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Biggest Learner Finale–coming next Friday!

Video thumbnail The Biggest Learner reality series has finished up and now it's time for the  big finale on Friday, January 13 at 1 p.m. in Franklin Hall Room 110! The winning team will be revealed at the ceremony, and we will hear from each of the team members about their experience as a Biggest Learner contestant.


MLK Day celebration to feature best-selling author and scholar

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Columbus State’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration will be held on Tuesday, January 10 in the Conference Center Ballroom, and feature a keynote address by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, one of the nation’s most influential authors and scholars.

The Columbus State event is free and open to the public, and begins at 11 a.m. in the Center for Workforce Development in the fourth-floor Conference Center.

Performances by the Columbus State Gospel Ensemble and Ft. Hayes High School band, as well as a film clip from the movie If I Had Sneezed—the story of Dr. King’s brush with death at a 1958 book signing in Harlem—will be included in the event.

MLK Week activities include art, poetry, service

After the program with keynote speaker Michael Eric Dyson on January 10, Columbus State will host three additional events during the week. First is the BRUSH Experience, a social experiment combining people and art to yield creative results! Marshal Shorts and his BRUSH team will be at the Delaware Campus Wednesday, January 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. bringing an MLK-themed painting to life! 

On Thursday, January 12, from 4-6 p.m. in the Library Studio, join us for The Next Big Thing Poetry and Arts Reception. Featured will be music, poetry and an Idea Wall where audience members can post their ideas.

To wrap up the week, Columbus State faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the MLK Service Day Project, Friday, January 13 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the YWCA of Columbus, 900 Harvey Ct., (Columbus, 43219) where we will volunteer feeding the hungry. 

Photography major wins holiday card contest

Doug TrottHoliday card contest winner Doug Trott shows off his winning design.

Each year, Columbus State holds a contest for students to create a design or take a picture for the holiday card that is sent out by the president and other college officials. This year, the winner was Doug Trott. The 20-year-old lives in Columbus and is a digital photography major. As the winner of the contest, he received a $500 gift certificate to the college's bookstore and his picture of an ice-covered evergreen was featured on the front of the official card sent by the college.


Cross country club team wraps up successful first season

Columbus State’s inaugural cross country club team produced a number of great race times, as well as some great new friendships among the student athletes and team coordinators.

A club team is a registered student organization formed by individuals with a common interest in a sport and/or recreational activity. It differs from a varsity sport in that they don’t compete in regional or national NCJAA events or tournaments.

Otterbein graduate Nicole Reese, 23, and Spencer Gardner, 19, founded the club team and are now Women’s and Men’s Cross Country Club coordinators. They both have years of cross country experience as well as organizational expertise with their involvement in the Student Ambassador Leadership Program. Reese ran for Otterbein Cross Country and Track teams, and still holds the second fastest 5K time in Otterbein’s history of 17 minutes 48 seconds. 

Gardner ran his first-ever half marathon this year, finishing in 1:34:09 for the 13.1 miles in the Cap City Half Marathon.

“The thing about running is that you don’t even have to be good at it,” said club member Katy Evans, a former high school cross country runner. “Just enjoying the company of other people and a willingness to improve is all that matters.”

“We have all had a lot of fun at the last few races this fall, supporting and cheering each other on,” said Phillip Cochran, who had some of the fastest team times this season, including a 16:02 in the Great Pumpkin 5K for first place. “We are fairly pleased with our results and our team seems to improve with each event.” 

“We are constantly looking for ways to improve our running and to increase interest in our club.”

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From left, Cross Country team members Katy Evans, Phillip Cochran and Mark Sommer look fresh after completing the Westerville Gameday 5K November 19.





Why buy textbooks from the Columbus State Bookstore? 

Here are three great reasons:

Reason #1:   We’re competitive.  

One of our goals is to help keep your education as affordable as possible by offering textbook rentals, digital textbooks (e-books) and paying top dollar for your used textbooks in our Buyback Program.

Reason #2:   We’re accurate.

Faculty members and the Bookstore team work together closely to make sure the right version of the right texts are ordered and available, so you never have to check ISBN numbers, search for the right book, or hope you get what you ordered! 

Reason #3:   We’re convenient.

You can shop at the Bookstore on our downtown Campus, or order your books online at Online orders can be picked up free of charge at the Bookstore, Delaware Campus, or at four other off-campus locations (Dublin Center, Southeast Center, Southwest Center at Bolton Field, & Westerville Center), or have the order shipped to your home at standard shipping rates.

For more information on the Bookstore log onto, email us at, call us at (614) 287-2427, and follow us on Facebook (Columbus State Bookstore) and Twitter (@csccbookstore), or stop in to our store at 283 Cleveland Avenue, at the corner of Cleveland & Mt. Vernon avenues on the Columbus Campus.


Enter this contest and WIN!

poster artThe Bookstore is also holding a Greeting Card Contest through the end of January where you can win gift certificates for up to $75 by designing cards for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Grandparent’s Day!

Designs must be 5" x 7", and may be either landscape or portrait orientation. 

Email your design as a pdf file for any of these occasions to by January 27! Winners will be notified by email.