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October 29, 2015


Digging a new home for scholars

breaking ground

President Harrison, (far right) joins local dignitaries Oct. 27 in the groundbreaking of the Columbus Scholar House addition, to be built on N. 17th and Long Streets.The Columbus Scholar House program is designed to improve lives, families, and communities through education. Situated within four miles of 10 local colleges, Columbus Scholar House will provide affordable housing for eligible, low-income single student parents. To be constructed are 38 units of affordable, new family housing. The project involves the acquisition of 10 existing units located within the recently constructed Charles Building. Twenty-eight new units will be constructed, including 18 apartments in one building and 10 townhomes located in two buildings.


Leadership Conference service project seeks donations

The Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio (CLCO), to be held November 13 and 14 in the Columbus State Conference Center, will include a community service project for the students attending. This year, the student project supports the Faith Mission, which offers a place to stay and hot meals for men and women—three times a day, seven days a week. Donations are needed for items such as razors, hand sanitizer, lotion, umbrellas, light bulbs, new socks and underwear, backpacks, deodorant, and similar hygiene items.  Men’s and women’s winter coats and jeans are also needed.

Student Engagement and Leadership welcomes your donations and has placed donation boxes in the following areas:  Student Conduct, Career Services, Admissions, Advising, SEaL, Bookstore, GDIC/TRIO, EB 201 Deans Offices, Math Department, English Department, Biological Sciences Department, Humanities, Nursing, Psychology, Modern Languages, College Recreation and Wellness, Human Resources and the TIC.


Selfie fun with STEM

selfie shot

Former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin snaps a “selfie” with 100 of his new best friends at the Young Men of Color in STEM event held recently at COSI. As keynote speaker at the event, Melvin used his life story as an athlete, astronaut, scientist, engineer, photographer, and musician to help inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Melvin flew twice on the Shuttle Atlantis, helping to build the International Space Station. His remarkable career also includes being drafted by the Detroit Lions and overcoming hearing loss. He has a BS in chemistry and a master’s degree in materials science engineering. After hanging up his space boots he was appointed head of NASA Education and served as the co-chair on the White House’s Federal Coordination in STEM Education Task Force.

More than 100 young men from ten Columbus middle schools attended the day-long event designed to engage them in the areas of engineering and computer science. They worked on computer programming, game development, aerodynamics, robotics and more. The event was sponsored by the American Electric Power Foundation Credits CountSM program, with help from numerous Columbus State departments, including students from the STEM Club, LSAMP, and the MAN Initiative.


RiSE forums to discuss financial aid Nov.6 and 18


Join Dave Metz, director of Financial Aid, and Michele Wade and Marcus Jackson, assistant directors, at one of two Open Forums to learn about process improvements in Financial Aid. 

They will talk about changes to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policies and processes, the new monitoring activities related to enrollment in coursework leading to a student’s intended degree or certificate, and more. Come to learn how and when these changes will benefit our students.

The forums will be held Friday, November 6, from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m., and Wednesday, November 18, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in Franklin 104.  For more information email or visit the RiSE website.


Randle accompanies LSAMP students to national conference

group photo Dr. Maia Randle, far right, brought 10 of her students to Indianapolis for a STEM conference.

Maia Randle, Ph.D., instructor in Biological and Physical Sciences, recently attended the Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence National Conference in Indianapolis, accompanied by 10 of her Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) students. LSAMP is a scholarship program for minority students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The conference provided a forum for faculty and staff to discuss best practices and share ideas for enhancing LSAMP programs at their institutions. The conference also provided a variety of opportunities for underrepresented minority STEM students to learn professional developments skills, how to present research, and how to navigate to graduate school. At the conference, Dr. Randle presented a session titled “From Community College to Four-Year Institution:  Assisting Underrepresented Ethnic STEM Students in Making the Transition,” in a panel discussion.


‘Power of Partnering’ event to celebrate service-learning relationships

Faculty, are you interested in opportunities to engage your students with “real-world” experiences that benefit Franklin County and surrounding areas? Then this event is for you!

Registration is now open for the Power of Partnering event to be held Friday, November 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD. Come and celebrate the wonderful community partners with whom we have meaningful Service-Learning relationships, andnetwork with other community organizations that are interested in finding a faculty member with whom to partner in future Service-Learning classes. There will also be an opportunity to learn about how to complete a Course Proposal form to receive an S-designation (Service-Learning designation) for your course.

Lunch will be provided and adjunct faculty participating in this event will be compensated.

Registration for this event is required and will be open until Monday, November 9. Register here:


Concert Band to perform Nov. 10

The Columbus State Concert Band will perform its Fall Concert on Tuesday, November 10, at 8:00 p.m. Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The concert is free and open to the public. Guest soloist will be trombonist Joel Shonkwiler, faculty member at Otterbein University, who will perform “The Blue Bells of Scotland,” as arranged by Arthur Pryor who performed the work for nine years with the Sousa Band.

Featured works include the 60th anniversary performance of “The Record Herald March,” which was composed in 1955 by William B. Clift, Jr., and dedicated to Howard S. “Dad” Harper, editor of the Washington Court House, Ohio Record Herald newspaper. The sheet music of the piece was discovered in a box purchased at an auction and donated to Columbus State. “On Horseback” by Frank Ticheli, a work co-commissioned by Columbus State, will be performed for the first time locally. The concert will be conducted by Thomas Lloyd.

