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Spring theater production offered next week!

Theatre Columbus State takes us back to the 1970s with Sexual Perversity in Chicago, a play for mature audiences only.  The play will be performed in the Nestor Hall Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. nightly, Wednesday through Saturday, May 16-19.  There is also a 3:00 p.m. matinee on Thursday, May 17.  The production is free and open to the public. See a video preview of the play on Real Community here:

Students named to All-Ohio Academic Team

Paul Saltz
and Christine Drake were each presented with All-Ohio Team medallions, certificates and cash scholarships. More than 50 students from the 23 Ohio community colleges were selected to the team.The Ohio Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa international honor society named two Columbus State students to the All-Ohio Academic Team at the annual luncheon held April 26 at the Ohio Statehouse.

Saltz is studying philosophy and sociology with a 3.5 GPA, and he hopes to teach political science and sociology as a college professor when he graduates. He lives in Columbus, and wants to complete his bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania.   He is a regional and chapter officer for Phi Theta Kappa and a Safezone instructor for Columbus State. He was given the Community Fellow of the Pearson Prize for Higher Education, and the Human Rights Campaign Generation Equality Scholarship.

Drake is a single mother of three who lives in Whitehall. She is studying for an Associate of Arts and has a 3.66 GPA. She hopes to transfer to a four-year university and aspires to be a writer. She is active in her church, is an officer in Phi Theta Kappa, and is involved in the Columbus State’s PONO Community. She won a 2011 Woman Student Leadership Award, a Writing Partner Award and was inducted into the Order of the Golden Key (PTK).

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From left, Paul Saltz, President Harrison and Christina Drake attended the All-Ohio Academic Team Luncheon April 26.

Missed the Cougar Challenge 5K?

Watch a video here to see all the action! The inaugural Cougar Challenge helped raise $3,500 for student and employee book scholarships. A great turnout of nearly 200 runners and walkers helped make the first annual Cougar Challenge a great success! The race results are online here:

Attend a BLUEprint Workshop May 14-24

Columbus State’s Advising Services will offer students BLUEprint Student Success Workshops May 14-24. The workshops are free and help students to build skills to be successful in their personal, academic, and career pursuits. Students can email for more information. Upcoming seminars include:

Your GPS for Switch to Semesters: Degree Audit Report (DARS) - Monday, May 14, from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., in DH-107. Learn to use your DARS Report to navigate the Switch to Semesters.

Preferred Pathway® Basics - Thursday, May 17, from 4:30– 5:30 p.m., in AQ-321. Are you a Cougar planning to become a Buckeye?  Come get the 411!

Your GPS for Switch to Semesters: Degree Audit Report (DARS) - Tuesday, May 22, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., in DH-104. Learn to use your DARS Report to navigate the Switch to Semesters.

Transfer 101 - Thursday, May 24, from 12:00 noon- 1:00 p.m., in FR-205. Do you know how to transfer?  Get tips for transitioning to a four-year college.

Blood Drive needs minority/ethnic donors

logoDonate blood on Wednesday, May 16, at Columbus State from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall West Student Lounge. Did you know that one unit of blood can save three lives? Minority and ethnic blood donors are especially needed. Certain blood types are unique to specific racial and ethnic groups. Therefore it is essential that the donor diversity match the patient diversity. When blood is phenotypically matched (i.e., close blood type match), patients are at a lower risk of developing complications from transfusion therapy. For this reason, it is extremely important to increase the number of available blood donors from all ethnic groups. The Columbus State Blood Drive is on the same day at Spring Fling on the Columbus Campus, so stop by and donate! If you need more information about donating blood, contact Becky Murray at

Free PC Desktop Raffle for students

computerThis Spring Quarter the students in ITST 143 and ITST 256 have been working very hard to refurbish as many donated computers as possible due to an influx of donated PCs from a new contributor.

The “Cougar Geeks” combine a traditional class with hands-on experience and community service. The students refurbish donated PC equipment and then grant them to non-profit organizations or to Columbus State students, through a free raffle.

The Cougar Geeks will be giving away at least 25 desktop PCs to current students through a raffle that ends May 14. The desktops will include keyboards and a user manual but the monitors and mouse will not be included.

Students may enter the raffled by going to Davidson Hall, Room 205 to fill out and submit a free raffle ticket, or by sending an email to with your name, student email address and phone number. The winners will be notified on May 15 and 16. Winners may pick up their computers on May 22 and 23.

“Purple Week” is May 14-17

group photoSpending time with friends and sharing the experience not only creates a memory – it can help in the fight against cancer. Participate in Relay For Life and help give others a longer lifetime of memories. The Columbus State Mini Relay for Life will be held Thursday, May 17, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. You can form a team or join a team by May 12 and participate! It’s also Paint the Campus Purple Week throughout May 14-17. Wear purple—it’s the color that represents the fight against all types of cancer! All week long we’ll be handing out candy, having contests and offering prizes! If you’d like more information about Purple Week or the Mini Relay for Life, contact Rachel Rockwell in the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, Nestor Hall Room 116. 

Get informed and advised during Semesters Week!

graphicYou’ll also be able to get ready for the Switch to Semesters—coming this August—by attending a semesters information session, a Degree Audit Report demonstration, or an online chat session ( for online students only) during Semesters Week, May 14-17. Plenty of Semesters information will also be available at Spring Fling, May 16 on the Columbus Campus; May 17 on the Delaware Campus.

You’ll find out why it’s important to get informed and advised. Registering is a snap once you know what classes you need to take! Semesters are 5 weeks longer than quarters and there are only 3 semesters per year.

You’ll have to take more to be sure. Classes that is! Many semester classes earn only 3 credits, and you will need more to be a full-time student. Semester-based degree programs require only 60-73 credit hours to complete, so you take fewer semesters, but more classes.

Finally, you should stay on track—following your Plan of Study will help you finish your degree on time. Taking a term off can delay your career plans and may increase your costs. Summer semesters are slightly shorter, and can help you get ahead or catch up on your Plan of Study!

Read more online here

Financial Aid notifications now coming via email

graphicThe Office of Financial Aid will be changing the way you are notified about additional information needed once your 2012-2013 FAFSA has been received. You will now receive the initial notification to your Columbus State student email account. Previously this notification was mailed to you at home. Now, the links for required forms will be provided in the email message for easy access. You will be able to print all documents, complete them with required information and signatures, and submit them to the Financial Aid Office.

The priority deadline date for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for Autumn Semester is June 1, 2012. The FAFSA must be completed each year. If you plan to attend Autumn Semester, please be sure to check your student email daily for updates and other important information about your upcoming enrollment and financial aid status. Students who do not have a computer may access this information using a computer in the Student Assistance Center in Madison Hall. 


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