Performing Arts Series at the Lincoln

LloydLast Tuesday’s inclement weather held off just long enough for the first in the Performing Arts Series—the Columbus State Concert Band and the Jazz Ensemble—to perform at the historic Lincoln Theatre.
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Website showcases outstanding faculty

WrightThe first set of faculty profiles shows women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields, starting with Adele Wright, Ph.D., of Mechanical Engineering.
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Part Time Employee of the Month

JuddSue Judd's work on the complex testing and trouble shooting of Datatel systems during the semester conversion earned her the first Part-Time Employee of the Month Award.
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Columbus State Day: Help us showcase what we do!

statueOne of our key events to celebrate our 50th anniversary will be Columbus State Day, when we invite the community to come see what we do best— educate! But first we need your help.
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OATYC conference calls for proposals

The Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges (OATYC) has announced a call for proposals for its annual conference on October 11, 2013 at Stark State College.
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March 11, 2013

Performing the Arts in the Lincoln

High School Exploration Night in Delaware

Earning wellness points

Chronicle Survey coming in March

Rezin, Popovich present

Cougar Challenge 5K

Hills Market to open

Career Services news

Get a Meal-To-Go during Women's Herstory month

March ERG meetings

March 7, 2013

Burrell named March SEOM

Website showcases faculty

"Columbus State Day" key event for idus

Operation Feed

New Professionals ERG meetings

Hostmanship class

Ideas to Go

March 4, 2013

Grant provides internships

Distinguished Full Professors offer perspective

College Success teacher training offered

Weight Watchers at Work

Health Rewards briefings

February 28, 2013

Part time employee of the month

Next "First Wednesday"

Countdown to Health Rewards

Lincoln Theatre performance series March 5

Christopher's open two days a week

Discover your true calling

Being Cultural Beings workshop

Conflict of Interest Questionnaire

February 25, 2013

First Wednesday moved for March

Columbus State Day

OATYC conference

Brother's Keeper panel

Dance institute returns

OSCHE presentation March 1

Board authorizes golf course sale

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

ITDL Seminars

February 21, 2013

Theatre Columbus State presents: A Murder of Crows

Nominate a woman for leadership award

Admissions' one-stop workshops

Librarians chosen for project

Spring Semester Christopher's

Spring Break foodservice hours

Holiday t-shirts

High School automotive techs compete

Operation Ceasefire

Central District Science Day

Employees invited to OSCHE presentation








This week at Columbus State
Monday March 18

Tuesday March 19
Wednesday March 20
Thursday March 21

Destination Day Transfer Fair, 10 a.m. -3 p.m., NH Lounge


Friday March 22

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March 18, 2013

Women in military to be featured March 29

Major General Ashenhurst

Be sure to join the Office of Veterans Services Friday, March 29, when they welcome Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst to discuss “The Challenges and Triumphs of Women in the United States Military” in honor of Women’s History Month.

The free lecture will take place from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom (WD).  Women's History Month celebrates the commitment and contributions by women to our society throughout history. Columbus State is planning a full slate of Women’s History Month activities throughout March.

Appointed by Governor John Kasich in January 2011, Maj. Gen. Ashenhurst serves as the 81st Adjutant General for the Ohio National Guard and holds the distinct honor of being the Guard’s first female Adjutant General.  As a member of the governor's cabinet, she commands the Ohio Army National Guard, Ohio Air National Guard, Ohio Military Reserve and the Ohio Naval Militia.

Board to consider changes in holiday week schedule and personal business leave

Accepting the two-part recommendation made by the Holiday Week Cost Savings Implementation Team, President Harrison will ask the Board of Trustees at its meeting this month to approve the expanded use of Personal Business Leave for this year’s holiday week, and beginning January 1, 2014, to eliminate Personal Business Leave in exchange for four holiday leave days each year between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

See the Implementation Team’s final report here.

If approved by the Board, this year’s holiday week will begin on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013, and end on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2014. Personal business leave and vacation leave can be used by staff and administrators who would like to take off on any or all of the four business days between these two holidays.  Leave without pay is an option for employees who have no personal or vacation leave available but would like to take off during the holiday week.

