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April 13, 2015


Department chairs named in English, Math


Gregory Goodhart, interim chair of the Mathematics Department, and Robyn Lyons-Robinson, interim chair of the English Department, have been named permanent chairpersons effective April 15. Professor Lyons-Robinson joined the English Department at Columbus State in 1995. Professor Goodhart began as an adjunct faculty member in the Mathematics Department in 1991, becoming a fulltime faculty member in 1992.





Last-minute information about In-Service Day

Don’t forget to register: The entire afternoon on In-Service Day, Thursday, April 16, is divided into two sessions, or “tracks” to accommodate all attendees. Each track contains the same programming, at different times. Please register for an afternoon track, as well as confirming your lunch attendance here: In-Service Registration.

Volunteer ushers are needed: We are in need of volunteers to usher for In Service throughout the day. If you are willing to serve, please sign up at this link. If you have any questions, please contact Steven Zelenka at ext. 5075.

Accommodations are available: There will be ASL interpreters and captioning on screen at the morning session. If you need additional accommodations, please contact Monessa Bradford at ext. 2107.

Announcements: If you have flyers or announcements to place on the seats at In-Service, please do so on Wednesday, April 15, between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.


race start

Cougar Challenge 5K is Saturday – still time to register

Help support student textbook scholarships and join Staff Advisory Council for the 4th Annual Cougar Challenge 5K, Saturday, April 18, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Creekside Plaza in Gahanna. The Kid’s Race begins at 8:50 a.m. and is free for children under the age of 7. Registration is still open online here.   


Columbus State wins ‘Innovative Project’ award for testing

Columbus State has been awarded the Innovative Project Award for the Chemical Operator Training Program by the University Systems of Ohio Talent Development Network. The project, submitted by Jim Kalna, assistant director of College Testing Services, was one of 42 Innovative Project applications statewide. Innovative Projects highlight the accomplishments of member schools and note successful implementation of a project by identifying workforce client challenge, solution and impact.

The Community and Professional Testing Center partnered with the Center for Workforce Development Department supporting the H1B Chemical Operator Training Program by consulting, securing, and administering “Candidate Screening Assessments” as part of the candidate selection into the program.  These assessments help determine strong candidate and program fit, as well as student retention and completion of the program.

Columbus State also was awarded Honorable Mention for its FastPath Program entry. FastPath is supported by the City of Columbus and delivered by the Community and Civic Engagement Department and is designed to assist Columbus residents into fast-tracked skills development training in patient care, building services, food service and logistics industries. The Community and Professional Testing Center administered the CareerScope assessment to assist program advisors in determining the candidate’s interests and aptitudes for placement into one of the career training pathways.

The awards will be presented at a dinner April 21 in Dublin.


artwork “September hath 30 days” by Judy Beckman.

Beckman to exhibit art in Ohio, Kentucky

Judy Beckman, art instructor in Humanities, has two works of art accepted for exhibition in "And They're Off," a national juried exhibit sponsored by the Creative Art League of Jessamine Co., Kentucky. The exhibit will be on display during May 2015 in the Polvino Art Center in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Beckman also currently has work in the Annual Chillicothe Art League Spring Open Exhibition at the Pump House Gallery in Chillicothe, Ohio.





Arts & Sciences Faculty present “Spring Symposium”

The campus community is invited to attend the Arts & Sciences Spring Symposium, Monday through Wednesday, April 13-15. Read more


Fifth Annual MAN of the Year Awards looks for nominations
The M.A.N. Initiative program has hosted the Men of the Year Awards reception since 2010, with nearly 160 phenomenal students, staff, faculty, administrators and community leaders recognized for showing everyday leadership. Read more


Concert Band to perform ‘Sousa Salute’ April 14
The Columbus State Concert Band will present “A Sousa Salute” at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. Read more


Faculty Idea Exchange seeks presentation proposals


The annual Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX) is just around the corner, and all fulltime and adjunct faculty members are invited. FIX is unique as it is a conference for faculty by faculty that emphasizes best teaching practices. This year’s theme is “Critical Thinking.” 

Please save the date, Friday, June 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and make plans to come join your colleagues across campus as we—for the third year in a row—exchange ideas of how we can most effectively teach and reach our students at Columbus State. 
Conference planners are currently seeking presentation proposals from fulltime and adjunct faculty. This is a perfect opportunity to enhance your portfolio or resume via scholarship. The OAA Instructional Success Committee strongly encourages faculty to consider presenting. There are countless innovative and effective instructional strategies related to critical thinking in classrooms, both traditional and virtual, taking place throughout our campus community. Presenting will allow your best practice(s) to directly impact the academic success of yet another group of students in another department, in another discipline. 

If you would like to present on your own best practice that encourages critical thinking in the classroom, please complete the web proposal form at this link

Proposals are due Monday, May 4, and will be reviewed by May 18. All presentations are expected to be fifty minutes in length, including time for questions and answers. Registration information for the conference will be coming soon.


ACT Conference is successful

More than 60 Columbus State faculty, staff, and administrators participated in the first annual Service-Learning Conference, “Active Citizen Transformation.” The theme reflected the need to help faculty and staff integrate social justice issues into their courses in such a way that students can become informed, knowledge-based consumers and transform activism into meaningful work beyond the classroom.

The conference included a “hunger banquet” experience and several breakout sessions including the Human Development Index and the Role of Women in Development, Youth Participation in Higher Ed Across Demographic Boundaries, Transformation via Paired Courses, Using Service-Learning to Address Social Issues, Social Justice and Creative Expression, Using Creative Modalities for Integrating Experiential Learning, Reflection and Socially Responsible Action, The Community Partners’ Perspective: A Service-Learning How To, Student Trailblazers: Understanding 1st Generation Students and How to Assist in Their Academic Success, Expired Milk and Artisanal Cheese: Community-Based Food Access Research to Teach Social Inequality and Social Justice, and Using the Columbus State Hub to Promote Social Change.

The plenary speaker for the event, Dr. Timothy Hawthorne, a professor of Geography at Georgia State University, presented “From Digital Dust to Community Action: The Potential for Community-Based Scholarship and Community Mapping.”

During a working lunch, participants viewed video presentations and discussions including: We Need to Talk about an Injustice, Ending Hunger Now, The Art of Reflection, What New Power Looks Like, and Being Young and Making an Impact.

The conference concluded with Service-Learning Writing Workshop where participants were guided through the process of completing the Course Proposal Form for an S-Designated Course.

The College and Division Service-Learning Committee members want to thank those who helped with the conference: The Columbus State Conference Center staff, the Columbus State Bookstore and Printing Services, Ohio Campus Compact and SEaL.



Protect what you’ve worked hard to achieve

Proper estate planning is something everyone should know about. Columbus State and Met Life will offer a free financial education opportunity on Estate Planning, Thursday, April 23, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in WD 415. You will learn about setting and prioritizing your goals, managing the potential impact of federal estate taxes, wills and trusts and what they can mean to you, and strategies to help ensure that your loved ones are properly cared for.

Register online by going to and entering CSCC or call (866) 801-3547.



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