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October 19, 2015


Important Reminders:
Attend next Courageous Conversation Oct. 21


The second event in the Courageous Conversations series will focus on the topic of criminal justice and will be held Wednesday, October 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Columbus Downtown High School, 364 S. 4th St. Courageous Conversations is an event for Central Ohioans to engage in a meaningful, genuine, monthly dialogue on race and ethnicity. The event is free and open to the public.


Best-selling author Wil Haygood to speak Oct. 29

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Award-winning author and journalist Wil Haygood will speak on the Columbus State campus about his new book “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America” on Thursday, October 29, at 11:00 a.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center (fourth floor WD).  A book signing will follow his presentation. Reserve your free tickets at

Wil Haygood's visit is co-sponsored by Huntington and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.


Massis named to lead AQIP Ohio Coalition


At the semi-annual Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Ohio Coalition meeting October 15, Director of Libraries and Accreditation Liaison officer Bruce Massis was selected to lead the coalition forward by the membership.

Co-hosted by Massis and Faculty Fellow for Accreditation, David Tom, Ph.D., the meeting was attended by 15 of the 21 AQIP Institutions in Ohio, representatives from the Ohio Board of Regents, and a number of the college’s AQIP Steering Committee members. Keynote speakers included VP and Chief of Staff for The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and VP for Accreditation Relations, who presented on many of the recent changes in accreditation affecting higher education institutions in Ohio and 18 other states.

Massis has also recently received certification as a Peer Reviewer for the HLC, joining Dr. Greg Goodhart in that role, whose duties include reviewing Systems Portfolios written by other AQIP institutions and Comprehensive Quality Review visits to AQIP institutions.


“Accuplacer” representatives to visit

The Columbus State Placement Testing Task Force has arranged to meet with representatives from Accuplacer, a placement testing system that offers testing in multiple subject areas such as reading, writing and language skill for students entering college. The Task Force is currently reviewing new placement-test systems due to the phasing out of the COMPASS system at the end of 2016. 

Representatives from Accuplacer will meet with groups including Advising Services, Disability Services, Admissions and more, throughout the day on Friday, October 23. There will also be an Open Session from 11:00 a.m. to noon in WD 354 to allow any other employees to speak to the Accuplacer representatives. For more information about the visit, contact Tracy Little.


Your students are invited to join PTK

pinMore than 2,000 students have received invitations to the Columbus State chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society this semester. That means they have completed at least twelve credit hours at Columbus State with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Phi Theta Kappa is about recognizing students’ outstanding academic achievements and connecting them to scholarships to continue their educations, as well as helping them network for their future.

Please encourage your outstanding students to attend one of the upcoming information sessions to learn more: Today, October 19, at noon in NH-122A; Tuesday, October 20, at noon in NH-122A; and Thursday, December 17, at 3:00 p.m. in NH-122A. Faculty are welcome to attend to learn more about PTK on the Hub of by email at




Carringer earns certification as tourism ambassador

Business Programs faculty member Paul Carringer, Ph.D., has been awarded the designation of Certified Tourism Ambassador upon the completion of coursework and testing covering tourism, marketing, public service, and area history.  

The Certified Tourism Ambassador TM program is industry-recognized certification that teaches businesses and front-line employees how to increase tourism by enhancing the visitor experience. Experience Columbus provides the coursework and testing for the designation on behalf of the Tourism Ambassadors Institute.


Last day to donate to Verizon domestic abuse campaign

Columbus State is teaming up with Verizon to spread awareness of domestic violence, including how to recognize the symptoms, how to be a better partner, and how you can help others. 

"Amy's Story" is a video that honors a Verizon employee who was murdered in a domestic violence incident.  A panel discussion featuring the film will be held on the Columbus Campus on Tuesday, October 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Library Media Studio. 

The college is also collecting used cell phones and accessories for survivors of domestic violence which may be placed in donation boxes placed in various locations on the Columbus Campus including the Library, Bookstore, and Campus Police, or brought to the Columbus Campus event on October 20.


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Athletics Hall of Fame established, nominations needed

Nominations are being accepted for the Columbus State Athletics Hall of Fame inaugural class. The award honors former Cougar athletes, coaches, teams, administrators and others who have made extraordinary contributions to Columbus State’s intercollegiate athletics program.

Nominations forms can be found at or by calling the Cougar Athletics office at (614) 287-5092.

Nominations must be received by the athletics office by Friday, November 13. The Hall of Fame committee will convene on Monday, November 16 to go over nominations, and the awards will be given on January 23, 2016.




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