Columbus State Concert Band has a tradition of commissioning new works and Lloyd will travel to the College Band Directors National Association conference in Reno, Nevada in March to hear the first performance of a new work by Andrew Boysen. Columbus State was part of a consortium commissioning the new music and will give the local premiere next fall.


Free painting class offered in the Bookstore


Join the Columbus State Bookstore for a free, two-hour painting class taught by local artist and Columbus State employee Vern Lewis. You don’t have to have any painting or art experience to participate, and all your supplies to paint will be included, but seats are limited to the first 15 people to attend. The classes will be offered on Tuesday, November 3, and Tuesday, November 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on the second floor of the Bookstore.


Join the Sugar Detox Challenge

Join Jenna Long from the Department of College Recreation and Wellness for a three-week “Sugar Detox Challenge,” on Mondays, November 16, 23, and 30, at 12:00 p.m. in the Bookstore Lounge.  These sessions will teach you what sugar does to your body, various ways to cope with sugar cravings, and how to keep each other accountable with daily and weekly clean-eating goals. Email Jenna Long to register, or call ext. 2445.


Hispanic Heritage Month event honors missing Mexican students

graphicThe Latin American Student Association (LASA) celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month recently, hosting “Postales de Latinoamérica,” or Latin American Snapshots, in the Library. The students put together an event that offered a wide range of cultural activities including craft artifacts from around Latin America, a poetry reading, music, movies and books. Visitors also enjoyed Latin American cuisine by Peruvian Si, Senor! Restaurant.

The event also honored the 43 missing Mexican students from Ayotzinapa last year with the presentation of the recently published book “43 X AYOTZINAPA,” a collection of essays, articles and poems by 43 intellectuals from Latin America. Spanish 1103 students, taught by Dr. Raquel Pina, prepared a collection of Latin American poems compiled in Poemario Latinoamericano, with biographical notes and personal opinions in Spanish.

“Each time I cross the door into our courtyard, I hear so many different languages just walking across it,” said Dr. Pina. “Latin America is one of those many cultures that compose this beautiful and diverse picture at Columbus State.”


Hobnobbing with high schoolers on Visit Day

Goodhart with studentsMathematics Chair Greg Goodhart speaks with a participant attending the annual Fall Visit Day October 16, when approximately 300 high school seniors enjoyed a breakfast meet-and-greet with campus administrators, deans and department chairs, followed by an introduction from Admissions Director Gina Hiser, and a welcome and campus overview from Dr. Diane Walleser, VP of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

Participants attended break-out sessions to learn more about their programs of study, the Honors program, and how to continue on at Columbus State after completing College Credit Plus courses. The event concluded with a campus tour and an application workshop.


C.A.R.E.S. training offered

Columbus State C.A.R.E.S consists of faculty, staff, administrators, and students working together to support students facing extraordinary situations. Many college students are forced to make tough decisions every day, such as choosing between paying rent or buying food. Advocates learn to practice active listening skills and match students with needed services. Learn how to proactively support our students by learning about these programs in a workshop offered Friday, November 20, from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the Library Studio. Register

Are you already a trained Columbus State C.A.R.E.S. advocate?  Has it been a while since you participated in the two-hour training course? Bring your lunch and learn about new on-campus and off-campus resources for students and employees on Tuesday, November 19, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Library studio. Register



Professor Emeritus helps select Ohio poet laureate

Steve Abbott, distinguished professor emeritus in English, recently completed work on the Ohio Arts Council committee to select Ohio's first Poet Laureate. 

Legislation passed late last year by the General Assembly established the state Poet Laureate position. Abbott represented Ohio Poetry Association as the primary outside resource person on a committee that included four Arts Council Board members and former State Senator Eric Kearney, who sponsored the enabling legislation.

The committee selected four finalists from a pool of 19 nominees. The committee ranked the four in order of preference and forwarded their names to Governor Kasich, who will name the Poet Laureate before the end of the year. The Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term, during which he or she will initiate a project to promote poetry in schools and communities throughout the state.


Communicating with students with disabilities

Communication with students with disabilities may be something new to members of faculty and staff. Sometimes we have misconceptions about the best way to communicate with this population on our diverse campus. Disability Services has created the “10 Commandments of Etiquette for Communicating with People with Disabilities.” Please don’t hesitate to contact the Disability Services office if you have questions about this topic.




International student Thanksgiving Dinner to be held Nov. 23, sponsors needed

In the spirit of sharing our American traditions with our international student population, Columbus State’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Center will host the annual International Thanksgiving Dinner on Monday, November 23. The event allows international students and their families to enjoy a traditional meal with family and friends of the college. We have experienced an increase in participation each year and are expecting more than 100 students this year.

Please consider making a contribution to support this event.  Your contributions will be used to provide dinner tickets for international students and their families and to help cover other event expenses. If you would like to attend the event, individual tickets can be purchased for an additional $15 per person. Checks can be made payable to Columbus State Community College and sent to Amy Bullock in International Student Services, MA 111.  Thank you again for your generosity during this giving season!

Donor options: GOLD Sponsorship: $200 (Provides tickets for 10 international students and for 3 guests from your organization or department.)
SILVER Sponsorship: $110 (Provides tickets for 5 international students and for 2 guests from your organization or department.)

BRONZE Sponsorship
: $50 (Provides tickets for 2 international students and 1 guest from your organization or department.)


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