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July 31, 2017


Columbus State earns rare designation from Apple

Columbus State has earned an official Apple Distinguished Program designation for the school’s Digital Education & Instructional Services program. Representatives of Apple attended last week’s Board of Trustee’s meeting to present the award to President David Harrison.

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Representatives of Apple present the Apple Distinguished Program award to President David Harrison

 “The selection of our college as an Apple Distinguished Program shines a spotlight on the success of our faculty,” said Dr. Harrison. “With support from our Board and college leadership, faculty members have used innovative technology to foster an engaging learning environment that supports students and their success.”

The award recognizes Columbus State as an exemplary learning environment for innovation, leadership and educational excellence designed to engage students while supporting their academic achievements. According to Apple, fewer than 20 Apple Distinguished Program awards have been presented worldwide.

Columbus State also recently announced courses using Apple’s Swift programming language — a yearlong curriculum designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students elements of app design using Swift, Apple’s open-source programming language designed for building apps for iOS, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.

The app development courses at Columbus State begin autumn semester. Students will learn about creating apps, coding concepts while creating apps, and will experience hands-on sessions where they will build three iPhone apps in 48 hours.

More information on the new Apple Swift courses can be found at


Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble concert

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble will host an open house and mini concert entitled, "Simply Blessed" on Thursday, August 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The free event will be held in the Center for Technology and Learning building, room 123. The concert will feature the music of Fred Hammond, Beverly Crawford, and the Gospel Vocal Ensemble to name a few! Come experience the energy of the ensemble under the direction of Emma L. Easton and get participation information!


English professor travels to China, presents at academic conferences

Steve outside

Steve Kaczmarek, Professor of English, recently returned from a two-week trip to China, in partial fulfillment of his Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Toledo. Along with educators from Ohio, Michigan, and the Netherlands, Steve visited colleges and universities in Beijing, Xiamen, Wuhan, Hangzhou, and Shanghai and also presented on the Carnegie Classification System for U.S. higher education at two academic conferences there.

In 2015, Kaczmarek participated in a two-week seminar on “Infusing Chinese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum” at The University of Hawaii.

“It was interesting to learn so much about Chinese culture and history two years ago, and to later incorporate that into my honors composition course here on identity,” Kaczmarek said. “This year’s trip to China has furthered my knowledge greatly, and I was able to help counterparts there learn more about our higher education, too.”


Portion of employee lot closed Tuesday

One-fourth of the 3-E lot between Franklin and Delaware halls will be closed to employees tomorrow (August 1) morning for an event. The remainder of the lot will be open for parking as usual. All spaces will reopen later in the day.



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