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January 17, 2017


2016: The Year in Pictures

Take a look back through 2016 with some of the year's memorable moments.

Students in January
Students bundled up for the first days of Spring Semester 2016 last January as the temps dipped into the single digits.
Nicole Jones
Nikole Hannah-Jones, an investigative journalist notable for her coverage of civil rights in the United States, spoke at the Black History Month event held at the Lincoln Theatre.
student with parent
More than 300 participants attended the Spring High School Visit Day to hear all about Columbus State in February.
students in Cuba
Business Instructor Terrie Stolte, far left, and her students share candy with some children in the streets of Havana. The students were among the first groups to travel to Cuba after restrictions were lifted to educational travel.
downing on stage
Tricia Downing, keynote speaker at the Women’s History Month Awards Celebration, talks about overcoming the obstacles to her athletic and professional career that resulted from a paralyzing cycling accident.
Science Fair in gym
Judges make their way around the science project displays at Central District Science Day, when 350 middle and high school students presented their science projects for consideration to advance to the state competition.
Elliot presenting
At the Community Think Summit, keynote speaker Jane Elliott asks the audience to make an uncomfortable assumption based on appearances. Elliott, an internationally known diversity educator, devised the controversial and startling, "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" exercise in her classroom more than 30 years ago.
flowers on campus
A bed of tulips near Franklin Hall was one of many plantings that bloomed across campus, providing bright pops of color that welcomed visitors.
student rappelling
Students in the Fire Science Rope Rescue Technician course practiced their rappelling skills on the parking garage under the watchful eyes of their instructors.
graduation scene
Rick Miller, instructor in Humanities, leads the faculty and administration into the Celeste Center for the Spring 2016 Commencement May 13.
campus in summer
A slight 1.24 percent increase in enrollment brought student numbers to 15,231 for the start of the summer semester.
above Moeller hall
A drone sent high above the Delaware Campus captured a unique photo of Moeller Hall and the surrounding area.
teachers of the year
The 2016 recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award receive their awards from President Harrison. From left are: Jonathan Kreger, Social Sciences, Danny Foor, Automotive Technology, Melanie Adams, Early Childhood Development and Education, and Ron Elizaga, Psychology.
Jim Taylor ad
Chef Jim Taylor was presented with a copy of a full-page advertisement, congratulating him for winning the prestigious Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award, given by the American Culinary Federation in recognition of a lifetime of contributions to the field of culinary education.
Taste scene
Due to weather, the annual Taste the Future fundraiser was held inside, but record ticket sales and delicious food saved the day.
Big Table event
“The Big Table” events were hosted throughout Columbus, with more than 5,000 people coming together to have over 450 conversations about issues that strengthen and challenge our community.
Transfer Fair scene
The annual Transfer Fair hosted dozens of university representatives from across the state to speak with students about their future education.
Day of Service scene
More than 800 employees and students performed community service projects at 53 charitable organizations across Central Ohio on the 2016 Day of Service.
student ambassadors outside
Student Ambassadors Brooklyn Grace, Raymond Ning, and Maimuna Jarju walk to a meeting on a beautiful fall day.
on stage with Donte
President Harrison listens as Donte Woods-Spikes makes a point at the “Courageous Conversations in Action” event. At center is Duarte Brown, a local artist and community leader. The three talked together about their efforts to impact social justice issues in the community.
students outside with frame
November 29 kicked off the year-end giving season with almost $60,000 raised through #Giving Tuesday activities spurred on by the President’s Philanthropy Challenge.
The year ended with this beautiful relaxing scene in December, reminiscent of a snow globe.
Happy New Year 2017 Columbus State!




MLK Day and Black History Month activities begin next week

Join Columbus State in celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a month of Black History in February, by attending the following special events. All are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, January 25
Film screening of “Free Angela” from 12:00 - 2:00 the Library Media Studio
Open Mic Series: “Freedom is a Constant Struggle,” 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Franklin 110

Tuesday, January 31
28th Annual MLK Day Celebration, featuring Dr. Angela Davis, 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, 4th floor WD

Wednesday, February 1
Film Screening of “Black Panther, Vanguard of the Revolution,” from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio

Wednesday, February 8
African American Read-In Chain, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Nestor West Lounge

Monday, February 13
Film Screening of “13th,” from 1:00 – 3:00 the Library Media Studio

Thursday – Saturday, February 16 – 18
Student Diversity Leadership Retreat

Wednesday, February 22
Brother’s Keeper Panel, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio

Thursday, February 23
Poets in Black, from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio


NASA awards $43K grant to study deep space

photo of galaxy

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded Columbus State a grant for $42,950 over two years, for Biological and Physical Sciences faculty member Dr. Anjali Gupta to work with data from deep space. This is the college’s first grant from NASA.

