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October 20, 2014


Chicago’s top chef is a Columbus State graduate


Accolades are still mounting for a Columbus State graduate who was honored at this year’s Taste the Future. Curtis Duffy, who graduated in 2000, was among the alumni chefs who returned to campus to be recognized for career achievements. Now living in Chicago, he’s become one of that city’s top chefs. Duffy is profiled in this new Columbus State video.


HR to hold forum on policy updates

The Human Resources Department will hold an Open Forum to inform employees on updates and/or changes to several college policies: 3-05 Vacation, 3-10 Sick Leave, 3-12 Personal Business Leave, and 3-37 Leave Donation Program. (Draft policies are on the Intranet and not available off campus.)

The Open Forum will be held Wednesday, October 22, from 3:30 to 4:30 WD 404.


Tobacco Free Policy notice and comment period open through Nov. 3

The Board of Trustees will review a proposed Tobacco Free Policy at their November meeting that would establish July 1, 2015 as the date that Columbus State will become tobacco free. The administration encourages all students and employees to review the draft policy. Please submit your comments and proposed edits to  The notice and comment period will remain open through Monday, November 3.


Theater program celebrates 25 years

stage photoA scene from the 2007 Theatre Columbus State production of “Dysfunct.”

The 2014-15 school year marks the 25th Anniversary of Theatre Columbus State. Founded by Dr. Michael Ehret in 1989 as a readers’ theater program, Theatre Columbus State has developed into a fully staged production program that has performed over 100 productions throughout its history, received numerous awards, and featured hundreds of Columbus State students on its stage.

On Saturday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m., Theatre Columbus State will celebrate its accomplishments with, From Page to Stage: 25 Years of Theatre Columbus State. The program will include readings from several of the plays performed over the years. Twenty or more former students will return to read along with faculty and administrators who have appeared on the Theatre Columbus State stage. The program is free and open to the public.

Readers for the evening include Karen Muir, associate vice president in Academic Affairs, Lisa Schneider, associate dean of Arts and Sciences, Doug Montanaro, chair of Humanities, and Nancy Kephart, professor emeritus in Communications. Hosts for the evening will be theatre faculty members, Dr. Michael Ehret and Frank A. Barnhart.

In addition to the Oct. 25 event, a display of former costumes, props, and photographs is on view in the Nestor Auditorium lobby, and the full 25-year archive of playbills and posters is currently on display in the Communication Department in the lower level of Union Hall.

For more information call Frank A. Barnhart at ext. 2235.


Columbus State helps with successful wetland planting project

at the wetlandsMark Dudgeon, Supervisor of Grounds for Columbus State, plants a bald cypress tree on the edge of the wetland.

With the help of dozens of Columbus State employees and students, and more than 1,000 K-12 students, approximately 8,000 plants have been planted in an innovative wetland that is being used to treat the storm water runoff from the New Albany-Plain Local Schools parking lots. 


Columbus State students and employees volunteered to plant on the September 24 Day of Service, and again on October 10. Bill Resch, an environmental educator working with the New Albany-Plain Local School District noted that “This is one of the most successful outreach events that I’ve been involved with in my 50 years of environmental education.” 

The purchase of the plants was made possible through the AEP Foundation Sustainable Building Grant, which has supported various green projects in central Ohio, all involving Columbus State students.  


Southeast’s ‘Art of Recovery’ to recognize Hal and Lenore Schneiderman


Southeast Inc.’s annual “Art of Recovery” benefitting the Fresh A.I.R. Gallery will be held Friday, November 7, from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. at the Hilton Columbus Downtown. The Fresh A.I.R. Gallery (Artists in Recovery) creates a venue for public display of work by artists affected by mental health and/or substance abuse issues. The fundraiser features live and silent auctions of more than 100 artists’ works, a unique menu created by Hilton Columbus Gallerie Bar & Bistro, live music, entertainment, and fine art demonstrations. The 2014 honorees are Lenore Schneiderman, retired chair of Columbus State’s MHAD department, and her late husband Hal.  Tickets are $75 or $125 per couple.  You can read a great write-up about Lenore and Hal on the Art of Recovery website!




Bawden to present at Ohio Game Development Expo

Henry Bawden, assistant professor in Interactive Media and lead instructor of Video Game Art and Animation, will speak at this year’s Ohio Game Developer Expo October 24 through 26 at COSI.  

In his talk "Personal Challenges: Turning Weakness Into Strength," Bawden will guide attendees through a practical approach to identify, evaluate, plan for, and deal with challenges to make projects as successful as possible.  It will build on some of the concepts that were presented in his talk at last year's Ohio Game Developer Expo that covered a practical approach to setting goals. Bawden’s 2013 presentation is online here.  According to Bawden, the information is targeted to game developers, but can apply to any field.


Autumn Faculty Enrichment programs speak to ‘Meeting Diverse Student Needs’

Columbus State employees are invited to attend the two remaining Autumn Semester Enrichment and Onboarding programs. On Friday, October 24, Mary Lewis, instructor in Psychology, will facilitate “Speed Diversity Dialogue®: A Multicultural Excellence Workshop.” read more and register.


And on Friday, November 14, Traci Haynes, associate professor in Psychology, will discuss “Supporting Success of First-Generation College Students.”To foster student success we have had to learn more about our first-generation college students’ backgrounds and challenges that potentially interfere with their academic success. This session will share what we know and what we’re doing here on campus to support our first gen students through the Generation One Trailblazers (GOT) Network. GOT is a group of faculty, staff, and administrators joined in encouraging first-generation students to connect with faculty and campus resources. Come hear what the team has learned, what they’re doing, and how you can help. The GOT program is a college Action Project for accreditation.  Register.  Contact Rich James for more information on either of these programs.


Bookstore closed Oct. 31
The Bookstore will be closed for inventory on Friday, October 31. The Bookstore will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 3.




High school English teachers invited to learn about college readiness

The “Conference on College Readiness” will be held Thursday, November 13, hosted by Columbus State English and Developmental Education English faculty to engage high school English teachers from central Ohio.


The conference will feature sessions led by Columbus State faculty to share information about current English course placement, course expectations and policies, major assignments, remediation strategies, the parameters of the COMPASS Placement Test, and the course sequences in English at Columbus State. High school teachers are able to register through the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio’s link My Learning Plan. The conference earns teachers seven CEUs.


Chef apprentice students to compete in tailgate recipe challenge


Thanks to a generous gift from Giant Eagle, three Columbus State Culinary Apprenticeship students will compete for scholarships at a tailgate recipe contest Thursday, November 13, at the Giant Eagle Market District Grandview Heights. 

The students will prepare the recipes for celebrity judges, who will award the winners based on a variety of criteria. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. at the store located at 840 W. 3rd Avenue. Stop by and support our students and the Hospitality Management Program!


Leeman to exhibit in Georgia


Stacy Leeman, adjunct faculty in the Humanities, will display her painting Book of Esther W#3 at the National Open Visual Arts Show at the Cultural Arts Council in Douglasville, Georgia.  The exhibition opens November 9 and runs through November 26.





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