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May 14, 2015


graduate leaping

Commence lift-off!

A graduate receiving his Associate of Science near the end of the Commencement ceremony May 8 takes a giant leap of faith upon hearing his name read on stage. Most graduates expressed their joy crossing the stage, but this particular fellow attained new heights. The action was captured by photographer Paul Vernon. See more from Friday's ceremony here.










Dianne and Angela At the recent Commencement, Angela Fry, left, and Dianne Fidelibus, right, get ready to march in the procession representing MH/AS/DD.

Fidelibus, Fry elected to positions

Dianne Fidelibus, associate professor in Mental Health, Addiction Studies, Developmental Disabilities, was re-elected as President of the Ohio Coalition of Associate Degree Human Service Educators. Angela Fry, instructor in MH/AS/DD was elected to serve as Secretary of the Coalition.

The Coalition represents community colleges across the state and provides curriculum endorsement that is accepted by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board for certification and licensure.


Volleyball coach Yocum accepts head coaching job at University of Tennessee

coach YokumJaclynn Yocum has resigned as head coach of the highly successful Cougar volleyball team in order to accept the head coaching position at University of Tennessee - Martin.

Yocum has been head coach for four seasons, accumulating a 118-29 (.803 winning percentage) overall record. Last season, Yocum led the Cougars to a 34-4 record, a Region XII District E championship and the program's first-ever DII national Final Four appearance. She earned District Coach of the Year honors while coaching 17 all-conference players in her four-year tenure.

"Jaclynn's keen ability to relate and build lasting professional friendships with her student-athletes will be greatly missed," said athletic director Scott Nichols. "These friendships often led to our women's volleyball team members being successful in the classroom, on the court and in the community. I think I speak for many Cougars when I say that we are proud of her and we wish her all the best."

Located in western Tennessee, UT-Martin is an NCAA Division I institution and a member of the Ohio Valley conference.


Dev Ed to offer COMPASS Boot Camp for summer, fall

Students who need a refresher before taking the COMPASS Placement test or who would like to retest before starting their summer or fall coursework are being encouraged to attend next week's COMPASS Boot Camp that runs from May 18 to 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. Students are able to sign up online here:



Olivetto and Teeny Ben Oliveto, left, and Jake Teeny worked together to produce the award-winning "Persuasion" video.

Student among winners in Psychology Video Challenge

Columbus State student Ben Oliveto claimed second place nationwide at the 2015 Noba Student Video Awards, recognizing outstanding student-made videos developed around psychological concepts related to the theme "Social Influence."

Oliveto's video was entitled "Persuasion." He partnered with Ohio State student Jake Teeny to produce the three-minute video which was judged by a panel of leading psychologists. In addition to receiving a cash award of $3,000, the video will be included as a part of the Noba Psychology digital textbook collection to be used in college classrooms around the world.

In announcing the Award, Noba Co-Founder Ed Diener said "It's not always easy to talk about science in ways that really engage a general audience. The Persuasion video is memorable because it has the familiar feel of a movie trailer that holds our attention while teaching us some of the science behind how we are influenced to make decisions."

The winning videos can be viewed on the Noba Psychology website:





Gospel Vocal Ensemble makes news

Recently, NBC4i, WCMH-TV news aired a story about Columbus State's Gospel Vocal Ensemble, directed by Emma Easton. You can watch the whole story here.


Math adjunct named Grandview Heights Teacher of the Year

Rich Holton, an adjunct instructor in the Mathematics Department at Columbus State, has been selected by the students at Grandview Heights High School as 2015 Teacher of the Year. At Columbus State, Holton has been a long-time adjunct instructor in Mathematics, and taught evening classes Spring Semester. At Grandview Heights, where Holton teaches Calculus II, he was asked to take over the classes of another Grandview teacher who passed away in February following a battle with cancer. This difficult assignment was obviously appreciated by Holton's students and the Grandview Heights Student Council, who voted him the Teacher of the Year.








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