Dr. Gupta will work in collaboration with The Ohio State University, University of Miami, and Instituto de Astronom in Mexico, to review images taken from the Chandra X-ray Observatory in Cambridge, Mass.

The scientists will analyze data from the observatory about the plasma believed to exist in the spaces between galaxies, a web of hot, diffuse gas described as the intergalactic medium. A giant reservoir of this gas was detected by the Chandra X-ray Observatory lying along a structure of galaxies some 400 million light-years from Earth.

Dr. Gupta will have one undergraduate student per semester working on this project, paid through a one-time stipend. She will guide the student in the data reduction and analysis, and the results will be published in various astronomical journals and reports.


Staff attend career facilitator and instructor training

One of the deliverables of Columbus State’s new Career Counseling Plan includes the professional development of college staff and faculty. A small team of administrators including Chandra Bell, Jan Rogers, Stacia Edwards and Ashley Sweaney recently attended the National Career Development Association’s Career Development Facilitator Instructor training.

Columbus State’s goal is to increase career advising by equipping a team of advisors, career counselors, college coaches, Library staff, Human Resources staff and faculty by providing Career Development Facilitator training. After completion, participants are eligible to pursue the Global Career Development Facilitator credential.   

Last semester, the following employees completed the first session of career facilitator training: Michell Ward, Jessica Allen, Anessa Becton-Howard, Stacie Odhner-Sibley, Sarah Rainwater, David Wells, Janet McDermott, Michael Hoepf, Jennifer Miller, Janell Jones, Lorena Popelka, Stacey Rogers, Wanda Demons, Tracy La Mar Nickoli, Lisa Schneider, Julie Collet, Chelsea Francis, Amy Brown, Taylor Slocum, Michael Carter, and Andrea Pritt.

A description of the program and requirements are online here: Career Development Facilitator Overview.

The Career Development Facilitator training includes up to 120 hours of instruction provided by the team of Bell, Rogers, Edwards and Sweaney. The next class begins Autumn Semester 2017. Those selected for the training will attend nine, in-class training sessions and complete the required assignments. As a capstone project, the participants will also develop, describe, and present their plan to train colleagues in their respective areas.


Faculty earn CRAFT certificates

The Office ofProfessional Development and Retention has organized many faculty development workshops into a curriculum called College Resources for Advanced Faculty Training, or CRAFT.

Workshops are in themed categories and faculty can earn renewable completion certificates for each category. Requirements include participating in a minimum number of workshops, writing brief action plans after each workshop, and writing a report at the end reflecting on at least one application learned in the sequence.

Workshop leaders provide feedback on these action plans. CRAFT affords faculty a deeper and sustained engagement with workshop themes, and a tangible product to document their learning and development suitable for portfolios and vitas.

After the first semester, nine faculty have earned certificates in the following:

Active and Collaborative Learning
Elycia Taylor, Communication
Peggy Williams, Veterinary Technology
Tom Moffit, Business Programs
Felecia Smith, Mathematics

Social Psychological Factors in Learning
Elycia Taylor, Communication
Anjali Gupta, Biological and Physical Sciences

Culturally Responsive Teaching
Martha Crone, Social Sciences
Kelli Nowlin, English
Angela Howard, Biological and Physical Sciences

“One of the most important concepts from the series that lead to a change in my teaching philosophy is the importance of backward design in constructing all aspects of the course,” said Elycia Taylor, Communication. “We focus so much on making sure our students enhance their critical thinking skills. We should take the same approach when creating every single activity we have the students complete.” 

“My teaching philosophy has now expanded to include the importance of being a culturally responsive teacher,” said Martha Crone, Social Sciences. “The workshops have helped me recognize that being intentional and specific about that goal will be very helpful to my growth as a teacher.”


Reminder: New Parking Office opened in Facilities

Between the fall and spring semesters, a new Parking Office opened in Facilities Management, 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.



Support available for myPLAN 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. 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.
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



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