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April 23, 2018


Columbus State’s first musical theater production in more than 20 years opens Wednesday

Theatre Columbus State will present “The Cradle Will Rock,” a contemporary folk opera set against the backdrop of a steel strike. It’s the first musical at the college in more than 20 years. Because theater is in Communications, and music is in Humanities, both departments began planning for the musical two years ago.

Showtimes in Nestor Hall Auditorium: Wednesday, April 25 at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 26 at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.


President Harrison receives Phi Theta Kappa award

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President David Harrison is among the 2018 recipients of the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction presented by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Harrison received the award at the organization’s annual convention April 19-21 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Given to 35 community college presidents nationwide, the Shirley B. Gordon award honors college presidents who have demonstrated outstanding effort toward promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa, the leading honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges.

“This is a very well-deserved honor for Dr. Harrison,” said Columbus State Board Chair Robert P. Restrepo, Jr. “His commitment to academic rigor and achievement informs everything we do within our student-first culture. Columbus State takes enormous pride in his leadership and ambassador role on behalf of the College.”

“Our Phi Theta Kappa students are among the most active leaders at Columbus State,” Harrison said. “Our students and their advisors work hard to ensure a culture of excellence and service. It is an honor to be recognized as a Shirley B. Gordon honoree on behalf of the great work of our faculty, staff, and students.”

Harrison’s award is named in honor of the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, longtime chair of the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors and president emeritus of Highline College in Washington.

Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.


Employee Giving Campaign: Why I Give


“I give because I believe in the mission of Columbus State. And if I believe, then I should support our students by supporting the College. The Foundation makes it easy and painless for me to serve our students.”

Lynn E. Rausch
Advisor, Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration

At Columbus State, helping students is at the center of everything we do. Giving to the Foundation is yet another way for every employee to support students by funding scholarships, special projects, and much more. The Columbus State Foundation’s annual Employee Giving Campaign runs through May 31. You can make a one-time donation or sign up for payroll deduction on the employee giving website. Giving is easy, and every gift matters. If you donate $5 per paycheck, it adds up to $120 by the end of the year! And whether you donate once or sign up for a recurring donation, your gift is tax deductible.

As an added bonus, any employee who has donated between April 1 and May 31 will be entered into winning a reserved parking space on the Columbus Campus.


Academic Council Election: Call for Nominations

Looking for College service and a chance to work with your colleagues on crucial academic issues and initiatives that support faculty and promote student success? Consider becoming a member of Academic Council. Academic Council currently has 37 vacant seats from 11 different Academic Council committees: Academic Rules and Policies, Curriculum, Digital Learning, Diversity and Inclusion, Dual Enrollment, Faculty Professional Development, Honors, Instructional Success, Tenure and Promotion, Service Learning, and Student Support.   

Please feel free to nominate yourself or a colleague. The Academic Council encourages faculty at the Instructor, Assistant, and Associate ranks to serve, and there’s a critical need for faculty from the Health and Human Services and Business and Engineering Technologies Divisions. Nomination forms and a list of committees, their membership needs, and their scopes and tasks were sent to all full-time, tenure-track faculty via email. If you need a form or more information, please contact Judy Anderson, Faculty Fellow for Academic Council, at or 614-287-5822. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 25, at 5:00 P.M.


Call for proposals: 2018 Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX)

The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) Instructional Success Committee is seeking proposals to present at the 2018 Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX), the annual Columbus State conference and professional development opportunity for all faculty that focuses on teaching and learning best practices. 

Specifically, we are seeking presentations on any ideas that improve instructional success (e.g., motivation, effective study strategies, technology, teaching best practices, etc.).  Strategies that are applicable across all disciplines are preferred. If you have some student success ideas that you’d like to share with colleagues, please consider submitting a proposal.  The FIX 2018 proposal form can be found HERE. Deadline to submit is Friday, May 4, 2018. 

This year’s FIX will be held on Friday, June 15 from9:00 a.m. to 2:30 the Columbus State Conference Center,fourth-floor WD. The theme is The Framework of Learning, and we are excited to feature the keynote and plenary workshop by Dr. Stephen Chew, a renowned teaching and learning expert. Save the date, and plan on participating in this annual professional development opportunity! Registration information to follow.

Questions? Contact Tracy Koski (, Patricia May Woods (, or Ron Elizaga ( 


Columbus State is partnering with Mid-Ohio Foodbank to host Produce Market

Columbus State is partnering with Mid-Ohio Foodbank to hold a fresh produce market on Wednesday, April 25, from noon to 2:00 p.m. under the Nestor Hall archway, rain or shine.

