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March 10, 2016


Spring Break note: The parking garage will be closed for maintenance during Spring Break, March 14-18.


Donor appreciation

Keyla at breakfast

Keyla Ayala, who recently completed her associate degree with the assistance of several Foundation scholarships, walks to the podium to address the audience this morning at the 2016 Employee Giving Recognition Breakfast. The event was held in appreciation of Columbus State employees who have participated in Employee Giving campaigns through the Foundation over the past year. The 2016 Employee Giving Campaign is set to kick off later this month.


Downing speaking

Celebrating HERStory

Keynote speaker at Wednesday’s Women’s History Month Awards Celebration, Tricia Downing, talks about finding her inner champion, and overcoming the obstacles to her athletic and professional career that resulted from a paralyzing cycling accident.






Six recognized for leadership

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From left, Dean of Student Life Renee Hill and 2013 Legacy in Leadership Recipient Dr. Jan Rogers present Dr. Maia Randle with the 2016 award, accompanied by President Harrison.

At the annual Women’s History Month awards celebration, five employees were recognized for their outstanding leadership on campus and in the community, and the “Legacy in Leadership” award was given to Maia Randle, Ph.D., faculty member in Biological and Physical Sciences. 

group photo President Harrison and Renee Hill present the Outstanding Woman Leader Awards to (from left) Miriam Ruth Bowers Abbott, Kimberly Hall, Merideth Sellars, Stephanie Albrecht, and Robyn Lyons-Robinson.

The Outstanding Woman Leader Awards are given each year to women who exhibit leadership and exemplify service above self through their civic and community engagement. This year’s winners are Kimberly Hall, Vice President for Human Resources and General Counsel; Robyn Lyons-Robinson, Chair of the English Department; Merideth Sellars, Assistant Professor in Biological and Physical Sciences; Miriam Ruth Bowers Abbott, Adjunct Faculty in the Humanities; and Stephanie Albrecht, Director of Student Central.

Dr. Randle was given the Legacy in Leadership Award for her work with the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program funded by the National Science Foundation to encourage minority students to enter the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.






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Speaking at the 3+1 news conference Monday were, from left, President Harrison, Columbus State/Franklin graduate Harrison Pobu, Franklin University President David Decker, and Chancellor John Carey.

Chancellor promotes 3+1 degrees at news conference

Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey was at Columbus State Monday to help promote 3+1 degree programs across the state. President Harrison and Franklin University President David Decker joined him at the news conference in the Center for Workforce Development. Also speaking was Harrison Pobu, a 3+1 student who graduated with an associate degree from Columbus State in 2014 and just earned a bachelor’s degree from Franklin in January.

A reporter from WCBE-FM attended and filed this report:


Save the Date
Ohio’s first Poet Laureate to present May 3


The first Poet Laureate for the state of Ohio will visit Columbus State for a reading in May.

Amit Majmudar, MD was named to the two-year honorary position of Ohio’s Poet Laureate in December by Gov. John Kasich. The Cleveland-area native is a diagnostic and nuclear radiologist with Radiology Inc. in Columbus and writes poetry, essays and novels on the side.

Majmudar will come to Columbus State for a reading on Tuesday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s Multimedia Studio. The event is free and open to the public.

Legislation creating an official Poet Laureate was passed by Ohio lawmakers in 2014. During his two-year appointment, Majmudar’s goal is to promote poetry by linking to the Ohio arts community and engaging with college and high school students.

Majmudar has published two novels, "Partitions" (2009) and "The Abundance" (2011). His poetry has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Review of BooksThe Atlantic MonthlyPoetry MagazineThe Antioch Review and "The Best of the Best American Poetry, 1988-2012." His newest collection of poems, "Dothead," has recently been published.

You can read more about Dr. Amit Majmudar on his website.


Columbus State’s men’s basketball team headed to national Div. II tournament

With an explosive 76-68 win over Cuyahoga Community College this weekend at the district tournament in Circleville, the Columbus State men’s basketball team is heading to the national tournament for the first time since 2009. The Cougars finished the season 24-6 overall under Coach Edward Thompson.

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released the Div. II bracket for the event on Tuesday with the Cougars seeded No. 10. Their first matchup has them facing No. 7 Essex County College in Newark, N.J. at noon on March 15.

The team will continue practices in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium on the Columbus Campus until they depart Sunday afternoon for the NJCAA tournament March 15-19 at Danville Area Community College in Danville, Ill.

Link to watch games:
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Link for live results:


Last call for Central District Science Day volunteers, judges

The Central District Science Fair will take place Saturday, March 19, at Columbus State in partnership with the Ohio Junior Academy of Sciences. The college will host 350 middle and high school students, and their families, as they present their science projects. Columbus State needs your help to make this day a success and to help showcase the college by judging or volunteering during the Fair. Volunteers are still needed to judge the projects and to assist in the smooth operation of the activities. Learn more about the event and register online or contact Sharon Stickley about judging and Julie Posey to volunteer.


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Julie Chitison, center, will attend Columbus State next year on an AEP scholarship. Advisor Marquitta Minniefield, left, and Advisor Lori Brown, right,joined her at the scholarship presentation.

West High School student earns first Credits Count scholarship

Julia Chitison is the first student to receive the AEP Credits Count Scholarship, a $2,000 award to help offset the cost of tuition and help eliminate the need for student loans. 

Julia attended West High School, completing six credit hours of English. She also attended Fort Hayes Career Center studying surgical technology. She plans to complete her Associate of Science at Columbus State and transfer to OSU to study medicine.

According to Kelly Hogan, “West High School was the first of five Columbus City Schools supported by the five-year, $5 million gift from the AEP Foundation designed to engage middle and high school students and their families as they explore STEM pathways and discover careers in STEM fields.”



Terry Cooke to retire

The Facilities Management Department will host a reception in honor of Terry Cooke’s upcoming retirement. The campus community is invited to attend a reception from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, in the Facilities Management lunchroom at 407 N Grant Ave.



News from the Discovery District

GREEN NEWS: Are you scratching your head on how to save water at home? GreenSpot has all the answers. Join them for a free "Water Conservation for the Home" virtual meeting on Tuesday, March 15. It will cover how to read a water bill, the EPA Water Sense program, how to do a water audit, and GreenSpot tips. It is free, but you still need to register:

THIS WEEK IN THE DISTRICT: New month means new books! Check out these titles releasing this month--they’re recommended by librarians!

BalletMet’s Inspired is here for one weekend only because they are taking it to Cincinnati, too. Here is the information:

COMING SOON: Not only is it March Madness in basketball, but it’s Mulch Madness at the Topiary Park on Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m.-noon. Light breakfast will be served! Bring your garden gloves if you have them and come out and help beautify the Park!

SUMMER CAMPS are here! Here are a few for your perusal:

Thurber House Summer Writing Camp:
Columbus Museum of Art:
Columbus College of Art and Design:



Bookstore closed for inventory

The Bookstore will be closed for inventory, March 16-18.   

Accounting Services closed March 15

Accounting Services will be closed on Tuesday, March 15, for an all-day retreat.  Accounting Services includes Cashier’s and Student Accounting, Financial Accounting and Reporting, and Grants Accounting and Reporting Services. 




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