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September 15, 2016


Sunny skies for a Transfer Fair

students at fair The weather cooperated on Wednesday for the annual Transfer Fair, when dozens of university representatives from across the state came to the Columbus Campus to speak with students about their future education. Columbus State’s Preferred Pathway Partner institutions, as well as more than 30 other colleges, attended the Fair this year—a record turnout!


Dann’s research in news again

Dann with display

Dr. Judith Dann visits the Woodhull display at the Homer Public Library.

As the presidential election heats up in the final months, even more attention is being paid to the history of female candidates for the office, and Dr. Judith Dann, professor in the Humanities, is back in the news with her research about Victoria Woodhull in 1872. Nearly a century and a half before Hillary Clinton, the fiery activist from Homer, Ohio became the first woman nominated for U.S. president. Dann has made a project of Woodhull's life since moving to Homer in 2000.

You can read some of the coverage online here:, The Bismarck Tribune, The Detroit News, The Houston Chronicle and bendbroadband.



dog inspects plane

Bolton Field hosts K9 training

The Bolton Field Aviation Facility was host to 12 K9s from various local police departments Monday, when they arrived for day one of a week-long training session. Departments participating included those from Wright State University, The Ohio State University, City of Hilliard, City of Westerville, Grove City, Union County, Fairfield County and the State of Ohio. At Bolton Field, the dogs and their handlers got a unique perspective on operating in close quarters, on planes, in vehicles, and in large fields.




Stop signs help slow traffic on Columbus Campus

stop sign

With the completion of the major road improvement project on Grove Street and Jefferson Avenue on the Columbus Campus, new stop signs are helping slow traffic in two locations on the streets which connect to make a loop.

“As we installed these new signs we knew it was going to be a significant change for our drivers on campus,” said Sean Asbury, Columbus State Chief of Police. “As a result of these expected problems, we placed flashing message boards at each end of campus to inform our community of a traffic pattern change.”

Most drivers have quickly adapted to the new stop signs but there have been a few exceptions.

“There has been a significant improvement in compliance over the past several weeks,” said Asbury.  “During the next few weeks our officers will begin to softly enforce these new signs. We will start having conversations with drivers who fail to stop, give warnings for the violations, and continue with the education process.”

While the stops signs replace some of the speed bumps which had been removed for construction, three of the speed bumps will be reinstalled tomorrow.


Humanities Department works with OSU to create history modules

The Humanities Department has completed a two-year curriculum project in conjunction with the East Asian Studies Center (EASC) at The Ohio State University, which resulted in 12 digital learning modules specifically for the College Credit Plus World History classes offered through Columbus State.

The learning modules cover specific aspects of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean history such as “The Silk Road, “The History and Present of the Japanese Language, and “Geo-Strategy in the Three Kingdoms Period in Korea.”

Jennifer Nardone, Ph.D., assistant professor of Humanities, and Etsuyo Yuasa, associate professor and director of the East Asian Studies Center at OSU, supervised the project along with Columbus State Emeritus Professor of Humanities Dona Reaser, and Paul Graves, associate professor and lead instructor of World History CC+ classes. The videos can be viewed at the EASC YouTube channel.

The project is only one aspect of an ongoing collaboration between the Columbus State Humanities Department and the OSU East Asian Studies Center. This fall, EASC will assist Columbus State with the “East Meets West” symposium, offered September 30. The Educational Services Center of Central Ohio will give continuing education credits to high school teachers who attend the symposium, offering a professional development opportunity for teachers and providing another opportunity to share the academic work of Ohio State and Columbus State with the community.

You can read more about the project in a recent OSU newsletter here.


Columbus State students featured on Channel 6

Two students from the Columbus State Scholar Network were recently featured on ABC6’s “On Your Side Champions” segment.  

The students, Genesis Shine and Sabrina Niezgoda, are members of the Scholar Network and the Starfish Alliance mentoring program called Link 22.

The Columbus State Scholar Network provides current and former foster youth with a network of support during their college journey. The Network includes a five-day conference, ongoing mentoring, monthly Lunch & Learn Workshops, peer-to-peer support, and other campus resources. The Starfish Alliance offers mentoring and community connection for youth in foster care and young adults who experienced foster care.


ADA assessment continues

With oversight from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) assessment team will continue their work on the Columbus Campus. They will be working in several halls gathering information for a report. The documentation will include measuring and photography. The individuals will be wearing Columbus State identification. While most of the focus will be in public areas, they may need to access some work areas. The current schedule is below:

Thursday: Bolton Field - staff areas, corridors and building entrances.
Columbus Campus - assessment of staff areas and corridors, all downtown buildings.
Friday: Westerville RLC building entrances and classrooms.
Delaware Campus - Building entrances, classrooms, staff areas, corridors and elevators.
Columbus Campus - assessment of staff areas and corridors, all Columbus buildings.

Next week:  Columbus Campus - assessment of staff areas, corridors, elevators.


Discovery District News


This weekend is the American Birding Expo at the Grange Audubon Center. Visit the Audubon Center September 16-18, when the Expo brings the opportunity to experience the entire world of birding in one place. This is an unparalleled showcase of products, services, destinations, experiences and organizations for birders. More than 100 exhibitors from all over the world and from every aspect of birding will be there. Admission is free, though there is a suggested $5 at-the-door donation to the Expo Conservation Fund. To learn more about the American Birding Expo, visit

The Community Computer Alliance (CCA) will be set up this Saturday, September 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Whole Foods store in Easton. CCA recycles electronic waste in an environmentally safe and secure way. They have a lot of information on their site about how they make sure they do everything up to code and destroy files, etc. and how this program benefits those with developmental disabilities. 

WCBE 90.5FM will hold their first-ever 5K fundraising event later this month and they could use a few volunteers to help out. Volunteer duties will be assigned the day of the run. The event, dubbed Storm the Fort,” is being held just outside of the WCBE Studios on the Fort Hayes Campus Sunday, September 25. If you can volunteer, please email Jon McKnight. Want to run or walk the 5K instead? Sign up here. All proceeds go directly to WCBE, so be sure to pass the word on to your friends, family and neighbors to sign up as well!



Managers’ Forum is Friday

The September Managers Forum will take place on Friday, September 16,  from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in WD 404.  During the forum, managers will participate in SafeZone training. SafeZone helps students and employees develop a better understanding of LGBTQ+ experiences and become effective allies of this community. Participants are challenged to listen, share and grow. Please register here.


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