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April 23, 2015


Theatre Columbus State presents ‘The Crucible’

Theatre Columbus State is currently performing Arthur Miller's Tony-award-winning play, "The Crucible" through April 25.

The play takes place in Salem, Mass., where the lives of a young farmer and his wife are disrupted as a young servant-girl maliciously accuses the wife of witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie—and becomes implicated along with a host of others.

The 1952 play is widely seen as an allegory for the "red scare" of the 1950s, most notably Sen. Joseph McCarthy's infamous witch hunts. Johnathan Williams, who portrays John Proctor, said the play was a history lesson as well as an acting challenge.

The Crucible will be performed in the Nestor Hall Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. nightly through April 25. There's also a 3:00 p.m. matinee on April 23. Admission is free.


Thousands raised for book scholarships at 4th annual Cougar Challenge 5K

Dr. Harrison and wife Tracy cross the line President Harrison and Tracy Harrison cross the finish line in style.

Runners at the Columbus State Cougar Challenge 5K last Saturday morning enjoyed the best weather ever for the annual springtime event. It was held for the first time at Creekside Gahanna where runners and walkers followed an adjoining scenic, wooded course.

More than 100 faculty, staff, students and area residents signed up to take part. President Harrison and his wife Tracy were among those turning out to support the cause which raised $3,250 for book scholarships.

The event included a short fun run for children prior to the race. Brett Welsh, director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, was the fastest Columbus State employee, finishing seventh overall with a time of 20:07.

You can check out the times and places of all runners and walkers online here.


Cougar 5k Volunteers
Volunteers and participants, from left, Lynn Rausch, Arlene Wilson, Kim Randall, Molly Ward, Clawdette Cougar, Beth Stanley, and Tim Goetz (front) pose after the race.


CSEA Faculty Excellence Awards to be given April 28

The campus community is invited to attend the annual Columbus State Education Association (CSEA) Faculty Excellence Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 28, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. Selected by the 2015 Faculty Excellence Awards Committee, the event will honor this year’s awardees: English Professor Ingrid Emch, and Business Office Applications Professor Lisa Briggs.  The committee congratulates them for their outstanding service and achievements! Please join CSEA at the ceremony to honor these outstanding 2015 Faculty Excellence recipients.


A whole lot of music is in the air this spring

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble, led by Emma Easton, will present a concert titled, "Amazing Joy" TONIGHT, Thursday, April 23, at 6:45 p.m. in the Library Amphitheater.  Special guests are the youth dancers and step team from Barnett Recreation Center.  In case of rain, the concert will be held in Nestor Hall.

The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble, led by Thomas Lloyd, will present a 30-minute concert on Tuesday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The program will include dance music from the Renaissance and Classical eras, a popular tune from Civil War times, a work by African-American composer William Grant Still and a Sousa March.

The Columbus State Jazz Ensemble, led by Rick Brunetto, will perform their spring concert outdoors at 7:00 p.m. in the Courtyard on Wednesday, April 29.  They will perform numbers by Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago, Steely Dan, Weather Report and Tower of Power. In the event of rain, the concert will be performed in TL 123, the music room.

And finally, Chorus Columbus State, led by Gordon Franklin, will hold its Spring Concert at the Columbus Museum of Art Sunday, May 3, starting at 3:00 p.m. The Chorus will perform works including Schubert’s “Mass in G” with strings and soloists, American folksongs, folksongs by Brahms, and Benjamin Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia.” 

All concerts are free and open to the public.


Gum—It’s better stuck in the can

Keep campus clean!

When July 1 rolls around and the new Tobacco Free policy goes into effect, our campuses are sure to look a whole lot cleaner without so many cigarette butts littering the ground. Our students are being reminded that we’d also like to have less chewing gum stuck on the sidewalks and courtyards as well!

The black splotches seen everywhere on brick and concrete surfaces are old gum, and they are difficult—if not impossible—to remove, according to Facilities personnel.

So be a good role model to our students and wrap your gum in paper and throw it in the trash can instead of spitting it out. Hopefully, they will follow suit!


City workers trained in environmental program developed by Columbus State

Nineteen participants from various organizations in Columbus recently completed a Green Infrastructure training program developed by Columbus State. The training was established to support Blueprint Columbus, a city program focused on eliminating sanitary sewer overflows by using natural approaches to control storm water. 

The Blueprint Columbus program aims to invest in neighborhoods, support small businesses, and utilize the local workforce. The City of Columbus estimates that over 30 years, Blueprint will boost the local economy by billions of dollars in regional output and local earnings, and will add 700 jobs in establishing the green infrastructure.


The curriculum was developed and instructed by Deb Knapke, adjunct instructor in Landscape Design and Management, Dean Bortz, associate professor in Construction Management, and Jeff Bates, professor in Environmental Science, Safety and Health.  Jeff Spain, supervisor for Business and Industry, played a critical role in managing the project.  Other partners in the training included the Columbus Urban League and the Ohio Small Business Development Center, with Alvis House and Huckleberry House sponsoring individuals to attend the training.

