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November 24, 2014


Volleyball team finishes fourth in nation

team on sidelines

The Cougar Women’s Volleyball team finished fourth in the nation at the Division II NJCAA Championships, held in Phoenix, Ariz. November 20-22. Ranked fifth nationally going into the tournament, the Cougars beat No. 12 Iowa Central in straight sets in the first round, and defeated No. 4 Pasco Hernando State, Fla., in four sets in the quarterfinals, to advance to the Final Four.

Their luck ran out in the semifinals against top-ranked Parkland Community College, Ill., who had to fight hard to beat the Cougars, 25-23, 26-24, and 25-16 in straight sets.  The Cougars then got to play for third place but were defeated by No. 6 Cowley County, Ark., to end up fourth overall.  Freshman setter Ellie Cain received All-Tournament honors at the conclusion of the championship match.

No. 10-seed Glendale Community College, Ariz., captured their first NJCAA Division II Volleyball Championship title in the history of the school’s program by defeating No. 1-seed Parkland in a forced fifth and final set after being down two sets on Saturday. Glendale entered the national championship tournament with the second fewest wins of any other participating team, but were able to come back from a two-set deficit to claim the national crown.


Order your holiday poinsettias from the student landscape club!

flower photo

The Columbus State Landscape Association (CSLA) will again sell holiday poinsettias as a fundraiser for their trip to the national landscape competition Student Career Days, which will be held at North Carolina State this March. 

The flowers range from $7 for a five-inch pot with one plant, to $45 for a 14-inch pot with eight poinsettias. They come in many colors including red, white, burgundy, pink, marbled and more. 

To receive an order form by email, or to order your poinsettias directly, contact the CSLA president, at or call her at (614) 571-7709. The deadline to order plants is Tuesday, December 2, and you will be able to pick up your flowers on campus during Finals Week. 


Brooks named Director of Student Conduct


Columbus State has named Terrence Brooks as the new Director of Student Conduct. Brooks has a wealth of progressive leadership experience in student affairs from four institutions prior to joining Columbus State: Capital University, Eastern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, and Augustana College. He has participated on campus behavioral intervention teams for approximately five years. 

Brooks most recently worked as the Office of Student Conduct Program Coordinator since 2012.  Through his work with the Restored Citizen’s Summit over the last two years, he has established a community network which attracts potential students while supporting current students by identifying resources benefitting individuals with criminal records. 

Most recently, Brooks led the Columbus State student Behavioral Intervention team. One of his goals is to implement the use of restorative justice and peer education as frameworks to inform the campus of rights and responsibilities and continue the growth of the Office of Student Conduct. His philosophy for student conduct centers on the principle “that we are all learners navigating complex, developmental environments.”

“We look forward to working with Terrence as he moves forward in his new role representing and upholding the values of community, respect, integrity, and responsibility as the Director of Student Conduct,” said Renée Hill, Dean of Student Life.



Bova publishes autobiography

Dr. Rita Bova, professor in Communications, recently published her first e-book, “The Year My Birthday Was in Summer.” The autobiographical work recounts the year she spent immersed in the Australian cultures while studying and producing a documentary there. Filled with personal photographs to give readers a view of the country, and native recipes for the more culinary-minded, Dr. Bova writes with warmth and fondness for the friendships made during her visit. The e-book is available on



Interested in personal training Spring Semester?

The Department of College Recreation and Wellness will offer personal training appointments starting Spring Semester 2015. Scheduling for personal training will begin at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, December 1. You need to complete an assessment prior to scheduling.  Contact Mandi Cecil for information on how to schedule and get your assessment.


TED Talk rebroadcast offered Dec. 16

In a 2009 TED Talk, "The Danger of a Single Story" Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. How do we slip into holding a single narrative about the people we work with and for? Come watch the TED Talk Tuesday, December 16, at noon in the Library room 111 and join a discussion about what a single story means for us. Register

The event is sponsored by the departments of Professional Development and Retention and Global Diversity and Inclusion.



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