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April 6, 2017


Arts & Sciences Spring Symposium April 11 and 12

The Ninth Annual Spring Symposium, spotlighting the work of Columbus State faculty, will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 11 and 12, in the Library Media Studio.The Symposium is part of the 2017 Arts & Sciences Lecture Series.

The sessions will be offered as follows:

Tuesday, April 11             
3:00 p.m.
Mazy Hayes,
Humanities Department – “The Making and Unmaking of the Slum”

3:30 p.m. 
Frank Barnhart
and Elycia Taylor, Communications Department – “Social Media Management and On-Campus Crisis Events”

4:00 p.m.
Rocco Di Pietro,
Humanities Department – “Cyborg:  The Fourth Movement of the Cello Symphony—The Art of Imaginal Listening”

4:30 p.m. 
Jack Popovich,
Business Programs – “Financial Wellness: How Are Columbus State Students Doing?”

Wednesday, April 12
12:30 p.m.
Judith Dann,
Humanities Department – “Queen Victoria or Mrs. Satan: A Look at Political and Media Spin-Doctoring”

1:00 p.m.
Jie Yang,
Modern Languages Department – “The Cultural Interpretation of the Characteristics of Chinese International Students”

1:30 p.m.
Matt Adkins,
Humanities Department – “Zalkind Hourwitz versus the Abbé Grégoire: The Meaning of Jewish Emancipation on the Eve of the French Revolution”

2:00 p.m.
Dea Boster
and Ben Pugno, Humanities Department – “History of Western Medicine, Disease, and Public Health: A New Opportunity at Columbus State”



Shuttle off to Delaware Day!

Delaware Day is quickly approaching on Tuesday, April 11, so why worry about driving up busy US Route 23? Just take the bus!

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 with info tables, university transfer opportunities, special presentations, a Trivia Tournament, 3D printing, music from WDLR radio, Tortilla and Explorers Club food trucks, and more.  

The shuttle bus will pick up guests in front of Davidson Hall at 10:30 a.m. and return to campus at 1:30 p.m. A second shuttle will run at 1:30 p.m., returning at 5:00 p.m. You can visit the full schedule of events online here.


Service-Learning Conference well attended

Nearly 100 people attended the third annual Service-Learning Conference, “Serving Diverse Communities,” held last week on campus in the Conference Center. 

Angie Plummer, executive director of Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS), welcomed the attendees, and former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman delivered a keynote address, discussing the importance of civility and collaboration in politics and community engagement.

Several student organizations shared information about their service-learning programs, and attendees were able to choose from a variety of workshops during the day, on topics including Stereotype Threat, Social Justice and Diversity in the Classroom, and Faculty Resources for those interested in creating their own service-learning classes. 

Little with Lauren

SES student Stacy Little, talks about her service project with Lauren Jones, assistant professor in Developmental Education, at the Service-Learning Conference last week.

Couldn’t attend but want to learn more? The Service-Learning Committees will host a coffee break, “Conversations That Matter,” for faculty interested in hearing more about service-learning opportunities on campus. The coffee break will be held on Wednesday, April 12, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in Nestor Hall 013.  Please email for more information. 


Student Nurses’ Health Fair coming April 26

The graduating class of Nursing students will host their annual Health Fair on Wednesday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall student lounges. The students partner with local health agencies and representatives for the fair such as Columbus Fire Department, LifeLine of Ohio, the Massage Therapy Department, OhioHealth and more. Free health checks will be available such as skin cancer screening, blood pressure, diabetes, stroke risk, mental health, cholesterol, and nutrition screenings.   

The students are also collecting items to donate to the United Methodist Free Store, including clothing and household items, new or used children’s toys, eyeglasses, and used cell phones, which are given to victims of domestic abuse after being cleared of all data.

There will be a bake sale at the Health Fair as well, for the students to raise money for their Pinning Ceremony at the end of the semester.


Office of Student Conduct to host three upcoming events

The Office of Student Conduct is working on three upcoming events of interest: a legal aid event and a book launch April 26, and an employment expo May 10. 

Student Conduct will partner with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus to host an event called “Clean Slate,” providing assistance in addressing legal matters such as consumer debt, landlord-tenant issues, record sealing and more. It will be held Wednesday, April 26, starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD.

The free event is open to the public, but pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure participants can be seen and receive free legal consultation. RSVP at or by calling (614)241-2001.

Then, join the Enrollment Review Team for the official book launch of Columbus State alumnus Harley Blakeman’s book “Grit: How to Get a Job and Build a Career with a Criminal Record.” The launch will be held Wednesday, April 26, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Ohio State Blackwell Hotel, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus.

After completing his coursework at Columbus State, Harley continued to The Ohio State University to complete his bachelor’s degree. Come hear his story about overcoming his past difficulties, and network during his book release.

