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October 23, 2014

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Real stories performed live usher in Columbus State’s Halloween Thursday

The craft of live storytelling will be revived just in time for Halloween when the Communication Department hosts the inaugural “Weird Tale Thursday” next Thursday.

The event is designed to showcase funny, scary or weird short stories that will be read live on stage by the author to celebrate the season of spookiness. It’s modeled after “The Moth,” a non-profit organization dedicated to the craft of first-person storytelling with live events in major cities.

Columbus State’s Weird Tale Thursday will also feature the performance of a short excerpt from “The War of the Worlds” radio drama. First broadcast on October 30, 1938 on CBS radio, it was an adaption of the original novel by H.G. Wells.

Weird Tale Thursday will be held from12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, in Nestor Hall Auditorium. The 10-minute live excerpt of “The War of the Worlds” will begin at approximately 1 p.m. 


HR to hold second 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 Monday, October 27, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in WD 409. The forum will also be live streamed on, where you will be prompted to enter the password: cougars.


Survey for Day of Service still open

There’s still time to tell us what you think about Columbus State’s annual Day of Service, which was held September 24. Complete this survey to provide your feedback so we can continue to improve the event for next year! Day of Service Survey.


S-Designation applications due October 24!

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Service learning is a form of experiential education characterized by student participation in an organized activity that is connected to specific learning outcomes, meets identified community needs, and provides structured time for student reflection and connection of the service experience to learning.

The deadline to submit an S-Designation course proposal for an Autumn Semester 2015 class is Friday, October 24. Your initial course proposal doesn’t have to be perfect. The team will assign a mentor from the College Service-Learning Committee to work with you should any revisions be needed.

So join the growing list of Columbus State “S” faculty by applying for an S Designation for your Autumn Semester 2015 classes. Please visit the Service Learning website for more information and to download the proposal form (click “S Classes”).  To submit your S-Designation application for approval, please scan and email the completed proposal form to

All S-Designation requests are handled through the Office of Academic Affairs Service Learning Committee. For guidance on this process, please contact the committee co-chairs Lisa Briggs or Nancy Pine.


Reminder: GroupWise goes bye-bye Friday

On Friday, October 31, the Web Access to the old GroupWise email system will be turned off. You will not be able to access GroupWise after this date. If you have questions, please call the Help Desk at ext. 5050.


Arts and Sciences Lecture Series to present “The Rise of ISIS”

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Join the Arts and Sciences Division at a special talk by guest Dr. Peter Mansoor, associate professor and General Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair of Military History at The Ohio State University, who will present “The Rise of ISIS.” 

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The talk will be held Monday, November 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, WD fourth floor.  The event is free and open to the public.

The seizure of much of northern and western Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, in the first six months of 2014 shocked the world. ISIS has instilled its particularly brutal version of Shari’a law on the territory it occupies, driving out Christians, Yezidis, Turkmen, and Shi’a Arabs, beheading captives, and forcing women into sexual slavery.

The United States and its allies are now wrestling with the dangers ISIS poses and how to degrade and destroy the organization. Dr. Mansoor will discuss the rise of the Islamic State, the threat it poses to the Middle East and the global community, and the current campaign to destroy the organization. 

Dr. Mansoor is an author and military analyst for CNN who assumed his academic position in 2008 after a 26-year career in the U.S. Army that culminated in his service as the executive officer to General David Petraeus, Commanding General of Multi-National Forces-Iraq. Dr. Mansoor is a 1982 distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a Ph.D. in history from OSU.


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Cheer on the Volleyball Cougars on Friday night

Come see the last home game for the No. 8-ranked Columbus State Women’s Volleyball Team on Friday, October 24, starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium! Columbus State sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Ruffing has been selected as this week's Div. II Player of the Week in the National Junior College Athletic Association. The games are free for Columbus State employees. 



Tell us if you ‘Make a Difference’

On Saturday, October 25, millions of volunteers across the nation will unite with a common mission to improve the lives of others on Make A Difference Day, the largest single day of volunteering in the country. No matter who you are or where you’re from, everyone has the power to do something that improves the life of another. Whether it’s starting a project that helps one person, or working on one that benefits a whole community—every contribution makes a difference. You can learn more about it online here:

And if you volunteer, please share your experience with the Service-Learning Committee at They would love to hear your story!


Disability Awareness Month activities continue

There are several opportunities still available to participate in Disability Awareness Month. Students, faculty and staff are invited to the following workshops: “Difference or Disability: Supporting Students with Autism” on Wednesday, October 29—which will also be live streamed to Delaware Campus—and Thursday, October 30; Read and Write Gold training on October 27 and 29; and an American Sign Language class on Friday, October 24.

