Tell us what you think about Columbus State's Master Plan

Columbus State’s master planning process began in August 2011 with extensive research, including over 100 stakeholder engagement sessions. Faculty, students, staff, administrators and the communities of both the Columbus and Delaware campuses have been engaged in the work.
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Black History Month Activities

thumbnailCelebrate 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.
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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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February 14, 2013

Visit Day Feb. 18

"Major Fairs" let students explore

Master Plan feedback

Experience an Evening in Ancient Greece

SAC Lunch: retirement planning

Caregivers Employees Resource Group

Freeman recognized for service

Rhyan earns award

Are you committed to the success of EVERY student?

ITDL seminars

Customer Appreciation Day at bookstore

Education Commission seeks input

February 11, 2013

Black History Month activities

Numbers for Spring Semester

Peer-led assessment

Ideas to Go!

Party dresses needed

New exhibit opens in Library

Barnhart cast in principal role in Hairspray

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream on campus

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






This week at Columbus State
Monday February 18

Columbus State Visit Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

logoRed Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., NH Lounge

Tuesday February 19
Wednesday February 20
Thursday February 21

Staff Advisory Council (SAC), 1:30-3:30 p.m., NH 027


Friday February 22

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February 18, 2013

Locally experienced leader joins Foundation

Pam Bishop

A seasoned fundraising professional has arrived at Columbus State to oversee the Columbus State Foundation. Pam Bishop begins her role today as the Foundation’s new Executive Director. The Foundation is responsible for planning, acquiring and distributing charitable gifts to support the college’s strategic goals and priorities, including scholarships to students.

Bishop literally moved down the street from BalletMet where she has served its Director of Development since 2004. During her tenure, she and her team raised more than $2 million annually for BalletMet. She also established a planned giving society and launched a $1.2 million campaign to maintain operations during the economic downturn.

Entering her new role, Bishop said, "I am eager to begin working with Columbus State President David Harrison, the Foundation Board of Directors, and college and community leaders to create a new model for philanthropic support that will advance the mission of Columbus State and, ultimately, help students succeed."
Bishop’s previous experience includes positions with the Columbus College of Art & Design and Children’s Hunger Alliance. She has a B.S. degree from Western Michigan University.

As the Columbus State Foundation Executive Director, Bishop will oversee all charitable giving to the college and coordinate the annual Taste the Future culinary event. Last summer, that single event raised more than $100,000 for student scholarships.

Distinguished Teaching nominations received from students

Columbus State students have recognized faculty who made a difference in their learning in 2012 by nominating 70 for the Distinguished Teaching Award. Of those nominated, 35 have submitted portfolios for review by the selection committee. Portfolios will be reviewed this month and from that group ten finalists will be selected for classroom observation. Four final winners will be selected and recognized during an awards ceremony later this year. Learn more about the award at: Congratulations to all of the nominees for 2012:

Susan Accetturo
Aaron Alford
Sam Andriani
Selloane  Asiamah
David Bader
Michael Bailey
Beth Barnett
Rick Bartlett
Cathy Bill
Erica Brumbaugh
Rebecca Cain
Paul Carringer
Steve Chordas
Brigitte Cobbs-Christmon
Mary Collins
Michele Cotterman
Lynn Cox
Renee Deveaux
Jennifer Dragoo
T.J. Duda
Ron Elizaga
Dave Elliott
Jeanette Ferguson

Lisa Gordon
Omega Griffin
Tony Hage
Kevin Hall
James Heilman
Elizabeth Helms
Deborah Hoffman
DeJuan Hood
Dorothy Husband
Tamera Jackson
Carter Jastram
Jennifer Jones
Eric Kenz
Debra Knapke
Elaine Kravitz-Sheppard
Melissa Luebben
Robert Markin
Anna Mascio
Brenna Michelis
Larry Miller
Christel Morgan
Gunta Nies

