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November 3, 2016


November SEOM

Student Central specialist knows all the details


When Veronica Gaines was able to help Peer Advocate Heidi Anderson muddle through financial aid difficulties this summer, Anderson suggested that, “if you were able to clone her and staff your entire department with Veronicas, you would never again have to worry about a student giving up and leaving school out of frustration!”

“Her knowledge of the departments and the small details, and her remarkable ability to focus on underlying issues truly helped us to continue on our path to success here at Columbus State,” said Anderson.

“Our staff in Student Central has to be proficient in financial aid, records and registration, and the admission process, as well as able to answer general questions about the college,” says Gaines’ supervisor Misty Mahefkey. “Veronica has embraced the challenges we have encountered, and used them to improve.”

“Veronica has a way of making people feel comfortable, no matter with whom she is speaking,” continues Mahefkey. “She is good with follow-through, making sure the student receives as much help and information as we can give.

“She is an advocate for our students, a cheerleader for our department, and a fine representative of Columbus State.”


Heritage College students offered scholarships

As the Columbus branch of Heritage College on the east side closes its operations due to financial difficulties, Columbus State has invited their students to continue their education here. Our college offers many of the same programs as Heritage, and also provides more than 50 years of stability and much lower tuition.

Heritage College operated 10 campuses around the country including the Columbus campus. Heritage students should be able to enroll for spring semester, which starts January 17, 2017.

As we did for the displaced students of ITT Technical Institute and American School of Technology, Columbus State advisors will work with Heritage students to develop academic and financial plans that put them on a path to completion of a degree. Columbus State has set up a web page for anyone needing more information here:


Shadowbox Live gives discount to show

Shadowbox Live will offer Columbus State students and employees a 50 percent discount on tickets to the upcoming “Gallery of Echoes” show featuring “The Evolution of Donte,” which was part of our recent Courageous Conversations in Action event. 

Gallery of Echoes will have a limited run November 3-6, with 20 pieces of original music written and inspired by local artists, including Duarte Brown, who painted The Evolution of Donte piece. Then some amazing video brings the art to life accompanied by dance, vocals and so much more.

As a thank you for Columbus State’s support of their show, Shadowbox will offer 50 percent off your tickets for any of the November 3-6 shows. The code for this discount is VIP. Please mention it when reserving by phone or input VIP in the promotional code box and click apply when reserving online at


Reminder: Lecture on Chinese Calligraphy is Nov. 10

A traveling exhibition “The Genesis of Chinese Writing and the Art of Chinese Calligraphy” will open in the Library on Monday, November 7. The exhibit traces the very long evolution of Chinese writing, from its origin in ancient times some three millennia ago, to this day. Dr. SuiWah Chan of the University of Michigan, and author of the exhibit, will present a lecture on Thursday, November 10, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Library’s Multimedia Studio. The lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.  The exhibition will be on display in the Library through November 30.


Wayand presents on contextual math

Lee Wayand, assistant professor of Mathematics, was recently a panelist at the STEM Regional Collaborative Pre-Meeting on Engineering Technologies and Math Pathways, held at Lorain County Community College. Wayand’s presentation focused on Columbus State’s redesign of math sequences for Columbus State’s technical programs, or “contextual mathematics.”  Also attending the meeting were Angelo Frole, dean of Business and Engineering Technologies, Greg Goodhart, chair of Mathematics, Mark Gerko, instructor in Engineering, and Lisa Schneider, associate dean of Arts & Sciences.


LSAMP students attend conference, earn research scholarships

group photo

Dr. Maia Randle, advisor to LSAMP, second from right, accompanied her students to the STEM conference.  Students are, from left, Zavier Kimbrough, Ismael Soumaoro, Malik Eaton, Robert Arthur, Alexis Wilson, Said Haji, Aissatou Bah, Kevin Stewart, Na'Omi Beane, Sean Stevens-Ferguson, Trey Linder, (Maia Randle) and Malcolm Gilbert.

Twelve students in the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program recently attended the national Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence Conference in Chicago.

Each year, the conference provides a forum for faculty and staff to discuss best practices for enhancing LSAMP programs at their colleges, and also provides opportunities for underrepresented minority STEM students.

The students participated in workshops to learn how to successfully apply to graduate school, and how to obtain research internships and fellowships.  They also heard from graduate students who had persevered through graduate school and became successful STEM professionals. 

Columbus State students Robert Arthur and Said Haji were notified that they have received research internships from The Ohio State University Center for Emergent Materials. 



‘Pound’ class canceled

The Wellness and Recreation class “Pound” offered on Wednesdays at noon will not be offered for the remainder of the semester.



‘Sips @ Davidson’ offers coffee sampling Nov. 9

The new coffee kiosk from AVI coming in 2017 called “Sips @ Davidson” will host a free coffee sampling on Wednesday, November 9, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in Davidson Hall lobby. Sips will feature the same great Crimson Cup beverages currently enjoyed at the DX Café. Come and get a taste!



Create your goals with myPLAN

Do you want help creating and approving your goals and Planning Guides? An open help lab is scheduled for Friday, November 4, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in DE 214. Human Resources staff will be available to answer questions and provide guidance. You can drop in any time during the two-hour window and no advance registration is required. To view help guides and tutorials related to Goal Planning see the myPLAN information page.





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