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October 8, 2015


Moment of Silence today at 2 p.m. honoring Umpqua CC victims

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has asked that we participate in a National Moment of Silence in remembrance of the victims of the shooting at Umpqua Community College. This observation will be today, Thursday, October 8, at 2:00 p.m.

AACC also asks as a show of solidarity to use the #IamUCC hashtag and share your support via social media.


Reminder: 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

Thurgood Marshall brought down the separate-but-equal doctrine, integrated schools, and not only fought for human rights and human dignity but also made them impossible to deny in the courts and in the streets. In the book, Haygood creates a provocative and moving look at Marshall’s life as well as the politicians, lawyers, activists, and others who shaped—or desperately tried to stop—the civil rights movement of the twentieth century.

The Library is also hosting a Thurgood Marshall Supreme Court case exhibit called “32 Arguments that Changed America” in the Columbus State Library through January 9, 2016.

comprehensive website built by the Library provides important reference and research materials supporting the exhibition and Haygood’s book, “Showdown.” An 18- week series of films will be shown in the Library's Media Studio on the first floor, and a series of lectures will be presented that center on topics associated with the cases, the Voting Rights Act, and more.

Wil Haygood's visit and the Thurgood Marshall exhibit are co-sponsored by Huntington and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.


Columbus State honored by American Red Cross

The local American Red Cross recently held an event honoring Franklin County business and community groups for hosting blood drives throughout the past year.

The awards recognized blood drive sponsors in 18 different categories for top performances in blood donations, and Columbus State was presented with the 1st Place award in the College Division category. 


Veteran student receives $500 Johannes scholarship

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Veteran Kijuanna Russ receives the William D. Johannes scholarship from Jay Favuzzi, supervisor of Military and Veterans Services, and Cindy Hood, Columbus State Foundation.

Kijuanna Russ was recently selected to receive the second $500 scholarship from the newly funded William C. Johannes Veterans’ Award. Russ served in the Navy, maintaining flight records on aircraft, and started at Columbus State in 2010. Russ said she chose Columbus State because of the flexible classes and the college’s large population of adult students similar to herself. After graduation, Russ plans to transfer to Ohio State to study human nutrition.

“I know that veterans get education assistance from the government, but that doesn’t pay for all the costs or extras created by attending college, while most likely working and probably supporting a family,” said William Johannes, who established the scholarship in 2014 along with his wife Gail.





Last day to complete Day of Service survey is Oct. 15

Did you participate in the 2015 Day of Service? If so, please complete the survey to share your experiences with the planning committee. The link to the survey is:


Verizon campaign puts domestic violence under discussion

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 on the website that honors a Verizon employee who was murdered in a domestic violence incident. Two panel discussions featuring the film will be held on the Delaware and Columbus Campuses on October 14 and 20.

The college is also collecting used cell phones and accessories for survivors of domestic violence through Monday, October 19. Donation boxes will be placed in various locations on the Columbus campus including the Library, Bookstore, and Police department as well as the Delaware campus.

(Data will be wiped clean from phones before use. Instructions for deleting cell phone data)

Columbus State will be competing against several other colleges to see who can donate the most phones. The winning college will receive $10,000 from Verizon for a local domestic violence charity.

Boxes have been delivered to the Columbus Campus, Delaware Campus and Regional Learning Centers. You can find donation boxes in Advising Services, Athletics, Bookstore, Library Counseling Services, EMS, Health and Human Services, Police Department, Student Conduct, Student Engagement and Leadership, TRIO/Diversity, and Veteran and Military Services.


Helping at the health fair

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Assistant Professor Angela Fry, top center, and her students from the Social and Human Services, from left, John Page, Destiny Kiss, Jessica Kopf, Tiffany Graves, Sam Hager, and Jacqueline Pasternack, worked hard doing screenings, education and referrals at the annual Mental Health and Wellness Fair, held yesterday in Nestor Hall. Not pictured is student Sarah McLean.


