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June 27, 2016



Anthony Bourdain is coming to Columbus Oct. 29 

The renowned chef, best-selling author, and famed television host Anthony Bourdain is coming to The Palace Theatre to promote his new cook book, Appetites, for one night only, on Saturday, October 29. The event will dive into the depths of Bourdain’s experiences and insights pertaining to the culinary world. Columbus State is a co-sponsor of the event.

Bourdain, author and host of Parts Unknown on CNN, will cover current controversial issues in the gastronomic world, and dish on hot topics, then offer an open question-and-answer session, giving fans a rare chance to interact with the author and globe-trotting television host.

VIP ticket holders will receive a copy of his brand-new cookbook, Appetites, as well as access to the post-show Meet and Greet event.

Tickets are on sale now, starting at $55. Get $10 off your tickets today by using the code: SAVE10.  Order tickets online.



Parking note for July 1

The Columbus Police Department will be using the college’s 32-S parking lot for staging purposes at Red, White and Boom! on Friday, July 1, all day.


Entering the world of insurance

ceremony photo

Angelo Frole, dean of Business and Engineering Technologies, awards a certificate to a student in the inaugural class of the Insurance Industry Resource Council and Columbus State Insurance Certificate Pilot Program. Also congratulating the students are, from left, Gayle Saunders, Sr. Insurance Industry Resource Council, Michael Bowers, supervisor Small Business Development Center, and Kay Moorehead, grant program coordinator. Twenty students celebrated successful completion of the 17-hour academic program on June 20, and are ready to begin careers in the insurance industry. The pilot program was funded by a grant from the Industry Workforce Alliance.


The Welcome Team needs you!

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 .


FOCUS training offered for faculty, staff, advisors

For faculty: Join other faculty to learn about FOCUS Early Alert:  ways to raise flags, kudos, referrals; adding comments; clearing flags that are no longer relevant to your student; recording attendance; and scheduling office hours. This one-hour session is Tuesday, July 12, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in WD 315. Register

For advisors and staff: Join other staff members to learn about FOCUS Early Alert: intervention processes such as adding comments, notes, or clearing a flag; seeing Colleague screens for each student; filtering for results; scheduling office hours and managing walk-in traffic. This one-hour session is Tuesday, July 12, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in WD 315. Register 


School record seven athletes named Academic All-American

Columbus State set a school record with seven National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic All-American award recipients during the academic year.

To be named an NJCAA Academic All-American, a student-athlete must achieve at least a 3.60 GPA over two fulltime terms.  

NJCAA Academic All-Americans were nominated to one of three possible awards:

  • Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence: 4.00 GPA
  • Superior Academic Achievement Award: 3.80-3.99 GPA
  • Exemplary Academic Achievement Award: 3.60-3.79 GPA
Justin Justin Dearth

Justin Dearth, from Dublin, is a sophomore on the men's golf team and a recipient of the Superior Academic Achievement Award, carrying a 3.83 GPA. Justin is an accounting major who plans to transfer to Capital University. He and teammate Colin Dawson are the third and fourth men's golfers in school history to receive this award.

JuliaJulia Wynn

Julia Wynn, from Columbus Grove, is a sophomore on the women's volleyball team and a recipient of the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award, carrying a 3.65 GPA. Julia is a pre-nursing major who received her Associate of Arts in May. She is transferring to the Mount Carmel College of Nursing. A student-athlete who has experienced both academic and athletic successes at Columbus State, she was named OCCAC First-Team All-Conference and to the NJCAA Region XII District F All-Tournament team. She and teammate Julia Littell are the fourth and fifth women's volleyball players in school history to receive this award.



BashirAbdulkadir Bashir

Abdulkadir Bashir, from Westerville, is a sophomore on the men's cross country team and a recipient of the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award, carrying a 3.74 GPA. Abdi is an engineering major who received his Associate of Science in May. He is transferring to The Ohio State University to major in aerospace engineering. Abdi is the eighth men's cross runner in school history to receive this award.

Howard Emily Howard

Emily Howard, from Powell, is a freshman on the women's cross  country team and a recipient of the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award, carrying a 3.69 GPA. Emily is an early childhood education major at Columbus State and the second women's cross country runner in school history to receive this award.





Grant Grant Dierksheide

Grant Dierksheide, from Worthington, is a freshman on the men's basketball team and a recipient of the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award, carrying a 3.76 GPA. Grant is a Sports and Exercise Studies major at Columbus State and is the second men's basketball player in school history to receive this award.

Littell Julia Littell

Julia Littell, from Springfield, is a freshman on the women's volleyball team and a recipient of the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award, carrying a 3.76 GPA. Julia is a pre-nursing major at Columbus State.





