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November 17, 2016


Students nominate 80 faculty for Distinguished Teaching Award

Columbus State students and colleagues have nominated 80 faculty members for the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award. The review process continues for those nominees who wish to submit their teaching philosophy to the award committee. Up to 25 nominees will then be selected to submit portfolios and up to 10 finalists will be observed in their classroom this spring. The four Distinguished Teaching Award winners will be presented at the annual Quality Awards ceremony in June 2017.

The selection committee consists of 2015 winners Melanie Adams, Ron Elizaga, Danny Foor and Jonathan Kreger, as well as Allysen Todd, dean of Arts and Sciences. Please join the committee in congratulating each of the nominees. More information about the award and selection process can be found online at the DTA web page.

2016 nominees:

Janice Abrams
Rachel Alderson
Ola Ali
Sam Andriani
Donna Baker
Sarah Banks
Maximillian Barczok
Frank Barnhart
Joyce Bellinger
Elizabeth Betzel
Cathy Bill
Danielle Bomar
Ashley Borgemenke
Nicole Brandt
Mary Brown
Greg Burlile
Dylan Canter
Daniel Cheney
Allen Coleman
Daniel Collins
Chris Copeland
Judith Dann
Crystal Danley
Paul Davis
Amy DeLorenzo
Sara Deveries
Gwynne Dilbeck
Rocco DiPietro
Agyei Domfeh
Kathleen Ellis
Brianna Eyster
Kent Fisher
Danny Foor
Deana Froelich
Angela Fry
Lisa Gibbs
Linda Gordon
Paul Graves
Nicholas M. Hardin
Daniel Hare
John Hermiller
Mark Hiser
Marilyn Howard
Brenda Johnson
Theresa Klein
Don Laubenthal
Ronald Lewis
Melissa Logue
Mandi Mauck
Gregory Mendenhall
Brenna Michelis
Rick Miller
Tamara Montgomery
Polly Moore
Kelli Nowlin
Ann Palazzo
Anna Patterson
Robert Pavkovich
Joan Petrusky
Robert Pflaum
Lauren Pisanelli
Rhett Plank
Dee Proctor
Jon Racster
Mary Reiter
Julie Rengert
Kayla Robinson
Keith Sanders
Katie Sasser
Brett Sipes
Felicia Smith
Kim Stitzlein
Sacha Tadros
Paula Tatera
Julie Wagar
Eric Wallace
Sherry Weisgarber
Michele Welsh
Donna Weyrich
Jessica Wheeler
Loretta Wicks
Amanda Woods
Li Yang


Basic English program breaks enrollment record

The Basic English program, part of Columbus State’s Language Institute, has had its biggest year to date, according to Tara Narcross, Ph.D., director of the Institute. The program has seen a 17.5 percent increase in enrollment over the past year, with 646 students taking classes in the second 8-week term this fall, as compared to 533 students last year for the same term.

The Basic English program has enrolled students from more than 132 countries, who speak more than 100 different languages. The student-centered program is a great resource for refugees, immigrants, visitors and others looking to improve their English language skills.

According to Narcross, the students in the program range from reading and speaking absolutely no English, to college-ready and brushing up their skills to begin a degree. “The increase in enrollment is a testament to the good work done by the instructors in the program, as well as the strong curriculum,” says Narcross. “Our instructors have done a fantastic job keeping up with the drastic growth.”


turkey cooked

Chef Taylor offers Thanksgiving cooking advice

Columbus State’s Chef Jim Taylor offers up some advice in a recent Columbus Dispatch article about one the staples of Thanksgiving dinner: the stuffing.  Or is that “dressing?” Find out here!



Email your tests to Disability Services

Did you know that you can email exams to Disability Services, along with the DS Test Administration Request Form?  

Emailing exams is highly recommended, for two reasons: 

  • Emailing can save time for instructors.  Tests and admin forms must be submitted at least two business days in advance and sending via email to can help instructors meet the deadline. 
  • Emailing exams that need to be converted into an alternate format (such as audio, braille, electronic or large print) allows for faster conversion.  Starting with a digital document also results in better quality alternate format. 

Contact Alissa Price in Disability Services with any questions regarding the email submission of tests and forms.


Vote for favorite Theatre Columbus State nominees!

Columbus State’s theater program has received three award nominations from the organization BroadwayWorld.Com. The nominations include:

Best Direction to Sonda Staley for the play “Decision Height,” Best Costume Design to Colleen Cunningham for the play “Decision Height,” and Best Lighting Design to Travis Williams for the play “The Library.”  Staley and Cunningham are adjunct faculty members in the Theater program, and Williams is a work-study student in the program.

Support our Theater Department and go online to vote for your favorites here: And the autumn semester play, The Children's Hour, is on stage this week. Details are here


Graduation one month away, volunteers needed

graduate waving

Shauna Sowga, Social Sciences, presents a graduate at the 2015 Autumn Commencement.

The Autumn Semester Commencement is less than a month away on Friday, December 16, at 10 a.m. in the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds.  Both students from the autumn and summer semester classes will be awarded their degrees at the ceremony, and the guest speaker will be Dr. Kelly Kelleher, Director of the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. 

Several faculty volunteers are needed to read the graduate’s names on stage as they are presented for their diplomas. These faculty members march in with the students and are seated in the section that they will read. After the section is complete, the faculty member is seated on stage for the duration of the ceremony.

If you are interested in participating in the upcoming graduation by reading graduate names on stage, please contact Suzanne May, Marketing and Communications, for more information.  






Crane artwork

Roof work planned for Thanksgiving break

If you happen to be on campus during the Thanksgiving break, note that Facilities has scheduled some major roof construction on Nestor and Eibling halls. During that time, a large crane will be in position in front of Nestor Hall and on the side of Eibling Hall to perform this work, and areas may be blocked off.



Alarm testing in buildings taking place through December 1

The required annual testing of fire and emergency alarms (audio, visual, pull stations and smoke detectors) in Columbus State buildings is underway now. It will continue through December 1 in all buildings on both campuses and the regional learning centers.

The tests are all scheduled outside business hours and classroom time. The testing will be done between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on eight various days ending on December 1. Audible building announcements will be made before and after each test.

If you have questions, contact Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator Tim Butcher at



SAC seminar addresses student loan debt
Attend the Staff Advisory Council’s upcoming Brown Bag Seminar “The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program” on Wednesday, November 30, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 1094. 

Because student loan debt is a major financial issue for many employees, this seminar will discuss the qualifications for loan “forgiveness” when you work fulltime for a public service employer. 

Leading the seminar will be Lynda Anderson-Casey, executive director of Human Resources. RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator.

College Knowledge session features Beidler
How do I identify a phishing attempt or other security threat on my computer? Where do I call for different types of technical support? How can I take full advantage of Microsoft 365?

At the next College Knowledge, on Friday, November 18, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., Jim Beidler, chief technology officer, will answer these questions and more! Please register in advance and join us in WD 303 at 8:45 a.m. for coffee and conversation before the program.

Questions? Contact Barbara Allen, in Professional Development and Retention at ext. 3860.




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