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October 12, 2017



Chef apprenticeship program celebrating 40th anniversary this semester

Ziggy Ziggy Allespach

As the Columbus restaurant industry continues to grow and thrive, some of its success as a foodie destination can be linked to Columbus State and its award-winning culinary apprenticeship program.

It all began with the late Siegbert “Ziggy” Allespach. The German-born Allespach had put down roots in Columbus and became an executive chef at the Sheraton Hotel before opening Ziggy’s Continental in Upper Arlington.

In 1977, Chef Allespach made a phone call to Carol Kizer, who was then the chairwoman of the college’s hospitality management program. He wanted to meet with her about an apprenticeship model for aspiring chefs. Both sides agreed that a brand new apprenticeship program would be a win-win for all involved. From that point on, by working as apprentices, culinary students spent most of their time in restaurant kitchens, not classrooms and they earned a college degree along the way.

Allespach worked with other chefs in the area to ensure that more restaurants would take on our students as apprentices. Now, 40 years later, hundreds of students have graduated from the program with some of them going on to open their own restaurants. Others have become high-ranking culinary executives within the food industry here and beyond. For each, the common ingredient in their careers is Columbus State.



Reminder: Staff convocation is tomorrow
Staff Convocation will be held tomorrow (Friday, October 13) from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. in the Gymnasium. Offices will be closed from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.


Take a spin in an electric car with Smart Columbus

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On Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., representatives from Smart Columbus will be on campus as part of the Ride and Drive initiative, designed to encourage awareness of electric vehicles, COTA service, and ride-sharing services in Columbus. College community members will have the opportunity to demo one of 10 electric vehicles and learn more about citywide transportation and mobility developments. Activities will take place in the 2-E parking lot, across Grove Street, just north of Delaware Hall beginning at 10:00 a.m.



Columbus State and The Columbus Dispatch hosting forum on workforce development

As part of The Columbus Dispatch’s ongoing CbusNEXT series exploring the future of Columbus, the College will host a free forum, “Educating the Central Ohio Workforce for Today and Tomorrow,” on Monday, October 16 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom. Featured presenters and panelists will include Columbus 2020 President and CEO Kenny McDonald, Amazon Web Services Educate executive Ken Eisner, economist Dr. Bill LaFayette of Regionomics, and President Harrison. Tickets are free and refreshments will be served. Join us! Visit to reserve your tickets.


Disability Resource Group meeting October 27

The Disability Employee Resource Group invites college employees who identify as an individual with a disability, or as a caretaker for someone whose disability substantially affects a person's life, to its kick-off gathering on Friday, October 27 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at The Roosevelt Coffeehouse (300 E Long Street).

Please consider joining in conversations.  If you have questions about the ERG, please contact liaison Michael Hicks or Tiffany McClain.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) allow members to connect with other employees who share similar interests and a common bond or background. These employee-led groups are designed to meet the unique needs of each affinity or identity. There’s no formal registration — all you have to do is attend a meeting. Visit this link for more information.



500 Years Later: How Martin Luther's Thoughts Shaped Modern European Society

Wednesday, November 1 at 4:00 p.m.
Franklin Hall 110

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther published 95 Theses for debate, challenging the authority and structure of the Roman Catholic Church. Within five years, the monolithic Medieval Church had crumbled. But Luther's ideas had a far greater impact beyond changing the religious life of Europe.

In this lecture, Dr. David Hockenbery, former Dean of Arts and Sciences at Columbus State, discusses how Luther's thoughts laid the foundations for modern society from public education to science, from equality for men and women to democracy, and from Gregorian chant to Johann Sebastian Bach.



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Students participate in Health Information Management Advocacy Day

Students in the Health Information Management Technology program attended Health Information Management Advocacy Day at the Statehouse on October 8 with Professor Lisa Cerrato. Students spent the day meeting with state senators and representatives to discuss the importance of a statewide health information database and standardization of medical record copy costs that are fair to both the patient and the provider of the records.





College Knowledge: Information Technology

This month's College Knowledge session will feature Information Technology. IT Support Center Director Bart Prickett and team will lead the session and discussion. College Knowledge is designed to keep employees abreast of organizational changes and initiatives within each executive office. Come and learn about the good work happening in IT!

Upcoming session: Friday, October 27, from 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Please register in advance here



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