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May 28, 2015


Tobacco Free College information session offered June 12

As the college draws closer to the effective date of the Tobacco Free College Policy on July 1, important information and resources will be shared at an Information Session on Friday, June 12, at 2:00 p.m. in WD 404.

All college employees are invited to attend the session, led by co-sponsor of the Tobacco Free College Implementation Committee, Kimberly Hall. The session will review the policy and your role in supporting a tobacco free college, as well as provide updates on various resources available to both employees and students.  Visit the Tobacco Free Columbus State website for more information.


Reminder: First Wednesday to be held June 3

The President’s meeting First Wednesday will be held Wednesday, June 3, beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. As always, a live stream will be available online here: and the password is cougars.


Military and Veterans Services staff to speak at workshop

Major Jay Favuzzi, Terry Worst, and James Gilchrist-Elliott, from Columbus State’s Military and Veterans Services Department, will be featured speakers at a workshop titled Serving Our Veterans: A Call to Action, Friday, June 5, at the Columbus State Conference Center (fourth floor WD). The workshop is cosponsored by the Columbus State Library and the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Diversity Committee.

The workshop will provide academic librarians and other stakeholders in veterans’ services and higher education with background information on college students who are veterans, active military or members of the National Guard and Reserve. Focus will be placed on methods of serving and supporting these students in academic libraries and beyond. For more information on the workshop, contact Bree Miller, Columbus State librarian and member of ALAO’s Diversity Committee.


‘The Power of Partnering’ to be held June 12

Are you interested in opportunities to engage students with “real-world” experiences that benefit Delaware County?  Then please register and attend the “The Power of Partnering” on Friday, June 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Moeller Hall Rooms 111 and 112 on the Delaware Campus, sponsored by the faculty OAA Service-Learning Committee.  Registration is required. Register online here:

Those in attendance will learn about community needs in Delaware County, and identify ways students can serve the community while gaining hands-on experience with academic content.  Speakers will be representatives from a number of community agencies, as well as faculty who partner with such agencies through service-learning classes and projects.  There will be opportunities at this event to both receive information about Delaware County and service-learning, as well as for interaction with community agencies. 

Lunch will be provided and adjunct faculty participating in this event will be compensated.

If you currently conduct a service-learning or other type of project that includes experiential learning with non-profit agencies in Delaware County—and you would like to present at this event—please contact Nancy Pine for a spot on the program. 



O’Neal given Lifetime Contributions award from Ohio Landscape Association

Steve O’Neal, professor in Landscape Design and Management, has been named one of only two award winners of the 2015 Lifetime Contributions to the Landscape Industry Award, by the Ohio Landscape Association (OLA). You can read the entire award write-up in The Growing Concern, the official publication of the OLA: (page 18)


Di Pietro performs, teaches in Seattle

playing on stageDi Pietro, front left, performs with students from Western Washington University.

Pan on Zither Columbus State student from China, Wei Pan, practices on the Chinese zither.

Rocco Di Pietro, adjunct faculty in the Humanities, recently returned from Western Washington University in Seattle, where he gave a presentation and concert with WWU students. Di Pietro performed at the “Sound Adventures Conference” in downtown Seattle. As a result of the Colloquium, Columbus State students have been invited to play live with WWU students using a device called “Jam Link” this fall semester.

Last year, Di Pietro performed at a Colloquium at Stanford University which was live streamed to Shanghai Conservatory and seen by more than one million people. As a result of the live stream, Chinese students attending The Ohio State University have registered for Columbus State classes taught by Di Pietro. One such young student is Wei Pan. She will perform with Di Pietro and his ensemble on August 9, playing the “Gu Zheng,” which is a Chinese zither, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima. She will play in traditional costume as the soloist in a new work of Di Pietro’s called “Taubes VII.”




Ford ASSET students help run auto skills competition

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Attending the Auto Skills 2015 competition were, from left Ford Asset Coordinator David Foor, Matt  Krasky, Dana Parsons, Bradley Plessis, Shane Hawkins, Lindsey Peterson, Anastasia Salyer, Deryl Johnson, Tyler  Milisits, Chad Wipperman, Young  Lee, and Automotive Instructor Ian Andrews.

