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February 4, 2016


Celebrate Black History Month 2016


Join Global Diversity and Inclusion for a celebration of African-American culture and heritage. The keynote address will be presented by Nikole Hannah-Jones, an investigative journalist notable for her coverage of civil rights in the United States. The event is free and open to the public.

Black History Month Celebration, featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones
Wednesday, February 17
10 a.m. – noon
Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St.

Black History Month will also include a panel discussion, literary events and an overnight trip to Detroit. Learn more and register at

African American Read-In Chain
Thursday, February 11
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Nestor Hall Lobby
Event is free and open to the public.

Black History Trip to Detroit, Michigan
Friday, February 12- Saturday, February 13
Event cost is $30 and registration is required at

Poets in Black
Thursday, February 18
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Library Media Studio (CO 111)
Event is free and open to the public.

Panel Discussion: Debunking Myths of African American Politics
Saturday, February 27
Time: TBA on
WD Conference Center Ballroom
Event is free and open to the public.


In-Service Day coming April 21

The spring In-Service Day has been scheduled for Thursday, April 21, when the college will come together for a day-long series of professional development opportunities on the Columbus Campus. No day classes are held on In-Service Day. After a general session, several breakout sessions, a Wellness Fair and lunch, the In-Service Committee hopes to schedule a number of “College Knowledge” sessions in the afternoon, from which employees can choose to learn more about a department, a program, or an initiative at the college.  If you have a subject that you would like to propose as one of the afternoon sessions, please send your proposal to for consideration by the end of February!


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Recent grad wins theater award

Kurt Mueller, left, an autumn semester graduate, celebrates his Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable Award for Best Lighting Design with Frank Barnhart, director of Theatre Columbus State’s recent production of “The Diviners.”  The play received six nominations overall at the January 31 awards ceremony.





If you missed the Columbus premiere, ‘For Grace’ now on iTunes

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"For Grace," the documentary about Columbus State alumni and executive chef Curtis Duffy came out on iTunes February 3, and now includes a bonus feature with Curtis teaching the home cook how to recreate a dish from the film!

The movie is about Duffy, one of the country's most renowned chefs, building his dream restaurant, “Grace.” The film follows the building of Grace from a concrete box to its opening night, showing as few films have before the exacting standards required in luxury dining. It’s a story about food, family, balance and sacrifice. It also revisits Duffy's turbulent childhood: How a middle school home economics teacher recognized cooking talent in a teenager, how an unimaginable tragedy made Duffy seek refuge in the kitchen, and how cooking ultimately exacted a price. The movie premiered in Columbus December 15, and now you can watch it on iTunes:


Hogan a panelist on ‘All Sides’


College Readiness was the topic Wednesday on WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher. Kelly Hogan, executive director of College Transitions was one of three panelists. She was joined by Rebecca Watts, Associate Vice Chancellor for P-16 initiatives at the Ohio Department of Higher Education and Chris Wolters, Director of the Walter E. Dennis Learning Center at The Ohio State University. You can listen to the show here:




Thurgood Marshall Lecture Series continues

In conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall exhibit currently featured in the Library, several faculty members will offer lectures on topics in history, race relations and some of the issues Marshall faced during his celebrated court cases.

On Monday, February 8, Jennifer Nardone will lecture on “The Southern Reaction to Brown v. Board of Education (1954), and on Monday, February 15, Eric Neubauer, professor in Social Sciences, will speak on “Segregated Housing in the North.”  The final lecture on Monday, February 29, will be presented by Professor Bob Fitrakis, who will speak about “The Assault on Voting Rights in America.”  All lectures will be held at 12:00 p.m. in the Multimedia Studio in the Library.



‘SafeZone 101’ offered February 9

SafeZone is a series of interactive trainings aimed at helping students and employees develop a better understanding of LGBTQ+ experiences and become effective allies of this community. In each SafeZone training participants are challenged to listen, share and grow. “SafeZone 101” will be offered on Tuesday, February 9, 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. in WD 402. Sign up by completing registration on the Columbus State Hub:


Time to think about hiring student employees

Are you interested in hiring student employees for spring semester? Hiring a student employee is a great way to “walk the talk” in helping our students gain valuable work skills and experience, at no cost to your department.

Columbus State departments may submit student employment requisition requests directly through Cornerstone. Departments that previously had a student posting in Cornerstone have the option to “copy” the prior position and use that information to submit the request.

To learn more about student employment, contact Amanda Jennings, student employment coordinator. Detailed instructions on submitting a requisition request can be found on the Career Services website.


Don’t dial “1”

As you now know, there was a new area code added in central Ohio over the weekend. Because of that, you are now required to dial 614 before any local number on a land line or a cell phone.

However, on a campus phone, as on a cell phone, you are no longer required to dial a “1” before “614.” From a campus phone to an outside number you simply dial a 9 followed by 614 and then the seven-digit number. A one is not required.

In addition, a temporary issue with the Help Desk extension has been resolved, and you no longer need to dial the full number and area code to access 5050. 



News from the Discovery District

The Discovery District members have some great ideas for you if you are wondering what to get someone for Valentine’s Day!

BalletMet’s Carmen.maquia opens this weekend and is guaranteed to impress your friends or significant others if you can score a ticket. Columbus Museum of Art has the delicious Cameron Mitchell’s restaurant inside their new wing, so you can wine and dine before checking out their amazing new collections. Admission to the museum is free on Sundays. Kelton House and Thurber House are both open for tours Saturday and Sunday. If you have history or literature buffs in your life, you’ll score big with these stops! If the weather holds, stop by the Topiary Park too, and pose for cute selfies among the topiaries.

No date is complete without food or drink and we have plenty. Stop by for some caffeine and a delicious pastry at the Roosevelt Coffeehouse. At The Hills Market you can utilize their delicious salad and hot food buffets or pick up your own ingredients for a night in. And finally, pamper your loved one, or yourself, at the Replenish: the spa co-op with a gift certificate for a massage or yoga classes or buy some of their lovely organic and locally sourced products!



Freshwater hired by OrgSync

Student Engagement and Leadership congratulates Pierce Freshwater on attaining a new position as a customer support specialist for OrgSync. Pierce has been a part of the Columbus State community for the past five years, advancing from a Student Ambassador to a part-time employee to a fulltime specialist. The campus community is invited to congratulate him in starting this new chapter by dropping in SEaL, in Nestor Hall 116, for light refreshments on Wednesday, February 10, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.



Pay day moved for Presidents Day

Due to the college’s observance of Presidents Day on Friday, February 12, and most banks’ observance of the holiday on February 15, pay day will be Thursday, February 11



Caregiver Employee Resource Group is Friday

The Caregiver Resource Group is for employees who are taking care of an ill family member, aging parent, family member with a disability, or any other type of serious medical condition, to find support and resources that could help them. It is also open to employees who are supporting a caregiver. The next group meeting is Friday, February 5, at 11:30 a.m. in the WD 358 conference room. For more information about this group, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator.

Cooperative learning workshop offered

Informal cooperative learning groups are small, temporary, ad-hoc groups of students that last from a few minutes to one class period. They can be powerfully effective at facilitating student learning and there are dozens of possibilities for structuring group interaction. Successful informal groups result from well-designed activities, roles and accountability among group members. In this workshop, offered Friday, February 19, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., you will experience cooperative exercise, discuss strategies for implementation, and receive a set of group activities that you can modify to fit your needs. Register


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.