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August 29, 2016


student walking on sidewalk

A new pathway


Amid the traffic crush of the first day of fall semester, a student walks safely along Grove Street on the brand-new sidewalk now connecting the full stretch of campus roadway between Cleveland Avenue and Spring Street.  The construction was completed on time and on budget during the summer semester.








Group effort produces new 5K cross country course at Delaware Campus

cutting the ribbon

Getting ready to cut the ribbon and open the new XC course at the Delaware Campus are, from left: Scott Nichols, director of Athletics; Pat Fabrisi, Delaware Campus director; Dana Knott, librarian; Ben Pugno, Humanities faculty; Jon Link, Civil Engineering faculty; Jesus Davis, Men’s Cross Country team; Dustin Iacovone, Cross Country Head Coach; Stacia Edwards, dean of the Delaware Campus; Brian Seely, Maintenance coordinator; Frank Bucy, Groundskeeper; Adam Darst, Groundskeeper II; and Felecia Smith, Mathematics faculty.

What started as a small request from the Delaware community for a place to hold a charity fun run, ended up as a big project that brought together faculty, staff, and students working to create a regulation five- and eight-kilometer cross country running course that meanders throughout the 108-acre Delaware Campus.

Members of the Athletics department, Facilities department, Civil Engineering faculty and administration at Delaware got together August 24 to “cut the ribbon” on the new course, which consists of mowed and improved pathways through meadows and fields, around ponds and alongside tree lines bordered by Winter Road and U.S. Route 23. 

Civil Engineering instructor Jon Link helped to lay out and survey the course for accuracy; Delaware Facilities staff Brian Seely, Frank Bucy, and Adam Darst cut through the shoulder-high weeds and shrubbery to mow paths and widen the trails for runners, filling in holes and mulching low spots to provide good footing; and cross country Head Coach Dustin Iacovone and his team provided the expertise to finish the course to exacting standards.

Five running events have already been scheduled on the new course, starting with several local high school and middle school meets held this past weekend, and a Columbus State invitational meet on September 24. 

Jesus on the course

Running with a GoPro video camera to record a portion of the course, Men’s Cross Country team member Jesus Davis, a sophomore from Hilliard, shows how it’s done.


Open Forums held to update Policies

The Human Resources Department will hold Open Forums to update Columbus State employees on a proposed amendment to College Policy 3-02 – Employment, to emphasize the College’s desire to undertake more proactive recruitment efforts to reach diverse audiences, implement more specific measures to ensure fair recruitment and selection practices, and retain and advance underrepresented groups.

Also, the College has newly created Policy 3-47 - Suicide Prevention and Response, the purpose of which is to provide education, prevention, emotional support, intervention and post-vention to students, faculty, staff and managers at risk of, or impacted by suicide.

The open forums will be held on Wednesday, August 31, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, September 6, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., both in WD 407.  You may review the draft policies online here.

The forums will also be live streamed.

If you have any questions or comments, please submit them to on or before Thursday, September 8.

To seek help for yourself, or if you are worried about someone who is experiencing distress and who is at risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800)273-TALK (8255). This lifeline is available around the clock. If you are hearing impaired, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline via TTY by dialing 1(800) 799-4889.  For immediate help, dial 911.


Registration beginning for 2016 Day of Service

Never been to Day of Service? Get a glimpse at this special day by watching last year’s video!

It is time to register for Columbus State’s Fourth Annual Day of Service, which will be held at both of our campus communities in Columbus and Delaware on Tuesday, September 20

On that day, the campus community—including faculty, staff, and students—will get together to show our community the kind of big impact we can make in just one short day.

Service opportunities will range from the physical to the philosophical, from weeding to reading, from planting to paperwork, and from cooking to conversation…there’s sure to be a service activity for everyone to join! Read more about Day of Service FAQs online here.

Registration is now open on Hub, where you can sign up through Wednesday, September 14.


New e-book to help students understand Ohio's role in elections

book cover

An article by Kaitlin Fochesato in The Columbus Dispatch, August 23, highlighted a new resource for Ohio students that will combine history and technology to provide a comprehensive look at the swing state's pivotal role in presidential elections.

Secretary of State Jon Husted announced the launch of the resource, a new Apple iBook titled, "Ohio: Pathway to the Presidency," Tuesday morning.

Jason LaMar, supervisor in Columbus State’s Digital Education and Instructional Services, came up with the idea and partnered with the Secretary of State's office to promote the e-book. LaMar was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2015 and authored the e-book at no cost as a community outreach project. It was edited by the Ohio History Connection.

The e-book is free for users to download it to their iPhone, iPad or other Apple device. No equivalent for other operating systems will be released.

LaMar said the book uses audio, video and interactive maps to engage the reader. The first version of the e-book has three chapters: histories of the eight presidents from Ohio, information on how a president is elected and Ohio demographics.

Todd Kleismit, director of community and government relations for the Ohio History Connection, said, "We often say, 'Ohio is a content-rich environment when it comes to history,' and this is a great example of that."

Additional chapters are slated to be added to the e-book, one of which will be a look at the 2016 presidential race.

The final chapter added will be a live feed of election night results in November.

"I know oftentimes, history gets a bad rap of being boring, but this is not boring," Husted said. "If I had had this tool in high school, I'd have done a lot better and enjoyed it a lot more."


Save the Date for Banned Books Week 2016!