Ten Ford ASSET students traveled to Independence, Ohio, to assist faculty members David Foor and Ian Andrews in coordinating the Ohio State Ford / AAA Student Auto Skills Competition during the last week of Spring Semester. Their service was truly “beyond measure” as they volunteered to pitch in wherever possible, according to Foor. The students participated in everything including installation of controlled vehicle faults, site set-up and tear down, helping with judging, and they still somehow found time to take a tour of Ford’s Cleveland Engine Plant.

“They proudly represented Columbus State at this statewide event and we truly appreciate their time, input, and effort,” said Foor.




Computer ‘Geeks” refurbish and donate computers

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Computer Electronics faculty member Vince Borghese (far left) joins students Kevin Upp, Jonathan Morton, Anita Dees, Julie Stewart, Anoh Attienbonon, Marcus Vance, Alex Dragt, and DeShaun Williams, who refurbished computers in class to donate to the TRiO program.

Students in the PC Essentials class receive donated used computers each semester, which they refurbish and donate to the TRiO Student Support Services program to be raffled off to students. TRiO serves 160 first-generation and low-income students who were thrilled to accept the 10 refurbished computers at the end of Spring Semester 2015 to distribute! 


Promotion and Tenure Portfolio Workshops offered

Tenure-track faculty who are submitting or reviewing Promotion and Tenure Portfolios in the coming year, should plan to attend one of the following P&T Portfolio Workshops: 


Wednesday, June 3, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in DH 408

Tuesday, June 9, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in DH 407

Friday, June 12, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in DH 407

Please contact Leslie Smith for more information.


Staff Council elections to be held in June

Are you interested in supporting the staff at Columbus State? Run for a position on the Staff Advisory Council for the upcoming year!

The Staff Advisory Council Elections will be held June 15 through 19, and nominations for open positions will be accepted through Wednesday, June 10. The nomination form is now available on the SAC website. If you are a fulltime employee, and interested in serving as a SAC representative from the departments listed below, please complete and submit an electronic and paper copy of the nomination, which requires 10 signatures from employees. Open positions include one in Information Technology, and two in Academic Affairs. 


Healthy summer fun is here on campus

Join the fun with these Summer Semester recreation activities, open to both students and employees:

Wise and Well—Walk and Learn: This active and engaging walking club will take place twice a week discussing a variety of wellness topics as the group tours downtown Columbus.  Walks will take place Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Fridays at 10:00 a.m., from May 26 through August 7.

Self Defense Series: These 30-minute self-defense techniques classes will offer the basics in self-defense to help build your confidence and awareness for your personal safety. The series will run June 17 and July 15 at 12:00 p.m. in Delaware Hall 083.

Recreation Classes: This summer the following group fitness classes will be taking place in Delaware Hall 158, from June 1 through July 31.

Mondays: Kettlebell Conditioning at 12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: Boot camp fitness at 12:00 p.m.
Fridays: Total Body Conditioning at 11:00 a.m. and Yoga at 12:00 p.m.



Open Enrollment deadline extended

The Open Enrollment period for fulltime benefit-eligible employees has been extended until Monday, June 1. All requested changes to your benefit elections must be received in Human Resources by 4:00 p.m. It is recommended that any requests for changes are hand-delivered to ensure receipt.

Any changes made during the Open Enrollment period will be effective on July 1, 2015. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Deborah Robinson at ext. 2177 or Monessa Bradford at ext. 2107.

Access to any benefit form is available by visiting the Human Resources Benefit site:

Spring tobacco cessation class offered

A four-week cessation class (The American Cancer Society's Fresh Start© Program) will be offered free for full- and part-time employees on Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25, at 12:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall 228. To sign up, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator at ext.3989.


Connect Columbus transportation design workshops open to public

Attend a design workshop--open to the public--for your opportunity to tell Connect Columbus about your ideas for transportation in your neighborhood and in the City of Columbus!  The workshops will be held Monday, June 1, through Thursday, June 4, at North Broadway United Methodist Church, 48 E. North Broadway.  The workshops will be held Monday, June 1, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, June 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday, June 3, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, June 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Stop in for 20 minutes or as long as you like to share your thoughts with the planning experts.

Can’t make it to the meetings?  Share your input on the Connect Columbus website.



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