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April 30, 2015


A few minutes with Rebecca Mobley

After years of planning, the Columbus State Honors Program officially began during Autumn Semester, 2014. It gives high-ability students the opportunity to join a community of like-minded individuals who desire the benefits of rigorous curriculum and heightened student and faculty interaction. Rebecca Mobley gives an update on how the program is working in its first year.

Four students named to PTK Academic All-Ohio Teams

group shot After receiving their All-Ohio Academic Team medals last week are: (from left) Jude Carstensen, Kopano Marumo, and Aria Dockham.  Not pictured is Sierra Arvin.

The annual All-Ohio Team Luncheon was held last week at the Ohio Statehouse, recognizing the top community college students in the state. The annual event is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.

Four Columbus State students were recognized, including Jude Carstensen, First Team All-Ohio and Coca-Cola Gold Scholar; Kopano Marumo, Second Team All-Ohio; and Delaware Campus students Aria Dockham and Sierra Arvin, Third Team All-Ohio.

The All-Ohio Team members each received cash scholarships to continue their education, sponsored by Honda of American Mfg., Inc. Carstensen is an environmental science major with a 3.84 GPA; Marumo is a Mental Health/Addiction Studies/Development Disabilities major from Pretoria, South Africa, who holds a 4.0 average; Dockham is studying to become a neuroscientist and has a 3.76 GPA; and Arvin has completed her Associate of Science degree with a 3.88 average and hopes to become a pharmacist.


Seven awarded ‘Men of the Year’

group photo At the Men of the Year Awards, recipients posed with their plaques, including (from left) Marcus Deloney, Donovan Patrick, Brad Farmer, Joel Brooks, Thomas Capps, Bob Summerfield, and Bell Award winner Javier Sanchez.

Four students, two employees and a community member were named “Men of the Year” at the Fifth Annual Men of the Year Awards yesterday. In addition to students Bob Summerfield, Donovan Patrick, Marcus Deloney and Thomas Capps, English adjunct faculty member William Joel Brooks and Director in Business and Campus Services Brad Farmer were also named. The awards are given each year by the M.A.N. Initiative, recognizing outstanding leadership on campus.

The Napoleon Bell Sr. Award was given to Javier Sanchez, of R.E.A.C.H. Communication Inc. for his service to the community. The award is given in memory of former Trustee and community leader Nap Bell, Sr.  Also recognized at yesterday’s awards were the 2014-2015 M.A.N. Initiative student participants and their employee mentors. For more information about the Man of the Year Awards or the M.A.N. Initiative program please contact Brett Welsh, director of Global Diversity and Inclusion. 


Students interpret COSI Deaf Awareness event

intrpreting at COSI

Interpreter Education Program student Lee Conley interprets an activity on stage at the recent Deaf Awareness Day at COSI.

Columbus State’s Interpreter Education Program (IEP) students participated in COSI’s Deaf Awareness event last week, joining student interpreters from Ohio University Lancaster and Kent State University. The Columbus State practicum students were paired with COSI’s world-class performers and facilitators at shows, attractions, and movies all day long to provide interpreting services for students from Ohio School for the Deaf, Columbus Hearing Impaired Program, and deaf community members. IEP faculty and staff were available to provide feedback and assist with the student interpretations as needed. There was also a resource fair with community organizations from around the state. “This was a fantastic opportunity for our Interpreter Education Program’s practicum students and we hope that we can continue being a part of this new tradition for years to come,” said Katrina Callaghan, Practicum coordinator.



Musical reminder: Chorus Columbus State to perform at Museum May 3

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 concert is free and open to the public.


‘Pay it Forward” students award grants

reprinted courtesy of the Delaware Gazette
by Glenn Battishill

award with hug

From left, Columbus State Delaware student Elina Coss and Stephanie Berry hold a check, while student Tanner Conaway hugs recipient Beth Trigg, of Family Promise.  

Students at the Delaware Campus of Columbus State Community College and the Marion campus of The Ohio State University donated $8,000 to local organizations Monday during their “Pay It Forward Celebration.”

Students at both schools got involved with Pay It Forward during their English 2367.01 class this semester — along with their professors, Amy Tibbals, an English professor at OSU Marion, and Nancy Pine, an English professor at Columbus State Delaware — and held a celebration Monday morning at Moeller Hall on Columbus State’s campus.

Pine said the Pay it Forward program has been going on at Columbus State in one form or another since 2007 but has taken years off due to lack of funding.

Tibbals explained that students in her English class were required to do research and write a paper based on the idea of the American dream and students determined that giving to others is a big part of the American dream. Students broke into groups and chose local non-profit organizations to do research on.

At the conclusion of the research, students had a debate to decide how $8,000 in funding allotted for Pay it Forward from both schools would be spent.

The students chose four organizations to donate to:

• People in Need received a donation of $500.
• Family Promises received a donation of $2,000.
• Delaware Speech and Hearing received a donation of $2,500.
• Grace Clinics received a donation of $3,000.

“I think they did excellent,” Pine said. “They showed fantastic engagement and took their work very seriously.”

Tyler Cox, a student who researched Family Promise, said the experience was very worthwhile.

“It’s really, really awesome to be giving back and earning college credit at the same time,” Cox said. “It was tough to get everyone to agree but no matter who won [the debate] the money was going to help the community.”

Randy Bournique, development director at People in Need, said the students gained just as much as the organizations. “They researched real-world issues,” Bournique said. “The dollars are nice but their experiences will be invaluable.”

Bethany Moore, executive director at Delaware Speech and Hearing, praised the school for the program. “It was fantastic to hear the speeches [from the students] planted seeds,” Moore said. “It’s a unique experience that doesn’t happen at many colleges.”

Student Morgan Eiland said Pay It Forward was very encouraging. “It was a really good experience to help further these organizations with their business,” Eiland said. “I’m glad they can help more people in the county. During my visit we watched them help a family and it was really cool to see.”

Pine said the program was a success and, as long as there is funding, she’d love to continue the program in future years.

Update NOTE: The Pay It Forward program was also conducted this semester at the Columbus Campus, with Traci Haynes’ Psychology 2340 class.The students awarded the grant money at a ceremony last week.The students awarded First English Lutheran Church $1500; Broad Street after School Program $1500; and Westside Free Store $1,000.


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