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October 30, 2014


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Daylight Saving ends Sunday

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night November 1. Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, which means you will get one extra hour of sleep. WebMD has some information on how our bodies react to time changes:


Union Hall elevator out of service until Friday

Due to the brief power outage on the Columbus Campus Wednesday afternoon, an elevator in the new section of Union Hall is currently out of service until repairs can be made Friday. Another elevator at the other end of the building remains in service.


Columbus State contingent attends tech education conference

group photoAt the conference are, from left: Jeffery Woodson, Scott Wegeng, Dr. Andrew Rezin, Carmen Daniels, Shane Kirby, Dick Bickerstaff and J.J. Schultz.

A team from Columbus State including Dick Bickerstaff, Andrew Rezin, Carmen Daniels, J.J. Schultz, Jeffery Woodson, Shane Kirby, and Scott Wegeng recently attended the 21st National ATE Principal Investigators Conference in Washington, DC.  

Sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges with the support of the National Science Foundation, the conference brought together 850 people to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education. Conference attendees represented community colleges, business and industry, secondary school systems, four-year colleges, and research and development centers covering projects in a wide variety of areas such as information technology, engineering technology, micro- and nano-technologies, chemical technology, biotechnology, and more. 

Two newly awarded grants totaling $1.4 million from the National Science Foundation will help Columbus State develop a new degree program in manufacturing and expand one in logistics to prepare students for well-paying jobs.



Ceremony to spotlight Veterans Week Nov. 5
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. A new guest speaker, replacing MG Mark Bartman due to illness, will be Colonel Todd M. Audet, Commander of the 200th Red Horse Squadron in the United States Air Force.


First Wednesday is Nov. 5
First Wednesday will be held on Wednesday, November 5, from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The event will also be live streamed at, where you will be prompted to enter the password: cougars.


Sponsorships still needed for International Student Thanksgiving Dinner
Columbus State will host the annual International Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 20. The event allows international students and their families to enjoy a traditional meal with family and friends of the college. Your help and support are needed to make this event a success. Sponsorships between $50 and $200 are available to host international students and their guests at the dinner. Contact Amy Bullock in Enrollment Services for more information.


Arts and Sciences Lecture Series to present “The Rise of ISIS” Nov. 10
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.” The talk will be held Monday, November 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, WD fourth floor. 


Last day for GroupWise access
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.


two winnersWinning gift baskets at the event were student Richard Cash, and employee Tracy LaMar Nickoli.

Mental Health Fair draws 400 attendees

The 2nd Annual Mental Health and Wellness Fair, hosted by Counseling Services and the Wellness Advisory Committee with support from College Recreation and Wellness, SEaL, and the MHAD Department, was held Oct. 8. More than 48 community mental health and substance abuse providers and campus departments talked to students and employees about the importance of mental health and recovery.

This year’s event featured a series of “Relax & Learn” interactive workshops about subjects such as essential oils, art therapy, smoking cessation, nutrition, therapeutic laughter, chair yoga, and Zumba.



Tancred inducted to healthcare honor society

Dr. MaryEllen Tancred, Medical Laboratory and Multi-Competency Health Programs coordinator, has been inducted as an honorary member of Franklin University’s Healthcare Honor Society, Scientia Pietas Veritas. The honor society’s name represents key healthcare leadership qualities of Knowledge (Scientia), Compassion (Pietas), and Truth (Veritas).The honor society is governed by a board of elected students and alumni officers in conjunction with Franklin University’s Healthcare faculty and staff.Dr. Tancred earned her MBA from Franklin University in 2005.



News from the Discovery District:

Head to Hills Market on Friday

Hills Market Downtown, at 95 N. Grant Ave., has the perfect Halloween day activities this Friday. From 12-4 p.m. on Oct. 31, there will be sweet treats for everyone. They will have caramel-apple making, a hard-cider tasting, a costume contest where you could win a $100 Hills Market gift card, and lots of free samples.  

photo of womenCould these people in the Kelton House actually be ghosts?

And did you know that the whole Discovery District is extremely haunted? Find out more by stopping at the Kelton House for a tour on Saturday or Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. to hear about their ghosts, and then head over to Thurber House to read about theirs!



Movie “A Girl Like Me” to show Nov. 1

Join Columbus State and the Frederick Center for Professional Development on Saturday, November 1, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. for a special screening of the movie “A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story,” in Delaware Hall room 121.  The movie is free and open to the public. This special event is hosted by the college in recognition of Transgender Awareness Month in November.



Weight Watchers at Work Open House is Nov. 4

Some Columbus State employees have seen great results and made healthy lifestyle changes as a result of the Weight Watchers at Work program! It offers many advantages over joining a normal Weight Watchers group, including meetings that are held conveniently at lunch time, a cost that can be deducted from your pay check, and the use of free e-tools for your smart phone. Also, fulltime employees who attend 9 of the 12 meetings will be reimbursed half of the cost following the completion of the program.

Come visit at the Open House meeting. To sign up or for more information contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator.





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