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October 15, 2015


College mourns loss of Kim Leggett

Legget by water

The Library team is sad to report that recently retired Assistant Director of Libraries, Kim Leggett, passed away Sunday, October 11. 

 “Anyone who ever worked with Kim knew her as a kind, compassionate and caring person,” said Bruce Massis, director. “She was dedicated to this library and was one of the best customer service librarians and administrators the profession has seen. Many of us regularly turned to Kim for her knowledge and wisdom that went well beyond the workplace. She was there when we needed her and could find a solution to any issue that arose. Her tempered, logical approach to her work served as a model to us all.  There are almost no words to express what she meant to us. We will all miss her.”

Kim is survived by her husband Jim, son Zachary and daughter Elizabeth.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, October 18, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home, 515 High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085. Funeral to follow at 4:00 p.m. October 18. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Ohio Health Hospice.


First in Courageous Conversations series a success, next is Oct. 21

Nearly 100 people took part in the first public Courageous Conversation on September 30. While some participants were Columbus State students, faculty and staff, many others were residents who live in Central Ohio and stopped by to take part. Race and Ethnicity is the theme for each of the monthly conversations being held through early next year. “Criminal Justice” is the topic at the next Conversation which will be held next Wednesday, October 21, at 6:00 p.m. at the Columbus Downtown High School, 364 S. 4th St. 

Highlights from the first event can be seen in this video.



Achieving the Dream celebration scheduled for Oct. 27

All employees are invited to attend a celebration to be held in recognition of the college’s new Leader status through the Achieving the Dream network.

The celebration will be held Tuesday, October 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.* There will be brief remarks at 5:30 p.m., plus hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.

*The date and location announced at First Wednesday last week has been changed.



Dispatch article highlights Scholar Network

Tuesday’s Columbus Dispatch included an article by reporter Mary Mogan Edwards highlighting the Scholar Network at Columbus State, and how it helps former foster children who have aged out of the system by offering special services to help them stay in school. Read the article online.


Disability Awareness Month continues with activities

Please join the staff in Disability Services to celebrate Disability Awareness Month. Offerings include:

  • Read & Write Gold software training for faculty, staff, and students
  • Introductory American Sign Language classes for faculty, staff, and students
  • 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.
  • Students from the Interpreting/ASL Education program will interpret the National Anthem before the home Volleyball games Friday, October 23, at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 24, at 11:00 a.m.

A complete list of events and registration information is available on Disability Services Hub calendar. Keep an eye on the Disability Services Facebook page for additional offerings.


Speaker series presents lecture on human rights and the Cold War Oct. 19


The Ohio State/Columbus State Collaborative Speaker Series will present a lecture by Dr. Sarah Snyder, assistant professor of U.S. foreign relations at the School of International Service at American University, Monday, October 19, at 3:00 p.m. in TL 115.

The lecture, entitled “From the Universal Declaration to Tiananmen Square: Human Rights and the Cold War,” is free and open to the public.

Dr. Snyder specializes in the history of the Cold War, human rights activism, and U.S. human rights policy. Her book, Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the Helsinki Network (Cambridge University Press), analyzes the development of a transnational network devoted to human rights advocacy and its contributions at the end of the Cold War. She previously served as lecturer at University College London, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Yale University, and a professorial lecturer at Georgetown University.


Hispanic Heritage showcase is Oct. 21

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Join the Spanish Program, Diversity Services, and the Library for a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration entitled Postales de Latinoamerica on Wednesday, October 21, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio (first floor). The event will feature snapshots of Latin American culture including food, poetry, digital shorts, literature, and more. Contact Dr. Raquel Pina if you would like to share a snapshot from a Latin American culture or RSVP for the event.


Columbus State alum writes history of West Side


Sean Lehosit graduated from Columbus State in 2007, and says his time at the college remains the highlight of his education, even after transferring to Ohio State.

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Now a freelance journalist, Lehosit grew up on “the Hilltop,” and recently had a history book published by Arcadia Publishing titled “West Columbus,” which celebrates the neighborhoods on the Scioto River west of downtown.

He combed through the extensive historical records and photographs of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, and the nostalgic artifacts from residents to best capture the early lives of the region’s pocket neighborhoods.

The first settlement in the area, Franklinton, was founded by Lucas Sullivant in 1797. Later expansions included the areas of Sullivant’s Hill, Rome, and Camp Chase. The neighborhoods found success even though the Scioto River on multiple occasions threatened to wash them off the map during three great floods.

Lehosit’s book is available in bookstores, independent retailers and online.



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2015/2016 Peer Educators named

Eight students have been selected to represent the Office of Diversity Services as Diversity Peer Educators for the 2015-2016 academic year. They are, from left: Umulkheyr Hassan, Seniqua Carter, Shandon Mitchell, Hajar Saksaka, Neeha Pesala, Autumn Spitler, Chloe Faure, and Taylor Davis. The students will help foster a greater appreciation for diversity at Columbus State by coordinating programs and events for their peers including the MAN Initiative, the Women’s Connection, the PONO Learning Community, the Columbus State Leadership Society - Advanced Experience, the Scholar Network, the DREAM Network, the college’s SafeZone workshops, the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, and more.



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COTA asking for Columbus State’s input for future

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) wants to hear from our students, faculty and staff as it looks to the future. How do you want to get around? Our region is growing, attracting more jobs and more people who are all traveling the same streets. 

COTA’s NextGen needs your input to help define how transit can shape our future.

For Columbus State, a so-called “circulator” route may be helpful by connecting the Columbus Campus to downtown, Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University Campus and more. You can provide your thoughts and opinions by taking part this week in this brief COTA online survey:



Ready for Success bus tour visits Columbus State

Several U.S. Department of Education leaders visited Columbus State September 18 as part of the 6th annual Ready for Success Bus Tour, celebrating how local communities are working to increase access and opportunity in education. The tour stopped at 11 locations in seven states to hear about innovative programs underway to help students achieve success.

Johan Uvin, acting assistant secretary of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE); Carmen Drummond, acting chief of staff; Isabel Soto, confidential assistant; and Rafael López, commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families attended a roundtable discussion with Columbus State Scholar Network participants. During the visit they learned about the new Ohio Reach Mentoring Grant of $65,000 for a three-year pilot program to help former foster youths in college.








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