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July 19, 2018



Week-long high school female cybersecurity summit underway at Columbus State

student with robot Sarah White, one of 40 high school students at the cybersecurity summit, experimenting with what's known as an "Ozobot."

While cybersecurity careers attract a disproportionate number of men, a week-long GenCyber Summer Camp at Columbus State Community College is introducing young women to computer science career paths. Forty high school students and 20 educators are participating in the summit held in the Center for Workforce Development.

Collectively, they represent 41 high schools in central Ohio. They will learn together about cybersecurity, its principles, programing, malware attacks, and more.

"Developing awareness of cyber threats in our communities and increasing our ability to minimize cyber vulnerabilities is critical to the continued success and protection of our country," says Larry McWherter, cybersecurity instructor at Columbus State. "The cybersecurity program here is committed to producing professionals who know the cyber threat and can respond to it. This event will introduce cybersecurity as a career option to the students.”

Educators attending will be able to take what they learn and apply it to lesson plans, which can be implemented into their classrooms.

Guest speakers include C-Suite and executive women leaders who will engage students by delivering presentations on various security topics throughout the week. They represent the State of Ohio, SunTrust Bank, Amazon Web Services, Ohio State University, Test Double and the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

The GenCyber Summer Camp is made possible by two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Security Agency (NSA). Co-sponsors include GenCyber, Columbus State, the NSF and the NSA.


REMINDER - Buy one Taste the Future ticket and you could win another!

cooking at Taste the Future

With Taste the Future around the corner, the Columbus State Foundation is offering a chance for employees only to win a second free ticket. Any employee who purchases a ticket by midnight, Monday July 23 will be entered into a drawing to receive a second complimentary ticket.


Taste the Future is the largest culinary event in Columbus, with more than 50 food and drink stations to experience.

It will be held Tuesday, August 14 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the courtyard of the Columbus Campus.


Help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. To purchase your tickets today or to see the participants featured at Taste the Future click here.


Concert to honor peace activists, former faculty member

Humanities professor Rocco Di Pietro has announced a "Hiroshima Peace Concert." It is in memoriam of Columbus peace activists Margaret Stansbury and Samir Gharbo who have passed away this year. Gharbo once taught Chemistry at Columbus State.

The program includes new compositions by Di Pietro and Ramsey Sadaka, visiting composer from Vancouver, Canada, as well as works by Alan Hovhanhess, and Halim El-Dabh.

Performers include Devin Copfer of Chamber Brews String Quartet and Small Songs band, Erin Helgeson of the CODE Music Ensemble and Tower Duo, Justin T. Swain of Opera Columbus, Larry Marotta, Paul Stawser, Joel McPeak, David Nelson Tomasacci and Rocco Di Pietro will perform all 21 of Di Pietro's "Bewitched Child Songs"

The concert, to be directed by Di Pietro, will be Monday, July 30 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the WD Ballroom.  


Medical Assisting hiring event

Allied Health is sponsoring a hiring event for Medical Assisting graduates. Alumni will be able to explore employment options and connect with local employers. The event will be held in the third floor of Union Hall on Thursday, August 10 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Contact Fauna Stout for more information at


Matinee today for Theatre Columbus State’s “It Can’t Happen Here”

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The dark satire “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis shows how a fragile democracy in the United State could turn to fascism when a demagogue becomes president. The plot is built around the idea that journalism is a pillar of democracy. Adapted by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen. Theatre Columbus State will perform the play nightly at 8:00 p.m. through Saturday, July 21 in the Nestor Hall Auditorium. An additional matinee will be performed at 3:00 p.m. on today, July 19. Admission is free. See the video trailer here.


Reminder – there’s one more workshop on hiring student workers

To prepare hiring managers to fill student jobs for autumn semester, Career Services Student Employment has an additional session of “Student Employment: Job Posting and Hiring Process.” Campus hiring managers and interested staff are invited to attend a workshop that will review the process of posting and hiring for student jobs. After a general overview of the process, supervisors will be able to login to Cornerstone and submit Requisition Requests for autumn semester hiring. 

To register, log in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event titled “Student Employment: Job Posting and Hiring Process” on Monday, July 23 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Select “Request” to register. (See this guide for search and registration tips.)


Around the Discovery District

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Sunday, July 22, 2:00 p.m.:Enjoy free concerts this summer in Atrium of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Hear members of the Columbus Symphony's clarinet and string sections perform celebrated chamber music.

It may be summertimebut BalletMet is thinking holiday season. Get half off Nutcracker tickets with the code XMAS4U. Visit here: The savings start now and run through July 31. To redeem, simply follow the link, select your performance and type the above code into the "Enter Offer Code" field above the seating map. (Please note: Limit 6 tickets per person. Valid for evening performances and zones 2-4 only. This offer cannot be combined with other offers or used on previously purchased tickets. Additional fees may apply.) While you’re at it, check out BalletMet’s new fall season:


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