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February 16, 2017


City grant to prepare early childhood teachers

With demand for early childhood teachers continuing to increase, the City of Columbus is providing a $90,000 grant to Columbus State to provide a unique educational program for current teachers. Completion will help them meet more stringent standards being phased in at the state level.

The grant allowed the college to develop a pilot program for 48 early childhood teachers who will be students in two identical cohort classes. Upon successful completion, those participants will each earn nine credit hours toward their Early Childhood Development and Education associate degree. It will also prepare them to take an assessment to earn their Child Development Associate credential, more commonly referred to as the CDA.

The CDA is an entry level credential for early childhood teachers. A state-wide policy known as the Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) rating and improvement system will require providers to meet stringent guidelines by 2020, including employment of qualified teachers. All early childhood education programs funded by the state are required to participate in SUTQ.

If the Columbus State pilot program succeeds, it may be scaled up to serve up to 2,000 students over the next four years. The pilot classes, which began this week, will run through May 25.

Classes will be held simultaneously at two locations, the Reeb Avenue Center and St. Stephen’s Community House.


Delaware Campus hosts Transfer Fair March 1

The Delaware Campus will host a Transfer Fair for students on Wednesday, March 1, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in Moeller Hall. Students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from several area colleges and universities about the transfer admission process. Staff from The Ohio State University, Capital University, Franklin University, Miami University, Ohio University Otterbein University, and Ohio Wesleyan University are all planning to attend, let your students know about this event.


Celebrating the Year of the Rooster

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From left, Jia Yang, visiting scholar from the Confucius Institute; Dr. Dawei Han, Yanshan University and The Confucius Institute of Toledo; Dr. Minru Li, East Asian Resource Center at OSU, and Dr. Garry Fourman, chair of Modern Languages, joined President Harrison at the recent Chinese New Year celebration held in the Library. More than 130 people attended the event, which this year celebrated the Year of the Rooster. Records indicate that the tradition goes back more than 4,000 years in ancient China. The event was co-sponsored by the Columbus State Chinese Club, the Modern Languages Department, the Confucius Institute of the University of Toledo, and the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center.


Center to produce women’s video

You can help the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center to produce a video in celebration of Women’s History Month in March. The staff of the Center will ask you to tell them about a woman at Columbus State who has made a positive impact on your life. The subject can be an employee or a student at the college. If you would like to participate in this video project, please contact Sarah Baker by Friday, February 24.


Brother’s Keeper Panel is Feb. 22

The campus community is invited to attend the 2017 Brother’s Keeper Panel on Wednesday, February 22, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio. The event is sponsored by the Male Access Network (MAN) Initiative and will feature a panel of Columbus State students and community leaders discussing how we can support one another and work together to address community challenges. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Brett Welsh.


Humanities Symposium on Harlem Renaissance is Feb. 24


The Columbus State Humanities Department and the Columbus Jazz Arts Group will present a symposium titled “Challenging the Boundaries: Gladys Bentley and the Harlem Renaissance,” Friday, February 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center.

The event marks the second conference of the “Defining Herself” symposium series sponsored by the Humanities Department. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Gladys Bentley, who was openly gay and performed in male attire, provides a complex lens to consider issues of gender, sexuality, race, and performance during the Harlem Renaissance. Attendees can choose from the following sessions:

Morning session - 9:00-11:30 a.m.

“The Emergence of the Soloist and the Transformation of Jazz during the Harlem Renaissance:  Jazz Improvisation as Composition and Creative Statement”
Ted McDaniel, Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Music, The Ohio State University

“Orientation and Alterity: A Spatial Reading of Black Gender during the Harlem Renaissance”
Sam C. Tenorio, doctoral candidate in African American Studies, Northwestern University

“Gladys Bentley: A Woman Challenging the Boundaries”
Marilyn Howard, Assistant Professor in Humanities, Columbus State

Afternoon sessions - 1:00-3:00 p.m.

“Inside Halfway House: Lesbian Writers of the Harlem Renaissance” Gary Holcomb, Professor of African American Studies, Ohio University

“The De-Butching of Gladys Bentley” Mazy Hayes, adjunct instructor in Humanities, Columbus State

For more information about the symposium, contact Jennifer Nardone.  


Service-Learning Conference seeks proposals for March event

Columbus State’s Service-Learning committees are proud to announce the third annual Service-Learning Conference, “Serving Diverse Communities," to be held on Friday, March 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the Columbus State Conference Center.

The theme of this year's conference reflects the timely need for faculty and staff to embrace diversity in the classroom, and identify social justice efforts on and off campus.

More than ever, students need the tools to participate in our diverse culture, learn about social justice, and transform activism into meaningful work beyond the classroom.  Please consider submitting a conference proposal.  More information can be found on the Service-Learning website. Please email for more information about this conference.


Students to prepare taxes through assistance program

Federal and state income tax returns will be prepared free of charge by IRS-certified accounting students, starting February 16 and continuing through April 8.

The tax preparation is done as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The services will be offered on Thursdays, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the Columbus Campus.

Interested individuals are asked to schedule an appointmentwith Hands-on-Columbus, at 211 locally, or (614)221-2255, when calling from outside the 614 area code.

Free online tax preparation assistance is also offered through the Ohio Benefit Bank self-serve website. Student advocate Maria Latschar is coordinating the project on campus.


Note: ‘Sips’ opening delayed

The scheduled opening of the new coffee kiosk in Davidson Hall has been delayed a few days due to inspections, and will not happen February 20. A new grand opening date will be announced next week. 




Strengths workshop offered Feb. 21

In the workshop, “Put Your Strengths to Work” you will gain a deeper understanding of strengths-based philosophy, and learn six proven strategies that help leverage your own unique strengths as well as the strengths of others on your team.  The workshop is offered Tuesday, February 21, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Register

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