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Wil Haygood promotes latest book at Columbus State

Wil Haygood on stage

photo of book signingAward-winning author and journalist Wil Haygood spoke in Nestor Hall Auditorium on September 21 about his new book “Tigerland 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing.”

President Harrison hosted a question and answer session. The event concluded with a book signing. You can purchase the book here.







Columbus State graduate profiled in Otterbein Spotlights column

When Jacob Brandwein transferred from Columbus State to Otterbein University, he took knowledge gained in Professor Jon Kreger’s political science class. Brandwein, who’s now a Public Relations major, recently documented his trek with other students to some major league ballparks. Brandwein told Kreger, “I'm serving as the promotions director for our journalism site so your news media lessons from political science 1100 are still very useful! I'm loving it at Otterbein and Columbus State really set me up well for my transition.”

You can read Brandwein’s column here.


Entrepreneurship students will be looking for support Thursday

Students in the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship program are currently engaged in a Team Entrepreneurship Project. The focus of this project is to incorporate experiential learning into the entrepreneurship curriculum. The students are in the middle of a six-week project which has them researching ideas, launching products, pivoting strategies, and generating revenue.

Products created include support bracelets, and parking pass holders, among many others.

Students in the traditional section of the course will be on the Columbus Campus near the statue selling products and practicing their elevator pitches on Thursday, September 27. Come and learn about our entrepreneurs, make a purchase, and help out a charity.

If you’re interested in learning more about this project, contact Jonathan Krabill at And you can watch the video announcement here.



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Recommendations needed for student scholarship opportunities

We are pleased to announce that the All-USA Academic Team and the Coca-Cola Academic Team Programs will continue in 2019. The collaboration of Follett Higher Education Group, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and Phi Theta Kappa will award nearly $400,000 in scholarships to students. Columbus State has the opportunity to receive national press recognition should one of our nominees be identified as a scholar.  

In addition to recognition by Follett and Coca-Cola, nominees are recognized in All-State Academic Team programs held in 39 states. All-State Team programs may offer academic scholarships, stipends, newspaper coverage, medallions, and certificates to scholars. By nominating students, we are providing scholarship opportunities to All-State Team members to which they would otherwise not have access.

At this time, we invite you to recommend students who should be encouraged to apply for these scholarship opportunities. In selecting nominees to represent Columbus State, we ask you to consider students with outstanding academic rigor and grade point averages; participation in honors programs; awards, honors, and recognition for academic achievement, and service to the College and the community.

In addition, the focal point of the application is an essay. This should center around one endeavor undertaken by the student that utilized their two-year college education to improve their respective community or college. Judges look for innovative, creative, original and lasting achievements or undertakings.

Please forward the names of students we should consider for nomination, as well as a brief summary as to why they would make a good candidate by Monday, October 15. Our office will help assist the students in ensuring they have access to the application. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact Rebecca Mobley


Be part of the Student Conduct Hearing Board

Does the prospect of helping the College make important decisions sound appealing? If so, the Office of Student Conduct invites campus partners to join the Student Conduct Hearing Board. Hearing Board members receive annual training and have the opportunity to represent the distinctive voices of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

The time commitment for the hearing board varies based on your availability as cases arise. Generally, hearings are held one day each week (on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. (The board only stays as long as necessary to complete the review and decision process.)

If you’re interested in taking part, fill out the brief application available here. Questions can be sent to


Presenters needed for November collegiate leadership event

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership invites you to participate in a workshop application for the ninth annual Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio (CLCO). The conference will be Friday, November 9 from 4:30 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 10 from 8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. The CLCO will be held at the Hyatt Regency Columbus at the Greater Columbus Convention Center downtown.

Since 2009, Columbus State's Student Ambassador Leadership Program has worked to organize this engaging and informative conference for college students across the state of Ohio. Over the years, more than 1,000 attendees have had the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, hear from expert speakers, engage in hands-on community service experiences, and network with other students and professionals. 

This year's theme (Construction Zone: Building your Future Now!) is to encourage attendees the professional opportunity to utilize the tools needed to create and build a holistic mindset in becoming an innovative leader. Key areas of focus include leadership, self-motivation, diversity, networking, self-reflection, communication, and holistic wellness.

If you are interested in presenting or have students who would like to participate, there are two important links.  Complete the workshop application here. The deadline for presenters is Monday, October 1.

Register to attend here. The registration deadline is Sunday, October 21.

Registration for the conference is open to college students and higher education administrators in Ohio. If you have any questions about this year’s conference, please email Student Ambassador Coordinator, Maribel Nave, CLCO Chair, or Amaal Shehabi, of Student Engagement and Leadership. They can both be reached at

 See a short video here.


New First Wednesday location while Conference Center is closed

The October First Wednesday event will be held on Wednesday, October 3 from 8:00 9:00 a.m., in the Nestor Hall Auditorium.



Share your feedback on Day of Service

If you participated in the sixth annual Day of Service held on Tuesday, September 18, please fill out this survey. It will remain open until Friday, October 5.


Host a Resource Fair Table at the Open House this Friday

The college’s first Open House is Friday, September 28. Would you like to host a table representing your program/department at the Resource Fair being held in Nestor Hall’s first floor east student lounge from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.? If so, email Event Coordinator, Thomas Capps-Harshaw.


Sign up for this week’s Humanities Department symposium

When East Meets West
The annual When East Meets West symposium will be held on Friday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Ohio State University Longaberger Alumni House. This year’s topic focuses on Health and Healing Across Global Cultures.

The symposium is inspired by the new History of Western Medicine class created by Columbus State’s Humanities’ faculty. It is specifically aimed at Health and Human Services students and professionals.

The symposium presents a professional development opportunity and fulfills 7.5 CEU hours.

More details and registration information can be found here. Questions? Contact Jennifer Nardone, Humanities professor at




Stop by to celebrate Cougar Paw awardees at the sundae bar on Thursday

Please join us in celebrating employees who have received a Cougar Paw during the months of April through August.  There will be an olde fashion sundae bar for this social occasion. It will be held Thursday, September 27 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the Workforce Development Annex courtyard and room 1068. Everyone is welcome. RSVP by registering here.


Health Rewards Program and Rally update

There will be an information session to review the Rally web platform, troubleshoot any technical issues, and answer questions. It will be held on Thursday, September 27 at noon in Delaware Hall room 212.




Around the Discovery District

The Columbus Museum of Art’s fall exhibition, Titian’s Lady in White, is now open. The exhibit features the stunning piece of the same name, along with other baroque portraits from their permanent collection that provides context for the Titian masterpiece. The exhibition ends December 9. Read more here.  






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