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May 8, 2017



Splashing to the finish

racing to the line

Ben Pugno, left, and Bobby Neutzling race to the finish of the Cougar Challenge 5K held Saturday at the Delaware Campus cross country course. The weather was fine with sunny skies, but after a week of rain, the course was a little soggy!


Spring grads to hear from former OU president

McDavis portrait

A record graduating class of 1,261 will hear from retired Ohio University President Roderick McDavis, Ph.D., at the Spring Semester Commencement, Friday, May 12, at the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. The ceremony is free and open to the public, and begins at 10:00 a.m. 

Dr. Roderick McDavis began his academic career at Ohio University in 1966, where he participated on the men's varsity track team and was a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He earned his bachelor’s degree in social sciences in secondary education from OU, his master's degree in student personnel administration from the University of Dayton, and his doctorate in counselor education and higher education administration from the University of Toledo. 

Upon the receipt of his Ph.D. in 1974, Dr. McDavis embarked on a progressive and broad career in higher education, which included various academic and administrative roles at the University of Florida, the University of Arkansas and Virginia Commonwealth University. All of these experiences prepared Dr. McDavis to attain his lifelong dream of serving as a college president.

He achieved this goal when he assumed the presidency of Ohio University in 2004. After 12 years as president of Ohio University, Dr. McDavis retired to become a managing principal at AGB Search, founded in 2010 by the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities.

The Spring Semester Valedictorian is Colleen Lynn Costello, graduating in Digital Design and Graphics, and Salutatorian is Elizabeth Noe Scheffler, in Early Childhood Development and Education.


Wicks with award

Psych Department recognizes adjunct for courage

Psychology Department adjunct faculty member Loretta Wicks, center, receives the “Courage Beyond Measure” award from (from left) Mary Lewis, Gary Piggrem and Elizabeth Hammond. The award was given for “for making a difference through unselfish and courageous actions," when Wicks kept her class calm during the gun incident March 8 on campus. 






Parking lot renovations scheduled for summer

Several parking lot projects are scheduled during the summer break between classes. The lots listed will be closed during these projects:  

Lot 12-S – Saturday, May 13 through Monday, May 29
Lot 4-S and 5-S – Monday, May 15, through Friday, May 19
Lot 2-E – Monday, May 22, through Friday, May 26

Adjustments may be made due to weather conditions.


CC+ students complete Lab Assistant Certificate

group photo

Students from Metro and Westerville high schools College Credit Plus certificate program in Clinical Laboratory Assisting recently finished their semester, and now have a great start on their career in healthcare, according to MaryEllen Tancred, associate professor in Medical Laboratory Technology.  


photo of water lilies “Water Lilly,” by Gene Strickland.

Strickland exhibits photography

Gene Strickland, associate professor of Digital Photography, had three pieces accepted into the 2017 Photographic Arts National Exhibition in Wichita, Kan., featuring artists from around the nation. His three pieces hang in the MARK ARTS building through May. To take a virtual walk through the gallery, visit and press the play button.








Matrix offers webinars

Matrix, Columbus State’s employee assistance program for counseling services, is available to all full- and part-time employees. To register for upcoming webinars or view archived webinars, log in at  Go to the “Employee Assistance Programs” link, select “Employee Resources,” and then select Columbus State from the drop-down menu. 

In the link “Work and Family Resources,” you will find a list of webinar subjects to choose from, including such topics as mental wellbeing, stress management, elder care search, and more. Call (614) 475-9500 for more information.



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