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May 1, 2017



Society of Compass recipients named

Six students were awarded the annual Society of the Compass recognition at a ceremony held last week. The Society of the Compass distinction allows faculty and staff to recognize students who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements during their time at Columbus State.

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Inducted into the Society of the Compass April 25 were, from left:  John Hanley, David Vargo, Hajar Saksaka, Heidi Anderson, and Dina Giddens, with President Harrison. Not pictured is Hannah Flees, the sixth inductee.

Membership in the Society of the Compass represents the successful achievement of the four compass points that serve as the foundation of the Society: Nobility, Excellence, Service and Wisdom. The students will also be recognized at the Spring Commencement May 12. You can read more about the award online here: Society of the Compass creed


Highlights from recent Central Ohio Compact Summit now online

Local educators, representatives from civic groups and business leaders involved in the Central Ohio Compact gather annually to share information and exchange ideas. The Compact is focused on reaching the goal of 65 percent of Central Ohio adults achieving a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2025. You can view some video highlights of the April 2017 Summit online here.  




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From left, Dr. Mary Lewis, student Heidi Anderson, and Dr. Marjorie Kukor gave a workshop at the recent Ohio Psychological Association meeting.

Lewis, student give workshop

Mary M. Lewis, Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychology, her student research assistant Heidi Anderson, and Marjorie Kukor, Ph.D., Twin Valley Behavioral Health, presented a workshop titled "Psychologists in Community Service and Civic Engagement: Academics, Practice, Advocacy and Beyond,” at the 2017 Ohio Psychological Association Convention. The session focused on the Red Cross Disaster Response Network, the American Psychological Association’s Public Education Campaign, and Columbus State’s Service-Learning program.






Reminder: Writers Conference is May 6

The 14th Annual Writers Conference, hosted by the English Department, will be held Saturday, May 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD.  The conference is free and open to the public.

The keynote presentation will be given by Columbus native Maggie Smith, freelance writer and editor. In addition to the keynote, the Writers Conference offers a diverse selection of workshops with other accomplished writers, and a book fair with university and independent presses, writers, and writing groups. Visit the Writers Conference website for a complete listing of sessions. Register online here



Bickerstaff to retire in May

A retirement celebration in honor of Chair of Engineering and Transportation Technologies Dick Bickerstaff will be held Monday, May 8, from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. Bickerstaff began at Columbus State in June, 1988, as faculty in the Mechanical Engineering program. Over the past 29 years, he has served as chairperson in every single engineering technology department, the construction sciences, and even as interim chair in Hospitality Management at one point. Everyone is welcome to stop by the reception to offer their well wishes to Dick as he starts his new retired life!





Spring concert wrap-up:
Woodwinds to perform May 2

The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will present its spring mini-concert on Tuesday, May 2, at 5:00 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The 30-minute program will include works from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and 20th century.  The concert will be narrated by director Thomas Lloyd. For more information contact

Gospel Ensemble to perform May 4

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble will present "Originally Yours," Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Nestor Auditorium. The free concert will include original songs written by the Ensemble and other local composers.  An extended community-wide choir of more than 30 voices was assembled for the concert. Special guests include the legendary songwriter and pianist, Martha Abbott, local recording artist Vanessa J., Tanya Payne, Wenona Williams, and jazz guitarist Bob Waters. The evening promises to be an uplifting end-of-term experience.  The Gospel Ensemble is under the direction of Emma L. Easton.

Chorus to perform on May 7 at museum

Chorus Columbus State will perform its Spring Concert at the Columbus Museum of Art on Sunday, May 7, beginning at 3:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. The Chorus will perform “Bach Cantata No.4 - Christ lag in Todesbanden,” and the “Faure Requiem.”  Both works will be with a chamber orchestra made up of members of the community and various symphonies in the area.


Online video features Columbus State alumni

DPAN TV, an online media source for the Deaf community, recently aired a video about an organization called Keepsake Theme Quilts. Four Columbus State alumni and a former employee are featured in the story about the company, which is made up of a group of Deaf women who create all kinds of quilt art. Director of Disability Services Tiffany McClain has worked with the company since 2000. See the video here.  



Randall featured in Registrar’s newsletter

Regina L. Randall, Ph.D., Registrar, was recently recognized by the Ohio Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers in the organization’s newsletter, for the RECORD.  Dr. Randall was featured and interviewed in the Member Spotlight section. Read the article here.




Madison sidewalk closed for construction

The sidewalk on the north side of Madison Hall (between Madison Hall and Eibling/Nestor halls) will be closed due to a roof replacement project, from Tuesday, May 2, through Friday, May 26. The sidewalk will be blocked and a dumpster will be located on the site. 



Deferred compensation info offered Thursday

A representative from the Ohio Public Employees Deferred Compensation Program will lead an information session on the 457b Deferred Compensation Supplemental Retirement Plans, on Thursday, May 4, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in WD 407. Deferred compensation is a voluntary retirement savings plan that allows participants to supplement any existing retirement or pension benefits by saving and investing pre-tax dollars through payroll deferrals. 

Reminder: Fee waiver deadline for summer semester is May 8

The deadline for summer semester Employee and Dependent Fee Waivers is Monday, May 8.  A Request for Fee Waiver form must be submitted to Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. to guarantee that the fee waiver will be processed before late fees are assessed.

You may also pay your fees first and be reimbursed within 30 days from the start of the term by completing the Request for Fee Waiver form and submitting an official payment receipt to Human Resources by Monday, June 10. 

For information regarding eligibility, and to obtain the fee waiver request form, please visit: If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Plummer at ext. 5075.

Still time to register to run!

There is still time to register for the annual Cougar Challenge 5K, to be held Saturday, May 6, at the Delaware Campus cross country course. Register here.

You can also enter your department or group as a team. The 12 teams registered so far are:

Cougar Cubs-3 members
Miller Time All the Time-3
Running From Our Problems-3
Speedy Sloths-4
Rhodes Runners-4
Cougar Compliance Crew-7
CSCC Mathletes-8
Running Resistance-12
Bookstore Buddies-19
Delaware Dashers-25



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