For more information on Blueprint Columbus go to

Blueprint ColumbusBlueprint Columbus trainees pose with their instructors from Columbus State, Dean Bortz, back row left; Deb Knapke, front center, and Dr. Jeff Bates, far right.


Disability Services group attends OSU conference on ‘Multiple Perspectives’

Several members of the staff of Disability Services attended the “Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion and Disability” conference at The Ohio State University last week. The conference was “designed to bring a diverse audience together to discuss the full spectrum of disability issues and experiences.”  A variety of topics were discussed including:  The ADA at 25: How does it Measure up to The UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities?, Understanding Reasonable Accommodations under the ADAAA and Emerging Issues in the Law, and Disability and Accessibility as a Matter of Course in University Life.  The topics are relevant to the work with students with disabilities on the Columbus State campuses, and attendees gained the understanding that, in comparison to surrounding colleges and universities, Columbus State’s Disability Services department is providing more intrusive, comprehensive services to our students.

Disability ServicesAttending the conference last week were, from left: Molly Sheils, Jill Anderson, Christopher Keck, Marie Potts, Tiffany McClain, Alissa Price, Sheryl Killen, Brian Dixon. Not pictured is Adrienne Luke.


Men of the Year Awards to be held April 28

The Fifth Annual Men of the Year Awards reception will take place Tuesday, April 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. Be sure to join the M.A.N. Initiative in recognizing our outstanding Columbus State men.

The M.A.N. Initiative program has hosted the Men of the Year Awards reception since 2011, with nearly 160 phenomenal students, staff, faculty, administrators and community leaders recognized for showing everyday leadership. The Bell Award, named for former trustee Napoleon Bell, Sr. and given for community leadership, will also be awarded at this year’s event.


More barbeque news
As an update to AVI’s “Smokin’ BBQ Day” in the courtyard Thursday, April 30, (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), we now have a menu link with prices online online here!


Students volunteer at Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day

Forty Columbus State students and other volunteers from the community helped out at the Highland Youth Garden in the Hilltop last weekend in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day.  A total of 1,300 volunteers worked at projects in seven Ohio cities, each supported by $1,000 ServeOhio mini grants. The Youth Garden is located in the Hilltop neighborhood, which has been classified as a “food desert” by the USDA Economic Research Service. Pictured helping one of the children spread compost are students Mayolo Trinidad, Lucas Collins and Simeon Bihesi.





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News from the Discovery District: Everyone loves ghosts

Ever wonder if there is any truth to ghosts or having loved ones talk to you from beyond? Join Thurber House for their “Evenings with Authors” event featuring Janis Heaphy Durham on Thursday, April 30, when she will discuss her book, The Hand on the Mirror: The True Story of Life Beyond Death. The book is an account of what happened to Durham after the untimely death of her husband, including clocks randomly stopping at 12:44, the time of her husband’s death. Using her journalism background, she interviewed scientists as well as spiritual practitioners, and developed a new perspective and understanding of life, death and beyond. For more information, click here.

Also,BalletMet is wrapping up their amazing 2015 season with what looks to be the most fun and energetic display yet! Their American Masters performances only runs for one weekend, May 1-3, so don’t delay. There are three World Premiere ballets set to music by Aaron Copland and more, plus the classic ballet “Fancy Free” set to music by Leonard Bernstein. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.


Franklin U invites faculty to higher education conference

Franklin University’s International Institute for Innovative Instruction invites Columbus State faculty to attend their upcoming conference “Innovative Teaching for Inspired Learning,” Friday, June 5, at Phillips Hall on Franklin’s campus. The Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Jim Mahoney, Executive Director of Battelle for Kids. Visit the conference website for more information and to view the full program: bird registration ends May 1.


Cornerstone Applicant Tracking System offers refresher training

In December HR launched Cornerstone, Columbus State’s new Applicant Tracking System replacing COOL/PeopleAdmin. As the college enters the peak hiring period, additional training opportunities will be offered.

Scheduled sessions:




Monday, May 11, 2015

10 am – 12 pm


Thursday, June 4, 2015

10 am – 12 pm


Thursday, July 2, 2015

10 am – 12 pm


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

10 am – 12 pm


Please register here. If your needs require more immediate attention, please reach out directly to your HR recruitment partner or email

Weight Watchers hosts Open House April 28

Columbus State’s Weight Watchers at Work program will host an Open House on Tuesday, April 28, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the WD 202. Come to sample healthy foods, draw for prizes, and take advantage of an offer to attend five free meetings to see if Weight Watchers at Work is for you. The next 12-week session will start May 26. Beach season is just around the corner, so come to the Open House and give Weight Watchers a try!

SAC Brown Bag Lunch focuses on budgeting

The Staff Advisory Council’s monthly Brown Bag Lunch will be held Wednesday, April 29, in the Bookstore (DX) first floor lounge at 12:00 p.m. Because April is Financial Literacy Month, the subject will be “Budgeting and Money Management” presented by Education First Credit Union. All are welcome to attend.

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