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January 14, 2016


Columbus State mourns loss of Charlie Gallucci

Charlie on campus

If it was a special event and it involved students—like the annual Spring Fling—Charlie Gallucci would always be joining in the fun.

Professor Emeritus Charlie Gallucci, Ph.D., 64, died Monday, January 11, after a courageous battle with cancer. Charlie retired from Columbus State in 2012 after teaching chemistry for more than 20 years, and he mentored many more students outside of the classroom in organizations including Phi Theta Kappa and the International Student Association.

Tributes from his former students have poured in, including one from Sid Stewart, who wrote, “I pray that one day I can follow your example and teach with the passion that you illustrated every day. You are truly one of a kind and raised the bar while being so approachable. I am so grateful that you were so down to earth and able to reach, teach and entertain in a way that made learning fun. I thank God for you being my professor because if I had another one without your personality I may not have graduated. Your legacy will live forever.”

“You were awesome, funny, and really knew how to get everyone engaged,” wrote former student Ethan Bogan. “You made chemistry loads of fun. Thank you for everything you've done for me as a teacher, mentor, role model, and friend.”

David Kerr wrote, “For those who knew Charlie you will remember the childish enjoyment he found in life while always inspiring the best in everyone. This is a person who lifted me up after losing everything and helped me reach for greatness.”

Sichu Mali writes, “He was my beloved Chemistry professor. I was so impressed with his intelligence. He could quote Greek classics while solving complex calculus problems. He was a bona fide Renaissance Man. Above all, he was a selfless teacher who had his students’ best interests in his heart. One of my big goals in life was to pursue higher education in Massachusetts, renowned for its top-notch competitive colleges and universities. That dream would have been just a figment of imagination without Dr. Charlie’s guidance and mentorship. For this and many other reasons, he will always live in my memories.”

Charlie is survived by his wife Judith. Funeral arrangements are pending with Schoedinger Northwest Chapel.


Memorial for Linda Miller to be held Jan. 16

Family and friends of Linda Miller, who passed away December 17, will celebrate her life on Saturday, January 16, at 11:00 a.m. in Nestor Hall Seminar Room D. Linda was an administrative assistant in Curriculum Management and had worked at Columbus State in various capacities for more than 10 years.


Reynoldsburg Testing Center opens Jan. 25

College Testing Services will open its new Reynoldsburg Testing Center on Monday, January 25. The Testing Center is located in the Reynoldsburg Regional Learning Center, 6699 East Livingston Avenue.

This Testing Center has been designed to fully serve the regional student body and community to administer and proctor a host of wide range of exams including distance learning, classroom and placement exams. This Center supports the partnership with the College Credit Plus program.

The Reynoldsburg Testing Center’s phone number is ext. 7204. You can find hours of operation and directions to the center online here.


Spring semester Pono group forming

During autumn semester, a group of 17 employees and students completed the Pono Diversity Learning Community’s eight-week program.  If you are interested in joining the upcoming spring cohort of Pono please go online here to fill out the electronic application.

Contact Sarah Baker at ext. 2426 for more information. 


student speaking

Next ‘Courageous Conversation’ to be held Jan. 20

The fourth community event in the Courageous Conversations series—a Community Forum on Employment—will be held on Wednesday, January 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Downtown High School, 364 S. 4th Street.  Courageous Conversations are free and open to the public, and employees, students, and community members are encouraged to attend!



Reminder: Harvard a Capella group to perform on campus this weekend!

The Harvard Din & Tonics, Harvard’s signature all-male jazz a cappella singers, will make their first-ever trip to Ohio for their Winter Tour of 2016, on Saturday, January 16, at 5 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for students, and $15 for the general public, available at



Retirement planning seminar offered by SERS

A representative from the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) will give a presentation on retirement planning and talk about upcoming pension reform. The seminar will be held on Thursday, February 4, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in WD 404. Register for the event here.




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