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Campus Life February 25


Former Columbus State student helps homeless in Delaware, Marion

two womenJennifer Richardson, left, and fellow OSU student Maria Edler, are working to help the homeless in Delaware.

A Delaware resident and former Columbus State student hopes to ease the burden on the area homeless through a class project for her current degree program at OSU Marion.

Jennifer Richardson, in partnership with fellow student Maria Edler of Marion, is collecting supplies to fill backpacks that will be distributed to the homeless in Delaware and Marion counties.

“I kind of knew right away that I wanted to do something with homelessness,” Richardson said, adding that the bitter cold that has engulfed central Ohio recently helped solidify the idea.

“Just think about them in that situation,” she said.

The items Richardson and her partner are soliciting include hats, gloves, socks and blankets to help combat the cold. In addition, they are also hoping to receive personal hygiene items, flashlights, bottled water and shelf stable food items among other things.

Backpacks, of course, are also welcomed.

Richardson says her goal is to fill 50 backpacks with items that can then be distributed to the needy in the area.

“We’re not going to stop at 50 bags,” she said.

Items and backpacks can be donated at Andrews House, Buehler’s, Columbus State Community College Delaware Campus, HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties, and the Delaware County District Library.

“We’ve had a tremendous response,” Richardson said. “It’s nice to have the entire community coming together to help us. It takes all of us in order to make a change.” If you’d like to help their cause or find out more, visit their Facebook page:


Gap, Inc. offers free employment skills workshop

Gap, Inc. for Community Colleges is coming to Columbus State on Friday, March 6, with a half-day event designed to help you find a job.  The “Style Your Future” workshops are free to attend, and all Columbus State students are invited.

Gap, Inc. for Community Colleges is part of the White House Skills for America’s Future initiative, offering free employability and workplace skills training that will translate to any occupation. Led by Gap, Inc. leaders, these workshops teach you how to better communicate, set priorities and manage people in a fast-paced business environment. Workshops will include “Dress for Success,” “Job Search to Job Offer,” “Problem Solving Skills,” and mock interviews. 

Attendees at the workshop can compete for Columbus State scholarships for upcoming semesters as well as for inclusion in the Gap, Inc. Summer Internship Program.

The event will run from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. on March 6, in the Center for Workforce Development (WD) room 353. You can register for this free event here:


Final Black History Month event is Thursday



Student Engagement making referrals for ‘Scholar House’ apartments

Community Properties of Ohio offers a program called Columbus Scholar House. The Scholar House is subsidized housing that has been designated specifically for full-time students who are parents, and who are enrolled in an Ohio-accredited institution of higher learning; Columbus State is included. Community Properties is currently adding students to a waiting list for brand-new apartments that will be completed later this year. If you are interested in this opportunity, please read more here and fill out the form for a referral: (Log in to The Columbus State Hub to access the page)


‘Strengthening your Core’ workshop offered March 4

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Columbus State’s College Recreation and Wellness Department will offer a free wellness workshop called “Strengthening your Core” on Wednesday, March 4, at noon in the Bookstore Lounge.

In this workshop instructors will explore the best ways to train your core for a strong total body tailored to all fitness levels. This will be an active workshop, but you will be able to perform the movements in any clothing and do not have to wear workout gear.


Reminder: Hospitality Job Fair is March 10

The Hospitality Job Fair is Tuesday, March 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, WD fourth floor. The Job Fair is open to all students looking for work in the hospitality industry.  Go to the Hospitality Management Department’s Facebook page to see a short video about the job fair!


Five reasons to complete your associate degree before you transfer

graduate hugging momReason No. 6? Graduation Day is fun!
Columbus State students often ask, “why complete an associate degree when I plan to transfer and earn my bachelor’s degree?” Here are five reasons why!


No. 1: You will start as a junior.
More than 30 four-year colleges and universities in Ohio guarantee admission with junior status when you transfer with an associate degree.

No. 2: You will save money.
Four years of college at The Ohio State University cost more than $40,000.  If you transfer as a junior, you’ll save $11,000 on the way to your bachelor’s degree. At Ohio University, you can save $22,000 by taking two years at Columbus State - or close to $24,000 if you take three years here in OU’s 3+1 program.

No. 3: You will save even more money!
Earning your associate degree makes you eligible for transfer student scholarships at most four-year colleges and universities.

No. 4: You’ll make every credit count.
By completing every credit course in your associate degree at Columbus State, you will avoid paying higher tuition for those same courses at a university. Columbus State’s transfer agreements and Preferred Pathway partnerships ensure that your credits go with you when you transfer.

No. 5: You will achieve your goals.
Students who transfer after earning an associate degree are 77 percent more likely to finish their bachelor’s degree on schedule, saving time and money along the way to your career!

Find out more about transferring at Columbus State’s Transfer Center in Aquinas Hall 126, or email



Time to nominate Woman Leaders on campus!


March is Women’s History Month, and the annual Outstanding Woman Leader Awards will be given at Columbus State on March 25, at a ceremony hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership and Global Diversity and Inclusion Departments. 

The awards are given each year to students who have served as a role models and provide leadership on campus, exemplify service above self through civic and community engagement, and demonstrate Columbus State values.  Up to 15 students may be selected to win the award. Nominate a student for consideration using the form online here. The deadline to nominate a student is Friday, March 6.

Nominations are also sought for the Dr. Janet M. Rogers Legacy in Leadership Award, given each year to an employee who “exhibits a strong ability to recognize the talents, potential, and emerging abilities of those she leads and interacts with on a daily basis.” The nominee should also demonstrate trustworthy, caring, compassionate, efficient, and effective leadership qualities in her approach to people and her profession. Nominations for this award can be made using this online form, by Friday, March 6.


Don't miss important activities- Check the calendar!

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