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May 9, 2016


College mourns DJ Carmell


Donald "DJ" Carmell, Jr. 67, of Upper Arlington, Ohio passed away Friday, May 6. DJ was a professor of finance and accounting at Columbus State, starting at Columbus Technical Institute in 1975. He retired and was granted Emeritus status in 2013. He graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1968, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State, and masters in finance from Xavier University.

“D.J. Carmell will always be remembered for his vibrancy and dedication to students and this college," said Angelo Frole, dean of Business and Engineering Technologies. “He dedicated his career to helping students, faculty, and administrators make Columbus State a great place to graduate from and to work. His experience and knowledge provided many of us with direction and the ability to be successful. No matter what the situation you could always depend on DJ to chip in and make things a little easier.

“When I first became the Chair for Business Programs, DJ was one of my mentors. He helped me understand the ways of academics and more than once supported me in difficult times. I will always remember DJ as a trustworthy, dedicated professional who understood that people were the most important element in life. God bless him for living a great life and making the world better because he was an active part of it.”

DJ is survived by his wife, Susan, daughters, Christina Carmell and Casey Sutters, grandson, Royce Sutters; sisters, Cindy Andrews and Jodi Cusick; and brother, Cavin Carmell.

Friends may call at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, 1740 Zollinger Road, today, Monday, May 9, From 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in DJ's memory to the James Cancer Hospital.


Graduates to hear from local entrepreneur DeLoss


A record 1,246 students have petitioned to graduate this semester on Friday, May 13, at 10:00 a.m. at the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds, 717 East 17th Ave., Columbus.

One of the city’s newest successful entrepreneurs will provide the Columbus State commencement address to Spring Semester graduates. Former investment banker Joe DeLoss founded Hot Chicken Takeover (HCT) as a mission to disrupt poverty through job creation.

His concept relies on employing adults affected by homelessness, incarceration, and poverty. The business model is founded on DeLoss’ previous success launching Freshbox Catering for Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio.

DeLoss has served as an adjunct instructor at the Fisher College of Business and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. He maintains seats on several local boards related to workforce development, re-entry, and poverty alleviation.

DeLoss, who describes himself as the “Head Fryer” of Hot Chicken Takeover, plans to speak to graduates about opportunity.

A live stream of the event will be available at:


Columbus State alum Duffy wins James Beard Best Chef award

Duffy getting award

Curtis Duffy accepts the James Beard Award for best chef, Great Lakes region, on Monday with daughters Eden (center) and Ava at his side. | Miriam Di Nunzio/Sun-Times

Affectionately known as the “Oscars of the culinary world,” the 2016 James Beard Awards were bestowed May 2 in a black-tie  ceremony at Chicago’s Civic Opera House, with a top award going to one of the city’s most celebrated chefs, Columbus State alumnus Curtis Duffy.

Duffy was awarded Best Chef, Great Lakes region, for his culinary genius at his restaurant Grace. Duffy spent his teenage years in Johnstown and later graduated from the Hospitality Management program at Columbus State. While still in high school, tragedy struck his family. Still, he persevered and eventually moved to Chicago where Grace has become one of the top restaurants in the city.

An article in theChicago Tribune written by Kevin Pang was made into a full-length documentary film “For Grace,” about Duffy’s life, career and success. The movie was screened in Columbus last December.

At the James Beard Awards ceremony, Duffy was accompanied by his daughters Ava, 10, and Eden, 7, who gushed that they knew their dad would win. When asked for their favorite dishes prepared by their award-winning father, Ava replied, “French toast!” while her sister grinned and said “pancakes.”

Duffy, who was previously nominated in 2011 and 2014, was in good company for his category, which included other notable Chicago chef nominees Abraham Conlon (Fat Rice), Lee Wolen (Boka), Erling Wu-Bower (Nico Osteria), and Andrew Zimmerman (Sepia).

The awards ceremony, held for the second year in a row in Chicago, was hosted by TV personality/chef Carla Hall.


Society of the Compass names four to 2016 class

Four graduating students were named to the Society of the Compass for 2016 at an induction ceremony held last week.

The Society of the Compass recognizes students for demonstrating extraordinary achievements during their time at Columbus State.

Membership in the Society of the Compass represents the successful achievement of the four compass points; Nobility, Excellence, Service and Wisdom.

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President Harrison, center, congratulates the four inductees into the 2016 Society of the Compass, from left, Jessica Sato, Sara Ingle, Brandon Cornute, and Brandon Rodgers.

Jessica Sato is a Social and Human Services major who founded the student organization “Mental Health Matters,” which raises awareness about mental health issues and sponsors fundraisers for such organizations as the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She is also the student liaison on the Suicide Prevention Taskforce, and a volunteer for the ADAMH levy, National Eating Disorder Week, and Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Sara Ingle is a Dental Hygiene major who organized several dental health service projects on campus, including a project to protect Columbus State athletes’ teeth during competition. She participates in student health fairs representing dental health, and is secretary of the Student American Dental Hygienist Association.  She is also a member of the Ohio Air National Guard, and volunteers with Columbus Public Health, Faith Mission, Life Town, IFI Ministries, and The Fruit of the Vine food pantry.

Brandon Cornute, an Associate of Arts student, has been extremely active in the Alpha Rho Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Columbus State, serving on the conference planning committee, as vice president for communications, president of the Ohio Region and an Ohio Conference Presenter.  He spearheaded the group’s Honors in Action project on Human Trafficking, arranging a series of talks with prominent public officials about this troubling issue. He was invited to be a guest presenter at a conference on the subject at Baldwin Wallace University in March.

Brandon Rodgers will receive his Associate of Science this spring having already conducted research and presented at one of the most prestigious conferences in the world in the field of agronomy and crop science. Rodgers presented his research on “soil nitrification” alongside graduate students, faculty and scientists from major American and world universities, where he was the only presenter representing a community college. Rodgers also serves as a peer tutor on campus, a Supplemental Instruction Leader, a member of PTK, and vice president of the STEM Club.



Leeman’s work included in book

Humanities instructor Stacy Leeman's collage “Book of Esther C5” will be included in Post Road Magazine Edition 30.  Additionally, it is currently on display at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery in Charlotte, N.C.  




Note: Parking garage to close during break
The Columbus State parking garage will be closed for maintenance from May 13 - May 31. 



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