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August 11, 2016


Cougar IDs move to Student Central

Beginning Monday, August 15, Cougar IDs will be processed in the lower level of Student Central, and no longer made in the Columbus State Police Department. No appointment is necessary to get an employee ID made, but with the start of fall semester, the next few weeks will be busy in all areas of Student Central so you may have to wait a few minutes for a new ID to be processed. The changeover of the ID equipment will take place on Friday, August 12, so no ID service will be available tomorrow.  The Police Department will be assisting with the new Cougar ID station in Student Central for the first few weeks of the transition. 


Bookstore closed this afternoon

The Bookstore will close at 4:30 p.m. today, August 11, to complete a final upgrade to meet the new pin and chip credit card compliance. Textbook buybacks will occur in the DX vestibule until the normal closing time of 6:00 p.m. to serve students.


Get your Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter on!


The Marketing and Communications Department is assembling a college-wide social media team and is looking for staff and faculty representatives. The team will develop the content strategy for the college’s social media platforms as well as help promote departments’ social media threads. The staff/faculty team will also help to supervise student employees who will be creating posts about their college experience here at Columbus State.  Think Snapchat takeovers by students. Instagram demos of class projects. Twitter hashtag challenges. This is a way to engage students, highlight the amazing work within the campus walls, and tell the Columbus State story in our own words. Interested in participating? Contact Charlie Boss.


Hunt to work U.S. Senior Open

Scott Hunt, professor in Social Sciences, has received some special training in order to volunteer at the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament, taking place at the Scioto Country Club in Upper Arlington this week!  He will be working as a laser ball position recorder. Hunt will identify the player, find their shot, and use the laser to record the distances on fairways and greens. Statistics that the volunteers generate with the laser are fed to the TV announcers and used by the Senior PGA for player statistics.


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SAC Employee Appreciation Day is August 19

Staff Advisory Council (SAC) invites you to join them at their annual SAC Employee Appreciation Day, Thursday, August 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Delaware Campus patio, and Friday, August 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. near the Nestor Hall arch.

There will be free hotdogs, beverages, ice cream, music and a good time for all!



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Bantu wins essay contest

Mary Bantu, Disability Services coordinator for regional learning centers and the Delaware Campus, recently won a scholarship essay contest sponsored by  The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence. Bantu’s essay detailed her work bringing assistive technology to the regional centers that serve our students. She won a free registration to the upcoming conference, OCALICON, The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference, to be held in Columbus in November.


Artist Gallagher featured in Library Galleries

The Library is pleased to welcome artist Suzanne Gallagher to exhibit her show titled The Smile Lines Project, an exhibition of current U.S. service personnel and veterans who volunteered to share their unique skill sets of survival. The artist states that, “The high rate of suicide of up to 22 per day (8,030 per year) in our Armed Forces is a societal issue. The Smile Lines Project is a living art exhibit created in response to the high rate of military suicide. It is a platform to celebrate the resiliency of the human spirit, the healing power of a mentor, and the fierceness in a smile.”

The works will be on exhibition through the month of August in the Library’s galleries on the first- and second-floor display areas.




News from the Discovery District

Green News Field Trip - Did you know that the highest elevation point in Columbus is the landfill? Do you know what happens to your trash after you throw it in the bin? Find out answers to these questions and more by joining the Central Ohio Sierra Club for a tour of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO). The tour consists of an indoor presentation followed by landfill tour, where you will find out why it doesn't smell, among other things. The tour is Thursday, August 18, at 10:00 a.m. at 4149 London Groveport Road. Meet at the SWACO Resource Center and wear closed-toed shoes. You must register for this event here: This tour is limited to 14 spots.

The Topiary Park is the place to be this Saturday, August 13. Start off at 11:00 a.m. with Story Time provided by the Main Library, stay for PBJ & Jazz with the Jazz Arts Group, take a little break and come back at 8:00 p.m. for ProMusica’s concert festival! This Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8 p.m., ProMusica will be performing different pieces and featuring different guest musicians. Bring the whole family and join them one hour before each concert for fun and educational activities for children. PBJ & Jazz and the ProMusica performances are free and open to all ages! For information about PBJ & Jazz click here. For information about ProMusica’s lineup, click here.

This Sunday, August 14, the Kelton House will hold their Second Sunday: Trails of Hope program, a series of historical re-enactments depicting the struggles for freedom on the Underground Railroad. Performances are at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 per adult; $5 per senior citizen; $2 per child age 6 and over. Reservations are not required.

The Topiary Park is open for a night under the stars and a movie on the screen. Check out their summer movie lineup 

The Columbus Museum of Art is filled to the brim with guests for their Picasso exhibit Click here for more.  Don’t miss their ongoing summer programs, and remember, Sunday admission is free! (excluding the Picasso exhibit).

The Thurber House just released its Fall Evenings with Authors lineup and there’s everything from nonfiction to western to even Batman! Tickets for the readings are available for purchase online: or you can call (614) 464-1032. All Evenings with Authors take place at the Columbus Museum of Art and begin at 7:30 p.m.


Reminder: Faculty Convocation is August 26

Save the morning of Friday, August 26, for Faculty Convocation. President Harrison will address the faculty in the Delaware Hall gymnasium from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Following the President’s address, faculty are encouraged to join recent Distinguished Teaching Award winners in Delaware Hall, room 121, for a panel discussion and conversation about outstanding teaching. 
Autumn semester begins on Monday, August 29.  


Di Pietro published this summer

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Rocco Di Pietro, adjunct faculty in Humanities, had articles published in major journals this summer, relating to his classes in electronic music. Computer Music Journal, MIT Press, requested that he write a memoir and obituary of Pierre Boulez, which came out in the summer issue. He also had an homage to his teacher Bruno Maderna, published by the Italian Classics Library through The University of Bologna, in a book titled Pour Bruno. Both Boulez and Maderna are famous composers featured in Humanities 1160 - Music and Art since 1945 class taught by Di Pietro.



Join the Columbus State Heart Walk Team

The American Heart Association will hold its annual Heart Walk on Saturday, August 27, at 8:00 a.m. on the Columbus Commons.  There’s still time to sign up for the Columbus State team! The 2016 Central Ohio Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event to raise funds and celebrate progress in the fight against this country's No. 1 and No. 5 killers, heart disease and stroke. Please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989 by Friday, August 19, if you’d like to participate.


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