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April 7, 2016


Don’t miss Delaware Day next week!


The students, faculty and staff of the Delaware Campus invite you to join them for the first-ever Columbus State Delaware DayTuesday, April 12, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the Delaware Campus, 5100 Cornerstone Drive.

Delaware Day will be a celebration showcasing the campus, the students, and our Delaware Community partners. There will be many displays of student projects, demos by community partners, university transfer partners’ exhibits, prizes, giveaways, games, live music by student bands, and food trucks, including FireDogz Firetruck and Hot Chicken Takeover for only $5 per meal with your Cougar ID.

Delaware Day is free to attend, and everyone’s invited. For a full schedule of events, go online to


Arts and Sciences Spring Symposium runs April 11-14

The Arts and Sciences Lecture Series will present the 8th annual Spring Symposium next week from April 11 through 14, highlighting the work of faculty across the college. The entire campus community is invited to attend the presentations and hear about the great things our faculty members are doing. 

The symposium will be held in the Media Studio of the Library, room 111. Presentations will be 20 minutes in length followed by ten minutes for questions. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, April 11
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Chris Wilson, Humanities
Recent Findings on Student Literacy and Why We Need to Be Worried

12:30-1:00 p.m. - Heather Johnston, Ph.D., Psychology
The Dark Triad: Psychopaths, Narcissists, and Machiavellians   

1:00-1:30 p.m. - Jeremy E. Baker, Social Sciences
 “Everyone’s Got a Hustle”: The Non-Domestic Work of Stay-at-Home Parents

1:30-2:00 p.m. - Ron Elizaga, Psychology
Disconnect to Reconnect: The Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Effects of Screen Time on Young People

2:00-2:30 p.m. - Matt Adkins, Humanities
Condorcet, Schoolmaster of France: Universal Education, Liberation, and the Care of the Self in Early-Modern French 

2:30-3:00 p.m. - Susan Flatt, English
There's No Such Thing as “Slam Poetry”

Wednesday, April 13
3:00-3:30 p.m. - Stephanie Mascola, Humanities
Women and the United States Constitution: From the Nineteenth Amendment to the Equal Rights Amendment

3:30-4:00 p.m. - Christianna Hurford, Humanities
To Prevent or Repent: The Convergence of Race, Medicine and Religion in Early Eighteenth Century Boston 

4:00-4:30 p.m. - Elizabeth Scinto and Rose Zuber, Humanities
Short and Simple – or Not So Much: Musical Miniatures of Claude Debussy 

Thursday, April 14
12:30-1:00 p.m. - Scott Laslo, Automotive and Applied Technology
The Skilled Trades Build More Than Bridges  

1:00-1:30 p.m. - Elycia Taylor, Communications
Protective or Oppressive? Analyzing Death Penalty Media Framing 

1:30-2:00 p.m. - Karla Pierce, Humanities
What Would Socrates Ask?

2:00-2:30 p.m. - Rocco Di Pietro, Humanities
Music and Art, an Interaction with Sculptor Romulo Vazquez

2:30-3:00 p.m. - Andrew Anderson, Modern Languages
Samuel Beckett in Translation


New College Application for prospective students goes live

After seven months of hard work by employees in IT, Admissions and Enrollment Management, the process of going live with the new Application for Admission using “Radius” has begun.  

Radius is a student relationship management product from Hobsons that allows better connection with prospective students, seamless application management, and personalized communication during a student's journey.

Hobsons is the technology company that Columbus State uses for application and admissions management, prospect and enrolled student communications, and reporting and analytics.

The current Application for Admission became inactive yesterday, and it is estimated that the link will be inaccessible for one to two days to allow for the migration. You can help by encouraging students who are ready to apply to check back after a day or two when they will find a new and improved experience applying to Columbus State.


Susan Rennekamp to retire

For ten years, Susan Rennekamp, office associate in Career Services, has been helping students integrate their academic and life experiences with their career goals. Please join the Career Services office in giving Susan a great send off on her last day with the college, Friday, April 15, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio.


