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January 16, 2018


American Crossroads Symposium explores protest art during the Great Depression

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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. The symposium topic was inspired by the Columbus State Theatre Department’s spring musical production of “Cradle Will Rock,” written in 1936 as part of the New Deal Federal Theater Project.

The program features a morning and afternoon session with two speakers followed by a moderated discussion session with the audience and speakers. The morning session includes Columbus State theater professor Frank Barnhart, who will talk about the Federal Theater Project and the New Deal, and Ohio University Professor Emeritus Robert DeMott, who will talk about John Steinbeck and the literature of protest. During the afternoon, Ohio State University professor Beth Kattelman will talk about underground jazz clubs as sites of protest, and the Head of Exhibitions at the Columbus Museum of Art Drew Sawyer will talk about documentary photography as protest.

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:


COTA’S new Bus Rapid Transit Line is up and running


Over the holiday break, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) launched its long-awaited rapid transit line known as CMAX. It’s a $48 million investment running along Cleveland Avenue from Polaris to Downtown. What’s more, one of the stops is next to Columbus State.

With limited stops and traffic signal priority, the CMAX service provides faster commutes to and from the Columbus Campus. Details and schedule


Experts predict this could be a worse-than-average flu season

As you may have heard in recent weeks, the seasonal flu has come on strong in Ohio and other states across the nation. Doctors say that handwashing is the “single most important action” you can take to protect against the flu.

If you need additional information on the illness, including where to get a flu shot, Columbus Public Health has information here.


Best College Reviews ranks Columbus State No. 1 in top online associate degrees in criminal justice

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Columbus State was recently recognized by Best College Reviews for its online AAS in Criminal Justice. The program ranked number one for its versatility and flexibility because it offers an option of four career directions and is available in both hybrid and online formats. The program makes it possible for students to tailor their education to fit the needs and requirements of their chosen career path.

Best College Reviews compiles these rankings in an effort to contribute to the academic mission of higher learning institutions. You can view the full article here.


Legal office reminders and announcement

As a reminder, the Legal Office has an electronic form for employees to submit requests to the Legal Office, such as matters involving legal advice, ethics law compliance, subpoena/public record requests, contract review, etc.  You can find the form on the Legal Office webpage by clicking the “Make a Request” button, or by clicking this link.  Please use this form for any new requests submitted to the Legal Office.  Please note that this request form does not replace any other forms, such as the Contract Routing and Approval Form.

You can find readily available information regarding some of the most common requests received by the Legal Office on the Legal Office webpage

Additionally, for employees who work with College contracts, the Legal Office is pleased to announce that we have new and updated contract templates available on the Intranet Forms page under the Legal Office heading, located here.


2017-2018 diversity and inclusion training

The Employee Resource Group (ERG) program is hosting several special training sessions for ERG members during the 2017-2018 academic year. ERGs allow members to connect with other employees who share similar interests and a common bond or background. The training sessions are designed to educate and support ERG members as they work within their groups to foster a more diverse, inclusive workplace at Columbus State.

Please join the January session:

Cultural Competence ERG Training
Wednesday, January 17 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in WD 409 (
register here)

Do organizations where we learn and work have a responsibility to ensure all of its members feel recognized and affirmed in how they identify? If so, how can organizations be certain that unconscious biases and prejudices don’t interfere with the working and learning experiences of its members, partners, and visitors? This interactive session on cultural competence will examine the intersectionality of identity and lived experiences with bias. Participants will then be facilitated through a practice of examining the impact the four components of cultural competence have on all who are engaged by an organization.  

Make sure to save the date for the next session Power, Control and Privilege on April 18from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Details to follow.

Have questions about ERGs? 

Please contact Kimberly Brazwell at or 614 301-4236.


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