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March 30, 2015


Candidate Forums to be held April 2 and 3 for Dean of the Delaware Campus

inside of Moeller Hall

Several open forums will be held next week to meet the final candidates for Dean of the Delaware Campus.  The forums will be held in Moeller Hall, at the following times.

Thursday, April 2
Cathy De Rosa
Meet Greet - 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Open Forum - 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.

Jeffrey Coats
Meet Greet - 10:00-10:15 a.m.
Open Forum - 10:15-11:00 a.m.

Friday, April 3

Stephen Schultheis
Meet Greet - 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Open Forum - 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.

Greg Mosier
Meet Greet - 10:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Open Forum - 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.


Women leaders named at annual Celebration

group photo of winners Faculty and staff recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Woman Leader Award are, from left: Nichole Bowman-Glover, Jeanette Ferguson, Lisa Briggs, RoseMary Mayberry, and Vanessa Cummings.

At the annual Women’s History Month Celebration held last week, 14 faculty, staff, and students were named Outstanding Woman Leaders, and Dr. Polly Owen was given the 2015 Legacy in Leadership Award. 

The Outstanding Woman Leader Award is given to women who “serve as role models and provide excellent leadership in one’s profession and activities, and who exemplify service above self through civic and/or community engagement.”

Winners from the faculty and staff this year were Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator in Human Resources; Lisa Briggs, assistant professor in Business Office Applications; Vanessa Cummings, Supervisor of Parking and Facility Access; Jeanette Ferguson, assistant professor in Biological and Physical Sciences; and RoseMary Mayberry, administrative assistant to the Dean of Health and Human Services. Students who received the award were Samantha August, Keyla Ayala, Allison Cole, Kopano Marumo, Kaitlyn Paonessa, Tiffany Rahaman, and Nicole Smith.

Polly with award and colleaguesDr. Polly Owen, center, was the winner of the Legacy in Leadership Award for 2015. After accepting her award, she was joined by Dr. Diane Walleser, vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Services, President David Harrison, and Renee Hill, dean of Student Life.

The Legacy in Leadership Award, first given in 2013 to Dr. Jan Rogers, was awarded this year to Dr. Polly Owen, Associate Vice President and Dean of the Delaware Campus. The award recognizes a woman who “exhibits a strong ability to recognize the talents, potential, and emerging abilities of those she leads and interacts with on a daily basis, and who is a trustworthy, caring, compassionate, efficient and effective leader.”

Dr. Owen has worked for Columbus State for 34 years in many capacities, including Nursing faculty member, Chair of the Nursing Department, Dean of Career and Technical Programs, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dean of the Delaware Campus. She graduated from Ohio State with both BSN and MSN degrees. She also earned a Ph.D. from OSU in Educational Policy Leadership. Dr. Owen plans to retire in 2015 after 35 years of service to Columbus State!


Retired math professor Bill Ferguson mourned


William Don "Bill" Ferguson, 76, passed away on March 26, at home surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Cornelia (Bridges) Ferguson; son, Sean Ferguson; daughter, Devon Crumay; grandchildren, Brennan Wills, Gary Wills, and Barbara Berman. Bill retired in 2012 after a 50-year high school and college mathematics teaching career, most recently at Columbus State for 25 years. He was also an accomplished musician, and since moving to Columbus in 1983, was a member of several bands, including 20 years as a trumpeter with the Rick Brunetto Big Band. “While we appreciate his contributions to mathematics education, we will miss him more as a friend,” said Math Chair Greg Goodhart. Friends may call at the Southwick-Good and Fortkamp Funeral Chapel, 3100 N. High St. on Monday from 5-7 p.m., with a prayer service 6:45 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial isTuesday, 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 414 E. North Broadway Ave. Contributions may be made to the Joint Organization for Inner City Needs (J.O.I.N.), 578 E. Main St., Columbus, Ohio 43215. www.southwickfuneral.



Free screening of movie First Generation coming April 8

Columbus State and the Generation One Trailblazers will host the screening of award-winning film First Generation, the only central Ohio location on a national tour. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in Nestor Hall Auditorium. The screening is free and open to the public.

Narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, First Generation tells the story of four high school students—an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers—who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education.

