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April 12, 2017



Trivia Titans

at the Trivia tournament
President Harrison’s team in the Trivia Tournament at yesterday’s Delaware Day waits for the next question to be announced. The tournament was a popular event at the day-long festival that featured student presentations, open-house sessions, food trucks, games and activities at the Columbus State Delaware Campus.


Taking only online classes? Let us know how we’re doing

This Spring Semester, Columbus State students who are only enrolled in distance learning courses have the unique opportunity to participate in the Survey of Online Student Engagement (SOSE) conducted by the University of Texas at Austin. The survey’s focus is on your online student experience here at Columbus State.

This survey is being completed by online learners from across the United States and we’d like to have your feedback as input. Completion of this survey is voluntary and does not impact course grades in any way. Your faculty member(s) will not know you completed this survey.

To complete the survey, please refer to an email that was sent on March 27 from Columbus State President Dr. David Harrison. It includes the link to complete this survey, along with some additional information. Your responses will be used to help us better understand the perspective of online students and help faculty and administrators examine and improve our educational practices and offerings for online students. Reminder emails may be sent to you in the coming weeks. 

We appreciate your willingness to help us learn from your experience. For more information, email


Poet Maggie Smith to read April 19


For the Library’s celebration of National Poetry month, poet Maggie Smith will perform a public reading of her work in the Multimedia Studio on Wednesday, April 19, at 1:00 pm. The event is free, open to the public, and there will be light refreshments and a raffle prize for attendees.

Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Weep Up (September 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (2015); and Lamp of the Body (2005). Her poems appear in Best American Poetry, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Guernica, Plume, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Her 2016 poem, “Good Bones,” was hailed as the "official poem of 2016" by PRI (Public International Radio) and has since been translated into nearly a dozen languages. She lives in Bexley, Ohio, and is a freelance writer and editor.


Your Degree Audit System is about to change

Goodbye to the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS,) and welcome to “u.achieve.” u.achieve is Columbus State’s new degree audit reporting system that will replace DARS. It has the same great functionality, with a new look, better instructions, and some added features.

What will change with u.achieve?
You will still login through CougarWeb. You can still run academic programs and “what-if” audits. You can still create your planned courses and view exceptions. But now you will be able to run Transfer Evaluations, and requesting a degree audit is much more streamlined. For example, adding your Planned Courses is simpler and clearer in u.achieve:
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Student veterans work ‘MASH’ Pantry in Delaware

students helping at food pantry

Students in the Columbus State Veterans Organization recently helped to hand out produce and fruit at the Military and Service Heroes (MASH) Pantry at VFW Post 3297 in Delaware. The pantry distributes the products to needy veterans on the second Saturday of each month. The students helped distribute several hundred pounds of potatoes, onions, oranges and grapefruit.  Student veterans who helped out were Alex Brailer, John Townsend, Lisa Upperman, Ian Guttendorf, Thomas Wike and Sean Manahan.


photo of Wondie

Reminder: Fulbright Scholar to lecture April 19

The Columbus State Psychology Department and The Ohio State University Center for African Studies will cohost Fulbright Scholar Dr. Yemataw Wondie, from the University of Gondar, Ethiopia, on Wednesday, April 19, at 9:00 a.m. in Delaware Hall 121.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Nicole Brandt.


Office of Student Conduct to host three upcoming events

The Office of Student Conduct is working on three upcoming events of interest: a legal aid event and a book launch April 26, and an employment expo May 10. 

Student Conduct will partner with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus to host an event called “Clean Slate,” providing assistance in addressing legal matters such as consumer debt, landlord-tenant issues, record sealing and more. It will be held Wednesday, April 26, starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD.

The free event is open to the public, but pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure participants can be seen and receive free legal consultation. RSVP at or by calling (614)241-2001.

Then, join the Enrollment Review Team for the official book launch of Columbus State alumnus Harley Blakeman’s book “Grit: How to Get a Job and Build a Career with a Criminal Record.” The launch will be held Wednesday, April 26, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Ohio State Blackwell Hotel, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus.

After completing his coursework at Columbus State, Harley continued to The Ohio State University to complete his bachelor’s degree. Come hear his story about overcoming his past difficulties, and network during his book release.

And finally, the Office of Student Conduct, in partnership with Franklin County Municipal Courts and others, invite the campus community to attend the 2017 Employment Expo, Wednesday, May 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Conference Center.  This career and resource fair is free and open to the public and will provide tangible employment and empowerment opportunities. Many of the employers scheduled to be on site are open to hiring great candidates regardless of criminal backgrounds or justice involvement. For more information, visit The Hub.  


Student Nurses’ Health Fair coming April 26

health fair

The graduating class of Nursing students will host their annual Health Fair on Wednesday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall student lounges. The students partner with local health agencies and representatives for the fair such as Columbus Fire Department, LifeLine of Ohio, the Massage Therapy Department, OhioHealth and more.

Free health checks will be available such as skin cancer screening, blood pressure, diabetes, stroke risk, mental health, cholesterol, and nutrition screenings.   

The students are also collecting items to donate to the United Methodist Free Store, including clothing and household items, new or used children’s toys, eyeglasses, and used cell phones, which are given to victims of domestic abuse after being cleared of all data.

There will be a bake sale at the Health Fair as well, for the students to raise money for their Pinning Ceremony at the end of the semester.


Men of the Year Awards to be held May 3, nominate today

The MAN Initiative program will sponsor the annual Men of the Year Awards on Wednesday, May 3, at 6:00 p.m., to recognize the contributions made by men of character around the college, including faculty, staff, and students. You may click here to nominate someone as a 2017 MAN of the Year. Nominations are due by Monday, April 24. This event is free, includes dinner, and is open to guests. For more information, contact Brett Welsh.


CCAD hosts 65th annual film festival

The 65th Columbus International Film and Video Festival, the oldest film festival in the United States, showcases world-class independent films in central Ohio.  Presented by Columbus College of Art & Design, the Festival runs April 19 to 23, and features compelling feature-length films, documentaries, short films, cartoons, and student work. To see the listings or buy tickets to any of the films, visit



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