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April 3, 2017


Employee Giving Campaign kicks off with celebration

The Columbus State Foundation thanked its employee donors and kicked off the 2017 Employee Giving Campaign March 29 at their annual breakfast event, featuring a speech by Teresa Lister, a long-time employee donor and Columbus State alumna.

Lister, who works as coordinator at the Dublin Regional Learning Center, restarted her education as an adult student, and received a small scholarship that changed her life and college career. She earned two associate degrees, a certificate in photography and a bachelor’s degree from Franklin University.

Her first experience with Columbus State had been at the Dublin Center, where she was encouraged to take the admissions test by the site coordinator. “She taught me a truth that has stayed with me,” says Lister, “that the first person you meet at Columbus State truly does have an impact on your path.”

The Foundation Employee Giving Campaign, which runs through May 1, is a special opportunity for Columbus State employees to make a big difference in the lives of our students.

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“As members of the Columbus State family, our employees understand the many challenges faced by our students,” says Jesse Jones, Foundation coordinator. “Our employee donors make a transformative difference in the lives of deserving students.”

“My dream is to be the first in my family to graduate from college—something I once thought was impossible,” says Brittany B., a 2016 scholarship recipient and future nurse.

“I wanted to be an example for my younger siblings,” says Jonathan C., another first-generation college student. “Thank you for investing in me and allowing me to be more focused on the task of learning.”

Donating to the Employee Giving Campaign is easy, online through a one-time donation or by payroll deduction. Find out more on the Foundation’s Employee Giving website.


Second annual Delaware Day coming April 11

The campus community is invited to come up to the Delaware Campus on Tuesday, April 11, for the second annual Delaware Day!

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The event is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and a special free shuttle bus will run twice during the day, to bring students and employees from the Columbus Campus to the Delaware Campus.

There’s something for everyone, including Delaware Campus students’ presentations of their class projects, Delaware community partners information tables, university transfer opportunities, and some special activities like the Ironwood Wolves educational facility, which will bring one of their wild foxes to the event, and give a speech “Foxes in Folklore” at 1:00 p.m.

Faculty members Ben Pugno and Dea Boster will give a presentation on their pilot course “History of Medicine,” at 11:30 a.m. and the Delaware Campus Trivia Club will host a Trivia Contest at 3:00 p.m. WDLR radio will be on site with music, prizes and giveaways. And during the day, there will be tours of campus, a presentation on College Credit Plus and EXACTTrack business cohort, and an alumni panel discussion will be held at 5:30 p.m. 

There will be some fun activities for all including 3D printing, a photo booth, and of course, food trucks Tortillas and Explorers Club will be outside for refreshments!

The shuttle bus will pick up guests in front of Davidson Hall at 10:30 a.m. (returns to campus at 1:30 p.m.) and 1:30 p.m. (returns at 5:00 p.m.). You can visit the schedule of events online here.


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Dental Hygiene students all pass exam

The Dental Hygiene Program recently announced that 100 percent of its students have passed the 2017 National Dental Hygiene Board Examination, which is the twelfth consecutive successful year. Coordinator Connie Clark said, “These students worked very hard to be prepared for this difficult examination. Faculty that led the charge for preparation for the examination include Dr. Daniel Collins, Beth Vetter, Sacha Tadros, Connie Grossman and myself.”



Columbus State student named Newman Civic Fellow


Stacy Little, a student in Sport and Exercise Studies, has been named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow by the Campus Compact, a Boston nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education.  

Stacey, a Diversity Peer Educator and community activist, describes her purpose as “helping communities become the greatest communities that they can be.” She helps coordinate the M.A.N. Initiative program, and has led water drives for Flint, Mich., worked on the Brother's Keeper Panel, and founded an after-school sports and mentoring to high school students who are at-risk or have had brushes with the law.

As a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, Little will be a part of the first cohort to benefit from a completely re-designed fellowship. The fellowship is a one-year experience that emphasizes personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.


