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Sign up for success with new On-Time Registration!

students with laptopThe new On-Time Registration Policy is in effect for Fall Semester, and the final day to sign up “on time” is August 14. From August 15-September 12, you can still register “late,” and a late registration fee will show up on your student account—however, this fee will be waived for Fall, as we all get used to this new policy. (For Spring Semester, you will pay a $100 late fee if you register late, add, or change sections after the on-time registration period.)

As usual, your instructor’s permission is required to process any registration changes after the start of the semester, or class. Registration for any classes Fall Semester is closed after September 12.

Here’s why you should register on time:

  • Studies show that if you’re in class from day one, you’re more successful.
  • You’re more likely to get into a required class or your preferred section
  • You’ll save money by avoiding that late fee, and you’ll maximize your financial aid.
  • On-time registration helps you to plan and practice time management
  • You’ll avoid all that stress and last-minute scrambling for classes
  • And if you plan ahead and register on time, you’ll get the most out of each semester!

Special notes: Classes that begin after the start of the full term have a registration deadline of two weeks prior to the start of that class. Some departmental deadlines may be earlier, so check the schedule carefully.


Two new political classes offered this fall!

Two “Special Topics” Politics classes, taught by Professor Robert Fitrakis, will be offered Fall Semester, and you can register for them now!

JFK campaigningCampaigns and Elections
(POLS 1194-001-50958) is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

You will learn the basics of the road to the White House, how to get a seat in Congress, and how to run for local office. You will discuss and analyze the 2012 election as it unfolds, and get credit for getting involved in campaigns and election protection.

Politics & the Media (POLS-1194-H01-51032) is a Hybrid Course online and in-class on Mondays at 6:00-7:20 p.m. In this class you will learn about the role of a free press in a free society and how to identify the “News That Didn’t Make the News and Why.” Professor Fitrakis will help you analyze local and national political news and speak with local media professionals. You will create your own media. The class will submit the top censored stories to the national Project Censored organization.


Attend a MAN Initiative session Aug. 2

The MAN (Male Access Network) Initiative invites you to attend an informational session on Thursday, August 2, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Library multimedia studio. This is a great time to talk with members of the 2012 – 2013 MAN Initiative Team who can give you detailed information on what the program will be like for participants this year. Interested individuals can also apply for the program at this time. For more information, contact or call (614) 287-2426.


Ramadan observance on campus

Friday, July 20, began the observance of Ramadan, the holiest month in Islam. Observed by more than a billion Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a time for spiritual purification achieved through a fast. Diversity and Study Abroad Programs is partnering with the Library to provide a space during this special time for our Muslim community members to be able to observe Ramadan together on Friday afternoons in the Library multimedia studio from 1:00–3:00 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. Khutbah. Dates are: July 27, August 3, 10 and 17. Make sure to wish each other a Happy and Peaceful Ramadan.


Scholar House offers low-cost housing for students

Community Properties of Ohio offers a program called Columbus Scholar House (CSH). CSH is located at 17th Ave. and Long St., and has 10 units of subsidized housing that have been designated specifically for full-time students enrolled in an Ohio accredited institution of higher learning and maintaining a minimum 2.5 GPA. The student must be income qualified for Section 8 Housing. Community Properties of Ohio would like Columbus State students to learn more about this great housing opportunity. View flyer here.


XC runners graduate and continue studies

The Cougar Cross Country Club is happy to announce that Phillip Cochran and founder and president of the cross country club, Spencer Gardner, are in the process of completing their academic studies at Columbus State and have already earned full academic scholarships to their next colleges.

group photoFrom left are: Spencer Gardner, Phil Cochran, and Club Advisor Mark Sommer.

Cochran received the Dean's scholarship at Otterbein University, and is strongly considering a health-related field such as Sports Management. “The XC and track coaches at Otterbein have been very encouraging and I plan to participate in both sports,” said Cochran.

The XC Cougars also want to honor the achievements of Club President Spencer Gardner for his consistent display of leadership and dedication in club training runs and local racing events.

“Spencer has been an inspiration,” said Club Advisor Mark Sommer. Gardner has accomplished much more than just his XC club exploits. Before earning his Associate of Science last June, he was a Student Ambassador, Peer Tutor, member of PTK, STEMM club, Fantastic Fridays, and Teacher Assistant for students taking Biology 111 and Math 150. With all of these activities and duties to keep him more than busy, Gardner was also prolific in one of his greatest passions--writing music and performing on stage at several local venues in the Short North and the Ohio State University campus area. Gardner will study biomedical engineering at Ohio State this fall.

“The XC program will help you mentally, physically, emotionally and can provide a spiritual benefit to all that participate,” said Cochran. “It is a way for you to give back to Columbus State and to obtain even more benefits from your college experience.” If you are interested in running with the XC Club this fall, contact club advisor Mark Sommer at



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