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January 7, 2016


Note: Fire alarm testing tonight
Simplex will be doing some testing of fire alarms and emergency PA systems on campus late tonight through the early morning hours of January 8. 


City of Columbus Martin Luther King Day celebration is Jan. 18

statue of KingThe campus community is invited to participate in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Commemorative March, beginning at the King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Avenue on Monday, January 18.  The community celebration will begin at 4:00 p.m. and the March begins at 4:45 p.m. The March concludes at The Lincoln Theatre,769 E. Long St. 

The MLK Day program at the Lincoln Theatre begins at 6:00 p.m. featuring keynote speaker Myrlie Evers-Williams, former chairperson of the NAACP and widow of civil rights leader Medger Evers.

The City of Columbus Community Relations Commission is looking for volunteers to greet people, direct and guide people during the March, set up tables for community partners to distribute resources and educational materials, take down tables and clean up trash after the event, and staff the education stations by facilitating letter writing, poster making, and crafting activities. To sign up to volunteer, log into The Columbus State Hub and register.

Students have also been invited to join in a special day of service Friday, January 22, at multiple sites around the city, including St. Stephens Community HouseEquality Ohio, Boys and Girls Clubs, and YWCA.


Author of Orange is the New Black to speak Jan. 20

author book cover

The Friends of the Delaware County District Library will host Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, on Wednesday, January 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Gray Chapel, at Ohio Wesleyan University. 

Kerman will give a 45-minute lecture on her memoir about the 13 months she spent in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. Following the lecture, Kerman will take questions from the audience and be available for book signing.

Premium tickets are $35.  This ticket includes priority seating at the lecture, priority book signing and an author photo with your cell phone. General admission tickets are $25.  This ticket includes general admission to the lecture and book signing.  Tickets are available at  



Ohio colleges receive grants to help victims

Seventeen Ohio colleges and universities will be able to offer more help to victims of sexual assault, thanks to $1.2 million in grants announced January 5 by state Attorney General Mike DeWine.

The grants, which come from $3 million DeWine set aside in funding from the federal Victims of Crime Act, will pay for advocates to help victims, forensic testing work, support for victims, mental health counseling and awareness campaigns.

Columbus State was granted $148,093 to hire two victim advocates plus administrative support. One of the larger awards, $196,791, will go to Ohio State University, which plans to use it to hire three new sexual-violence-program coordinators and to pay for services for students who are sexually assaulted while studying abroad.

Other schools receiving grants include Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Kent State, Miami, Toledo, Urbana and Wilmington. -from The Columbus Dispatch



Borland leaves for new opportunity

Heather Borland, assistant director of Student Engagement and Leadership, will leave Columbus State this week to become the Health and Wellness Coordinator at Denison University in Granville.  She has worked at Columbus State for the past 16 years and has coordinated the Student Ambassador Leadership Program, Welcome Back Day, Spring Fling, Jazz in July, Weeks of Welcome activities, and numerous other health and wellness fairs, student events and activities. “Through the years, Heather has impacted thousands of students, especially the Student Ambassadors,” said Kim Rhyan, director. “She truly has supported the college’s mission to educate and inspire, providing our students with the opportunity to achieve their goals.” A farewell reception for Borland will be held on Friday, January 8, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio.


Book donation drive raises scholarship money

Thanks to all employees who donated used books to the Bookstore’s fall book drive for student scholarships.  The drive raised $342.50 to support scholarships. The idea for the fundraiser came from Becky Murray, coordinator in Advising Services, who helped to organize the donation set-up locations and collection of books. The Bookstore supplied the boxes and sold the books resulting in a successful fundraising project! 


Library features Rhyan’s artwork

The Library’s artist for January is Kimberly Rhyan, director of Student Engagement and Leadership.  This year, Rhyan’s exhibit is titled, “#takeheART” where she plans to add one new drawing to the exhibit every day throughout the month of January.

Rhyan says she has made a New Year’s resolution to make more art and practice “zentangling,” which inspires inner focus, similar to meditation.  This process encourages her heart and life while balancing being an artist, mother and fulltime professional.

The exhibit can be visited at the ground floor gallery of the Library. 



New mileage rates announced for 2016

The IRS has released the new mileage rates for 2016.  The rate has changed to 54 cents per mile. A new Transportation Reimbursement form reflecting this change is available on the intranet for use in 2016. Mileage incurred prior to December 31, 2015 will be reimbursed at the previous rate of 57.5 cents per mile. A new Travel Request Form and Travel Reimbursement Form are also available for 2016 on the intranet (log in only).



A Conversation with Distinguished Teachers is Jan. 14

Join our recent Distinguished Teaching Award winners for a conversation about outstanding teaching. Our Distinguished Teachers will share their unique and effective approaches to engaging students, and invite you to do the same, on Thursday, January 14, at 11:10 a.m. in WD 415. Our panelists will include: Stephen Logan, assistant professor in English; Jeff Richardson, associate professor in Biological and Physical Sciences; Rick Miller, adjunct instructor in the Humanities; and Melissa Logue, assistant professor in the Modern Languages. Register

What CCSSE tells us about the student experience

Columbus State has participated in the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) three times since 2010, and some persistent patterns have emerged. Are students having the experiences we think they are? Join us Thursday, January 14, at 2:15 p.m. in WD 402, for the first of many interactive conversations about high-impact practices. At this event, we will focus on items related to student-faculty interaction and other notable CCSSE findings. Register

Hostmanship workshop scheduled for Jan. 15

“Hostmanship” is the art of making people feel welcome.  It is present in meetings where genuine hospitality is offered, and has its origin in the person, the organization or the place that has invited you.  Good Hostmanship means understanding the art of serving and realizing how much it enriches our lives. Please join us on Friday, January 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for “Introduction to Hostmanship: Customer Service and Leadership Reframed: The Art of Serving Others.” Register today

Strengths workshops offered in January, February

“Put Your Strengths to Work” will be offered Wednesday, January 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You will gain a deeper understanding of the strengths-based philosophy and learn six proven strategies that help leverage your own unique strengths as well as the strengths of others on your team.  Register today

“Win with Your Strengths” is an introduction to strengths-based language where you’ll learn more about your own strengths and the strengths of others. The class is offered Thursday, February 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Prior to the class, you will take the online StrengthsFinder assessment and determine your top five “Signature Strengths.”  Register here

January issue of Wellness newsletter online now

In the current issue of United Healthcare’s newsletter Wellness Online, you will find articles on the Top Five Dieting Myths,  Slow and Steady Weight Loss, How to Rev Up Your Metabolism, and more. 



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