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September 18, 2015


Columbus State unveils community-wide race and ethnicity dialogue initiative

As the most diverse higher education institution in the region, Columbus State has a responsibility to lead as a neighborhood steward in discussing local, regional and national community issues. In order to achieve that goal, the college will begin a Courageous Conversations series beginning this month.

In light of recent heartbreaking race-related tragedies, the 2015-2016 theme will be Race and Ethnicity. This ambitious, ongoing project—which will be free and open to the public—has the support of the Columbus Mayor’s office, the Columbus Urban League and the Community Relations Commission.

The first Courageous Conversations event will be held Wednesday, September 30, at 6:00 p.m. at Columbus Downtown High School,364 S. 4th St.Faculty, staff and students are all invited to take part.Hear more about the project in this edition of A Few Minutes with…Kim Brazwell.


Columbus Dispatch, Columbus CEOmagazine feature Columbus State

In last Sunday’s issue of The Columbus Dispatch, reporter Mary Mogan Edwards wrote about Columbus State’s efforts to keep students on the path to graduation, in “State puts emphasis on college advisors.”

And in the Dispatch Business section, reporters Mark Williams and Dan Gearino used former Columbus State student Hilary Johnson as an example of how workers are choosing to return to college and change careers in order to adapt to the shifting labor market. Read “Laboring to recover.”

Finally, in Wednesday’s release of Columbus CEO magazine, a story by reporter Melissa Kossler Dutton details the changes in the Discovery District that are leading to a resurgence in retail. Read “Discovery District gets residential, retail boost.”


Staff Convocation is Sept. 25

Staff Convocation will be held on Friday, September 25, in the Delaware Hall gymnasium on the Columbus Campus from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for the purpose of updating staff on the state of the College. All full- and part-time non-faculty employees who normally work during these hours should plan to attend unless your supervisor has asked you to remain at your work station to provide critical campus and student services, since campus is not closed and classes are still in session. Departments who plan to close should use appropriate signage and provide advance notice to students, wherever possible.

Reminder: Ushers needed for Staff Convocation
At the Staff Convocation on Friday, September 25, volunteers are needed to serve as ushers at the event.  If you are interested please contact Steven Zelenka at ext. 5075, or Marsha Phillips at ext. 5621.


Service-Learning week starts Monday

service work photo

Please join the Service-Learning Committee for a week of celebrating service learning at Columbus State. Service-Learning classes provide hands-on learning and demonstrate Columbus State’s commitment to our community.  Incorporate service  learning into your classes and your Day of Service can last the whole year!

Monday, September 21- Service-Learning Information Table, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Franklin Hall lobby
Stop by for a free gift!

Tuesday, September 22- Day of Service 

Wed., September 23– “Conversations that Matter”Coffee Hour, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., WD 404
Network with colleagues who are interested in Service-Learning. 

Thursday, September 24- Service-Learning Information Table, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., in TL 109 Stop by for a free gift!

Friday, September 25– Service-Learning Workshop, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Delaware 121
Come learn how to incorporate Service-Learning into your classes.


Sheils, Price complete assistive technology training

Disability Services’ Molly Sheils, supervisor of Student Access, and Alissa Price, Access specialist, have both successfully completed the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program through California State University-Northridge (CSUN).

Offered through the Tseng College in collaboration with CSUN’s Center on Disabilities, this advanced professional development program provides students with a practical approach to matching assistive-technology applications to the needs of individuals with disabilities in a wide range of settings.

This training will further enhance Disability Service’s ability to appropriately equip students with technology that will ensure that they have full access to their education here at Columbus State.


Christopher’s opens Oct. 1

Treat yourself to adelicious lunch or dinner at the Hospitality students’ restaurant, Christopher’s, which will be open on Thursdays, starting October 1, in the lower level of Eibling Hall.  You can check out the menus online here.


Gospel Vocal Ensemble to perform in October

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble will spread joy throughout the community during fall at the following sites:

Saturday, September 19 at 4:00 p.m. - Love Zion Baptist Church, 1459 Madison Ave.
Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 a.m. - United Way's Neighborhood Conference
Sundy, October 11 at 4:00 p.m. - Canaan Temple Church, 1442 Bliss St.
Saturday, October 31 at 3:00 p.m. - Forest Hills Senior Center , 2841 E. Dublin-Granville Rd.

Also, the Ensemble’s recent recording, "Amazing Strength" can be purchased in the Columbus State Bookstore. The album contains a tune recorded collaboratively with Columbus State's audio production class during the spring 2015 term.


blimp photo

Good morning blimp!

The Direct TV blimp made an early-morning appearance at the Bolton Field Aviation Maintenance facility Wednesday, in this photo sent by faculty member Jeff Gruber.






Jeff Spain

Considering his possibilities

Jeff Spain looks confident in his “Possibilities Beyond Measure” shirt, shortly before embarking on the Wisconsin Ironman Triathlon this past weekend. Spain completed a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a full marathon—26.2 miles—to finish the triathlon before the midnight deadline.  He crossed the line at 11:58 p.m.




Catering on campus - Have it your way!

Pete Hackman

Do you need assistance with your catering event? The best place to start is the catering website, where you will have access to contracted vendors AVI, Creative Cuisine, LA Catering, Made from Scratch, Metro Cuisine, and Panera (Delaware Campus only).

If you need more information about catering, contact Pete Hackman, Food Services supervisor. He can be reached at ext. 3913.



‘A Conversation with Distinguished Teachers’ is Oct. 2

Join our recent Distinguished Teaching Award winners Friday, October 2, at 1:00 p.m. for an afternoon of conversation about outstanding teaching. Our Distinguished Teachers will share what they have found to be the secrets to their teaching success then we will open the conversation to all. All four 2015 winners will on the panel: Stephen Logan, assistant professor in English; Jeff Richardson, associate professor in Biological and Physical Sciences; Rick Miller, adjunct instructor in the Humanities; and Melissa Logue, assistant professor in the Modern Languages.Register

‘Dealing with Difficult Students’ is Oct. 6
This workshop on Tuesday, October 6, at 1:00 p.m. and facilitated by David Tom, associate professor of Psychology, will focus on both prevention and interventions for behavioral challenges within the classroom.  As the saying goes, prevention is the best medicine, and there are some tried and true methods for minimizing the likelihood that disruptions will happen in class.  But sometimes tough situations arise even with the best preventative measures in place, so it’s important to know what to do when those situations occur. Join us for a discussion and then an interactive workshop on how to handle some of the most frequently encountered behavioral difficulties. Register

And there are still seats remaining for Speed Diversity Dialogue and Understanding Microaggressions.









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