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December 14, 2017


Briscoe named Interim Director of Admissions


Enrollment Management and Student Services is excited to announce that Kara Briscoe has been named Interim Director of Admissions. In this role, Briscoe will oversee all aspects of admissions operations, including systems, and recruitment, contribute to strategies for the College’s enrollment growth, and ensure enrollment goals are achieved.

Briscoe began at Columbus State as a receptionist in the Student Assistance Center, after working for SYGMA Network as a computer operations specialist. She has since held advising and systems-related positions, including working as a System Specialist, Program Coordinator, and Assistant Director in Admissions. 

During her tenure as Assistant Director of Systems and Operations in Admissions, Briscoe helped to further strategic planning, training, employee engagement, and process improvements. In addition to serving on several cross-functional teams, including the College Credit Plus workgroup and the Placement Task Force, Briscoe played a key role in the development of key systems projects including implementation of Radius (the College’s recruitment and client relationship manager), new testing system platforms, and the integration of Pathways content across systems and processes. Additionally, Briscoe is a mentor in the Women’s Connection Scholarship Program and was most recently a recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Woman Award.

Briscoe earned her associate degree in Data Processing from Marion Technical College and her bachelor’s and master’s in English from The Ohio State University.

“Kara’s deep familiarity with College inner-workings is matched by a genuine love of Columbus State and dedication to student success,” said Allen Kraus, Vice President of Enrollment Services and Marketing. “That makes her an ideal choice to lead an office that is about helping students and families understand and appreciate both how to come to the College and why Columbus State is a great choice.”

Please join us in congratulating Kara!


Meet Columbus State’s new Internship Coordinator, Kristin Garner

Kristin Garner recently joined the College to help coordinate internship opportunities for Business, Engineering and Technology students. Many of these programs require an internship in the last semester of the degree program.

Garner is a Columbus State graduate, having completed his associate degree in Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and he understands the internship experience here at Columbus State. He completed an internship with WrightChoice, Inc., a nonprofit organization that specialized in providing internship and professional development opportunities to under-represented populations, including minorities and students with disabilities.

Garner says his internship experience was “enlightening and very useful in understanding my personal aspirations and career goals.” He hopes to help students find internships that suit their specific skills and provide them a career-defining experience as they complete their degree programs here at the college.

Garner is here to assist students with the internship process. If you have questions, contact him at or ext. 5088.


Biological and Physical Sciences Department presents research at international conference

BahAissatou Bah

Dr. Mort Javadi, a professor in the Biological and Physical Sciences Department, and his research advisee Aissatou Bah attended the annual Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future in Tampa, where 3,874 scientists, professionals, educators, and students from the U.S. and 55 other countries presented more than 3,000 research results.

The purpose of Bah’s research “Effect of Fungicides On Seed Germination” was to reduce fungicide use in fungicide-treated wheat and soybean seeds while maintaining optimal levels of protection for seeds, and to reduce fungicide pollution in the environment. Bah’s research was conducted on the Columbus Campus, and future work will consider seed germination responses in fumigated soils which have been inoculated with various fungi pathogenic to seeds. Field trial experiments will conclude this research project.

While at Columbus State, Bah was an LSAMP Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) student focused on studying STEM. Her LSAMP advisor was Dr. Maia Randle, and LSAMP was able to support her trip to Tampa. Bah is now a molecular genetics major at The Ohio State University.


Dental hygiene students provide women’s basketball team with mouth guards

Columbus State dental hygiene students conducted a survey that found none of the players on the Columbus State Community College Woman’s Basketball Team were wearing mouth guards. Studies indicate that both male and female basketball players incur a high rate of tooth injury or loss due to hand or elbow contact or by collision with other players. In response, the students designed a community health program to educate the team about sports-related injuries and fabricated custom athletic mouth guards for the players as part of their culminating practicum assignment. This project was led by faculty members Beth Vetter and Dan Collins.


Ways to give back to Columbus State year-round

Giving Tuesday may be over, but you can still give to the Columbus State Foundation and support students all year. And it’s as simple as where you shop. The Columbus State Foundation is part of the Kroger Community Rewards program, which lets customers earn donations for their chosen nonprofit by shopping with their Kroger Plus Card. Between July 31 and October 30, the Foundation earned $390 from 42 households — that’s 10 households and $42 more than the previous quarter. Learn more.

In addition, when you buy Crimson Cup coffee at Sips! the company donates 3 percent of its annual purchases back to the Foundation Support Fund for Greatest Need. It’s an easy way to support students and the purchases add up: Crimson Cup donated almost $1,000 to the Foundation earlier this year.


Save the Date: MLK Day celebration and 20th annual Poets in Black

Columbus State’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration with guest speaker Nikki Giovanni is scheduled for Monday, January 29 at 10:00 a.m.

The 20th annual Poets in Black is scheduled for Thursday, February 22 from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Library Multimedia Studio. 


Personal packages reminder

Please be aware that personal packages are not accepted by Mail and Distribution Services. You can avoid delays by having your holiday deliveries sent to your residence or preferred commercial locker.


Upcoming Employee Resource Group meetings

The Single Parents/Guardians Employee Resource Group will meet on Wednesday, December 20, from 11:00 a.m.–noon in CO-111. Let’s come together and have some holiday cheer before we depart for the Christmas and New Year holidays! For those who can attend, we shall discuss topics and activities for 2018 and have a little fun! Bring your favorite treat, if you like. If you have any questions feel free to call Debbie Strain at ext. 2443 or Michelle L. Teasley at ext. 5771.

Columbus State’s LGBTQ Employee Resource Group (ERG) will be meeting on Monday, January 18 in the Library Multimedia Studio from 3:00-4:00 p.m.  All are welcome.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) allow members to connect with other employees who share similar interests and a common bond or background.  For more information about this and other ERG’s, please visit the Employee Resource Group website.




Wellness opportunity: Fight for Air Climb

The American Lung Association’s annual Fight for Air Climb is Saturday, February 17. Join other Columbus State Community College employees for our fourth year participating in this event to support research, education and patient programs that help individuals who are impacted by asthma, COPD, lung cancer, air pollution and other lung diseases. For more information please contact Katina Fitch at ext. 5508 or



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