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January 5, 2015


First Wednesday to be held Jan. 14

Due to the January 12 start of Spring Semester, First Wednesday will be held on Wednesday, January 14, beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  As always, those not able to attend in person may watch the live stream here: by logging in with the password: cougars



MLK events begin January 12

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. Americans from all walks of life work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. Columbus State has planned a week of programs focused on education, action, and reflection. Columbus State is closed on Monday, January 19, in observation of Martin Luther King Day.

The theme of this year’s program is: “Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Addressing the Fierce Urgency of Now.” The activities are hosted by Global Diversity and Inclusion, Student Engagement and Leadership, Service Learning OAA Committee, Honors Program, Student Conduct, Title IX, Cougars for the Community, and the African Descendants Union.


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Serve Your Community and Take Action
Monday – Wednesday
January 12 – 14
, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Nestor Hall atrium
Hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership

A small act of gratitude, kindness, or forgiveness can take less than two minutes and goes a long way. Stop by and "Serve on the Go"—you'll be glad you did! Please recycle and drop off plastic grocery bags to create mats for the homeless.




MLK Annual Celebration, featuring Rev. Al Sharpton
Thursday, January 15, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
The Lincoln Theatre
Hosted by Global Diversity and Inclusion

The annual Columbus State Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration honors the memory and life of Dr. King and features an array of musical guests and speakers.


“Selma” Film Screening and Discussion
Friday, January 16, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Gateway Theater, South Campus Gateway, 1550 N High St.
Transportation will be provided at 12:30 p.m. - meet in front of Nestor Hall, facing Mt. Vernon Avenue 

This film expresses the story of Martin Luther King, Lyndon Baines Johnson and the civil rights marches that changed America. Following the film, there will be a 20-minute question and answer session. Seating is limited. RSVP in OrgSync by January 16. A $3 suggested donation will benefit the Boys and Girls Club, Milo-Grogan.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 19, 12:00 p.m. - 5:15 pm. (Campus Closed)
King Arts Complex 
Hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership, Cougars for the Community and African Descendants Union

Students will be volunteering during the Annual MLK Open House at the King Arts Complex. This free community event is an excellent opportunity for children, families and friends to enjoy musical and live theater performances, watch films and videos, learn about the civil rights movement, participate in hands-on studio art activities, view art exhibitions and meet new friends. Columbus State students will volunteer in 1-2 hour blocks and lead activities with families, including making signs for the march; handing out materials, provide directions during the march and/or other responsibilities.

Martin Luther King Day March and Program
Monday, January 19,
3:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. (Campus Closed)
King Arts Complex and The Lincoln Theatre
Hosted by the City of Columbus and Community Relations Commission

The celebration will kick off with the annual Martin Luther King Day March which will begin from The King Arts Complex at 3:45 p.m. Participants of the march are encouraged to wear warm clothing and bring banners representative of their school, organization or city department. Everyone is then encouraged to attend the free Martin Luther King Jr. Day program at Lincoln Theatre from 5:15-6:15 p.m.

MLK Global Café: Addressing the Fierce Urgency of Now
Wednesday, January 21
, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Nestor Hall, West Lounge

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was on Monday, January 19, but what about the "Urgency of Now?" The Global Café will inform students about becoming engaged citizens through freedom of speech and by learning the steps to promote social justice on campus and in the community.


Cornerstone applicant tracking system now live

Columbus State’s new applicant tracking system, “Cornerstone,” is now live at This is the site for external applicants only. Internal applicants (Columbus State employees) do not use the external site because "internal only" jobs are not posted there. Instead, internal candidates should use their personal career site, which can be found by logging into  To assist our employees with the new process of applying for jobs within Columbus State, we have developed a brief instructional guide which can be accessed by clicking on Cornerstone Quick Guide – Internal Applicant.

Please feel free to contact your assigned business partner or recruiting specialist with questions or concerns.  If you have not received the one-page contact list for your unit's Employment Services team, please let Human Resources know. Thank you in advance for your efforts and patience as we all learn this new system together!


NISOD conference seeks presentation proposals

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is currently accepting proposals to present breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, and poster sessions at the 2015 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin, Texas, May 23-26. The conference is an opportunity to showcase our many programs and initiatives for student success and to network with others doing similar work in and out of the classroom. President Harrison has been invited to speak during the program for college administrators.

The submission deadline is January 9, 2015. Presenters receive a discount on conference registration. Learn more about the conference and submitting proposals at


Save the Date for 10th anniversary conference

The 10th annual PREVAIL-RESPECT “Tell It Like It Is” conference will present “Working While Black III: Developmental, Demanding and Defining,” Friday, March 20, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Hale Black Cultural Center, on The Ohio State University campus. The conference will address the topic of work using historical, present, and future trends as well as life experiences with critical and hopeful perspectives. All are welcome.

As the conference continues on Saturday, March 21, keynote presentations will be given by Khari Enaharo, radio and television talk show host, and Renee Hill, dean of Student Life at Columbus State Conference Center ballroom, fourth floor WD.

The event is a collaboration between PREVAIL-RESPECT, Academy of Urban Scholars, and Columbus State with sponsorship from The Ohio State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion as well as a host of community organizations and volunteers.

For registration or more information, visit, email, or call (614)984-5820.


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