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July 11, 2016



Theatre Columbus State presents all-female cast in ‘Decision Height’

With a script based on historic events and an all-female cast, Meredith Dayna Levy’s “Decision Height” begins Wednesday at Columbus State. The fictionalized characters draw from the stories of female pilots in World War II whose records were sealed until 1996. The production was the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.


Lead character Virginia Hascall has left her home and fiancée to become a Women Airforce Service Pilot—also known as a WASP—to do her part to help defeat the enemy powers in the war. Through triumph and tragedy, she and her sister WASPs in flight suits, learn as much about themselves as they do about airplanes.

Show times are 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 15, and 8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 16, in Nestor Hall Auditorium.





Advocating for aviation

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The Admissions team recently visited Columbus State’s Bolton Field facility to learn more about Columbus State’s Aviation Maintenance program. The group heard about degree options, airframe and powerplant certificates, and transfer opportunities from Associate Professor Gene Sprang, and then toured the facility.The building, on Alkire Rd. adjacent to the Bolton Field Airport, serves double duty, operating as the Aviation Maintenance Technology lab during the daytime, and the Southwestern Regional Learning Center in the evenings.

This type of tour equips Admissions’ College Coaches with knowledge about the program that they can share with prospective Columbus State students. Shown in the Columbus State aviation hangar are, from left: Thomas Capps, Leanna Stansell, Callie McInturf, Chavon Harris, Gina Hiser, Ju Leigh Serpa, Thomas Giles, Kara Briscoe, Jamie Minor, Michell Ward, Libby Straub and Adam Hatheway.


Rhodes Hall roofing project to close 9-E parking lot on single days

Facilities Management will start on a Rhodes Hall roofing project Monday, July 18, and continuing for 30 days.

Employee parking lot 9 will be closed on July 18, and then for one day at a time during the project to allow access for a crane to operate. In addition, a smaller number of spaces will be closed for the entire 30-day project, to allow an area for the contractor equipment.


Grant to aid police training

A $50,000 grant has seven Central Ohio police agencies, including Columbus State, working together in a shared-services online training program. The collaboration—which will be part of a feasibility study—will save on travel, overtime, and ultimately taxpayer money. What’s more, Franklin University’s unique BlueQuill online learning software allows ongoing training lessons to be converted to college credits for officers. The grant was announced June 28 at Franklin University.



MAN Initiative seeks mentors for students

logoThe Male Access Network (M.A.N.) Initiative is looking for dedicated faculty and staff members to serve as mentors in the program for the 2016-2017 school year. Male and female mentors are welcome and no experience is required.  

The M.A.N. Initiative is a support program offered by the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center with an emphasis on character building, leadership development and student success. The program is open to all male-identifying students interested in getting involved on campus, connecting with a brotherhood of other men through social and educational opportunities, and receiving a faculty or staff mentor. Engaged participants are also eligible to receive a scholarship for the autumn and spring semesters.

Click here to apply to become a M.A.N. mentor. For more information contact Brett Welsh.


Employment Expo 2016 a success

Well over 300 students, employees and members of the community attended the recent 2016 Employment Expo hosted by the Office of Student Conduct. The Employment Expo provides resources and employment opportunities, as well as a safe space for restored citizens to connect with resources that are rarely in close proximity. At the Expo, 55 employers and 29 community agencies provided on-site interviews and shared empowerment tools with the attendees.

The Office of Student Conduct would like to thank volunteer hosts: Lisa Briggs, Carla Burnett, Amy Delorenzo, Wanda Demons, Katina Fitch, Rodney Sparks, Nakisha Stewart, Jeff Taylor, Susan Thompson, Heather Thompson-Gills, and MJ Willow as well as the great event volunteers and many offices and departments that made the event possible!


hr notes

Important payroll dates impacted by the open enrollment changes

Columbus State fulltime employees who are enrolled in the Core PPO medical plan will see adjustments to their pay advice over the next two pay dates. Employees that requested changes during the open enrollment period will also see adjustments. Please be advised of the following pay dates and adjustments:

July 15, 2016 -The adjustment to the medical premium is a result of the monthly premium being paid one month in advance.   (July premium is paid in June)

July 31, 2016 - New semi-monthly premiums will be deducted.

Information regarding the new benefit costs are available by accessing:  Should you have questions, please contact Monessa Bradford, Benefits Program coordinator, at ext. 2107.

July’s Manager’s Forum to address Fair Labor

At the July Manager’s Forum, Lynda Anderson-Casey, executive director of Human Resources, will share information about upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as updates to the Cornerstone Applicant Tracking Module. Managers can register online here:



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