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Interested in becoming a CPA?

If you are interested in owning your own business, earning your CPA, or just becoming a successful business leader, you should attend the upcoming ASPIRE! conference on September 21 at Columbus State.

ASPIRE! is a free program designed specifically for minority students interested in careers in accounting and business. During the event, you’ll meet local CPAs, accounting professionals, Columbus State alumni and staff to earn first-hand about career opportunities and what it takes to become a CPA. You’ll also find out how to make your associate degree the springboard to the next level of your education.

The free program will be held Friday, September 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center Ballroom, (WD 435).

Students with parking permits are advised to park in student parking lots near WD. If you are interested in attending, RSVP by September 17 to, or call 1(800)686-2727.


Weeks of Welcome (WOW) continue

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) hosted three weeks of informative events to help you begin your journey in college—and they continue into next week Sept. 10-14.

The Weeks of Welcome (WOW) are held at both Delaware and Columbus Campuses, and for Week Three, which begins September 10, there will be loads of workshops that will help you connect with services and activities throughout your time at Columbus State.

Week Two finishes up on Friday, September 7 with a Wellness Fair hosted by the Athletics and Recreation Department outside on both campuses from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

You can see a complete listing of all the WOW events online here!

Don’t forget your parking pass this semester

With the new semester format comes a new parking pass, as well as some new parking fines that you’ll want to avoid. Purchasing and displaying a Fall Semester parking sticker, and parking in the correct lots marked for students is the best tactic to avoid fines and citations. Due to increased parking violations on campus, the Department of Public Safety has increased some fines and will increase patrolling in campus lots. For example, prior to this Fall Semester, if you parked illegally in an unmarked spot, your fine was $25. Now, it will increase to $100!

A parking pass for the semester is $35. You can buy one three ways: on CougarWeb using a credit card, in person at the Cashier’s Office in Rhodes Hall, or by phone at (614) 287-5353 (Telephone Information Center). Don’t forget that you DO need a parking pass to park legally at the Delaware Campus, or at any of the Regional Learning Centers.

You’ll have a little leeway at the start of the semester, but about two weeks into the term the campus police will begin ticketing, so buy your parking pass now and display it properly! If you’d like to see what the various parking violations are, or see a map of student parking lots, go online here.


What I did on my summer vacation:

It had been almost a month since Jordon Phillips drove to Pittsburgh to audition for the Nickelodeon show "Supah Ninjas," and he was on the verge of giving up hope.

The 18-year-old Johnstown resident, a theater performance major at Columbus State, had been contacted by his Columbus talent agency in June about the audition. He could have sent in a tape of himself, but instead he opted for the drive, reasoning it would give him a better chance.

"As an actor, it's much better to get your face and your personality and kind of your 'acting vibe' in front of someone," he said.

Read the whole article about student Jordon Phillips in The Newark Advocate.

Senior Ambassador volunteers at recent Obama event

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Senior Student Ambassador Judah Gartman recently volunteered at President Barack Obama’s campaign stop at Capital University, which featured the President’s plans to help students better afford higher education.

“As a volunteer, my role was to direct people through the lines, making the security checks quicker. This job involved working with the Secret Service and security staff. It was very fast paced and high tension, but my year as a Student Ambassador prepared me for an event of this caliber,” said Gartman.

“As a student ambassador, I learned to be assertive, professional, calm in hectic situations, and confident in my abilities as a leader. As a result of my in-depth leadership training, I also saw this as an opportunity to network and make incredible contacts. Without my experience in the Student Ambassador Leadership Program I would not have been given this opportunity, or known how to excel in this setting,” she added.

Gartman is a Senior Student Ambassador (second year) and a PTK member studying for her Associate of Science. She plans to transfer to Ohio Dominican University and study Middle Childhood Education for her bachelor’s degree. This semester, she will also begin working as a HarvestCorps volunteer for the Association of Foodbanks.

“Today was definitely one of the top five moments of my life. The energy was amazing, the President was an even better speaker than I could have imagined, and he touched my hand!"


Fall Semester BLUEprint workshops help build skills

This Fall Semester, Columbus State’s Advising Services will offer a wide variety of BLUEprint Success Workshops for you! The workshops are free and help you build skills necessary to be successful in your personal, academic, and career-related pursuits. This Fall, there will be more than thirty available workshops. Topics include basic computer skills, stress management, campus resources, test-taking strategies, transfer planning, degree planning, professionalism, money management, and lots more.  

Please arrive early, as sessions may fill up! A full calendar of the Fall Semester workshops is available at: If you would like a printable flyer, or if you have any other questions, please e-mail

Basic Computer Introduction: Lost in today's technical world? Learn basic computer terms and get hands-on practice. Thursday, September 6, at 11:00 a.m. in Madison Hall 225.

Stress Management: STRESS! This session will help you identify the types of stress along with providing tips, suggestions, and strategies for managing it. Monday, September 10, at 3:00 p.m. in Madison Hall 225.

Preferred Pathway® to OSU - Study Abroad: Develop your global perspective! Learn about OSU's 100+ study abroad programs, and how it can fit into your degree and career plans, plus resources for funding. Wednesday, September 12, at 4:30 p.m., Room TBA (check online calendar for location updates).

Get Fall Semester stickers quicker in TL

fingerprint graphicTo assist with the rush period at the beginning of the semester, the Department of Public Safety will issue student IDs with Fall Semester stickers in the Center for Technology and Learning (TL) first-floor lobby from Monday, August 27 through Friday, September 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Don’t forget that you need a student ID with Fall sticker in order to use the Computer Commons, the Fitness Center, Library and more.

Additional staff members have also been scheduled to assist students who need fingerprints taken for their particular academic program. This service will be offered in the Public Safety Office in Delaware Hall, Columbus Campus, Monday through Friday between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.



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