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Leadership Conference draws hundreds to Columbus State

The 3rdannual Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio was hosted at Columbus State November 9-10. Eleven Ohio colleges and more than 200 students navigated pathways of service, engagement and diversity.

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Student Ambassadors lead the way at the 3rd Annual Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio. They are (Top row from left): Jason Reckner, Casey Branson, Phillip Young, Crystal Slane, Kailee Smith, Robin Groh, Francisco Felix-Soto, Dawn Musil, Victoria Garcia, Fatoumata Camara, Erica Santolla, Sandra Wanjiru. (Second row from left:) David Kopecheck, Braydi McPherson-Hathaway, Jacob Sun, Rachel Rockwell, Brandon Collins, Michael Tapley, Connie Bunge, Chris Martinez. (Front row from left:) Noelle Bauman, Alysia Harper, Noori Butt, Katrina De Los Santos, Nana Turray.

Conference participants learned about developing themselves through hands-on experiences, how to practice networking skills, and how to expand their leadership skills. Keynote speakers included Bill Weaver, an executive leadership consultant and 44-year educator, and Stephanie Matthews, who shared photographs of her journey in the Dominican Republic of Congo as executive director of a children’s home. Thirty presenters including faculty, administrators, students and alumni presented 26 workshops, from “Diversity in Leadership Styles” by Karsten Look, a Columbus State faculty member, to “From Past Hardships to Future Passions: An Opportunity in Disguise” given by Judah Gartman, an AmeriCorps member.

The conference this year also included a service project, with colleges participating in a Toy Challenge. Owens Community College, Toledo, won the challenge by bringing in the most donations, with Muskingum, Stark State, Southern State and Columbus State also participating. To complete the service project, participants decorated duffle bags for children in foster care. According to Franklin County Children Services, when foster children transition between homes, their belongings are often transported in garbage bags. The Leadership Conference service project provides these children with their own duffle bag--something so small that makes a big impact. One hundred duffle bags and more than 600 toys and books were collected to donate to the Franklin County Children Services Holiday Wish Program!

If you are interested in serving on next year’s Leadership Conference Committee, please email Heather Borland to receive information and future meeting dates. The committee will meet monthly January through November 2013. Next year’s conference will be held November 8-9, 2013. 


Cross Country Club aims indoors for winter months

runners in raceColumbus State’s Cross Country Club has been braving the elements during Autumn Semester, competing in three races over the past six weeks. Cross Country Club President Mike Zerrien recently ran at the Cedarville AOC meet, plus ran at the Wilmington Fall Classic with a time of 32:23 for five miles. Ashley Whybrew, the Women’s Club President, ran in the Wilmington Fall Classic with a time of 29:54 for 3.1 miles. Sam Seelbach, Treasurer of the club, placed 21st in the recent Fight Nite 5k with a time of 21:22 and Jose Rodriguez placed 5th with a time of 18:55. As outdoor and cross country meets end for the winter, the Cross Country Club members will start competing in College Indoor Track Events. If you are interested in joining the club to compete or just to get in better shape, contact Mike Zerrien ( or Ashley Whybrew ( to find out how to join!


Dressing for success at the Language Institute

group shotBasic English students, from left, Jamil Ba, Fatoumata Diallo, Aisetta Boucom, and Durga Chapagai show off their international style!

Fashion is an international language. At least that's what one group of Language Institute students would say. Fifteen members of Charlie Einhorn's Basic English course gathered recently to celebrate their international style.

"Last month, students were asked to talk about their traditional customs and clothes," said Einhorn. "They went a step further and wore their traditional outfits to class. It was fantastic."

Another distinction of the Language Institute – 24.1% of its graduates go on to further studies at Columbus State. "This is in comparison to a national average of 8% of non-credit ESL students who go on to any type of credit coursework," said Dr. Tara Narcross, supervisor of the program.

“We focus on more than just the language skills needed for daily life,” she said, “although those are included in what we do. Our main emphasis is the language and literacy needed to move ahead in all areas of life, particularly college and careers. Also, the support from many areas of the College – from Admissions to the Testing Center – has been an immense help to the students in navigating the path into credit coursework.” 


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Cougar men’s basketball coach gets 150th career win

At Tuesday’s men’s basketball game, the Columbus State Cougars beat the Cedarville College JV team 117-38, giving the Cougars a season record of 6-1 so far. The win was Coach Pat Carlisle’s 150th career win. Columbus State has the best win record for any community college in Ohio over the last six years! 


woman with cashLearn how to manage your money!

There is no better time than the holiday season and a new semester to plan out your finances. What better way to get advice on budgeting, saving, managing your debt, and building good credit, than by attending the final BLUEprint Workshop of the semester? "Money Management for Students" will be offered three times in December. Workshops times and locations are:

Monday, December 3, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Madison Hall 225
Tuesday, December 4, 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Madison Hall 225
Thursday, December 6, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Madison Hall 225


Get answers - With Chat!

speech bubbleThe Advising Services Department at Columbus State announces an additional opportunity for students to get answers to general questions about campus resources and course options—Chat with an Academic Advisor. This feature will be available from 12:00 -4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, through December 21. Students can access the Chat at


Fall Health Fair planned for Dec. 5

Come to the Fall Health Fair, co-sponsored by Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) and the Columbus State Nursing students—to be held Wednesday, December 5, starting at 10 a.m. in the Nestor Hall Lobby. You can get information on cancer, diabetes, disaster preparedness, domestic violence, family planning, STDs, first aid, child safety, immunizations, mental health, nutrition, organ donation, smoking cessation, stroke and more! Register for a raffle and visit the Bake Sale while you are there! 

Register for Spring Semester and Go for Fifteen!

logoSpring Semester registration started October 22 and Spring Semester begins Monday, January 14 at Columbus State, so now’s the time to select your classes and fill your schedule for the next term.

When you’re looking at your Spring Schedule, remember to “Go for 15!” Fifteen credits that is. With the new semester schedule that all Ohio colleges and universities are on now, you will need to have at least 15 credits to complete your degree according to plan.

Because semesters are longer, your classes are now stretched out over 15 weeks. Take a look at your Plan of Study for your degree and you’ll see that it requires at least 60 credits to complete. A “full load” of classes –at least 15 credits – will get you there on time and on budget!

NOTE: Columbus State will close on-campus offices and student services from Saturday, Dec. 22 –Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, for the holidays. These offices will re-open on January 2, 2013. Online registration and fee payment will still be available during this period on CougarWeb, but in-person, on-campus, or phone services will NOT be available.

The On-time Registration period for Spring Semester is still October 22 – December 30, but the Late Registration Fee has been waived this term due to the holiday break. Just be sure to register early in order to schedule the classes and sections you want for spring! The Fee Payment Deadline for Spring Semester is January 9, 2013.



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