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October 27, 2014


Commemoration ceremony to spotlight Veterans Week Nov. 5

military men

Columbus State will salute staff and student veterans at the third annual ceremony to support the troops and military veterans at the college. The event takes place Wednesday, November 5, at noon in the courtyard. The Ohio National Guard will provide the Color Guard.

Maj. Gen. Mark Bartman, Assistant Adjutant general of the Ohio National Guard (Air Force) will be the guest speaker. In that role, Bartman directs operations and policy to ensure mission readiness for more than 4,700 personnel. He is an Ohio State University graduate and is a pilot who has taken part in 29 combat operations.

More than 1,000 military veterans take classes at Columbus State this semester. A three-person Military and Veterans Services office assists veterans enrolled at the college.

Additional events:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 4: Veterans Employment Support Day.  City, county, state and federal agencies along with private employers will be on the Columbus Campus for a job fair from 9 a.m. to 2 the Center for Workforce Development.
  • Thursday, Nov. 6: Veterans Resource Day. VA Mobile Healthcare Enrollment Van and other VA support offices and organizations will be on the Columbus Campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 7: Columbus Veterans Day Parade. Several Columbus State staff and student veterans will meet at Nationwide Blvd. where the annual parade forms at 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11: Columbus State campuses and Regional Learning Centers are closed.


Distinguished Teaching Award nominations due Friday

Columbus State is piloting a few changes to the Distinguished Teaching Award timeline and process, to better align the awards with the academic year.

Additional goals for the change include emphasizing more thorough and complete student nominations, and maintaining a manageable amount of portfolios for committee members to review.

For the current award cycle, only the timeline is changing. All nominations for the next award will close on Friday, October 31.  If you are considering nominating a colleague, this is your last chance for this cycle. The selection process will continue as in the past with a late January deadline for portfolios from the nominees, and observation of finalists in the latter half of Spring Semester.

Next year’s DTA process and nomination window will run from November 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015. A new step will be added in which up to 25 semifinalists will be selected to submit portfolios. For complete details on the new process and criteria see the Distinguished Teaching Award site.


ADAMH Board honors Kemavor

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At the awards ceremony, from left are:  ADAMH CEO David Royer; ADAMH Board Secretary Rory McGuiness; ADAMH Board Chair Dr. Tamara Davis: Dr. Ameena Kemavor; ADAMH Board Member Peggy Anderson and ADAMH Board Vice Chair Derek Anderson.

Dr. Ameena Kemavor, director of Counseling Services, was honored with the 2014 Randall M. Dana Award of Excellence at the Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH) annual meeting October 21.

The award began twelve years ago in honor of long-time local advocate Randall M. Dana. It recognizes a dedicated staff member within the ADAMH system of care who shows a great level of commitment to the system and to its consumers and family members.

Dr. Kemavor has been working in the field of mental health and community services for almost 20 years. At the award presentation it was noted that the staff in Counseling Services “provide access to quality mental health and substance abuse treatment and resources when they need it most.  It is a safe and confidential environment for students to explore personal concerns.” 

ADAMH is Franklin County’s authority for planning, funding and evaluating mental health, alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services.



Theatre Columbus State to perform Nov. 12-15

“Spring Awakening” a play by Frank Wedekind, directed by Frank A. Barnhart, and performed by Theatre Columbus State, will be offered Wednesday through Saturday, November 12 - 15, at 8:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium. A matinee at 3:00 p.m. Nov. 13 will also be performed. All performances are free and open to the public.

First performed in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekind’s controversial play Spring Awakening closed after one night in New York in 1917 amid charges of obscenity and public outrage. For the better part of the twentieth century, Wedekind’s intense body of work was largely unpublished and rarely performed. Yet the play’s subject matter—teenage desire, suicide, abortion, and homosexuality—is as explosive and important today as it was a century ago. Spring Awakening follows the lives of three teenagers, Melchior, Moritz, and Wendl, as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness.




American Sign Language club to host movie Nov. 21

Columbus State’s ASL Club will host the movie “No Ordinary Hero” on Friday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.

No Ordinary Hero marks the first time that a movie has been produced by deaf executive producers and a deaf director. The movie is a family drama about a deaf actor who plays a superhero on a TV show who must look beyond the cape to inspire a deaf boy to believe in himself.

The film is completely open captioned making it fully accessible to deaf, hard of hearing and “signing impaired” audiences.


Healthy life coaching free for employees through Dec. 23

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“Get REAL” healthy life coaching is a 50-minute, one-on-one session during which you will discuss your health history, diet, and lifestyle with a Healthy Life Coach to develop practical, short-term steps for reaching your goals. This initial session is usually $15, but will be free for all Columbus State employees through December 23. 

Follow-up sessions with a Healthy Life Coach throughout the semester are then encouraged. These one-on-one meetings will provide you with guidance and support to reach your goals and make sustainable changes for improving your health and happiness. The follow-up sessions cost between $30 and $95 per semester, based on the number of sessions selected. 

Get started with your Health Life Coach today by calling or emailing Jenna Long  in the Human Performance Center (HPC) at ext. 2445.



SES student featured in Dispatch

After three seasons on the Bishop Ready High School football team, Anthony Herrmann changed his tune.

“I decided to switch over and try something new,” said the West Side native, now 20 and enrolled at Columbus State studying Sport and Exercise Studies.

“I’ve always had a creative niche in the back of my mind.”

His postgraduate efforts, which began as a duo with friend and drummer Jordan McVey, spawned a pop-rock foursome known as Personal Public that now records and performs in between other pursuits.  Read the full article in The Columbus Dispatch.




Columbus State welcomes the following new hires and promotions:

September 23 - Victoria Seger, Program Coordinator in the Center for Workforce Development
October 1 - Joanna Villanueva-Antjas, Office Associate in Arts and Sciences
October 1- Teddi Lewis-Hotopp, Director I in Academic Affairs
October 16 - Anthony Key, Groundskeeper 1 in Facilities Management
November 3 - Roland Smith, Accountant 1 in Business and Campus Services
November 3 - Anessa Becton, Advisor in Advising Services


Chairperson, English – Requisition no. 3301

Career Facilitator, FASTPATH, President’s Office – Requisition no. 3297

Employment Recruiter, FASTPATH, President’s Office – Requisition no. 3297





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