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mastheadSeptember 13, 2018


Columbus State wins $3.1 million federal grant to increase access to health careers

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Columbus State Community College has won a $3.1 million U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration grant to increase the number of economically and educationally disadvantaged Central Ohio students entering health-related care fields.

The college’s Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) has a goal within the next five years to place 1,125 students into allied health care education pathways serving students from Columbus City, South-Western City, and Whitehall City schools, as well as undergraduates and adult/nontraditional students.

Selected students will be eligible for mentoring, counseling, and pre-college assistance along with career, academic, and financial aid advising. Workshops will provide guidance on applying for federal financial aid, scholarships and essay writing. Rising high school seniors will be able to take part in a special immersive HCOP Summer Camp at Ohio University.

Students considered economically disadvantaged will come from a family with a low-income level. Participants considered educationally disadvantaged are first-generation college students or students in a high school with a low graduation rate.

Terrence Brown, Chairperson of Veterinary Imaging and Surgical Technology Programs and a former HCOP participant says, “There has been an enrollment decline in allied health programs for the past few years. HCOP will not only boost enrollment but also improve the diversity of the students in those programs.”

Grant partners include The Ohio State University’s Department of Neuroscience, Otterbein University, Ohio University, YWCA Columbus, Faith Mission, Columbus City Schools, Whitehall City Schools and South-Western City Schools.

Grant used to help emergency workers to get hands-on training
with Jaws of Life

In mid-August, the Automotive Technology and Fire Science programs at Columbus State hosted the first Alternative Fuel Vehicle Extrication Workshop. The 21 firefighters, police officers, and tow truck operators that attended learned about unique safety concerns associated with hybrid/electric, compressed natural gas, and hydrogen-powered vehicles. Funding was provided by a National Science Foundation–Advanced Technological Education grant.

Faculty members Steve Levin, Jack McCoy, Ian Andrews, Daniel Foor, Mark Mitchell, and JD Vasbinder contributed expertise that led to the successful workshop. You can watch a 75-second video with highlights of the workshop, including participants who used the Jaws of Life to tear apart a Toyota Prius here.


Open slots remain as Day of Service registration
closes at 4 p.m

You still have time to register for Columbus State’s sixth annual Day of Service next Tuesday. The deadline to sign up is today, September 13 at 4:00 p.m. You can register here.

While many sites have openings, these five sites are among those needing volunteers:

  • Helpline of Delaware-Morrow counties
  • Mill Run Gardens and Care Center
  • National Youth Advocate Program
  • Lutheran Social Services (Southside Food Pantry)
  • Lutheran Social Services (Delaware Food Pantry)

Social Media for Day of Service
With hundreds of volunteers working on service projects all across the region during Day of Service, we’d like to make a footprint of our efforts on social media. When you are posting photos and videos to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, please tag Columbus State in your posts (@cscc_edu) and use the hashtag #CStateServes.

NOTE: All food service operations will be closed on Tuesday, due to Day of Service.


You are not alone! Attend free screening

Throughout September, Counseling Services will be hosting a variety of events to promote suicide prevention awareness. A screening of Beyond Silence, a film produced by Demi Lovato, will be held today, Thursday, September 13 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the multi-media studio in the lower level of the Library. This event will feature free pizza and a panel of suicide prevention experts to answer your questions. Please join us to learn how there is more to your story.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741.


safezone logoSafeZone 101 workshop this month

Join Global Diversity and Inclusion for a SafeZone 101 workshop on Wednesday, September 26 from noon – 2:00 p.m.  SafeZone 101 is an interactive workshop aimed at helping students and employees develop a better understanding of LGBTQIA+ experiences and become more effective allies of this community. Click here to register. Contact for more information. Other upcoming workshop dates are available on Cougar Connect!


College Recreation and Wellness weekly podcast

For your health and wellness information this week, check out the latest Guidance with Grace podcast. This week examines ways to stick with your workouts. Listen to it here.


Club for first-generation students is about to
gear up for the semester

got logoThe Generation One Trailblazers (GOT) Events Committee will host a mixer for first-generation college students from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 20 in the TV Studio on the ground floor of the Library.

The GOT Autumn Mixer & Resource Fair is a free, invitation-only event, to support the success of first-generation students.There will be resource tables, icebreaker activities, pizza, dessert, school supply giveaways, and prizes.

The goal of this mixer is to better acquaint students with services that can help them succeed in college and to provide an opportunity to meet and socialize with other first-generation students. Questions, contact Nancy Ziminski at


Division Service Learning Committee: Call for members
and conversation leaders

Do you want to be a part of the conversation about how we can best promote student success and community engagement through service to our surrounding communities? Now is your chance! 

The division-level Service Learning Committee is looking for full-time faculty throughout the college to participate as committee members.

Our first meeting of the semester is Friday, September 21 from Noon until 1:00 p.m. in Union Hall room 006 (lower level). Please feel free to attend if you’re interested in becoming a member or if you want to get more information on what’s involved.

Our Committee hosts the Conversations That Matter series which is intended to highlight current social, cultural, and political issues that impact our campuses and surrounding communities. If you have expertise or experience in an area that you believe is relevant, we would love to have you as a facilitator for the Conversations series.

If you’re interested in becoming a committee member, a Conversations That Matter presenter, or have questions, email Amy DeLorenzo or Elycia Taylor, co-chairs of the Division Service Learning Committee. 




