April 22, 2013
Special Board meeting scheduled for April 24
The Columbus State Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Franklin Hall Boardroom. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda for the special meeting is for the approval of the domestic partners health care benefits.
Please join President David Harrison in a celebration showcasing the newly launched Reynoldsburg partnership. Columbus State will participate in a Community Open House on Tuesday, April 30, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Reynoldsburg High School/Reynoldsburg Regional Learning Center, 6699 E. Livingston Ave.
Join Columbus State, Reynoldsburg Schools, Eastland Fairfield Career & Technical School, and Mount Carmel Hospital for an evening of celebration, information and festivities. Multiple community agencies and organizations will be offering information for all ages. Refreshments will be prepared and served by culinary students from Eastland Fairfield. Members of the Reynoldsburg High School orchestra will provide live music. Columbus State will have representatives from enrollment, advising, tutoring, library services and financial aid available to offer information about programs now offered at the Center. For the youngest participants, face painting and a fire truck from the Truro Township Fire Department will be on hand to explore!
Don’t miss “Six Degrees of Separation,” performed by Theatre Columbus State and directed by Frank Barnhart, at the Lincoln Theatre, 679 E. Long St., Wednesday, April 24, through Saturday, April 27, including a special 3:00 p.m. matinee on Thursday, April 25! All performances are free and open to the public.
“Six Degrees of Separation” is a fast-paced Tony-nominated comedy. “The theory of the six degrees of separation is that every human being on the planet is connected to every other human being by a total of no more than six people,” says Barnhart. “If you can find the right six people, you can be connected to everyone else on the planet.”
The Performing Arts Series at the Lincoln Theatre will wrap up on Monday, April 29 with Emma Easton’s Gospel Vocal Ensemble performing a Historic Flashback of Great Gospel Choirs, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Leanghak Ly poses at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., where Civil Rights marchers met resistance on their march to the state capital of Montgomery on March 7, 1965.
Four Columbus State essay-contest winners traveled to historic sites of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement April 2-6 to learn more about the country’s rich heritage in social justice. Colin Combs, Tonya Williams, Leanghak Ly, and Katrina de los Santos wrote about what they believe is the new voice of the civil rights movement to win the trip on the City of Columbus Community Relations Commission Civil Rights Heritage bus tour.
“The Civil Right Heritage tour was an eye-opening experience to me as a female, a second-generation Filipino American and an education major,” said Katrina de los Santos, a Junior Student Ambassador at Columbus State. “My eyes were opened to the importance of sharing the whole historical truth to our youth.”
“The trip experience taught me that love, courtesy, justice and kindness are some of the crucial basic elements that can be used effectively to cultivate peace between people, especially to blend different skin colors into a rainbow of skin complexions,” said Leanghak Ly, a nursing student from Cambodia.
It’s been some time since there have been any major changes in the ongoing Columbus Crossroads project on I-71 and I-670. That will change throughout the coming year as the project nears completion.
Here are some key changes ahead that will impact Columbus State staff and students who use those highways:
I-71 South - In May: there will be a minor lane shift at Spring Street. Then in August, there will be a major lane shift between I-670 and Long Street. That will put the highway in its permanent alignment.
Cleveland Avenue - In September: the entrance ramps to I-670 east and to I-71 north and south all open.
Spring Street - In November: The new exits from I-71 south and I-670 east to Spring Street both open.
Last minute news from the Cougar Challenge 5K!
There’s still time to register to walk or run April 27 in the Columbus State Cougar Challenge 5K with your family and friends--or bring them along to cheer you on. The six-day forecast calls for temperatures in the low 60s with only a 10 percent chance for rain!
Race organizers from Staff Advisory Council have added a Kids’ Fun Run with Clawdette the Cougar prior to the race. They will also offer a supervised children's play area while the Cougar Challenge is underway at the Bridgeview Golf Course. You can register in advance on the website for $25, or register the day of the race for $35, starting at 7:00 a.m.
Cougar Challenge 5K participants will receive a “swag bag” with t-shirts for the first 150 registered runners/walkers. There will be top finisher awards, and all runner and walkers will be entered into a raffle for additional prizes.
After the race, if you haven’t had enough fun, all participants and guests can hit golf balls at the Bridgeview Driving Range for only $5 for a bucket of balls. Or enjoy a nine-hole walking game of golf for $9 or play with a golf cart for only $16!
Columbus State’s Public Safety Department wants you to finish Spring Semester safely with the following seven tips:
If it looks suspicious to you, call 911 or campus police at 287-2525. If it turns out to be nothing, that's OK! Just want an officer to walk through your area? No problem, just call!
If an associate or student seems to be escalating in threatening comments, social media posts, or behaviors, report it to campus police as soon as possible. In most cases, the college can intervene to mitigate concerns and provide appropriate support when tension and stress impact lives.
If you have registered your cellphone for free Rave emergency texts, did you know you can also program a Rave panic button on your cellphone to reach campus police? Did you know you can text campus police dispatchers about suspicious activity using Rave? Did you know Rave can offer you a virtual security escort using your cellphone? Did you know you can post your work schedule, emergency medical information, photo, make of vehicle in your Rave profile that pops up for campus police dispatchers to see when you need help? You can find more information and Rave demonstrations online.
There are also emergency phones located outside and inside-when you press the button, it rings directly into campus police dispatchers who are ready to assist you.
Did you know campus police are available to assist 24/7/365, and when needed, can also tap resources from other city, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies? Campus police have direct contacts with other agencies including the FBI Terrorism Task Force, and receive routine status reports on local, state, and international issues.
Would you like a security escort to your car? Does your vehicle need a jump start? Lock your keys in your car? Campus police can assist with the small things, and stands ready to respond with all necessary assets in the event of an emergency.
Secure personal belongings. Do not leave them in plain view. Also, in the event of a building evacuation, and if you have time to safely do so, take your immediate personal belongings with you.
For more information, or a police presentation on security, call Lt. Kevin Smith at 287-2525.
Additional FOCUS training sessions to be offered for Delaware Campus
The FOCUS Early Alert System is a tool used to aid in the retention of students. Instructors can raise notices or concerns, send referrals to other departments, and give kudos to students based on the students' performance in their class. Once a notice is raised, staff members in the Title III Office work to connect that student to the appropriate support services. Additional FOCUS training sessions have been added for faculty and staff at the Delaware Campus:
FOCUS training sessions, open to all faculty and staff, will be held on the following dates:
Wednesday, May 1, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on the Delaware Campus, Moeller Hall 150
Wednesday, June 5, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on the Delaware Campus, Moeller Hall 150
Interested faculty and staff should register here: