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September 12, 2016


September SEOM

Title IX coordinator excels for students


Darla Van Horn has a passion and expertise for working with students in her position as Title IX coordinator, and that passion leads to retention and student success, according to her supervisor Renee Hill. 

But it’s the everyday interactions with individual students where Van Horn really stands out to her coworkers.  Danette Vance, deputy Title IX coordinator and compliance officer, nominated Van Horn for Staff Employee of the Month, after sitting in with her on a session with an emotionally distraught student.

“We interviewed a student who was completely overwhelmed and very emotional.  Darla was able to connect with him on many levels and shared a personal experience of her own that he could relate to.  It was like the light came on and he was no longer sitting in the dark.  He realized what he needed to do on a personal level to begin to heal and move forward,” wrote Vance.

“I have witnessed Darla in many situations and interactions prior to this where she excels but this one even rose about those.  Darla excels for our students every day, often changing their lives—in the moment and beyond.”



Employees are invited to mentor CCS students 


Too many of the young people in Columbus City Schools grow up without the guidance and support they need to help them succeed. Volunteering to become a mentor can make an enormous impact on a young person's life.

Columbus City Schools invites Columbus State employees to give back to the community by working as mentors, helping to ensure that students graduate from high school prepared to seize the many opportunities the world has to offer.


Columbus City Schools Office of Student Mentoring Initiatives will offer the following three mentoring programs in the 2016-17 school year: 

  • My Brother’s Keeper School Success Initiative: a White House initiative under the Obama Administration to address and eliminate chronic absenteeism for sixth-and ninth-grade students.
  • Senior Mentorship Program: which supports twelfth-grade students in the areas of socio-emotional learning and the development and attainment of high school graduation and post-graduation goals.
  • Freshman Mentorship Program: an extension of the Senior Mentorship Program aimed at strengthening ninth-grade student attendance, behavior, course performance, and progress toward other high school graduation and post-graduation requirements.

To learn more about these programs or sign up to volunteer for these one-hour-per-week volunteer positions, you may visit the Office of Student Mentoring Initiatives’ website.  


There’s still time to sign up for Day of Service!

There’s plenty of time to register for Columbus State’s Fourth Annual Day of Service, which will be held at both of our campus communities in Columbus and Delaware on Tuesday, September 20. 

Daytime classes will not be held that day in order to allow staff, faculty and students to get together to make a big impact on our community through service.

Lots of outdoor opportunities are still available at organizations such as Franklinton Gardens, Stratford Ecological Center, and Columbus Recreation and Parks.  You can still sign up for indoor work including Goodwill Warehouse sorting, voter registration, and fix-ups at Lincoln Village Assisted Living Center.  And many of the remaining opportunities are very close to both campuses in Columbus and Delaware, so you don’t have to drive long distances to volunteer!

Registration is open on The Hub, where you can sign up through Wednesday, September 14


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New sidewalks on Columbus Campus provide exercise opportunity

Now that the summer-long road and sidewalk project on the Columbus Campus is complete, it’s a perfect time to check out the new pathway and get some exercise, too. Before construction, the sidewalk stopped at Delaware Hall. Video Developer Mark Van Horn measured the new “loop” with the free Runkeeper app as he walked the full route. It’s exactly ¾ of a mile long, which provides a great lunch break activity to add up the miles and get some fresh air!






Humanities Department to offer Symposium


The first annual “East Meets West” symposium, sponsored by the Humanities Department, will be held Friday, September 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. Columbus State faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

The symposium will explore the similarities and distinctions between Chinese and Greek philosophy regarding the role of the citizen in the state, a particularly salient topic during this election year. Through the writing of four ancient thinkers—Herodotus, Socrates, Sima Qian, and Confucius—we will try to understand the roots of the representative government that prevailed in the West and the major differences in the State in the East. Through their writings, four distinguished scholars will approach the topic in two round-table discussions. The Honorable Kathleen Clyde from the Ohio House of Representatives District 75 will speak about the voting rights of incarcerated individuals during the lunch hour.

Christopher Brown, lecturer in the Classics Department at Ohio State University, and Patricia Sieber, associate professor of Chinese in the East Asian Languages Department at OSU, will focus on Socrates and Confucius during the morning session. In the afternoon, Donald Lateiner, emeritus professor in the Classics Department at Ohio Wesleyan University, and Shao-Yung Yang, assistant professor in the History Department at Denison University will concentrate on Herodotus and Sima Qian.  Professor Timothy Davis and Instructor Conrad Robinson from the Humanities Department at Columbus State, will moderate the discussions.  

Please email Jennifer Nardone, assistant professor of Humanities, to register.


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Humanities students visit Picasso Exhibit

Rocco De Pietro’s Humanities class Music and Art Since 1945 spent an afternoon at the Columbus Museum of Art for the last days of the wonderful Picasso exhibition and dressed up in the Cubist playroom in costumes for composer Erik Satie's ballet “Parade” with costumes by Picasso.







Suicide Prevention Week activities create awareness

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In observance of World Suicide Prevention Day, Columbus State’s Suicide Prevention Taskforce hosted resource tables and activities to create awareness about suicide prevention.

The taskforce collaborated with Counseling Services, the Social and Human Services program, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, North Central Mental Health, Stonewall Columbus, and the student organization Mental Health Matters for the various activities.

Participants were able to receive a semi-colon tattoo to promote suicide prevention awareness by Project Semicolon, participate in a scavenger hunt fundraiser to support the Out of Darkness Walk that raised $585, and view a screening of “If You Only Knew What You Left Behind,”a documentary by the Center for Suicide Awareness that tells the stories of those affected by suicide. The groups also distributed candles to be lit on Saturday, September 10, to show support for suicide prevention, for the survivors of suicide, and to remember a lost loved one.

The week ended with the first of the suicide prevention QPR Gatekeeper training sessions. For more information about QPR Gatekeeper Training or to find out how you can get involved in suicide prevention efforts at Columbus State, please contact Dr. Ameena Kemavor.

To seek help for yourself, or if you are worried about someone who is experiencing distress and who is at risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255). This lifeline is available around the clock. If you are hearing impaired, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline via TTY by dialing 1(800)799-4889.  For immediate help, dial 911.


Cross-Country team second and fourth at Finger Lakes

The Cougar Women’s Cross-Country team placed second Saturday at Finger Lakes Community College's Bruce Bridgeman Invitational, and the men’s team placed fourth. The Le Moyne College Dolphins, Syracuse, NY, won both the men’s and women’s divisions at the meet. The Cougars’ next meet is on Saturday, September 17, when they will run at Otterbein University.


Be a mentor or externship host to Columbus State students

Recognizing the importance of connecting academic curriculum to careers, Career Services’ Mentorship and Externship Programs are designed provide Columbus State students with a formal channel to develop relationships with professionals employed in a field they are interested in.

An externship is a short-term career exploration and experiential learning opportunity designed to connect students with current professionals in their career field of study. 

It is an opportunity for a student to gather information about a career field and then assess if it’s the right career for them. The time needed to host a student extern is flexible and by definition short-term.  Externships may range from a half-day to several half-days over a two week period.  Register here to become an externship host.

Mentors provide support, information, advice, and share professional skills and experiences. A mentor motivates the student to make decisions that will bring career and personal happiness. 

A mentorship provides a way for the student to communicate and build a relationship with a professional already employed in a field. The time commitment is determined by you and your mentee’s schedule. It is suggested that mentors communicate with the student regularly during the length of the program, which is October through May, and meet at least once a month.

You can register here to become a mentor, of contact Ashley Sweaney in Career Services for more information.


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Leeman exhibits in September

Stacy Leeman, adjunct in Humanities, has her work on display at Sharon Weiss Gallery in a show titled, "Vermont Meditations."  The exhibition opened on September 1 and will run through September 25.  





PONO kicks off September 16

This is the last week to join the PONO Learning Community for the Autumn 2016 semester. PONO is a space for both students and employees at Columbus State to build community and participate in an open dialogue about diversity-related topics over the course of eight weeks. Click here to join the group or contact Brett Welsh or more information.


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From left, Cristo Rey High School student Victoria Alexander, Sarah Baker, Mya Jordan, and Cristo Rey student Katie Taylor get together to start their new jobs on campus.

Cristo Rey HS students to work at Columbus State

Starting September 12, two students from Cristo Rey Columbus High School will join Student Engagement and Leadership and Global Diversity and Inclusion daily until mid-June. Through the Professional Work-study Program, each student at Cristo Rey Columbus works one or two days per week, which allows them to earn a significant portion of the cost of their education, as well as gain valuable experience in professional work environments.

On Wednesdays, Katie Taylor will work in Student Engagement and Leadership under the supervision of Mya Jordan.  Katy will aid SEaL with the Student Ambassador Leadership Program. On Thursdays, Victoria Alexander will work with Sarah Baker in the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center, where she has the important task of assisting the Diversity Peer Educators.



Magna video of the week offered

Each week, Professional Development and Retention will feature a video from “Magna 20-Minute Mentor,”anon-demand digital library of teaching and student support solutions. This week’s video is How Can I Communicate to Engage Students and Encourage Learning?

Learn how to self-assess your communication skills in the instructional context to see what works best for you and your students—and pick up new techniques to broaden your abilities. 

Go here to read the instructions on how to create your own account and use the College’s Authorization Code (CSCC257RJ) to enable access to the video.

To discuss the video with others, go to Yammer and find the discussion thread for the current video. Read about how to access Yammer through Office 365. Questions? Contact Rich James.


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