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February 1, 2016


Columbus State students in the news

A former, current, and future Columbus State student have each been featured recently in The Columbus Dispatch and on Fox28.

Jill Gray Savarese recently had her film company’s work presented at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and pursuing a career as an actress, she enrolled in the late 1990s in the American Sign Language interpreter program at Columbus State, where she founded DEAFinitely Theatre, a campus organization that stages productions with deaf and hearing actors. Read Jill’s story in The Columbus Dispatch.

DeLong in class Adam DeLong, 28, who is losing his eyesight from retinitis pigmentosa, works on a fellow massage student under the eye of instructor Stan Williams.

Adam DeLong, 28, has retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited, progressive disease that has robbed him of nearly all his sight. But after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, he is finding great success pursuing a career in massage therapy at Columbus State.  Now more than halfway through the program, DeLong looks forward to securing a license in the summer and is thrilled about having found a new vocation where he excels. Read Adam’s story in The Columbus Dispatch.

And a 12-year old central Ohio genius is on track to get his high school diploma this year, and possibly attend Columbus State after he does! Chasen Clark is attending classes at Pickerington Community School. He has autism, and has been tested to have an IQ of over 150, which is MENSA level. He enjoys video games and wants to study game development when he goes to college. He also plans to earn his Ph.D. before he turns 20! See Chasen’s story on Fox28.


Reminder: Open forum for vice president candidate to be held today


An open forum to meet the first candidate for the Vice President of Business and Administrative Services will be held on Monday, February 1, at 1:30 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, WD Room 404. The candidate, Stewart A. Smith, is VP of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for YWCA Columbus. You can read the candidate bio online here.

Following the forum, you may leave feedback online here: Feedback form.


Reminder: 614 area code dialing changes started Jan. 30

On Saturday, January 30, the public phone system changed the way calls to the 614 area code are dialed. 

All calls made within the 614 area code now require the full 10-digit phone number to dial out. This change is being implemented across the entire area code in preparation for the addition of a second area code (380) in the Columbus area coming in March 2016.   

To accommodate this change, please ensure that you include the 614 area code for all outbound calls from campus phones (dial 9-(614) - phone number) for local calls.

For all internal calls at the college, you may still use the four-digit extension. Additionally, please check any speed dial entries you have stored on your office phone as well as your cell phone contacts, as these may also need to be updated to include the area code 614.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact the IT Support Center at ext. 5050.


Services announced for Dr. Martha Sucheston

Dr. Martha Sucheston, 76, a long-time OSU professor who later taught anatomy at Columbus State for 11 years, retiring in 2010, passed away January 25. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 4, at 3:00 p.m. at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, 1740 Zollinger Road, in Upper Arlington. Visitation hours will follow from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.

In 2010, Dr. Sucheston was one of just ten educators who received a 2010 Faculty Innovator Award from the Ohio Board of Regents, and she was featured in this video produced by Columbus State.


Recent blood drives a success, sponsors needed

logoColumbus State recently collected 57 units at two blood drives held last week in response to The Red Cross plea for emergency donors. The donations exceeded their goal to collect 24 units of blood per drive. Future blood drive dates include February 9 and 22, March 7 and 24, and April 6 and 26. Blood drives are held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall lounges. You can find more information about donating on The Hub.

If your department or class is interested in sponsoring a blood drive, please contact Kimberly Rhyan, director of Student Engagement and Leadership. Sponsorship includes promoting the drive, recruiting donors and volunteering during the drive.



Health Rewards briefing offered Wednesday

All fulltime employees with United Health Care coverage are invited to attend a briefing about the Health Rewards program on Wednesday, February 3, at 12:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall 322. The briefing will give you the opportunity to go through the web portal and ask questions about the program. Bring your UHC insurance card if you have never logged onto the site.

As a reminder, all employees and their spouse or domestic partners covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State must earn eight Health Reward points to maintain the 20 percent payroll contribution during the current cycle from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. You can access your points by logging on to For more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator at ext. 3989.


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.