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April 9, 2015


A few notes 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.

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.


Arts & Sciences Faculty present 'Spring Symposium'

flowering limb

The campus community is invited to attend the Arts & Sciences Spring Symposium, Monday through Wednesday, April 13-15, when faculty members will present short lectures of their academic work and personal interests. The lectures will all be held in the Library Multimedia Studio. The schedule follows:

Monday, April 13

Sonda Staley Lewis, Communications Department
Communism, Civil Rights, and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (12:00-12:30)

Matt Adkins, Humanities Department
Condorcet, Schoolmaster of France (maître d’ecole de France): Universal Education, Liberation, and the Care of the Self in Early-Modern French Philosophy (12:30-1:00)

Dea Boster, Humanities Department
No More Sick than Women are Generally: Disability and Slave Motherhood in the Prewar South   (1:00-1:30)

Mary Lewis, Psychology Department
Using Self-Regulated Learning in the Classroom   (1:30-2:00)

Rocco Di Pietro, Humanities Department
New Work of Rocco Di Pietro (2:00-2:30)

Bob Fitrakis, Social Sciences Department
To Cuba with Love-The Evolution of U.S.-Cuba Diplomatic Relations (2:30-3:00)

Tuesday, April 14

J.G. Richardson, Biological and Physical Sciences Department
Lower Mississippian Miospore Occurrences from the Black Hand Sandstone of Ohio, U.S. Interbasinal Correlation in the North American Midcontinent  (12:00-12:30)

Brent Funderburk, Social Sciences Department
On Documentary Film and Teaching Sociology: The Overnighters, Stigma, and Moral Panics (12:30-1:00)

Christopher Wilson, Humanities Department
Has the Time Come to Incorporate the Topic of Etiquette in our Ethics Classes? (1:00-1:30)

Mazy Hayes, Humanities Department
The Haunted Slumscape: Reading Popular Images of London’s East End (1:30-2:00)

Wednesday, April 15

Raquel Pina, Modern Languages Department
Urban Screenscapes, Desiring Bodies: What Happens When the Subaltern Speaks?  (3:00-3:30)

Shawn Casey, English Department
Digital Humanities Tools for the Columbus State Classroom (3:30-4:00)

Elycia Taylor, Communications Department
Where to Turn? A Content Analysis of Online Social Support Groups for Intimate Partner Violence Survivors (4:00-4:30)


Construction Management reaccredited through 2021

The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) has renewed the accreditation of the Construction Management program at Columbus State, stating that the program has maintained the stringent standards of the ACCE, and has proven to a visiting team of its peers and industry practitioners, that the program is worthy of reaccreditation.

Construction Management began in 1979 at Columbus Technical Institute, and was first accredited by ACCE in 2000.  Professor David Busch, Assistant Professor Dean Bortz and Associate Professor Dr. Margaret Owens prepared the self-study and evidence for the reaccreditation, which runs through 2021.  The program is one of only 11 two-year programs currently accredited in North America.


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.

Do you know someone who has exemplified good character while not seeking recognition? Has a Columbus State administrator, faculty or staff member positively impacted students? Do you know a Columbus State student who works hard to make good choices every day? Help the M.A.N. Initiative honor those who strive to be decent men of commendable character on a daily basis by nominating them for a Man of the Year Award.

Complete the nomination form online here. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 20. You are invited to nominate as many deserving Columbus State students, staff, faculty and administrators as you choose. The Fifth Annual Men of the Year Awards Reception will take place Tuesday, April 28, at 5:00 p.m. Be sure to save the date and join the M.A.N. Initiative in recognizing our amazing Columbus State men!


Concert Band to perform ‘Sousa Salute’ April 14

Sousa leading bandJohn Philip Sousa leads his band down a New York City street in 1916, with the iconic “sousaphone” at the front!

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. The band will be celebrating concerts given by Sousa’s Band in Columbus 100 years ago in 1915. The three soloists will be William Manley, violin, playing “The Meditation from Thais,” Dan King, cornet, playing “The Bride of the Waves,” (by Sousa soloist Herbert L. Clarke)  and Elizabeth Scinto, soprano, singing “Musetta’s Waltz from La Boheme.” The concert is free and open to the public.


