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April 26, 2016


Dreaming of the Netherlands

photo of tulips in  bloom

The Columbus State grounds crew was busy last fall planting hundreds of flower bulbs so we could enjoy views like this in the spring!  This bed of tulips at the parking lot near Franklin Hall is only one of many plantings that are currently blooming across campus, providing bright pops of color that welcome visitors at every entrance.


Theatre Columbus State presents ‘The Library’ Wednesday – Saturday

Columbus State’s theaterprogram will present their new play “The Library,” Wednesday, April 27 through Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m., with a special matinee on Thursday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m.  All performances are in the Nestor Hall Auditorium and are free and open to the public.

In the play, after Caitlin Gabriel survives a deadly shooting at her high school, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities, and anyone who will listen. But some of the messages paint her in a different light. Inspired by—but not based on—the shootings at Columbine High School, The Library asks audience members to examine their relationship to the truth.

Active Shooter Training: To tie in with the stage production, Police Chief Sean Asbury will be presenting his Active Shooter Training. It will be held Thursday, April 28 at 1:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium, prior to the afternoon matinee performance. It’s free to students, faculty and staff.


Student Central Grand Opening is Friday

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It’s been over a year in the making, and Student Central is now complete – upstairs and down!

Join us for a celebration to see our newly renovated space, devoted to serving our students. The Student Central Grand Opening will be held in Madison Hall, Friday, April 29, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

The celebration will begin with remarks from President Harrison, Dean Desiree Polk-Bland, and student Jessica Eberly about the role of Student Central in the promotion of student success.

Immediately following, Student Central staff will be stationed throughout the building to answer questions and talk about the first three months in operation. Light refreshments will be provided.



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Jessica Lickeri, left, assistant professor in Mathematics and treasurer of Ohio MATYC congratulates Elizabeth Betzelon her Teaching Excellence Award.

Betzel wins Teaching Excellence Award

Elizabeth Betzel, professor of Mathematics, was recently awarded the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award by the Ohio Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges (Ohio MATYC).

The award was presented April 2 at the Ohio MATYC’s spring meeting at Hueston Woods Conference Center. The award is given every other year to an outstanding two-year college mathematics instructor.

Betzel is now the Ohio MATYC's nominee for the subsequent American MATYC Teaching Excellence Award.





Attend the Urban Male Summit April 28


Employees are invited to participate in the 2016 Urban Male Summit, Thursday, April 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Workforce Development Conference Center. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The theme of this year’s Summit is “The Power of a Good Choice” and will feature keynote presenter Hashim Garrett, CEO of Wisdom and Understanding, LLC, and founding member of Breaking the Cycle, an award-winning program that stresses honest communication and forgiveness as a way of resolving conflict.  

The Summit will also include several breakout presentations offered by a variety campus and community leaders and a special community lunch session. This event is open to college and high school students and their guests.  Click here to pre-register for this event. Please contact Brett Welsh with any questions you may have.


News from the Discovery District


Our very own Columbus State Concert Band will perform a free concert on Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Broad Street Presbyterian Church, 760 E. Broad St. The concert will feature James Hildreth, organist, and the band will perform works that include parts for pipe organ, including “Prophecy of the Earth” by David Gillingham, “War March of the Priests” by Felix Mendelssohn, “Old Churches” by Michael Colgrass, and “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. For more information, contact Band Director Thomas Lloyd.

After a stunning and acclaimed season, BalletMet brings their last performance of 2016. “Sleeping Beauty” will be here for one weekend only May 6-8, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy it beside just the performance. They have a senior rehearsal for those 60 and older, a Mother’s Day tea, and in partnership with Thurber House, an “Afternoon with Sleeping Beauty” April 30. For all of the activities, check out BalletMet online. For information about Afternoon with Sleeping Beauty, the free, family-friendly event, check it out at Thurber House’s page

Summer is around the corner and so is the Movie Series at the Topiary Park. Check out the lineup online here.  



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