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November 21, 2016


Save the date for MLK Day Celebration featuring Angela Davis

Davis today

Columbus State’s annual program celebrating the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

The featured speaker will be Angela Davis, legendary activist, organizer, teacher, writer and scholar. Davis is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Feminist Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz.  She is internationally known for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad, and a living witness to the historical struggles of the contemporary era.

Davis in the past

The January 31 date wraps up a month that celebrates Dr. King’s birthday on the 16th, and kicks off Black History Month celebrated in February, and Women’s History Month celebrated in March.

Place this important event on your calendars now, and consider adding it to your syllabus for the spring semester, for those whose classes could benefit from the historical perspective in American history, political science, Black history, women’s studies, and other classes. 




Reminder: Giving Tuesday coming next week!

students at event

Giving Tuesday, November 29, marks a new tradition of philanthropy at Columbus State, with 24 hours of opportunity to make an impact on student success.

Help spread the word on the Foundation Facebook page or use pre-made social media posts. If you do, please be sure to use the #Give2CSCC hashtag.

Join The Foundation for a Giving Tuesday Kick-off Charity Happy Hour at The Hills Market Downtown, Monday, November 28, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., where you’ll find Celebrity Bartenders and food and drink specials, with proceeds to benefit the Columbus State Foundation.

And make sure to donate on Tuesday, November 29! The first 100 employees to donate $20 or more will be entered to win one of four $250 Foundation Giving Certificates, to give to the Columbus State Foundation fund of their choice, and more prizes to be announced.

No gift is too small and all gifts will impact our students. Learn more on the Giving Tuesday website.


Landscape program sponsors first-ever high school competition

group photo From left, Landscape Professors Dick Ansley and Steve O’Neal, join Landscape Alumni Association President Dean Karbler at the recent Ohio High School Landscape Olympics.  The Landscape Design and Management Department and Alumni Association helped to sponsor the event.

Columbus State’s Landscape Design and Management program, along with the Columbus State Landscape Alumni Association, helped sponsor the first-ever Ohio High School Landscape Olympics, put on by the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA), November 3-4, in Wooster. Ohio.

Twenty-one high schools sent a team to compete in 13 different landscape events such as patio building, sales, landscape maintenance, project estimating and more. More than 150 students competed, and 40 landscape companies attended to recruit and support the students.  Steve O’Neal, professor, who serves on the Board of Directors of ONLA, said that the event was much like a scaled-down version of the annual college competition, Student Career Days. 

The competition was held at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, where ONLA has a certification test site. Columbus State and the Landscape Alumni Association together contributed $5,000 to sponsor the event.

“The competition was very well received and will only grow over the coming years,” said O’Neal. “Our purpose was to maintain the interest of these young professionals and show them the level of support that the industry and post-secondary education has for their future.”


Cougar teams finish their seasons with honors

Team photo with trophy Head Coach Dustin Iacovone, far right, joins his team to show off their national runner-up trophy from the Division III championships. Iacovone was also named Central Region Coach of the Year.

The Columbus State Cougars finished their fall campaigns with impressive performances at their respective national championships.

The Women’s Cross Country team finished second at its national championship in Canandaigua, NY, led by two-time all-American Stevie Shepherd, who finished sixth overall. The Men’s Cross Country Team finished ninth, with All American Cody Null as their top placer, finishing fifth.

Shepherd and freshman Laura Hill were both named 2016 NJCAA Division III All-Americans, and Coach Dustin Iacovone was named 2016 Central Region Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year.

Null was also named 2016 NJCAA Division III All-American, as well as Central Region Student Athlete of the Year.

The Women’s Volleyball team finished fifth at their tourney in Rochester, Minn. The Cougars lost a first-round match to Central Lakes College, then won three games in the consolation bracket to finish in fifth overall. Freshman outside hitter Morgan Danec received All-Tournament honors at the conclusion of the championship match.


Nursing students plan health fair

The Columbus State nursing students will offer a free health fair open to all on Wednesday, November 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Student Lounges.  Lots of free screenings will be offered such as blood sugar, blood pressure, and nutrition, along with information on a variety of topics including organ donation, eye care, exercise, mental health, family planning, smoking cessation and much more.  Support our students and attend their annual health fair!


Health insurance enrollment assistance offered for students, others

Enrollment sessions for health insurance are being offered by Get Covered America on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from noon to 2:00 p.m. continuing through December 14. (Wednesday, November 23 excluded due to the Thanksgiving holiday)

The sessions will be held on the Columbus Campus only, in Student Central, upper level Madison Hall. The assistance is free and open to the public.

Volunteers from Get Covered America will answer health insurance questions, offer help to choose a plan and to enrollin quality, affordable health coverage.

For more information about the sessions, visit, or call 1(800)648-1176.




Columbus State congratulates the following promotions and new hires:

October 16 - Laura Diamond, Sergeant in the Police Department
October 17 - Molly Ward, Director of the Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration
November 1 - Ardell Trotter, Specialist in Grants Accounting and Reporting
November 1 - Cullen Daniel, Director in Accounting Services
November 1 - Joanna McRae, Office Associate in Facilities
November 1 - Leslie Hoffman, Office Associate in Facilities
November 1 - Tori Sims, Functional Analyst in Systems
November 16 - Diana Ridgwell, Director II in Advising and Student Support
November 16 - Noah Jones, Security Specialist in the Police Department
November 16 - Daniel Westover, Maintenance Repairperson II in Facilities
November 16 - Michelle Miller-Owens, Advisor in the AEP Credits Counts program



Office Associate- Design, Construction and Skilled Trades – Requisition No. 1294
Open Educational Resources Librarian- Reference and Instruction – Requisition No. 1296
Supervisor – Delaware Campus – Requisition No. 1298 
Instructional Designer- Multimedia Production – Requisition No. 1299




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