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November 9, 2015


Paving the way for spring sitting

photo of stone patio

Although it may be too late to enjoy this year as the weather grows colder, the new patio and seating area being built in the courtyard between Eibling and Franklin Halls will be a sweet sitting area come springtime! Building and Grounds was working hard on the project last week while the weather was dry and warm.  


Admissions coordinator heads SWAT team improving application


Kara Briscoe took the lead on a project team that streamlined the college application for high school students in dual enrollment programs, leading to timely and significant improvements, according to her supervisor Tari Blaney. 

For her efforts, the coordinator of Admissions Systems was selected to receive the November Staff Employee of the Month award at the recent First Wednesday meeting.

“As a program coordinator on the systems team in admissions, most people do not see the amount of high-level work that she undertakes,” said Kyle Landis, one of Briscoe’s nominators. “Kara is distinguishable not only for her breadth of knowledge and expertise, but also as a mentor and friend.”

“Kara’s last revision to the application included almost 200 edits and updates, some of which included very complex rules and coding, all of which needed to be tested and validated,” said Elizabeth Wyles in her nomination.  “Kara puts extra time into trouble-shooting and testing application updates and any new changes that are taking place that need to be developed in our information systems.”

“Kara excels in many ways, but mostly in her communication style. Her personality and communication skills make her an asset to any team. She is dedicated, loyal, witty and extremely intelligent. People respect her and her work. Kara inspires me to continue to push through self-improvement for the benefit of our students and colleagues,” Wyles said.


Ohio State to offer advising webinars

The Ohio State University will offer advising webinars, which are a collaboration between OSU Undergraduate Admissions and their academic colleges and are intended to introduce advisors to the admissions process and to specific programs. The webinars have also been designed to showcase OSU programs and give advisors a take-away or two to share with students.  The first webinar features the Fisher College of Business. Viewers are encouraged to watch the webinar and then join OSU for a live Q&A on Tuesday, November 17, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.  The next webinar will be about the OSU College of Engineering.


Arts and Sciences Lecture Series to feature Iran nuclear deal expert Nov. 24

Emad on TV

Columbus State’s Arts and Sciences Lecture Series committee has arranged to host Emad Kiyaei, executive director the American-Iranian Council and a researcher at Princeton University, for a presentation titled, "Following the Iranian Nuclear Deal: Opportunities for U.S.-Iran Rapprochement and Regional Cooperation," on Tuesday, November 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The American-Iranian Council is a nonprofit and nonpartisan educational organization seeking to help policy makers and citizens overcome key misunderstandings and misperceptions between the United States and Iran. As a researcher at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Kiyaei’s research focuses on the Middle East region, with emphasis on finding avenues for resolving the crisis over Iran’s nuclear program through diplomacy, improving U.S.-Iran relations, and increasing the prospects for a Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone. Previously, Kiyaei was an associate at the Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR) at Columbia University, focusing on Middle East and Iranian affairs.

Kiyaei holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, with a concentration in economic and political development and conflict resolution.

For more information about the presentation, contact Terry Eisele.


Toney writes textbook on photonics

book cover

Dr. James Toney, an adjunct faculty member in the Biological and Physical Sciences department, has authored a textbook, Lithium Niobate Photonics. The book was recently released by technical publisher Artech House. Toney’s book presents the theory, design and applications of devices in lithium niobate, an engineered material that is widely used in fiber optic communication networks and cell phones. Lithium niobate devices have additional applications in sensing, information processing, and laser beam scanning.

The book will be the basis for a professional short course, “Lithium Niobate Devices and Applications,” which the author will present at the Photonics West conference in San Francisco in February 2016.

In addition to his work at Columbus State, Dr. Toney is Sr. Research Scientist at SRICO, Inc., a Columbus company that develops advanced lithium niobate components. The company has recently worked with Battelle to develop devices for quantum optical communications.


Chef students compete at La Chatelaine restaurant

group photo

From left, culinary students Brooke Petty, Elisa Rowland and Brandon Montell competed at La Chatelaine restaurant.

Chef Apprentice students at Columbus State recently competed in an annual competition sponsored by the La Chatelaine restaurants. The Beaujolais Nouveau competition was open to all Columbus State culinary students and was held at the restaurant October 28.

Brandon Montell won the competition with his dish "Sous Vide Duck Breast with a Cherry Merlot Reduction.” In addition to a $300 prize, his dish will be replicated at all three "La Chatelaine, restaurants" on November 19 for the annual Beaujolais Nouveau dinner. The French dinner is complemented by bottles of Beaujolais wine which comes out every autumn. The wine, made with very young grapes that are not generally aged, tends to be a sweeter than most red wines.

The competition is judged by local newspaper and food critics. Columbus State’s Brooke Petty earned $200 for her second place dish. Third place and $100 was awarded to Elisa Rowland.



