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April 4, 2016


Having a Courageous Conversation

Elliot speaking

At the Community Think Summit Friday, keynote speaker Jane Elliott asks the audience to make an uncomfortable assumption based on appearances.  Elliott, an internationally known diversity educator, devised the controversial and startling, "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" exercise in her classroom more than 30 years ago. The Think Summit was the final event of the Courageous Conversation series. 


Columbus State Veterans Services on radio today

WOSU Radio today is airing a story on Ohio’s priority registration for veterans at colleges and universities. Those interviewed include Jay Favuzzi, Military and Veterans Service Department manager, and Matthew Johnson, a veteran who is taking Columbus State classes.

You can read and listen to the story at this link:


April exhibit highlights two artists

April’s art exhibition in the Library’s Main Gallery highlights two artists.  Rocco Di Pietro, adjunct instructor in the Humanities,is a composer who is also a writer.  He teaches music, art, piano, and history. He has also taught at many other colleges and universities, including The Ohio State University.  Di Pietro’s exhibit is titled “Taubes Project,” which he describes as “a made-up word expressing the interface of visual art and music. From photos and drawings and visual collage I create portraits of models and turn them into sound.”  The visual element is embedded in the musical score. Each work is framed and put on walls in galleries, and on easels. 

Romulo Vazquez is an artist who sometimes collaborates with Di Pietro. Vazquez is a self-taught sculptor who is also pursuing painting. A graduate of Columbus State, he received certification in multiple trades, including welding and plumbing, and he has an associate degree in HVAC. As a former student of Di Pietro’s, he believes that when working in sculpture there is no material he can’t use, including wire, wood, acrylics, plaster, pastels, charcoal, house paints, and stain. 

The work of these artists will be on exhibition in the library’s second floor gallery through the month of April. A reception will be given Saturday, April 9 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Multi Media Studio, and the artists will also make a presentation at the Spring Arts and Sciences Colloquium, on Thursday, April 14, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.


Reminder: Register now for S-L conference on social justice

Columbus State’s Service-Learning Committees are pleased to invite you to participate in the Friday, April 15 conference, “Social Justice on Campus and Beyond.” The conference will be held in the Columbus State Conference Center (WD) from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., including morning and afternoon plenary sessions, various a.m. presentation sessions and a round table lunch session. All faculty and staff are encouraged to register. Adjunct faculty will be compensated at the meeting hourly rate for their participation.

Registration for the conference is required. You can register here through Monday, April 11.

Women's Leadership Summit scheduled for April 16

photo of Tei Street

Columbus State employees are invited to attend the Women’s Connection Leadership Summit, Saturday, April 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD.  Registration for the conference is only $10.  

The keynote presentation will be given by Tei Street, education director for the Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT) at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Street is founder of “StreetTalk with the Amazing Tei Street,” a national motivational speaking, training and educational consulting company. Prior to the launch of her business, Street worked in higher education, curriculum development and training in sexual assault prevention, domestic violence prevention and advocacy, and in youth leadership development. She served as statewide minority liaison for the Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, director of community education and engagement for Ohio Treasurer Kevin L. Boyce, and director of education for Mayor Michael B. Coleman. She holds bachelor and master’s degrees from Ohio State. 


Blood drive scheduled for Wednesday

The Red Cross will hold their next blood drive at Columbus State, Wednesday, April 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Student Lounge. The Student Paralegal Association is sponsoring the April blood drives, so please show your support by stopping in to give the gift of life and donate blood! To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit or visit the event on the Hub to register. Come to give blood on Wednesday and you’ll be entered to win a Hocking Hills trip and zip line tour!

New ‘Lockdown Browser’ product to roll out summer semester 

Faculty who use the college Testing Center should be aware that Columbus State will roll out“Lockdown Browser,” a replacement for Securexam, starting summer semester. Lockdown Browser is a new product to secure the browser environment while students take online tests at all of Columbus State’s Testing Center locations. Using Lockdown Browser is quick and simple. To learn how to use Lockdown Browser for your tests and quizzes, go to: Tutorial or contact the Faculty Assistance Center at ext. 5991,, or



Bookstore to hold Author Signing April 6

The Columbus State Bookstore will hold a “Meet the Authors” event on Wednesday, April 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Bookstore, and from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Library.  Ten local authors will be featured, including four who are Columbus State employees.  Their books will be available for purchase and of course, signing! 


‘Understanding Conflict’ offered April 5 

Believe it or not, conflict can be a healthy and productive part of the workplace environment. In Understanding Conflict, offered Tuesday, April 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., we will examine the different conflict styles of the Thomas Kilman Conflict module to understand our own “go-to” style, and explore healthy resolution strategies. Register here.




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