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March 21, 2016


Next generation of scientists flock to Columbus State

photo of the fair

Judges and volunteers make their way around the science project displays at Central District Science Day, held March 19 at Columbus State in partnership with the Ohio Junior Academy of Sciences. The college hosted 350 middle and high school students, and their families, as they presented their science projects for consideration to advance to the state competition.


April 1 ‘Think Summit’ to host Jane Elliott


Columbus State’s Courageous Conversations series will wrap up Friday, April 1, with the “Community Think Summit,” in the Conference Center Ballroom from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be Jane Elliott, an internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer, and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education.

In response to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. over thirty years ago, Jane Elliott devised the controversial and startling, "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" exercise. This now-famous exercise labels participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposes them to the experience of being a minority. Everyone who is exposed to Jane Elliott's work, be it through a lecture, workshop, or video, is dramatically affected by it.

In preparation for the Think Summit, three documentaries will be shown in the Library’s Multimedia Room:

Wednesday, March 30, from 12:00-2:00 p.m.

The Eye of the Storm The video that chronicles Elliott’s exercise dividing a class based upon the color of their eyes and bestows upon one group privileges and on the other group impediments

Angry Eye  This video skillfully interweaves the young adults in the exercise with post-session interviews that show the participants struggling to come to terms with their recent experiences.

Thursday, March 31, from 12:00-2:00 p.m.

A Class Divided The day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed, a teacher in a small town in Iowa tried a daring classroom experiment. Frontline explores what those children learned about discrimination and how it still affects them today.


A presidential visit to Long Street

Clinton with staff

President Bill Clinton and former Mayor Michael Coleman took a historical stroll down Long Street on March 16, where Development Foundation staff met them to chat about community colleges and the student loan debt crisis. From left are Annie Clausen, Pam Bishop, President Clinton, Cathy Hatfield, Trenton Edwards, and Mayor Coleman.


Chef Taylor recognized with national Chef’s Achievement Award

Chef James Taylor, chair of Hospitality Management, has been given the prestigious Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) last week at their annual convention in Atlanta. The award honors chefs who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to both ACF and the culinary profession. “Such chefs, through their involvement with and contributions to ACF and our craft, have advanced the culinary profession and ensured the enrichment of students, our members and those in the profession,” according to ACF. Candidates are worthy of carrying on the proud tradition of the chef for whom the award was named, Hermann G. Rusch, AAC (1907–1997). Taylor was selected for the national award from among four regional winners.


Basketball Cougars finish NJCAA tournament with loss in semifinal

By halftime of the Columbus State – Essex County first-round NJCAA Div. II game on March 15, the Cougars had led by as many as eleven points and had hit eight three-pointers. With a halftime score of 44-39, the Cougars looked like they just needed to clean up their shooting at the foul line (4-for-19). Unfortunately, Columbus State lost their momentum, resulting in a 92-69 loss.

The Cougars then defeated the Dakota County Tech Blue Knights on March 16, 77-64, to advance to the semifinal round of the NJCAA DII consolation bracket. Columbus State led 33-27 at halftime and maintained the lead through the rest of the game. The Cougars finished with a 44.6 percent shooting percentage from the field and a much improved 58.5 percent from the free throw line.

After a strong first half on Friday, March 18, the Cougars couldn't manage to hold onto their lead, losing to South Mountain (Ariz.) 92-86 in the semifinal consolation round of the NJCAA DII Tournament. "We left all we had on the floor," said Coach Ed Thompson. "The guys played extremely hard. At the end, South Mountain's size wore us down."

"I'm very proud of all the guys," said Thompson.  "We had an unforgettable season."

Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) went on to win the tournament, becoming the 2016 NCJAA DII men’s basketball national champions.


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Call for In-Service Day materials

Do you have materials or information you want included for In-Service Day 2016? This year, the In-Service Day Committee will produce a single booklet that includes all printed materials instead of placing multiple individual flyers on the chairs in the gymnasium. Please send your flyers, ads, artwork, etc. to In-Service Project Manager Drew Clausen no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 28, for inclusion in the booklet.


Call for Proposals announced for Arts & Sciences Symposium

The 2016 Arts & Sciences Symposium will be held in the Library on Monday, April 11, Wednesday April 13,and Thursday, April 14. The Symposium is open to the entire campus community, and showcases the work of faculty from across the college.  Presentations will be 20 minutes in length, followed by a question and answer period.