The market will be open until the approximately 10,000 pounds of vegetables, fruits, and bread products have been distributed. Please bring your own bags to carry produce and plan to take it home immediately or keep it cool until leaving campus to avoid spoilage. The market is for those who are income-eligible. Stop by to see if you qualify.


College Credit Plus orientation paves the way for next year’s courses

More than 140 people attended this year’s College Credit Plus (CCP) Orientation and Professional Development day on April 11 in WD. CCP volunteer adjuncts, facilitators, and partners joined Columbus State faculty to learn about academic content and prepare for next year’s CCP courses.

College Credit Plus Curriculum Director Lauren Jones wants to thank all faculty who participated in the day’s events and the content-area breakout reviews. Jones says feedback from our high school colleagues was very positive, and she appreciates the team effort to make this required professional development day a success.   


Service Learning Conference a success

Amy Popovich, professor of Business Programs, wants to thank all who attended and presented at the 2018 Service-Learning Conference on April 13. It was a wonderful day of professional development and training for administrators, faculty, staff, and students. Popovich says a special thank you is in order for former Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) Service-Learning committee co-chairs Mary Lewis and Lisa Briggs for their commitment to social justice and community service. “They have been true pioneers of service-learning here at the college,” says Popovich.



Adams co-authors article on student teaching and field experiences

Melanie Adams, associate professor in the Early Childhood Development and Education Program, co-authored an article with Tracey Hoffman of Miami University. “Re-envisioning Student Teaching and Field Experiences in Early Childhood Teacher Education: Partnerships with Community Education Programs” will be published this summer in Texas Child Care Quarterly. It's not only a valuable topic but also a good example of collaboration with a four-year institution.



Finance professor Jack Popovich featured on

When online publication Wallethub researched a story on applying for credit cards, editors turned to Columbus State for some experts with tips on navigating the application process. Jack Popovich provided the answers. Read more.


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Columbus State faculty attend Ohio Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges annual conference

Ohio Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (OhioMATYC) Annual conference April 13-14, 2018, at Mohican State Park.

Pictured from left: John Nedel, Jessica Lickeri, Evelyn Kirschner, Amy Hatfield, Beth Barnett, Rita Ralph, Mark Earley, Karen Starin, Michelle Duda, Liz Betzel, Felicia Smith, Phil MacLean, TJ Duda, Sherry Crawfore-Eyen. Not pictured, but attending: Andrew Kerr, Julia Shew, and Lee Wayand.



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From left are Jackie Teny-Miller, Jena Dooley, Vickie Henderson, and Mandy Mernedakis.

Students and staff in the COMPETE program present at Ohio State

Jackie Teny-Miller, associate professor Social and Human Services and Comprehensive Model for Postsecondary Education and Transition Enrichment Programs (COMPETE) Coordinator, along with COMPETE Program Advisor Mandy Mernedakis, and students Jena Dooley and Vickie Henderson presented at the Multiple Perspectives Conference, Think College Track, at Ohio State University on April 17.

The COMPETE program serves students with an intellectual or developmental disability who are attending Columbus State to obtain a certificate to work as a Human Services Assistant, Early Childhood Aide or Recreation Assistant. Students in the COMPETE program receive support throughout their year-long program from teaching assistants, peer-mentors, program advisor and faculty. Students are enrolled in academic classes and complete two practicums at community agencies in their chosen field of study. Columbus State is one of seven colleges in a statewide consortium providing post-secondary pathways to employment, through education and the college experience, for individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability. The students, Jena and Vickie, who will be completing the ECA certificate this May shared their experiences at Columbus State and the supports they felt assisted them in their success.


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Self Defense team wins award

The Columbus State Self Defense team received the Ohio Crime Prevention Association 2018 Special Project Award. They were presented the award for their innovative and collaborative approach to promoting safer communities through crime prevention.

The team is composed of (from left, front row) Devan Quitter, a student at Columbus State and Recreation Instructor in the Department of College Recreation and Wellness; Jason Apt, Fitness and Athletic Specialist in the Department of College Recreation and Wellness and Officer Sean Foster. (Behind them are members of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association.)


