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June 26, 2017 


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From left are Jessica Boor, Shelby Hartzell and Corey Harris.

Victim Advocates attend the National Sexual Assault Conference

Columbus State counselors and Victim Advocates Shelby Hartzell, Corey Harris and Jessica Boor recently attended the National Sexual Assault Conference in Dallas, Texas. The attendees learned about supporting survivors, working with other agencies, and changing campus climate, and brought back helpful resources and information to share. If you would like to request a training related to victim advocacy or gender-based violence, please email




Business professor presents on financial wellness in higher education


Jack Popovich, associate professor in Business Programs, served on an expert panel at the 2017 Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being in Washington D.C. on June 15.  Columbus State was the only community college represented on the panel, titled “Creatively Addressing Financial Wellness: Research, Education and Beyond.” Columbus State was recently awarded funds for financial literacy education.


Columbus State receives grant to improve financial literacy

The Ohio Department of Commerce awarded Columbus State $15,592 to help educate students about managing debt and other important financial topics. Workshops and digital modules will target incoming students, many of whom have little experience managing priorities and resources, and outgoing students who need advice on budgeting, loan repayment and more. The series will be led by Jack Popovich, associate professor in Business Programs.


Employee wins poetry contest

Anne Rundle, academic testing assistant, recently won the Ohio Poetry Association's "Ides of March" contest for her poem "Now the Teacher Becomes the Student." Rundle earned a small cash prize, and the poem will be published in the annual OPA journal Common Threads. She has also been invited to read at the OPA's annual picnic on July 8 at Jeffrey Park in Bexley.



News from the Discovery District

Celebrate Bastille Day at Topiary Park on Thursday, July 13 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Enjoy a garden picnic, wine auction, themed gift basket auction and music from the Derek DiCenzo Jazz Trio. Tickets are $50 per person, $80 per couple. Call 614-645-0197 to purchase tickets.

Don’t miss PBJ & Jazz in Topiary Park. The Jazz Arts Group presents interactive, family-friendly concerts on the second Saturday of every month. Remaining dates are July 8, August 12, and September 9. Learn more.

Enjoy a classic movie at the Topiary Park Summer Movie Series, which is supported by the Discovery Special Improvement District. Check out the lineup here.

Join the Kelton House Sunday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m. for a program about the Little Cities of Black Diamonds region (southern Perry, northern Athens, eastern Hocking counties) and the story of the people and culture that developed between 1870 and 1920. Admission is $5 per person. Call 614-464-2022 for reservations.

Thurber House’s Literary Picnic series runs through August and features authors of all genres with an Ohio connection. Buy a dinner or bring your own, but don’t forget your lawn chair. Check out the lineup here.

May to retire June 30

Suzanne May, writer in the Marketing and Communications Department, will retire June 30 with a combined 30 years of service. May began her career in the Public Relations Department in 1980 when the college was still Columbus Technical Institute (CTI), and has held almost every department position, including roles in advertising, publications, special events, and photography.  

She has led some of the most important initiatives for the College, including the 30th, 40th and 50th Anniversary celebrations, the Tobacco Free campaign, and employee awards banquets. May has also coordinated more than 100 commencement ceremonies during her tenure.

May is also known for writing the employee newsletter, which she has led through many iterations – from its inception as a monthly print publication called The Associate that was sent to employees via interoffice mail to the current Update website. 



LGBTQ History: Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

June 28 marks the 49th anniversary of the confrontation between police and bar patrons that sparked the Stonewall Riots in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Commemorate the day by exploring 120 years of LGBTQ history in the United States in the “LGBTQ History: Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots” exhibit in WD 409.  

The exhibit features a timeline of the events and people that have shaped contemporary Queer culture, as well as a large display of artifacts (protest buttons, Pride t-shirts, posters, political organization and gay media publications) from the personal collection of Assistant Director of Professional Development and Retention Phyllis Gorman.

The exhibit will be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gorman will also deliver a presentation from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and share brief video clips as she discusses the evolution of identity, culture and social movement activism.

Please register for the presentation here.

Mobile Mammography Screening

Spaces are still available for the mobile mammography screening on Monday, July 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The James Mobile Mammography Unit will be located at the visitor meter spaces in 11-S lot across from Nestor Hall.

Call James Care Mammography Scheduling Department at 614-293-4455 or 800-240-4477 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to make an appointment.




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