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December 15, 2016



Finals week kicks off with snowy Monday

Marketing and Communication’s Mark Van Horn took some time out Monday to film the snowy scenes on campus, when Columbus got about four inches of the fluffy stuff during the day, creating a snow globe effect that almost seems relaxing! Check it out!


Photography legend Kojo Kamau passes away

Kojo with camera

Columbus native Kojo Kamau, 77, photographer, historian, and Columbus State adjunct faculty member for many years, has passed away.

Kamau was well known throughout Columbus and beyond for his photography that has captured the people and places of Columbus and in his travels far beyond his hometown.

Many of his works are now featured in permanent collections at the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus Foundation, Hilton Columbus Downtown, Central Ohio Transit Authority and the Ohio Supreme Court. His work has been shown in exhibitions in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto, West Africa and the Bahamas.

“Kojo covered the FOTO black and white film labs for us as an adjunct faculty member. He never missed a lab. He had a strong work ethic, and was a really nice guy,” said Gene Strickland, assistant professor in Digital Photography. 

In 2014, Kamau’s work was prominently and permanently featured, along with work by artist Larry Winston Collins, in the unveiling of the Long Street Cultural Wall that now reconnects Downtown Columbus and the Near East Side near campus.

He photographed boxer Muhammad Ali and President Barack Obama among many other celebrities.

Kojo was interviewed and featured on the Columbus State 50th anniversary site, and the Library has a permanent display of his life and work:


Graduation tomorrow
The commencement ceremony for the Columbus State Summer/Autumn classes starts at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 16, at the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds, 717 East 17th Ave. The Commencement Address will be provided by Dr. Kelly Kelleher, Director of the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


Three to retire in IT

The IT Department invites everyone to attend a retirement reception for Susan Van Atta, Richard Penny and Bob Justus, on Wednesday, December 21, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Library Media Studio on the first floor of the Library.


Plan your myPLAN Performance Reviews

The Employee Self-Review task in Cornerstone has been released to all participating employees. Plan on attending either a formal training session or open lab time for tips on navigating the review process and conducting self-ratings. The self-review completion deadline will be in late January. See the current schedule and registration links below. Space is limited. 

Self-Review Training (all Employees), Monday, Dec 19, 9 to 10:30 a.m., WD 209
Open Lab, Wednesday, December 21, 9 to 11 a.m. WD 209
Open Lab, Friday, December 23, 9 to 11 a.m. WD 209
Open Lab, Wednesday, January 4, 1 to 3 p.m., TL 114
Open Lab, Wednesday, January 13, 9 to 11 a.m., TL 114




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