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November 19, 2015


Opportunity to pay forward is ‘Giving Tuesday’ Dec. 1

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The Columbus State Foundation invites the college community—employees, alumni, students, and donors—to join together to launch a new tradition of philanthropy at Columbus State, called #GivingTuesday.*

Giving Tuesday is a new national movement of philanthropy fueled by the power of social media and community collaboration. After the first frantic spending sprees of the holiday season on “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” the time is right to dedicate ourselves to paying it forward. Giving Tuesday allows us that opportunity on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

As employees of Columbus State, you understand better than anyone the needs of our students who are the first in their family to attend college, and those from low-income families who are at risk of dropping out without additional financial support.

And on Giving Tuesday, your gift could be doubled!

Richard Rosen, who serves on the Columbus State Board of Trustees, and his wife Karen, believe so strongly in helping Columbus State students succeed that they have committed to match every Giving Tuesday gift up to $50,000.

Need more information about Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2015?  You’ll find Five Ways to Get Involved with #GivingTuesday online here.  Or, go straight to the #GivingTuesday website and donate on December 1!

*The hashtag, or # mark, is used in the #GivingTuesday logo to indicate a conversation stream on social media. So join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #givingtuesday, and #give2cscc.


Dispatch editorial touts Veterans Services initiative

In today's Columbus Dispatch, Jay Favuzzi and the Military and Veteran Services Department is commended for pushing through programs to award college credit to veterans based on their service.  You can read the whole article online here.


Delaware Campus kicks off annual donation drive

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Abubakr Farah, far left, Delaware Campus Police, and Professor Rick Bartlett, second from left, join students and staff from the Delaware Campus to kick off their donation drive for People in Need of Delaware County.  The drive ends Dec. 11.

In an annual effort led by Dr. Rick Bartlett, professor in Business Management, the Columbus State Delaware Campus kicked off their holiday donation drive for People in Need (PIN) November 9 in Moeller Hall. The drive ends Friday, December 11, when all donated items will be picked up and delivered to People in Need of Delaware County. The organization assists families and individuals of Delaware County year round by providing personal emergency assistance with dignity and respect in their time of need.


The PIN Holiday Clearing House program, now in its 61st year, provides new toys, clothing, gift certificates, gifts and food to Delaware County families with children, and senior or disabled homebound residents. The organization is especially in need of new toys, new winter clothing, food, toiletries, and monetary gifts. If you would like to donate to the Delaware Campus PIN Holiday Donation Drive, bring your items to Moeller Hall collection boxes any time before December 11 or contact Dr. Rick Bartlett to find out more.


Faculty nominated for Distinguished Teaching Award

Students and colleagues have nominated 38 faculty for the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award. Many eligible members of this group are continuing the review process that culminates with the naming of four winners during the Quality Awards ceremony next spring.

Nominees have submitted teaching philosophy statements and up to 25 will be selected to submit portfolios. Then, up to ten finalists will be observed in the classroom this spring. The selection committee consists of the 2014 winners Stephen Logan, Melissa Logue, Rick Miller and Jeff Richardson, and Angelo Frole, Dean of Business and Engineering. Please join the DTA committee in congratulating each of the nominees. To learn more about the award and selection process visit the DTA web page.

The 2015 nominees are: Melanie Adams, Crystal Danley, Leona Houston, Indra Sindhu, Gerry Billy, Jennifer Dragoo, Marilyn Howard, Christopher Smith, Victoria Blubaugh, Jim Dvorsky, Eric Kenz, Seth Smith, Kathleen Boyd, Ron Elizaga, Larry Kleinhenz, Maria Soisson, Nicole Brandt, Danny Foor, Jonathan Kreger, Gerard Tankovich, Greg Burlile, Bree Frick, Stephen Logan, Heather Thompson-Gillis, David Coffman, Raymond Goral, Melissa Logue, Dawnne Wise, Mary Cook, Tony Hage, John Nedel, Frederick Woodley, Sally Cooper, Amy Hatfield, Maria Neil, Chris Copeland, Carl Heller,  and Scott O'Callaghan.  


