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March 23, 2015


Final Women’s History Month event is Saturday


In celebration of Women’s “HER-story month” register today for the first Women's Connection Leadership Summit, Saturday, March 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD. The Summit is designed to build connections through conversation and the sharing of stories.

This year’s theme, “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” will act as a baseline for all presentations and activities. The Summit includes workshops to empower students, employees and community members, including three summit tracks: affirmation, social justice and wellness. To register, go to OrgSync:   occurrences/2235571


Women’s History Month Celebration is March 25

The Women’s HER-story Month Committee would like to thank the campus community for writing 27 nominations about Columbus State’s woman leaders. The campus is invited to attend the 25th Annual Celebration and Leadership Awards on Wednesday, March 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. This year's keynote speaker will be Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014. Davuluri is the first Indian American and second Asian American to be chosen as Miss America. Please login to the Columbus State Hub and R.S.V.P. (including guests) for this event.

The following are this year’s 2015 nominees for the Legacy in Leadership Award; the recipient will be announced at the award ceremony: Lisa Briggs, Angela Fry, Dr. Mary Lewis, Misty Mahefkey, Margaret Mitchell, Dr. Polly Owen, and Merideth Sellars.

The following are this year’s 2015 recipients of the Women’s Outstanding Leadership Award: Samantha August, Keyla Ayala, Nichole Bowman-Glover, Lisa Briggs, Allison Cole, Vanessa Cummings, Jeanette Ferguson, Kopano Marumo, Rosemary Mayberry, Kaitlyn Paonessa, Tiffany Rahaman, and Nicole Smith.


Welsh receives Patriot Award for military support

Brett with award

Brett Welsh, Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion (second from left), received the Patriot Award last week for his efforts to support military employees. He was nominated by student employee and reservist Frank Aaron Brown for “being supportive of the Guard and Reserve.” Also pictured from left, Renee Hill, dean of Student Life; Jay Favuzzi, Military and Veteran Services; and Sally Adkins, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, U.S. Dept. of Defense, who visited the Columbus Campus in person to present the award March 16.




Learn Basic Chinese this summer

You can learn to speak more than just “Ni Hao” by signing up to take a non-credit summer course in Basic Chinese this summer!  The course is offered by the Language Institute on Mondays and Wednesdays, from noon to 1:00 p.m., April 13 through June 3.  The cost of the course is only $75.  For more information or to register, contact the non-credit registration department at


Erney quoted in U.S. News and World Report

In an article published last week in U.S. News and World Report, “5 Questions to Ask About Online Community College Courses,” Tom Erney was quoted explaining what community college students should ask about class size and whether the school has an online learning center. You can read the full article online here.


New referral for contextual math available in FOCUS

Faculty members who teach Automotive Technology 1160, Skilled Trades 1470 and 1480, and HVAC 1150, now have a Skilled Trades Math Tutoring Referral, which directs students struggling with these math concepts to George Richards, who is available to assist these students. This referral can be raised manually through FOCUS-powered by Starfish, in Blackboard.


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:


A “green”Spring Break

group photo

Students participating in the “Alternative Spring Break” last week went to Franklinton Gardens to help build a high-tunnel greenhouse to help start and protect early plantings in the chilly Ohio climate. A total of eighteen students participated in Alternative Spring Break, contributing 288 hours of service at five different Ohio non-profit organizations. The community partners this year were Genesis of Good Samaritans, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Cleveland, Franklinton Gardens, and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Over the course of the week, students prepped a local job fair, gave away 1,000 items of clothing, made 19 coffee tables for families in need, prepared over 3,000 seedlings of 7 different varieties, completed the greenhouse at Franklinton Gardens, and cleaned and organized thousands of dry goods to go local food banks. Students who participated in this program will be recognized for their service at the Annual Student Leadership Awards on April 23.The activities were coordinated by the office of Student Engagement and Leadership.



Calling all future (and former) Falcons and Buckeyes

Destination Days for Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University will be held Wednesday, March 25, and Thursday, March 26, respectively, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall.  If you are an alumni of these institutions, throw on one of your old college sweatshirts and come for a visit to receive a free gift! The students will be busy getting transfer information from your alma mater(s)! You can check out the details here:

Bowling Green State University, 03/25 from 10am - 1pm

The Ohio State University, 03/26 from 10am - 2pm


Dispatch article profiles founder of Chef Apprenticeship model at Columbus State


The Columbus Dispatch recently profiled the late Siegbert “Ziggy” Allespach, who had the idea in the 1970s to create an apprenticeship model for students in the Hospitality Management program. Allespach died last year, and members of the culinary community put together a fundraising dinner in honor of his legacy this past Saturday. Proceeds of the dinner will establish the Renee and Ziggy Allespach Fund at the Columbus State Foundation for the purpose of creating a lasting tribute to Ziggy within the Columbus State Culinary Program. You can read the entire Dispatch article online here.


Columbus State noted for safety in Best survey

Columbus State’s Police and Counseling Services Departments were counted among the best in the country in a recent survey printed on the website Best The survey ranked colleges with services that included 24-hour policing, emergency text alerts, mental health counseling, self-defense classes, and surveillance systems.  You can read the listing online here.





SAC Brown Bag Lunch is March 26

Join Staff Advisory Council this Thursday, March 26, for a brown-bag lunch with Jenna Long, health coach in the Department of Recreation and Wellness, who will talk about the Health Life Coaching program offered to Columbus State employees. The session is held in the Bookstore first-floor lounge from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

STRS information session offered March 26

A representative from State Teachers Retirement System will hold a presentation on the pension changes that go into effect August 1 this year. This session will be held on Thursday, March 26, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in CT 107.  In this session, you will learn about the changes to the retirement eligibility and the changes to the formula used to calculate retirement benefits. There will be a live stream broadcast available for those who cannot attend in person, available here: using the password: cougars. You can register for this session here.

Columbus State introduces ‘Perks’ program

Columbus State has partnered with PerksConnect to provide employees with access to local and nationwide deals and discounts. These offers can be used for car rentals, entertainment, travel, wellness activities, home and office products and more. PerksConnect also provides an opportunity to explore nationwide benefits. Gift cards, printable coupons, and cash back are just a few of the ways to save with the program. The program is designed to strengthen ties with the community by offering discounts and rewards with local businesses.

Registration for this program is simple. Begin the registration process by visiting: and click “Register Now.” Your group code is: CSCC14.  An overview video and a How to Register video are also online.



Columbus State congratulates the following promotions and new hires:

March 9 - Jennifer Mauck, Instructor in Nursing
April 1 - Syreeta Mitchell, Specialist in Student and Academic Support
March 16 - Matthew Brent, Administrative Assistant in Student Life
March 16 - Jeffrey A. Francis, Assistant in the IT Department
March 16 - Michael Hoepf, Advisor in the Arts & Sciences


Payroll Specialist in the Payroll Department – Requisition No.244
Chairperson of Human Services – Requisition No. 248
Office Associate in Admissions – Requisition No. 243


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