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June 1, 2015

Institutional Review Board welcomes new chair

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Dr. David Tom has been named the new chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). He succeeds Dr. Amy Hart, professor of Sport and Exercise Studies. Dr. Hart served as chairman for two years and will remain on the committee.

Dr. Tom, associate professor in Psychology, was first appointed to the IRB in 2010. He has been a strong advocate for campus research during that time. In addition to his IRB and teaching duties, Dr. Tom is the Faculty Fellow for Accreditation. He coordinated the latest Community College Survey of Student Engagement.

The IRB monitors human subject research on campus and last year approved close to fifty protocols.





Join Columbus State at the Pride Parade June 20

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Join the department of Global Diversity and Inclusion and march in the 2015 Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade on Saturday, June 20.  Jim Obergefell, who is at the forefront of the fight for national marriage equality, will be the Grand Marshal this year.

The parade will get underway at 9:00 a.m. June 20, at the corner of South Front St. and West Broad St.

The theme for this year’s Pride celebration is “Be the Change.” Stonewall Columbus will also honor members of our local LGBTQ community who have made a difference in the lives of others by being the change they would like to see in the world.

R.S.V.P to Sarah Baker if you wish to join the march. Complete details will be sent to all confirmed participants.



Program to help students place higher in math

Several sessions will be available this summer to help students advance their mathematics placement by one or more courses.  Using the ALEKS PPL software with guidance and support from faculty, 100 eligible participants will have the chance to re-test before beginning their mathematics sequence at Columbus State. The program will give students an opportunity to re-assess their mathematics skills after taking the COMPASS Placement Test. They will have time and support to remediate and improve their mathematics skills, and get another opportunity to re-test in order to try to improve their initial mathematics placement.  

If you know of any interested students, tell them to sign up for a session by contacting T. J. Duda or calling ext. 5309.  


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June Art Exhibit features William Hemming

 William Hemming, a painter and graphic artist, is the Library’s featured artist for June. Hemming was trained at Columbus College of Art and Design and The Ohio State University. His paintings are considered abstract-style landscapes, though he is more comfortable painting impressions of characters from books, films, and history.

He states that all of his artworks are simple themes with some invention, which he describes as “serio-comic.” Exaggerating people is a favorite as he likes to make faces look “expressive and real.” There is a sense of humor in all of his portraits. 

This exhibit will be up in the Library’s Main Gallery on the second floor throughout the month of June.




Diversity Blood Drive is June 16

A special “Diversity Blood Drive” is being hosted by the American Red Cross on Tuesday, June 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Lounge. The focus of this particular drive is recruiting more donors from ethnic minority groups, though all donations are greatly appreciated. 

According to the American Red Cross, “Every blood donation is important and maintaining a diverse blood supply is a priority to the American Red Cross.  African-American, Asian-American and Latin-American blood donors may have the unique ability to help patients with special needs. For example, sickle cell disease affects more than 70,000 people in the United States, most of them African American. Many of these patients need blood transfusions every few weeks to help manage the disease.  Transfusions from blood donors of the same ethnic background can help these patients avoid complications.  Blood types A and B are often in high demand and are the first to run out during a shortage. These blood types can be found in a high percentage of African-American, Asian-American and Latin-American populations.”

Please contact Brett Welsh if you are interested in donating blood or volunteering. We can find a time slot that works with your schedule. 


First Wednesday is June 3

The President’s meeting First Wednesday will be held Wednesday, June 3, beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. As always, a live stream will be available online here: and the password is cougars.

Tobacco Free College information session offered June 12

As the college draws closer to the effective date of the Tobacco Free College Policy on July 1, important information and resources will be shared at an Information Session on Friday, June 12, at 2:00 p.m. in WD 404.

‘The Power of Partnering’ to be held June 12

Are you interested in opportunities to engage students with “real-world” experiences that benefit Delaware County?  Then please register and attend the “The Power of Partnering” on Friday, June 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Moeller Hall Rooms 111 and 112 on the Delaware Campus, sponsored by the faculty OAA Service-Learning Committee.  Registration is required. Register online here:

Promotion and Tenure Portfolio Workshops offered

Tenure-track faculty who are submitting or reviewing Promotion and Tenure Portfolios in the coming year, should plan to attend one of the following P&T Portfolio Workshops: 

Wednesday, June 3, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in DH 408

Tuesday, June 9, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in DH 407

Friday, June 12, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in DH 407

Please contact Leslie Smith for more information.



Fidelity approved as retirement provider

Fidelity Investments has been reinstated as an approved 403b Supplemental Retirement Provider.  If you are interested in enrolling, visit  and click the enroll box.  The Columbus State plan ID number is 55703.  You can also call (800) 343-0860 to enroll by phone.  For a current list of Columbus State’s approved 403b and 457 supplemental retirement providers, visit the Human Resources employee benefits web page.

Staff Council elections to be held in June

Are you interested in supporting the staff at Columbus State? Run for a position on the Staff Advisory Council for the upcoming year!

The Staff Advisory Council Elections will be held June 15 through 19, and nominations for open positions will be accepted through Wednesday, June 10. The nomination form is now available on the SAC website.

Spring tobacco cessation class offered

A four-week cessation class (The American Cancer Society's Fresh Start© Program) will be offered free for full- and part-time employees on Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25, at 12:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall 228. To sign up, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator at ext.3989.

Some raffle prizes still unclaimed

The Staff Appreciation Raffle held on May 6 has a few unclaimed prizes.

Please contact Doug Rellick or Cindy Klimek  if you have a winning ticket. The last day to claim your prize is Friday, June 12. Check your ticket numbers!

Columbus State vinyl bag and pen 585065
Crest tooth paste set 584645
Candy jar, ear buds and $15.00 Bookstore gift card 585127
Massages 584913 and 584934
Christopher’s Restaurant certificate  585092
Parking Permits Fall 2015 585082 and 584629; Spring 2016 584792

For parking passes, please contact Doug Rellick.



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