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January 28, 2016


News coverage of i3 grant extensive


The recent awarding of the U.S. Department of Education’s $11.5 million Investing in Innovation, or “i3” grant, detailed in the January 25 issue of Update, generated extensive news coverage locally.  Columbus State was the only institution to receive the funding in Ohio, and the only community college nationally to qualify. The grant will allow Columbus State to greatly expand programs that enhance college and career readiness for students in high school. The funds will impact students in Columbus, Groveport Madison, Hamilton Local, Licking Heights, Reynoldsburg, South-Western and Whitehall school districts. To read more of the news coverage about the i3 grant and the potential impact on the region, visit The Columbus Dispatch and WBNS-10TV online.


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Columbus Monthly article notes ‘rising power’ in the city

January’s issue of Columbus Monthly magazine features a story about the “Power Shift” happening in Columbus, as Michael Coleman’s reign as mayor, and John F. Wolfe’s ownership of The Columbus Dispatch both end, and familiar players like Wolfe, Coleman and Gordon Gee, former president of Ohio State University, have moved on to new phases. 

The article goes on to list what the authors call “the changing of the guard,” including a nod to President David Harrison, as one of those whose work has had increasing benefit to the community.

The Columbus Monthly article is not offered online, but can be read, starting on page 36 of the current issue (January 2016) of the magazine, on newsstands now.

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Open forum for vice president candidate to be held Feb. 1

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.



Memorial service for Charlie Gallucci announced

A memorial service for Charlie Gallucci, who passed away January 11, will be held Sunday, February 7, at 2:00 p.m. at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, 1740 Zollinger Road, in Upper Arlington. The service will be followed by a calling hour with the family from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.




Duda to serve as national test developer

Professor of Mathematics, T.J. Duda has been appointed as the test developer for the Student Mathematics League, a mathematics contest sponsored by American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC).  Each year, more than 8,000 students, at more than 165 colleges in the U.S. and Bermuda, participate in the league.  More information about the Student Math League can be found online here.


Delaware Campus Learning Center adds children’s section

Knott with book Delaware Campus Librarian Dana Knott shows off the new section of children’s books from the Delaware District Library.

In its continuing partnership with the Delaware County District Library, the Learning Center at the Delaware Campus has added a collection of approximately 175 children’s books available for checkout. Their availability will support the college’s Early Childhood Development students who have assignments that require them to examine the books. The Basic Early Childhood Administrators Certificate program can now be completed at the Delaware Campus. The collection joins the growing collection of more than 2,500 books and DVDs available for checkout provided by the Delaware County District Library in Moeller Hall.





Exam submission guidelines given by College Testing Services

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In order to continue to offer quality service to both students and faculty, College Testing Services requests that faculty continue to follow Advisory Council-approved recommendations: (The Advisory Council is composed of faculty, administrators, and staff who provide guidance and support on the services and practices of the Testing Center.) 

1)    Avoid Saturdays as exam deadline dates.  Experience has shown that many students will choose to test on the deadline date, so by placing your deadline during the week, Saturday testing can be freed up for students who can only test on Saturdays due to work schedules or personal availability.

2)    Set your other testing deadlines prior to finals week, ensuring that only final exams are administered during Finals Week.This will lessen the wait for students during the crowded final exam period.

3)    Continue submitting exams to the Test Center as early as possible. The goal is to have no exams submitted during Finals Week, so that staff can focus on efficient student service, test recording and return.  

These recommendations are based on the resources of the operation, and faculty cooperation is very much appreciated. Our goal is to provide the optimal testing environment for the success of our students. For more information, call ext. 5219. 


Discount tickets available for SRO production ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

Standing Room Only (SRO) Theatre Company will present Edward Albee’s first full-length play, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” which focuses on an embittered couple George and Martha, who draw a younger couple, Nick and Honey, into their mean games of marital love-hatred.

The show runs Friday, January 29 through Sunday, February 7. Columbus State employees and students can get a $3.00 discount to all of SRO's shows by using the code CSCC at online checkout at or presenting a school ID at the box office.

The production will be staged in the Shedd Theatre, Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus.  




Staff Development publication offered online

Columbus State is an institutional member of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), which is dedicated to the professional development of community college faculty, staff and administrators. Consider signing up for NISODirect, a weekly newsletter that provides information about NISOD’s Innovation Abstracts, webinars, conference, news digests and other resources. To learn more about the college’s member benefits, see the NISOD information page. For additional information, contact Rich James, at ext. 2175.

Retirement Planning Seminar to be held Feb. 4

A representative from School Employees Retirement System (SERS) will give a presentation on retirement planning and discuss the upcoming pension reform. The seminar will be held on Thursday, February 4, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in WD 404.  Please register here, where additional seats have been added. There will also be a live stream for those who cannot attend in person, available here: where you will be prompted to enter the password: cougars



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