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Town Hall for faculty and staff fills Mitchell Hall Event Center

Update | Monday, November 4, 2019

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The student panel at the Town Hall on November 1, left to right: Rebecca Butler, and students Kimani Kendrick, Stephen Skinner, Amadea Jennings, Elizabeth Conway, and Hector Santiago, II.

Friday’s inaugural Town Hall provided a new avenue for a campus-wide faculty and staff meeting. Following a welcome and College updates from President Harrison, a student panel took the stage in Mitchell Hall. Moderated by Rebecca Butler, executive vice president, the five students shared their personal stories of what brought them to Columbus State. All are first-generation college students.

Kimani Kendrick, an Associate of Arts major, said she was accepted by seven colleges but chose Columbus State. “I went to three Visit Days to make sure it was the right place!” She’s now a Student Ambassador coordinator.

Affordability and accessibility were key factors that attracted Stephen Skinner. He said, “I saw the dedication of the faculty and staff.” Skinner praised his advisor, Carole James, for her commitment and urging him to apply to be the student representative on the Board of Trustees. His one-year term recently ended.

Amadea Jennings returned to college as a working adult and single parent. She previously attending a cosmetology school. She connected with the Scholar Network upon her arrival here. She said, “They welcomed me with open arms and created a support system.”

Hector Santiago, II, is a military veteran who came to Columbus State from Hawaii. Santiago complimented Jay Favuzzi and the Military and Veterans Services Department for the resources they have provided. He has become a Student Ambassador, and said, “I don’t look back” now that he has settled in here.

Elizabeth Conway already had a bachelor’s degree when she registered here. She said she had taken a job to pay for her degree. However, a friend of hers had come to Columbus State to augment his degree and urged her to do the same. She is now in the Medical Laboratory Program.

A question and answer session followed the panel discussion.


Attendees of the Town Hall are asked to fill out an online survey at this link. (You may have to log in.)

Briefing Sessions this month

During the Town Hall, President Harrison announced a series of Briefing Sessions (see below) that will be held this month with various groups of faculty and staff. Register for them here.

Student Town Halls (Hosted by President Harrison and Executive Vice President Butler)
Each session will be held in Mitchell Hall 105 (the first floor boardroom).

Tuesday, November 12 from 3-4 p.m.

Thursday, November 14 from 5-6 p.m.

Friday, November 15 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Faculty Sessions
Tuesday, November 12 from 2-3 p.m. in Franklin Hall 106

Wednesday, November 13 from 8-9 a.m. in Franklin Hall 110

Wednesday, November 13 from 4-5 p.m. in Franklin Hall 110

Friday, November 15 from 1-2 p.m. in Delaware Hall 121

Open Briefing (open to all of campus)
Thursday, November 21 from 2-3 p.m. in the WD fourth floor Ballroom


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