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June 12, 2017


Cougar Men’s Golf takes second at Nationals

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From left are Assistant Coach Dan Miller, John Carlisle, Philip Campisi, John Mikulec, Dominic Caminiti, Christopher Dearth, Colin Dawson and Head Coach Rocky Nelson

After a week of consistent play, the Columbus State men’s golf team finished as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Runner-Up, Friday, at the Chautauqua Golf Club in New York. The tournament winner was Georgia Military College, of Milledgeville, Ga.

This marks the first national runner-up finish for the Cougars which includes a history of two national championships (1993 and 2003) and numerous national tournament appearances.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College, College of DuPage, Ill., and Nassau Community College, N.Y. finished third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Two Columbus State golfers were named All-Americans at the conclusion of play. Freshman John Carlisle led the Cougars with a 78-73-72-73—296, eight over par, for First-Team status, while sophomore Dominic Caminiti shot 79-76-77-78—310, 22 over par, to receive Third-Team All-American recognition. 

Other scorers include sophomore Philip Campisi, who tied for 21st place with a 78-82-78-79—317; freshman Christopher Dearth who placed 23rd with a 78-79-81-80—318; and freshman John Mikulec who carded an 82-80-84-81—327.

"It was a great tournament on a beautiful course and I'm proud of how they handled the entire week.  I saw a lot of leadership and we have a great group of young men who conducted themselves commendably," said head coach Rocky Nelson.


Columbus State ESL afterschool program wins national award

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From left are Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant, ESLAsC student alumni Amal Abdi, CSCC ESLAsC Coordinator Laurie Mooney and ESLAsC Supervisor Flo Plagenz

The Afterschool Alliance recently presented Columbus State Community College’s ESL Afterschool Communities (ESLAsC) program with the 2017 Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award.

The program helps immigrant and refugee children in Franklin County develop academic, social and personal skills in a safe, caring environment. The Dollar General award recognized the program’s demonstrated excellence in helping develop English language learners’ literacy skills at its Southpark and Prairie Norton sites specifically.

Florence Plagenz, Supervisor of ESL Afterschool Communities accepted the award, including the $10,000 prize, on behalf of the program. “We’re very proud of the work we’re doing with Columbus’ immigrant and refugee community—assisting to further develop their English skills and supporting them as new Americans,” she said. “This award will help us to continue that work, and I hope it will help bring some attention to the particular needs of the children and families we serve. I’m very grateful to Dollar General and the Afterschool Alliance for this generous affirmation of our work.” Read the full press release.


Columbus State awarded funds for competency-based education program

The Ohio Department of Higher Education has approved $5 million in funding for projects aimed at improving higher education across the state, including $708,859 to Columbus State to advance competency-based education. Competency-based education models vary, but the goal is to allow students to move at their own pace by demonstrating mastery of required skills and knowledge. Read the full press release.



Chef Taylor recipe featured in Columbus Monthly magazine

Chef Jim Taylor, executive director in Health and Human Services, has been training up-and-coming chefs for decades in the college’s culinary programs. Columbus Monthly recently highlighted his influence on the local dining scene, and featured his recipe for Steak Diane. Read the full story.



Promotion and Tenure Portfolio Workshops offered

Thursday, June 15

3:00-4:30 p.m. in DH 407

Friday, June 30

1:00-2:30 p.m. in DH 404

Promotion and Tenure documents (including Policy and Procedures, Handbook, workshop video, and portfolio rubrics) are available online here.  If you have any questions, please contact your Promotion and Tenure Faculty Fellows Tom Shanahan  or Leslie Smith.  




Columbus State congratulates the following new hires and promotions:

May 16 - Michelle Baker, Specialist in Human Services

June 1 - Brianne Wears, Conference Center Specialist

June 1 - Marsha Phillips, Specialist in Non-Credit Registration Office

June 1 - Pamela McGough, Office Associate, Biological and Physical Sciences


Annually Contracted Faculty, Phlebotomy – Requisition No. 1541

Material Handler, Business & Administrative Services – Requisition No. 1542

Security Specialist, Patrol – Requisition No. 1543

Accountant 1, Cashiers and Student Accounting – Requisition No. 1544

Account Clerk, Cashiers and Student Accounting – Requisition No. 1545

Office Associate, Computer Science – Requisition No. 1550

Teaching Assistant, Biological and Physical Sciences – Requisition No. 1551



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