Strategic Planning website now available

moeller hallColumbus State has embarked on a comprehensive process to update our Strategic Plan.  
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Nominate Alumni in preparation for Columbus State's 50th Anniversary

early graduates
Columbus State will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013—the college held its very first classes on September 30, 1963—and we are busy collecting stories of our outstanding alumni and former students for a commemorative history book. 
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Textbook rental program launced

In response to student demand for less expensive textbooks and more textbook options, as well as supporting the campus initiative to make required learning materials more affordable, the Columbus State Bookstore is launching an in-store textbook rental program beginning Autumn Semester.
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Previous Stories:

August 27, 2012

Strategic Planning website

Sunrise on Semesters

Weeks of Welcome

Nominate alumni in preparation for 50th

Columbus State student chosen for Nickelodeon

Terri Miller to retire

August 23, 2012

Sunrise on Semesters celebration

Taste the Future 2012

Textbook rental program

Autumn Semester books still being stocked

Math and Science college readiness

Parking lots closed

August 17, 2012

"Cutover Weekend" on horizon

New process for Tech Prep students

Parking Lots closed for sealing

Basic system info for your desktop

Bookstore offers extended rush hours

August 13, 2012

Police Chief to address grads

Welcome Team Autumn Semester

Starting down the Preferred Pathway

Plagenz helps coordinate summit

Cougar Rewards ending

Upward Bound students complete institute

Speech Rehearsal Lab changes name

Fee Waivers deadline

Notebooks available

August 6, 2012

Quality Awards announced

Foundation receives grant from Cardinal Health

Win with Strengths course

Art exhibit in library

NBC nightly new on campus

ESL Afterschool program gets grant

Book Allowance to increase

Reminder to administrators, managers

Parking garage closed

SPAM emails get new vendor

Win with Strengths date change




This week at Columbus State
Monday August 27

ITDL: Introduction to Blackboard, 1-4 p.m., CT 106

Tuesday August 28
Wednesday August 29
Thursday August 30



Friday August 31

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August 30, 2012

Students create 3-D sculpture to kick off the official Switch to Semesters

What began as a vision has been transformed into a life-size metal sculpture adorned with LED lights to mark the quarters-to-semesters conversion at Columbus State. The artwork is titled “Symbol of Knowledge.”

The landmark Switch to Semesters occasion called for something special. Art instructor Jon Wahling was contacted by Marketing and Communications to see if he could recruit some students to develop a large-scale “switch” for the first day of the term.
His answer was Adrian Rodriguez, 27 and Anthony Costin, 22. Both students had been in Whaling’s 3 Dimensional Design class and were willing to spend part of their summer break collaborating on the project. They originally came up with two concept sketches. President Harrison’s Cabinet made the final selection.

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The sun rises on Semesters August 29!

Rodriguez, an architecture major, said, “We developed two ideas because we wanted the college to have more than one option. We had a more traditional design along with a forward-looking design. Our preference was the forward-looking concept, which is what was ultimately chosen. We think this best represented the occasion of going from the past into the future.”

Costin, who plans to transfer to Ohio State for a degree in graphic design, concurs. “From what we had in our heads to what we could actually develop and make happen was a great challenge,” he said. “I’ve created small items but nothing on this scale. A lot of 3-D design for this project has been on the computer so it’s a perfect learning tool for my career in graphic design.”

Wahling only guided the pair. “It’s been interesting for me. I wanted to be more of a mentor and encourage creativity,” said Wahling. I wanted the students to create an idea and take it through the process from the sketches to the sculpture. They’ve done an outstanding job.”

Mechanical Engineering student Kevin Ferguson also joined the project at that point to help with the machining and fabrication. Ferguson, 38, had spent years as a tool and die maker and machinist. “I’ve done fabrication but never on an artistic level. It’s been a true learning experience,” Ferguson said

The sculpture clearly grabbed the attention and center stage at the official Sunrise on Semesters event on the morning of the first day of classes. Once President Harrison flicked the switch to light up the sculpture, quarters became history and semesters began at Columbus State!

