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December 14, 2015


Autumn Commencement to be held Dec. 18

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Graduates of the Summer Semester 2015 and Autumn Semester 2015 classes will be awarded their degrees at the 191st Commencement Ceremony, to be held Friday, December 18, at 10:00 a.m. in the Celeste Center, on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. 

Delivering the commencement address will be Columbus native Wil Haygood, cultural historian and biographer, and author of “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America,” a sweeping epic about the tumultuous, real-life events surrounding the heated appointment of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice, in 1967.

Haygood is a distinguished writer whose career has spanned decades. He worked for 30 years at two of the premiere papers in America—The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. During that time, he witnessed Nelson Mandela’s release after 27 years of imprisonment, was taken hostage by Somalian rebels, covered New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina for 33 straight days without a break, traveled with President Barack Obama and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

He was an associate producer on the film adaptation of his book, “The Butler,” which was sparked from his Washington Post article, and starred Academy Award winners Forest Whittaker, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Robin Williams, Vanessa Redgrave and Jane Fonda, as well as the incomparable Oprah Winfrey.

Haygood was the first of his family to attend college and escape poverty. He went on to become a renowned reporter and the author of several nonfiction books, including biographies hailed as “culturally important” by The Los Angeles Times. He was recently appointed as the Karl and Helen Wiepking Visiting Distinguished Professor at his alma mater Miami University. He’s won a slew of other awards and recognitions, and has been named as an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and was given the prestigious Ella Baker Award, named after the Civil Rights pioneer.

Always willing to give back to his hometown, Wil Haygood has lectured at Columbus State on several occasions, most recently in September. 


CCAD named ninth ‘Preferred Pathway Partner’


The Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) has been named Columbus State’s ninth Preferred Pathway Partner, joining Ohio State, Ohio University, Ohio Wesleyan, Capital, Otterbein, Ohio Dominican, Miami, and Franklin universities in the program.

The Preferred Pathway program aligns Columbus State’s two-year degree options with a university’s bachelor’s degree programs, streamlining the transfer process, guaranteeing acceptance, and maximizing transfer credit to the partner institution. The pathways allow Columbus State students to “pre-major” in a specific bachelor’s degree program, ensuring students of the correct foundation for their four-year degree, saving time, and reducing college debt. 

Founded in 1879, CCAD awards the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and the Master of Fine Arts (MFA). The college offers undergraduate majors in Advertising and Graphic Design, Animation, Cinematic Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Photography. CCAD last week announced the selection of a new president, Melanie Corn, Ed.D., as the new president. Dr. Corn will assume her position as CCAD’s fifth president on March 21, 2016.


Sixth annual leadership conference includes service challenge

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The Columbus State Student Ambassadors gather for a group picture at the 2015 Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio.

Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) successfully hosted the Sixth Annual Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio (CLCO) last month on the Columbus Campus. The conference theme, “Aspire, Lead, Change” featured keynotes by YouTube celebrity Prince Ea, and Kim Brazwell, special assistant to the President for Diversity Initiatives.

Conference attendees included 192 students from 18 colleges around Ohio, who were able to choose from 20 professional workshops to gain new leadership skills.

The Student Ambassador Leadership Program first organized the conference in 2009. This year’s Conference Chairs were Alexis Burgett, Cecelia Glackin-Hunt, and Aayushi Shah.

Each year the conference attendees complete a CLCO Service Challenge. This year, each attending college was challenged to collect donations for Faith Mission, and a portion of the registration fee for each conference participant was also donated to Faith Mission, The Red Cross, Roosevelt Coffee House, and Franklinton Gardens!


Annual Delaware Campus food drive concludes with delivery to county agency

Following a successful and coordinated holiday donation drive, faculty, staff and students at the Columbus State Delaware Campus have again delivered donations in this annual community project benefitting People In Need, Inc. of Delaware County. “More than 1,000 food items have been collected each year and we’ve reached that goal again,” said Dr. Rick Bartlett, organizer and Columbus State professor in Business Management.

A collection station has been set up for several weeks inside the entrance of Moeller Hall on the campus so that anyone in the community could make a donation. The items were boxed up and delivered to People In Need on December 11.


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Students in Roger Sansuchat’s economics class gather around their food donations.

OU and Dublin Center compete in food drive

Ohio University recently challenged the Dublin Regional Learning Center to a food drive to benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Thanks to the participation of staff, faculty and students, like those in Roger Sansuchat’s economics class, the Dublin Center was declared the official winner of this year’s challenge with 347 donated meals. The friendly challenge resulted in a grand total of 647 meals collected for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.