Industry experts convene to discuss cyber security workforce needs

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Industry experts complete a compression planning exercise at Columbus State to determine cyber security workforce needs in Central Ohio.

As part of a recently awarded National Science Foundation grant, Columbus State hosted a Job Skills Analysis using compression planning to identify the roles and tasks Cyber Security Technicians should be able to perform. More than 20 individuals from industry, Columbus State, and partner educational institutions contributed to the planning.

Participating organizations included Cardinal Health, Nationwide, Alliance Data, Infragard, Rev1Ventures, Columbus Collaboratory, Pillar Technologies, local IT consultants, Ohio Dominican University, and Franklin University.

Columbus State’s cyber security project team used the session as a tool to engage industry partners, and proactively address the economic, workforce, and education needs of cyber security technicians in the region. Computer Science faculty member and project principal investigator, Jeremy Porter gave an introduction to the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.

The event provided an ideal opportunity for central Ohio employers and area colleges to engage in collaboration and reach agreement on the project’s path. The faculty and project team will now evaluate results, map the findings, and draft a curriculum plan for the cyber security program.



Richardson to publish on microfossils in Ohio

Dr. Jeff Richardson, professor in Biological and Physical Sciences, has a new research manuscript published, titled "Possible organic-walled microfossils from the Middle Run Formation (Neoproterozoic) of Ohio, U.S.A."  The research documents the oldest fossils found in Ohio dating back about 850 million years. The manuscript will be published in Northeastern Geoscience, an online academic journal of regional geological science in northeastern North America.



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Chorus to perform Dec. 6

Chorus Columbus State will perform its annual fall semester concert with seasonal works  such as” A Ceremony of Carols” for chorus, harp, and soloist on Sunday, December 6, at 3:00 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art. The concert is free and open to the public. 



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Library offers continuing film series on Thurgood Marshall

Don’t forget the film series that accompanies the Thurgood Marshall exhibit at the Columbus State Library. The remaining titles include Thurgood Marshall: America's First African American Supreme Court Justice (2014,) A History of Civil Rights in America (2011) and several selections from American Experience like Klansville U.S.A. (2015) and Scottsboro (2001.) You can see the whole schedule here.



Boster featured on history podcast ‘BackStory’

Dea Boster, assistant professor in Humanities, was invited to participate in a recent episode of the University of Virginia’s history podcast BackStory, talking about her research on disability and antebellum slavery. Boster is a historian and author of African-American Slavery and Disability: Bodies, Property, and Power in the Antebellum South, 1800 to 1860. You can see the full episode online here.



Chinese delegation visits Aviation Maintenance program

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Jeff Gruber (center in lab coat) hosted the Chinese delegation at Bolton Field, including from left: Liu Kai, JoYin Tang, Ge Feng, Keith Johanns, Xie Guanghui, He Jiwei, and Liang Wenxue.

Recently, delegates from China’s Beijing Polytechnic College visited the Southwest Center at Bolton Field to look at the college’s Aviation Maintenance program and discuss potential collaboration and partnership opportunities with a China government-funded program. Beijing Polytechnic is one of the leading vocational colleges directly under the Beijing Municipal Government. 

The delegation from China consisted of Professor JiWei He, director for the Office of Admission and Career Development; Wenxue Liang, chair for Department of Fundamental Courses; Feng Ge, director for the Office of Infrastructure Construction; Kai Liu, director for the Office of Logistics and Maintenance; and Guanghui Xie, assistant to the President. 

The delegates were hosted by the Office of International Student Services and Professor Jeffrey Gruber of the Aviation Maintenance Department. 


Columbus State among top colleges attracting international students

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The Institute of International Education (IIE) recently released its “Open Doors” 2015 data, and Columbus State continues to be one of the leading community colleges in Ohio for attracting international students and impacting the state’s economy. According to a U.S. Department of Commerce report, in international education impact Columbus State ranked:

* No. 26 overall in the state of Ohio
* No. 2 in the greater Columbus area, after Ohio State University
* No. 2 among community colleges in the state, after Cuyahoga Community College

Columbus State’s international enrollments contributed $5.1 million to the Ohio economy in the 2014-2015 academic year. 

