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April 11, 2016


A Few Minutes With: Misty Mahefkey

The long wait is over for the new Student Central, a single location for new students to register for classes and a lot more. See some of the highlights in a Few Minutes with Misty Mahefkey.


Annual Writers Conference to be held April 26

The 13th Annual Writers Conference will be held Saturday, April 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD. The 2016 Writers Conference is free of charge and registration is not required.

at the mic

The keynote presentation will be made by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus. He is the editor of Again I Wait for This to Pull Apart, an anthology of poems relating to music, released by Freezeray Press in 2015.

His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism has been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, and The New York Times. He has been nominated for the pushcart prize, and his poem "Hestia" won the 2014 Capital University poetry prize. His first full-length collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, is forthcoming in 2016 from Button Poetry / Exploding Pinecone Press. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine. 

The Writers Conference will offer a diverse selection of workshops with other accomplished writers. See 2016 Presenters for the full list of presenters and workshop descriptions. There will also be a book fair at the Writers Conference, with university and independent presses, writers, and writing groups.


Last day to register for Service-Learning Conference

Today is the last day to register for the Social Justice on Campus and Beyond conference to be held Friday, April 15, in the Columbus State Conference Center. Join multiple groups from campus and the surrounding community to become better informed, knowledge-based consumers of social justice issues and transform activism into meaningful work beyond the classroom for your students.

Lunch will be provided and adjunct faculty will be compensated at the meeting rate for their attendance and participation. Register on The Hub here:


Sidewalk to close temporarily


You may recall the power outage on the Columbus Campus last semester. Not only did it cause classes to be canceled for one day, it also knocked out a backup generator.

A permanent generator has finally arrived. However, before it can be installed, significant electrical work must be completed under the sidewalk near Madison and Nestor halls.

A section of the sidewalk from Madison Hall to Nestor Hall (the main walkway leading to the archway at the front of campus) will be closed for several weeks starting Tuesday. Once it’s closed, there will be two ways to get to campus from that main sidewalk entrance. One option will be to enter Madison Hall on the right and walk through to the side of campus.

A second option will be to cross left over the vehicle drop-off loop into the small handicapped parking lot, then cross back over to enter under the archway. Detour signs will be up and police officers will be on hand for the first day or two of the sidewalk closure. Thanks in advance for your patience.


Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Library

To celebrate “National Poetry Month,” in April, the Library is offering a number of options for students, faculty and staff. On the second floor, you can find the “Poetry Creation Station” covering its glass walls.  Word squares are randomly posted on the wall and can be moved around to create a phrase that captures the emotion or the thought of the moment.  Also, “Poetry Pockets” have been placed on every study table and filled with poems selected by the Library staff, which you can take if a particular poem strikes your fancy.  To windup the month and entering into early May, the Library will host a free reading and book signing by the first poet laureate of Ohio, Amit Majmudar, on Tuesday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s Multimedia studio. All are welcome.



Astronomy instructor presents at national meeting

Biological and Physical science instructor Anjali Gupta just returned from Naples, Florida where she was among the presenters at the American Astronomical Society 15th High Energy Astrophysics Division meeting. The annual gathering brings together astronomers, educators and students. Gupta, who teaches astronomy at Columbus State, presented “Missing Metals and Baryons in Galaxies: Clues from our Milky Way.”




Donahue published in psychology journal

John Donahue, adjunct psychology instructor, recently had an article published in the journal Personal Relationships. The article involved three studies of more than 300 individuals, and examined whether storytelling ability was advantageous in attracting mates.

His study revealed that storytelling ability did not affect attractiveness judgments for both heterosexual men and women, but rather, consistently appeared to play a role only for women judging men’s attractiveness for long-term relationships, and not for short-term relationships or as friends.

Much of the previous research on narratives in psychology and communication has focused on the persuasiveness of stories, while these studies examined one of the social consequences of being an effective storyteller.


Disability Services presents at OSU College Day

Adrienne Luke and Kate Schultz, advocates in Disability Services, presented at The Ohio State University’s Student Life Disability Services’ College Day last week. Luke and Schultz talked to high school juniors and seniors, parents, and high school staff members, about Columbus State’s Disability Services, where they can find tools for a smooth transition for those who desire to use academic accommodations in the higher education setting. More information about the day can be found online here.


Ward to present at statewide admissions conference

Michell Ward, College Coach in Admissions, will present at the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling State Conference today.  Her workshop is focused on using content- enriched marketing to change the conversation about college affordability. 


Next blood drive is April 26

The Red Cross will hold the next blood drive at Columbus State, Tuesday, April 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Student Lounge.  Give the gift of life and donate blood! To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit . You can also visit the event on The Hub to register online here.  All donors will be entered to win Kroger gift cards totaling $2,000!


art on board

Wilson and student present Autism Workshop in Delaware

Matthew Wilson, adjunct faculty in Developmental Education, and student Jahred Perry presented a student success workshop on Autism Acceptance titled “Think: Different – Brain Differences in All of Us.”

Approximately 20 students, parents, staff, and faculty attended and participated in a community art project in the lobby of Moeller Hall at the Delaware Campus. Visitors to the board were invited to share how their brain thinks differently, by creating a piece of artwork and fastening it to the display.




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