Todd Paciorek
Nikki Pappas
Benjamin Pugno
John Racster
Rita Ralph
Don Ricker
Peter "Bo" Riley
Robert Ryder
Dave Sarmir
Chan Siriphokha
Shuana Sowga
Fauna Stout
Paula Tatera
Rebecca Test
David Tom
Jorge Vallejos
Brandi Walker
John Wallace
John Wetzel
William White
Frederick Woodley
Danielle Woods
Mike Wright

Valentine’s Day finery

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Members of the Testing Center and Advising Services staff donned their formal finest on Valentine’s Day to make their students feel special! They are, front, from left: Denise Cashon, Michelle Teasley, Lenora Knowles, Alainna Swenson, and Janelle Simms. Top row from left are: Aisha McGrapth, Jason Woljta, Terrence Kennedy, Jean-Claude Ba, Jr., and Sydni Howard.

Improvements being made to student email
Columbus State student email is being upgraded from Live@Edu to Office 365, during the week of Spring Break (March 8 – March 16).
The new student email accounts in Office 365 will include file sharing through SharePoint Online, online MS Office programs for creating and reading documents, instant messaging, and online meetings. Students can find complete instructions online at

Akers presents at college personnel conference

Jeff Akers, coordinator in the Regional Learning Centers, co-presented with Kadia Reid, a colleague from Franklin University, at the Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA) conference held in Worthington January 31 and February 1.

Their presentation, “The New Normal – Nontraditional Students’ Impact on Traditional Institutional Operations,” gave institutional leaders across Ohio a picture of the changing dynamic that non-traditional student populations will have at two- and four-year institutions. Utilizing research from the National Center for Educational Statistics, reports from the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Back to School by Mark Rose, and other resources, the presentation identified and updated attendees on federal and state guidelines and regulations, and provided institutional best practices for incorporating and managing the needs of non-traditional students.

Cook to have play performed in March
William A. Cook (Bill Cook), associate professor of Humanities, will have one of his plays, “The Promised Land,” performed at Columbus Performing Arts Center on Franklin Avenue, March 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 at 8:00 p.m. and March 24 at 2:00 p.m. The performance will be directed by Joe Bishara, Associate Artistic and Managing Director of CATCO. Tickets are $12 and available at the door.

Rosenberg to exhibit art

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“Circus” from the Twins and Triplets series by Melinda Rosenberg.

Melinda Rosenberg, adjunct faculty member in Humanities, will exhibit her “Works in Wood” from March 7 – May 5 at the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening Street in Worthington. The Artist’s Reception will be held Thursday,  March 7,  from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Two galleries will exhibit the works; one contains sets of wooden wall pieces that are meant to be viewed in comparison to each other called “Twins and Triplets” and in the other is a series of wall sculptures based on a set of toy blocks called "Playing with Blocks."

SEaL to offer Civil Rights writing competition
The Diversity and Study Abroad Programs and the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) Departments will offer a civil rights essay contest for students called “The New Voice of the Civil Rights Movement” in honor of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students are asked to share their perspective of the present-day civil rights movement and history’s impact on present-day social justice successes and challenges.  The deadline is March 8, and the four final winners will receive a scholarship to attend the Civil Rights Heritage Tour. The MLK Holiday Commission, in collaboration with the City of Columbus Community Relations Commission will sponsor the tour April 2- 6, which will retrace the steps of Dr. King and other civil rights heroes.

The deadline for entries to the contest is March 8. Students can get an entry form in the SEaL office in Nestor Hall.

COMPASS and ACT placement score ranges change

The Testing Center has made changes to the COMPASS/ESL Placement scores effective on Saturday, February 9. Mathematics and reading COMPASS placement score ranges and the mathematics ACT score ranges have also been adjusted, as well as the courses for which students are eligible to schedule.  Writing placement scores have not been changed at this time. 

If you would like a copy of the new COMPASS and ACT Semester Placement Scores Chart, or have any questions about the changes, please contact Jessica Tomasek or Vera Beslin