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March 3, 2016


March SEOM
Clinical coordinator’s work ‘immeasurable’


When OhioHealth recently changed its computer system, requiring 180 Columbus State nursing students and 21 nursing faculty to undergo hours of training before clinicals could begin, Angie Lennon came to the rescue! 

“The number of hours Angie worked to resolve issues and schedule training were almost immeasurable,” says Jacqie Walli, Nursing chair. “She not only worked 12- to 14-hour days, but has remained accessible in the evenings and weekends for the OhioHealth schedulers.”

“Angie’s job is very demanding in the best of times. This semester has been a nightmare for her,” says Walli. “Through it all, she has maintained her patience and professionalism.”

“It is a great challenge to accomplish the planning for clinical experience for the nursing students,” says Jane Winters, Nursing faculty who nominated Lennon for Staff Employee of the Month. “It involves extensive communication, collaboration and cooperation among the nursing courses and with the healthcare systems in the area. Clinical experience is essential for the students and the nursing program.”

“Angie has coordinated the monumental task of not only planning for clinical experience, but also all of the scheduling for the necessary computer training,” continues Winters. “Angie’s Columbus State spirit makes an immense difference every day!”


Second annual Service-Learning Conference to focus on social justice

Columbus State’s Service-Learning committees have announced the second annual Service-Learning Conference, "Social Justice on Campus and Beyond," to be held on Friday, April 15.

The theme of this year's conference reflects the need to help faculty and staff understand and integrate social justice issues within the classroom, and identify social justice efforts on and off campus. In this way, students can become informed, knowledge-based consumers of social justice issues, and transform activism into meaningful work beyond the classroom. 

The committees seek contributions to the conference that focus on the theme through:

  • Experiences, challenges and rewards in integrating social justice issues in the classroom
  • Research and data on social justice issues that may be used in the classroom
  • On-campus or off-campus organizations that address a social justice topic or need
  • Local-global social justice issues
  • Ways to translate social justice into socially responsible behavior

If you would like to submit a proposal for the conference, complete this form by Friday, March 25, and email it to Mary Lewis.  


Student group experiences Cuba

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Instructor Terrie Stolte, far left, and her students share candy with some children in the streets of Havana.

During the winter break, seven Columbus State students embarked on a short-term study abroad trip to Cuba, which has only recently been opened to educational travel opportunities originating in the U.S. Before traveling to Cuba, the students completed BMGT 1798 - Study Abroad Global Management, an eight-week, intensive study of Cuba’s history, culture, economy, and emerging entrepreneurship.   

Columbus State is the first college in Ohio to travel to Cuba. Led by Terrie Stolte, instructor in Business Programs, the students visited the cities of Havana, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, and Matanzas. They experienced first-hand the effects of the trade embargo between the U.S. and Cuba, as well as the subtle and pervasive impact of the country’s leaders, past and present.

“Comparing the start-up businesses in the U.S. to those we met in Cuba allowed the students to understand more completely the restrictions of an economy within a closed environment but the creativity and ingenuity that can result,” said Stolte.  “The people we met were warm, friendly, and asked many questions about the U.S. They are very grateful for the openness that is beginning to occur between the two countries.”

Candid, private conversations with Cuban guides and locals broadened students’ understanding of the country and its challenges.

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The students marvel at banana trees growing by the side of the road.

“This was an excellent opportunity that enlightened my understanding of Cuban society in general and specifically Cuban business,” said Jeffrey Daniels. “It gave me compassion for those less fortunate than I am. The trip to Cuba reinforced the need to pay it forward and to be good stewards of our limited resources.”

“Cuba is a poor country but it is rich with culture, diversity and people who, despite such hardship, exhibit a unique sense of humbling gratitude,” added Sheena Iehukwu.

“We were so eager to have made this visit at this early time in the thawing of relations between Cuba and the United States,” said Stolte. “We hope to return in a few years to compare the progress that has been made.”




‘Couch to 5K’ helps you train for Cougar Challenge

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Are you thinking about participating in the upcoming Cougar Challenge on May 7, but you’re not sure where to start or how to train? Join College Recreation and Wellness for the upcoming workshop series “Couch to 5K.”  These workshops will walk you through the steps to get you moving and prepped for the 5K.  Whether you are a walker or runner, we will help you get going in the right direction! Attend one of the following sessions:

  • Monday, March 7, at 2:00 p.m. in the Bookstore Student Lounge
  • Tuesday, March 22, at 11:00 a.m. Bookstore Student Lounge
  • Wednesday, March 30, at 12:00 p.m. on the Delaware Campus, Moeller Hall 224

Reserve your spot today by contacting Mandi Cecil.


Free wellness screenings offered at Delaware Campus

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Columbus State’s College Recreation and Wellness, Counseling Services and SEaL departments will offer free wellness screenings at the Delaware Campus, Tuesday, March 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Moeller Hall lobby.
Screenings will include:

  • Heart Rate
  • Blood Pressure
  • Weight
  • Grip Test
  • Flexibility Test
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Alcohol/Drugs

Everyone is invited to stop by to participate in this wellness event and gain valuable information. An exercise physiologist, exercise specialists, licensed counselors and advisors will be available to help you with any questions, concerns and plans to move forward with your personal wellness.


Testing Services to offer certification testing at Dublin RLC

College Testing Services is pleased to announce professional licensure, certification and GED testing at the Dublin Regional Learning Testing Center beginning March 15.

The Dublin RLC is located in the Integrated Education Center on the Ohio University Dublin Campus, 6805 Bobcat Way.

Testing Services will offer more than 2,200 Pearson VUE professional certification exams at Dublin. Pearson VUE provides computer-based testing for licensure and certification in information technology, education, sports medicine, health and medical technologies, financial, insurance and many other industry sectors.  The GED Test is also offered at the Dublin Testing Center through Pearson VUE.  The GED Test continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school diploma.




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