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July 18, 2016


Faculty member is leading expert on first female presidential candidate

Judith Dann with display Dr. Judith Dann at the Woodhull exhibit at Robbins Hunter Museum.

With all eyes about to focus on the national presidential primaries, and potentially the first female president, history reveals what some call a well-kept secret: The first female presidential candidate was from Central Ohio.

Victoria Woodhull ran for the presidency in 1872 for the Equal Rights Party which supported equal rights for women and women’s suffrage among other humanitarian reform issues.

Woodhull’s colorful life began outside Columbus in Homer, Ohio in 1838. The seventh of 10 children, she died in England in 1927. Her run for the presidency came a half century before women even had the right to vote.

Dr. Judith Dann, professor of ancient history in the Classics at Columbus State, has extensively researched Woodhull’s life and has become a leading expert. What’s more, Dann happens to live in Homer, not far from Victoria’s birthplace and recently discovered she may be a distant relative. She was recently quoted on the subject in a French publication.

In addition, an independent film producer who’s developing a documentary on Woodhull’s life interviewed Dann extensively this summer. Filming around the country continues with a release date sometime next year. It hasn’t been determined if it will be presented as a big-screen documentary or for a cable television network. 


building photo The Robbins Hunter Museum in Granville.

Earlier this year, Dann presented a public lecture on Woodhull’s life at Robbins Hunter Museum in Granville. The museum currently features a temporary exhibit which includes interactive elements, a portrait of Woodhull and a collection of books written about her life. There is also a clock tower monument built at the museum in 1976 as Robbins Hunter’s Bicentennial project. Restored six years ago, it honors the nation’s first female presidential candidate.

“Reviled by some, revered by others, Woodhull was a controversial figure as she forged a path for women’s rights,” says Dann. “Living in Victoria's birthplace, I have always been fascinated by her life story. As a historian, I am interested in social perspectives and the legacy of key historical figures.  I am honored to be invited to speak about her life to many various groups around the community because I am passionate about telling her side of her story.”

The museum is free and open to the public from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.


Bookstore closes early July 22

The Bookstore will close at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22, to conduct a credit card system upgrade. 

Reminder: Construction to close lot 9E
Due to a Rhodes Hall construction project, Lot 9-E will close on and off for one day at a time beginning today and continuing through mid-August. Specific dates for the closures aren’t known since they will be based on the progression of the project.



Lewis elected president Ohio Psychological Association

Mary Lewis, Ph.D. has been elected as the Ohio Psychological Association’s President-Elect for the 2016-2017 year, with Presidential duties spanning 2017-2018.

Lewis has been a staunch supporter of OPA for years and has been actively involved with the Board of Directors, first as the chair of the Committee on Social Responsibility and most recently as chair of the Science Committee. She also has served on OPA’s LGBTQ+ sub-committee and on the Governance Restructuring project.

With more than 1,600 clinician, academic, affiliate and student members, the Ohio Psychological Association is nationally recognized as one of the preeminent state psychological associations. A well-established leader within the field, OPA works hard to ensure the science and professions of psychology remain vital, relevant and at the forefront in Ohio.


Master’s in higher ed offered by OU

logoThe Higher Education and Student Affairs program at Ohio University is pleased to announce that the next master’s in higher education cohort will be held at Columbus State, beginning fall 2016. OU is accepting applications for admission through August 1, 2016. 

The master’s in higher education program is designed for individuals who wish to advance their knowledge and skills while working within higher education settings. The program provides participants with a broad knowledge of the history, purposes and contexts of higher education; leadership; organizational dynamics; the learning environment; and research concepts and methods. The program is a two year, cohort-based program. Students will complete their coursework face-to-face and online. Face-to-face class meetings will take place during the fall terms at Columbus State, and online during the spring terms. Classes will meet five to six times each fall term on Fridays, 2:00 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn more or apply online here.


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It’s customer appreciation week at CoGo Bikes

You know we have a rack full of CoGo Bikes right next to the Bookstore, right? Well CoGo is celebrating its third birthday with a special membership offer. New members who sign up by Saturday, July 23, will receive a free month of membership added to their account. Sign up for $7 per month with an annual commitment, or save 10 percent and join for $75. Sign up here.




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Cornerstone refresher training offered July 27

Human Resources will conduct a refresher training session for the Cornerstone Applicant Tracking System on Wednesday, July 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in WD 206. Please register here if you wish to attend. Please contact your HR recruitment partner or email if you need more information or assistance with Cornerstone.

College Knowledge hosts Academic Affairs July 29

Do you ever find it a challenge to keep up with changes and new faces at Columbus State?  Stay up to date and meet new and veteran employees at the monthly College Knowledge sessions hosted by Human Resources.

The next College Knowledge program will be held Friday, July 29, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in WD 402, and will feature Academic Affairs and student success initiatives headed by the Office of Student Academic Success and Career Services: Early Alert, Career Success Plans and the Career Counseling plan.

Please register in advance and join us at 8:45 a.m. in WD 402 for coffee and conversation before the program. For more information contact Rich James or Barbara Allen in Human Resources.

July issue of Matrix Monitor available

In this month’s issue of the Matrix Monitor newsletter, you can find articles about avoiding the “summer slump” in academics for your children; how to be safe during a lightning storm; the science of taking a nap; and how to build on your talents at work. Read the full issue here.



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