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January 30, 2017


Angela Davis to speak at Columbus State tomorrow

Davis speaking

Columbus State's annual event celebrating the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held tomorrow, January 31, at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Angela Davis. Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator—both at the university level and in the larger public sphere—has always emphasized the importance of building communities with economic, racial, and gender justice.

You can see Angela Davis' speech at the recent Women's March, January 21, in Washington, D.C. here:

The event is open to the public but seating is limited, and available on a first-come basis. There are overflow rooms available and the event will be livestreamed at No password is required to access the livestream.


Local scientists, faculty talk about ‘Hidden Figures’

Students from middle school, high school and college filled a Columbus theater January 28 to learn about the history of the African-American women who helped do the math that put Americans in space.

panel at theatre Merideth Sellars, second from left, joins a panel of female scientists to talk about the movie “Hidden Figures,” and discuss women in STEM.

The Ohio Department of Education hosted a screening of the movie “Hidden Figures,”and the movie was followed by a panel of science and math faculty from local colleges and universities answering student questions. Merideth Sellars, assistant professor in Biological and Physical Sciences at Columbus State joined the panel. 

“Hidden Figures” follows the careers of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. The women worked as scientists and mathematicians at NASA during the Mercury space flights in the early 60s.

The women in the movie face the challenges of institutionalized segregation as well as trying to build a career in a male-dominated work place. Their work ultimately helps enable the successful 1962 Friendship 7 flight that saw John Glenn orbit the earth.

“The people who may have been inspired by John Glenn now have three new heroes who have existed for a long time but the awareness about them has just been fairly recent,” said State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria.

Ohio State will host more events tied to the movie in the next few months. There will be a screening at the Gateway Film Center in February. Author Margot Lee Shetterly, who wrote the book upon which the movie is based, is expected to attend several functions on a trip to OSU planned for March. 


New internship program offered through Dublin group

A new program called “Path to Success,” will help currently enrolled Columbus State students to connect to careers in their particular field of study. While the program is currently focused on Business Programs, it is open to students in any degree program. Path to Success is a partnership with InnoSource, a talent acquisition leader headquartered in Dublin. It gives students enhanced access to work experience while they are enrolled in their coursework at Columbus State.

Students earn an hourly wage, gain valuable work experience, and receive individual or family medical benefits and tuition reimbursement, all while they are pursuing their degree.

The organization will maintain an office on campus to meet with students, answer questions and assist students seeking jobs or internships. Student engagement, position placement, and corporate participation will be tracked throughout the process to gauge the program’s effectiveness and to identify areas of opportunity. The data will be shared with faculty. 

InnoSource representatives are available to discuss program details and answer your questions, or those of your students. For questions, contact Brad Hyslop at or stop by UN 048.  


Self-defense training arms students, employees with skills

Foster working with instructor Officer Sean Foster demonstrates a self-defense move with adjunct faculty member William White, Jr. in a recent class.

A college police training room has been transformed into a self-defense classroom of sorts that’s open to the entire campus. As the new semester got underway in January, the Columbus State Police Department and the Department of College Recreation and Wellness began offering a free, weekly self-defense program. There’s no attendance requirement and participants can take part for a week, a month, or all year. The program is designed for someone who has little or no self-defense training. 

“I’ve been wanting to offer a self-defense program for the college community for some time,” said Police Chief Sean Asbury. “When one of my officers and a colleague from Recreation and Wellness both approached me with their plan I signed on immediately.”

Officer Sean Foster, 28, and Wellness Specialist Jason Apt, 38, are teaching the weekly classes together. Both men are proficient in various forms of martial arts and are certified trainers. Planning began in late 2016 so the program would be ready to roll out this year.

“The classes not only teach important self-defense skills, but they build a person’s confidence too,” said Foster, who’s certified through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. He’s the defensive tactics instructor for the department, which he joined in 2011. Foster is a longtime self-defense proponent and has a passion for teaching people how to defend themselves. In his spare time, he trains for amateur mixed martial arts and rankings such as Karate or Jiu-Jitsu.

He and co-instructor Apt both have Purple Belts in Brazilian Jujitsu. Apt is a graduate of Columbus State’s Sports Fitness Management program. He’s currently working on a master’s degree in Exercise Science.

“While we’ll talk about and demonstrate fundamentals of self-defense at each session, most of the time will be spent working with participants to help them learn the self-defense moves themselves,” said Apt. “A short warmup will be followed by a combination of fitness training and self-defense practice.”

Staff member Phyllis Gorman, 59, took part in the first Thursday morning class. The Assistant Director of Professional Development and Retention said, “We’re at a point in the world where there are a lot of folks thinking about wanting to take care of themselves and I want to do that for myself. And I want to encourage other women to be thinking about this issue of self-defense.”

Columbus State Student Devan Quitter, 27, agrees. Following the class, she says, “If you get hit in the face, no matter what, you’re going to panic. But you’re going to have these options in your head that you can pull from. It helps in that situation and the panic dissipates a little bit.”

William White, Jr., 53, praised the program. As a Sports Exercise and Studies adjunct Professor he participated to simply maintain his fitness regimen. “They will encourage you to work at your own level and they take into consideration that everyone has a different level of fitness, so it went really well,” he said.

Officer Foster adds, “Long-term participants will be able to advance through four different skill levels that we’ve developed, just like in martial arts, such as Karate.”

“This is an outside-the-box program for Columbus State,” said Chief Asbury. “No other college is offering this degree of free training for its community. Some offer a single session or two, but not an ongoing training program. You need continued classes to build proficiency,” he says. Organizational support and assistance was provided by Amanda Cecil, supervisor in College Recreation and Wellness. 

To accommodate different schedules, the free training is offered at two different days and times: Mondays from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. The sessions are held in the Police Department Training Room. It’s an open, ongoing program and participants can come weekly or occasionally.

Workout gear will be provided on your first visit, and the training space has adjoining locker rooms. Not sure if it’s right for you? Simply show up and sit 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:  www.websitehere/or/Facebookpage Questions:



Leeman to exhibit

Stacy Leeman, adjunct faculty member in Humanities, will have her painting “Darrow's Words P10” on display at the "For and About Women" exhibition at the Fredericksburg Center for the Arts in Fredericksburg, Va.








Cougar Challenge 5K set for May 6 in Delaware

The 6th Annual Cougar Challenge 5K will be held at the new cross country course at the Delaware Campus, Saturday, May 6, starting at 9:00 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council as a fundraiser for book scholarships for Columbus State students. You can find out more or register online here:

Strengths workshop offered Feb. 7

A “Win with Your Strengths” workshop will be offered Tuesday, February 7, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.  The workshop is an introduction to strengths-based language where you’ll learn more about your own strengths and the strengths of others.  Prior to the class, you will take the online StrengthsFinder assessment and determine your top five “signature strengths.” Register here.  

‘Retire with Confidence’ seminar offered 

A representative from AXA Advisors will present a SERS and Social Security Planning Seminar, Wednesday, February 8, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in WD 409. You can register by phone (614) 310-8291 or email



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