Great Performances at the Lincoln

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Columbus State’s music and theater programs will perform various works in a special series at the Lincoln Theatre, starting March 5 with the Columbus State Concert Band, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd and the Columbus State Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Rick Brunetto.
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Biggest Learner's season finale

Which team won this season’s Biggest Learner competition?  Watch the final episode to find out!
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Barnhart's "Titanic" wins three awards

Frank Barnhart“Titanic: A Retrospec-tive,” the play produced by Theatre Columbus State last season, was the winner of three 2012 Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable Awards January 27, including Best Director for theater instructor Frank A. Barnhart.
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Opportunities to explore Learning Assessment

How can our assessment practices both help students learn and make our teaching more effective? How do we know that our students are learning what we say they will learn? Discuss this and more through two upcoming programs.
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Employees invited to participate in Achieving the Dream discussions

logoAs part of the continuing Achieving the Dream project, a number of Columbus State faculty and staff members will facilitate discussions about current gaps in our students’ success.
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Previous Stories:

February 7, 2013

February SEOM Shelley Toale

We're turning 50!

The latest news on CCSSE

Human Resources Policy Forums open to all

Student Landscape Association Valentines flower sale

Destination Days

February 4, 2013

Great Performances at the Lincoln

Deborah Heater joins Columbus State

Greg Bocchino is new director of Advising Services

Cougar Geeks donate computers

OBOR Chancellor Petro retires

Employee development opportunities

Ice Melt cans

January 31, 2013

Master Planning input

Strategic planning sessions

Biggest Learner season finale

"First Wednesday" premieres Feb. 6

ITDL seminars

January 28, 2013

Gotta Golf!

Open Forum for Master Planning

Titanic play wins three awards

Learning assessment programs

Achieving the Dream discussions

ODOT unveils concepts for Long St. wall

Appreciation for Chair

Global Bridges students attend lecture

January 24, 2013

New leadership in Shared Governance

Great Decisions series kicks off

CQI: Proctors needed for survey

Basketball teams aim for tournaments

HPC Wellness Seminars

W-2s now online

Future Cities competition

MindLeaders training

Return mail envelopes to change

January 22, 2013

Achieving the Dream discussions

Windows XP updates

Disability Services testing

ITDL Seminars

Dietetic students collect donations

Carringer to present at AACC in April

Staff Advisory monthly lunch sessions

Travel abroad trip to Guatemala

January 17, 2013

Fireside with Danny Glover

Barnhart, student, nominated

Thanks for survey responses

Advising Services offers success workshops

Babette Money to retire

"Ideas to Go!" conversations

Filmmaker stops by Columbus State

Adams presents at conference

SEaL Blood Drive Program places first

January 15, 2013

Welcome to Spring Semester

Upward Bound receives renewed grant

ESL program recognized nationally

Columbus State is 50!

Disability Services' new testing procedures

Kudos to Keith

Employee Resource Groups

SafeZone training

Improve your Cultural Competency

"Valued Relationships" exhibit in Library

Academic Onboarding and Renewal Program





This week at Columbus State
Monday February 11

Achieving the Dream discussion, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., WD 1094

Tuesday February 12
Wednesday February 13
Thursday February 14

OSU Destination Day, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., NH Lounges

Great Decisions Discussion: "Egypt", 12:30-1:30 p.m., Library Multimedia studio

Human Resources Policy Forum, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., WD Ballroom


Friday February 15

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February 11, 2013

Reminders:  HR Forums are scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, from 2:30 -3:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 14, from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom (WD-435C).

Columbus State Landscape Association members will sell Valentine’s Day flowers in the cafeteria during the day on February 14 to help finance their trip to their national competition, the “Landscape Olympics” in March.

Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) proctors are still needed to fill one-hour slots in March and April during the administration of the survey in various classrooms. Contact Laurie Johns at ext. 5998 to volunteer.

Black History Month activities kick off this week
Celebrate Black History Month 2013 with Columbus State! The theme is “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality” and celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Week of February 11
Random Acts of Kindness Week “Reach Out”
This week will focus on paying good deeds forward in the African American community as well as other diverse communities.

Wednesday, February 13
24th Annual National African American Read-In Chain
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Nestor Hall West Lounge
Attendees are invited to share oral readings and spoken word poetry in honor of the African American Literary Tradition.  Hosted by the Columbus State English Department and sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE.  To sign up, contact: Robyn Lyons-Robinson:

Wednesday, February 13
African American Relationships Town Hall
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.  NH East Lounge
Power Morning Crew Misty Jordan and the Big Man Konata from Power 107.5 will have a conversation with students about healthy family and romantic relationships.  Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Ameena Mu’Min and Kimberly Brazwell.

