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Campus Life November 26


Happy Thanksgiving!


Columbus State hopes you enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday and remember that offices at the college will be closed from Thursday, November 27, through Sunday, November 30. 

Of course the college’s online services will still be available for you to schedule your Spring Semester 2015 classes, if you have not yet done so.  Spring Semester begins Monday, January 12, and the on-time registration deadline is fast approaching: Wednesday, January 7, 2015.  That evening at 11:00 p.m. is also the deadline to pay your fees for Spring Semester, or your classes will be dropped for non-payment.

You can register right up to the start of the semester if you schedule and pay your fees at the same time, but remember, you cannot schedule a class after the first meeting of that class without a signature from the instructor. 

If you plan to meet with your advisor to schedule your Spring Semester classes, there’s another important thing to remember: Columbus State offices will be closed for the Holiday Break from Thursday, December 25 (Christmas day) through Thursday, January 1, 2015 (New Year’s Day). The college will re-open on Friday, January 2, 2015. Again, you will be able to access all your online resources during the Holiday Break, but if you need on-campus student services, you will need to get that done prior to the break or afterward.  

Here’s a calendar of important dates to remember for the upcoming semester:

December 25 – January 1, 2015 - Holiday Break -No Student Services In-Person or via Telephone

Wednesday, January 7 - On-Time Registration Ends; Fee Payment Deadline at 11:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 8 - Late Registration Begins (Full Term, First 8-week Term and First 5-week Term)

Thursday, January 8 - Drop for Non-Payment at 12:01 a.m. (CougarWeb system will be unavailable beginning 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7)

Monday, January 12, 2015 - Spring Semester begins (Full Term, First 8-week Term and First 5-week Term)


Volleyball team finishes fourth in nation

game photo

The Cougar Women’s Volleyball team finished fourth in the nation at the Division II NJCAA Championships, held in Phoenix, Ariz. November 20-22.  Ranked fifth nationally going into the tournament, the Cougars beat No. 12 Iowa Central in straight sets in the first round, and defeated No. 4 Pasco Hernando State, Fla., in four sets in the quarterfinals, to advance to the Final Four.

Their luck ran out in the semifinals against top-ranked Parkland Community College, Ill., who had to fight hard to beat the Cougars, 25-23, 26-24, and 25-16 in straight sets.  The Cougars then got to play for third place but were defeated by No. 6 Cowley County, Ark., to end up fourth overall.  Freshman setter Ellie Cain received All-Tournament honors at the conclusion of the championship match.

No. 10-seed Glendale Community College, Ariz., won their first NJCAA Division II Volleyball Championship title in the history of the school’s program by defeating No. 1-seed Parkland in a forced fifth and final set after being down two sets.


The Writing Center presents: End-of-Semester Workshops

Get help with basic punctuation and grammar on Monday, December 1, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. The session is offered online via WebEx.  You’ll receive an email the day of the workshop explaining how to login from your own computer.  (See registration information below)

Advanced Punctuation
Learn strategies for using punctuation and sentence structure to achieve greater precision and emphasis on Wednesday, December 3, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. The session is offered online via WebEx.  You’ll receive an email the day of the workshop explaining how to login from your own computer. (See registration information below)

Please note:Space is limited, and you must reserve your spot in advance. These sessions are free to all students. Please sign up by following these directions:

1. Login to Under “Student Options,” click on “Search Availability”
2. Under "Center," choose "Columbus Writing Center."
3. Enter the date for the workshop you wish to attend, and then click on the name of the workshop.
4. Follow the prompts to reserve your spot.  You'll receive an email confirming your reservation.  If you sign up for an online workshop, you'll receive an email the day of the workshop with instructions about how to login.


Columbus Metropolitan Library seeks student volunteers at branches

Student interns are needed at library branches in the following areas:

Homework Help Center Specialist

  • Answer questions related to homework assignments.
  • Review homework instructions with students. Help them understand what is being asked of them.
  • Proofread homework papers, looking for ways students might easily improve their assignments.
  • Teach students to use reference materials.
  • Reinforce basic study skills and model literacy and good study skills.

Reading Buddies and Reading Buddies Assistants

  • Help young readers meet the requirements set by the Ohio Third Grade Guarantee and build a strong foundation for lifelong learning.
  • Actively listen as children read to you.
  • Help determine if the child is reading materials appropriate for their skill level.
  • Ask provided comprehension questions to ensure that the readers understand what they’ve read.
  • Model literacy and good study skills.

This is a wonderful opportunity to volunteer in your community. To apply for volunteer position at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, go to, and click the first link on the volunteer page.


Order holiday poinsettias from the student landscape club!


The Columbus State Landscape Association (CSLA) will again sell holiday poinsettias as a fundraiser for their trip to the national landscape competition Student Career Days, which will be held at North Carolina State this March. 

The flowers range from $7 for a five-inch pot with one plant, to $45 for a 14-inch pot with eight poinsettias. They come in many colors including red, white, burgundy, pink, marbled and more. 

To receive an order form by email, or to order your poinsettias directly, contact the CSLA president, at or call her at (614) 571-7709. The deadline to order plants is Tuesday, December 2, and you will be able to pick up your flowers on campus during Finals Week! 


Reynoldsburg student noted for achievement

shakeTaylor Cress receives the Student Achievement Award from Criminal Justice instructor Richard Harp.

Reynoldsburg High School student Taylor Cress, who is taking the Columbus State class Introduction to Criminal Justice, was recently nominated by class members for the Student Achievement Award.The criteria the award included class participation, positive attitude and work achievement. Cress is a dual enrollment student at Reynoldsburg, taking high school and college classes simultaneously toward her high school diploma and associate degree.


Interested in personal training Spring Semester?

The Department of College Recreation and Wellness will offer personal training appointments starting Spring Semester 2015. Scheduling for personal training will begin at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, December 1. You need to complete an assessment prior to scheduling.  Contact Mandi Cecil for information on how to schedule and get your assessment.


TED Talk rebroadcast offered Dec. 16

In a 2009 TED Talk, "The Danger of a Single Story" Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. How do we slip into holding a single narrative about the people we know at school and work? Come watch the TED Talk Tuesday, December 16, at noon in the Library room 111 and join a discussion about what a single story means for us. Register

The event is sponsored by the departments of Professional Development and Retention and Global Diversity and Inclusion.


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