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November 12, 2015


Veterans Services department receives kudos from CEO

Bartman speaking At Tuesday’s Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony, special guest Major General Mark Bartman, Ohio National Guard Adjutant General gives his remarks. Listening are Diane Walleser, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Services, and Jay Favuzzi, director of Military and Veterans Services.   

A timely article in Columbus CEO magazine this Veterans Week touts the good work going on in the Columbus State Military and Veterans Services Department, directed by Jay Favuzzi.  You can read the story online here. Columbus State is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation for military-friendly community colleges by the Military Times.











Ohio Warriors take the ice

Hockey Team

Jay Favuzzi, right, has been an assistant coach for the Ohio Warriors, a sled hockey team for disabled veterans, for more than a year. The Ohio Warriors were recognized at Tuesday’s Columbus Blue Jackets game against Vancouver. You can read more about Ohio Warrior hockey online.


Cross-country nationals produces All-American

coach with Shepherd Cross-Country Coach Dustin Iacovone congratulates top Columbus State finisher Stevie Shepherd after her race.

After an eight-year hiatus for women's cross country at Columbus State, the college fielded a successful team at the NJCAA DIII national championship held in Westfield, Mass. November 7. A field of 130 runners competed at the challenging five-kilometer Stanley Park course.

A dominant effort by freshman Stevie Shepherd led to a 15th place finish and all-American honors, the first for a women's cross country runner since 2004.

Shepherd, an Associate of Arts major, finished the race in 20:20.5, the second-fastest time in school history. The strong finish highlights the Sidney, Ohio native's successful campaign this season that includes a victory in the Region XII DIII meet.

"I'm so excited and proud of Stevie and how far she's come. I could see that there was a lot of potential in her," said Coach Dustin Iacovone. "She kept getting faster and it hit me that she could be an all-American. We had a talk about what she could do, and she did it. She's a coach's dream."

Emily Howard, a freshman from Powell, came in 54th in 21:48.7, her second-fastest 5K this season. Halla Jones, a sophomore from Fredericktown, improved to a 23:55.6, shaving 28 seconds off her time at the regional meet.




Interfaith panel discussion offered Nov. 18

You are invited to join Student Engagement and Leadership and Diversity Services for an Interfaith panel and resource fair in the Library Media Studio Wednesday, November 18, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Representatives from different faiths will come together to share and answer questions related to their specific religious traditions. The event will begin with a moderated conversation on the commonalities and differences of the faith systems represented, and will conclude with an opportunity for participants to speak with panelists and gather more information at the resource fair. For more information please contact Brett Welsh.


Final candidate open forums to be held

The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Services will host two more open sessions to meet candidates selected to be interviewed for Assistant Director of the College One Stop Center, on:

  • Thursday, November 12, at 3:00 p.m. in WD 409  – Suzanne VonAhn
  • Friday, November 13, at 10:30 a.m. in WD 409  – Misty Mahefkey


‘Light up A Life’ Holiday party needs sponsors

holiday graphic

Student Engagement and Leadership will join with Ohio State’s Access Collaborative program and Community Properties of Ohio on Saturday, December 5, when they will offer a special holiday party for student single parents and their children.

The families will enjoy a free holiday meal, children’s craft activities, family photographs, carnival games and more. SEaL is asking for donations for gifts baskets that will be provided to each family, and volunteers to help put on the party.  

If you or your coworkers would like to sponsor a gift basket, please fill out this form If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please fill out this form:

If you have questions, please contact Student Engagement and Leadership at ext. 2637.


‘Advocacy with instructors’ means communication

Do you know what “Advocacy with Instructors” means? You may have seen this on the Letter of Accommodation you received from a student.

Students are approved for this accommodation for any need that may require assistance directly from a Disability Services advocate. Advocacy may include communication with instructors, chairpersons, or other staff members, as deemed necessary by the student and the advocate.

This accommodation is Disability Services’ most fundamental and broad accommodation, and really defines what the department is all about. If you have any questions about advocacy, please contact Disability Services directly at ext. 2570.



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