Tuesday, February 19
5th Annual Brothers Keeper Panel
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Conference Center Ballroom (WD)
Distinguished panelists join the campus and community to discuss issues impacting minority men.

Thursday, February 21
Poets in Black Poetry Reading
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.  Library Studio
Columbus State faculty, staff and students read the poetry and prose of African and African American writers. Hosted by the Columbus State English Department.  Sign up to read with Crystal Clark,

Week of February 25
The Racecard Project
Members of the Columbus State college community share their thoughts or experiences about race and identity in just six words.  More information at

Wednesday, February 27
Thiossane West African Dance Institute
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Nestor Hall East Lounge
Dancers and drummers from Columbus’ premier West African Dance Institute visit Columbus State for a dance clinic and full performance.  For more information email   

All events are free and open to the public. For more information call ext. 2426, visit or email

Census day numbers for Spring Semester in

The preliminary Spring Semester 2013 headcount and full-time equivalent (FTE) numbers, as of the census date, January 28, are now available.  The Columbus State headcount stood at 25,312 paid students with total FTE for Spring 2013 as 15,283.63.

Total census-day headcounts and FTEs by college, campus, distance, regional learning centers and dual enrollment students are available at the following link:

A more detailed report with department summaries will be forthcoming. If you would like more information, contact Jim Hamberg in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at ext. 5643.

Join peer-led exploration of Assessment for Learning
Faculty can take advantage of “The Assessment Process at Columbus State Community College: Practices and Procedures” to be held Friday, February 15 (Location TBA). Faculty Fellows for Assessment, Adam Moskowitz and Lisa Cerrato will lead a conversation about:

  • Understanding and Measuring Learning Outcomes and Program Outcomes

  • Mapping Learning Outcomes to General Education Outcomes

  • Collecting Meaningful Data: Assessment and Validation Reports, and more

Register in advance for this event.  For information on either program contact Rich James  at ext.2175.

Ideas to Go! Scheduled for Feb. 19

The next Ideas to Go! topic will be Meetings That Get Things Done, so bring a lunch and join the discussion next Tuesday, February 19, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in WD 1094. Tony Mandator, project administrator in IT will facilitate.

Do meetings, despite your best intentions, often fail to result in the outcome you hoped for? Meetings are effective when they are designed to serve a specific purpose and those who participate know how to prepare and contribute. Let's share best practices and our own experience with well-designed meetings. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Have a topic to share with Columbus State? Human Capacity Development can help you host an Ideas to Go! conversation. Session hosts provide a brief overview before moving to open conversation. Contact Rich James in Human Capacity Development at ext. 2175 to learn more.

Party dresses needed for donation!

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The Student Engagement and Leadership Office (SEaL) is collecting donations of gently used formal gowns, dresses, shoes and accessories for the Cinderella’s Closet Boutique run by the Fairy Goodmothers organization.  Cinderella’s Closet is a special event held for central Ohio high school girls who may not have the means to purchase them for their proms and spring dances. On Tuesday, February 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., SEaL will collect the donations and students will host a little fashion show in the Nestor Hall study lounge “runway!” 

So bring your daughter’s or your own new or gently used formal gowns and accessories to Nestor Hall on Feb. 26 for a very good cause. The Fairy Goodmothers hope to collect at least 1,500 gowns this year for local kids!

New exhibit opens in Library
The Library is pleased to welcome the works of artist, Valerie Lamb-Steece, the featured artist for the Month of February.  The artist says “Most of the paintings are still life, but some of them are purely from imagination, surprising even me as they are being painted. Bright colors make me happy, and often remind me of a specific place and time. I believe there is a creative person inside every one of us, that if you keep showing up your creativity shows up too.”

The exhibit will be on display in the Main gallery of the Library on the second floor through the end of the month.

Barnhart cast in a principal role in Hairspray

Frank Barnhart

Columbus State Theater instructor Frank A. Barnhart is one of the principal cast members in the musical Hairspray, presented by the SRO Theatre Company in association with CATCO. The musical, featuring a cast of 40 youths and adults, will be staged February 22 – March 10, at the Shedd Theatre in the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, in Columbus.

Barnhart plays Edna Turnblad, the loving and reclusive mother of Tracy Turnblad, a kind-hearted teenager who has a passion for dance and a desire for a spot on a local TV dance show. Edna tries to protect Tracy as the teenager finally achieves her dream and uses her newfound celebrity to try to win the heart of handsome Link Larkin and integrate the TV program.

logoJeni’s Splendid Ice Cream coming to campus!

Stop over to the Fresh Food Court in Delaware Hall on February 26, March 5, March 19 and March 26, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to sample an assortment of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams!