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October 2, 2014

Join Columbus State team on Oct. 12

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's “Out of the Darkness Community Walk” will be held Sunday, October 12, at Fred Beekman Park on the Ohio State campus. Out of the Darkness Community WalksRegistration for the event starts at 1:00 p.m. and the walk kicks off at 2:00 p.m. If you would like to walk with the Columbus State team please contact team leader Elizabeth Hammond at or call ext. 5199.  You can also register through the Columbus State team page by clicking here.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the leading not-for profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those impacted by suicide. Please join us on this very special day and together we have a chance to make a real difference!

Christopher’s opens today

Christopher’s is the student-run dining experience offered in Eibling Hall 05 for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and dinner from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. every Thursday during the semester. You can view the menu on the Christopher’s website each week!  


Mileage reimbursement for Day of Service available

If you participated in Day of Service on September 24 and drove to your volunteer location, you can claim mileage reimbursement for your travel.  Here’s what you need to do:

Locate and print the reimbursement form which can be found on the intranet under Forms> Travel & Reimbursement >Transportation and Business Reimbursement Form

Use the new form for DAY OF SERVICE mileage and complete the form with your personal information and Cougar I.D. 

Please note:
 If you had approved leave and went home from the service location, mileage will be one-way. If you came back to campus for a department meeting, to work for the afternoon, or to bring back co-workers who carpooled with you, mileage will be round trip. The miles you normally drive to and from work are considered commuter miles.  This mileage will not be reimbursable. If your service location included additional driving (such as meal deliveries for Meals on Wheels), you should list additional addresses or other documentation to support the mileage reimbursement requested.

Use account number 10-10-02-30400-59430 for Day of Service mileage only.

Submit the form to your supervisor to sign and approve the reimbursement request. Send the signed reimbursement form to Betty Sugar, RH-215. Your reimbursement will be processed in 2-3 weeks and a check will be mailed to your home or be available for pick up in the Cashier’s Office.

Concert Band to perform Lincoln-inspired music Oct. 28

It’s almost a month away, but the Columbus State Concert Band Fall Concert promises to be a historic occasion! The concert, Tuesday, October 28, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, WD fourth floor, will include music inspired by Abraham Lincoln. 

The 1909 “Lincoln Centennial March,” John Williams’ music from the movie “Lincoln,” and Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” will be performed, and Lincoln presenter and adjunct faculty member Robert Brugler will be the guest artist.

Brugler, who teaches computer programming at Columbus State, has diligently designed a presentation that can bring to life detailed stories about our 16th President. With his uncanny resemblance to Abe—from his 6’4” height, authentically styled beard, stove pipe hat, 1860s-era clothing and scholarly knowledge—Brugler becomes the President. Don’t miss this unique concert and performance October 28!

Improvements coming for bicyclists on campus

Improvements for bicyclists on campusSome improvements are set to begin near the Columbus Campus for drivers and bicyclists. As part of Mayor Michael Coleman's vision to make the city more bicycle friendly, the first phase of bike-lane improvements will include a portion of roadway through the campus. Starting October 4, Long and Spring streets will be resurfaced. Once that work is completed, bike lanes and bicycle signage will be added.  

And if you’re a CoGo Bike enthusiast, check out the new “themed rides” available to tour the city and have some fun on a CoGo bicycle—a station is located right on the Columbus State campus across from the Bookstore. There are five different routes that take you through German Village, to the North Market, into the Short North and more!


October Library exhibition features ‘bad, sad, and ugly’

The Columbus State Library is pleased to announce its October exhibition of the artworks by Wilfred Calvo-Bono. Mr. Calvo-Bono was born in New York and raised in Cuba where he studied architecture at Havana University. October library exhibitionLater, he worked as an assistant professor in the Cathedra of Architecture Design. He also lived in Madrid, Spain before settling in Columbus. He creates art “not only to obtain beauty, but to search for social benefit.” His two series for this exhibition are titled “Possibilities” and “Bad, Sad & Ugly.”

“The buildup of so many negative situations, events, and calamities has awakened in me the desire to express my concern about our present social, political, and environmental conditions,” says Calvo-Bono. “For that purpose, I have created the “Bad, Sad & Ugly” series. The entire  exhibition has been created to increase awareness of the problems, with the hopes that they will receive more attention and generate the conditions for their lessening or elimination.”

