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August 24, 2017

Columbus State takes in the solar eclipse

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On Monday afternoon, Columbus State employees and students gathered in the courtyard with special glasses, telescopes, and homemade pinhole cameras to watch the partial solar eclipse. The eclipse peaked at 2:30 p.m. when the moon blocked out almost 90 percent of the sun.

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Back in 1994: Nancy Cleland observes the eclipse; someone was projecting the event using a telescope.

Cloudy skies obscured the view at times, but those gathered still caught glimpses of the crescent sun (safely viewed through solar eclipse glasses and telescopes with special lenses) and streetlamps came on as the light dimmed to a dusky hue. It isn’t the first time the College has been treated to a solar eclipse — back in 1994, Columbus was in the path of an annular eclipse, an event similar to a total eclipse, but sun is not completely blocked.

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An image of the total eclipse captured in Fenton, Missouri by Paul Rehg

Some employees traveled hours away to see the total solar eclipse, when the sun was entirely blocked for a period of about two minutes. If you missed out, you only have seven years to wait. In 2024, Ohio will be in the path of a total solar eclipse on April 8.







Get involved during Week of Welcome

Next week, Columbus State welcomes new and returning students with a host of fun events to help them start the semester off on the right foot. See the full list of events here. If you’re interested in volunteering, just follow the links below to sign up.

Involvement Fair:

Resource Fair:

Columbus State Has Talent Judge Registration:


Unlocking the Learning Code featured by

Faculty who attended the Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX) in June heard from two cognitive science and education researchers who co-founded Some also heard a presentation on a College Student Success Fund project called “Unlocking the Learning Code.” This project, led by Rich James, in Human Resources, and Mary Lewis and Ron Elizaga, in Psychology, sought to better understand student study habits and beliefs while encouraging students to adopt evidence-based practices advocated by the Learning Scientists and other education researchers. The Learning Scientists invited James to submit a blog article describing the project and what was learned. That article was posted on August 16 and can be read here.


Higher Education Council explores institutional expansion

The Higher Education Council of Columbus is an association of regional colleges and universities focused on cross-registering students, expanding course offerings to all member schools. This summer, the group approved a proposal to invite three additional institutions into the association: Dennison University, Ohio Christian University and Ohio Wesleyan University. Columbus State Community College recently hosted the Higher Education Council Representatives, and Desiree Polk-Bland, executive dean of Student Affairs, welcomed the group with thanks and gratitude for their collaborative work cross registering students. Members shared the strengths of the program for their students, especially graduating students. Registrar Regina Randall, who provided support and motivation for this work that supports student success.


Peer Advocate office hours for Autumn 2017

Peer Advocates provide extra support to help students be successful at Columbus State. Peer Advocates are student employees in the Student Advocacy Department who provide individual support to students.  They can:

  • Assist with problem solving and action planning to address barriers and challenges
  • Connect students to college and community resources and student engagement opportunities
  • Help students navigate college processes
  • Refer students to appropriate departments for further assistance
  • Provide tools and tips for success
  • Link students to community resources for housing (emergency and apartment/house hunting), food pantries, and health care, among other areas. Peer Advocates are trained Ohio Benefit Bank Counselors and can assist students in completing applications for state assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  

Peer Advocate Office Hours – Autumn Semester 2017

You can walk-in or schedule an appointment by emailing or calling 614-287-5192. (Schedule subject to change, call ahead to confirm!)

Monday: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Thursday: 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


M.A.N. Initiative provides mentoring for male students

logoThe Male Access Network, or M.A.N. Initiative, kicks off its eighth year at Columbus State this year. M.A.N. Initiative is a mentorship and engagement program for male students at the college with an emphasis on improving college success, developing leadership potential, and building connections. Active participants are eligible for a $250 scholarship during the autumn and spring semesters. The 2017-2018 participant application for students and the mentor application  for faculty/staff are now open! Spots are limited. For more information please contact


Columbus State student presents at Harvard

Cross country runner and Columbus State sophomore Cody Null recently presented at a conference held at Harvard University August 6-10. The conference included a poster session and several talks from 44 professors about the transition from using the Chandra telescope for research to the future Lynx telescope. The purpose of the poster sessions was for small talk and to share research with other students.

Null conducted his research with astronomy instructor Anjali Gupta in Nestor Hall. Gupta and Null met once or twice a week to keep on track. According to Null, “most days I would use a computer program to refine data from the Chandra telescope in an effort to identify properties, density, and the baryonic fraction of my specific area of space.”


Professor shares insights with Project Management Institute

On August 16, the Central Ohio Chapter of the Project Management Institute held a professional development event at Navigator Management Partners. The focus of this event was ethics and ethical dilemmas in the field of project management. Jonathan Krabill, assistant professor in Business Management, sat on the panel of industry leaders to discuss these topics and provide insight to Project Management Institute members.

“As lead instructor of our Business Ethics course, I was very pleased to represent Columbus State and be a voice for the high quality work our students produce,” said Krabill. “It was great to hear the experiences of industry leaders from public affairs, technology, and consulting and know that we have built courses that will prepare our students for real world issues.”


