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March 16, 2015


Note: Union Hall elevators out of service today, 1-3 p.m.

Following the Union Hall renovations, which included upgrades to the elevators, a key inspection is set for today, Monday, March 16. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., all three Union Hall elevators will be out of service. The testing is expected to be completed by 3:00 p.m. when all elevators will be put back in service.


Three present at League for Innovation


Desiree Polk-Bland, dean of Advising and Student Support, Renee Hill, dean of Student Life, and Marisa Vernon, assistant director of the Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration (CASE) made presentations at the recent League for Innovation in the Community College conference held in Boston.

Polk-Bland and Vernon led participants through a presentation about the Connect2Complete program, which provides peer-to-peer support to students in Columbus State’s CASE department. Participants learned about this national program’s implementation on our campus, as well as early success data and future goals to expand the program’s reach.

Hill and Polk-Bland led a roundtable discussion about the role community colleges can play in connecting students to basic needs and support agencies. Based on the work of the grassroots Columbus State C.A.R.E.S initiative, conference participants learned about Columbus State’s culture of caring, partnerships with social service agencies, and the impact the C.A.R.E.S. network of advocates has had on our students’ persistence and retention.

For more information about either of the Columbus State initiatives presented at League for Innovation, feel free to contact the areas and individuals listed above. For additional information about the League for Innovation, please visit:


IRB welcomes (back) Les King


Leslie King, Ph.D. was recently named to the college’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) by President David Harrison. Dr. King replaces Dr. Mark Purcell who served for two years as the non-institutional IRB representative.

Dr. King is the chair of Health and Healthcare Administration at Franklin University. His career spans 25 years in the healthcare field. A licensed member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, he has published on clinical toxicology and healthcare education issues. From 2004 to 2010, Dr. King was the chair of Allied Health Professions and director of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning at Columbus State.

Columbus State’s IRB is responsible for research activities on campus that involve human subjects. Last year, the board approved forty-six research protocols.


There’s still time to register for the ACT conference

Registration is still open for the “ACT: Active Citizen Transformation” conference, which will be held at Columbus State on Thursday, March 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be a number of excellent presenters and an internationally known speaker, Timothy Hawthorne, Ph.D., from Georgia State University, who will speak on “Transformations: From Ideas to Practice.” He is an expert in GIS and human geography, and his work focuses on access to healthcare, social services, green space and higher education. 

Faculty and staff are encouraged to register for as much of the conference as they will be able to attend—one session, two sessions or all of them. Adjunct faculty are encouraged to attend, and will be reimbursed for their time. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for registrants. For more information and to register, please visit the conference website:


Nominate a student employee today!

working tableStudent Ambassador and Nursing major Joe Pagnanelli, center, explains a point at the recent STEM High School Visit on campus.

Did you know that more than 200 student employees work for Columbus State? The Career Services Office and Student Employment staff invites employees to join them in recognizing National Student Employment Week April 13 to April 17. This is the fifth annual celebration to thank our student employees for their unique contributions to our campus and community.

If you supervise or work with a student employee, please take a moment to recognize their efforts and consider nominating them as our 2015 Student Employee of the Year.  The winner and all nominees will be recognized in April at the Student Employee of the Year Reception! For a nomination form, contact Amanda Jennings at ext. 2156.

All student employees will also be invited to attend one of two Student Employee Appreciation Events on Monday, April 13, or Tuesday, April 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Departments are encouraged to participate by planning their own appreciation—providing lunch, a Bookstore gift card, or simply a “Thank You” card are all great ways to show your student employees how much they are valued.



Enter your poetry in Library collection

April is National Poetry Month. Come and explore all the poetry resources the Library has to offer! And to celebrate the wonders of poetry, the Library is seeking submissions of original student and employee poetry for National Poetry Month. The submission deadline is Friday, March 20. Visit to learn more.










Educator to give talk on Japanese art ‘Shojo Manga’


Dr. Masami Toku will present “World of Shojo Manga: Mirrors of Girls' Desires,” a talk about the famous Japanese comic style of Manga, or graphic novels. Dr. Toku is an authority on “Shojo Manga” which means “girl’s comics.” The presentation will be held Friday, April 3, at 12:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall 011.

Professor Masami Toku received her Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a professor of art education at California State University, Chico. She teaches courses in art education and multicultural perspectives of art appreciation, and introduces her students to Manga. A major international exhibition of original Shojo Manga under her direction began its tour in Chico in 2005 and traveled to nine sites in North America and four sites in Japan. As an art exhibition director of United States Society for Education through Art  she also started a collaborative international touring exhibition of children’s artworks in the manga style and received the 2008 USSEA International Ziegfeld Award. She curated the 2nd touring exhibit, World of Shojo Manga! Mirrors of Girls’ Desires, and the exhibit will be hosted in the Cartoon Library and Museum’s gallery at The Ohio State University between March 23 and July 5.


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