The Columbus State Library will host a “Human Library” as part of its Banned Books Week celebration, which focuses on the theme of diversity. This event is scheduled for Friday, September 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in WD 409. 

Instead of books, The Human Library loans out real people to readers. These human books share their stories and spark conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library event will include a photo booth, a story booth, a raffle, and a resource fair.

For more information about The Human Library or to RSVP, please visit the website



Hammond named Affiliate Partner of the Year

Kevin Hammond, business advisor in the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State (SBDC), received the award for Affiliate Partner of the Year for Central Ohio from the annual One Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). The award recognizes the most valued partners of each of the six Ohio MEP regions.

Hammond and the SBDC team worked closely with OH!Manufacturing, a division of PolymerOhio, to guide central Ohio manufacturers, product developers, and start-up companies in solving problems and capitalizing on opportunities. In addition, the Small Business Development Center has been actively working to promote the Integrated Systems Technology Lab, and utilize the internship program.


Popovich teaches business correspondence to healthcare professionals

Amy Popovich, associate professor in Business Office Administration, presented the webinar “Brushing Up on Your Business Correspondence” to more than 60 members of the Association for Healthcare Administrative Professionals August 23. 

The webinar included the basics of written communication, punctuation and grammar tips, business correspondence formats, language and tone guidelines, and email etiquette.  The executive director of the association said the participants appreciated how the presentation was customized to answer questions submitted beforehand, and all of the opportunities for Q&A provided during the webinar.


Adjunct gives talk at National Park Service Centennial Celebration


One hundred years ago on August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department, and those yet to be established.

One of the Park Service centennial celebrations was held in Montello, Wisc., near the childhood home of John Muir, the Father of our National Parks.  At the event, Bryan Sharp, adjunct instructor of Biology, gave a presentation about Alexander Wilson, whose book American Ornithology influenced the young Muir to include the observation of birds in his many saunters throughout Wisconsin and across the U.S. 

Sharp received the invitation to the event from his undergraduate advisor at Ohio Wesleyan University, Dr. Edward H. “Jed” Burtt, Jr.  Dr. Burtt co-authored a biography of Wilson titled Alexander Wilson: The Scot Who Founded American Ornithology.  The beautiful book details the extraordinary contributions that Wilson made to avian science, particularly his exquisite paintings and detailed natural history observations of our feathered friends.  Unfortunately, Dr. Burtt passed away in April of this year.  “I was deeply honored to carry the torch that my mentor kept burning throughout his 40+ years as a wonderful scientist, educator and human being,” said Sharp.


Kemavor to present on college student mental health issues


Ameena Kemavor, Ph.D., P.C.C., C.C.T.P., director of Counseling Services, will present in October and November on topics related to college student mental health.

In October, Dr. Kemavor will co-present at the 2016 Association for University and College Counseling Center Director national conference with clinical directors from Suffolk County Community College, Tallahassee Community College, and Borough of Manhattan Community College. Recognizing the increasing demand for mental health services in college settings and the challenge of limited resources, they will collectively share their knowledge and experience in a session titled, “Caring, Connecting and Collaborating: Building Psychological Resilience Using the Community College Model (For Four-Year Colleges Too!).” 

In November, Dr. Kemavor will present at the 2016 All-Ohio Counselors Conference with college mental health center clinicians from Kent State University at Stark, and Ohio Dominican University on the topic “Ethical Dilemmas in College Counseling: What’s A Clinician to Do?”


photo of dog

Pepper the therapy dog to visit students, vets

Disability Services recently hosted “Pepper,” the therapy dog, in their offices during  the summer Finals Week, “to provide comfort, support and a sense of calm for students who may feel overwhelmed or stressed during testing,” according to Tiffany McClain, director. McClain says that Pepper will be coming back soon to also visit with students in the Military and Veterans Services department, as well as students in Disability Services. Pepper was a very good girl while she was here.





Mentors needed for MAN Initiative

Employee mentors are still needed for the Male Access Network (MAN) Initiative this fall. The MAN Initiative is a mentorship program that offers support for a cohort of approximately 50 male students each school year. Mentors help support one or two students through personal conversations, coaching, network building, and more. You can find the mentor application online here, contact Brett Welsh for more information. 



News from the Discovery District

HandsOn Central Ohio will pause to mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks by once again creating the 9/11 Flag Display on the Ohio Statehouse lawn. With the help of volunteers, nearly 3,000 flags—one for every victim of the attacks—will be set up in a display representing the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Penn. Volunteers are needed on Thursday, September 8, to help set up these flags. There also volunteer opportunities available over the weekend (Sept. 10 and 11) and on Monday, September 12. To sign up volunteer for any of these opportunities, contact Alison Davis by August 31. 

Don’t forget to stop by Columbus Museum of Art for their Picasso exhibit because it is leaving soon! Allow lots of extra time to check out their other exhibits, grab lunch or dinner at the amazing Schokko Café and you can’t leave without stopping at their gift shop. Find out more here:

Thurber House has announced their new Adult Writing Workshops for the fall: as well as their Evenings with Authors and Special Events lineup

And BalletMethas a stellar program for 2016-2017, including Art in Motion, which brings back Gustavo Ramirez Sansano to Columbus. Check it all out here.



‘Understanding Conflict’ class offered Aug. 31

Believe it or not, conflict can be a healthy and productive part of the workplace environment. In Understanding Conflict, 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. The class is offered Wednesday, August 31, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Register


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