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January 26, 2015


Frank with actressFrank Barnhart, left, and Sylvia Gonzalez show off their Theatre Roundtable Awards at last night’s annual ceremony. Barnhart was also nominated as Best Director for his work on the play “Spring Awakening.”

Theatre Columbus State receives Roundtable Harold Award and Best Actress

In recognition of Theatre Columbus State’s 25th anniversary, The Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable has awarded the prestigious Harold Award to the college. It is the highest honor awarded to Central Ohio theatre organizations and professionals. The presentation was made during the Roundtable annual awards ceremony last night at the Columbus Jewish Center.

The award recognizes lifetime achievement, milestones, and special events that add to the fabric of the Central Ohio theatre community. For Theatre Columbus State, it's recognition of the body of work accomplished and the contribution the Theater Department has made to the area over the last quarter century.

In addition, the college’s Autumn Semester production of “Spring Awakening” received nine nominations for the 2014 Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable Awards. It’s the most nominations Columbus State has ever received for a single production. Recent graduate Sylvia Gonzalez took home the award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Wendla. Students provide a sizable portion of the cast and crew in each production.


Students can make appointments in the Library

Using the Starfish FOCUS system on Blackboard, students can now schedule appointments to meet with a reference librarian for assistance with questions about their research, citing their sources, and library technologies. Students still have the option to walk in for assistance during the Library’s regular hours all week long. However, the appointment system will benefit students who prefer setting a schedule, as well as allow faculty referrals to be completed by librarians through the FOCUS system. For more information, contact Lorena Popelka.


‘How to Get Grant’ session is a guide for anyone with a big idea

Do you have an idea that could use grant funding to implement? Are you wondering how to craft a proposal that clearly identifies a need and offers a measurable solution, or how to work with our Grants Office to reach your goals?

You can get answers to these questions and more by joining a conversation with the Columbus State Grants Office. Come learn how the office can be your partner in grant planning, writing and execution. Mary Vaughn, Grants Office administrator, and Shane Kirby, director, will lead the discussion. Attend at either 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10. Register here.


Rosen with president

Board chairman recognized

President David Harrison and outgoing Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Richard Rosen, are all smiles January 22 as Rosen accepts a plaque acknowledging his tenure as Chair. Rosen will remain on the Board. The trustees elected Michael Flowers, Esq. as chair, and Dianne Radigan as vice chair.


SafeZone 101 training offered Jan. 30

graphic“SafeZone 101” will be offered Friday, January 30, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m., in WD 404. SafeZone 101 is the starting point for learning about the LGBTQ+ community and for developing safe spaces for students and employees at Columbus State who identify as LGBTQ+. The training includes information sharing, reflective exercises, and interactive activities to help participants become more informed and effective allies. If you would like to attend, click here:, and log in to OrgSync to view this event or register.  






Staff Advisory Council Brown Bag Lunch is Wednesday

Attend the first 2015 SAC Brown Bag when Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, will present “Healthy Lifestyle Changes for the New Year 2015.” The session will be held Wednesday, January, 28, at 12:00 p.m. in the DX (Bookstore) first floor lounge.

Bowman-Glover will share opportunities to assist you in your physical activity goals, such as the upcoming American Lung Association “Fight for Air” stair climb, the Columbus State 5K, nutrition and eating with Weight Watchers, and tobacco cessation opportunities. Please join us as we help you in making those New Year lifestyle changes!  


‘Fight for Air’ Stair Climb coming March 7

stair photo

Did you know that 11 people die from asthma or asthma-related complications every day in the United States? The American Lung Association offers a unique fundraising event every year called “Fight for Air,” and your participation will help raise money for lifesaving education, research, and advocacy in the fight against asthma, lung cancer, COPD, and other external threats to breathing such as smoking and air pollution.  The American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb will be held Saturday, March 7, at the Rhodes Tower, where participants will climb 40 floors (880 stairs!) to the top.  Join the Columbus State team and you will have help training for this strenuous event! To join, contact Katina Fitch, team captain, at ext. 5508 or Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989.



Williams moves to new position in February

After nearly 12 years, Ben Williams, Ph.D., coordinator of Special Projects in Admissions, will leave Columbus State to become Director of Special Projects for The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE). In his new role, Williams will manage contracts and grants focused on increasing access, equity, and diversity in Career-Technical STEM Education. He will also continue directing this work in Ohio in partnership with Columbus State and the Ohio Department of Education. Williams thanks all of the staff, administrators and faculty from whom he has learned so much during his tenure at the college. 


Fitness Center offers new hours

The Columbus State Fitness Center is open Monday through Thursday, from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Don’t be worried that you don’t know how to use all of the equipment there. There are certified exercise specialists and personal trainers available to assist you during all hours of operation. Use of the Fitness Center is free for all currently enrolled students as well as all employees—just bring your ID!





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