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February 27, 2017


Immigration information session to be held tomorrow

The Enrollment Management and Student Services division will host a special session for students concerned with current events in immigration reform. The session will be held Tuesday, February 28, at 11:30 a.m. in the Nestor Hall West Lounge.

The goals of the session are to share what the college knows about policy, and to connect students with internal and external resources. Speakers will be: Rebecca Butler, Ph.D., vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Services; Seleshi Ayalew Asfaw, M.D., executive director, Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services; Abdikhayr Soofe, New American Initiative Outreach coordinator, City of Columbus; and Inna Simakovsky, J.D., Simakovsky Immigration Attorneys.

A resource fair with community groups and Columbus State departments will run throughout the event, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall East Lounge. The presentation is open to the public and will also be live streamed at


Six inducted to Athletics Hall of Fame

group photo From left are 2017 Hall of Fame recipients Vivian Rice, Brett Bowman, Harry Caruso, Eric Welch accepting for Leo Trace, Dan Watrous, and Michelle Hammond.

Four players, one coach, and one retiree were inducted recently into the Columbus State Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame was created to honor and remember the greatest players, coaches and administrators in Cougar history. Columbus State has been a member of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Association since the early 1980s, and has produced numerous national champions and all-Americans.

Harry Caruso helped initiate the baseball program at Columbus State in 1988 and coached for 12 seasons. Caruso led the Cougars to their first ever Junior College World Series appearance in 1992. He was named Conference Coach of the Year twice, District Coach of the Year once, and Region Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association. He coached his teams to two OCCAC championships, one regional championship, and a fifth-place national finish in 1992. Caruso currently teaches psychology at Columbus State.

Retiree Dan Watrous served Columbus State Community College for 37 years as a specialist within the athletics department. Watrous’ knowledge and expertise proved invaluable in the formation of the Delaware Hall Athletic Center. He also had a college-wide reputation as an advocate and historian for the athletics program.

Also recognized were 1992-93 baseball player Brett Bowman; 1991-92 baseball player Leo Trace; 1991 softball player Vivian Rice; and 2007-2008 volleyball player Michelle Hammond. You can read their full recognitions online here


Global Diversity Center to hold international transfer fair

The Global Diversity and Inclusion Center will offer an International Student Transfer Fair for English as a Second Language, F1 Visa, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students on Tuesday, March 7, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the Library Media Studio.

The fair will offer information about transfer options, local and regional colleges and universities, and more. Students can register on The Hub, or contact Jasmine Marks for more information.


Concert Band to perform Celtic Festival March 7

cartoon graphic of Scottish musicians

The Columbus State Concert Band will present “A Festival of Celtic Music,” featuring Scottish, Welsh, and Irish folk music on Tuesday, March 7, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  The concert is free and open to the public.

The Concert Band, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd, will play familiar tunes such as "The Campbells Are Coming," "The Ash Grove," and "Be Thou My Vision." Guest artist Mic Trenor will perform a bagpipe solo with the band. 


Peer advocates needed

The Student Advocacy Office is hiring peer advocates for the 2017-2018 academic school year. If you know students who have the skills, compassion, and drive to fill this student employment position, please nominate them for consideration. Peer Advocates should possess strong leadership abilities, active listening and communication skills, an aptitude for problem solving, comfort with public speaking, an ability to work with diverse populations, and the motivation to learn and help others in the Columbus State community.

The job posting is online here. Email Maria Latschar to share students you would like to nominate. 


Christopher’s Restaurant serving both lunch and dinner

Christopher’s, the Hospitality student-run dining experience offered in the lower level of Eibling Hall, is now serving both lunch and dinner on Thursdays. Lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and dinner is from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. You can check out each week’s menus online here.



Women’s award nominations open until March 1

The campus community is invited to nominate women that they admire for two awards that will be given in conjunction with the 2017 Women’s History Month celebration coming up in March.

The first is the Legacy in Leadership Award. This award will be given to a qualified employee who has served a minimum of five years at Columbus State. The selection committee will select one recipient from those who are nominated. The nomination form can be found online here: The deadline to nominate is Wednesday, March 1, by midnight.

The second award is the Outstanding Woman Leader Award for both students and employees at Columbus State. The selection committee will select up to 10 recipients from those who are nominated for this award. The nomination form can be found online here: and is also due by March 1.


Last day to sign up for Women’s History Month video

The Global Diversity and Inclusion Center has extended the deadline to participate in the video celebration of Women’s History Month. 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 Monday, February 27 to schedule your interview.


group photo

Climbing for Air

The 2017 Fight for Air Climb Team members are: top row: Tim Malloy, Leroy Golden, Sherita Golden, Team Captain Katina Fitch, Mark Dudgeon, and front row: Grace Edwards, Robert Neutzling, and Bryson Dudgeon. Not pictured are Kim Hatchet and Susan Kaiser. You can still donate to the team’s goal to raise money for lung research by going online here.







Faculty learn about co-op learning

About twenty faculty participated in a two-day workshop last week led by one of the world’s top researchers and advocates for cooperative learning, David Johnson. A hundred years of research studies have shown that cooperative learning increases students’ effort to learn, use of effective cognitive behaviors, and development of social skills that maximize group and individual achievement.

Dr. Johnson’s Cooperative Learning Institute trained the faculty of the SCALE Institute, the organization that has trained several dozen Columbus State faculty. The faculty who attended Johnson’s workshop are among our most active practitioners with some serving as trainers and mentors to other faculty. Look for more home-grown workshops in cooperative learning following Spring Break that will be part of the CRAFT faculty development curriculum.

Calling all trainers: present, past and future

Do you ever train others, either formally or informally? Are you often the person explaining to others how things work or orienting them to your department? Do you want to improve your teaching and training skills by learning from others like you?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then please join Professional Development and Retention for an All Trainers meet, greet and learn session on Wednesday, March 8, at either 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. 

Join in the networking, idea exchange and conversation. We promise you will leave with at least a few new resources for your own training and learning needs.  RSVP here: 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 2:00-3:30 p.m. For more information, contact Barbara Allen at ext. 5297. 

Columbus State welcomes the following new hires and promotions: 
January 30 - David Hill, Technician in Computer Science
February 1 - Brittany Barrett, Supervisor in New Student Programs, Center for Advising Support and Exploration (CASE) 
February 1 - Joel Mathias, Supervisor in Enterprise Applications
February 1 - Mary Olinski, Specialist in Financial Aid Processing 
February 16 - Anessa Becton-Howard, Supervisor in Advising and Student Support, CASE


Instructor in Dental Hygiene – Requisition No. 1391
Librarian in Circulation – Requisition No. 1393 
Student Success Specialist for Upward Bound, Trio Programs – Requisition No. 1395
Specialist in Dual Credit – Requisition No. 1409


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