All fulltime and adjunct faculty in all departments are welcome to submit proposals. Please feel free to submit proposals on anytopic in your area of expertise or interest. The deadline for submissionsis Thursday, March 31.To submit a 200-250 word proposal or request more information about the Symposium, please email Terry Eisele or Rachael Romain from the Arts & Sciences Lecture Series Committee.


Nominate for Men of Year awards

Join the Male Access Network (MAN) Initiative in celebrating the 6th Annual Men of the Year Awards Reception on Tuesday, April 5, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center ballroom. The awards will recognize Columbus State men who have positively impacted others, displayed exemplary character, and led by example. The event is open to the public and includes dinner. Please click here to RSVP.

You are also invited to nominate a faculty member, staff member, or student for the Man of the Year Award. Nominations are due by noon on Monday, March 28. For more information about this event please contact Brett Welsh, director of Global Diversity and Inclusion.


Automotive Tech hosts career night

Columbus State’s Automotive Technology Department hosted its first Tech Career Night March 10. The event was sponsored by Performance Auto Group, and more than 100 attendees got to see the Auto Lab, meet potential employers from five local dealers, enjoy refreshments and win prizes. About half of the participants were vocational school students and parents seeing the Automotive Department for the first time. You can see a video of the event online here!


PTK Chapter earns regional awards


At the recent Phi Theta Kappa Ohio Regional Awards Convention, Columbus State’s Alpha Rho Epsilon chapter was recognized for the following awards: Distinguished Advisors Award: Peter (Bo) Riley, Dr. Rebecca Fleming, Renee Deveaux, Tywan Banks, and Rebecca Murray; Distinguished Officer Award: Brandon Cornute and Nick Nastasi; Distinguished Member Award: Sean Pusey; Most Distinguished Advisor Award: Dr. Rebecca Fleming; and Posthumous Award: Dr. Charlie Galucci. 

The chapter ended the 2015 year with a 5-star rating. The chapter was also recognized for the Best Honors in Action Hallmark in the Ohio region for research and service projects regarding human trafficking and prostitution. Additionally, the chapter received 1st runner up for Most Distinguished Chapter, and received an award for Collaborative Chapter Officer and Advisor Team.

The Alpha Rho Epsilon chapter is now beginning the early steps of the 2016 Honor in Action and College Projects. If you would like to be involved, please stop by the Phi Theta Kappa office in Nestor Hall 122A or stop by the next chapter meeting on March 24, at 4:30 p.m., in Nestor Hall 012.




March Wellness Online newsletter available

Read the latest issue of United HealthCare’s newsletter, Wellness Online, where you will find nutrition articles including: Brown-Bagging for Grown-Ups, Portion Control:  What Does a Serving Size Look Like?Why Kids Overeat, and Source4Women: Nutrition 101.

Health Rewards briefing offered March 23

Fulltime employees with UHC coverage are invited to attend a Health Rewards Program briefing on Wednesday, March 23, at 12:00 p.m. in DE 215.

The briefing will provide an opportunity to go through the web portal and ask questions about the Health Rewards Program. Bring your UHC insurance card if you have never logged onto the site.

Employees and their spouses or domestic partners covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State must accumulate eight points in the Health Rewards Program in order to maintain the 20 percent payroll contribution during the cycle of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. You can access your current point totals by logging on to under Health & Wellness. For additional information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at ext. 3989.

Managers Forum is March 25 

A forum for managers will be held Friday, March 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in WD 404. The session will discuss the new look for the goals section of myPLAN in Cornerstone and share the feedback from the myPLAN implementation survey. Barbara Allen will be the instructor.

Summer fee waiver deadline is May 10

The deadline for Employee and Dependent Fee Waivers for summer semester is Tuesday, May 10. The Request for Fee Waiver form must be turned into Human Resources 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 June 24.  If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Plummer at ext. 2408.

Columbus State congratulates the following promotions and new hires:

March 16 - Dianna Brackbill, Office Associate in Global Diversity and Inclusion Center
March 16 - Maurice Anderson, Coordinator in Community and Professional Testing
March 16- Lorene Popelka, Reference Librarian 
March 16 - Stefan Armintrout, Technician in IT Asset Management
March 16 - Cynthia Hayes, Supervisor in Facilities Maintenance
March 16 - Patricia Haaser, Coordinator in Justice and Safety
March 16 - Lucas Gorz, Site Specialist in the Dublin Regional Learning Center


Part-time Kennel Assistant, Veterinary Technology, Requisition No. 810
Annually Contracted Faculty in Surgical Technology, Requisition No. 809
Annually Contracted Faculty in Veterinary Technology, Requisition No. 805
Annually Contracted Faculty in Criminal Justice, Requisition No. 785


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