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October 1, 2015



First Wednesday scheduled for Oct. 7

The monthly meeting First Wednesday will be held Wednesday, October 7, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center ballroom, fourth floor WD.  The meeting will also be live streamed for those unable to attend at using the password cougars.


Thurgood Marshall Exhibition opens in the Library today

The Columbus State Library opens its new exhibit titled, “Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court: 32 Arguments that Changed America,” today in the second floor gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

book coverThe exhibition focuses on the early career of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American appointed as a Justice to the Supreme Court.  In his formative years as a practicing attorney, Marshall argued 32 cases before the Supreme Court and won 29 of them. The exhibition highlights those cases, each with a poster representing the case. You may explore selected works in the exhibition using our special augmented reality app (easily downloadable to your IOS or Android device). Then you will be able to view the exhibition posters in a whole new way by accessing photos, videos, animations, and details of the cases that enhance the viewing experience.

A comprehensive website built by the Library provides important reference and research materials supporting the exhibition and author Wil Haygood’s new book, “Showdown.” An 18- week series of films will be shown in the Library's Media Studio on the first floor.  Finally, a series of lectures will be presented that center on topics associated with the cases, the Voting Rights Act, and more. Funded through the generous support of Huntington Bank and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, the exhibition will run through January 29, 2016.


Attend a ‘Digitization Brown Bag’ tomorrow!

English Professor and Distance Learning Faculty Fellow Ann Palazzo will host the first Digitization Brown Bag session on Friday, October 2, at 1:00 p.m. in WD 1113.  The purpose of the brown bags is to share learning objects and digitization experiences across the campus.  These get-togethers are open to anyone interested in attending, and are intended to be informal and collegial. On Friday, Martin Blaine, Accounting, and Matt Heywood, Computer Science, will share their experiences and their work. For more information, please email Ann Palazzo.



New cybersecurity degree developed

As private industry and public agencies grapple with growing incidents of hacking involving confidential information, a new grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will help train experts to combat the problem and provide better online security.

The $600,000 grant allows Columbus State to develop a new CyberSecurity Training degree program. The end result will be an increase in the number of qualified cybersecurity professionals for government and industry in Central Ohio.

The program includes partners in industry, higher education and area high schools.

The first objective is to develop a 60-credit-hour A.A.S. degree in cybersecurity and a certificate program which will require fewer credit hours. The degree or certificate will prepare IT and non-IT workers to specialize and obtain an industry-standard ISC SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner) Certification. Graduates will qualify for mid-level positions such as Information Systems Security Analyst, Computer Security Specialist and Network Administrator.

A second objective will establish a pre-college model for a high school outreach program. Students will start the first two years of a cybersecurity course of study. Included is a Cybersecurity Educator Workshop for high school teacher professional development.

An additional objective calls for four-year universities to serve as the final link in a 2+2+2 program—two years in high school, two years at Columbus State, and two years at a university.

The collaboration includes Franklin University, NSF ATE (Advanced Technological Education) National CyberWatch Center, Columbus Downtown High School and Reynoldsburg City Schools. Key industry partners include E&Y, Abercrombie & Fitch, Alliance Data, Ohio Health, Nationwide, The Columbus Collaboratory, and TechColumbus – now Rev1Ventures.



October is Disability Awareness Month

Please join the staff in Disability Services to celebrate Disability Awareness Month. A few key offerings include:

  • Read & Write Gold software training for faculty, staff, and students
  • An introductory American Sign Language class for faculty, staff, and students
  • Academic Advisors offer walk-in advising appointments in the Disability Services office during the week of October 5-8 for students registered with Disability Services
  • An author-led discussion based on the soon to be released book, The Debut of Diversity: The Emerging Conversation about Autism and Higher Education, with Matthew Wilson.

A complete list of events and registration information is available on the Columbus State Hub. (Sign in to The Hub, Browse Organizations for “Disability Services” and click on “Events.”) Keep an eye on the Disability Services Facebook page for additional offerings.



Changes to streamline Disability Services testing

The Disability Services Test Administration Request form is now available for instructors at all campuses with testing centers and should be submitted, along with the test or quiz, for all students who require testing accommodations.  The Disability Services Test Administration Request form can be found on the Disability Services website, on the Intranet, or in person in Eibling Hall 101, the Delaware Campus Testing Center, or a Regional Learning Center Testing Center.

All students who need testing accommodations, who plan to test at any Columbus State Testing Center, should complete a Student Testing Agreement Request (STAR) form.  Students in online classes, or taking classes at a RLC or the Delaware Campus should complete the digital STAR form. Students taking courses on the Columbus Campus have the option to complete the hard copy or digital version of the form.  Students must still present instructors with their Letter of Accommodation to receive testing accommodations.



Whipping some wasps

photoTim Butcher, Environmental Health and Fire Protection coordinator, suits up in beekeeping gear to remove a ground nest of yellow jackets in a flower bed next to the Library. In this picture, snapped by IT technician Skip Stokesdale at 6:30 a.m., Butcher was digging up the nest, which would be frozen to kill the wasps, and then fed to chickens as a treat! Butcher says he suits up because yellow jackets are very aggressive and can sting multiple times. He also prefers to avoid poison for a more ecological approach. “The poison ends up killing other beneficial insects where it’s used, so I dig them up instead,” said Butcher.  And there are constant job hazards. Even though Butcher was wearing beekeeping gear that morning, he forgot to tape shut the pockets. A few yellow jackets got in and stung him through the openings!





Nursing accreditation site visit scheduled for Oct. 14

The Columbus State Nursing Department will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its associate degree program in Nursing by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  

You are invited to meet the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, on the Columbus Campus in Franklin Hall 104.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, or email: All written comments should be received by the ACEN by October 6, 2015.



Volunteers needed for robotics competition Dec. 12

Columbus State will again this year host the Regional First Lego League Robotic Competition, on Saturday, December 12, on the Columbus Campus. This year’s contest is titled “Trash Trek.” Many volunteers are needed for a successful event, and you do not need robotics experience to participate! Training for volunteer judges and referees will be held Saturday, October 24.

Please email volunteer coordinator Gene Sprang  if you would like more information.





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