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January 12, 2017



College mourns retiree Ron Lofton

Ronald Lee Lofton, 61, died January 6, after a short illness. Ron retired from Columbus State several years ago after serving students in the Office of Disability Services for more than 20 years. Ron was a 1975 graduate of Marion Franklin High School. He attended Wright State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social work and then earned a master’s degree from Ohio State University. Friends may call from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 14, at Schoedinger Midtown Chapel, 229 E. State St., where a Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday. Pastor Calvin Alston, of Christ United Methodist Church, will officiate. Ron’s family requests in lieu of flowers that well-wishers make a donation to Creative Living Inc., 150 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201, in Ron's memory. Please visit to share a favorite memory or send condolences to Ronald's family.


Participate in city’s MLK Day celebration!


Join Columbus State in participating and/or volunteering for the annual City of Columbus Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. march and program, Monday, January 16, featuring a keynote address by Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie. 

Columbus State is closed Monday in recognition of the national holiday. The march starts at 4:30 p.m. at East High School, 1500 E. Broad St. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the high school.

Volunteer duties include greeters, directing guest/ traffic during the march, handing out programs and hot chocolate, set-up, clean-up and more. A volunteer form is online at The Hub. If you are interested in volunteering please email Katrina de los Santos. 


Grant from Great Lakes to create internships

A $174,515 from Great Lakes will fund student internships in technology, business and logistics, to enhance the employment pool in high-demand occupations regionally.

Great Lakes is a nonprofit organization that helps make successful student loan repayment possible, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and private lenders.

Columbus State has recently expanded the internship program to create innovative new experiential learning opportunities. The newest internships will create significant connections for students as they complete their degree studies. Students will see direct application of their knowledge and build job-readiness, communication, and critical-thinking skills as they prepare to enter their chosen fields.

Three categories of internships in high-demand occupations are targeted for this project:
Technology, including Computer Science, Digital Design, and Interactive Media; Business, including Insurance and Community Banking; and Logistics, including the Supply Chain Management and new Logistics Engineering Technology.

The Financial Aid Office and the Internship coordinator will assist in identifying students who have financial need and will provide them printed material and links to online information about the internship program. During Spring Semester 2017, eight internships will be created, with 25 more following in the fall semester, and an additional 25 in spring 2018.


New Parking Office opens in Facilities

parking lot on campus

A new Parking Office opened on January 3, located in Facilities Management at 407 North Grant Avenue. The office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

New employee permits, visitor parking permits and information, and temporary permits for students and employees will be processed and issued in this new office.

The Columbus State Police Department will no longer be the primary distribution point for parking permits although parking enforcement will continue to be handled by the Police Department, which can be reached at ext. 2525. 

For parking information, please view the web page at The Parking Office may be contacted via email,, or by calling ext. 2323. Parking Supervisor is Vanessa R. Cummings.


COTA offering Groupon deal on bus passes

If you want to ride the bus for the first time—or even if you’re a regular rider—now is the time to make your move.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority is, for the first time, offering bus passes for deeply discounted prices through the coupon website Groupon Inc. COTA is trying to reach new riders, said COTA spokeswoman Lisa Myers, though there’s no limitation on current riders taking the deal as well.

Check out the deal here. Passes must be used by October. The offer ends tomorrow, Friday, January 13. The offer has sold out!



Discovery District news

There’s time to join Chadwick Arboretum, Green Columbus, OSU, and Great Lakes Brewing, for the first Green Drinks of 2017, tonight from 6-8 p.m. in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr., Columbus, 43210. Kate Bartter, director at the OSU Office of Energy and Environment, and Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown will speak about the environment, volunteering, and the impact it has on the city and the university. Speaker of the evening will be renowned local food and sustainability expert Mike Hogan. Beer, non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks will be provided. Donations of $5 - $10 at the door for working professionals are highly encouraged. 

It’s a new year, which means new programming for a lot of us. Check out Thurber House’s Winter/Spring Evenings with Authors lineup: Some heavy hitters will be Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, and Viet Thanh Nguyen, a Pulitzer Prize Winner. 

Keep working on those Resolutions about being healthier with new classes offered at BalletMet. Join them for Beginner Belly Dancing and/or Beginner Bollywood.

The Kelton House is also back at it for 2017. Don’t miss their program Victoria Woodhull: Queen Victoria or Mrs. Satan? on Sunday, February 12.  Dr. Judith Dann, professor of Humanities at Columbus State, will explore the life of Victoria Woodhull and the adversity she overcame to be the first woman U.S. Presidential candidate in 1872. Reservations are recommended and are $5/person. Call them at (614)464-2022 or email



Support available for myPLAN Self- and Employee Reviews

The Professional Development and Retention Office will offer open lab times and a managers’ training session to assist employees with the completion of performance reviews. The deadline for employee self-reviews is Friday, January 20. Managers can begin employee reviews as soon as their direct reports submit self-reviews. Support options include:

Open (Drop In) Labs: Work while Human Resources staff are available to answer questions.
Friday, January 13, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. (TL 114)

Wednesday, January 18, 9:00 -11:00 a.m. (TBA)

Monday, January 23, 9:00 -11:00 a.m. (TBA)

Wednesday, January 25, 9:00 -11:00 a.m. (TBA)

Review Training for Managers: Thorough review of the myPLAN process and philosophy.
Friday, January 20, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (WD 404)

You can also view reference guides and tutorials at Technical questions can be submitted to

NAMI offers training for families

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio (NAMI) is an excellent resource for mental illness education and support. Please note these excellent upcoming classes and training sessions, designed for the families and friends of individuals with mental illness.



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Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.