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March 9, 2017



Service-learning conference is March 31

Columbus State’s Service-Learning Committees announce the third annual Service-Learning Conference, "Serving Diverse Communities," to be held on Friday, March 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD. The keynote speaker is former Mayor Michael Coleman.

The theme of this year's conference reflects the timely need for faculty and staff to consider how to best embrace diversity in the classroom and identify social justice efforts on and off campus. Now, more than ever, students need the tools to participate in our diverse culture, learn about social justice, and transform activism into meaningful work beyond the classroom.  

Please register for the conference on The Hub. Part-time instructors will be compensated for attending the event.  For more information, email the Service-Learning Committee.


Call for Proposals: 2017 Arts & Sciences Spring Symposium

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Fulltime and adjunct faculty in all departments are welcome to submit proposals to present at the annual Arts & Sciences Lecture Series Spring Symposium, April 11 through 13.

The Symposium showcases the academic work and interests of Columbus State’s faculty. This year’s event will be held over three days: Tuesday, April 11 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Thursday, April 13, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. all in the media studio in the Library.

Faculty may submit proposals on any topic, in an area of expertise and interest, for a 20-minute presentation. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 27.

To submit a 200-250 word proposal or to request more information, please email Terry Eisele, chair of the Arts & Sciences Lecture Series Committee.


Adjunct Conference scheduled for April 29

Columbus State adjunct faculty are invited to attend the Spring 2017 Adjunct Faculty Training Conference, Saturday, April 29.  Participants may elect to attend either the morning session from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., or the afternoon session from 12:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

During both the morning and afternoon sessions, organizers will offer concurrent tracks related to the following three topics: Teaching Strategies and Techniques; Student Mental Health; and Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom. An open forum hosted by fulltime faculty will also be available throughout the day to field questions and concerns. Participants will receive a $100 stipend for their attendance. Register online here.  For more information about the conference, contact Liz Hammond, Amy DeLorenzo or Lydia Gilmore.


Library catalog undergoing maintenance during break

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The Columbus State Library catalog will undergo maintenance from Monday, March 13 through Friday, March 17, to upgrade the library system. This work is taking place during Spring Break.

During the maintenance period you will be able to check out books and other materials, access all library research databases, and search the OhioLINK catalog.

You will not be able to search the Columbus State Library catalog, access your library account, or request OhioLINK items.

If you need assistance, please contact the Library by emailing, or by calling (614) 287-2460 (Columbus Campus) or (740) 203-8183 (Delaware Campus).


Call for In-Service Day materials

Do you have materials or information you want included in the In-Service Day 2017 booklet? This booklet will be distributed on In-Service Day, Thursday, April 20, and replace all separate schedules, flyers, and postcards previously scattered throughout the gymnasium!

Please email your flyers, informational postcards, artwork, etc. to In-Service Project Manager Drew Clausen no later than Friday, March 31, for inclusion in the booklet.


Windows in Nestor Hall to be replaced during break

During the Spring Break, Facilities will replace all of the fourth-floor south-side windows in Nestor Hall. Starting Friday, March 10, a work trailer will be parked in front of the building, and on Monday, March 13, the road will be closed for work with a crane. Traffic will be directed through parking lot 10 during this period.


Nominate student employees for award

The 2017 National Student Employment Week is April 10-14 and Career Services is seeking nominations for “Student Employee of the Year.” If you work with or know a student employee who exceeds expectations and makes a difference in the campus community, contact Amanda Perk to request a nomination form.

Nominated students and their supervisors will be invited to the annual reception to be held Friday, April 14, to celebrate student employee accomplishments. During National Student Employment Week, please be sure to take time to acknowledge the hard work and dedication to student employees around campus!


Admissions to open late March 14

The Admissions Department will conduct departmental training on Tuesday, March 14. In order to accommodate this training, the office will open at 11:30 a.m. instead of 8:00 a.m.