Jackson presents on DACA status

Kelly Jackson, residency specialist in the Office of the Registrar, made a presentation at the recent Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (OACRAO) Conference. In Jackson’s presentation, “DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” she discussed updated immigration laws, admission procedures, student support at Columbus State, financial aid funding, and how DACA status can affect the student’s residency status for tuition purposes. DACA is an American immigration policy that allows immigrant children who entered the country before their 16th birthday to be exempt from deportation while pursuing their education. The presentation was well attended and well received, with several institutions requesting further information. 



Carringer visits China representing Columbus

Carringer with Zhang

Paul Carringer provides a Columbus State gift bag to Zhang Hui, Deputy Chief of Foreign Affairs, Hefei University.

Paul Carringer, Ph.D., associate professor in Marketing, has returned from a visit to Hefei, China. He was a representative of Columbus at an event marking 35 years of the Sister City relationship between Kurumee, Fukuoka, Prefecture, Japan and Hefei China. It also commemorated 70 years since the defeat of fascism by China and Japan.

During his visit, Carringer met with Hefei University students during an official event that included the president of the university and the mayor of Hefei and other government representatives.








Second annual Umoja Karamu celebration to be held Nov. 19

Umoja Karamu, meaning “Unity Feast” in Swahili, is a celebration of African-American history that began in 1971. This event honors and celebrates five unique periods of African American history through musical and dance performances, as well as selected readings and symbolic foods. Sponsored by Diversity Services and Crazy Faith Ministries, this celebration will take place in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD, on Thursday, November 19, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Brett Welsh.


Creating masterpieces

painting class

Columbus State employee and local artist Vern Lewis instructs students in his free Learn to Paint class last week at the Bookstore.  Lewis will hold his second class on Tuesday, November 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  No experience is necessary and all supplies are included!  Create your own masterpiece!




Financial Planning workshop offered Nov. 19

AXA Advisors will present “The 2-3-4 Concept: Better Planning for your Financial Future,” Thursday, November 19, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in WD 354.  To register (required), contact Britany Demeter at (614) 310-8291 by Wednesday, November 18.   

Sign up for NISODirect

Columbus State is a member of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), an organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges.

Rich James has been the Columbus State NISOD liaison, forwarding member-only professional development products, services, and activities.  A new service now allows faculty, staff, and administrators at NISOD member colleges to sign up to directly receive information about Innovation Abstracts, monthly webinars, and other professional development NISOD resources. Visit and sign up to directly receive information from the organization. NISOD provides excellent resources and employees are encouraged to take advantage of the service.


Columbus State welcomes the following new hires and promotions:

October 16 - JoYin Tang, Supervisor of International Student Services
October 16 - Barbara Choma, Office Associate in Automotive Technology
October 16 - Ju Leigh Serpa, College Coach and Admissions Specialist in Admissions
October 16 - Tamer Khadre, Advisor in International Student Services
October 16 - Demarco Marable, Police Officer
October 16 - Tara McCarron, Program Coordinator in Business Technologies
October 16 - Alexander Stigler, System Specialist in Admissions
October 16 - Jamie Minor, College Coach and Admissions Specialist in Admissions
October 22 - Catherine Mohr, Office Associate in Nursing
November 2 - Anastasia Milakovic, Analyst in Institutional Effectiveness
November 2 - Alexandra Bradley, College Coach and Admissions Specialist in Admissions
November 2 - Monique Carney, Program Coordinator in Business and Engineering Technologies
November 2 - Tamara Strohecker, Specialist in Dual Enrollment


Assistant in Grounds Department - Requisition No. 565
Instructional Designer 1: Multimedia Production, in Instructional Design and Innovation – Requisition No. 553
Assistant in IT Support Services – Requisition No. 541
Access Specialist in Disability Services – Requisition No. 529



Last day to register for Power of Partnering

Today, November 9, is the last day to register for the Power of Partnering event taking place this Friday, November 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The link to register in OrgSync is:

Many of our community partners will be in attendance. Some of those partners include American Red Cross, Broad Street Presbyterian Church Afterschool Program, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus Museum of Art, First English Lutheran Church, Grace Clinics of Ohio, LifeTown, and the United Way of Delaware County. The Power of Partnering event is a great opportunity to celebrate our partners and find a community partner to work with in a current or future Service-Learning course. Don’t miss it!


Safezone workshop on bisexuality to be offered Nov. 13

graphicA SafeZone Special Topic workshop on bisexuality will be offered on Friday, November 13, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. in WD 407. You may sign up for the workshop by completing the registration form here:  


November Health & Fitness News online now

In the Department of College Recreation and Wellness’ newsletter this month you can find out how to do cardio workouts without a treadmill, how to bust stress during the holidays, and a recipe for a nutritious salad that combines kale, Brussels sprouts, cheese, almonds and honey!
Read it online here.


Bookstore offers ‘Stuff & Save’ sale

The Columbus State Bookstore will offer a special sale November 16 through 20, when you can stuff a bag with merchandise and take 25 percent off the products that fit inside! The sale includes clothing, backpacks, gifts, supplies, general reading books, electronics and clearance items. The 10 percent employee discount also applies. You can even register to win the giant teddy bear and a Bookstore gift card while you’re there!




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