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March 31, 2016


Leaders highlight new college insurance education programs 

Columbus State hosted a news conference Tuesday morning highlighting the ongoing public-private partnerships that have created higher education programs geared toward insurance careers. The aim is to fill the gap for an estimated 26,000 job openings projected in coming years in the property and casualty segments.

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At the press conference were, from left, President Harrison, Dave Kaufman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Motorists Insurance Group, Carmen Daniels, chair, Business Programs, Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, Jacquie Ballard, insurance student, Kathy Gentil, insurance student, and Chancellor John Carey.

President Harrison welcomed guests and keynote speaker, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who also serves as director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. Chancellor John Carey spoke on behalf of higher education and Motorists president and CEO Dave Kaufman represented the insurance industry.

Students in Columbus State’s certificate program are focused on customer service jobs in the insurance industry. “Those who maintain a B average are guaranteed an interview with eight partner companies,” said Carmen Daniels, chair of the Business Programs. “A grant covered the cost of the program for its first 27 students and all students currently working toward certification meet the criteria for interviews”, she said.

Leaders of insurance programs at Franklin University, University of Cincinnati, Kent State University, Ohio Dominican University, Ohio Northern University, Bowling Green State University, Clark State Community College and Owens Community College also attended the event.


Central Ohio Compact shares in $3 million Joyce Foundation regional grant


The Central Ohio region is one of four diverse Great Lakes communities chosen by the Joyce Foundation to form a new regional partnership. The goal is to expand high-quality college and career pathways with a structured approach linking high schools to post secondary education and training. The end result will prepare students for lasting success in education, career and life.

The $3 million Joyce Foundation grant will provide each of four communities (Central Ohio; Madison, Wisconsin; Rockford, Illinois and Chicago’s northwest suburbs) with $400,000 over two years and hands-on technical support from national leaders in the field.

The communities were chosen for demonstrating committed leadership and strong partnerships across K-12 and post secondary systems to support college and career readiness. In Columbus, the Central Ohio Compact has been the driving force in this effort. Established by President David Harrison and key education leaders in 2011, the Compact brings roughly 100 educators and business leaders together annually. (The next meeting is set for April 7.)

The Compact develops solutions for college completion and career success. It includes 15 school districts and dozens of higher education institutions, business and civic partners. Steve Dackin, superintendent of school and community partnerships at Columbus State, says the pathways approach benefits both students and employers.

“The Joyce Foundation grant will build on the work of the Central Ohio Compact by expanding pathways from high school to college to the workplace throughout the region,” says Dackin.


Register now for S-L conference on social justice

Columbus State’s Service-Learning Committees are pleased to invite you to participate in the Friday, April 15 conference, “Social Justice on Campus and Beyond.” The conference will be held on the Columbus State Conference Center (WD) from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., including morning and afternoon plenary sessions, various a.m. presentation sessions and a roundtable lunch session.

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.

A sample of session titles for the conference include:

  • Advancing Social Justice on Community College Campuses: Our Role as Leaders
  • Something to Talk About: Using Service Learning to Benefit Two High Needs Student Groups
  • Benefiting Students and the Community Through Service Learning
  • Combatting Stereotypes and Opening Eyes: Helping Students Find Meaning and Purpose Through Service

Registration for the conference is required. You can register here through Monday, April 11.


Free produce market is coming to Columbus State April 27

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Community and Civic Engagement is once again partnering with Mid-Ohio Foodbank to offer a free Fresh Produce Market on the Columbus State campus Wednesday, April 27, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on the center courtyard.

The Produce Market is a free distribution point for many types of fresh fruits and vegetables for those who may not be able to afford to buy them regularly for themselves and their families.  At these events a Foodbank truck delivers at least 10,000 pounds of fresh produce and bread and bakery products to the community location. This large community event relies on the hard work of the Foodbank, its partner agencies, donors and many volunteers to serve upwards of 200 families per market.

No proof of financial need will be necessary to visit the Produce Market, however Mid-Ohio Foodbank will be collecting information from those who visit the market, in order to share future market dates with students, employees, and local community members who might benefit from the distribution.


Leeman receives arts grants

Stacy Leeman, adjunct instructor in Humanities, has received two grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.  She has received an Artists in the Community grant as well as a Supply Grant to assist her work this summer at Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, Vermont.


Speaker Series on East Asia offered April 27


Columbus State and The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center will present “Made in China: Where Does Your Stuff Come From?” with Patrick McAloon, partner with SinoConnect, on Wednesday, April 27, at 12:00 p.m. in TL 112. The event is free and open to the public.

Pretty much everything you buy in a retail store is made in China, but there is a lot behind those three words. McAloon’s talk will briefly explore why so many of our goods are made in the People’s Republic of China, where they come from, and how they get to you.

