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July 13, 2015


$60,000 grant will support former foster children

group photo President Harrison accepts a check from Ohio Reach. From left are William Murray, IV, Ohio Reach; Brooke Grant, Ohio Attorney General’s Office; Briana Hervet, Ohio Board of Regents; Kim Rhyan, SEaL; and President Harrison.

Columbus State is the recipient of a $60,000 grant to help former foster children who are attending college here. The grant was made possible by Public Children Services Association of Ohio, Ohio Reach and the Ohio Attorney General’s office. 

The three-year grant will help improve retention and graduation rates for youth who have “aged out” of Ohio’s foster care system. These students often lack the safety net of family support, which can lead to struggles in completing a post-secondary education.

Columbus State currently has more than 600 students interested in attending the college who identify as former foster youth. The grant will help fund a three-day pre-college workshop for them prior to their college enrollment this autumn. Additional support, such as monthly meetings, mentoring, scholarships and student engagement activities, will be available during their college careers.

The $60,000 grant builds upon an internal grant of $5,000 from the Student Success Innovation Fund. That grant was given to a group that calls themselves the SPARK team, who support foster youth to prepare, achieve, realize and keep their educational goals within reach. 

That team has been developing plans to help current and former foster youth improve their academic success, retention, and completion rates. Members of the team include Regina Harper, Brett Welsh, Sarah Baker, Vena Hill, Chaka Wilson, Stacie Odhner-Sibley, Misty Mahefkey, Carla Burnett and Kimberly Rhyan.

This summer, employees will have the opportunity to learn more about the project at information sessions offered Friday, July 24, at 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 29, at 9:00 a.m. in the Library Multimedia Studio. To learn more about the program online  please visit


posterTheatre Columbus State presents “Almost, Maine” July 15 - 18

Set in the town of Almost, Maine, residents on a cold, clear Friday night find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Written by John Cariani and directed by Columbus State’s Frank Barnhart, the stage production features a series of vignettes with 19 characters. Watch a video trailer online here!


Gospel Vocal Ensemble to perform July 30

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble, directed by Emma Easton, will perform at the Columbus State Bookstore on Thursday, July 30 at 5:00 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public. The performance coincides with the release of the Gospel Ensemble’s latest recording “Amazing Strength,” a compilation of their favorite hymns and spirituals.


Open forum offered on recruitment and outreach

logoJoin Gina Hiser, director of Recruitment and Outreach, at an Open Forum to learn about the exciting changes occurring in recruitment and outreach at Columbus State. 

At the forum, Hiser will introduce the new faces on the Admissions team, review the role of the “college coach,” share positive results from the new telecounseling program, and provide an overview of the team plans for the upcoming year. 

The forum will be held on Wednesday, July 15, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Franklin Hall 110. All employees are invited to attend.




Financial Aid adds video to web

The Financial Aid Office has begun a new service called Financial Aid TV which provides 238 videos and counseling options to help students better understand the financial aid process. 

The goal is to improve customer service while providing consistent messages about the federal financial aid process. The videos are a great resource for students that have specific questions about their financial aid or are unable to attend a FAFSA workshop.

The videos are embedded throughout the Financial Aid website and are also accessible on Cougarweb and through mobile devices. You can visit the FATV site  online here.


Internship program wins recognition

Columbus State’s Internship Program has been selected as the 2015 Best of Columbus Awards for Education, from the Columbus Award Program. It is an annual program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Columbus area. “Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value,” according to the program website. For details and more information go online here:
2015 Best of Columbus Awards - Education




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Important payroll dates coming up

Columbus State fulltime employees with certain benefits will see some changes in their paychecks over the next two pay dates. Please be advised of the following pay dates and adjustments:

  • July 15 - Adjustments for medical insurance premiums paid one month in advance.  
  • July 31 - New semi-monthly medical insurance premiums will be deducted.

Information regarding the new benefit costs are available by accessing:  For more information, please contact Monessa Bradford, Benefit Specialist at ext. 2107.

CDC shares wellness tidbits

Get motivated to be more physically active this summer by following some of these tips from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):


Columbus State welcomes the following promotions and new hires:

June 1 - Jeff Akers, Director of Regional Learning Centers
June 15 - Erica Gladue, Specialist in the Center for Workforce Development
July 1 -Nate Faubel-Ravely, Specialist in the Legal Department
July 1 - Ethan Kaufman, Material Handler II in Business and Campus Services
July 1 - Nakisha Stewart, Office Associate in Human Resources
July 1 - Kimberly Brazwell, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity Initiatives
July 1 - Lisa Farina, Director in Marketing and Communications
July 8 - Thomas Capps, Office associate in Admissions


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