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September 24, 2015


Executive action

President in garden President with children

President Harrison got into the action at Tuesday’s Day of Service, hacking away at overgrown summer vegetation at the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware. Stratford is a non-profit educational organic farm and nature preserve on 236 acres in Delaware County, just around the corner from the Columbus State Delaware Campus.

In the afternoon, Harrison visited with pre-K children at The Neighborhood House. The 100-year-old organization assists kids, families and single adults in their efforts to become self-sufficient. 

Day of Service 2015 saw a total of 739 volunteers working at more than 50 organizations around central Ohio, and the weather couldn’t have been better for the numerous outdoor activities! See more in this video produced by Mark Van Horn, Marketing and Communications.




Staff Convocation is Sept. 25

A final reminder that the Staff Convocation will be held tomorrow, 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.


Taking Tours in Dublin

Flowers on tour

At the official grand opening Wednesday of the Integrated Education Center on the Ohio University Dublin Campus, Regional Learning Centers Director Jeff Akers, right, leads Michael Flowers, Board Chair, and Valoria Hoover, trustee, through the new third-floor home of the Dublin RLC.


OU Integrated Education Center, Dublin RLC celebrate opening

front view of building

The new Dublin RLC opened August 31 in the Integrated Education Center on OU’s Dublin Campus. A Partnership Celebration was held yesterday.

Columbus State and Ohio University publicly celebrated their new partnership Wednesday in Dublin at a Grand Opening celebration in the Integrated Education Center.

The programs offered by Columbus State’s Dublin Regional Learning Center and Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions aim to draw students from many disciplines to prepare for vital careers in healthcare.

The celebration included comments from Ohio University President Roderick McDavis, President Harrison, Chancellor John Carey and Dublin Mayor Mike Keenan.

The Dublin Center has the capacity to serve more than 2,000 enrolled students per semester. The partnership offers benefits to the community and to students. Columbus State students will be able to complete a rigorous, flexible Associate of Science degree on site, paying Columbus State’s lower tuition of about $4,000 per year.

“Through Columbus State’s deep partnerships with universities, we offer students and families substantial savings on the bachelor’s degree,” said President Harrison at the event. “Universities are eager to partner with Columbus State because our students do very well when they transfer. Ohio University joins the list of institutions seeking to embrace and expand a partnership.”



‘Courageous Conversations’ announced in Dispatch

To give central Ohioans a safe place to learn and talk about race, ethnicity and some of the underlying tensions related to both, Columbus State will host a series of “Courageous Conversations,” starting on Wednesday, September 30, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Downtown High School, 363 S. 4th St.  The event is free and open to the public.

The events won’t just be centered on criminal-justice issues but also will touch myth busting, health care, employment and education, President Harrison explained at a news conference on Monday at the Columbus Downtown High School. Reporter Encarnacion Pyle covered the event for the Dispatch here: Read more

As the most diverse college in the region, Columbus State has a responsibility as a neighborhood steward to lead discussions involving important local, regional and national issues,” Harrison said. “We’re the community’s college, and we not only want to be in the community, but about the community.”


generator photo

Temporary generator blocking sidewalk

Due to last week’s power outage,a temporary generator is on the sidewalk between Eibling and Madison halls. The generator is needed in the event of another power outage, and while it is there, the sidewalk will be blocked off. This could be for several weeks or several months while a long-term solution is found. If another power outage would happen to occur, this temporary generator would keep essential services going such as email, Blackboard and the website.




Asbury featured in policing publication

Columbus State Police Chief Sean Asbury was recently profiled in the publication Campus Policing Report.  In the article, Asbury talks about developing a strong community policing focus.On many campuses, there’s a “police department vs. them” attitude, Asbury says. “If you’re going to have a successful department, it can’t work that way.” You can read the entire article here.





Professor and student present at international crop science conference

Javadi with student

Dr. Mort Javadi, left, and his student Brandon Rodgers will present their research at an international conference on crop science.

Mort Javadi, Ph.D., professor in Biological and Physical Sciences, and his student Brandon Rodgers will present their research findings at the upcoming 2015 International Conference sponsored by The American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science of America-Soil Science Society of America in Minneapolis.

 The research project on “The Effect of Acid Rain on Denitrification in the Environment” was initiated as the environmental science (Bio 1127) course research project in the spring semester on both the Columbus and Delaware Campuses, and is still in progress.  Brandon Rodgers will be the presenting co-author.

Javadi will also present his own sabbatical research findings titled “Effect of Root Aeration on Wheat Yield Components and Grain Protein Content” at the conference. During his tenure at Columbus State, Javadi and his students have presented more than 20 research experiment findings at primarily international conferences.


Parking lot closure Sept. 29

Starting at 6:00 a.m., half of the 27-S parking lot will be reserved for the Autumn 2015 Career Fair being held in WD on Tuesday, September 29.  The lot will be reopened for students at 10:15 a.m. after the Career Fair is underway.


News from the Discovery District

logoVisit the Topiary Park to see the magical movie, The Secret Garden, tomorrow, Friday, September 25. This is the last installment of the “From Book to Film” movie series that The Discovery Special Improvement District and Gateway Film Center hosted at the Topiary Park. Pass it down to the next generation or rekindle your love for this movie by collecting your family, sitting under the stars, and watching it on the big screen. Here’s more information:

Thurber House’s next Evenings with Authors, presented in partnership with Worthington Libraries, is Wednesday, September 30.  Karin Slaughter will read from her latest novel, Pretty Girls, answer questions and sign books. Slaughter is an internationally bestselling author specializing in psychological thrillers. If you’re a fan of Gone Girl or Girl on the Train, Slaughter is for you. Check out more information here:




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.