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Campus Life April 2


Columbus State students spend Spring Break in service

While some students spent hundreds of dollars on exotic Spring break trips, a small group of ten students and five staff spent their break learning about our community and doing service projects. The Columbus State Alternative Spring Break, or “Staycation 2014” was a great experience for all!  

The focus of “Staycation” was to learn about the needs of our urban community and experience those needs hands-on. Service projects provided participants with a unique and memorable week of service as an alternative to the traditional college spring break.

The students started their week by spending time volunteering at Franklin Park Conservatory where they participated in beautification projects, including plant health care, aesthetics, and spring cleanup like raking, cutting back grasses, and pruning.  The students next traveled to the Mid-Ohio Food bank where they sorted and packed more than 8,000 pounds of meat to go out to families and individuals in need across central Ohio. The group ended the week at the Franklin County Dog Shelter where they helped make dog treats and prepared materials for the kennels. 

The participants also spent two to three hours each day at the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus assisting with tutoring, art projects and mentoring youth ages 6 to 18.  To reflect on their experiences, the students participated in a book discussion, daily reflections and group presentations.   


Gospel Ensemble performs in April

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Emma L. Easton, will end Spring Semester by performing concerts in several venues, including Friday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Delaware; Thursday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Bookstore; and Saturday, April 26 at 5:00 p.m. at the King Arts Complex on the new Amos Lynch Plaza. 

Also on Saturday, April 26, at 1:00 p.m., Gospel Ensemble director Emma Easton will present “Ohio’s Gospel Music History,” at the Ohio Village Town Hall at the Ohio Historical Center. 


Lots of employers are hiring!

Join Columbus State’s Career Services for upcoming hiring events that will put you in front of more than 50 employers, large and small.

student at interview

Worthington Cylinders Hiring Event
Wednesday, April 9
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Library Media Studio
Pre-registration is required by April 7 at:

Spring 2014 Career Fair
Wednesday, April 16
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Nestor Hall Lounges
View the growing list of confirmed employers at:

Come prepared! Dress for success, bring copies of your resume, and be ready to interview on the spot.

IT Careers Recruitment
The computer science faculty are hosting employer and recruiter information sessions and a job fair. Students will have the opportunity to learn of the many IT career opportunities available in central Ohio.
Robert Half Technology will be in Franklin Hall 104 on Thursday, April 10 from noon to 1:00 p.m. and they will also hold a job fair in Nestor Hall East Lounge on April 24 from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Student Assistance Center hours to change

The Columbus State Student Assistance Center, in the lobby of Madison Hall, will be changing their hours of service, beginning March 31. The Center will be open on Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Center will also be open from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

During the hours that staff are not available for in-person service, you may contact advisors by phone at (614) 287-5538 or by email at The Student Assistance Center staff will return all phone calls and emails within 24 hours, or on Monday for phone messages received over the weekend.

Student Assistance Center staff are also working to improve access to all basic resources and information on a self-serve basis, for when staff are not available. Improved signage and printed materials will assist you in locating the information you need, when you need it!


Chorus offers spring concert April 13

Join Chorus Columbus State, under the direction of Gordon Franklin, on Sunday, April 13, at 3:00 p.m., at the Columbus Museum of Art’s Darby Court for their Spring Concert.  The choir will be performing Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” and Randall Thompson’s “The Peaceable Kingdom.” Admission to the museum is free on Sundays, and there is no charge for the concert. The Museum is currently under renovation, but continues to showcase their permanent collection, as well as offer special exhibitions and a full slate of programming. Parking is free and plentiful in the Museum lot off Gay Street. Handicap parking is located in the south lot off Ninth Street. Parking meters are also available in the area.


Concert Band to perform April 29

The Columbus State Concert Band, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd, continues its study of band classics Tuesday, April 29, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom (WD fourth floor). The band will perform Gustav Holst's "Second Suite in F," William Grant Still's "To You, America," and John Mackey's "Undertow," as well as many more pieces. The Woodwind Ensemble will also perform. The concert is free and open to the public.



Travel abroad to Mexico this summer!

panorama of ancient site 
Looking down the Avenue of the Dead toward the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan.

Study Spanish in the Mexican City of Eternal Spring this summer, choosing either a two-week (June 28 – July 12) or four-week (June 28 – July 26) study abroad trip.

You will complete either 2 or 4 credit hours in Spanish while studying in Cuernavaca, Mexico. You will be immersed in the Spanish language and culture while living in Cuernavaca with a Mexican host family. You will study with native Spanish speakers at Cemanahuac Educational Community for four hours a day, and then have the rest of the day to explore Cuernavaca and other fascinating places in the Mexican state of Morelos and Mexico City, joining students from around the U.S. and the world!

Some highlights of the trip includetaking field strips to archaeological sites; excursions to Taxco, the silver city, Teotihuacan, the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, Tepoztlan, the enchanting village, and the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City; learning local crafts—cooking and back strap weaving; shopping for incredible handicrafts in the mercados; eating authentic Mexican cuisine and much more.

happy studentsThe cost is$1,949 for the two-week study abroad and $2,939 for four-week trip. This includes airfare, three meals daily, tuition at the Mexican language institute, textbooks, in-country ground transportation, and either two field study trips or four field study trips, depending on the length of your stay.

The prices does not include Columbus State tuition, a passport (required), or excess baggage charges.

 The deadline for application is Friday, April 4, with a $50 deposit.  You can obtain an application from the Department of Modern Languages in Franklin Hall 245, or from lead faculty member Eleanor Optiz.   

Don't miss important activities- Check the calendar!

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