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September 22, 2014

Day of Service almost here!

Columbus State’s second annual Day of Service is coming Wednesday, September 24!  As a reminder, the day will begin with a breakfast on the Columbus Campus starting at 7:30 a.m.  At 8:30 a.m. we will hear from President Harrison in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium, and at 9:30 a.m., volunteers will depart for their chosen service site. If you have not yet heard from your Team Leader, you should be receiving an email today, instructing you on how to pick up your t-shirt, the address of the site, what to bring, and any other instructions necessary for your volunteering activity. All student volunteers will need to sign a participant waiver form when they get to the location.  Additional details are online at the In-Service Day site


First Wednesday scheduled for Oct.1

First Wednesday, the monthly employee meeting with President Harrison, will take place Wednesday, October 1, at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. As always, employees not able to attend in person may watch the livestream at, entering the password cougars when prompted.


Service Award recipients now listed

Employees who are eligible for a Service Award of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service, as of December 31, 2013, can find two lists posted on the Intranet (not available off campus). The lists are the first two links on the Intranet home page. Please check this list to verify the spelling of your name. If you see a mistake or believe you have been omitted or added to the list in error, please notify immediately. Note: The list for adjunct faculty service awards has not yet been posted.


Commercial uses Columbus State location for filming

Columbus never looked so good. A new cell phone company has produced a documentary-style film to introduce its new product to the international marketplace. They contracted with a Columbus-based producer who scouted various locations for the shoot. They also used local actors and a local band.

The mini-movie focuses on three main users of the phone: A band, a dancer and a working mother who’s attempting to earn a college degree. That’s where Columbus State came in. Last month during the semester break, the producers looked at classroom space, the Library and the top deck of the parking garage on the Columbus Campus. They ended up using the library at Ohio Wesleyan University instead because of its historical look. You can see those shots around 1:15 in the video.

The top of our parking deck did make the cut. It was used to provide the city skyline in the background. It appears twice: at 3:00 in the daylight and at 4:10 after dark. Thanks to the Columbus State Police Department for helping make it all possible on the day of the shoot.


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Cornerstone application demos continue

The Human Resources Department continues a series of applicant experience video demonstrations of the new talent acquisition recruitment system, called “Cornerstone.” Come visit HR and see what applying for a job at Columbus State looks like in Cornerstone. Demonstration times are listed on the Human Resources website.



Volunteers for ‘Techie Club’ trained at Columbus State

Tech meeting

The Conference Center ballroom was bustling with activity September 11 as central Ohio business volunteers got trained for Techie Club.

The Office of Dual Enrollment and the Credits Count team recently collaborated with TechCorps, an organization that provides technology resources to K-12 students by recruiting and supporting tech-savvy volunteers through partnerships with education, business, government and community.

TechCorps hosted training and orientation for 97 volunteers for the “Techie Club,” a hands-on, interactive program tied directly to national CSTA Computer Science standards for 3rd- though 6th-grade students. The lessons focus on a variety of computing topics, promote 21st-century skills and provide students with an awareness of technology and STEM-related careers.

This year Techie Club will be implemented at KIPP: Columbus, Weinland Park Elementary, Georgian Heights Elementary, Indianola Informal K-8, Starling PK-8, and John Burroughs Elementary. Participants at the training session were skilled professionals from companies such as AEP, Chase, IBM, Resource, Nationwide, and Chemical Abstracts. For more information about TechCorps and Techie Camp visit




Banned Book Week activities continue with quiz


The Library continues its celebration of Banned Books Week by developing a Banned Books Week-themed quiz that asks the question, “Which Banned Book Are You?”  Through answering a number of questions, the quiz determines which banned book might describe you as an individual!  Please click on the following link to take this fun quiz.  You might be surprised at the results:

The quiz is also embedded in our Banned Books Week events page. If you are willing to share the results, please send these to either, Dana Knott, Julie Zavaloff, or Kristine Kinzer.

Reminder:  Banned Books Week Open Mic will be held Friday, September 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Library Multimedia studio on the ground floor. The campus community is invited to attend and consider reading a passage from a banned or challenged book, or share your own work!



Door to Rhodes Hall closed Sept. 24

On Day of Service September 24, the northeast exterior entrance to Rhodes Hall (nearest to Aquinas Hall) will be closed for maintenance. The alternative entrance will be the vestibule area entrance between Rhodes and Madison Halls.


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Article on Tuskegee Airmen features Harold Brown

Dr. Harold Brown, who retired as vice president for Academic Affairs from Columbus Technical Institute (CTI) in 1986, is featured in the current issue of Heart of Ohio magazine in an article on the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. You can read the entire article here!






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