Psych Department to host Fulbright Scholar April 19

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The Columbus State Psychology Department and The Ohio State University Center for African Studies will cohost Fulbright Scholar Dr. Yemataw Wondie, from the University of Gondar, Ethiopia, on Wednesday, April 19, at 9:00 a.m. in Delaware Hall 121.

Dr. Wondie will present a lecture titled "The Psychosocial Effects of Child Sexual Abuse in Ethiopia." Child sexual abuse continues to be a pressing public health concern around the globe, however few existing reports indicate the alarming rate at which the problem is increasing in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Wondie's research investigates the psychosocial consequences of sexual abuse among child survivors in Ethiopia who were abused mainly through early marriage, rape, and child prostitution.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Nicole Brandt.


Dilbeck to speak at Tolkien conference

Zac Dilbeck, Ph.D., assistant professor in English at the Delaware Campus, will speak at the 14th Annual Tolkien Conference at the University of Vermont, “Romance in Middle Earth.” The conference features presentations by scholars from more than a dozen colleges and universities.

Dilbeck’s presentation is titled, “The Broken Sword, a Meme: Beowulf, Arthur, and Elendil,” and is about the “epic, romantic, and Tolkienian fantasy narratives that are filled with powerful swords, often wielded by heroes of legend through their most harrowing trials.”


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Group attends educators’ conference

The 2017 National College Student Educators International conference was held recently in Columbus, and a team from Enrollment Management and Student Services attended. The team brought home lots of best practices and newfound energy to engage in this important work for Columbus State. Attending were, from left: Sarah Baker, Amaal Shehabi, Genevieve Sharron, Anthony Polito, Kimberly Hatchet, Tari Blaney, Battina Batts, Julie Sullivan, Veronica Gaines, Desiree Polk-Bland, Dawn Blair, Diane Schultz, and Stacey Rogers. Not pictured are Regina Randall, Renee Hill, and Kimberly Rhyan.


Interpreting students to work COSI during Deaf Awareness Days

Columbus State student interpreters will join students from Ohio University and Kent State to welcome and assist deaf and hard-of-hearing guests in various locations throughout COSI, Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, during Deaf Awareness Days.

Guests will find student interpreters at the guest services desk in the Atrium, at the Box Office, in all films and shows in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater and Planetarium, at Gadgets Café, for the live shows on Gadgets Stage, and the Atrium Stage.



High school students complete career program

Twenty-two students from Northland, Whetstone, and Columbus Downtown high schools recently completed the first Career Prep and Readiness Program at Columbus State. The program was a collaboration between the AEP Credits Count Program, the Career Services Office, and The STEM Industry Council.

Joel Nelson, Dual Credit, and Ashley Sweaney, Career Services, designed the program to take students through a series of activities to strengthen their career-readiness skills. Students completed three full-day interactive workshops between January and March, culminating in a day where they were interviewed by, and were able to interview, STEM professionals from Columbus State, Ohio State, the Ohio Department of Transportation, and American Electric Power. The workshops focused on leadership, oral and written communications, career management, professionalism and work ethic.

Students who completed the program will be recognized at the Summer Internship Kickoff Ceremony Tuesday, April 11, when the guest speaker will be Mayor Andrew Ginther.  




Columbus State congratulates the following new hires and promotions:

March 1 - Travis Lynch, Groundskeeper 1 in Facilities
March 1- Michelle DeNune, Specialist in Financial Accounting and Reporting
March 7 - Yuvonne Henry, Police Officer
March 15 - Telly Williams, Technician in Enterprise Applications
March 16 - Kathryn Weimerskirch, Specialist in the Center for Advising, Support and Exploration
April 3 -Tommy Tucker, Office Associate in Hospitality Management
April 3 -Josephine Newman, Program Coordinator in the Grants Office


Director of Facilities – Requisition No. 1426
Conference Center Specialist – Requisition No. 1428
Clinical Coordinator – Requisition No. 1429
Coordinator, Westerville Regional Learning Center – Requisition No. 1433
Maintenance 1 at Delaware Campus – Requisition No. 1435



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