City of Columbus offers series on building communities

The City of Columbus Community Relations Commission presents a Lunch & Learn Series titled “Building Intergenerational Communities: Purposeful connections between members of different generations,” on Fridays from April 17 through July 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The series will be held at 1111 East Broad Street, and a shuttle will be available for each event. Please bring your lunch and join the panel of experts every third Friday for these free events. RSVP at the Columbus State Hub:

Lunch & Learn Schedule
Friday, April 17: “Redefining Age/Generation”
Friday, May 15:  “The Workplace”
Friday, June 19: “Education”
Friday, July 17: “Families”


News from the Discovery District

logoCheck out the Columbus Museum of Art’s Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz exhibit. Esther and her younger sister Mania were the only members of their family to survive the Holocaust. In 1977, Esther began creating works of fabric art to depict her stories of survival. She created a collection of thirty-six needlework pictures that tell her remarkable story. More information.

The Kelton House’s Second Sunday of the month performance is this Sunday, April 12. Second Sunday’s are series of historical re-enactments depicting the struggles for freedom on the Underground Railroad. Performances are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6 per adult; $5 per senior citizen; $2 per child age six and over. Reservations are not required. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for their monthly Victorian Tea that will be next Wednesday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m. It is an April Showers themed tea, and given the forecast, it is aptly named! For more information about either of these programs, click here.

BalletMet is wrapping up their 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. Join them for three World Premiere ballets set to music by American composers Aaron Copland, Caroline Shaw and Michael Torke, plus the classic ballet “Fancy Free” set to music by Leonard Bernstein. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.


Do you know IT?

Beginning this month, Update newsletter will publish a monthly Information Technology article called “Do You Know IT?” that will provide computer software tips, IT news items, and upcoming software announcements.


Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus software is free to you

Do you know that Columbus State faculty, staff, and students can download Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus on up to five PCs or Macs and on mobile devices?  An exciting benefit of the college’s negotiated contract with Microsoft is that you can acquire this software at no cost to you within the provisions of the license. It’s all self-serve—go here, do this. Don’t worry about being stuck with outdated software when you could use the most recent version of many of Microsoft’s professional level software programs for free.

The Office 365 ProPlus subscription license includes the latest, full versions of the following software:

  • Office 365 ProPlus for PC (2013 – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Outlook, Lync)
  • Office 365 ProPlus for Mac (2011 – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Office Mobile for iPhone/Android (Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, OneNote, Lync mobile)

To download Office 365 ProPlus, open a web browser on your PC or Mac and navigate to Login to Outlook using your Columbus State username ( and password. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner and then select Office 365 Settings. Click Software in the left menu and choose your desired Language. If you are installing Office for Windows, Microsoft recommends using the 32-bit installation. Click Install to download and install the latest version of Office. If your computer is not compatible with the latest version of Office, you can choose to select the previous version at the bottom of the screen.

Training and information on Outlook 2013 and other Office 365 software is located on BlackBoard ( Simply login to BlackBoard using your Columbus State username and password and select Office 365 Employee Training under My Organizations.


Professional testing to end at Gahanna Regional Learning Center

College Testing Services will no longer provide the GED and Professional Certification Testing at the Gahanna Regional Learning Center effective April 30, due to the closing of the Center.  However, both GED and the Pearson VUE Professional Certification Exams testing remain available at the Community and Professional Testing Center at the Downtown Campus (WD 223) location six days a week.

College Testing Services is examining bringing this testing to other RLC locations to provide candidates seeking these credentials the convenience of having evening hours as well as regional location closer to their workplace and residence.



Workshop to help make sense of retirement options
How do I make sense of SERS, STRS, Social Security, Medicare and Long Term Care? Find out when a representative from AXA Advisors conducts the workshop "Making sense of SERS, STRS, Social Security, Medicare and Long Term Care" Thursday, April 23,  from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in WD 404.  Registration is required.  To register contact Brittany Demeter at (614) 310-8291 by Wednesday, April 22. 

United Health Care newsletter now online
The UHC Wellness newsletter for April is online now with articles about genetics and addiction, health tips, recipes and much more. 



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