Stop by the Library and view this exhibit in the Main Gallery on the second floor and the Northwest Gallery on the first floor.  The exhibition will be on view until October 31.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with film series

Columbus State’s Department of Modern Languages and the Global Diversity and Inclusion Department invite you to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by attending a film series titled “Tracing Latin American Migration to the States.” Throughout October, on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. in Delaware Hall 121, the following films will be shown:

Wednesday, October 8 – “Sin Nombre” Without a Name
A Mexican adventure thriller film written and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, about a Honduran girl trying to immigrate to the U.S.A.
Wednesday, October 15 – “Maquilapolis”  City of Factories
A 2006 documentary filmed in Tijuana, Baja California focusing on the factories on the U.S.-Mexican border in which workers are paid $11 a day to work in manufacturing plants that provide few bathroom breaks and dangerous working conditions.
Wednesday, October 22 – “abUSAdos, La Redada de Postville” Abused: The Postville Raid
In 2008, almost 400 undocumented workers were arrested, chained and humiliated by 900 armed U.S. agents. They were sentenced to five months in prison followed by deportation.

The film series is free and all movies are subtitled in English.

Banned Books Week a nationwide success

More than 319,000 people nationwide took the library’s “Which Banned Book Are You?” quiz, created by librarians Julie Zavaloff and Dana Knott to celebrate Banned Books Week September 20-26.  Banned Book Reader

The Library’s Buzzfeed list, “20 Life Lessons Learned from Reading Banned and Challenged Comics” had over 3,217 views.  More than 150 people had their “mug shot” taken in the Banned Books Week Photo Booth, and 24 people participated in the Library’s Story Booth, reading a passage from a banned book or sharing a story about censorship (including President Harrison!) 

With the support of the English Department, the Banned Books Week Reading and Open Mic, hosted by Associate Professor Ann Palazzo, had approximately 40 people in attendance.  The Library thanks all who participated, on campus and off!

Certificate program earns ‘Community Star’ award

Community Star awardAdjunct faculty member Adam Rex, (left) and President Harrison join Jackie Teny-Miller, (center) at the awards ceremony.

In recognition of the importance of the Community Habilitation Assistant Certificate for individuals with developmental disabilities, Columbus State and Assistant Professor Jackie Teny-Miller were recently awarded the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities “Community Star Award.”

The three-semester certificate includes two full semesters of practicum experience, providing students with vital job readiness skills. Since 2008, more than 80 students have completed this certificate, and most are now employed locally in the human service field. 

Support for foster youth is available

If you know a student who is a former foster youth, please let them know about the hub of support that is available to help them on their college journey.

The S.P.A.R.K. (Support, Prepare, Achieve, Realize, and Keep) Team supports foster youth with their educational goals. SPARK will host a free lunch Wednesday, October 8, from noon to 1:00 Nestor Hall 228. The event will help them build their campus connections and learn about all of the on-campus and off-campus resources, including the Ohio Education and Training Voucher Program (Ohio ETV) and the Fostering Pathways to Success Conference, hosted by Ohio Reach and Connecting the Dots. To RSVP directly, or for more information, including the location of the luncheon, students should contact

The 2014 Fostering Pathways to Success Conference will be held Friday, October 17, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Xenos Christian Fellowship 1340 Community Park Drive, Columbus, OH 43229.

This dynamic one-day conference will offer meaningful learning and networking opportunities for young adults ages 15 to 21 who are, or were formerly, in foster care. Workshops also will be offered for campus liaisons, professionals, foster parents and caseworkers. The conference will help improve social, educational and employment outcomes for young people in foster care.

Students can learn more or register for the conference online here.


Day of Service continues with wetland project  

The New Albany-Plain Local School district has been developing a wetland to treat the storm-water runoff from their parking lots, and many volunteers helped with planting of trees and plants on Day of Service September 24. 

The work continues on Friday, October 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., when Dr. Jeff Bates, Environmental Science, Safety and Health, will take students, staff and faculty volunteers to the project to help plant thousands of wetland plants in the area. Volunteers can work for an hour or for the whole day. (Columbus State will observe Columbus Day on October 10 and all campuses are closed.)

The funding of the plants is through the AEP Foundation Sustainable Building Grant, which has supported various green projects in central Ohio, all involving Columbus State students. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Dr. Bates and he will provide you directions to the site and parking instructions. You can also see coverage of the project from Day of Service, along with an aerial view of the wetland area online here.  








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