Library Notes

Artist of the Month: W.C. Hemming

The Library welcomes returning artist, W.C. Hemming to its main gallery on the 2nd floor.
Hemming indicates that his art is painted in the German Expressionist style, using bold colors and unusual brushwork.

It is also in the form of the "Boston Expressionism” – 1940 - 1956. The Boston Expressionism is mainly shown in the work of Hyman Bloom, Karl Zerbe, and Jack Levine. It features dark humor, social commentary, figurative art, and bold colors. The current show displays both figurative work and landscape of recent years.

Included is a quasi-gothic approach to nature and vivid colors. Examples of this sort of expressionism can be seen in pictures of “Martian Sunrise”, portraits of “Warren Oats”, and “Hawking”. This combines the late scientist image with his theory on a blackboard. Hemming usually uses icons that can easily combine familiarity with a theme.

Hemming states, “In high school, I had favorite artists that I enjoyed, so I studied the works of Jack Levine, Charles Bragg, and Thomas Nast. Jack Levine did such masterpieces as 'Gangster’s Funeral' and group figures of political, and very dark humor."

The late Charles Bragg was a master of expression with silly and profound scenes of ordinary, human life; making life a huge insane asylum. These expressionist painters influenced Hemming over 50 years. Trained at the Columbus Arts and Design, as well as the Ohio State University. Hemming’s first one-man show was at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, then at Columbus City Hall.  In 2003, he showed 15 paintings in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. This exhibit will remain in the library’s second-floor gallery through September 30.


New Library exhibition: The Power of Words:
Argentina's Missing Generation

Opening on Monday, September 17, the Library will host an exhibition in coordination with Dr. Guadalupe Pina, Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages, the Argentinean Network for the Right to Identity Canada/USA and the Grandmothers of May Square entitled, “The Power of Words: Argentina's Missing Generation”.

In 1979, a group of Argentinean political exiles and Canadian sympathizers organized a letter-writing campaign in support of the pleas of the Grandmothers of May Square. The Grandmothers of May Square are those whose pregnant daughters and infant grandchildren were stolen away in the turmoil of the 1976-1983 civil-military dictatorship of Argentina. The fight to recover their approximately 500 kidnapped grandchildren and discover the fate of the thousands of disappeared adults continues today. 

They were part of a larger movement called the Group for the Defense of Civil Rights in Argentina and worked together with Development and Peace in Canada and Catholic Women's League of Canada. Organizers reported that more than 170,000 letters and cards passed through the Argentinean Central Post Office to these Grandmothers.

This exhibition tracks back part of the international solidarity with the mission of the Grandmothers during the late 1970s. The different sections are a travel in time, showing visitors what the world was like in 1979, the letter campaign and its protagonists, a sample of 300 letters and cards, the responses that Argentineans wrote during a 2017 presentation of the exhibition in Argentina, and a mapping of the Grandmothers' search history since their formation. 

In an effort to virtually support the exhibition, the library has built a website highlighting a comprehensive collection of resources to learn more about this period in Latin American history. The website may be visited here

The exhibition will be on view on the second floor of the library through October 15.



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Spots still open to join the Fall 2018 PONO Diversity
Learning Community

PONO is a group open to employees and students that meets for eight weeks to discuss different diversity-related topics including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, socio-economic status, and more. PONO provides opportunities to build community with others, share your story, and gain new perspectives. If you are interested in joining, please register on the Global Diversity Inclusion Center (GDIC) Cougar Connect portal.

Please apply here. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Jasmine Marks, Specialist, GDIC at or 614.287.5319.


Parking update

The entry to the drop-off “loop” on Mt. Vernon Avenue in front of Nestor Hall will be closed Saturday for construction work. Access to the 10-H parking lot in that loop area, which is exclusively used for handicapped parking, will still be accessible by driving past the regular entry. The next opening, which is used mainly as an exit, also has a lane to enter to the 10-H lot.

Parking lot congestion is beginning to ease as the semester continues. However, parking conditions remain tight during the peak hour between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. There are always parking spaces available in the 28-S lot, three blocks behind the bookstore on Mt. Vernon Avenue. There are often spaces available on the top level of the parking garage at that hour, and in the 32-S lot, which is directly behind the parking garage.

Remember, the large 11-S lot in front of Nestor Hall is now exclusively for student parking, since the Mitchell Hall project removed a number of student parking spaces.




Around the Discovery District

Saturdays and Sundays, September 14, 15, 21 and 22, noon-6:00 p.m.:  Blockfort Gallery, 162 N. Sixth St., is hosting BHoles, an artist-created miniature golf course. Guests are invited to play through 18 holes of wacky, weird fun. Get your pencil and scorecard, grab some refreshments at the entry stand, and travel through the indoor installation. This event is family-friendly. Every purchase of one round benefits artists who helped create the course. Cost is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children. (10 years and younger are free.) Contact Blockfort here.

Columbus Museum of Art 
The museum is bringing the Portrait of a Lady in White to Columbus through a partnership with Dresden, Germany’s Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister. Dresden is Columbus’ sister city. The exhibit will feature the stunning piece and other portraits from their permanent collection that provide context for the Titian masterpiece. The exhibition runs through December 9. Read more here





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