Along the way, we will learn about public policy, international trade, geography, and see that many individuals with hopes and dreams similar to your own contribute to each product you buy that was “Made in China.”


Patrick McAloon has worked with China since 1997, and currently provides educational experiences in the U.S. to Chinese organizations as well as pre-departure training for American executives moving to China. He is a partner in the consulting firm SinoConnect, a founding member of the Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce and a former Mandarin instructor at the Ohio State University.

McAloon is the author of the guidebook, “Studying in China,” based on his experiences in taking American college students to China for summer study. He holds a Ph.D. and MA in Chinese language pedagogy from the Ohio State and a BA in East Asian Studies from the College of William and Mary.

The event, organized and hosted by Columbus State, is sponsored in part by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant for The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center. For additional information contact Jennifer Nardone .


Mental Health First Aid training available spring, summer terms

Columbus State, in partnership with the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board of Franklin County, will host Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training once per month from April through September 2016 at the Columbus Campus.

MHFA is an eight-hour course that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives participants the skills they need to provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem, or experiencing a crisis.

First offered in 2012, participants found that the training provided them with a raised level of awareness of mental health disorders, supportive and applicable to their work with students and colleagues.

Dates for the training are April 25, May 16, June 20, July 25, August 15, and September 19. If you have interest in participating in a Mental Health First Aid training, please send your name, department, title, email address, contact phone number, and your preferred attendance date to Dr. Ameena Kemavor, director of Counseling Services.


Save the Date for the ‘Urban Male Summit’

You are invited to participate in Columbus State’s first Urban Male Summiton Thursday, April 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public. The Urban Male Summit is focused on informing and empowering urban males (high school and beyond) and their support systems. The theme of this year’s Summit is "The Power of a Good Choice" and will feature keynote speaker Hashim Garrett, founder and CEO of Wisdom and Understanding LLC.

Click here to register for the Summit.

Summit organizers are also seeking breakout session presenters. If you have a message or activity related to making positive choices, supporting positive self-esteem, developing leadership potential, etc. we welcome you to submit a breakout session proposal here by Friday, April 8. For more information contact Brett Welsh or Lori Billenstein.



Bookstore to hold Author Signing April 6

The Columbus State Bookstore will hold a “Meet the Authors” event on Wednesday, April 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Bookstore, and from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Library.  Ten local authors will be featured, including four who are Columbus State employees.  Their books will be available for purchase and of course, signing! The authors are:

  • Joe Baer, The Art of Visual Merchandising: Short North
  • Terry Eisele, With Only Five Plums
  • AC Gregory, Morgan's Story: A Murder Worth a Thousand Words
  • David Meyers, Wicked Columbus, Ohio
  •  Joseph Ponder, 8 Ounces of Water for 8 Hours of Magic
  • Kevin Smith, Letters from the Front: The BEF in Flanders and France, 1914-1918
  • Alinda Wasner, When You Don’t Know Who You Are
  • TD Ashcraft, Bump the Monster
  • Jane Rylon, Bound for You
  • William Trent Pancoast, Wildcat



‘Understanding Conflict’ offered April 5 

Believe it or not, conflict can be a healthy and productive part of the workplace environment. In Understanding Conflict, offered Tuesday, April 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., we will examine the different conflict styles of the Thomas Kilman Conflict module to understand our own “go-to” style, and explore healthy resolution strategies. Register here.

Two ‘Cooperative Learning’ workshops offered

Are you interested in adding cooperative learning to your classes? Join in two pilot workshops on active and collaborative learning on Friday, April 15. BYOL (lunch) to stay and network between the classes. For more information contact Rich James, at ext. 2175.

“Easy-to-Implement Cooperative Learning“- 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   UN 178

Informal cooperative learning groups are small, temporary, ad-hoc groups of students that last from a few minutes to one class period. They can be powerfully effective at facilitating student learning and there are dozens of possibilities for structuring group interaction. In this workshop you will experience cooperative exercises, discuss strategies for implementation, and receive a set of group activities that you can modify to fit your needs. Register

“Critical Thinking and Cooperative Learning” - 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. UN 178
Collaborative learning activities can be excellent for fostering skills in reasoning, listening and discussing that we commonly recognize as essential components of critical thinking. In this workshop, you will learn about methods used in science and humanities courses. Then you will collaboratively design critical thinking activities for your class and receive feedback from your peers. Register

Managers’ Forum to be held April 29

The April Managers’ Forum will be held on Friday, April 29, from 11:00-12:00 p.m.  Employment Services will go through some hypothetical scenarios to demonstrate how to assess performance, have one-on-one conversations, and provide feedback to employees.  Please register now at: The Managers’ Forums for the remainder of 2016 will be held on the third Friday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.    



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