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January 23, 2017


Free self-defense training starts today

teaching defense

Free self-defense training co-sponsored by the Columbus State Police and Recreation and Wellness Departments will be offered on the Columbus Campus, starting this evening.

The training is designed for both men and women students and employees. There are no attendance requirements and participants can attend for a week, a month, or all year. The program is designed for those with little or no self-defense training.

There are two weekly sessions to choose from: Mondays from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. The sessions will be held in the Police Department Training Room in Delaware Hall.

Instructors are Officer Sean Foster, a five-year member of the Police Department, and Jason Apt, athletic conditioning and recreation specialist at Columbus State. Both instructors have many years of experience in the martial arts and defensive tactics.

Workout t-shirts will be provided on your first visit. The training space has men’s and women’s locker rooms.

Not sure if it’s right for you? Simply come to watch a session. Entrance is through the Police Department lobby area in the lower level of Delaware Hall. If you would like more information contact


First Wednesday scheduled for Feb. 1

President Harrison’s monthly meeting, First Wednesday, will literally be held on the first day of the month, Wednesday, February 1, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. If you are unable to attend in person, the meeting will be live streamed here, where you will be prompted to enter the password cougars.


SafeZone training sessions start Friday

logoAre you interested in learning how to be a better ally and advocate for the LBGTQ+ community? If so, sign up for a SafeZone workshop this semester. Participants who complete all three SafeZone trainings (101, 102, and 103) will receive special recognition at the end of the spring semester. Workshops begin Friday, January 27. Click here to learn more about SafeZone and register for a spring workshop.


Photo student and firefighter featured in Dispatch

A Columbus State student recently was featured in The Columbus Dispatch after receiving a Firefighter’s badge that has been passed down through three generations of his family. Lauren Smith III is also a Columbus State student who will graduate with his degree at the end of this semester, but not in the field you would expect! He will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Digital Photography, says Gene Strickland, coordinator of the program. You can read the full story online here: Firefighter badge passed through three generations.


$150,000 grant to fund Early College Culinary Institute

An Ohio Department of Higher Education grant of $150,000 will fund a pilot program called The Early College Culinary Institute. The program is a partnership between Columbus State, Metro Early College High School, and the Chocolate Café, with laboratory learning space provided by the PAST Foundation.

Through the College Credit Plus, the program will combine high school curriculum and established college courses in Basic Food Production, Facilities and Sanitation, and Baking Fundamentals, with experiential learning from culinary professionals. Students will learn firsthand about daily food production and organization while earning nationally recognized certification in food safety and protection through the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

The program is designed to prepare the high school students for jobs or continuing training through Columbus State’s Hospitality Management program. During the two-year life of the project, at least 60 students will participate in the Culinary Institute.

Chef James Taylor will conduct the Institute with teaching assistant Adam Hagar and faculty members from Columbus State’s culinary program. Students will take courses in the PAST Foundation’s Innovation Labs, located near Metro High School, followed by practicum at the facilities of the industry partner, the Chocolate Café. The program is currently underway with the first cohort of students.


Health insurance enrollment assistance offered

The organization “Get Covered America” will offer health insurance enrollment assistance for both Columbus State students and employees on Wednesday, January 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Student Central, and Thursday, January 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Lobby. To learn more about this assistance, visit the Get Covered America website.

Contact Maria Latschar on the Columbus Campus, or Natalie Kopp on the Delaware Campus for additional campus-specific information.


New rule for foreign students starts Feb. 1

Beginning February 1, Columbus State will require domestic students who have completed high school outside of the United States to use a credential evaluation agency to obtain an evaluation showing equivalency to U.S. high school completion.

This evaluation must be obtained from agencies holding current memberships with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, including World Education Service, Inc. and Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.  For additional information, please visit the  International Student Service website or email Because the credential evaluation process can take several weeks to complete, please encourage potential students to begin the process as early as possible.




Chinese Spring Festival is Feb. 1

The Chinese Student Association Chinese Club and The Confucius Institute invite you to attend their 2017 Chinese Spring Festival Celebration on Wednesday, February 1, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Library Media Studio.  Enjoy dumplings and refreshments, red envelopes, lanterns, paper cutting art, Chinese knots, and much more. The event is free and open to all.






Get steps, help others at annual ‘Stair Climb’

climbing stairs

Looking for an opportunity to get in some steps? The American Lung Association’s annual “Fight for Air Climb” will be held Saturday, February 18, and you are invited to join the Columbus State Team members who are participating in the event!

The Fight for Air Climb supports research, education and patient programs for individuals who are impacted by asthma, COPD, lung cancer, air pollution and other lung diseases. An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, January 24, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 237. For more information please contact Katina Fitch at ext. 5508.


Columbus State congratulates the following promotions and new hires:

December 1 - Lyna Kelley, Administrative Specialist in the Grants Office
December 1 - Elgina Taylor, Specialist in Dual Credit
December 16 - Dayna Schlefstein, AV Technician in the Conference Center
January 1 - Arthur Neuman, Instructor in Data Analytics Development, Computer Science
January 1 - Lawrence McWherter, Instructor in Information Security, Computer Science
January 1 - Robert Platt, Instructor in Software Development, Computer Science
January 3 - Laura Ziegler, Advisor in Financial Aid
January 3 - John Bowler, Supervisor in Mail Services, Shipping/Receiving, Warehouse
January 3 - Victoria Rehr, Specialist in Counseling Services
January 3 - Nicholas Hammond, Groundskeeper 1 in Facilities
January 3 - Pamela Bullock, System Specialist in Admissions
January 3 - Dale Gresson, Chairperson of Justice, Safety and Legal Studies
January 3 - Jon Powers, Groundskeeper 1 in Facilities
January 3 - Lucas Hissong, Director of Enterprise Applications
January 9 - Tamara Ervin, Specialist in Cashiers and Student Accounting 
January 17 - Nathan Gjerstad, Technician II in Multimedia


Specialist in Early Childhood Development – Requisition No. 1359 
Librarian in Reference and Instruction – Requisition No. 1351 
Program Coordinator in Business, Engineering and Technology – Requisition No. 1348 
Instructor in Modern Languages – Requisition No. 1330



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