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May 18, 2017



Golf team heads to NJCAA national tournament

golf team at tournament

From left are, Assistant Coach Dan Miller, Colin Dawson, John Mikulec, individual champion and low medalist John Carlisle, Dominic Caminiti, Phil Campisi, Chris Dearth, and Head Coach Rocky Nelson.

The Columbus State men's golf team won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XII Division III title Tuesday after shooting a 309-296-297—902 to beat Schoolcraft College, Mich. and Vincennes University, Ind. 

The Cougars, who were down three strokes after the first round, shot season-low scores over the next two rounds at the par-72 Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek, Mich.

Four golfers set new career single-round low scores in the tournament and Columbus State finished with three golfers in the Top 10 on the leaderboard.

Columbus State’s John Carlisle (75-70-71—216) claimed the individual championship, leading by two strokes with four holes left when he made an incredible 15-foot put to birdie on the fourth to last hole. 

The tournament crown earns the Cougars an automatic berth to the 2017 NJCAA DIII National Championship in Chautauqua, New York. The tournament begins on Tuesday, June 6 with the final round on Friday, June 9.


Schemine promoted to Deputy Chief

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Steve Schemine, right, was sworn in as Deputy Chief of Police by Chief Sean Asbury. 

Steve Schemine was sworn in as Columbus State Deputy Chief of Police May 17 in a ceremony held at the Police Department on the Columbus Campus.  

Schemine began his law enforcement career with the Delaware Police Department in 1987. He joined the Ohio State Highway Patrol as a member of 120th Academy Class in 1990, earned his commission and was assigned to the Delaware Post. 

He also served as a Sergeant at the Zanesville and Mt. Gilead Posts. In 1992 he was awarded the Superintendents Citation of Merit for his efforts at a fatal crash scene to rescue the driver from a burning car. He was also selected as the 2009 Delaware Post Trooper of the Year. In 2014 he retired from the State Highway Patrol and began his career with the Columbus State Police Department as Lieutenant in charge of communications.

Schemine’s background also includes 33 years in the Ohio Army National Guard where he served in a variety of staff and command assignments from company to brigade levels including Operation Enduring Freedom and the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. He was deployed to Kuwait in 2008 to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he commanded a 391-soldier task force and was responsible for security operations for the southern region of Kuwait. He retired from the Army National Guard at the rank of Colonel in 2012.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio State and a Master of Health Sciences in Emergency and Disaster Management from Trident University International. 


New accessible parking installed

Starting Monday,May 22, handicapped accessible parking spaces in parking lot 2-E will be moved into the 34-S lot, next to both Delaware and Union halls, and closer to campus. The 34-S lot will then be reserved specifically for police vehicles and accessible parking only. See the parking map here


Interpreting services available for employees

Michael Hicks, ADA program coordinator in the Office of Equity and Compliance, coordinates sign language interpreting requests for Columbus State employees and job applicants to the college. 

In order to increase the likelihood of having interpreting services available, it is important to request interpreting services well in advance, but at least 10 business days prior to your event. 

Employees, supervisors, or campus event coordinators may request an interpreter by email at If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact Hicks ext. 2883. 

Columbus State students should submit their requests for sign language interpreters to Disability Services on the website here.  


Crazy for ice cream

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The Ice Cream Team scoops as fast as humanly possible to serve recipients of Cougar Paws at a special ice cream social event held May 5. Pictured from left are Rich James, Toni Vannelle, Barbara Allen and Phyllis Gorman. Not pictured are team members Trenton Edwards and Wanda Demons. About 100 employees attended the social and gobbled up all the ice cream, according to organizers. The next social is scheduled for July!



News from the Discovery District

The Hills Market’s “Cooking with Queens” Friday, May 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., is a Patsy Cline special. Wine and dine with local female impersonator and Kitchen Queen Panzie Bloom as “Patsy Cline,” making her favorite recipes and singing some of her favorite tunes. Drink along with Cline Cellars and Patsy and enjoy a spaghetti dinner! Grab your tickets at No tickets will be sold at the door. 

Thurber Housewill hostSidney Blumenthal on Wednesday, May 31. Blumenthal is the former assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton. He has worked for The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and more. He’ll be here sharing his new book: “Wrestling with his Angel,” that is the second in his Abraham Lincoln trilogy. Check out Thurber Houses’ website for all of the information and to purchase tickets:  

And mark your calendars now for Kelton House’s 13th Annual Gala on Saturday, June 24. This year’s theme is “The Secret Garden” celebrating Kelton House’s 40th anniversary.



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Special event tonight supports men’s mental wellness

Join Columbus State Counseling Services, Student Conduct, the Wellness Initiative and the African American Male Wellness Walk for a free special event called “Barber Shop Talk – Real Men, Real Talk,” Thursday, May 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD.

This event is geared towards African American men and their mental wellness. Because so many men talk to their barbers about everything, this event will collaborate with a number of men’s salons and barbershops to discuss wellness issues. Guest MC is comedian T.K. Kirkland.  Refreshments will be provided.






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