You can register for all events here: 

And be sure to stop by the Autism Acceptance Tree and tie a ribbon to honor a loved one. The tree is located between Nestor and the TL building.



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Screening of ‘Out in the Night’ offered Sunday

A special screening of the film “Out in the Night,” will be shown on Sunday, October 26, at the Drexel Theater, 2254 E Main St., starting at 7:30 p.m.  A reception will precede the film, starting at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The film follows the journey of a group of African American teenagers who run into trouble during a night out in New York City. After a confrontation, a fight ensues and the four gay women become unfairly criminalized for defending themselves.

This event is presented by Columbus Urban Pride and is an Early Bird Screening of the Stonewall Columbus LGBTFEST and the Columbus International Film and Video Festival, in partnership with Columbus State’s Department of Global Diversity and Inclusion. 



Discovery District news

BalletMet’s World Premiere of Innovations is Friday, October 24.The production runs through November 8. For more information, or to buy tickets, check their website:

Also this Friday, Oct. 24, treat yourself to an amazing organ concert at the First Congregational Church beginning at 8 p.m., when John Cummins and Michael Messina will join together for an evening of outstanding organ music. What a perfect way to enjoy fall, sitting in the beautiful sanctuary of the church and listening to organ music! This is a great, family-friendly event that doesn’t hurt your pocket book and will give your children experiences they won’t find in most churches and museums. Grab some delicious pizza and cider at The Hills Market beforehand and make it a memorable night. For more information visit the Concerts at First Church webpage.


Red Cross Blood Drive is Nov. 3

Serve our community and give the gift of life at the Monday, November 3 Blood Drive. The Red Cross accepts both appointments and walk-ins. To schedule an appointment, please visit: and type in Sponsor Code: cougars. For more information call (614) 287-5092.


Aviation faculty featured on TV news

In a recent news story about how airplanes are cleaned for passengers, Channel 4 News visited the Columbus State Aviation Facility at Bolton Field to use Columbus State’s Boeing 727 in a demonstration and interview adjunct faculty member Terry Huff.  See the story online here: It includes some useful and timely information about “germs on planes.”




Impacting Foster Youth in Ohio


Stacey Odhner-Sibley welcomes participants to the "Fostering Pathways to Success" conference, a dynamic one-day conference for 250 young adults ages 15 to 21 who are, or were, in foster care.

The conference, sponsored by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Ohio Reach, offered meaningful learning and networking opportunities for the youth, as well as workshops for 230 campus liaisons, workforce program professionals, foster parents and caseworkers.

Volunteering at the conference were Ohio Reach Campus Liaisons Chaka Wilson, Stacie Odhner-Sibley, Regina Harper and Vena Hill. Kimberly Rhyan serves as a member of the planning committee, recruited volunteers, and collected over 300 prizes for foster youth. The conference planning committee thanked the college for volunteering to prepare "Suits for Success" during the college's annual Day of Service on September 24. The DX Bookstore and Admissions Department contributed giveaways.



Long-term care seminar offered by Wellness Initiative
Join representatives from NY Life, who will present “Planning for the Future,” a session that discusses long-term care in retirement. The presentation will be held on Thursday, October 30, at 5:00 p.m. in WD 415, and is free and open to all employees. RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989 by October 29.

Professional Development offerings for November:
Hostmanship: Customer service and leadership reframed
Thursday, November 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

At its core, Hostmanship invites us to rethink the customer service experience seeing ourselves as connected to the customer as host. This shift transforms the interaction, creating a welcoming attitude, allowing us to share ourselves and our knowledge with our guests in every interaction. In this introduction to Hostmanship, we will discuss its foundation and principles as well as its application for personal and professional growth. We will take an hour on-your-own lunch break from noon to 1:00 p.m. Register

Hostmanship 2:  Taking Hostmanship to the next level
Wednesday, November 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Hostmanship encourages us to ask what happens when we become hosts and see every interaction as an opportunity to treat ourselves, colleagues and others as guests. We become engaged, present and actively build connections, satisfaction and engagement.  In Hostmanship 2, we build upon this understanding to develop practical applications and connections to weave Hostmanship in our daily practice with our customers. Register
Prerequisite: Hostmanship

From Boss to Host: The Art of Welcoming Leadership
Thursday, November 20, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

As a companion book to Jan Gunnarson and Olle Blohm's Hostmanship, Boss to Host defines leadership simply as "guiding others to a better place."  Through a Hostmanship perspective, leaders are invited to consider "the art of welcoming leadership" focusing on how this type of leadership can play a decisive role in successful organizations. Register
Prerequisite: Hostmanship





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