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May 2, 2016


Ohio’s first Poet Laureate to read Tuesday


His poetry and prose have appeared in national publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-2012 and Poetry Magazine. Now, Amit Majmudar, MD, will visit Columbus State Community College where he will read some of his work.

Majmudar was named to the two-year honorary position of Ohio's Poet Laureate in December by Gov. John Kasich. Ohio lawmakers approved the official poet laureate post in 2014.

A Cleveland-area native, Majmudar now lives in Columbus where he’s a diagnostic and nuclear radiologist. He writes poetry, essays and novels on the side. His goal during his two-year appointment is to promote poetry by linking to the Ohio arts community and by engaging with college and high school students.

Majmudar currently blogs for Kenyon Review. He’s released several poetry collections with one of them, Heaven and Earth, winning the 2011 Donald Justice Prize.

Majmudar will speak in the Library on Tuesday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.


Grove St., Jefferson Ave. road construction begins May 16

Beginning immediately after graduation, faculty, staff and students on the Columbus Campus will notice a major road construction project on the back portion of campus. The work will begin on Monday, May 16, and continue through the end of August.

During this time, portions of Grove Street and Jefferson Avenue (both of which run along and connect to all parking lots in the back and on the sides of the campus) will be closed for several weeks at a time.

This will not impact anyone during finals week. However, since it will involve closures and detours, a map with specific details will be sent out next week so that you may plan accordingly in the event the construction impacts your arrival or departure routes.

The end result will be worth the inconvenience. Not only will the bumpy, pot-hole filled roadway be repaved, but a much-needed sidewalk will be installed along the back of campus.


Hire a student employee this summer

Are you interested in hiring student employees for summer semester? Student Employment has available funding for departments to hire a Federal Work Study student at no cost to your department. Hiring a student employee is a great way to help our students gain valuable work skills and experience.

Columbus State departments may submit student employment requisition requests directly through Cornerstone. Departments that previously had a student posting in Cornerstone have the option to copy the prior position and use that information to submit the request.

To learn more about student employment, contact Amanda Jennings, Student Employment coordinator. Detailed instructions for submitting a requisition request can be found on the Career Services website.


Student Employee of the Year selected


Jessica Allen, left, and Misty Mahefky, right, congratulate Student Employee of the Year Jessica Eberly.

Jessica Eberly was named 2016 Student Employee of the Year at the sixth annual Student Employee of the Year Awards reception held April 22. A total of 19 student employees were nominated for the awards, from a variety of campus departments and community organization partners. 

Jessica, who was one of the first student tele-counselors hired in Admissions, was selected as Student Employee of the Year in part for her ability to “to provide valuable feedback and suggestions to help improve our process and better accommodate our students,” according to her nominators Misty Mahefky and Jessica Allen, of Student Central.

 “Each prospective student she speaks with she demonstrates professionalism, knowledge, and patience,” wrote Allen. “She shares her college experiences and answers many questions about Columbus State and the enrollment process.”


In-Service Day survey open through Friday

The Columbus State In-Service Day Committee would appreciate your feedback on Spring In-Service Day, April 21.  Please find a quick survey online at the following link: The survey will close on Friday, May 6. Your feedback is appreciated.



Gospel Vocal Ensemble to perform Mother’s Day weekend

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble will present a unique performance Saturday, May 7, for Mother's Day weekend entitled, "Spring Singsation and Styles."  The free concert will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. 

The performance will consist of the Gospel Ensemble “singing a cappella and modern gospel traditions, coupled with fashionable, yet thrifty spring styles,” according to Ensemble director Emma Easton. The Ensemble also anticipates releasing its newest music video, "Forgive" at this event.  The "Forgive" music video was a collaborative project between the Gospel Vocal Ensemble and the Media Arts students at the Focus Learning Academy.  An additional treat at this performance includes gift bags for the first 40 mothers in attendance.


Delaware volunteers needed for Ironman race in August

Are you looking for an interesting and fun volunteer experience this summer? Consider joining a cast of thousands who will support the IRONMAN 70.3 on August 21 in in Delaware, Ohio.  More than 700 volunteer positions are open.  Some positions are available during the days before the race and others support the race itself.  The race includes a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike race, and a half marathon, 13.1 miles, ending at Ohio Wesleyan University. Click here, to read more about the event and select “Volunteer” to see the list of volunteer positions.



Electronic Music Concert to be held May 6

The Columbus State Electronic Music Spring Concert will be held Friday, May 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Room, TL 123, with student performances of their own works, and ensemble improvisation including African drumming, mixed jazz, and experimental sounds.

Faculty compositions by David Tomasacci, David Reed and Rocco Di Pietro will be performed as well as a special "Qi Gong” (Chinese motion meditation) performance with Harold Bishop, and a student jam to recent NASA space sounds of our sun and planet Venus.  


Fitrakis testifies on voter suppression


Nine members of Congress and two hundred activists and Congressional staff gathered April 21 for a historic briefing on the most pressing issues of 2016: voter suppression and manipulation of U.S. elections.  Bob Fitrakis, JD, professor of Social Sciences, provided testimony at the briefing, where Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Georgia) brought much-needed attention to a crucial aspect of the election crisis: the aging, hackable voting technology used nationwide. To begin addressing some of these problems, Johnson will introduce the Verifying Optimal Tools for Elections Act of 2016 (VOTE Act). The bill calls for state-controlled, open-source programming of all voting technology, and provides more than $125 million in Help America Vote Act grants to assist states in replacing voting machines. The bill would also allocate $50 million in grants for training poll workers, adopting new voting technologies and safeguards, and, crucially, removing control of voting machine source code software from private vendors.

“The most dangerous thing in our democracy right now is the fact that partisan, for-profit corporations using secret proprietary software provide the voting hardware and the software to register us to vote, count our votes, and report election results,” said Fitrakis.



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