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May 4, 2017


Scholarship coordinator ‘dissolves’ debt


According to Pamela Bishop, executive director of the Columbus State Foundation, Daren Wright should have a sign on his door in Financial Aid reading “Student Debt Dissolved Here.”

“Daren changes students’ lives every day,” says Bishop. “His personal commitment to student success and college affordability means simply that, if a student is in good standing and needs financial aid or a scholarship to stay enrolled, Daren will find it!”

“Daren’s involvement in implementing the Academic Works Scholarship system has dramatically improved the manner in which scholarship information and applications are made available to students—resulting in timelier processing of applications and awards,” says supervisor David Metz, director of Financial Aid.

“Daren shows constant concern for individuals associated with Columbus State, whether they are students, guests, faculty or staff,” continued Metz. Both Metz and Bishop told the story of the day an elderly gentleman walked into the Financial Aid office to make a large scholarship donation in the name of his late wife.  “When the gentleman insisted on walking to the Foundation offices to make his pledge, Daren dropped what he was doing to accompany him on the walk down Long Street.”

Says Bishop, “For years to come, students will be the recipients of the scholarship that was established, thanks in a large part to Daren Wright!”


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Practicum coordinator at her best when students need her


Katrina Callaghan spends every week placing interpreting students into practicums, working with community agencies and conducting entrance exams. But Kirk Dickerson, chair of Human Services says “as anyone who has ever ‘coordinated’ something can tell you, her title could just as easily be counselor, advisor, teacher, or private investigator!”

“In her role she is responsible for dealing with Interpreting Education Program students at their most vulnerable time,” continues Dickerson. “To be admitted into the program, students must complete American Sign Language coursework and sit for an exam called the EEP.

“Kat is with our students every step of the way. She is a friendly reminder to keep studying, an ear to anyone needing to vent, an encouraging force to students as they prepare, a willing participant when it comes to celebrating, and a shoulder to cry on when the result is less than positive,” says Dickerson. “She is at her best when students need her the most.”

A single example of her dedication came during the winter holiday break, when Katrina took the time to meet with a student who was falling behind in her work. “When the meeting started, the student was distraught and consumed by the issues they were facing,” says Dickerson.

“By the end of the meeting, the student had a plan for their academics, was connected to the resources they needed, and more importantly, had a better understanding of what they were going through. Kat connected with the student as a person.  And we all know that is what education is built on.”


Professional Development committee seeks conference attendees

The Faculty Entry, Training and Professional Development Committee is seeking fulltime tenure-track faculty to attend the Teaching Professor Conference in St. Louis, Mo., Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4.   

The conference offers new tools and techniques to enhance student engagement and success.  A group of ten faculty members has already signed up to attend and you are invited to join them. Expenses are paid or reimbursed from college professional development funds.

For more information on the conference, go online here and contactMelissa Logue or Charla Fraley by Wednesday, May 10, if you are interested.



Kenz named Apple Distinguished Educator

Eric Kenz, assistant professor in Biological and Physical Sciences, has been selected as a 2017 Apple Distinguished Educator. Each year, there are only a select number of recipients across the nation chosen for this honor.

The Apple Distinguished Educator program began in 1994, when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways. Apple reports that it has grown into a worldwide community of more than 2,500 visionary educators and innovative leaders who are doing amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom

Kenz produced a video that was part of the ADE selection process. You can view it here:


Student Leadership Awards are May 5


Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) will host the 2017 Student Leadership and Service Awards on Friday, May 5, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The awards are an opportunity for the college to recognize the achievements of student leaders, student organizations, and club advisors for their service to the Columbus State community. Light refreshments will be served. To attend, RSVP online at the Hub.


CSI Boot Camp prepares students for exam

group photo Dr. Margaret Owens, far right, poses with students and industry representatives at the recent CSI Boot Camp.

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Columbus Chapter Spring “Boot Camp” was held recently for Construction Management students and industry members to review the roles, relationships, and responsibilities of owners, design professionals, contractors, vendors and facilities managers on construction projects.  

The Boot Camps are held twice a year to assist students in preparing for the CSI Construction Document Technologist (CDT) certificate. The CDT exam and prep program is also a part of the National Science Foundation Built Environment grant that Columbus State faculty members Dr. Margaret Owens and Dean Bortz are working on with Sinclair Community College. The grant will help to recruit and retain more students from underserved populations into the construction industry.


