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August 17, 2015


A Taste of perfection

What a difference a day makes! Taste the Future was held Tuesday, August 11 under brilliant blue skies and perfect temperatures, exactly 24 hours after an absolute deluge and high winds swept campus. The event was a big success and well attended, helping the Foundation raise more than $100,000 for scholarships. This video produced by David Wayne and Mark Van Horn captures a few of the highlights!


Be a Mentor to a student

Career Services is excited to announce the Mentorship Program for the 2015-2016 academic year. Recognizing the importance of connecting academic curriculum to careers, the Mentorship Program is designed to provide students with a formal channel to develop relationships with professionals employed in their field of interest.

Career Services invites you to be a mentor!

As a mentor, you will share your experiences, insights, and advice; highlight the daily activities, challenges, and requirements of your profession; enhance your coaching and leadership skills; and feel satisfaction from helping students, seeing them grow and make progress.

Mentors commit to meeting with their mentees at least once a month during the duration of the academic year. Although a one-year commitment is required, Career Services hopes that mentors will recommit each year.

If you would like to play a role in the success of a student, consider becoming a mentor.  Contact Diane Higginbotham in Career Services for registration.


Kaczmarek attends Chinese Studies colloquium

Steve with class Steve Kaczmarek, front row, second from right, attended a post-graduate colloquium in Hawaii this summer.

Steve Kaczmarek, professor in English, has had a busy summer! In addition to teaching his Columbus State classes and taking doctoral classes through the University of Toledo, he just returned from attending “Infusing Chinese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum,” an intensive post-graduate colloquium held June 27 through August 8 at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

 “It’s empowering to be in a locale where Asian and Asian-American culture and diversity are so celebrated,” Kaczmarek said. “There’s really no other place in the U.S. like it.” 

The program featured lectures by top scholars on such subjects as Chinese art, film, and literature; Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism; and history, economics, and geopolitics of the Pacific Rim.  Participants also toured museums and were encouraged to explore local expressions of Chinese culture.  An unexpected treat was meeting former President Jimmy Carter on the flight to Hawaii. 

Earlier this summer, Kaczmarek trained members of the Ohio Travel Association on media relations, and presented on The Other Wes Moore, the 2015-2016 Columbus State Honors Program common reading, during a workshop for faculty.  And in April, he spoke to students at Linworth Alternative School in Worthington as part of its Letters to Me program.



Thinking about an electric car?

Nissan of North America, Inc. has notified the college that it will offer a $1,000 discount on the Nissan Leaf electric car to Columbus State employees. Electric cars receive a $7,500 federal tax credit as well, plus special incentives of up to $5,000 from Nissan on the Leaf. If you’d like more information about the program, contact Dr. Andrew Rezin, chair of Automotive Technology.



First Wednesday to be held September 2

Circle your calendar for Wednesday, September 2, at 8:15 a.m. for the next First Wednesday meeting in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The event will also be live streamed, as always. 


Parking lots to close for maintenance

Several parking lots will be closed for maintenance during the week of August 17 and August 24.  The closures are as follows:
Monday, August 17 – Lot 4-S and 5-S
Tuesday, August 18 – Lot 7-E
Wednesday, August 19 – Lot 8-S and 9-E
Thursday, August 20 – Lot 22-S, 27-S and Facilities parking lot
Monday and Tuesday, August 24 and 25 – Lot 2-E


Week of Welcome starts August 31!

The Week of Welcome for fall semester will be held Monday, August 31 through Thursday, September 3. Week of Welcome is an informative series of events to help students begin their journey at Columbus State. The events are free and sponsored by various campus departments and clubs. To see a schedule of the week’s activities, go online here!






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