The sculpture will remain on display for now in the Library for staff, students and the community to see. “I live down the street and this is just a way to give back to my community and my neighborhood,” said Rodriquez.

Smart Classrooms Initiative to continue through Autumn Semester

An expansion of smart classrooms on campus began during the summer and will continue through the fall term. Funded by available lab fees, 66 of the college’s classrooms that had limited or no classroom technology will be renovated to the new classroom technology standard. This renovation represents a significant investment in classroom technologies to support teaching and learning and will have the additional benefit of supporting classroom scheduling.

The classroom upgrades will continue through November 2012. During Autumn Semester, work will be moved to nights. This will allow classes to continue without interruption.

projectorSixty-six classrooms will be upgraded with new AV equipment including projectors, control panels,  document cameras, CD/DVD players, and audio.

During Phase I, 36 classrooms will be completed by the end of September 2012; Phase II  includes 23 classrooms completed by mid-November 2012, and Phase III adds 7 classrooms completed by the end of November 2012. The entire list of classrooms and scheduled work dates can be found at the smart classroom website.

Training videos on how to use the new equipment are available at the smart classroom website. In addition Media Services will support faculty through one-on-one training or seminars. Simply contact the Help Desk and ask for Media Services support for a new smart classroom, or visit the website at additional information.

Missed Taste the Future over summer break?

You can see a highlight video produced by Mark Van Horn here, and also view just a few of the hundreds of photos taken by students in the Digital Photography program, in this photo gallery!

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2012 Restored Citizen Summit held Aug. 24

logoThe Restored Citizen Summit was held August 24 in the Columbus State Conference Center, sponsored by the Columbus Urban League. The purpose of the summit was to provide ex-offenders with an agenda to support their re-entry into the workforce. The event included a panel of community leaders moderated by 10TV’s Jerry Revish.  A resource fair allowed attendees to meet with a number of organizations, including Columbus State representatives, to discuss starting a business, financial resources for going back to school, child support, BMV assistance, resume assistance and more. Free professional clothing was also available for all participants.

LogisticsART Project coordinator, Keith Wollenberg, presented “Learn a Trade, Learn a Skill” at a breakout session where he discussed grant-funded programs and non-credit options offered through the Community Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) division. Former Columbus State student Maria Ford also talked with interested attendees about Columbus State’s degree programs. Ford now works for the Department of Job & Family Services and helped The Urban League to create the Summit.

Autumn Semester textbooks still coming in

The Bookstore is receiving many new Autumn Semester textbooks daily. Please note the stock on the website may not reflect current in-stock availability in the store.  Students are encouraged to contact the store to check book availability at (614) 287-2427, select option 2.  Please review the out-of-stock report listed online to check on estimated book delivery dates:

cart photoLeslie’s Creperie was inspired by European fare the owner tasted on her honeymoon!

New food carts now on campus!

Several new food cart options are now located in and around the Columbus statue.  There is a Rolley-Pulley cart (Carolina-style pulled pork sandwiches) open from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., or until sold out, Monday through Thursday.  The Skyward Grille cart is open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon.-Thurs., 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Friday, and 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturday. The Leslie’s Creperie cart (sweet and savory crepes and coffee) is open from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. and the Noodle Bowl cart is still located in its original position on the west end of Nestor Hall, although it was spotted on the main mallway the first day of the semester!


“Chat and Chew” book club begins Sept. 26

book coverColumbus State’s Preferred Pathway Program, in conjunction with The Ohio State University First Year Experience’s Buckeye Book Community, will explore the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Sklott.  You are invited to participate in a lunch-time Book Club to discuss this book with Columbus State students, faculty and staff!

Join the Book Club for one of the following Chat and Chew times: Wednesday, September 26, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. or Thursday, September 27, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. The locations will be announced later.

Henrietta Lacks was a 31-year-old black mother of five in Baltimore when she died of cervical cancer in 1951. Without her knowledge, doctors treating her at Johns Hopkins took tissue samples from her for research. They spawned the first viable, indeed miraculously productive, cell line—known as HeLa. These cells have aided in medical discoveries from the polio vaccine to AIDS treatments. More information about this book can be found at:

If you would like to participate in this Book Club, RSVP by September 24 to Janet McDermott, with the session you would like to attend.

