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February 15, 2017



Have your taxes done free

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You can have your federal and state income tax returns prepared free of charge by IRS-certified accounting students, starting February 16 and continuing through April 8.

The tax preparation is done as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Taxes are prepared on Thursdays, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the Columbus Campus.

To have your tax returns prepared, schedule an appointmentwith Hands-on-Columbus, at 211 locally, or (614)221-2255, when calling from outside the 614 area code.

Want to do your own taxes, with free online help? Complete tax returns on your own through the Ohio Benefit Bank self-serve website. For more information, contact student advocate Maria Latschar.


Student Ambassadors offer open mic today!

Join the Student Ambassadors for an “open mic” Wednesday, February 15, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio, where you are invited to share a poem, essay, rap, or any spoken word form you like. The themes are Black History Month, and Celebration of Love.



‘Poets in Black’ is next week

Next week’s Black History Month special event is the annual “Poets in Black,” poetry and spoken word event, which will be held Thursday, February 23, from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio. If you would like to read a poem, essay or excerpt at the event, contact Crystal Clark. Poets in Black is free and open to the public.


Healthy eating screening and information available Feb. 28

Learn more about eating disorders and developing a positive body image at a National Eating Disorders Awareness event to be held Tuesday, February 28, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall west lobby. Healthy Eating screenings will be offered, and a professional will be available to discuss eating habits, healthy body image, support services, and how to make healthy choices.


Volunteers needed for emergency preparedness exercise

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Members of the Central Ohio Healthcare Preparedness Coalition will conduct a full-scale, mass casualty disaster exercise on Tuesday, April 4, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Mapfre Stadium.

Your assistance as a volunteer is needed to help make Central Ohio better prepared!

The exercise will test and evaluate emergency response plans of Columbus hospitals, law enforcement, fire, EMS, and local and state agencies. It will be the largest exercise ever conducted in Central Ohio with hundreds of participating responders. 

Volunteers play a significant role in ensuring the success of an event by creating a realistic exercise environment. Although the details of the scenario cannot be disclosed, efforts are now underway to recruit volunteers to portray accident victims. These individuals will be made up to simulate injured victims. The majority of these roles will be scripted to aid in character development and role-play. All volunteers must be at least 15 years of age to participate. A firm commitment is requested when registering for this exercise. The event will be held rain or shine. To read more or register as a volunteer, go to


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