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December 3, 2015


Columbus State graduate subject of new documentary

Curtis Duffy spent his teenage years in Johnstown and later graduated from the Hospitality Management program at Columbus State. While still in high school, unimaginable tragedy struck his family. Still, he persevered and eventually moved to Chicago where he now has one of the top restaurants in the city.

getting ready Curtis Duffy arrives at 7 a.m. on opening day of his Chicago restaurant “Grace,” for what will be a 20-hour workday.

A reporter for the Chicago Tribune wrote an in-depth story on Duffy which has now been made into a documentary film about his life, career and success. It’s being shown with limited screenings at film festivals and in individual cities across the nation. The first screening in Columbus at Easton has sold out, but a second screening has been added on Tuesday afternoon, December 15. You can see the trailer and purchase tickets here.(Tickets must be purchased by  Monday, December 7, and they can only be purchased online at the link. Tickets will not be sold at the door.)

Duffy is scheduled to be at the screenings, as will the filmmaker, Kevin Pang. Don’t miss this inspirational story of one of our alumnus’ success!


RiSE forum offered Dec. 4

logoMembers of the Re-imagining the Student Experience (RiSE) coordinating body will share information on work currently being done across campus and projects scheduled for the coming months. The priorities and projects presented by the team will include enhancements to our current systems as well as streamlined student processes.  As the college moves closer to the opening of our One Stop Center in February 2016, much of the ongoing work to be discussed will showcase how these improvements will increase our students’ ability to access important information in a 24/7 environment.

The forum will be held on Friday, December 4, from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. in Franklin Hall Room 104. Email for more information or visit the RiSE website.


Student landscape club has holiday poinsettias on sale now!

flower A Jingle Bells poinsettia.

The Columbus State Landscape Association (CSLA) is working to raise funds for their annual student trip to the National Collegiate Landscape Competition, which will be held at Mississippi State University in March.  At this 40th anniversary of the competition, more than 60 two- and four-year colleges will compete in horticultural and landscaping categories.  Proceeds from fundraisers throughout the year help Columbus State field their team at the competition. 

You can buy the beautiful poinsettias from Dill’s Nursery by emailing or calling CSLA chairperson Jeff Schmittauer at (614) 980-5034. Varieties include red, white, pink, burgundy, marbled, Da Vinci, Jingle Bells, and Winter Rose. Sizes range from a five-inch pot with five blooms for $7.50, to a 14-inch pot containing eight plants and 40 blooms for $46. The plants come from Dill’s Nursery, and are healthy and beautiful. Plants will be available for pick up on December 9-11. 


Free photography lecture offered Friday


Internationally popular New York photographer, author and lecturer, Jack Reznicki will offer a free photography seminar on Friday, December 4, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD. In this program, Reznicki will discuss light, how to see it, and how to handle it for better, more dramatic images. Also discussed will be composition and how to use these concepts in photos to improve any type of photography. There will be a Q&A at the end when he will answer both technical questions and discuss one of his favorite topics, copyright and legal issues in photography.

This seminar is free to attend. Seating is limited to 150 so RSVP online here. This event is open to all students and employees.


Concert Band to perform holiday music Dec. 8

The Columbus State Concert Band will present a concert of Holiday Music on Tuesday, December 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the TL 123 music room. The program will include “The March of the Toys,” “Chanukah Song,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and the premiere performance of “The Peace to Come” by John Kosch.  The featured work will be “The Night Before Christmas” narrated by actor James Smith. The concert will conclude with “Minor Alterations,” a work in which composer David Lovrein twists your favorite holiday melodies into something new and inventive by transposing the tunes from major to minor keys. It is not to be missed! For more information contact Band Director Thomas Lloyd.


Service learning committee requests donations for refugees Dec. 9, 10

The Service-Learning Division Committee invites you to support refugee families by donating commonly requested basic goods. Stop by the committee’s table in the Nestor Hall lobby area on Wednesday, December 9, or Thursday, December 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to learn more about refugees and to make your donation. You can also find out more information about the Service-Learning program on campus, and learn about upcoming Service-Learning courses.