Counseling Services, Veterans Services to host Open Houses

The newly moved offices of Counseling Services and Veterans Services will host Open House events the third week of the semester to help students, staff and faculty familiarize themselves with their location and services.

The Counseling Services Office will hold their Open House Tuesday through Thursday, September 11-13 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the lower level (Seminar Rooms) of Nestor Hall.  They will offer refreshments to visitors on Tuesday.  More information is available by calling ext. 2818.

The Veterans Services Office will host their Open House on Thursday, September 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in their new office in Delaware Hall Room 156! You will also find refreshments at this Open House, so stop on by!

More mentors urgently needed for the MAN Initiative!

The MAN Initiative is a retention program that focuses on character-building and leadership development for male students who may be at risk or have barriers to their success and attainment.  In exchange for their work in the MAN Initiative program, these students receive a $250 scholarship per semester as well as a personal mentor and a peer mentor.     

The Office of Diversity Initiatives has successfully recruited more than 50 students for the program, but less than 30 people have signed up to mentor.  The most important component of the MAN Initiative’s work is mentoring and your help is needed to ensure all 50 students have excellent mentors during their MAN Initiative experience. The orientation for students is September 5.  Do it for the student connection.  Do it for a PERFORMS goal.  Make a difference in a student’s life this year!

For a mentor application, contact the MAN Initiative at or call ext. 2426. All mentors will receive mentor training! 

Pono learning community - only a few spots left!

The Office of Diversity Initiatives is now finalizing seats for the 2012/2013 Pono (diversity) Learning Community cohorts on the Columbus campus and the Delaware campus.  Each cohort meets for eight sessions during a semester and is led in discussions ranging from race and religion to disabilities and classism. 

For more information on how to apply for a spot in a Pono cohort this year, contact or call ext. 2426.

Pono, the word itself, means “right,” and describes that exquisite sense of rightness that comes from being at one with everything. It is based on the ancient Hawaiian belief in spirit greatness and self- power, in the unconditional love and compassion for, and the spirit connections between, all things. (From Ka Hana Pono © Copyright 2000 by Connie Rios.)

Columbus State Employee Resource Groups are growing

The Diversity and Study Abroad Programs department is proud to host the college’s official Employee Resource Group (ERG) program.  This initiative aids us in reaffirming our commitment to each other as colleagues and our commitment to Columbus State students.  ERGs do this by providing more targeted and in-depth networking opportunities for diverse faculty, staff and administrators.  The program is designed to help employees build relationships as well as a deeper sense of community with other employees who share their unique self-selected lenses of diverse identities. 

Currently, the college has four ERGs:  a Women’s ERG, Men’s ERG, Minority ERG and Spectrum, the LGBT ERG.  Last academic year, numerous meetings and events took place for ERGs including an all-ERG networking reception with President Harrison and other leadership on campus.  The college is looking forward to adding more opportunities for employees to get connected through ERGs. 
Columbus State’s newest Employee Resource Groups will be:

International ERG
Launch meeting:  Tuesday, September 4, at 2:30 p.m.
Library Studio
ERG Liaisons: Lilia Bermudez and Edgar Velez

New Professionals ERG (professionals under 40)
Launch meeting TBA
Liaison: Elise Meyers

Veterans ERG

Launch meeting TBA
ERG Liaison:  Jay Favuzzi

Please contact or call ext. 2426 to be added to the ERG listserv(s) of your choice or to get more information on the coming ERG meetings for all seven groups.

Viva Columbus Crew!

logoIn celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Diversity and Study Abroad Programs Department is hosting a Columbus State outing to the Columbus Crew game against Chivas USA on Wednesday, September 19.  The game starts at 7:30 p.m.
Prior to the game, we will meet in the front of the stadium to take a Columbus State picture.  Then we’ll head in and root for the home team!  For more information, contact Kim Brazwell at ext. 2426 or  Celebrate Hispanic and Latino/a heritage and GO CREW!