As was the case this past holiday week, Columbus State will not serve students in person or by phone, and most college buildings will be closed to save energy. Beginning with the holiday week in December 2014 and thereafter, Columbus State will be closed, and only essential employees will be scheduled to work as necessary.

Communication pieces win national, district awards
Columbus State has just received several awards from The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) following the organization’s annual meeting. NCMPR is comprised of marketing and public relations professionals from hundreds of technical and community colleges in the United States and Canada.

logoFor 2012, Columbus State won two awards in the College Video category for The Biggest Learner web video reality series. It won the Gold Award in the District 3 Medallion competition and the Silver Award in the national Paragon competition.

At the District 3 level, our series of highway videos and maps showing how to navigate the many interstate ramp closures near campus picked up a Gold Medallion Award. In addition, Columbus State earned a Bronze Medallion for Media Success. That award recognized last February’s extensive news coverage of the cakes decorated by our culinary arts students for the Columbus Bicentennial celebration. You’ll recall that each cake was designed to resemble city landmarks. 

Cougar Challenge 5K registration now open!

Save the date for Saturday, April 27, when the Second Annual Cougar Challenge 5K will take place.  The location for the race has changed to the Bridgeview Golf Course at 2738 Agler Rd. in Columbus.

Help the Staff Advisory Council raise money for book scholarships by running or walking in the 2013 Cougar Challenge. The race fee is $25 in advance or $35 on race day. You can register three ways:

  1. Register online through April 26. No additional fee added for online registration!

  2. Register and pick up your packet at Second Sole, 1245 N. Hamilton Road, Gahanna, April 24 through 26 during store hours.

  3. Register on race day beginning at 7:00 a.m.

T-shirts for the first 150 registrants! For more information and registration, go online to:

Aviation Maintenance Department hosts hundreds at annual Symposium

symposiumMore than 400 aviation technicians and students attended training sessions at the Symposium.

Columbus State’s Aviation Maintenance Technology hosted the 22nd annual Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium March 13 and 14, at Bolton Field. Over the two-day event, approximately 415 aviation maintenance technicians and students attended recurrent training. For certificated mechanics holding the Inspection Authorization designation by the FAA, the training is required for their annual renewal. The Symposium featured 25 speakers and 39 vendor displays, which were set up in the hangar at the Columbus State Bolton Field Facility.

Mark Harden, FAA Safety Team Ohio Program Manager, presented Columbus State's Aviation Maintenance Technology with the Gold Award for a 2012 Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMT) Program. Associate Professors Gene Sprang and Jeff Gruber, and adjunct faculty member Mike Kent were awarded the Bronze AMT Award for 2012. The Gold AMT Awards are given by the FAA for colleges that have 50 percent of employees who earn the AMT Award. The Bronze AMT Award is given to Aviation Maintenance Technicians who complete a minimum of 12 hours of FAA recurrent training.

Women’s “Herstory” Month events continue after Spring Break!
Columbus State is telling “her” story during March, national Women’s History Month. We will honor women who have made their mark in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics—the STEM fields. The theme is Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Throughout March 2013 – STEM women at Columbus State

Watch during March for profiles of Columbus State women who work in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Cheryl Vaughn teaches chemistry at Columbus State.  Read her story here!

Wednesdays, March 20 and 27 – “Meals to Go” with AVI
Pick up a pre-packaged dinner on your way home from a busy day! Each meal is only $6 and must be ordered in advance to be picked up in Franklin Hall 223 on March 20 or on March 27. Meal pick-ups are from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Franklin Hall 223.

