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June 1, 2017


Faculty Idea Exchange coming June 9


The annual Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX) will be held Friday, June 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD.  

All fulltime and adjunct faculty are encouraged to attend this annual professional development opportunity.  Registration is free.  Continental breakfast and boxed lunches will be provided.

The conference program can be viewed via the Guidebook app on any mobile, tablet or web platform by going to for your mobile device, or for your laptop or computer, and viewing the navigation menu, where you will find the schedule, the keynote speakers, presenters, and more!


Reminder: First Wednesday is June 7

First Wednesday will be held on Wednesday, June 7, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  The meeting will also be live streamed online at where you will be prompted to enter the password cougars.


Meet the EMSS summer interns

Diana Wisse, director in Advising and Student Support, has been working with the Ohio State University Higher Education and Student Affairs program to establish an internship and practicum partnership between Columbus State and OSU. 

The Enrollment Management and Student Services (EMSS) Division hopes to grow a mutually beneficial partnership that would provide quality mentorship to graduate students in this field, creating a pipeline for future employees with experience in a community college setting.


Two OSU graduate students who will intern here this summer are Marcell Crawford and Kate Hildebrandt.

Marcell Crawford is currently pursuing a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs. He currently serves as Assistant Hall Director in the Office of Residence Life. Marcell is looking forward joining the Testing Center,  learning about the student experience as it relates to testing processes and advising, and serving as a support resource for students.


Kate Hildebrandt is also studying for her master’s in higher education and student affairs, and works in Service Programs within the Office of Student Activities. She will intern in the Office of Student Conduct, assisting with incident research and developing new programming, while learning about the work in this area.




‘Curb Alert’ exhibit opens in Library

The Library welcomes artist and Columbus State employee Albert Gray to the 2nd floor main gallery exhibition space. Gray, who works as a technician in the IT Support Center, explains that his work is a sampling of paintings completed over the course of the last six months which focus on material culled from cell phone photos and images taken from the “free” section on Craigslist. “Most of these scenes relate to a sense of obscurity and isolation as well as absurdity. What intrigues me about the content of these images is the implication of evidence and mystery, the aftermath of something,” says Gray.

Gray holds a BFA in printmaking from Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Mass. He has exhibited work in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Cleveland, and Leipzig, Germany in the last year. The exhibition with be on display through the end of June.


Students travel to DC to advocate for foster youth

group photo

Traveling to Washington D.C. were, from left, staff members Sarah Baker and Brett Welsh, Asia Woodhouse-King, Mark Syron, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Deana Howell-Dawson, Ashley Williams, Sabrina Niezgoda, and staff member Vena Hill.

A group of five Columbus State students and three employees from the Scholar Network recently returned from an advocacy trip to Washington D.C. where they spoke on behalf of former foster youth, who face challenges in obtaining higher education.

The trip included meetings with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Senator Sherrod Brown, and members of the former foster youth program at Northern Virginia Community College. The group also attended the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, visited historical landmarks and memorials, and sat in on a Senate session. Learn more about Scholar Network.




Cummings gives presentations at conference

Vanessa Cummings, supervisor of Parking, recently attended the International Parking Institute Annual Conference in New Orleans, where she completed certification for General Parking Security Awareness Training, and made two presentations to attendees: “The Many Reasons People Call: More Parking and Facilities Humor,” and “De-Stressing for Parking Professionals: Useful Tools to De-Stress at Work and Not Take it with You.”


Summer food options listed

Below are Columbus State’s various food options for summer semester:

Sips @ Davidson coffee kiosk (first floor Davidson Hall)
Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Sips Summer Smoothie Special:  Any Large Smoothie just $4.

Subway (in the Bookstore)
Mon. – Thurs., 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.               

Tortilla Food Truck (out on campus) 
Mon. – Thurs., 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

AVI will also offer catering from Subway restaurant, starting Monday, June 5. Departments interested in this option for your event should contact Toni Vannelle at ext. 2194.


Paramedic students all pass exam

At the end of spring semester, all 11 members of the Columbus State Paramedic class successfully passed the National Registry Psychomotor Examination for Paramedics as part of their certification process.  They completed six stations: Patient Assessment – Trauma, Dynamic Cardiology, Static Cardiology, Oral Station A, Oral Station B, and Integrated Out-of-Hospital Scenario. Next, the students will complete a cognitive exam in order to become certified paramedics. All the students are currently certified EMTs and are eligible to work in Emergency Services. 


woman walking while reading

‘Walk and Learn’ this summer

Join the Columbus State walking club to explore various downtown routes while discussing wellness topics to engage both the body and mind.

The walks will leave from the Bookstore entrance, Mondays at 10:00 a.m., and Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. throughout the semester.


Food service available to students in summer programs

Columbus State participates in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals are provided to all students in the Upward Bound and GAPMEE/Educational Talent Search summer program without charge and regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. These meals for summer program TRiO students will be provided in the Union Hall Food Court at breakfast and lunch time.



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