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February 9, 2017


Black History Month events coming next week

Join the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center for next week’s Black History Month activities, including a film screening of “13th”on Monday, February 13 in the Library Media Studio. The film explores the connection between the 13th Amendment and the mass incarceration of African Americans in the United States.

On Tuesday, February 14, there will be a special blood drive from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall West Lounge. Appointments and drop-ins are both welcome. Appointments can be made online at, using the sponsor code: CSCC. Contact Brett Welsh for more information.

And circle next Thursday, February 23, for the annualPoets in Black” event, to be held 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio.


Need for Disability Services continues to grow

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Statistics from last semester show that the need for services such as testing, accessible textbooks and class materials continues to grow. The Disability Services Testing Center administered more than 1,900 accommodated exams during autumn 2016, surpassing the autumn 2015 record of 1,829.

Forty-four percent of those exams were converted into an alternate format such as audio, braille or large-print formats. At the Aquinas Hall, Delaware Campus, and Dublin, Reynoldsburg and Westerville RLC Testing Centers, an additional 621 exams were administered with accommodations.

A record 133 students requested their textbooks converted into audio and electronic formats during fall semester, breaking the previous year’s record as well. In addition to textbooks, the number of additional class materials such as PowerPoint notes and class handouts increased quite dramatically.

If you would like to find out more about supporting students who need materials in formats such as audio, large print and braille, go to page 10 of Disability Services’ Instructor Handbook, or stop by Disability Services in Eibling Hall 101 to meet with the staff.



Fallen officer was Columbus State alumnus

Nashville Metro Police Officer Eric Mumaw, 44, who died February 2 in Nashville, Tenn., was a 1994 alumnus of Columbus State’s Police Academy program. Mumaw died during a water rescue trying to assist the driver of a vehicle in the Cumberland River.  The female victim, as well as another officer who tried to assist her, survived. The story of Mumaw’s heroic effort is online here.


Admissions closed until 10 a.m. Feb. 10

The Admissions Department will open at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, February 10, in order to accommodate a department training session in the morning.


Gierhart at free throw line

Basketball Cougar named Player of Week

Matthew Gierhart, a freshman guard on the Men’s Basketball Team, has been named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Player of the Week for leading the Cougars to consecutive victories over Division II-ranked teams Cincinnati State and Sinclair. Geirhart’s field goal percentage is 56.8 and he’s averaging 24.5 points per game and six rebounds.



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Meyers publishes latest book

David Meyers, supervisor in Business and Industry, and his co-authors, daughter Elise Meyers Walker, and Myla Vollmer, have published a new book titled “Carrying Coal to Columbus: Mining in the Hocking Valley.”

The book details the industry that created towns and canals, and established a new way of life in the Hocking Valley. In 1890, the United Mine Workers of America was founded in Columbus, and by the start of the twentieth century, at least 50,000 coal miners and their families lived and worked in Athens, Hocking and Perry counties. You can read more online here.


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Christopher’s restaurant opens with lunch on Feb. 16

Christopher's, the student-run dining experience which is offered in Eibling Hall 05, will open for spring semester on Thursday, February 16 for lunch!  Christopher’s will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and you can view each week’s menus online here: Christopher’s.



Volunteers needed for emergency preparedness exercise

Members of the Central Ohio Healthcare Preparedness Coalition will conduct a full-scale, mass casualty disaster exercise on Tuesday, April 4, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Mapfre Stadium.

Your assistance as a volunteer is needed to help make Central Ohio better prepared!

The exercise will test and evaluate emergency response plans of Columbus hospitals, law enforcement, fire, EMS, and local and state agencies. It will be the largest exercise ever conducted in Central Ohio with hundreds of participating responders.

Volunteers play a significant role in ensuring the success of an event by creating a realistic exercise environment. Although the details of the scenario cannot be disclosed, efforts are now underway to recruit volunteers to portray accident victims. These individuals will be made up to simulate injured victims. The majority of these roles will be scripted to aid in character development and role-play. All volunteers must be at least 15 years of age to participate. A firm commitment is requested when registering for this exercise. The event will be held rain or shine. To read more or register as a volunteer, go to


Healthy eating screening and information available Feb. 28

Learn more about eating disorders and developing a positive body image at a National Eating Disorders Awareness event to be held Tuesday, February 28, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall west lobby. Healthy Eating screenings will be offered, and a professional will be available to discuss eating habits, healthy body image, support services, and how to make healthy choices.


Transfer fairs to be held at regional centers

The Reynoldsburg, Dublin and Westerville regional learning centers will each host a Transfer Fair and FAFSA Workshop in the coming weeks. Students won’t have to travel far for a special opportunity to take part in this event, where Columbus State’s partner universities will lend their knowledge and expertise about transferring and share their college’s program options.

Representatives from Financial Aid will also assist students with completing the FAFSA and answering financial aid questions.

Let your students know the following dates:
Tuesday, February 21, from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at the Reynoldsburg RLC – FAFSA workshops at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 22, from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at the Dublin RLC – FAFSA workshop at 11:00 a.m. 
Thursday, March 2, from 2:00 -5:00 p.m. at the Westerville RLC – FAFSA workshops at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.


COTA offers public forums on transportation

It’s time to transform mobility in Central Ohio. From autonomous vehicles and rapid transit, to expanded bus service, the future of transportation is now. Join COTA at its NextGen public forums. The next forum is Tuesday, February 14, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at The Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. on the OSU campus. For more information, please visit


Stay fit and healthy this winter 

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Here are a few reminders about Columbus State’s various resources for healthy living:

The Columbus Campus Fitness Center is located in Delaware 082, and open Monday through Thursday from 6:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Fridays from 6:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Delaware Campus Fitness Center, in Moeller 230, is open Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Recreation Classes running through May 5 in Delaware 158 include Yoga on Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.; Bootcamp fitness on Wednesdays at noon; and Total Body Conditioning at 11:00 a.m. on Fridays, with Yoga at noon.

The Conditioning Center, in Delaware 083, has appointments available Monday through Thursday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Fridays, 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Call (614) 287-3843 for an appointment.

Couch to 5K workshop offered Feb. 15

If you want to prove yourself at the annual Cougar Challenge 5K race, to be held Saturday, May 6, at the Delaware Campus cross country course, come for a “Couch to 5K” workshop! These workshops help you establish a routine to complete your first 5K.  All workshop participants receive $5 off their registration for the race, too.

The workshops will be held Wednesday, February 15, at 11:00 a.m. in WD 1094; and Wednesday, March 22, from 12:00 to 1:00 the Delaware Campus,Moeller Hall 120.


Reminder:Columbus SOUP event coming to WD Feb. 26

A local fundraising group called “Columbus SOUP” will bring its winter dinner event to the Columbus State Conference Center on February 26, and there’s still time to pitch your project for funding—the deadline to apply is Monday, February 13.

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 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 is Monday, February 13, at midnight.



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