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February 12, 2018


Courageous Conversations series kicks off with stories of inspirational women

On Thursday, February 8, Columbus State hosted the first two events in the Courageous Conversations Women’s Voices series.

To kick things off, Columbus State faculty member Judith Dann shared her research into the life of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president of the United States in 1872.

Later that evening, Senior Vice President Kim Hall sat down for a discussion on politics with Yvette McGee Brown, the first African-American woman to serve as a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court.



Courageous Conversations Women’s Voices is hosting two events in March. Register early to save your seat!

Women's Leadership Summit
Keynote speaker: Piper Kerman
Thursday, March 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Columbus State Conference Center


“Orange is the New Black” author Piper Kerman joins the fourth annual Women's Leadership Summit. Kerman is perhaps best known for her memoir, which was adapted by Jenji Kohan into an Emmy Award-winning original series for Netflix. Kerman is a frequent invited speaker on the topics of criminal justice reform, the importance of arts in the prison system and the unique position of women in the criminal justice system. Columbus State's annual Women's Leadership Summit provides meaningful intergenerational connection, as well as leadership development, and personal and intellectual growth. This year's theme, "Empowerment in Action" will act as a baseline for all break-out sessions and main keynote. All registrations are offered on a first come, first served basis. Group registration available. 

Women in Business: Addressing Pay Equity
Keynote speaker: Elizabeth Brown
Thursday, March 29, 6-8 p.m.
Columbus State Conference Center


Elizabeth Brown was elected in November of 2015 to Columbus City Council. As a councilmember, she focuses on building broad-based economic prosperity and initiatives to strengthen women and families. She led the adoption of a paid family leave policy for city employees — the first of its kind in the Midwest and the third nationally. She has also served as an economic development manager to the City of Columbus, worked with middle school students to improve literacy as a City Year Americorps member, and has been published in New York Magazine and NPR affiliate WOSU.


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Desiree Polk-Bland appears on local public affairs show

Executive Dean of Advising and Student Support Desiree Polk-Bland was a guest on Local Business Spotlight, a radio show featured on The Word Columbus and 98.9 FM The Answer. She spoke about Columbus State’s affordability, its role in the community, and more. Listen to the full interview here.


QPR suicide prevention training for Columbus State students and employees

Question. Persuade. Refer. (QPR) is a proven suicide prevention gatekeeper course that reduces suicidal behaviors and saves lives by providing innovative and practical skills to trainees. Sign up for a QPR course that teaches practical skills for helping someone who is considering suicide.

Upcoming training dates:

  • Wednesday, February 14 – 2-3:30 p.m., UN 235
  • Wednesday, March 21 – 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., DE 117


Participants can pre-register via The Hub. If you have any questions regarding the QPR Gatekeeper Training, please contact Director of Counseling Services Ameena Kemavor at ext. 2843 or by email at .

To seek help for yourself or someone else, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For the Veterans Crisis Line call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. If you are hearing impaired, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline via TTY by dialing 1-800-799-4889. For crisis support text the keyword "4hope" to 741741 and expect a reply from a trained Crisis Counselor within five minutes.


logoSave the Date: Delaware Day

This year, Columbus State is hosting Delaware Day on Tuesday, April 24. Keep an eye on Update for more details about this annual event highlighting the Delaware Campus.



Crystal Clark earns doctoral degree in Higher
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This past December, English Professor Crystal Clark completed her doctoral studies at the University of Toledo in Higher Education Administration. Female community college leadership served as her area of concentration.


Mahmood Karimi Abdolmaleki publishes two research articles

Mahmood Karimi Abdolmaleki, annual contract faculty in the Biological and Physical Sciences Department at Columbus State, recently published two journal research papers on his work in collaboration with the Department of Food Science at Cornell University. 

Water contamination by toxic heavy metal ions such as Cd(II) is becoming a major environmental problem. In his research, Abdolmaleki synthesized and characterized a novel composite, which helped remove excessive Cd(II) ions from water. The result of the research is published in the Journal of Applied Surface Science. Abdolmaleki is also collaborating with Cornell University on a platinum-based sensor that can detect toxic gases, such as methanol.


Budget planning help for fiscal year 2019

Budget planning for the fiscal year 2019 is right around the corner. Resource Planning and Analysis has been preparing training for cost center managers on a variety of topics, including budget overview, BudgetPak training (new and old functions), the capital equipment process and more. Please stay tuned to your email for dates, times and locations of the training sessions. We will also offer weekly open labs during the month of March to help with the budget planning process.




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