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January 22, 2018


Disability Services had a record-breaking Autumn
2017 Semester

Statistics from last semester show an increase in students taking advantage of Disability Services:

  • 1,285 students registered with Disability Services were actively taking courses during Autumn 2017
  • 81 of those students served were enrolled in College Credit Plus courses
  • 1,942 accommodated exams were administered at the Disability Services Testing Center, surpassing the Autumn 2016 record of 1,905
  • 43 percent of those exams were converted into an alternate format such as audio, braille or large-print formats
  • An additional 718 exams were administered with accommodations at the other Columbus State Testing Centers (Aquinas, Delaware Campus, and the RLCs)

Disability Services is also proud to announce that 141 students qualified for the Autumn 2017 Dean’s List, and 40 students graduated (with an average cumulative GPA of 3.12)


Learn how you can help prevent and interrupt stalking


In recognition of Stalking Awareness Month, the Office of Equity and Compliance is hosting the Center for Family Safety and Healing for a presentation on stalking. “It’s Not a Joke: What Stalking Means for Columbus State” will be held Tuesday, January 23 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Library Multimedia Studio.

Popular culture can turn stalking into a joke or a meme, but it’s not funny for the estimated 6.6 million people who are stalked each year in the United States. This interactive presentation will define what stalking looks like on a college campus, explore resources to prevent or interrupt stalking and help you understand the processes to report behavior that makes you feel uncomfortable.

There will be free food and other giveaways, and when you attend, you may enter a drawing to win a restaurant or book store gift card.

This event is part of the College’s year-long Know it. Name it. STOP IT! awareness campaign about intimate partner violence and stalking, and is being offered to support the College’s mission of creating a safe and productive learning and working environment.


Gospel Vocal Ensemble reflects upon the Harlem Renaissance during Black History Month

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of adjunct humanities instructor Emma L. Easton, celebrates Black History Month with a presentation entitled, “I Sing Because…”  The event will be held on Sunday, February 11 at 4:00 pm in the Nestor Auditorium.

During the first half of this event, the Ensemble will reflect upon the Harlem Renaissance by performing poetry and songs by forerunners such as Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, Marcus Garvey, and Gwendolyn Bennett. The second half will include a memorial tribute to the legendary Edwin Hawkins (recently deceased) and post-Renaissance music. 

In keeping with the spirit of Black History Month, sweet potato pie will be made available after the presentation. This event is free and open to the public.


Reminder: Free self-defense classes

Columbus State continues to offer free self-defense classes to staff and students. Training takes place in the Police Department every Monday at 5:00 p.m., Thursday at 10:00 a.m., and Friday at noon. Watch the video below to learn more.


Employee Resource Group meetings

Columbus State’s LGBTQ Employee Resource Group (ERG) will be meeting on Monday, January 29 in Franklin Hall 229 (conference room inside of FR 223) from 3:00-4:00. All are welcome.

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 the 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, 11:30 a.m.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) allow members to connect with other employees who share similar interests and a common bond or background.  For more information about this and other ERG’s, please visit the Employee Resource Group website.


action photo from January 5 game

Join the Staff Advisory Council for Columbus State basketball

Join the Staff Advisory Council to show some support for the Columbus State Women’s and Men’s basketball team this week. Games are held in Delaware Hall on the Columbus Campus, and are free with your Columbus State ID.

What: Columbus State Community College vs Cuyahoga Community College 
When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Women’s game - 5:30 pm 
Men’s game - 7:30 pm



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