Reports are based on contributions of F-1 student visa holders and don’t include transient, DACA/undocumented, or students with other visa types.


SafeZone workshop offered Dec. 10

Attend SafeZone 101,Thursday, December 10, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. in WD 407. Employees may sign up by completing registration on The Hub at


Upward Bound celebrates student success

Two Upward Bound participants were recently acknowledged by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio and the United Way of Central Ohio for their resiliency and commitment to their future. Naomi Robertson, a freshman at Linden McKinley High School, was selected as the “Little Sister” feature story at the 82nd Annual Meeting Luncheon held at The Ohio State University. Naomi’s advisor, Mya Jordan, supervisor in Upward Bound, was selected to participate on the panel as a support member of “Naomi’s Village,” in which she highlighted how the Upward Bound program supports Naomi and many other students’ academic, career and personal achievements.

Tiwuan Atchley, a 2015 graduate of Linden-McKinley High School and the Upward Bound program, was also honored at the 82nd Annual Meeting. His story is so inspiring that he was selected as one of the student highlights for the current United Way of Central Ohio campaign. His poster can be seen across the city and viewed at Tiwuan is now a freshman at Wittenberg University majoring in Accounting and Finance.


News from the Discovery District


On Thursday, December 3, the 2014 Thurber Prize for American Humor winner, John Kenney will be the headliner for the annual Thurber Birthday Gala. It is a wonderful evening with guaranteed laughs and birthday cake. For more information and tickets, click here:

The Hills Market Downtown can help you look super savvy and knowledgeable this winter with their Holiday Wine Tasting on Friday, Dec. 4.  For $20 you will have a chance to sip on 10 different Champagnes, Napa Cabernet, Bordeaux or other high-end wines that make the perfect gift. This event will go from 6-8 p.m. and will also feature samples from their Holiday Catering Menu and light tapas-style appetizers designed by their chef. There are only a limited number of tickets to this exclusive event, so grab your tickets today at

Start your holiday shopping on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the CCAD Student Art Show. Visit the Loann Crane Center for Design, 112 Cleveland Ave., and pick up some amazing pieces while support student wellness initiatives at CCAD. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the cost is $5. 

It is time for BalletMet’s Nutcracker! Click here for all of the dates, special programs, and more. While you’re there, check out the classes they have available for all ages. 

And don’t forget the Discovery District Holiday Trolley Hop on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1-5 p.m.



Maintain, Don’t Gain Challenge’ back for holidays

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Almost every holiday gathering includes high-calorie and high-fat foods, making it nearly impossible to not gain weight during this season!  The Columbus State Wellness Initiative wants to help motivate you to stay healthy during the holidays, with the Maintain, Don’t Gain Challenge!

Employees will be weighed by Mt. Carmel Workplace Wellness representatives before Thanksgiving and again after the first of the New Year. The goal will be to gain no weight over the holidays, and prizes will be given to those who accomplish this.

Weigh-ins will take place on Monday, November 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 24, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., both in in Rhodes Hall 114.

For more information about the challenge, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989.

Enjoy pre-holiday stress relief with a free massage!

Buckeye Physical Rehabilitation will give free, 15-minute chair massages to employees on Monday, November 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Franklin Hall 308A. To reserve your time slot for a massage, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989 by Friday, Nov. 20.

College Knowledge session to feature General Counsel

Whether you are a new or long-term employee, keeping up with changes and new faces can be a challenge. College Knowledge is designed to help employees connect to, and learn about, different college services, resources and initiatives.

The next session features the General Counsel Division which includes Human Resources, the Police Department, Legal and Board Relations. Join us this Friday, November 20, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.Please register in advanceand come to WD 303 at 8:45 a.m. for coffee and conversation before the program.

Contact Lori Thomas, assistant director of Professional Development and Retention at ext. 3860 for more information. The next College Knowledge session is December 11 with Business and Administrative Services.


Financial Workshop offered today

AXA Advisors will present the “2-3-4 Concept: Better Planning For your Financial Future” Workshop on Thursday, November 19, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in WD 354.


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Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State? Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees. Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at noon for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at noon for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

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Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.