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February 2, 2015


groundhog photoPunxsutawney Phil does not have as good a record predicting weather as Buckeye Chuck.

Buckeye Chuck says early spring!

Although he disagreed with Punxsutawney Phil this morning, Marion’s “Buckeye Chuck” the groundhog says we will see an early spring this year because he did NOT see his shadow at 7:30 a.m. this morning.  This meteorologically accurate forecast is good news for us.


First Wednesday to be held Feb. 4

The President’s monthly meeting, First Wednesday, will be held February 4, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The Staff Employee of the Month for February will be announced, and we will hear some updates on work underway around the college. The event will be live streamed for those not able to attend in person, at Log in with the password: cougars


Black History Month 2015 events listed

graphicCelebrate Black History Month with Columbus State through reading, movies, and poetry. Events begin tomorrow!

National African American Read-In
The 25th annual Read-In will be held Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall West Lounge. Participants select and read book excerpts, poems, speeches, or other pieces written by African Americans.

Three Film Screenings of “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross”
This six-part documentary series details more than five centuries of African-American history, from the transatlantic slave trade through the election of our first black president. Written and presented by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the series presents an engaging look at the evolution of African-American culture and the triumphs and challenges of black people from the 16th century to today. The films will be screened on three consecutive Wednesdays, starting February 4, at 11:00 a.m. in Franklin Hall 106.

Trip to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday, Feb. 13. Campus will be closed on this date in honor of Presidents’ Day.

The Freedom Center celebrates the heroes who created the secret network through which the enslaved could escape to freedom—the Underground Railroad. The bus trip will leave Columbus State at 8:00 a.m. in front of Nestor Hall, return to Columbus State at approximately 3:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, which covers transportation and admission to the Freedom Center. There are a limited number of seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can sign up by visiting

Black History Month Celebration: Umoja Karamu
Umoja Karamu, meaning “Unity Feast” in Swahili, is an African-American celebration that began in 1971. The event honors and celebrates generations of African-American history, as well as looking to the future, through musical and dance performances and selected readings. Sponsored by Global Diversity and Inclusion on Thursday, February 19, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.

Poets In Black
The annual “Poets in Black” event, co-sponsored by the English and Global Diversity and Inclusion Departments, will be held Tuesday, February 24, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in the Library Multimedia Studio. Columbus State faculty, staff and students are invited to celebrate with an afternoon of poetry and prose of African and African-American writers. If you are interested in reading, please contact Crystal Clark with your contact information and the piece you wish to perform.

Brother’s Keeper Panel
The 7th annual Brother’s Keeper Panel hosted by Global Diversity and Inclusion, will be held Thursday, February 26, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The Brother’s Keeper Panel addresses a wide variety of topics pertaining to people of color in higher education as well as our community, examining the challenges students face and the resulting successes.

This year’s panel theme is “Everyday Superheroes.” Panelists will include: Stefphanie Harper (City of Columbus), Nino Bradley (Otterbein University), Colby Taylor (The Ohio State University), Maritza Nelson (MSN LLC Law Office), Richard Duarte Brown (Art in the House, Transit Arts), Tobias Spears (Bowling Green State University), Stefan Thomas (Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter), Feivel Strauss (The Ohio State University).


Wellness workshop Wednesday focuses on essential oils

Attend a free Wellness Workshop on “The Benefits of Essential Oils,” Wednesday, February 4, at noon in the Bookstore Lounge on the first floor.



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Barnhart to direct “Hair” for Standing Room Only Theatre

Frank Barnhart, instructor in Communication and Theater, will direct the Standing Room Only Theatre Company production of “Hair,” running March 6 through 15 in the Van Fleet Theatre, Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus.

tells the story of Vietnam-era youths who are disenchanted with the status quo. The musical is intended for mature audiences. It features hit songs including Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In and Good Morning Starshine.  There will be show times at 8:00 p.m. nightly as well as several matinees. Ticket information is available at Standing Room Only Theatre Company’s website:


News from CoGo Bikes

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The CoGo Bike program—we have a station here on campus across from the Bookstore—reports that 2014 was a great year for biking in Columbus.  The bikes were used about 45,000 times, and that means people burned 5 million calories and rode four times around the earth!

Organizers want to remind everyone that many memberships are up for renewal this month. Once your renewal date arrives, your account will auto renew to make sure you don't miss a day of riding. You can check your account here to make sure the credit card you have on file is up to date. To opt out of auto renewal, you can choose this option here as well. 





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