Trustees name emeriti faculty, staff

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At the September meeting of the Board of Trustees, several retired faculty and staff members were awarded emeritus status, including, from left, Patricia Parker, Phyllis Hardy, Susan Moran, Christiana Hopkins, Libby Daugherty, Mokie Steiskal, Michelle Welsh, Candy Spangler, Barbara Thompson, John Scoville and Dan Watrous.  Not pictured are Jean-Claude Ba, Chuck Wilson, Tom Barrowman, Amy Brubaker, Polly Owen, Dona Reaser, Michael Ehret, Mary Vaughn, and Jay Benedict.

The Board also recognized outgoing members Rich Rosen and Anne Lopez-Walton, and ex-officio staff representative Doug Rellick.



Adjunct faculty member wins two awards for book on French history

Ben Trotter, adjunct faculty member in the Humanities, has been awarded the American Historical Association’s Leo Gershoy Award for the best publication in the fields of 17th- and 18th-century western European history.


His book, “A World of Paper: Louis XIV, Colbert de Torcy, and the Rise of the Information State” (McGill-Queens Univ. Press, 2014) was co-authored with John C. Rule of The Ohio State University. The 2015 prizes will be awarded during a ceremony at the Association’s 130th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, January 7-10, 2016.

Earlier this year, Trotter also received The David Pinkney Prize, awarded annually by the Society for French Historical Studies for the best book on French history published by a North American scholar.

You can read more about Trotter’s book online here.





Put an ‘S’ on it

Columbus State faculty are encouraged to submit a Service-Learning (S-L) course proposal and join the growing number of faculty to receive an S-Designation on their course. Course proposals for this semester will be accepted through Friday, October 16. The submission form can be obtained by emailing

There are numerous “S” faculty and S-L committee members that are available to help you with the course proposal if you have questions. A list of committee members can be found on the S-L website. Since autumn of 2014, more than 1,800 students have provided more than 16,000 service hours to 25 different community partners at over 70 different locations in S-L classes! Join this important work by submitting your S-L course proposal.


Helping to ‘Heat the Town’

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More than 75 technicians from 15 companies donated their personal time October 3 to help those in need in our community. They included faculty and students from Columbus State’s HVAC program, who helped to perform no-cost heating system checks at the homes of more than 200 low income, veteran, or senior citizens in central Ohio. Many of these citizens would have been cold this winter or living in an unsafe environment without this community service. The students gained valuable experience in their career as well as in giving back to others as they rode along with service personnel from area contractors and helped with system inspections and minor repairs. The project is sponsored by the Air Conditioning Contractors of Central Ohio (ACCCO). Pictured at the event are HVAC faculty Bill Highley (seated front) and students Johnny Ortis, Raymond Chummas, Rob Rhoton, Carl Duch, Lorne Sornson, and Eric Wenning. Not pictured is student Christopher Fout.



Visit Christopher’s restaurant every Thursday

Christopher’s, the student-run restaurant open on Thursdays for lunch and dinner in the lower level of Eibling Hall, has a menu online each week here: Christopher’s Menu. Pumpkin pie anyone?



Admissions Systems forums no longer available

Admissions Systems Forums, formerly scheduled on the first Thursday of every month at noon, will no longer be available as of November 1. Admissions Systems staff are always available to discuss systems-related updates, as well as answer specific systems questions. Please contact Kara Briscoe, program coordinator in Admissions Systems at ext. 5513 for more information or to have the team present at a staff meeting or other event.



Learn about assessment, test design

Effective assessment can improve the performance of both teacher and student. Faculty, and anyone interested in assessment, can join in two learning opportunities this month:

Assessing Learning, online class starts October 12

This four-week course invites you to explore the complex issues surrounding assessing student learning. The course has several brief content items to spark and direct discussion. These include Deep Learning versus Surface Learning; Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs), Providing Feedback and Developing Rubrics. The main point of the course is for you to identify your own questions to solve with the help of your peers. You can earn a "Certificate of Completion" by completing several activities. Register.

‘Basic Test Design’ offered October 30

One method for assessing whether students meet the learning outcomes is to develop, administer, and analyze results of written tests. This presentation provides basic information on planning and constructing a test. 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? Learn about this and more. Bring a quiz or set of exam questions to work on. This is session is facilitated by April Magoteaux, Professor, Nursing and a Faculty Fellow for Assessment. Register.




Submit your news to Update

Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State? Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees. Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at noon for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at noon for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

Submit your news to students in Campus Life

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.