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October 26, 2015


book coverReminder: Best-selling author Wil Haygood to speak Oct. 29

Award-winning author and journalist Wil Haygood will speak on the Columbus 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. Ballroom reserved seating has been sold out, but overflow seating will be provided down the hall and the event can be viewed via livestream. Wil Haygood's visit is co-sponsored by Huntington and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.




‘Courage is Talking’ Nov. 18 at Downtown High School


Attend the next Courageous Conversation—the community’s monthly dialogue on race and ethnicity—Wednesday, November 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Downtown High School, 364 S. 4th St. The topic at the third in this series will be Health and Healthcare. Courageous Conversations are free and open to the public. More information is available here:


Two service-learning sessions offered in November

Attend “Conversations That Matter,” on Thursday, November 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Nestor 227, when the OAA Service-Learning Committee will discuss course structure and proposals to change any course into a Service-Learning (S-designated) course and make a difference for your students. If you currently conduct a service-learning course or other type of project that includes experiential learning with non-profit agencies, please come and share your experiences.

Then, on Friday, November 13, learn how to engage students with “real-world” experiences that also benefit the community of Franklin and Delaware counties, in “The Power of Partnering,” from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center Gallery, fourth floor WD.



Distinguished Teaching nomination deadline this week

While most nominations for the Distinguished Teaching Award each year come from students, employees can nominate faculty also. The deadline for nominations for the next award is Saturday, October, 31. You can access the nomination form and read about the award criteria on the DTA web page.

True or False: Your course assessments measure learning

How do we plan for assessment? Are our assessments valid and reliable? What types of questions (true/false, multiple choice, essay, etc.) should we use? Join us Friday, October 30, for a workshop on planning and constructing a test. Bring a quiz or set of exam questions to work on. The session will be facilitated by April Magoteaux, professor of Nursing and a Faculty Fellow for Assessment. Register.

Learn about IT support at the next ‘College Knowledge’ session

Are you interested in knowing how to identify a phishing attempt or other security threat on your computer, where to call for different types of technical support, or how to take full advantage of Microsoft 365? Find out at the next College Knowledge session, Friday, October 30, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.  Bart Pricket, director of IT Support Services, will cover what is new in IT and answer your questions. Please register in advance and join HR in WD 409 at 8:45 a.m. for coffee and conversation before the program.

You can stay up to date and meet new and veteran employees at the monthly College Knowledge sessions hosted by Human Resources. Register for upcoming programs including: General Counsel: HR, Police Department, Legal and Board Relations on November 20; and
Business and Administrative Services on December 11.

Contact Lori Thomas, assistant director of Professional Development and Retention at ext. 3860 for additional information about College Knowledge.



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Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.