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February 26, 2015


Tobacco Free Columbus State website offers FAQs, resources


To support the health and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff, the College has adopted a tobacco free policy which prohibits the use of all tobacco-related products on College property.

The effective date for the Tobacco Free Policy is July 1, 2015.

The Policy expresses Columbus State’s commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle and workplace environment, and to supporting administrators, faculty, staff and students in their efforts to reduce or discontinue the use of tobacco products. The primary emphasis of this approach is to focus on the elimination of tobacco use on all College property with cessation left as a choice for the individual.

In anticipation of the policy taking effect in July, the Tobacco Free College Committee has developed a website that offers answers to frequently asked questions, an implementation toolkit, and a list of cessation resources available to all.  Additional resources will be added to the site as they become available.

You can view the Tobacco Free Columbus State website online here!


Volunteers needed for Central District Science Day March 21

student at fair

Columbus State will again host the Ohio Academy of Sciences Central District Science Day on Saturday, March 21 , when approximately 500 students from local area middle and high schools will present their science projects in hopes of advancing to the state competition in May.

Volunteers are needed to judge these projects and to assist in the smooth operation of the activities. If you have never judged before, don’t worry. An orientation session will assist you. All judging is done in pairs and any inexperienced judge will be paired with an experienced judge.

Additional volunteers are needed to assure smooth operations during the event, such as helping students find their display sites, assisting with registration, tallying scores, collecting score cards, and acting as hall monitors to maintain order and security.There is a volunteer job for every person regardless of science training.

If you would like more information about this event or to volunteer, please contact John Blaha at ext. 5930.


Nominate Students to be orientation leaders on the ‘Cougar Crew’

Columbus State’s Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration (formerly Advising Services) is recruiting students to become members of the “Cougar Crew,” serving as guides and leaders during orientation for new students.This paid position requires a great deal of dedication and hard work. Students will be expected to learn the most important aspects of the college and of orientation to best facilitate positive interactions between first-year students and their families. As representatives of Columbus State, Cougar Crew members will be expected to fulfill varying and diverse roles throughout training and other events.

Employees are invited to take a few moments to nominate students who you feel would be a positive addition to the team.The Center for Advising, Support and Exploration is looking for both experienced and emerging leaders in order to create a well-rounded student leadership team.  Submit your nomination(s) online, or contact Molly Ward, assistant director of Orientation, for more information.


Woodwind and Jazz Ensembles to perform

The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will perform their Winter Concert on Wednesday, March 4, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  The program will feature Saint-Seans "The Carnival of the Animals" arranged by Thomas Lloyd for woodwinds and two pianos.  Faculty member Rose Zuber is one of the piano soloists. Humanities Chair Doug Montanaro will narrate. The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Rick Brunetto, will play six selections in the second half of the concert. Contact Thomas Lloyd for more information.


Students at Columbus and Delaware campuses ‘Pay It Forward’

During the current semester, two experienced service-learning teachers are busy placing their students into special volunteer assignments designed to teach them about “paying it forward.”

Professor Nancy Pine, English, and Professor Traci Haynes, Psychology, have placed their students with carefully chosen community partners to perform service activities that are mutually beneficial.  Students in the Pay it Forward classes engage in student philanthropy, learning about community needs and the efforts of local organizations to meet those needs. Students request and evaluate proposals from several organizations, then determine how to award grant money through a competitive review process. This work teaches them the important role philanthropy and service play in sustaining and improving the local community. The students also apply their knowledge and skills from their academic coursework to serve the community, and to become more engaged citizens. The pilot project was funded by the Student Success and Innovation Fund.


Film screening, discussion kicks off Women’s History Month

Join the Women’s “Her-Story” Committee for a special screening of the film “Miss Representation” on Wednesday, March 4, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio. This Sundance Film Festival favorite challenges the media’s limited depictions of women, and teaches us the importance of equity and empowerment


Orchestra to perform DiPietro’s cello symphony March 15

Rocco playingRocco Di Pietro at a recent performance with his music students.

Olev Viro, conductor of the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra, and Luis Biava, principal cellist of the Columbus Symphony, will perform the third movement of Humanities instructor Rocco Di Pietro’s five-movement cello symphony. The performance, Sunday, March 15, at 3:00 p.m., at Hilliard Presbyterian Church, is sponsored by The Johnstone Fund for New Music and the Puffin Foundation-West. This third movement is titled "Prayer" for cello with aura, chorus and orchestra. The concerts are free and open to the public. 



Weight Watchers starts March 3

Spring is around the corner! Maybe you have been considering shedding some of those extra pounds before summer and you need some help. The Weight Watchers at Work program is starting a new 12-week session on Tuesday, March 10, at noon in WD 241. Stop in to get more information and sign up! Our Weight Watchers at work program offers many advantages over joining a normal Weight Watchers group.

The meetings are held conveniently at lunchtime so they do not interfere with your busy schedule. The cost of $156 for the 12-week program can be deducted from your paycheck in six installments of $26. Weight Watchers offers free e-tools. The smartphone app allows you to track your progress throughout the program

And the best thing is that if you attend 10 of the 12 meetings, you will be reimbursed half of the cost following the completion of the program! This program has helped two of our employees lose close to 120 pounds in the past 11 months. For more information contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at ext. 3989.

Tobacco cessation program free to employees

The Columbus State Wellness Initiative is pleased to announce a free Tobacco Cessation program open to all full-time and part-time employees.

Effective March 1, the Columbus State QuitLine Program includes up to five scheduled coaching calls offering personalized support from experienced coaches who help support you through the quitting process. Also included is the option to receive nicotine replacement therapy including patches, gum or lozenges.

Printed educational materials are available for smokers, smokeless tobacco users,and other specialized audiences.The QuitLine Program is available from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday by calling 1(800)784-8669 and indicating that you are a Columbus State employee. For additional information contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator at ext. 3989.



woman exercising

‘Strengthening your Core’ workshop offered March 4

Columbus State’s College Recreation and Wellness Department will offer a free wellness workshop called “Strengthening your Core” on Wednesday, March 4, at noon in the Bookstore Lounge.

In this workshop instructors will explore the best ways to train your core for a strong total body tailored to all fitness levels.This will be an active workshop, but you will be able to perform the movements in any clothing and do not have to wear workout gear.


News from the Discovery District
new museum wing The Columbus Museum of Art has announced that the public opening of its new 50,000-square-foot wing will be Sunday, October 25, at 10:00 am. The event will mark the completion of the third and final phase of the Museum’s Art Matters campaign.

The $37.6 million project encompasses major renovations to the Ross Wing and lobby area the Museum added in 1974 and the construction of a new wing. These changes will result in a unique meeting and special event complex, as well as, new Gallery spaces to showcase the Museum’s permanent collection and expanded space for high-profile traveling exhibitions.

The Main Library is also renovating to bring in updated technology, a larger children’s area, an outdoor reading area and more. They are staying open during construction, but a lot is changing. Most library services have moved into the historic Carnegie portion of the library. Full services at Main Library will be back and better than ever once the transformation is complete in August 2016.

Don’t miss these upcoming March events at Kelton House: The Second Sundays Trail of Hope on Sunday, March 8, and a St. Patrick’s Day Victorian Tea on Wednesday, March 11, at 12:30 p.m. For more information about both or to reserve a spot, visit their page.

Hear more about Joseph Kanon’s latest novel Leaving Berlin, have dinner with Kanon, and have your book signed at Thurber House’s “Evening with Authors” on Thursday, March 12. For more information, visit their page.



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