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February 1, 2018


Note: First Wednesday is February 7 and will be held in Nestor Hall

First Wednesday will be held on Wednesday, February 7. Due to renovations in the Conference Center, First Wednesday will start at 8:15 a.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium (NH A100). The meeting will also be live-streamed online at where you will be prompted to enter the password: cougars.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration offers inspiration and motivation

speaking to students Giovanni speaks with students afterward at the Fireside Chat

Prominent African-American poet and activist Nikki Giovanni offered a stirring presentation at Columbus State’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration on January 29.

She was introduced with the little-known fact that she began her teaching career as a creative writing instructor at Columbus State. Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, spoke about the contributions of African-Americans building the country and the ongoing need for broadened engagement in civil justice. She addressed the current political climate, and encouraged progressives to not be discouraged.

Giovanni’s free-wheeling speech, laced with moments of humor, touched on many topics. She shared her passion for space, details her life growing up in an African-American neighborhood in the Cincinnati suburbs, and her perspective as an older woman, which informs much of her current poetry writing.

In addition to Professor Giovanni’s presentation, attendees were treated to a prelude performance by the Arts Impact Middle School Choir and dynamic readings from Dr. King’s writings and speeches by Columbus State students.




Series to explore student success initiatives at Columbus State

Student success is the foundation of everything we do here at Columbus State. And in its mission to help students achieve their goals, the College has adopted specific initiatives to improve outcomes for all students and especially historically at-risk populations. 

In 2015, Columbus State was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College, but that was just the beginning. As the College continues to build on its student success efforts, it’s important that staff and faculty are aware of new initiatives.

This new Student Success series is designed to explore the many components of the student’s journey toward success — plans and projects aimed at helping students achieve their career and academic goals, whether they are still in high school, recent high school graduates or adults seeking degree or certificate programs to transition to the workforce or a four-year institution.

The goal of this new series is to:

  • Highlight advances in our student success work at Columbus State; and
  • Describe how these efforts and administrative staff and faculty help our students reach their goals.

Many processes and programs comprise student success at Columbus State, from faculty-student engagement, career assessment and proactive advising, to job readiness skills and access to job opportunities. All of these efforts play a role in student retention, completion, and success.

Most recently, Columbus State was selected by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) as one of 30 premiere institutions to implement Guided Pathways.

Guided Pathways is a set of best practices that integrate career and academic planning with faculty engagement and student support services, from the student’s point of first connection through program completion and successful transition to a four-year institution or the workforce. A national, evidence-based AACC project, Guided Pathways is generously funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help community colleges build capacity for supporting student success. 

Learn more about advances in student success at Columbus State in upcoming issues of Update.


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Columbus State bookstore featured in industry publication

Luke Robson, supervisor of retail in the Columbus State Community College Bookstore, has a featured article in the National Association of College Stores (NACS) College Store Magazine’s January/February issue. The article highlights one of the bookstore’s creative retail displays and the work that goes into the bookstore’s displays.





American Crossroads Symposium is tomorrow

The Humanities Department at Columbus State will host the first American Crossroads symposium on Friday, February 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center in WD. This year’s symposium, Protest Art During the Great Depression, includes discussions about the visual and performing arts, literature, and music that in some way critically addressed the political, social, and economic climate of the 1930s. The symposium also considers broader questions of what constitutes protest in the arts or whether such works have renewed relevance given today’s political climate.

A continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided. Teachers can earn 7.5 hours for CEUs for a $25.00 registration fee. General admission is free and open to the public. To register for CEUs, visit the Humanities Symposium Series page.

To register for American Crossroads, please email Jennifer Nardone at


Women’s Employee Resource Group February meeting change

The next Women’s Employee Resource Group, scheduled for Thursday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m., will not meet as planned. Instead, we encourage participants to join “The Courageous Voice of the First Woman to Run for President” event scheduled on Thursday, February 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall 106. Please RSVP online here. You can learn more about Courageous Conversations here. The Women’s ERG will return to the Multimedia Studio in the library on Thursday, March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.



Submit your news to Update

Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State? Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees. Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at noon for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at noon for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

Submit your news to students in Campus Life

Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.