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February 2, 2017


Davis inspires crowd at MLK event

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Fresh from her appearance at the Women’s March on Washington January 21, Dr. Angela Davis repeated her messages of strength and unity to an overflow crowd estimated at more than 800 on January 31. 

When the Conference Center ballroom and overflow areas were quickly filled with guests Tuesday, additional classrooms in Nestor and Franklin halls were set up for a live stream of the speech, and another 500+ watched the event online on their phones, computers, and tablets.

Davis, professor emerita of Feminist Studies at University of California Santa Cruz, explained that all movements for justice are part of the same struggle, and that each individual should celebrate his or her potential as “agents of change.”


Columbus SOUP event coming to WD Feb. 26

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A local fundraising group called “Columbus SOUP” will bring their winter dinner event to the Columbus State Conference Center on February 26, and they want you to pitch your project.

Columbus SOUP provides a platform to share ideas at the ground level and make connections that matter. Through quarterly community events, local organizations gain needed funding by presenting their ideas for creating positive change in the city. Attendees at these events pay a $7 donation for dinner (the dinner is soup, which is where the names comes from) and one vote. The cash donations are combined to create a micro grant, and everyone at the event votes for which of the projects wins the grant.

Local education projects can submit a proposal to present at You do not need to be a nonprofit. Any group or individual with an innovative project that fits the theme of education will be considered. 

Projects that are selected will present at the winter event Sunday, February 26, at Columbus State. Presentations are five minutes long, plus two minutes for Q & A. Everyone votes on the project they like best, and the money collected from ticket sales becomes a cash grant awarded to the winner of the most votes. The group’s last event had more than 180 people and awarded a grant of $2,000.

Visit for more information on the event and guidelines to apply. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 13, at midnight.


Rhyan with son

Mother and son exhibit their art

Kimberly Rhyan and her son, Carter are exhibiting their art work at Groveport Town Hall from February 1-25. The exhibit is called “NEXUS: Mother and Child.” Rhyan hopes the exhibit inspires others to make art with their kids. The two will also host a family art workshop on Sunday, February 12, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Kidspace. The cost is $25 for four family members, and all supplies are included. All proceeds will go to the YMCA Family Shelter, which Carter selected for donations. For more information, contact Rhyan.



Taylor with art

Artist Marvin Taylor exhibits in Library

The work of local artist Marvin Taylor is currently on display in the Library Main Gallery on the second floor.

Taylor was born in Columbus and is a completely self-taught artist. He paints on a wide variety of subject, and his ideas for painting come out of his imagination. He looks at scenes or at automobiles and then draws from memory. He loves to paint using acrylics and often uses glitter to enhance details in his work. 

Taylor has built model cars for his own pleasure ever since he was a young boy and several of his hand-made model cars are currently on exhibit as well. He draws the cars first and then constructs them out of cardboard, acrylic paint, metal foil, glitter, fabric, carpeting, electrical tape, and nails.  According to the artist, it takes about four to five days to build one of these cars.

The exhibition will be on display through the month of February.





National ‘Wear Red’ Day is Friday


Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we have the power to change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.

Get tips on how you can get involved and prevent heart disease and stroke. Go to

More myPLAN labs available

The myPLAN review process is moving towards completion. If you have questions or concerns about finalizing your own review or work you need to do as a manager or “next level administrator” and would like face-to-face support, please register for an upcoming lab on February 2 or February 7.


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