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November 2, 2015


“Diviners” to be performed this week

Theatre Columbus State presents The Diviners, a past winner of the American College Theatre Festival. The tragic drama, set in southern Indiana in the early 1930s, centers on the friendship between a preacher and a teenager with a fear of water.

The Diviners will be performed in Nestor Auditorium nightly at 8:00 p.m., November 4 through 8, with a 3:00 p.m. matinee on Thursday, November 5. Admission is free.


Haygood on stage


Haygood talks Thurgood

Wil Haygood makes a point while being interviewed by President Harrison at the Oct. 29 special event “Showdown.” Haygood talked about what motivated him to research and write about Thurgood Marshall and the contentious nomination process he endured in 1967 to become the first black member of the U.S. Supreme Court.





Courageous Conversation No. 2 discusses criminal justice

Another successful event for Courageous Conversations was held October 21, when the community discussed the subject of criminal justice. As with the first event, some participants were Columbus State students, faculty and staff, and many others were residents who live in Central Ohio and stopped by to take part. “Health and Healthcare” will be the topic at the next Conversation which will be held Wednesday, November 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Columbus Downtown High School, 364 S. 4th St. Highlights from the most recent event can be seen in this video:


First Wednesday to be held Nov. 4

Join your colleagues and President Harrison at the November First Wednesday, to be held November 4, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  We will celebrate the Staff Employee of the Month and hear updates on the latest news from around the college. As always, the event will be live streamed at where you will be prompted to enter the password cougars.


Students earn medals at Culinary Federation competition

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Student chef apprentices at the American Culinary Federation competition were, from left, Latrice Whitfield, Daniel Seyfried, Brooke Petty, Trina Peck, Lindsay Veil, with instructor Barry Young. Not pictured are Shawn Klingel and Nathan Zito.

Six Columbus State Chef Apprenticeship students participated in the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Columbus Chapter Hot Food and Pastry competition that was held last weekend at the Columbus Culinary Institute.  Judges for the competition came from across the U.S. for the competition, where both professionals and students competed in various categories for points to achieve ACF medals. Columbus State students Brooke Petty and Shawn Klingel won gold medals; Trina Peck and Daniel Seyfried won silver medals; Lindsay Veil won a silver in hot foods and a bronze in pastry; and Nathan Zito won a certificate.



Chefs teach Wexner residents

Wexner Heritage Village in Bexley welcomed Adam Hagar, Hospitality teaching assistant (left) and Chef Jim Taylor, Hospitality Management chair, for a small-group presentation on October 28. The culinary experts presented a demonstration for a small group of residents on the macaroon, a French meringue-based confection. If you would like to volunteer to present on a topic of your choice, Wexner Heritage Village residents are interested in art, music, current events and more. Contact David Wayne in Marketing and Communications for more information.



Grant teams attend advanced technological education conference

Project teams representing engineering, logistics, and computer science attended the 22nd Annual Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Conference last week in Washington DC, hosted by the American Association of Community Colleges with the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

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Attending the  Advanced Technological Education Conference last week in Washington DC were, from left, John Sherwood, Nichole Braun, Scott Wegeng, Dick Bickerstaff, John Paul Vandermark, Scott McLemore, Anna Patterson, Jim Gaskill, Tara McCarron, Shane Kirby, and Lee Blyth. (Not pictured are Gary Clark and Jeremy Porter).

The conference brought together approximately 850 educators to focus on the critical issues in technological education. Columbus State currently has three funded projects within the NSF ATE program.

Two of the projects, Modern Manufacturing Work Study and Logistics Engineering Technology, are in the second year and had their programs on display during the showcase sessions.  Computer Science was awarded a project focusing on cyber security education in September and will showcase that project next year.

Dick Bickerstaff, chair of Engineering Technologies presented the Modern Manufacturing Work Study program with panel members Scott McLemore, Honda North America, Nichole Braun, advisor, and Jim Gaskill, principal of Thomas Worthington High School.




Smith presenting

Lieutenant Smith makes the speaking circuit

Lt. Kevin Smith of the Columbus State Police Department has been busy speaking with area agencies. On October 23 he provided an Active Shooter presentation for the Franklin County Department of Disability Services Supervision Leadership Team at the EXNON Conference Center in Columbus. This was a continuation of a three-year program to train staff and clients. To date, more than 750 employees and clients from most of Ohio’s 88 counties have attended the Active Shooter presentations and Assault Prevention safety programs presented by Lt. Smith.

Earlier in the month Smith was invited for the third year to present at the Synergy Conference in Dublin on Assault and Prevention Techniques. The conference was sponsored by Professionals, Advocates, Resources and Ohio Self Determination Association, an association for individuals working in the field of mental retardation and developmental disabilities in Ohio.



News from the Discovery District


“Pen and Tell It!” is coming soon at the Thurber House in November, where there are classes for students in second through eighth grades on Sundays, November 15 and November 22. These one-day creative writing activities are meant to get students excited about writing and have fun with all different types of genres. If you have a young writer or know of one, send the information their way! Find our more online here

Start your holiday shopping on Saturday, December 5, with the Columbus College of Art and Design’s Student Art Show. Visit the Loann Crane Center for Design, 112 Cleveland Ave., and pick up some amazing pieces while supporting student wellness initiatives at CCAD. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and the cost is $5. For more information about the art show, visit

And of course, the annual Discovery District Holiday Trolley Hop is coming up on Saturday, December 12, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. so mark your calendar. At the Trolley Hop, businesses open their doors to welcome the community to experience the festive holiday season in the Discovery District. You park in one spot and ride the free trolleys around the District on short, mapped-out routes. Options for shopping and dining will be featured along the route!




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