Erney presents national webinar

Tom Erney, Ph.D., dean of Digital Education and Instructional Services, recently joined with three other distance learning experts to present a national webinar on “Distance Learning Administrative Expectations for Academic Advising.” The webinar was offered by the Online Learning Consortium and the National Academic Advising Association. 

Erney recently completed his doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Capella University with his dissertation titled, "The Preparedness of Ohio Community Colleges' Online Distance Learning Programs to Meet Statewide Higher Education Attainment Goals."



Randall appointed to government relations committee

Dr. Regina L. Randall, Registrar, was appointed as Chair of the Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, (OACRAO), Government Relations Committee. Dr. Randall published an article in the November OACRAO Newsletter regarding the work of the committee. You may view the article online here.



Long-time adjunct faculty member to retire

Conrade C. Hinds, adjunct instructor for Architecture and Construction Management, is retiring from teaching after 28 years at Columbus State.  “Hinds is a registered architect, author and influential instructor, whose sense of humor and real-world approach has enlightened and challenged students since 1987,” said Associate Professor Dean Bortz. “He will be greatly missed!”


SBDC director named to mayor-elect’s transition council


Ariana Ulloa-Olavarrieta, District Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State, has been selected as a member of Mayor-elect Andrew Ginther’s Transition Advisory Council. The transition team represents a diverse group of neighborhood, faith-based, labor, civic, public and private sector leaders who will help guide the new administration in the first 100 days.“I appreciate each member of the advisory council volunteering their time and expertise to help inform key staffing and policy decisions,” said Ginther. “Their counsel will help assure a successful transition and help align priorities with the needs of Columbus neighborhoods.”


Reminder: RiSE open forum is Wednesday


Please join Re-Imagining the Student Experience (RiSE) for a special Open Forum titled “A Landscape Review – Options, Offers, and Recruitment Practices in Central Ohio,” with Cathy De Rosa, nonprofit consultant. The forum will be held Wednesday, December 16, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Nestor Hall 218.

The landscape study, conducted under leadership by the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services, explored and mapped the academic offerings, recruitment and marketing practices of more than 25 educational institutions in Central Ohio. This session will provide an executive-level overview of the findings and insights about our increasingly competitive postsecondary educational market.

The event will also be live streamed at where you will be prompted to enter the password cougars.


Retirement reminders

A retirement reception for Dr. Andy Rezin will be held Monday, December 14, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the lower level of Eibling Hall.

A farewell reception for Carol Thomas will be held Thursday, December 17, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Franklin Hall Boardroom. 


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Holiday reminder has been UPDATED

UPDATE: All Columbus State campuses and regional learning centers will close at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, for the holiday break.  The break runs December 25 through January 1, 2016.



Feeling a little ‘poorly’ after the holidays?


Rev up your metabolism and preserve your wallet at the “Broke Man’s Winter Warm-Up Run” to be held Sunday, January 17, at 9:00 a.m. in Genoa Park! The Broke Man’s Winter Warm-Up Run features a 13.1-mile and 7.5-mile run. The Broke Man's Half Marathon is a low-cost, low-frills, but fully supported urban road race around downtown Columbus in the dead of winter. This is a wonderful opportunity to stay active after the holiday break!  You can register here. If you register before December 31, it is only $20! Please contact Columbus State English adjunct Enddy Messick Stevens  for more information.




Food service break schedule

The Union Hall Food Court and Tortillas Street Food truck will be closed throughout the semester break and reopen on January 19. The DX Café will be open during the semester break, but closed during the holiday break, December 25 through January 1. The DX Café will have sandwiches available daily for Grab & Go sale.


Interpreting at the zoo

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Every autumn semester the ASL interpreting students practice their sign language interpreting skills both in the class and in the community.  Students set up tours and invite guest speakers to attend class to sharpen their interpreting skills. Students have interpreted in a variety of settings such as The Columbus Zoo, COSI, and The Thurber House, just to name a few.  They have even tried their "hands" at President Harrison's First Wednesday.  All assignments are considered mock assignments and are under the direction of the instructor.  If you have an event or meeting that you think may benefit interpreting students, please contact Tina Perry. Please note, it is mandatory for a professional interpreter to be hired if the event has deaf participants.



Library presents artwork of Cecilia Roman

The Columbus State Library is pleased to welcome artist Cecilia Roman in her new exhibition, titled “Awe Stricken.” The artist states that, “the exhibition serves as a catalyst to explore the arts and to use its methods to communicate, create and react to our surroundings.”  She is formally trained in the field of audio visual communications.  Her artistic vision has evolved over twenty years to include oil paintings focusing upon abstraction.  The exhibition will be on display in the Library’s first- floor gallery until the end of December.


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