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July 25, 2016


scene of Taste

Almost time for ‘Taste!’

Over the past quarter century, Taste the Future has raised more than $1 million to support the students of Columbus State. The 2016 event will be held Tuesday, August 16, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the Columbus Campus, when more than 1,000 of our friends, colleagues, and members of the community will once again gather to help The Columbus State Foundation impact even more lives through education.  Honorees for this year’s event are Chef Hartmut Handke and The Wasserstrom Companies.

Chef Handke is a European-trained chef with a half century of experience in hotels, clubs, restaurants, and resorts throughout the world. He is also a Certified Master Chef with the American Culinary Federation. Handke was chef/proprietor of the No. 1 Zagat-rated restaurant in Ohio, Handke’s Cuisine in Columbus. Although he sold the restaurant in 2008 he remains very active in the culinary community.

HandkeChef Hartmut Handke

The Wasserstrom Companiesare the world’s leading restaurant supplier, providing distribution and manufacturing services to foodservice operations nationwide. Founded in Columbus in 1902, Wasserstrom is a family-owned business, currently run by the fourth generation of the family with 1,200 associates.

So come and enjoy hundreds of incredible flavors from 50-plus central Ohio restaurants, clubs, and caterers, award-winning food artists from across Ohio, live music and fabulous company!

To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, visit




Family Fun Day to support student parents


Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) will host Student Parent Family Fun Day and “Thriftique,” on Saturday, August 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Student Parent Fun Day is a back-to-school event for Columbus State student parents and their families to help provide some of the necessary school supplies and other items their children will need as they return to school this fall.

The SEaL staff has held several donation drives for their student-parent thrift store, called “Thriftique,” but are still in need of school supplies such as pens, markers, crayons, folders, binders, pencil boxes, planners, notebooks, calculators, book bags, lunch boxes, and children's books.  You may bring your donations at any time to the SEaL office, 116 Nestor Hall.


Volunteers still needed for fall Welcome Team

The Welcome Team is now recruiting faculty and staff members who are interested in serving as a volunteer to help students start the term off in the right direction. 

Welcome Team is a great way to share your Columbus State pride while making connections with other campus community members. Volunteers are required to participate in training prior to the beginning of the semester in order to make sure you have all of the knowledge you need to assist students as they embark on a new semester.

The training consists of several five-minute online modules and one, in-person session, several weeks prior to the start of the term. To sign up for the Welcome Team, please complete the interest form. Further details regarding training will be sent to those who complete the interest form. If you have questions please feel free to contact Molly Ward .



News from the Discovery District

The Junior League of Columbus in celebrating the Amazing Life of Grace Kelton and 40 Years of Kelton House’s Service to the Community with a luncheon and champagne toast at Kelton House. The luncheon will take place on Sunday, August 7, at 12:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (614)464-2022 or emailing They may also be purchased online.

The Discovery Beach sand volleyball court is still open so don’t delay in getting out there! For more information, go online here

Thurber House’s Literary Picnics are winding down with their last one on Wednesday, August 3, featuring Edward Roach. He’ll be talking about his latest book about the Wright Brothers. It’s really fascinating! Don’t miss out on a wonderful evening with a talented author, great food, and good company. Find more information here. 

The Topiary Park is open for a night under the stars and a movie on the screen. Check out their summer movie lineup. Plus, don’t forget their PBJ & Jazz series in partnership with the Library and Jazz Arts Group. The next one is Saturday, August 13, starting at 11:00 a.m. with Story Time. It’s family friendly and it’s all free.

The Columbus Museum of Art is filled to the brim with guests for their Picasso Exhibit. Don’t miss their ongoing summer programs too, including: Yoga with Replenish: the spa co-op every Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.; Think like an Artist on Thursdays; Wednesdays @2 once a month; and don’t forget the Museum offers free admission Sundays (excluding the Picasso exhibit).

And finally, the Columbus Main Library is wrapping ups its Summer Reading Club and getting ready for back-to-school. Don’t miss any new programs—stay involved this year. 


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Proposals sought for NISOD conference

The National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is currently accepting presentation proposals for NISOD's International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, to be held May 27-30, in Austin, Texas. 

Presenters receive a $50 registration discount for sharing their expertise with their colleagues, and will be entered in a drawing to win full conference registration.

To learn more or to submit a proposal,go online here.

Deadline for fee waivers is August 8

Employee and dependent fee waivers for Autumn Semester must be received no later than Monday, August 8, by 4:30 p.m. to guarantee that fee waivers will be processed before late fees are assessed.

You may also pay your fees first and be reimbursed within 30 days from the start of the term by completing the request for fee waiver form and submitting an official payment receipt to Human Resources by Wednesday, September 28. If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Plummer at ext. 2408.  


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Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State? Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees. Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at noon for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at noon for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

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Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.