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CASE staff share expertise on advising special populations

Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration (CASE) Supervisor Anessa Becton-Howard, along with CASE advisors Augustine Munobe and Chaka Wilson, presented at the NACADA Region 5 Conference, which was held in downtown Columbus at the Hyatt Regency April 11-13. This year’s conference theme was “The Art of Advising.” The topic of their presentation was “Transformative Advising: How to Transform Advising Through Your Special Populations,” which highlighted the College’s Restored Citizen and Scholar Network student populations and how the CASE Advising office has taken a specialized approach to advising these students, creating a blueprint that can be used to transform academic advising for all students as we transition into a Guided Pathways model.


student with nominatorStudent Employee of the Year Barbara Parknavy, middle, with her nominator, Kevin Hammond, right, and Small Business Development Center Specialist, Bruce Walters, left.

Student Employee of the Year

Barbara Parknavy, a student employee working for the Small Business Development Center, was named Student Employee of the Year at a reception held April 13.

Fourteen student employees were nominated for the award from a variety of campus departments and community organization partners. Honorable mentions were given to Yolanda Zenteno from the Global Diversity & Inclusion Center, Hannah Latshaw from Connect 2 Complete (Delaware Campus), and Schuyler Stevens from Allied Health. Parknavy was recognized for her reliability, creative problem-solving, and positive attitude.





Leeman to exhibit in California

Stacy Leeman's painting, Self-Portrait P9 will be part of the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild 2018 Connections Exhibit.  It will be on display from May 31 through July 2 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts in Poway, California. 






Reminder: Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is this Thursday

Columbus State has created a registration process for employees interested in participating in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, which is Thursday, April 26.

In its 25th year, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day has the 2018 theme, “Service Force: Agents of Positive Change.” The event offers the opportunity to model positive change in the workplace demonstrating the value of teamwork and support to participating children.

Any child eight-years-old and up may be hosted with a legal guardian’s permission.

Your supervisor can provide you with the release form to be completed and submitted in advance of April 28.  Human Resources is sponsoring a common lunch that day also, with registration requested by Monday, April 23. Please register HERE for luncheon Session 1 (11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.), register HERE for luncheon Session 2 (noon-12:30 p.m.), and register HERE for luncheon Session 3 (12:30-1:00 p.m.). The menu will be pizza and salad.


Event Reminder: Poetry open mic at the Library

Local poet and co-founder of Writer’s Block Poetry, Vernell Bristow, will be emceeing an open mic event this Thursday in the Library. Join us from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 in the Columbus Hall Multimedia Studio for poetry, food, and fun! Open to all, we are thrilled to have Bristow here in honor of National Poetry Month and we hope this event will provide students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to share their original poetry/spoken word. 

A workshop will precede the open mic event from 4:00-5:00 p.m. and is officially sold-out! If you have already registered for the workshop and have any questions, please contact librarians Julie Zaveloff at or Lorena Popelka at


Sign up now for the Cougar Challenge 5K

Edwards with trophy

For the second year in a row, the Delaware Campus team is on track to win the Cougar Challenge 5K participation award. Gathering 12 representatives committed to demonstrating the unstoppable ascendancy of the host team and showing no mercy, Delaware Campus Dean Stacia Edwards seems to be driving home the point her team is the best. With just weeks to go, the Delaware Dashers have 25 percent more participation than their nearest competition, the Cougar Compliance Crew, but the Dashers have nearly 60 percent more participation than the field average. Unless these other teams can rally an effective resistance, it looks like Dr. Edwards's excitement over retaining the trophy will be well placed.

Don't forget, all money from the race goes to fund book expenses for our students! Sign-up, spend some time outside in the spring sunshine, support our students and if you don't have a team, help the Delaware Dashers keep the trophy.


Upcoming Employee Resource Group meetings

The Caregivers Employee Resource Group meets on Wednesday, April 25 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Library Multimedia Studio. Employee Resource Groups allow members to connect with other employees who share similar interests and a common bond or background. The Caregivers ERG is specifically for individuals serving as family members or helpers who regularly looks after children, parents, or sick, elderly, or disabled persons. Please contact Melissa Lamar ( or Heather Thompson-Gillis ( with any questions.  

The Disabilities Employee Resource Group invites college employees who identify as an individual with a disability or as a caretaker for someone who’s disability substantially affects a person's life to our gathering on Friday, April 27 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at The Roosevelt Coffeehouse (300 E. Long St.).

Additionally, the summer meeting schedule has been determined as the last Friday of each month: May 25, June 29, and July 27

Please consider joining in conversations.  If you have questions about the ERG, please contact liaison Michael Hicks or Tiffany McClain



Submit your news to Update

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.

Submit your news to students in Campus Life

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.