Shot over the course of three years and featuring some of our nation's top educational experts, this 95-minute documentary explores the problem of college access faced by first-generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation.

Watch the movie trailer here:


Tell your tales of high school survival April 29

kid bullying

“College is the reward for surviving high school.” – Judd Apatow

In honor of the graduating class of 2015, the Communication and Theatre Department will host a story-telling session April 29 on the topic “How I Survived High School.” The department is looking for funny, outrageous, unbelievable-but-true tales about the teenage experiences that shaped us into the individuals we are today!

So, how did you survive high school? We really want to know.

Columbus State faculty, staff, administrators and students are invited to join in this live event, complete with a performance by Theatre Columbus State actors, on Wednesday, April 29, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Nestor Auditorium. A good time is guaranteed for all.

Have a story you’d like to tell? Please send an email describing it to by April 15.


Talking about health careers

Pace at show

April Pace, teaching assistant in Allied Health, represented Columbus State’s Allied Health Department last week at the Ohio Health Grant Medical Center and Human Resources Associate Career Development Fair. She shared the career pathways for not only the Dental Hygiene, Health Information Management, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory, Multi-Skilled Health and Respiratory Care programs, but also for other Health and Human Services Division programs.



Parking lot closed for construction

Portions of the 34S parking lot will be closed beginning on Monday, March 30, through April 6 for construction. The spaces being impacted include: All motorcycle parking on the NE side of the lot, all Columbus State Police cruiser parking and three accessible parking spaces on the southeast corner of the lot. 


speaker at podiumGreg Feith, NTSB, gives the keynote address at the Symposium.

24th annual Aviation Symposium held

The Aviation Maintenance Technology, along with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Central Ohio Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, hosted the 24th annual Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium March 19, in the Columbus State Conference Center. More than 280 aviation maintenance professionals attended the recurrent training event, and heard a keynote address from Greg Feith, retired National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Senior Investigator. 


Disability Services implements new Test Administration Request form

Disability Services has implemented a new Test Administration Request form which is more structured and consistent with Testing Services’ forms to better meet student and instructor needs.  The same procedures and protocol will still apply: all tests and quizzes must be submitted to Disability Services with an accompanying Test Administration Request form at least two business days in advance of the test administration date.

You can save yourself a trip to campus and submit the test or quiz and Test Administration Request form electronically by sending it to  The new Test Administration Request form can be found on the Disability Services page of the Columbus State website as well as on the Intranet (not available off campus).  The Test Administration Request form is screen reader accessible.


Gospel Ensemble to perform seven concerts this spring

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble will bring in a "Joyful" spring in several locations-- both on campus and in the community, including:

Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. - Mini Easter Concert in TL 123

Friday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. - Unity Christian Fellowship, 1159 Demorest Road.

Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m. – The Worthington Gahanna Sr. Center, 1201 Riva Ridge Ct. 43230

Saturday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. - Smyrna Baptist Church; 1650 Wilson Ave.

Thursday, April 23 at 6:45 p.m. – Columbus State Library Amphitheater
Special guests: Youth dancers and step team from Barnett Recreation Center

Friday, April 24 at 1:00 p.m. - Emeritus at Chestnut Hill Senior Center, 5055 Thompson Rd. 43230

Saturday, April 25 at 4:00 p.m. - True Faith Church of God in Christ, 599 E. Fairground St., 43302

The Gospel Vocal Ensemble is under the direction of Emma L. Easton. For more information, call (614)287-5377, ext. 1677.


Need more “college knowledge?”

Whether you are a new or long-term employee, keeping up with changes and new faces can be a challenge. To help employees connect to, and learn about, different college services, resources and initiatives, the Human Resources Department offers a new part of the onboarding and orientation program called the College Knowledge series.

College Knowledge sessions will highlight a different college division every month and will be an opportunity for anyone, but particularly new-to-the-college employees, to come and listen, learn, ask questions and talk about how we can collaboratively support that division’s work to ensure student success.

Upcoming sessions include: Information Technology on Friday, April 24, and Human Resources on Friday, May 29. Register to participate here.  If you have any questions, please contact Lori Thomas, assistant director of Professional Development and Retention at ext. 3860. 


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