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December 21, 2015


Reminder:  All Columbus State campuses will close at noon on Thursday, December 24, for the Holiday Break, which runs through January 1, 2016.  College offices will reopen on Monday, January 4. 


Graduation a ‘family affair’

on stage grad with grandma

In his commencement remarks December 18, President Harrison noted that the theme of the day was “family,” because so many graduates had special family stories to share—even guest speaker Wil Haygood, whose twin sister Wonder Haygood graduated with a degree in Social Services on Friday! You can see some highlights of the Autumn Semester 2015 Commencement in this video.


Happy Holidays from Honda!

with donated car

President Harrison met with representatives of Performance Auto Group/Honda Marysville December 16, to thank them for the donation of a 2013 Honda CRZ. Honda Marysville will replace the vehicle annually so that students will always have a current vehicle to work on in the lab. At the donation event, are, from left: Danny Foor, Instructor and TechLINK Program Coordinator; Jeff Pister, GM Honda Marysville; President Harrison; Randy Robison, Honda Marysville Service Manager; and Andy Rezin, Chair, Automotive and Applied Technologies.


Reminder: No First Wednesday meeting scheduled for January

President Harrison’s monthly campus meeting, First Wednesday, will not be held in January due to the semester break schedule.  First Wednesdays will resume in February!


 Celebrating at Dublin RLC

Dublin Center staff

Celebrating the first year of partnership at the Dublin Integrated Learning Center are, from left: Cynthia Freeman, Melody Lynch, Paul Becerra, and Dr.Averell Overby, Ohio University, and Rachael Sanders and Teresa Lister, Dublin Regional Learning Center.


Columbus State named Top School for military education


Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) has awarded Columbus State the designation of a Top School in its 2016 MAE&T Guide to Colleges and Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. The guide is available online at

Now in its ninth year of publishing the guide, MAE&T was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support, on-campus support and online support services.


Guide to Windows accessibility helps educators

Microsoft has created an Educator’s Guide to Windows 10 Accessibility to “empower all people and all organizations to achieve more.” The accessibility guide can help to make computers easier to use for everyone – giving educators the opportunity to provide personalized learning and students an improved experience and equal opportunity in the classroom. The guide contains classroom considerations, desired learning outcomes, technology solutions, software features, and steps to help improve overall learning and literacy in addition to assets to help those with temporary or permanent vision loss, hearing, speech and mobility impairments.


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