And finally, the Office of Student Conduct, in partnership with Franklin County Municipal Courts and others, invite the campus community to attend the 2017 Employment Expo, Wednesday, May 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Conference Center.  This career and resource fair is free and open to the public and will provide tangible employment and empowerment opportunities. Many of the employers scheduled to be on site are open to hiring great candidates regardless of criminal backgrounds or justice involvement. For more information, visit The Hub.  


Reminder: Adjunct Faculty Training Conference is April 29

Adjunct Faculty: Don’t forget to register for the Spring 2017 Adjunct Faculty Training Conference to be held on Saturday, April 29!  

You may elect to attend either the morning session from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., or the afternoon session from 12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Concurrent tracks will be offered on pedagogy, mental health issues in the classroom, and diversity and inclusion in the classroom. An open forum hosted by fulltime faculty will also be available throughout the day to field your questions and concerns.

Participants will receive a $100 stipend for their attendance at either the morning or the afternoon session.  Register here, or for more information contact Liz Hammond, Amy DeLorenzo, or Lydia Gilmore.  


Men of the Year Awards to be held May 3, nominate today

The MAN Initiative program will sponsor the annual Men of the Year Awards on Wednesday, May 3, at 6:00 p.m., to recognize the contributions made by men of character around the college, including faculty, staff, and students. You may click here to nominate someone as a 2017 MAN of the Year. Nominations are due by Monday, April 24. This event is free, includes dinner, and is open to guests. For more information, contact Brett Welsh.


Di Pietro and Romulo Vazquez exhibit in Library

On display during the month of April is an exhibit by Rocco Di Pietro, faculty member in Humanities titled “The Cyborg and the Feeling – toned Complex.” Di Pietro explains the exhibit as “the art of imaginal listening. Our life is spent in struggles for the realization of our wishes, and all of our actions proceed from the wish that something should, or should not, come to pass.”

Artist Romulo Vazquez says that “out of the struggle with abstract art, these new pieces have emerged. I am interested in the behavior of nature, and more particularly in its capacity to trigger a state of reflection and wonder. In these pieces I am representing in an abstract way the way elements and the seasons display vital and persistent creation.”

The exhibit will be on display in the Main Gallery on the second floor of the Library through the month of April.


Poet Maggie Smith to read in the Library April 19

portrait of Smith

For the Library’s celebration of National Poetry month, poet Maggie Smith will perform a public reading of her work in the Multimedia Studio on Wednesday, April 19, at 1:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Weep Up (September 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (2015); and Lamp of the Body (2005). Her poems appear in Best American Poetry, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Guernica, Plume, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Her 2016 poem, “Good Bones,” was hailed as the "official poem of 2016" by PRI (Public International Radio) and has since been translated into nearly a dozen languages. She lives in Bexley, Ohio, and is a freelance writer and editor.


Nutrition student receives scholarships

Emily Bach, a Nutrition and Dietetics student, received the Outstanding Dietetic Technician Student Scholarship at the April meeting of the Columbus Dietetic Association. Emily was also the recipient of an Ohio Nutrition Council student scholarship. 


Kasich gives kudos to education partnerships at State of State Address

At his recent State of the State address, Governor John Kasich spoke about university and community college partnerships and how these are saving students money on college costs.  See a clip from his speech here.


Students, advisor attend STEM conference

group photo

Advisor Dr. Maia Randle, (second row, far right) attended the conference with 17 of her students from the LSAMP program, which is aimed at increasing the number of minority students successfully completing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees. 

Seventeen Columbus State students and advisor Dr. Maia Randle recently attended the Ohio Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Alliance Conference at the University of Cincinnati. 

The conference was a three-day retreat-style conference that offered LSAMP Scholars from ten Ohio institutions the opportunity to present their research, participate in workshops, experience industry excursions, network, and reinforce their commitment to STEM careers.

Randle, the Columbus State LSAMP coordinator, gave a presentation discussing ways to foster partnerships between community colleges and four-year institutions, and facilitate smooth transitions for LSAMP transfer students.

Three students presented research posters at the conference. Malcolm Gilbert’s poster “Project Strong Arm” won Poster with the Best Content. Aissatou Bah presented “The Effect of Fungicide on Seed Germination,” with her research advisor Dr. Mort Javadi. And Said Haji presented “Synthesis of Nanoporous Organic Polymers for Immobilization of Molecular Catalysts,” with OSU research adviser Dr. Pezhman Arab.


front door of Subway

Subway Grand Opening is April 10

The Subway restaurant is now open in the Columbus State Bookstore. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. The Grand Opening will be held Monday, April 10, all day, with sandwich specials, free cupcakes, and giveaways, while supplies last. Stop on by!





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