Wednesday, March 20 – Meditation Seminar
Join one of four 30-minute guided meditation sessions with wellness professional Jenifer Long.
Every half hour between 12:00 -2:00 p.m. – Delaware 158

Friday, March 22 – “The Vagina Monologues”
Guest performers from central Ohio will perform monologues about the feminine experience.
7:00 p.m. – Nestor Hall Auditorium

Tuesday, March 26 – Women’s Wellness Fair
Community businesses and campus departments will offer information on women’s health topics and provide screenings.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Nestor Hall Lounges

Wednesday, March 27 – Women Leader Awards Reception
Celebrate the leadership achievements of 10 Columbus State women, with a keynote address by Tasha Lebow, past president of the National Association for Multicultural Education.
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Conference Center Ballroom (WD)

Friday, March 29 – “The Triumphs and Challenges of Women in the Military”
A special presentation by Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, hosted by Columbus State Veterans Services.
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Conference Center Ballroom (WD)

Friday, March 29 - Women’s HERstory Month Pasta Night
Bring your loved ones to an informal dinner with Columbus State, and honor the “sheroes” in your life!
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Conference Center Ballroom (WD)

Columbus State’s non-profit partner for the 2013 Women’s History Month activities is Dôma: Embracing and empowering vulnerable women and children.
For more information on any Women’s History Month event, email, call (614) 287-2426, or come to Franklin Hall 223.

CCSSE kicks off March 25, proctors still needed

cover of surveyVolunteer proctors are still needed to help administer the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE).

The student opinion survey rolls out to classrooms on Monday, March 25 and continues through Monday, April 15.  Students in 130 sections will evaluate the college’s faculty, staff and overall learning environment. 

Results from the 2010 survey were helpful in redesigning student orientation, the student engagement office and career advising.

Call Laurie Johns at ext. 5998 to help with this important activity!

KimbleKimble to retire
Join the entire campus on Wednesday, March 20 to wish Luther Kimble a happy retirement!  The reception will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Center for Workforce Development (WD) 407. Luther has worked as Mail Services Clerk for 22 years!


Spring gardening workshop planned

garden photoHelping Hands in the Garden, an organization made up of Columbus State alumni, students and faculty who assist cancer patients with their landscaping projects, will offer a Spring Gardening Workshop at the Delaware Campus April 6. The workshop will raise money for future Helping Hands projects.

Spring is a very busy season in the garden. Learn how to approach the garden with a plan, a trowel, and a really big smile! Participants should bring their favorite hand pruners, soil knives, and gloves, and dress for the weather including comfortable shoes or boots (for safety reasons, no open-toed shoes). The workshop will go on regardless of weather.

The workshop will be held Saturday, April 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. starting in Moeller Hall Room 111 and 112.  Registration is only $15 and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will include continental breakfast, handouts, and door prizes. Please register by March 29. Contact Elaine Euwer to register or for more information at (614)476-4086 or email

More gardening!
Join the Friends of the Topiary Park this Saturday, March 23 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. for “Mulch Madness,” and help them spread mulch, rake and clean-up for spring!  Volunteers are greatly needed to help this important neighborhood landmark look its best as spring approaches.  Just bring your gardening gloves and the Friends of the Topiary Park will provide the rest!

Bowers Bowers featured in Business First

Michael Bowers, director of the Small Business Development Center at Columbus State was recently profiled in a section of Business First newspaper titled “20 People to Know in Education.” 


Reminder: Ideas to Go
Attend the upcoming Ideas to Go session “Supporting Students’ Basic Needs So They Can Learn.” Bring a lunch and join the discussion on Tuesday, March 19, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in WD 1094. Judah Gartman, former Student Ambassador, and now Ohio Benefit Bank coordinator, will lead the discussion.

Reminder: Academic onboarding session
All employees are welcome to attend the next Academic Onboarding and Renewal program, Friday, March 22, at 1:00 p.m. in CT 107, featuring winners of the Distinguished Full Professor award. The panel will include professors Greg Goodhart, Mathematics; Tom Habegger, Sport and Exercise Studies; Bob Fitrakis, Social Sciences; and Jackie Miller, Nursing. 

Join in a conversation about teaching, learning and leadership with this group of veteran faculty.  Please register in advance.  For more information, contact Rich James, or call ext. 2175.

Reminder: “Great Colleges to Work For” survey open

The survey window is now open for the Chronicle of Higher Education's Great Colleges To Work For survey. If you are one of the 600 employees randomly selected to participate, you may have already received an emailed survey invitation from If you receive this invitation please complete the survey. Your voluntary participation and honest feedback are critical to obtaining a full and accurate assessment. Our institution will not be given any information that would enable us to trace survey data back to any one individual.