Self-defense course featured in news

Columbus State’s new self-defense course offered by the Police Department, Wellness and Recreation, was featured today in Community College Daily, an online publication. See it here:


Reminder: Bickerstaff reception is May 8

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. All are invited!


Library catalog undergoes maintenance May 11

The Columbus State Library catalog will be undergoing maintenance on Thursday, May 11, to implement improvements and upgrades to our library system.  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, place holds on Columbus State Library items, or request OhioLINK items.

If you need assistance, please contact the Library by emailing us at, or by giving us a call ext. 2460 (Columbus Campus) or (740) 203-8183 (Delaware Campus).


Volunteer tax preparers complete nearly 300 returns

For the third year in a row, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program brought current Columbus State students, alumni and faculty together to prepare tax returns free of charge for qualified individuals.

Nearly 300 taxpayers had their federal and state returns prepared and submitted electronically to the IRS between February 9 and April 8. Students in Terrie Stolte’s ACCT 2240 Tax Practice Service-Learning course worked on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings to help with the taxes, which generated a total refund of $486,200.  
“The Business Programs Department sponsors this initiative and we are very proud of the hard work and volunteer hours that were spent at Columbus State with our surrounding community,” said Stolte. “Thank you to all of the volunteers for another successful tax season!” 


BMGT students operate $100 million company simulation

This semester, for the first time ever, graduating Business Management students were able to participate in a simulated business project called “Capsim Capstone Simulation.”

Teams of both online and classroom students operated $100 million simulated companies producing electronic sensors. The teams competed for five simulated years, making decisions on new-product development, sales and marketing strategies, forecasting product needs, setting production targets, and financing company operations.  

The experience ended with a final presentation about how their company performed in the industry. All teams were successful at improving their profits and return on sales in the simulation.


May Food Service schedule posted

Finals Week-May 8-12: Food Court, Sips @ Davidson, and Subway are open; Tortilla Food Truck open May 8 at Delaware Hall and May 10 on Grove Street.

Week of May 15 and May 22: Food Court is closed for construction. Tortilla Food Truck closed.  Sips and Subway open.

Summer Semester beginning May 30: Food Court closed. Sips, Subway and Tortilla Truck open.


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. Register online here 

Gospel Ensemble performs tonight

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. 

Chorus performs Sunday at Museum of Art

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.



Men’s group offered by NAMI

Men with loved ones afflicted by mental illness can join an open meeting on Saturday, May 6, and every first Saturday of the month, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. at the First Congregational Church UCC, 444 E. Broad St. The meetings are sanctioned as a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) support group. Please come and share in a spirt of mutual caring and support. For more information, contact Jeffrey Daniels or visit the NAMI website.

Health Rewards program briefings listed

Attend a briefing to learn more about the new Health Rewards platform called “Rally.” Briefings will be held:

  • Thursday, May 11, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 209
  • Wednesday, May 17, at 9:00 a.m. in WD 209
  • Tuesday, May 23, at 11:00 a.m. in WD 209          

Employees and their spouse or domestic partner covered through Columbus State must accumulate eight points through the Health Rewards program to maintain the 20 percent payroll contribution. The current cycle runs through June 30, 2017. Contact Nichole Bowman-Glover for more information.

Reminder: Ice cream social for Cougar Paws

The Human Resources department invites all employees who have received a Cougar Paw Kudo recognition to attend the first-ever Ice Cream Recognition Social. The event will be held on Friday, May 5, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the second floor student lounge in WD.

Lots of ice cream and toppings will be served, and there are gluten-free options, so come to enjoy fun and friendship with your fellow Cougars. Please select one of the sessions offered by registering here

Conflict resolution workshop is May 9

“Conflict Happens: An Introduction to Conflict Resolution Strategies” will be offered Tuesday, May 9, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in WD 1094. Conflict happens every day whether we realize it or not. This sessions explores the effectiveness and practical application of negotiation as means for conflict resolution. We will identify and discuss negotiation strategies within the context of workplace interactions and discover ways to work through conflict to create mediated and powerful outcomes. Register

Discover your calling May 11

“Discover Your True Calling”will be held Thursday, May 11, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in WD 1094. Are you still struggling to find an answer to the question: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" If so, then this class is for you. Discover Your True Calling is a highly interactive class to help you better discern your vocational design and understand how vocational identity fits into your life plan. Register



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