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Enter the 2012 Columbus State Holiday Card Design Contest

TrottThe 2011 winner Doug Trott won $500 in Bookstore credit with this card design—a photo of ice-covered pines.

Submit your best photograph, artwork or computer illustration to be used on the Columbus State 2012 Holiday Card and you could win a $500 gift certificate to the Bookstore!

Yes, the holidays are a long way off, but planning for the 2012 holiday card is underway. Submit your artwork in a 5” x 7” format, either horizontal or vertical orientation. Card designs must be non-religious with a universal message for the holidays. The deadline to submit your design(s) is March 16. Email your submission with your contact information (name, phone number) to Paul Rehg at or bring it in person to the Institutional Advancement Office, Franklin Hall 140.


International students create "Reading Restaurant" at Huy Elementary

group photoInternational students (from left) Sajeel Shahid, Aryo Permono, Soha Fiaz, Pir Momin, Malekgotla Motloung, and Dimas Samudra display the books they read to second grade students at Huy Elementary last week as part of their community outreach program.

The students shared folk tales, food, and fun from each of their home countries with the elementary students.  Their stories were even signed by a translator for hearing impaired students.


Join the Humanities Department for “An Evening in Byzantium”

artworkThe Humanities Department will offer a special event called An Evening in Byzantium on Wednesday, February 8 at 6 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium. The event is free and all are invited!

Byzantium was an ancient Greek city, founded by Greek colonists in 667 BC and named after their king Byzas. The ancient city lies within the borders of modern day Istanbul, in Turkey.

Don’t miss your chance to learn more about ancient times through creative and imaginative presentations about the Byzantine civilization. You could definitely use this for a paper or speech!

Black History Month activities are underway

February is Black History Month, and several special events are planned on campus for you to attend: 

Tuesday, February 7

African American Read-In Chain
Students, faculty, staff and community members may read a selection of their choice at the 23rd National Read-In.

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Nestor Hall West Lounge

Saturday, February 11

“Drilling Down into 21st Century Student Diversity” panel discussion
This conversation series will invite dialogue from many different perspectives in an effort to hear the voices of our students more clearly and learn to support, engage and retain them through the educational journey.
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Nestor Hall East Lounge

Wednesday, February 15

4th Annual Brothers Keeper Panel
The Brothers Keeper Panel is a community-wide town hall meeting, which challenges participants to think about and discuss the obstacles of minority men in our community. What are their struggles? What solutions do we have as community partners? This event is open and free to the public (No RSVP required). Join this important conversation. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Conference Center Ballroom, Center for Workforce Development, 4th Floor

Thursday, February 23

Poets in Black Poetry Reading
11:00a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Library Multimedia Support Studio – ground floor

Sexual Health Awareness Week begins Feb. 6

Columbus State will offer free sexual awareness information, condoms, and STD testing by Columbus Department of Public Health on Monday, February 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall East Lounge.


Special Spirit Week activities lead up to big games!

cheerleadersThe week of February 13 is Spirit Week at Columbus State and we will cheer on the Cougars starting Monday, February 13 when you can get free “Clawpacks” from Clawdette the Cougar in the Nestor Hall Lounge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then, on February 14, join in the fun with games, prizes and a basketball shooting contest in the gymnasium, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Finally, kick off the big game day on Wednesday, February 15 in the Nestor Hall East Lounge, by making a free Spirit T-Shirt, putting on some spirit tattoos and getting ready to go to the women’s home game against Cincinnati State Technical and Community College at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game starting immediately afterward at about 7:30 p.m.

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Find your internship “match”

The Ohio Board of Regents recently announced a new website,, which is a “matchmaker” for students to find internships with Ohio businesses and industries. The internships website is powered by The site is free for students to search for opportunities and to post their resumes, and has news and items of interest about work-based learning. Businesses can also post their internship opportunities and search for talent free in the website. Check it out today!


Get Published!

Spring Street seeks submissions

Spring Street, Columbus State’s annual literary/visual arts journal, is currently accepting submissions from students, faculty, and staff.

Spring Street welcomes a diverse range of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, and visual arts. The journal also accepts poetry written in foreign languages with an English translation.

Go online to the Spring Street website for more information and submission forms. You can make submissions via email to, or drop them off in the Library or in Nestor Hall 420. The submission deadline is Friday, February 17.

Foundation Scholarships available for Spring/Summer Quarters – Apply now!

moneyGet scholarship money to help finish school this year! The Columbus State Foundation is offering 124 scholarships totaling $126,000. These scholarships are available for Spring and Summer 2012 Quarters, and many are intended to help students finish school before the Switch 2 Semesters, which happens in the Fall 2012 term.

Foundation Scholarships offer something for everyone, from single parents and first-generation college students, to Vet Tech students or HVAC students. You may apply for up to four different scholarships! You must also have a FAFSA form on file if you are applying for a scholarship that is need-based. The deadline to apply for these Spring and Summer Quarter scholarships is Thursday, February 23 so hurry and apply now! You’ll find the scholarship listing and the application online here. 


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