Wagner nominated for Lifetime Achievement

Scott jogging with students

Justice and Safety Professor Scott Wagner has been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology (ASC). The ASC recognizes excellence in teaching for individuals over a span of a career.

Wagner has worked at Columbus State for 28 years, most of those as the commander of the Columbus State Police Academy. He has been nominated for the Distinguished Teaching Award three times. In addition, Wagner has published three books and currently writes for five national periodicals. His writings provide opinion on firearms and firearms safety.

The award will be presented in November at the ASC’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans.


Students win Mideast Honors Association poster competition

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Dr. Maia Randle, right, poses with her students Carolanne Norris, left, Elizabeth Tinapple, center, and their winning poster presentation.

Eleven students from Columbus State’s Honors Program recently traveled to the campus of Indiana University East, Richmond, Ind., to present poster sessions at the annual conference of the Mideast Honors Association. 

The students were accompanied by faculty members Rita Rice, Heather Thompson-Gillis, and Rebecca Mobley. The students presented research they had conducted while either enrolled in an honors course, or with the out-of-classroom guidance of a faculty mentor. 

For the second consecutive year, students from the Columbus State Honors Program placed first in the poster competition.  First-year students Carolanne Norris and Elizabeth Tinapple were awarded first place for the presentation of the research they have been conducting on lithium carbonate for the treatment of bipolar disorder.  Dr. Maia Randle serves as the faculty mentor on their project, and was also present at the conference.  

Faculty interested in teaching honors courses, or becoming involved with the Honors Program as mentors may contact Rebecca Mobley for more information.


Men of the Year named

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2016 Men of the Year are, from left, Adam Hatheway, Anthony Polito, and Terrence Lawrence. Not pictured is Jeffrey Rowe.

The 6th Annual Men of the Year Awards were held Tuesday to honor current participants and mentors in the Male Access Network (MAN) Initiative, and to recognize the 2016 Men of the Year and Bell Award winners.

The 2016 Men of the Year were Adam Hatheway, office associate in Admissions; Anthony Polito, coordinator in Student Conduct; Terrence Lawrence, coordinator in Intercollegiate Athletics; and Jeffrey Rowe, assistant professor in Medical Imaging Technology. The winner of the Bell Award, given each year to a local community leader making a difference in Central Ohio, was Kenny Sipes, founder of the Roosevelt Coffeehouse and Redeeming Injustice.

Student Men of the Year awards will be announced at the Student Leadership and Service Awards April 29.


Combined charitable giving campaign kicks off Monday

Columbus State’s annual charitable giving campaign will take place April 11 through May 6, allowing employees to donate to a favorite charity within these five charitable federations: The United Way of Central Ohio, The United Way of Delaware County, America’s Charities, EarthShare Ohio, and Community Shares of Mid-Ohio.

These federations raise funds for nonprofit organizations who address community needs that impact health and research, human services, education, human and civil rights, and the environment and conservation—locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. By making a gift to one or more of the listed charities you can make a difference—in your own backyard and around the world!

You can find the list of agencies and their donation codes in the Donor Resource Guide online. After you have selected a charity, you can find the Employee Pledge Form online, fill it out, print the form and send it with your check or payroll deduction information to:  Barbara Smith-Allen, coordinator for Community and Civic Engagement, WD 1083. 

The federations and their member agencies thank you for participating in the 2016 Columbus State Combined Charitable Campaign!


Hunger never takes a break

Spring is here, but hunger in Central Ohio does not take a break.

One in six Ohioans is “food insecure,” which means they don't know where their next meal is coming from. It could be your coworker, a friend or neighbor. Many struggling families have to choose between paying for housing, utilities or medical expenses, and putting food on the table.