Donations needed for Children’s Hospital service project

Kimberly Rhyan, director of Student Engagement and Leadership, serves as Hospitality Chair for the American College Personnel Association’s 2017 convention, to be held in Columbus March 25-30. During the convention, participants will have the opportunity to create blankets for foster youth and make activity kits for patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital. You can help by donating supplies for these projects, such as crayons, stickers, glue sticks, coloring books and more, to SEaL, through Monday, March 20. To see a full list of supplies needed, please visit The Hub.  


‘Student Debt’ Instagram video competition announced

Heads Up America—the College Promise Campaign’s initiative to build public support for free community college—is launching an Instagram video competition for students and alumni with cash prizes of up to $2,000.

The competition asks participants to share stories about why they want to break up with student debt and make community college free.

The winning entry will earn a $2,000, and second and third place winners will earn cash prizes of $500 and $100, which can be used toward books and supplies. The competition will be supported by celebrity judges, including Kal Penn of ABC’s Designated Survivor and Ted Allen from the Food Network’s Chopped.

Heads Up America is collecting powerful stories that demonstrate why students should break up with student debt and why their campus, community, or state should make community college free. Contestants are encouraged to get creative, drawing inspiration from a variety of sources, whether that’s a favorite breakup song, dramatic movie scene, or simply their unique life experience.

Students can enter the competition here:


‘Natural Hair’ workshop offered March 29

Are you interested in learning more about natural hair, including your own hair type? If so, come for a fun and informative natural hair workshop, Wednesday, March 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Library media studio. All hair types welcome!

You’ll learn about the chemistry of natural hair products, the history behind the natural hair revolution, how to properly take care of different hair types, and styling tips from the experts.

There will also be door prizes, raffles, giveaways and refreshments. Register on The Hub.  For more information, please contact Jasmine Marks or call (614) 287-5319.  


Popovich named business Educator of the Year

Amy Popovich, associate professor in Business Office Administration, was chosen as the Ohio Business Technology Association's 2016 Post-Secondary Educator of the Year. Popovich was recognized for her outstanding teaching and her contributions to business education in Ohio.


Columbus State student off to Boston University

Humanities adjunct faculty member Stacy Leeman reports that one of her students, Hana Yilma, has been accepted into the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program at Boston University, which has a reputation as one of the best art programs in the country.


Bar Association to host ‘Constitutional Conversations’

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2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted on July 9, 1868 to address citizenship rights and equal protection under the law. To honor our rich history of civil liberties, the Columbus Bar Association will host a free series of informal, moderated conversations on modern-day constitutional issues.

The events will be held on Thursdays, from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. at the Columbus Bar Association, 175 S. Third St. The events begin Thursday, March 16 and run monthly through a December 14 capstone event. The first three presentations will be:

  • March 16: Immigration 2017: Separation of Powers and Executive Orders
    (Moderators: Robert Cohen; Mark Hedien, OSU Office of Legal Affairs)
  • April 13: Federalism, States’ Rights and the ACA(Moderator: Steffan Moody)
  • May 11: 1st Amendment: Freedoms of Speech, Press and Assembly
    (Moderators: Colleen Marshall, Esq.; Professor Dan Kobil)

To see a complete list of the Constitutional Conversations and read more, visit RSVPs are requested at (614) 221-4112 or



Step up to leadership workshop offered

Please join Human Resources for “Step Up! Be a Leader, Make a Difference,” Part 1 of 2, on Tuesday, March 14, at either a 10:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. session. 

During this interactive presentation, faculty and staff, including part-time and student employees, will learn how to develop their skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns in their environment, and how to ensure the well-being of themselves and others. This program was developed by the University of Arizona and national experts, and has been modified by the Office of Equity and Compliance at Columbus State to fit our community. 
Register for 10:00 a.m. session.  
Register for 2:30 p.m. session.

Disclosure forms due March 31

The 2017 Disclosures and Acknowledgments form is available for employees to complete at If you have not done so already, please submit this form by Friday, March 31.




Submit your news to Update

Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State? Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees. Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at noon for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at noon for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

Submit your news to students in Campus Life

Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.