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July 20, 2017


Astronomer chases once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

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For some, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event. And if you’re an astronomer, having a total eclipse of the sun in your backyard means there’s nothing that can stop you from witnessing it. That’s why Dr. Michael Fisher, an adjunct professor at Columbus State, is heading south on August 21.

That’s the day a large swath of the United States — from northwest to southeast — will be in the path of a total eclipse. Fisher and his wife are heading to Harriman, Tenn. to watch the event unfold. The town is just outside Knoxville and is in the direct path where everyone will be able to see the eclipse in its totality. Fisher says, “One of the true benefits when you’re directly under a total eclipse is that you can see the corona – or the outside atmosphere of the sun.”

Fisher has previously taught at Ohio State University and Ohio Northern University. He began teaching at Columbus State last year after retiring from Battelle where he was a Research Leader in High Energy Physics, also known as explosives. He says, “What I see in my classes is that many students here are on their own ‘nickel.’ Their education is important to them and they’ll work as hard as I push them.”

As for his interest in astronomy, it began early on. “I grew up during the space race of the 60s,” says Fisher. “I watched all of it, John Glenn, the moon landing. I got my first telescope for Christmas one year and I’ve loved astronomy ever since.”

While Fisher has seen partial eclipses of the sun, he’s never witnessed a total eclipse in person because it’s rare that there’s one as close as this one will be. Teaching astronomy, of course, includes eclipses. He urged everyone in last semester’s class to get in a car and go see this one since it can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He says, “Next semester I’ll spend a day giving a first-person account of this eclipse and include some of the pictures I’ll be taking.”

While Columbus is too far north of the total eclipse path, the city will still experience a partial eclipse with more than three-fourths of the sun blocked by the moon. It will be begin around 1:00 p.m. with the maximum eclipse occurring around 2:30 p.m. For more information, including maps, and viewing and eye-safety tips, go to


College receives grant to expand experiential learning programs

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Thanks to a $285,833 grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Columbus State will continue and expand its experiential learning programs in manufacturing. The Ohio Means Internships and Coops (OMIC 4.0) project will expand internship opportunities that align with the manufacturing industry by providing stipends to 20 interns per year for two years within the Modern Manufacturing Work Study program, electro-mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, pre-engineering and logistics engineering technology.

The program will also integrate with the Modern Manufacturing Summer Camp, enhance the non-credit Columbus State internship course, grow internship program capacity through a part-time Internship Specialist, and create new course materials. Projected employers include Honda North America Services, Rimrock Corporation, Autotool Inc., Stanley Convergent Security Solutions, Inc., Kroger Distribution and PharmaForce.


Columbus State partners with Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services to expand apprenticeship program

Columbus State has received a $30,000 grant to become a Registered Apprenticeship sponsor as part of the College Apprenticeship Consortium Project through the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. The College will pilot the simplified college-based point of entry process that provides increased opportunities for participants and employers to engage in apprenticeships. Columbus State will provide program oversight and classroom training for participants within manufacturing and healthcare.


Women’s Connection fosters leadership skills and personal growth


The Women’s Connection seeks to provide female-identified and non-binary students with access to academic, career and personal development tools. The group achieves this by fostering leadership development and the personal, intellectual and relational growth of participants. Participants  gain valuable opportunities to network and build relationships with their peers and Columbus State employee mentors. In addition, students engage in activities on campus and the Columbus community while accessing resources to make strategic decisions about their future. The Women’s Connection Leadership Program is now recruiting employee mentors and student participants for the 2017-2018 academic year. Each student participant is eligible to receive a $250 scholarship per semester with successful completion of program requirements.

If you have questions, please contact Sarah Baker. Links to applications are listed below.

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Professor publishes game on Google Play and Amazon

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Assistant Professor Henry Bawden, lead instructor for Interactive Media’s Video Game Art and Animation program here at Columbus State, has just published a game on Google Play and Amazon.

In addition to teaching about game development, Bawden is an active developer himself. He runs his own game studio (Bawden Studio), and is on the board of the Ohio Game Developer’s association which puts on GDEX, the largest game developer expo in the Midwest.

image of game title screen

Bawden Studio’s new game, Electric Flo, is a puzzle game for tablets and phones that teaches children the basic principles of electrical engineering. The game has enough content to be released, but is still undergoing development. Once the game is complete, it will be released on iOS as well. To follow along with the game’s development and progress, you can check out the Electric Flo Facebook page.


Humanities professor and painter selected as artist in residence

Chris Wilson, professor of Humanities, has been selected as an artist in residence at Porphyry Island Lighthouse near Thunder Bay Ontario. He will be painting and conducting workshops there from August 6-12. Wilson is a painter and focuses his work on the lighthouses, lake freighters and other scenes of the Great Lakes. 



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