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January 29, 2018


ABC 6 turns to Columbus State for context on government shutdown

During the recent government shutdown, ABC 6 turned to Columbus State for context by talking with political science professor Martha Crone. You can watch the segment here:


African-American Read-In Chain

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Columbus State will open Black History Month with its annual National African-American Read-In on Tuesday, February 6 from 12:30 to 2:00 Nestor Hall West Lounge. All are invited to join in the 28th annual celebration of literary contributions by African Americans. Readers may sign-up by emailing Robyn Lyons-Robinson at or by calling (614) 287-3657 no later than February 4. The African American Read-In is co-sponsored by the Columbus State English Department and Department of Global Diversity and Inclusion. Columbus State’s participation is recorded with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and International Reading Association.


Student Advocacy information sessions

Were you previously a C.A.R.E.S. (Caring Advocates Responding to Extraordinary Situations) Advocate? Are you an employee who would like to learn more about college and community resources to support students who are experiencing barriers or challenges to their success? You are invited to attend one of the CARES “2.0” Student Advocacy Updates training sessions. During these sessions, you’ll learn about current advocacy initiatives, including an overview of the services Student Advocacy provides, and how you can serve as an effective advocate for students. You’ll also learn techniques for interacting with and supporting students, and how to make helpful referrals. We’ll review important, “need to know” college and community resources and highlight what’s available via the Columbus State website. You’ll leave with a toolkit of knowledge and resources to better serve our students. These sessions are open to all staff, faculty, and administrators.  

Tuesday, February 6 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in WD 312 Register Here 
Wednesday, February 7 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in TL 112 Register Here

If you have questions, contact Tari Blaney at, ext. 5021, or Nancy Smith at, ext. 2181.


Thank you to staff, partners who helped with RLC Open House

The Regional Learning Center (RLC) department would like to recognize everyone who made the recent Autumn 2017 Open House possible. Thanks to the RLC staff for their tireless devotion to student preparedness and making the regional sites a place where students can succeed. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without our partners around the college, such as Mary Bantu, Jennifer Poullas, Toni Rygg, Jessica Plannick, and Carole James. Your expertise is indispensable, and we deeply appreciate the time you took in making our open houses a success. And thank you to Jimmy John’s, Romeo’s Pizza, and Buckeye Gymnastics in Westerville, and the Dublin Costco for contributing food and drinks for the event.



Jason Connelly earns Master of Science in Education

The DEIS division is proud to announce that Jason Connelly, Instructional Designer 2, earned his Master of Science in Education from Purdue University in December 2017. His program focused on Learning Design and Technology, and his final project investigated the development of digital learning assets featuring digital storytelling. He will apply this knowledge and his new skills to every facet of his instructional design work with faculty striving to increase student success.



Theatre Department earns multiple awards

Theatre Columbus State earned multiple recognitions at the Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable Awards. Congratulations to theatre instructor Sonda Rose Staley for her Excellence in Directing Award for “Our Country's Good” and Travis Daniel Williams for his Excellence in Acting Award for “A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage.”

In addition, congrats to Sonda Rose Staley and theatre professor Frank Barnhart for their respective acting award wins for “A Perfect Arrangement” with Evolution Theatre.


Couch to 5K presentation

Get help preparing for the 2018 Columbus State Cougar Challenge 5K on May 5. During this session, you will learn training methods and ways to get in shape for the run. You will also hear from employees who recently started running.

Wednesday, January 31 at noon in WD 1113 
Presenters: Dustin Iacovone, College Recreation and Wellness 
Jackie Jenkins & Michael Hicks, 5K Ambassadors

RSVP your attendance with Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator at or x3989 by January 31 at 9:00 a.m. There is a registration discount for attendance.



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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.

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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.