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October 12, 2015


October SEOM
Ten times more work no trouble for facilities coordinator


Although the amount and nature of requests from the State Controlling Board has increased tenfold during the last year, Facilities Management coordinator Martina Cora hasn’t blinked an eye, even when she has been called before a panel of legislators at the last minute to testify on her facts and figures!

“Controlling Board requests have increased substantially and many of the requests are classified as nonspecific, requiring full Controlling Board approval, and involve multiple contracts and purchases,” explains Cora’s supervisor Mark French. “The amount of time required to prepare these requests can be 10 times the previous average. Martina’s attention to detail has been recognized by the Controlling Board on multiple occasions. They have identified her as one of the best in the state!”

“Martina is precise and thorough in her work,” says Terri Gehr, senior VP for Business and Administrative Services.  “She is calm, cool and collected in the face of demanding deadlines and related pressures of this public process. She recently found herself in front of the Board helping to answer a question about an item the college had under review, and her answers quickly yielded a positive response,” said Gehr.

Even the governor’s office sings Cora’s praises. “Martina’s ability to represent the college should not be overlooked, particularly in light of the potentially stressful and unpredictable nature of our impromptu interactions,” says Jim Bennett, chief of the Education Section of the Ohio Office of Budget and Management.

“Columbus State is very fortunate to have an employee of Martina’s caliber in which to entrust the complicated navigation of the Controlling Board process.”



Latin American film series offered


The second in a series of Latin American films being shown at Columbus State will be “Mutum” on Wednesday, October 14, in Delaware Hall 121, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. The 2007 film by Brazilian Sandra Kogut is a coming-of-age story about Thiago, who lives with his family on an isolated farm in the arid backlands of Brazil. Forced to confront separations and betrayal, he slowly lets go of his innocence.

The series will be offered each Wednesday throughout October, cosponsored by Columbus State Modern Languages, Global Diversity and Inclusion, and Ohio State’s Center for Latin American Studies.






Di Pietro to celebrate birthday with Manhattan concert


Rocco Di Pietro, adjunct faculty in the Humanities, will perform a “66th Birthday Concert” at the Spectrum, in downtown Manhattan on Thursday, October 15.  He will perform his own original piano works with Stanford University pianist Chryssie Nanou, and with technical support from Stanford University professor Rob Hamilton.


More SafeZone workshops coming up soon

Several SafeZone workshops will be offered at the following dates:

Friday, October 16 - SafeZone 101, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., WD 402

Wednesday, October 28 - SafeZone Sexual Identity, 2:00-4:30 p.m., Location TBD

Friday, November 13 - SafeZone Special Topic, 1:00-3:30 p.m., Location TBD

All employees may sign up by completing registration on the Hub at:  


finishing race

Seely finishes first triathlon

Brian Seely, coordinator in Maintenance, finished his first full Ironman Triathlon September 27 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Seely swam 2.4 miles in the Tennessee River, rode a 116-mile bike course and ran a full marathon of 26.2 miles, finishing in 14 hours 3 minutes and 50 seconds!  










Duda elected to AMATYC Board

Michelle Duda, associate professor of Mathematics, has been elected to Secretary of American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC). She will serve a two-year term beginning January 1. AMATYC is the only organization exclusively devoted to providing a national forum for the improvement of mathematics instruction in the first two years of college. AMATYC has approximately 1,800 individual members, including more than 150 institutional members in the United States and Canada.



Kayleigh Bowe

Club advisors, officers get ‘Superhero Welcome’

Kayleigh Bowe, new assistant in Student Engagement and Leadership, recently hosted 37 students and advisors representing 24 student organizations and clubs at “A Superhero Welcome: Clubs Kickoff and Training.” At the session, participants learned how to successfully lead and organize their organization or club. Students and advisors also participated in workshops about officer and advisor responsibilities and learned about using the Hub (formerly OrgSync). Throughout the academic year, student clubs also participate in the Student Training and Reward System (STARS) to get recognition and special incentives for leadership progress.  If you are interested in being an advisor for a new club, you may contact Heather Borland or Kayleigh Bowe at or ext. 2637.




Learning to lead


Student Engagement and Leadership and assistant Amaal Shehabi, fourth from left, successfully launched the 5th cohort of the Columbus State Leadership Institute (CSLI).  Twenty-three students will gain the tools for successful learning while developing and utilizing new leadership skills. During four Saturdays this semester, CSLI participants will experience hands-on activities, small-group discussion, peer mentoring and guest speakers. Students who complete the program and volunteer for five hours will be inducted into the Columbus State Leadership Society on January 21, 2016 and be eligible to participate in the Columbus State Leadership Society: Advanced Experience to further develop their leadership skills through the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center.




Portfolio Review Committee training sessions listed

Tenure-track faculty who are serving on Promotion and Tenure Portfolio Review Committees (department, division, or college) in the coming year, please plan to attend one of the following training sessions:

  • Wednesday, November 18, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in DH 408
  • Thursday, November 19, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in DH 410
  • Friday, November 20, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in DH 408

For more information, please contact your P&T Faculty Fellow: Tom Shanahan or Leslie Smith.


Leeman to exhibit


Adjunct faculty member Stacy Leeman's painting “Book of Esther P11” will be part of a small works exhibition at the Main Street Arts Gallery in Clifton Springs, New York from November 11 through December 31.



Flu shots open for scheduling

You can now register for a flu shot on Wednesday, Oct. 21, on the Columbus Campus online here.

You can register for a flu shot on Wednesday, Oct. 21, on the Delaware Campus online here:

The consent form is online here: (print and fill out to bring to your appointment)
Consent form


Columbus State welcomes the following promotions and new hires:

September 16 - Diane Massey, Office Associate in TRIO and Special Projects
September 16 - Deborah Plummer, Office Associate in Human Resources
October 1 - Tracy Kemp, Assistant Director in the Library
October 1 - Chaylee Liberator, Coordinator in the Non-Credit Registration Office
October 1 - Katie O'Shea, Senior Consultant in the President's Office


Specialist, Office of Registrar, Requisition No. 519
Instructor, Respiratory Care, Requisition No. 517
Security Specialist, Police Department, Requisition No. 507




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