability while preserving its unique place in architectural history.

She was a graduate of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY and The Ohio State University. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 15, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 35 E. Stanton Ave., Columbus, OH 43214, Pastor June Wilkins officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: William Oliver Architectural Technology Scholarship, c/o Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215 or Oasis House, 425 N. Findlay St., Dayton, OH 45404.


Valerie DiCicco
Valerie DiCicco, age 56, passed away on November 8. After graduating from Marietta College and then OSU, Valerie happily served as a part-time faculty member for more than 18 years at Columbus State and Franklin University. During that time, she taught for the English and Communication Departments and tutored in the Writing Center. She began the Open Hearts/Helping Hands group at Columbus State to provide Christmas to families in Appalachia.

Known best for her kindness, loving heart, and humor, she spent her free time reading, knitting, viewing and analyzing movies, and spending time with her cats. But her biggest love was teaching and talking with her students. During Valerie’s last two weeks, she continued to be thankful for all of the support and assistance her students gave her this semester, according to colleague Renee K. Deveaux.

“Often, over the years, she would meet groups of students at a café to further analyze a book or film, just for fun over a cup of coffee. Val’s face would light up as she talked about mentoring her students’ young minds by exploring the subtleties and intricacies of the arts. She was also a great humanitarian, supporting worthy causes on a continuous basis,” said Deveaux.

Memorial services will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the American Cancer Society or the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP). Arrangements under the care of the MAEDER-QUINT-TIBERI Funeral Home, (614) 444-1185.




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