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February 15, 2018


College mourns loss of donor and friend Bill Johannes


William “Bill” Johannes, age 72, passed away February 7. Bill and his wife Gail have supported Columbus State through generous gifts over the years, and his loss is deeply felt in the Columbus State community. Bill and Gail were the Individual Donor Honorees at the 2017 Celebrate Giving event. In 2014, they established the William C. Johannes Veteran’s Award to help support military veterans to honor their service to our country and provide financial assistance. Three awards have been made, and each year Bill and Gail join the Foundation for a wonderful meal with each student recipient. 

Bill and Gail Johannes met as college students at Ohio State University, and have been married for 49 years. Born in Cincinnati, Bill grew up in Columbus and graduated from West High School. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration ('67) and MBA ('69) from Ohio State. Upon graduation, Bill joined the U.S. Army until 1973, when he was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. Bill worked as a branch manager at City National Bank through its transition to Bank One and retired in 2000 as a Vice President for Chase Bank. Gail spent 37 years working in various specialties at OSU Hospital. In retirement, they traveled the world and grew prize-winning daylilies in their garden.

Bill is survived by his wife, Gail Johannes (nee Tyler); daughter Emily Johannes (Paul Easterling), sister Barbara Clapham (nee Johannes), brother-in-law Scott Tyler, cousin Gary Smith, and many other family and friends. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Bill on Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 pm at First Congregational Church, 444 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the awards established by Bill. For more information about making donations and the memorial service, follow this link.


Slain Westerville police officer and Columbus State alumnus to be laid to rest Friday

Eric Joering, along with fellow Westerville police officer Anthony Morelli, responded to a 911 hang-up call on Saturday, February 10. Both men were tragically shot and killed responding to the call. Eric, age 39, was a 1997 graduate of Westerville South High School and attended the Columbus State Police Academy. From there, he was hired by the City of Westerville, Division of Police, where he served for 16 years. The College is deeply saddened by the loss of both officers. Eric is survived by his wife, Jami, and his daughters, Eva (12), Elena (11), and Ella (6); parents Jim and Lillian Joering; brother Michael (Jen), nephew Joseph, niece Ravella; sister-in-law Angi (Mike), nephews Nick, Matt, TJ, and Chris; his police family, and many friends. Public Visitation will be held on Friday, February 16 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 313 North State Street, Westerville, Ohio, 43082 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Read Eric's full obituary here.


Students receive industry scholarships

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The Columbus Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) presented two Columbus State students with scholarships, in addition to celebrating the Columbus Chapter’s 60th anniversary, at the February Lunch and Learn event Monday, February 12 at the Boat House at Confluence Park.

The sixth annual Dean M. Bortz CSI CDT Scholarships for Academic Excellence at Columbus State were awarded to Katherine Rucker, Construction Management student and Sheet Metal Apprentice ($1,250) and Annie Betts, Construction Management student and Electrician Apprentice ($500). Both students are officers in the Columbus State Student CSI Chapter, which was founded in 2005, and provides students in the design, build, operate and manage industry opportunities for leadership, employment and networking with industry professionals. CSI was founded in 1948, and provides industry recognized organizational tools such as MasterFormat®, education, and certifications.

Scholarship funds come from the Columbus CSI Chapter, as well as semi-annual Construction Document Technologist (CDT) boot camps, which help prepare attendees to pass the CDT exam, which assesses understanding of the roles and relationships of design professionals, contractors, materials suppliers, facilities managers and owners during a construction project.

The Construction Management program faculty are also working with Sinclair Community College and CSI on the $.78 million NSF BE PREP grant to use CSI CDT content in two-year college curriculum to increase career preparedness and industry understanding prior to graduation and elevate the CDT credential to certification status.


Two more Columbus State students make the grade for unique internship program

When Jeffrey Tsai finished up his Columbus State degree in International Commerce under the Supply Chain Management Program almost two years ago, he was accepted into the ultra-competitive Ohio Export Internship Program (OEIP). It’s a partnership among the Fisher College of Business/Center for International Business and Research at The Ohio State University (OSU), Youngstown State University (YSU) and the State of Ohio Development Services Agency.  

At the time, Tsai was the only community college student accepted into the rigorous 15-week program where he worked alongside MBA and bachelor degree-seeking students from other state universities. Professor Lee Blyth says that two more Columbus State students have now been accepted. Esther Armbrust and Guilherme Silva will now be able to travel to the OSU campus to take this dynamic, integrated class. It will include lectures, speakers, and projects which all prepare them to hit the ground running when they're matched with a full-time summer internship at an Ohio business looking at developing an exporting plan or re-evaluating an existing export plan.


Ricart Ford donates brake lathes to Columbus State automotive department

group photo From left: Assistant Professor Danny Foor, Jared Ricart, Assistant Professor David Foor, Automotive Lab Technician David Hill.

