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April 2, 2015



‘Ambassador for life’ brings enthusiasm to every role

Sarah Baker admits that she just might be a “Student Ambassador” for life, since serving in that elite corps of students a few years ago while pursuing her degree. “People know Sarah in every corner of this campus,” says Brett Welsh, director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, and Baker’s supervisor. “No one on this campus sings the praises of Columbus State any louder than she does.  She loves this place and lets everyone know it.”

Welsh nominated Baker for the Staff Employee of the Month, in part based on her work to host the annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration held in February at the Lincoln Theatre. “Sarah assumes a large part of the workload for some of our larger events,” says Welsh.  “This year she also helped launch the mentorship program for women, the Women’s Connection.”

Baker started at Columbus State as a student employee, serving as a Student Ambassador, and Senior Ambassador, before becoming assistant in Student Engagement and Leadership.  She was hired as a specialist in Global Diversity and Inclusion in 2013.  “I guess I became a Student Ambassador and just never left!” says Baker.


Parking lot detoured for drain repair

Due to emergency storm drain repairs, the flow of traffic turning into the 7-E lot will be rerouted. The 7-E lot is between Franklin and Aquinas Halls and includes dozens of visitor parking meters. Drivers turning into the lot will be immediately forced to turn right to find parking. The repair work is expected to be finished by Monday at the latest.


Open Forums continue tomorrow

Open forums will continue tomorrow to meet the final candidates for Dean of the Delaware Campus. This pivotal leadership position is responsible for campus operations at the Delaware Campus, as well as oversight of the Regional Learning Centers. Please plan to join the candidates at the Delaware Campus in Moeller Hall 111 and 112, or by live stream (password: cougars) at the following times:

Friday, April 3
Stephen Schultheis
Meet and Greet - 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Open Forum - 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Greg Mosier
Meet Greet - 10:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Open Forum - 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.


Umoja Karamu event is tonight
As part of African Celebration Week through April 3, Columbus State will host its first Umoja Karamu Unity Feast on Thursday, April 2, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center ballroom, fourth floor WD.



Talk on Japanese art ‘Shojo Manga’ is Friday
Dr. Masami Toku will present “World of Shojo Manga: Mirrors of Girls' Desires,” a talk about the famous Japanese comic style of Manga, or graphic novels. Dr. Toku is an authority on Shojo Manga which means “girl’s comics.” The presentation will be held Friday, April 3, at 12:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall 011.



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