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September 26, 2016



The Human Library returns September 30


When you look at lists of banned books, one common factor stands out: the narratives deemed "objectionable" often tell the stories of people who are somehow marginalized by mainstream society. 

The Columbus State Library believes that everyone's story is worth hearing, something the staff hopes to express through this year's Human Library event.  You can check out the human "books" on Friday, September 30, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD. You can also go online here to learn more about the international Human Library initiative, or here to read about some of the books that will be available at our Human Library event!


Gospel Vocal Ensemble presents ‘Rejoice and Shout’

September is Gospel Music Heritage Month, celebrating the fact that the message, rhythms, and melodies of gospel music can be traced to multiple and diverse influences and foundations, including African-American spirituals.  The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble will present excerpts from the movie "Rejoice and Shout" Wednesday, September 28, at 1:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio. The movie reflects upon the history of gospel music and features legendary artists.  The presentation will last approximately 1:45 and will also include the Gospel Vocal Ensemble’s new promotional video. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call (614)287-5377, ext. 1677.  


Disability Services offers priority registration

Starting with registration for spring semester, all students who are registered with Disability Services now have the ability to sign up for classes four days earlier than other students. This will allow students extra time to plan their schedule and choose classes that work well for them.  Priority registration for spring begins at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, October 13.

If you are working with students who have questions about the new priority registration, please contact Disability Services.



Hispanic Heritage Month events start September 28

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Columbus State Global Diversity and Inclusion Center and the Modern Languages Department invite you to celebrate Hispanic and Latin culture and history. The following events are planned:

Hispanic Heritage Month: Film Series I
Wednesday, September 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Franklin Hall 106
Dr. G. Raquel Pina, Modern Languages

Hispanic Heritage Month:  Film Series II
Wednesday, October 5, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Franklin Hall 106
Dr. G. Raquel Pina, Modern Languages

Latin Dance Workshop
Thursday, October 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Library Media Studio
In partnership with BalletMet

Hispanic Heritage Month: Film Series III
Wednesday, October 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Franklin Hall 106
Dr. G. Raquel Pina, Modern Languages

Coffee and Conversation
Wednesday, October 19, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Madison Hall 103

Hispanic Heritage Month: Film Series IV
Wednesday, October 19, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Franklin Hall 106
Dr. G. Raquel Pina, Modern Languages


Chinese Club to host Mooncake Festival

photo of moon cakes

The Columbus State Chinese Club, in association with the Confucius Institute, will host a Mooncake Festival on Wednesday, October 5, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Library Media Studio. This festival, also called the Mid-Autumn Festival, originally celebrated the harvest of rice and wheat. Today, it is still an occasion for reunions among friends and relatives to eat mooncakes and watch the moon, a symbol of harmony and unity. Refreshments, riddles, poems, and games will be provided and the first 30 visitors will receive a free mooncake!




Special blood drive to be held October 17

September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell is the most common genetic blood disease in the U.S., affecting as many as 100,000 people, most of them African-American and Latino. Regular blood transfusions are one of the most common treatments for sickle cell disease because they help increase the number of normal red blood cells in the body. The American Red Cross will be hosting a special blood drive at Columbus State on Monday, October 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Lounge to raise awareness and collect a diverse blood supply. Contact Brett Welsh for more information.



Mentor Commons to feature student memory video


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 “What Key Concepts Improve Student Learning and Memory?

This program presents five different memory-boosting strategies to incorporate into your teaching. Learn how to use cueing, the testing effect, semantic encoding, peer teaching, and the spacing effect to help your students learn more course content, move to higher levels of learning, and recall information more easily on exams.

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.



Columbus State congratulates the following new hires and promotions:

September 1 -Timothy Malloy, System Administrator II in IT Network Engineering
September 1 - Alexander Stigler, Program Coordinator in Admissions
September 16 - Jennifer Patterson, Advisor in Disability Services
September 16 - Ashley Abbott, Counselor in Counseling Services
September 16 - Don Vinyard, Office Associate in Career Services
September 16 - Jamie Powell, Accountant in Grants Accounting and Reporting
September 16 - Stacey Peer, System Analyst in IT Enterprise Applications
September 16 - Amy Brown,  Career Counselor in Career Services



Chairperson, Design, Construction and Skilled Trades – Requisition No. 1234
Functional Analyst, Enrollment Management and Student Services – Requisition No. 1235
Specialist, Grants Accounting and Reporting – Requisition No. 1240



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