Operation Feed raises funds and food equating to millions of meals for families here in our community struggling to make ends meet.  Thirty-five percent of food requests from pantries are for children. Fifteen percent are for senior citizens.

Please join the fight against hunger by doing any or all of the following:

  • Donating online directly to Mid-Ohio Foodbank. If you choose this option, please check the special receipt box on the form so that Barb Smith-Allen, Operation Feed Campaign Coordinator, receives a donation receipt to add to the Columbus State total. The college total will include monetary and non-perishable food items.
  • Completing a Payroll Deduction Form, which can be found on the front page of the Intranet.
  • Donate non-perishable food items. If you would like to have an Operation Feed Box in your department, please contact Barb Smith-Allen at ext. 5433.  You may also bring your donation to WD 1076.


Participation in Spring Fling invited


The annual Spring Fling is a great opportunity to showcase your department to our students and to recruit student involvement. If your department or organization would like to host a table at Spring Fling, Monday, April 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. outdoors on the Courtyard, please fill out the request form online by Monday, April 18.  If you need access to electricity at your table, please indicate this in the “special arrangements” section of your RSVP. 

For more information about Spring Fling, contact Genevieve Sharron in Student Engagement and Leadership at ext. 2637.


News from the Discovery District

logoThe Green SpotLight Celebration is Tuesday, April 12, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Members of the Discovery District are invited to attend and show support to the green organizations in our city. Awards will be given to businesses that have exemplified sustainability over the past year and graduates of the GreenSpot Sustainability Initiative will be recognized. It takes place at the Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive. Information is online here:

On Sunday, April 17, at 2:00 p.m., Kelton House continues their new lecture series: Broken Promises and Deferred Dreams: Civil War to Civil Rights 1865-1900, with “A View to the Past with a Focus on the Present and the Future” presented by David L. Head. This is a two-part program consisting of the technical aspects of Granville T. Woods’ contribution to wireless communications and mass transportation, and the obstacles he encountered and overcame being a black man in the late 19th century. This will be yet another thought-provoking and interesting lecture. Call (614)464-2022 for reservations. 

The City of Columbus has partnered with Green Columbus for Earth Day 2016: Branch Out. They have a united goal to plant 20,000 trees with 5,000 volunteers during the week of April 16-23. Earth Day 2016 is part of a larger effort, Branch Out Columbus, whose goal is to plant 300,000 trees in Columbus by the year 2020, raising our tree canopy from 22 to 27 percent in the city.



April is Stress Awareness Month

Some warning signs that you are experiencing stress include weight loss or weight gain, headaches, problems sleeping, or muscle tension in your neck, face or shoulders. Some tips to alleviate stress from the Columbus State Wellness Initiative include:

  • Try to get consistent, restful sleep
  • Decompress for a least 30 minutes a day
  • Practice yoga or meditation
  • Keep a positive attitude and smile
  • Exercise regularly

For more information visit:
Simple things to reduce stress 
Cleveland Clinic
Stress relief e-book

Oral health workshop offered April 11

Attend “Re-Think What You Drink” on Monday, April 11, at 11:30 a.m. in Nestor Hall 227, to learn more about the impact that various beverages have on your teeth and overall oral health.  The workshop will be given by Christina Colvin, Chanel Sanchez, Solange Walker and Mindy Nguyen, Dental Hygiene Department. RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at ext. 3989.

Reminder: Nominate for Staff Council 

The annual Staff Advisory Council (SAC) election is less than a month away. The nomination form is now available on the SAC website. Nomination forms will be accepted through Friday, April 22. The online election will be held from Monday, May 2, through Friday, May 6.

If you or another interested fulltime employee from one of the departments/divisions listed below are interested in serving as a SAC representative, please complete and submit either an electronic or physical copy of the nomination form.

  • Academic Affairs: Four open SAC positions
  • Enrollment Management and Student Services: Three open positions
  • Information Technology: Three open positions
  • Marketing and Communications: One open position


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.