Dawson Colin Dawson

Colin Dawson, from Ostrander, is a freshman on the men's golf team and a recipient of the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award, carrying a 3.74 GPA. Colin is an Associate of Arts major at Columbus State.





students in lab Eric Kenz shows students parts of human cadavers in the anatomy lab at the Columbus State Dublin Center.

Dublin RLC hosts Health Career Summer Camp

Columbus State and Ohio University’s College of Health and Human Services recently hosted the inaugural Heath Careers Summer Camp at the Dublin Regional Learning Center.

Area high school students were able to participate in activities that exposed them to a large array of career fields available through Columbus State and Ohio University.

Special thanks to all of the faculty that made the event an engaging and interactive success, including Darlene Maisano, Don Laubenthal, Grace Edwards, Sacha Tadros, Barbara Kerr, Mecy Corum-Lampson, Jeffrey Rowe, and Eric Kenz.




Jennifer Leggett to retire

Please join The Office of the Registrar in celebrating the retirement of Jennifer Leggett after 35 years of service to Columbus State. A reception will be held Wednesday, June 29, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. in WD-C 1063, (annex), with a special presentation at 12:30 p.m.  




Fall scholarships available for students

Remind your students that applying for scholarships at Columbus State now takes just a single application.

The new online scholarship application is as easy as visiting and filling out the form. When students submit their scholarship application, Columbus State reviews it and matches them with all the Columbus State scholarships that they qualify for.

The scholarship application deadline is Sunday, July 17. Many scholarships have limited funds and are awarded to the first qualified applicants.


at parade

Columbus State Pride

Columbus state students, staff, faculty and community members marched in the 35th annual Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade June 18, which had a record turnout this year. Marching in the parade were, from left: Hajar Saksaka, Melissa Logue, Chloe Faure, Autumn Spitler, Taylor Davis, Katrina De Los Santos, Thomas Capps, Terrence Brooks, and Sarah Baker.




Disability Services shares statistics

Disability Services has some new statistics compiled at the end of spring semester:

  • Five percent of all Columbus State students are registered with Disability Services.
  • Enrollment in Disability Services grew by nine percent during Spring Semester 2016 compared to Spring Semester 2015.
  • The office proctored 1,786 accommodated exams during Spring Semester 2016--more than 30 percent of which had to be converted into an alternate format such as audio or large print. 
  • An additional 437 accommodated tests were administered at the other Columbus State Testing Centers.
  • Nearly 290 alternate format textbooks were processed and distributed to the students who requested them during Spring Semester 2016.

The department serves an extremely diverse group of students: graphic

Be sure to check out the Disability Services website for an overview of services and to find out how to best support this population at Columbus State.


Local production of ‘Play On!’ features students

Standing Room Only Theatre Company opens its 32nd season with Rick Abbott’s hilarious showbiz comedy, Play On! This is a three-act comical story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. The cast includes some Columbus State students.

Show times are Thursday June 30; 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 1; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2.

Standing Room Only Theatre Company, MabLab Theatre and Gallery, is located at 227 N. 3rd St. Tickets are $20; $15 for senior citizens and Columbus State students. Buy tickets here:



STRS member contribution rate to increase

Effective July 1, the State Teachers Retirement System member contribution rate will increase to 14 percent. This is the final year of the phase-in resulting from the 2012 pension reform legislation. Member contribution rates increased from 10 to 14 percent, phased in at one percent per year through July 1, 2016.  For more information about this change, contact Twila Wiley, retirement coordinator, at ext. 2422.

Join the Columbus State Heart Walk Team

The 2016 Central Ohio Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event that brings communities together to raise funds and celebrate progress in the fight against this country's No. 1 and No. 5 killers, heart disease and stroke.

The Heart Walk will be held Saturday, August 27, starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Columbus Commons downtown. Please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989 by July 1 if you wish to join the team.

Mobile mammography screening offered July 8

The James Care Mammography screening vehicle will be at Columbus State on Friday, July 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the visitor parking area in front of Nestor Hall. To make an appointment, call the James Care scheduling department at (614) 293-4455, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 


Columbus State welcomes the following promotions and new hires:

June 6 - Mary Olinski, specialist in Financial Aid
June 16 - Jacqueline Leisenheimer, business partner in Human Resources
June 16 - Samuel Howard, Librarian
June 16 - Ryan Johnson, grant participant facilitator, Business, Engineering, and Technology


Material Handler I, Mail Ship/Receiving Warehouse – Requisition No. 1048
ERP Programmer-Business Analyst, IT Enterprise Applications - Requisition No. 1052
ERP-System Analyst, IT Enterprise Applications – Requisition No. 1053
Specialist, Library Circulation – Requisition No. 1054
Director I, Accounting Services - Requisition No. 1055
Instructor, Nursing, PN Program – Requisition No. 1056



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