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Notes from the Discovery District

The Kelton House has a presentation on The Grand Army of the Republic this Sunday, August 27 at 2 p.m. Rebecca Urban of the Peninsula Foundation will talk about the creation of the G.A.R. after the Civil War and its contributions to politics, patriotism, and Civil War memory. Tickets are $5 per person, call (614) 464-2022 or email to reserve your tickets.

CCAD is opening two new fall exhibits: Alan Shields: A Different Kind of Painting and Stitch. Both run through January 2, with a special opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, check out their website.

There’s still time to catch Columbus Museum of Art’s Red Horizon: Contemporary Art and Photography in the USSR and Russia, 1960-2010, which is on view through September 24. Learn more.

Blockfort Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit by Dan Gerdeman, a longtime Columbus arts staple. And starting September 8, the gallery will host The BLK PWR Mixtape exhibition, a multi-artist show that hopes to shine a light on the vital contribution of black artists to the current and historical periods within American art and history. Check out all they have to offer on their website.

Join Cristo Rey for its annual Garden Party fundraiser on Saturday, September 23 from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m., at Cristo Rey Columbus High School and the neighboring Topiary Garden. Visit their site for all of the information and to buy your tickets

Thurber House just released its fall Evenings with Authors series, Special Events schedule (that includes Paula Poundstone!), and Adult Writing Workshops.  

BalletMet is back in action, and it’s their 40th anniversary! There are classics, new works, new collaborations, and of course the crowd favorite, Nutcracker. You can create your own season package too. Check out all of the performances and get your tickets now




Conflict Happens: An Introduction to Conflict Resolution Strategies

Conflict happens every day whether we realize it or not. Some avoid conflict hoping it will go away and others confront it head on with mixed results.  This sessions explores the effectiveness and practical application of negotiation as means for conflict resolution.  We will identify and discuss negotiation strategies within the context of workplace interactions. We will discover ways to communicate better and work through conflict to create mediated and powerful outcomes. 

Upcoming Session: August 30, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Please register here:

Columbus State congratulates the following Cougar Paw Recipients for July:

Alysia Maxwell, leadership
Amber Spiegel, collaboration
Angela Hill, customer focus
Augustine Munobe, customer focus
Betty Rose, collaboration
Carla Halliburton, customer focus
Catherine Mohr, customer focus
Chaka Wilson, professionalism
Chelsea Francis, leadership
Christine Wears, collaboration
Daren Wright, collaboration
Darryl Smith, collaboration
David Metz, customer focus
Dayna Schlefstein, customer focus
Deborah Plummer, collaboration
Dedrick Reid, collaboration
Denise Cashon, collaboration
Deon Newsom, professionalism
Diane Massey, collaboration
Diane Schultz, continuous improvement
Edwynna Freeman, collaboration
Emily Cox, customer focus
Erica Gladue, collaboration
Evan Jablonka, customer focus
Gregory Hoffman, managing work
Jeffrey Curran, leadership
Jennifer Hart, customer focus
Jennifer Hendricks, customer focus
Jennifer Trimmer, customer focus
Jerome Thomas, professionalism
Joseph Butchko, collaboration
Julie Barnickle, collaboration
Julie Collins, continuous improvement
Julio Moreno, customer focus
Karen Fabritius, collaboration
Karen Miller, customer focus
Kate Schultz, managing work
Kathryn Weimerskirch, customer focus
Keith Kipp, managing work, collaboration
Kelly Fannin, customer focus, collaboration
Laura Baisden, collaboration

Lindsey Gibson, professionalism
Lisa Farina, professionalism
Lisa Petersen, collaboration
Lynn Walker, collaboration
Mandi Mauck, customer focus
Manykhone Chanthavong, collaboration
Mary Ashley, collaboration
Maurice Anderson, professionalism
Melissa Crohen, collaboration
Melissa Lamar, collaboration
Michelle Baker, collaboration
Michelle Denune, collaboration
MJ Willow, customer focus
Nancy Stagg, customer focus
Nate Faubel-Ravely, collaboration
Nathan Cox, customer focus
Nathan Gjerstad, collaboration
Nicholas Tice, customer focus
Nichole Bowman-Glover, leadership
Noah Jones, continuous improvement
Patricia Gabrenya, customer focus
Patricia Malloy, customer focus
Paul Rehg, collaboration
Pawel Luczkowiec, customer focus
Richard Liddil, customer focus
Rini Saha, customer focus
Robert Crane, leadership
Scott Nichols, customer focus
Scott Wilson, managing work
Shannon Rondo, customer focus
Sharon Dixson, collaboration
Sheree Nash, managing work
Sherlann Lewandowski, professionalism
Stacey Lewandowski, managing work
Stacey Raymond, collaboration
Susan Kaiser, collaboration, continuous improvement, professionalism, customer focus
Thalia Amador Lastra, professionalism
Todd Finney, customer focus
Todd McCoy, managing work
Tonya Anderson-Russell, collaboration
Tracy La Mar-Nickoli, continuous improvement
Trenton Edwards, collaboration



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