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June 15, 2015


New theater production coming July 15

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Theatre Columbus State will present the play “Almost, Maine,” by John Cariani, directed by Frank Barnhart, July 15 -18 in Nestor Hall Auditorium. Admission is free.

According to Barnhart, “Almost, Maine is a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. It almost doesn’t exist because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just…Almost. One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.”

Performances will be at 8:00 p.m. daily, with a special 3:00 p.m. matinee offered on Thursday, July 16.





All of the ‘Expo,’ none of the lines!

The Library will live stream “E3, the Electronics Entertainment Expo,” June 16-18, in the Multimedia Studio. This year's E3 promises to be exciting with Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, and Valve debuting their take on virtual reality and virtual gaming through Oculus Rift, Hololens, and Steam Machines. Also expect a plethora of highly anticipated games including new content for Destiny, Halo 5, Rock Band 4 and lots, lots, more.  You can view the schedule here. 


Nichols OCCAC Athletic Director of the Year

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Columbus State athletic director Scott Nichols, who has held the position since 2009, has been named OCCAC Athletic Director of the Year.

Nichols was acknowledged for his numerous contributions to the conference and region this year, including serving as the Men’s and Women’s Basketball District Tournament Director, OCCAC Volleyball Chair, OCCAC Treasurer, and NJCAA Region XII Women’s Golf Chair.

“I’m flattered to receive this award. It is a great honor to be recognized by your peers” Nichols said. “I would like to thank everyone in my department especially Julie Collins, Terrence Lawrence and Dan Watrous. I truly consider this more of a staff-wide acknowledgement.”

Nichols led the Cougar athletic program to a very successful year on and off the court. The volleyball team captured a conference and regional championship as well as a fourth place national finish. The women's basketball team came within one win of a trip to the national tournament. Academically, student-athletes achieved one of the highest completion rates in the history of the program.

In addition, Nichols successfully campaigned to reinstate the men's and women's cross country programs, set to begin in the fall of 2015. Furthermore, he oversaw the launch of Columbus State’s new athletics website.

According to Dr. Tom Habegger, dean of Health and Human Services, “Scott has served this College and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics with distinction and purpose for over a decade. His steady hand and effective leadership has guided the Navy and White through much change over the years and this award recognizes his talent, commitment to excellence and dedication to student success. The Health and Human Services Division and Columbus State are proud of his work and look forward to many more years of service to the Cougar family.”

This is the third time that a Columbus State athletic director has received this award. The first recipient was Dr. Habegger in 1993 followed by Eric Welch in 1999.


Bike Buddies riding to East Side June 25


Last week in Update we announced a program offered by Yay Bikes!, which introduces people to bicycle commuting by providing “Bike Buddies” to show them the ropes.

Columbus State has scheduled a group ride with Yay Bikes that's open to everyone. Join the group on Thursday, June 25, at 5:00 p.m. for a one-hour bicycle tour of the East Side, as well as an introduction to the basics of riding in traffic. Space is limited, so register now! You can also contact Rich James, at ext. 2175 for more information. 



Sidewalk closed for construction

The sidewalk between Union Hall and the Center for Technology and Learning (TL) will be closed for minor construction work the rest of the week beginning on Tuesday, June 16. Individuals parking in lots 1-E, 2-E and 34-S will be impacted the most. Signs will be posted directing you around the closed-off area.


Building evacuation testing June 17

On Wednesday evening, June 17, after 11:00 p.m., there will be testing of building evacuation sirens. The tests will be preceded by audio announcements.




Time to check the Service Anniversary lists

If you have reached a service anniversary as of December 31, 2014, please go to the Intranet (not available off campus) and check the appropriate list for accuracy. There are three separate lists for fulltime employees, part-time staff, and adjunct faculty.  If you have a correction to make, contact


Ohio best for veterans

In a web article titled “2015’s Best and Worst States for Military Retirees,” Columbus State’s Jay Favuzzi is quoted describing Ohio as one of the best places for veterans. You can read the full article online here.


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