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Campus Life March 18

Win a trip on the Civil Rights Heritage Tour!

King home
Martin Luther King’s boyhood home in Atlanta, Ga., is on the tour.

The Department of Global Diversity and Inclusion in collaboration with the Department of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) wants to hear from you about civil rights.

In 1000 words or less, please tell us about a modern-day civil rights movement—taking place in the U.S. or abroad—that is important to you. Why are you passionate about this movement? What similarities and differences do you see between this movement and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ‘60s?

We will select four winners of this essay/poetry contest, who will receive a scholarship to attend the City of Columbus and Community Relations Commission-sponsored 2014 Civil Rights Heritage Tour.  The Tour is a bus trip April 22 through 26 which will retrace the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King and other civil rights heroes. You can read more about the tour here: .

The deadline to submit your essay or poetry is Monday, March 31. Either bring your essay to the Global Diversity & Inclusion Office, in Franklin Hall 233, or email your submission to Sarah Baker.

A sure sign of spring - visible parking spaces!

parking lot photoThe Columbus State Police Department has a friendly reminder about avoiding citations, now that spring is here. Enforcement has been lenient when parking spaces were snow covered, but now that parking lines are becoming visible again, be careful and park within the lines so others have space to park too.  And if you need a temporary hang tag for a different car you're driving to campus, the campus police would be happy to provide you one—get it in their lower-level Delaware Hall office. 

Get Covered America offers insurance workshops on campus

logoGet Covered America will host several free health insurance workshops to help students and members of the community get connected to the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

Trained enrollment assisters will be on hand to help attendees understand the new health insurance options, help with the enrollment process, and help figure out which health insurance option fits their budget. The event is free and open to the public. The workshops will be offered on Tuesday, March 18, from noon to 4:00 p.m.; Friday, March 21, from 9:00 noon; and Tuesday, March 25, from noon to 4:00 p.m.—all in the Center for Workforce Development (WD). For more information, or to register for one of the workshops, go online to Get Covered America.

“Happiness researcher” to speak March 27

MyersLearn about the scientific pursuit of happiness with Dr. David Myers, professor of psychology at Hope College and author of several books on psychology, faith, and happiness. Dr. Meyers will delve into such issues as “what is happiness?” and “is there a secret to happiness?”

The lecture will be held Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium, and is free and open to the public. Worth Publishers is sponsoring the event. According to Dr. Meyers, happiness, like cholesterol level, is a genetically influenced trait. As cholesterol is influenced by diet and exercise, so is our happiness -- to some extent -- under our personal control.

There are some research-based suggestions for improving your mood and increasing your satisfaction with life. Come to this lecture to find out more about the “demography of happiness,” “the Satisfied Mind,” “the traits of happy people,” and much more!  Students enrolled in some psychology classes will receive extra credit for their attendance. Check with your professor!

Interested in becoming a Student Ambassador?

Ambassador with guest
Student Ambassador Katrina De Los Santos was a hostess at a Columbus State special event last year.

It's a competitive world out there! If you’re seeking to meet your educational, career, and life goals, you need a competitive advantage. The Student Ambassador Leadership Program provides an incredible co-curricular experience that gives you knowledge, skills, experience and attitudes needed to be a 21st century leader.

Student Ambassadors achieve academic success with a minimum of 2.7 G.P.A. and throughout the Student Ambassador Leadership Program, they develop into a community of learners, leaders, and achievers. Participants in the program represent and promote the face of the Columbus State, sharing their Cougar pride through on-campus programs, work within departments and offices, and civic engagement opportunities.  Recruitment for 2014-2015 Ambassadors, who begin in August, is now open! Students selected for the program will earn $8.00 an hour when working for the college.

If you’re interested in becoming an ambassador for Columbus State, stop in Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) in Nestor Hall 116 or go online to the Campus Life tab and click on Student Ambassadors to fill out an application. 

Latin American Film Series offered

posterThe next offering the Columbus State’s Latin American Film Series, co-sponsored by the Ohio State Center for Latin American Studies, will be “El Hombre de Al Lado - The Next Door Man,” Thursday, March 20, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Franklin Hall 110. The films are free and open to the public.   The rest of the schedule of films includes “La Mosca en la Ceniza -The Fly in the Ashes,” on Thursday, April 3, at 3:30 p.m. in FR110; and “Silencia – Silences,” on Thursday, April 17, at the same time and place!

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.  

Student Leadership Awards to be given in April

Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) announces the 2013-2014 Student Leadership Awards, which will be awarded at a special reception on April 10. The awards are an opportunity for members of the campus community to recognize the achievements of student leaders, organizations, and/or advisors

All nominations must be completed and returned to SEaL by Monday, April 1, and self-nominations are accepted. In order to be eligible, the student leader or student club leader being nominated must be a currently enrolled student or recognized club or organization including Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL), athletics, and peer mentors.

Award categories range from Student Club of the Year to Most Improved Club, and others.  You can find a Student Leadership Awards Nomination Form online, as well as a description of the award categories, here.  Nominate your club today!


Women’s Herstory Month 2014 month, “Take Action: Character, Courage, Commitment”

All events are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, March 19
Take Action: Wellness and Empowerment Fair, featuring My Very Own Blanket
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Delaware Hall Gymnasium Moved to Nestor Hall, West Lounge

This event focuses on the education, empowerment, health and well-being of women of all ages. Maintaining good health and wellness takes a conscious effort and dedication! Participants will be empowered to achieve their full potential by living holistically.  In addition to the fair, participants can impact their community by creating a blanket for a youth in foster care; the blankets will benefit My Very Own Blanket.

Monday, March 24
Take Action: Show Your Courage and Donate Blood
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Nestor Hall, West Lounge

Everyone at Columbus State is given an opportunity to enhance the lives of others by “giving the gift of life” during regularly scheduled Blood Drives. Feel free to give of yourself and receive rewarding gratification that only giving brings.

Wednesday, March 26 
Women’s Herstory Month: Leadership Awards and Celebration
Featuring Keynote Speaker Dawn Tyler Lee, Senior Vice President of Community Impact, United Way of Central Ohio
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Workforce Development Center, Ballroom

Celebrate the Outstanding Women Leaders of Columbus State! Both employees and students will be recognized for their leadership and achievements. Light refreshments will be served.  Event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 26
Women's "Herstory" Month Speed Networking
Workforce Development Center Ballroom
Following the Leadership Awards at 1:00-2:00 p.m. 

Attend this workshop to experience speed networking/mentoring with women leaders! Participants can also enter to win prizes. During this workshop, you will gain networking tips, and then, just like speed-dating, rotate in groups and have opportunities to seek advice from several women leaders from the community. Topics will include professional growth, health, being a more inclusive leader, civic and community engagement, dreaming big, and more!


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