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December 17, 2015


Special note: January First Wednesday canceled

Due to the holiday closing and semester schedule, there will be no First Wednesday meeting in January. First Wednesdays will resume in February 2016.


Columbus State, Graduation Alliance to create diploma program


Columbus State has received a $250,000 planning grant from the Ohio Department of Education to help adults living in Franklin County earn a high school diploma and receive free job training for in-demand careers.

The college has partnered with Graduation Alliance, the nation’s leading expert in adult dropout recovery programs, to develop the program.

Columbus State was one of three Ohio community colleges to receive Adult Diploma Planning Grants from the state for the 2016 fiscal year. The grants support the development of programs that enable adults to earn a high school diploma based on competency rather than credit hours, while earning an industry certification at the same time. The programs must include career advising and outreach as well as core instruction.

“We’re excited about the possibilities this will create for adults living in Franklin County,” said President David Harrison. “The opportunity to earn a high school diploma and develop key industry skills and credentials will put many Central Ohioans on the path to a high-demand career with great earning potential.”

You can read the entire article, published in the December 10 issue of eCampus News, online here.


Thurgood Marshall lecture series to kick off after holidays


Thurgood Marshall, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall exhibit and film series currently featured in the Library, several faculty members will offer lectures on topics in history, race relations and some of the issues Marshall faced during his celebrated court cases.

First up, on Monday, January 25, will be Professor Marilyn Howard presenting “What is Race?” On Monday, February 1, Social Sciences faculty Adam Moskowitz and Irene Petten will present “Racial Bias in the Criminal Justice System.”  On Monday, February 8, Jennifer Nardone will lecture on “The Southern Reaction to Brown v. Board of Education (1954), and on Monday, February 15, Eric Neubauer, professor in Social Sciences, will speak on “Segregated Housing in the North.”  The final lecture on Monday, February 29, will be presented by Professor Bob Fitrakis, who will speak about “The Assault on Voting Rights in America.”  All lectures will be held at 12:00 p.m. in the Multimedia Room on the Library’s first floor.

The Library’s Film Series also continues after the holidays and will run through January 26, featuring documentaries and movies such as “Separate and Unequal/Middle School Movement” (2014), and “Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP” (2014).


Columbus State joins consortium for minority men

Columbus State has joined the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) National Consortium on College Men of Color. Participation in the M2C3 Consortium will enhance the college’s commitment to improving the success of historically underrepresented and underserved students, including men of color.

Despite programs designed to enhance outcomes for men of color, in the United States only 17 percent and 15 percent of Black and Latino men respectively, earn a certificate, degree, or transfer from a community college to a four-year institution in six years. Figures for men from other ethnic groups such as Native American and Southeast Asians, also indicate need for improvement.

Columbus State ‘s engagement in M2C3 will enhance professional development for faculty and staff, enable informed interventions for our current programs serving men of color, and inspire new initiatives addressing challenges facing these men.

“Joining the Minority Male Community College Collaborative is a deliberative step in making sure we remain invested in the success of minority males on our campuses and regional learning centers,” said Brett Welsh, Director of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center.


Fitness Center open during winter break

The Fitness Center will be open during the break from December 21 through 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and December 24, 8:00 a.m. to noon. It will be closed during the Holiday Closing, December 25 through January 1. The Fitness Center will reopen Monday, January 4 through Friday, January 15, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



Paper paychecks available Dec. 24

Due to the college closing at noon on December 24, employees who receive paper paychecks should pick them up before 11:00 a.m. Any checks not picked up will be mailed to the employee’s address on file.

Grove Street and Jefferson Avenue to be upgraded

One of the main routes through the Columbus Campus is about to get a much-needed makeover. Grove Street, which becomes Jefferson Avenue at the turn in the road in the back of the campus, is next on the list for exterior improvements.

Mark Dudgeon, Grounds Supervisor, says, “Surveying and testing crews will be working along Jefferson and Grove over the next few weeks preparing for next summer’s resurfacing and concrete improvement project.  Please be mindful and aware of their presence.”

The work will include sidewalk improvements along the route. Since that part of the project could include temporary lane closures, the major repaving and repairs are scheduled to begin after Spring Semester and end before Autumn Semester.

with donations

Beth Bates and Jennifer Hart box up their department’s donations for an adopted family at the Salvation Army.

BAS Departments adopt a family

Employees in Business and Campus Services, Budget and Financial Accounting, and several other individuals around campus contributed to make the holidays special for a single father and his two kids this year.  For the last five years, the group has adopted a family from the Salvation Army, and each year the response is overwhelming. The requests are always simple—from board games to dolls to basic kitchenware—and this year, the departments have gone over and above in the collection, fulfilling everything on each wish list as well as boxes of groceries and more than $300 in gift cards. The donations were delivered December 14 to the Salvation Army collection center.


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