Ricart Ford has partnered with Columbus State Automotive and Ford ASSET for close to 30 years. Through employment, mentorship, tuition reimbursement, service, and donations, the Ricart Automotive Group continues to lead the way as an outstanding education partner.

Recently, Jared Ricart stopped by the Auto Lab to officially donate two used Pro-Cut Warthog On Car Brake Lathes. These lathes and adaptors cost more than $15,000 apiece when new. This generous donation will provide the hardware necessary for continued third-party student credentialing as ProCut Certified Brake Technicians. 

During his visit, Ricart mentioned that true partnership has to involve investment and giving from both parties. His continued support as an employer and advisory board member is an outstanding example of what can result from these types of  partnerships.



Enrollment Management and Student Services is working with four new Ohio State University students

Enrollment Management and Student Services (EMSS) is proud to continue its collaboration with The Ohio State University and has brought on four new OSU practicum students this spring. For more information on this collaboration, contact Diana Wisse, executive director of Student Affairs, at


Dalton Dey

Dalton Dey is currently pursuing a Master of Higher Education and Student Affairs at from The Ohio State University where he currently serves as Assistant Hall Director in the Office of Residence Life. Dey is originally from Gresham, Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2017 before moving to Columbus in July 2017. He is looking forward to joining the Columbus State community as an intern in the Financial Aid Office, working on projects regarding the effectiveness of current financial aid practices, all while learning about the financial aid process.




Jessica Gilbert

Jessica Gilbert is currently a master student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University. Before moving to Ohio in July, she attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a degree in physical education. Gilbert is currently working in the Department of Recreational Sports with intramurals and sport clubs at Ohio State. She looks forward to helping develop student athletes at Columbus State in the Intercollegiate Athletics Office.




Gena Grant

Gena Grant is currently pursuing a Master of Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University where she serves as an Assistant Hall Director for a building of over 800 students. Grant graduated from Denison University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in women’s and gender studies, and a concentration in psychology. Before coming to OSU, she worked for two years in a women-owned, women-run bakery in Columbus. Though she no longer helps customers choose their ideal pastry, she is passionate about connecting students to schools and programs that fit their interests and aspirations, which is what led her to taking on a practicum at Columbus State in the Admissions Office. 



T.J. Singleton

T.J. Singleton is currently pursuing a Master of Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University where he currently serves as Assistant Hall Director in the Office of Residence Life. Singleton hails from Jacksonville, FL, and he moved to Columbus in July 2017. Before moving to Ohio, he completed his undergraduate degrees with the 2018 National Champion University of Central Florida Knights. Singleton is looking forward to being a part of the Columbus State community working with College Credit Plus, assisting in providing student support services to high school/early college students that focus on college and career readiness and gaining valuable insight about potential frameworks for creating a scholars community that works with local K-12 schools.


Recommend a student for the Student Ambassador Leadership Program

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The Student Engagement and Leadership Department is looking for potential candidates for the 2018-2019 Student Ambassador Leadership Program. Student Ambassadors are student leaders who represent the College to both current and future students. They are  enthusiastic leaders who give tours, host social events on campus, and interact with the student body. They also participate in leadership and professional development training to ensure that their experience is applicable to other parts of their lives. Think you may recognize a standout student? Would this student be a great representative of the student body? Help them RSVP for a SALP Information Session by going to this link. If you have questions, contact Amaal Shehabi at (614)-287-2842 or by emailing


Disability Services sees increase in students requesting services

Disability Services recently ran a comparison between the population of students that our office served during the Spring 2017 Semester and the students the office is currently serving. In just a year’s time, Disability Services has seen a drastic increase in several of our diagnostic categories. (To see statistics from the diagnosis comparison, contact Disability Services.) This is a reminder that disability impacts all of us, and we are all working together to end the stigma around different types of disability.


Disability Employee Resource Group meets Friday, March 2

The Disability 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 our gathering on Friday, March 2 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at The Roosevelt Coffeehouse (300 E Long St., Columbus, OH 43215).

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


The Cougar 5K Challenge Run and Walk is Saturday, May 5

Although there is snow on the ground now, spring is just around the corner! The 2018 Cougar 5K Challenge Run and Walk is Saturday, May 5 at 9:00 a.m.

Join the 5K to have fun while supporting student textbook scholarships. You can register or donate now here. See the photos from last year on the Cougar 5k Challenge Facebook page.


Reminder: Union Hall Food Court to close for renovation

The Union Hall Food Court will close after Friday, February 23 for a major improvement project and remain closed until the start of the autumn semester. We look forward to bringing you and our students a brand-new food and dining experience, and apologize for the temporary inconvenience.

Subway at DX and Sips at Davidson will remain open throughout the construction project. Tortilla food truck, as well as additional food truck options, will also be available on campus.

College catering services will continue uninterrupted during food court renovations operating from another location. Contact Pete Hackman if you have any questions about working with catering during the renovation project.


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