All donations will be sent directly to Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) to be used in the creation of welcome kits. New and gently used items are welcome. Items needed for the welcome kits include kitchen items, bathroom items, bedroom and miscellaneous items such as paper towels, mixing bowls, toothbrushes, shampoo, sheet sets, lightbulbs, and similar items. For more information about CRIS, visit



First Lego Tournament needs more volunteers

Columbus State will once again host the Regional First Lego League Tournament for middle-school children on Saturday, December 12, in the Center for Workforce Development. The event is still in need a few volunteers! This year’s theme is “Trash Trek,” and it should be very fun and interesting to see the solutions to this challenge from the teams. Please become part of the team that makes this event happen!  For further information, or to sign up to be a volunteer, please contact Chuck Kassor at ext. 7108.



Columbus State music students offer tickets to holiday concert

The Columbus State Business of Music students—known as “Dancin’ Plants”—have been extremely busy this term collaborating with the Central Ohio Symphony on their upcoming festive holiday concerts.

On Sunday, December 13, the Symphony, under the direction of Conductor Jaime Morales-Matos, will bring joyous holiday music to Gray Chapel on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus, 61 S Sandusky St., in Delaware. Because the Business of Music students have a passion for both music and sustainability, the Central Ohio Symphony will donate a portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold by Dancin’ Plants to sustainability efforts within the community. 

Columbus State students and employees can enjoy this holiday concert at a substantial savings! Tickets are only $6 for Columbus State; the regular price is $25. You can purchase discount tickets from Dancin’ Plants on Friday, December 4, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the lobby of Nestor Hall Auditorium. The members of Dancin’ Plants hope to not only increase awareness for sustainability but also raise money for such an important cause, so join them at this wonderful holiday concert!


Reminder: Chorus concert at Museum of Art is Dec. 6!

Don’t miss the annual Chorus Columbus State Holiday Concert to be held Sunday, December 6, at 3:00 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art.  The concert is free and open to the public.


Interpreting students to assist with ‘Holiday Hoopla’

women performing

The “Santa Babies” perform at Shadowbox Cabaret’s annual Holiday Hoopla.

Columbus State Interpreting Education students will provide interpreting services for guests at the Shadowbox Cabaret’s annual “Holiday Hoopla” shows. The shows are the culmination of a semester-long internship at Shadowbox for the students. Employees can receive discounted tickets using the codeCSCC10ASLonline at or mentioned when making reservations by phone at (614)416-7625. The discount is valid for the December 9 and 16 shows at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required and subject to availability.







PONO Learning Community seeks new members for spring

logoThe PONO Diversity Learning Community is a space for students and employees at Columbus State to build community and participate in open dialogue about diversity-related topics during the course of a semester. There are two opportunities to join a PONO cohort each school year: autumn and spring. PONO sessions are typically held on Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

If you are interested in participating in the PONO Diversity Learning Community, please go online to The Columbus State Hub to fill out the electronic application online now.



Learn how to stay fit and healthy through the holidays

Attend a free workshop where you can learn all of the best practices for staying active and developing healthy eating habits during some of the busiest weeks of the year—the holidays!  Laying out goals and strategies, and looking at nutrient-dense recipes will help you maintain physical and mental wellness. The workshop will be held Monday, December 7, at 12:00 p.m. in the Bookstore first-floor lounge; and on Tuesday, December 8, at 12:00 p.m. in the Delaware Campus in Moeller Hall lounge. 




December issue of Wellness Online available from UHC

In the December issue of United Healthcare’s newsletter Wellness Online, you can find articles about reducing headaches during the holidays, holiday food safety tips, and more.

Two employee workshops offered

A workshop titled “Facilitating Classroom Cooperative Base Groups,” will be offered Friday, December 11, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Do you want your students to monitor their own learning and study habits with the support of their classmates?  Would you like to create a stronger sense of community within your classroom? Then you might want to try creating base groups in your classes. In this workshop you will learn what base groups are, how and when to create them, how to use them and what your responsibilities are to these groups.  Register

The workshop “Understanding Microaggressions In Daily Life: Identification, Interpretation, and Active Change,” will be heldFriday, January 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Microaggressions are brief and common verbal, behavioral and environmental indignities that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults to a target person or group. They contribute to a significant number of negative physical, cognitive, and socioemotional outcomes for individuals in non-majority groups. Learn to identify microaggressions that occur in society our college and classrooms. Register

Hostmanship workshop offered Monday

Hostmanship in the art of making people feel welcome. Good hostmanship means understanding the art of serving and realizing how much it enriches our lives.  Please join us on Monday, December 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for “Introduction to Hostmanship: Customer Service and Leadership Reframed: The Art of Serving Others.”  Register 

For more information, contact Barbara Allen, Professional Development and Retention, at ext. 5297. 



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