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October 20, 2016


Moving courage into action

on stage with Dr Harrison

President Harrison listens as Donte Woods-Spikes, left, a Columbus State student and youth mentor, makes a point at last night’s “Courageous Conversations in Action” event. At center is Duarte Brown, a local artist and community leader. The three talked together about their efforts to impact social justice issues in the community, each sharing how they use their own personal talents to make a difference. 


‘A Few Minutes’ with Foor

In this edition of “A Few Minutes With,” Daniel Foor talks about what led him to Columbus State after two decades as a Jaguar Master Technician at a local auto dealership. 





Assistant professor Ng presents at criminal justice conference

Dr. Amy Ng, assistant professor of Sociology and Criminology, presented her original research on the efficiency of the Ohio Risk Assessment System at the Western Association of Criminal Justice annual conference in Las Vegas.

Her research was presented in a themed discussion of issues in correctional practice. The presentation specifically focused on the implications associated with a one-size-fits-all risk assessment tool, and the impact on reentry and recidivism. In attendance was Dr. Emily Salisbury, associate professor at the University of Nevada, and editor in chief of Criminal Justice and Behavior the official academic journal, as well as Dr. Lorenzo Boyd, ACJS President.


Concert Band to perform Nov. 1

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Mark your calendars for the Autumn Semester Band Concert on Tuesday, November 1, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  The free concert, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd, will include three important premieres. 

The band will play the first Ohio performance of “Whispering of Fields Unsown” by Andrew Boysen, Jr., a work co-commissioned by Columbus State.  An arrangement of the overture to the opera “Roberto Devereux” was written especially for the band by John Lloyd, brother of the director. 

The concert will conclude with William Grant Still’s “Miniature Overture” in a new arrangement for band by Thomas Lloyd.  The concert soloist will be oboist Dr. Ailene MacKay.  The Woodwind Ensemble will also perform.  For more information contact Lloyd.


Volunteers needed at Goodwill Columbus

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Goodwill Columbus’ retail operations need your help! Due to the overwhelming generosity of donors, they currently have overstocked donated goods in their warehouse. Goodwill is seeking volunteers to sort and process clothing and other items, which in turn will be transported and sold in nine Goodwill retail stores. Shifts are available from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Volunteers are being coordinated by Andy Dearth, Goodwill’s Manager of Community Outreach. To arrange a time, email or call (614)583-0352.


Advisors invited to Miami U event

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Columbus State advisors and others working with four-year university partnerships are invited to attend Miami University Regionals' Transfer Pathways Luncheon Friday, November 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Miami University's Middletown Campus.

Miami officials will discuss their new bachelor's degree programs. In addition to general program overviews, specific departments will highlight new initiatives. Department chairs will hold breakout sessions for detailed information regarding curriculum, and the E-Learning Department will discuss new online degree options.  

The program is geared toward academic advisors, administrators, or others working with partnerships with four-year institutions. RSVP If you have additional questions, contact Lauren Hickman at (513)727-3236.


Cashon appointed to Board for OCTA

Denise Cashon, supervisor in College Testing Services, was recently appointed to a two-year Board Member seat for the Ohio College Testing Association (OCTA).  The OCTA was established in 2012 as a nonprofit organization for testing professionals in the state of Ohio. It promotes standards of excellence and guidelines for professionalism in the delivery of test administrative services within student and community populations in Ohio.



myPLAN training continues

myPLAN Goals Training continues for all employees using the myPLAN performance management process. A session at the Delaware Campus will take place Friday, October 21, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. A session has been added on Wednesday, October 26, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Columbus Campus. 

The first part of the session will cover the Planning Guide, updating goal progress, goal revision, goal canceling, creating new goals, strategies for documenting your own work, and supervisors’ responsibilities for goal approval and preparing for the cumulative rating in January. The latter part of the session will be for individual support for those who desire it. Register here. For more information, contact Phyllis Gorman, assistant director for Professional Development and Retention at ext. 3860.


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