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Campus News and Events | August 17, 2022
Capital University transforms lives by empowering an inclusive community of learners through engaging academic, co-curricular, and professional experiences.
Meant to engage, inspire and inform the University community with news and stories of what’s happening, Capital You is the biweekly online communication tool for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.

If you would like to inform the campus about an upcoming event, explain a new initiative, tell a good story, or share other need-to-know news, go to to access the submission form or provide feedback. The deadline for submissions is one week prior to publication.
Distributed every other Wednesday, the publication schedule for the remainder of the fall semester is: August 31, September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9, and November 30.
Welcome back! As a child, what did you fear most about the first day of school?
Forgetting your locker combination
Getting on the wrong bus
Jokes about your back-to-school haircut
Math-induced panic attack
Capital continues to partner with Barnes & Noble, our on-campus and online bookstore, to make it easier for undergraduate students to purchase their books and educational supplies.
Continuing this fall semester, undergraduates can charge their books and educational supplies, up to $750 per semester, to their student accounts. We recognize that many students borrow to cover the costs of books and supplies and that the timing of student refunds are often not soon enough to make purchases before the start of the semester. By charging books and supplies to their student accounts, undergraduates can obtain them before the start of classes, which is an important contributor to student success.
For the fall 2022 semester, student accounts can be charged in person or online through August 30. They can make a single purchase or multiple purchases, up to the $750 per-semester limit. If a student needs to return a book that was charged to their account, they can do so through September 7 and a credit will be issued.
Please contact the Student Accounts Office at 614-236-6123 or if you have any questions.
Faculty and Staff: We have created a short course (less than 1 hour) for you to learn more about the upcoming Higher Learning Commission visit to our campuses October 3- 4. The University will host a peer reviewer team for our decennial review for reaccreditation. To help everyone understand their role in this process and how we have prepared for this review, we invite you to complete the iLearn short course found at the link below. All staff and faculty have been given access to the course, which provides an overview of accreditation, your role in the process, and a summary of the important information about the institution. Please take the time to work through the course.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Andrea Karkowski, Terry Lahm, Jens Hemmingsen, or Linda Wolf.
Homecoming Fun!
There’s no better way to celebrate fall on a college campus than with Homecoming festivities! Students, faculty and staff are invited to join alumni September 22-24 for this traditional #CapFam celebration.

Highlights include: Trinity Days, 50-Year Club Luncheon, Nursing Affinity Reunion, reunion gatherings, and the Alumni Awards Dinner. On Saturday, September 24, is the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, tailgating, Comets football, and women’s soccer.
For a complete schedule of events and registration, go to
Cap Closet Donation
We need your help! Student and Community Engagement, Career Development, and Student Government are partnering to establish the Cap Closet and we would love for you to join us. 
The Cap Closet will serve as a clothing resource center for members of our campus community to find business professional attire to wear for leadership opportunities, conferences, interviews, or in any part of their process in pursuing a post-graduate opportunity.

Providing such attire will allow those we serve to feel physically equipped to step into professional environments. We are looking for donations of clothing, shoes, and accessories for all genders, and of all sizes, specifically the following: 

  • Knee-length skirts
  • Collared shirts
  • Button-down shirts
  • Shoes: flats, low heels, loafers, oxfords, monk straps, classic cap-toed shoes
  • Pinstriped or solid slacks
  • Professional ties and accessories 
  • Blazers 

There are three ways to donate to the Cap Closet:

  1. Drop off donations to the Office of Student and Community Engagement. Please have all donations in a bag; or
  2. You can have items mailed to the Office of Student and Community Engagement; or
  3. Email one of the contacts below to schedule a one-time, weekly, or monthly pick up. 

For more information, contact Tristen Davis, associate director of Student and Community Engagement, 614-236-7126, or Jennifer Vrobel, associate director of Career Services, 614-236-6656.
Marlon James
Award-winning novelist and educator Marlon James will be the featured speaker at this year’s Gerhold Lecture in the Humanities.
Tuesday, October 25
3 p.m.
Q&A with students
7:30 p.m.
Public lecture and book signing

James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for “A Brief History of Seven Killings.” In the work, James combines masterful story­telling with brilliant skill at characterization and an eye for detail to forge a bold novel of dazzling ambition and scope. He explores Jamaican history through the perspectives of multiple narrators and genres: the political thriller, the oral biography, and the classic whodunit confront the untold history of Jamaica in the 1970s, with excursions to the assas­sination attempt on reggae musician Bob Marley, as well as the country’s own clandestine battles during the cold war.

Watch for details about the Gerhold Lecture closer to the event.
In our continued efforts to enrich our employee experience and culture, a flextime program for all administrative and staff employees is now available. Offering flextime will give employees greater control and flexibility when balancing their work and personal schedules. If you are interested in a flexible schedule, please work directly with your manager for consideration and approval. For more information, including a copy of the detailed policy, go to the email you received on Monday, August 15.
Need stamps? Need to send a package or do a bulk mailing? Capital’s Mail Services can handle all your mailing needs.

Located on the lower level of the Student Union, Mail Services is a full-service U.S. Post Office, offering complete postal services, including sending packages at cheaper rates through UPS, Fed-Ex and USPS. They also are capable of doing departmental bulk mailings at a lower cost.

For more information, please contact Steve Scamyhorn, Mail Services manager, at 614-236-6658 or
Capital University Mail Service
For the past few years, Capital University has participated in the ALL-IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a nationwide effort to gain 100% voter registration on all college and university campuses. Capital is also a participant in OAC votes, a similar effort across campuses and universities within the OAC. 
Since 2018, Capital University has been nationally recognized as being a “Gold” campus, one that achieved 70% to 79% voter participation on campus. Our campus is one of three universities within our athletic conference that has achieved this status. 
During the 2021-2022 academic year, Capital excelled in voter registration and voter education events. Thanks to our students, faculty, and staff, the University successfully implemented programs for National Voter Registration Day, National Voter Education Week, and much more. As of August 2022, our voter education and registration effort has placed above the national average. 
The mission is to turn our students and community members into lifelong voters, to fulfill our civic duty as citizens, and to use our vote to initiate change. We challenge members of the Capital community to continue to learn about voter education, to update your address on your registration forms, and encourage your friends and family to vote.
Please be sure to be on the lookout for opportunities to volunteer to register people to vote, participate in National Voter Education Week, and be a part of other civic engagement opportunities. If you have any questions, email Tristen Davis at
Religious and Spiritual Life
Monday, August 29
7 p.m.
Trinity's Gloria Dei Worship Center
  • Multi-Grammy nominated artist Michael Gungor is best known for creating inclusive and eclectic spiritual music. “I don’t think we all need to believe in the same things,” he has said. “It’s possible to see all of life as sacred.” This sort of pluralism shows up in Gungor’s musical stylings. From synthesizers and drum machines to French horns and classical guitar, from singable, post-rock anthems to identity-deconstructing mantras whispered in odd time signatures, this “Psychedelic Gospel” artist loves to experiment with any and all of the tools at his disposal to accomplish his mission of creating music that helps open the heart to the fullness and beauty of life.
Wednesday, August 24
10 to 10:35 a.m.
Trinity's Gloria Dei Worship Center

  • Join Embrace Ministries and the Center for Faith and Learning for the first Capital Worship of the semester! We'll sing songs to raise our spirits, set a vision for the semester, and pray for our entire community, especially our fall athletes. Plus, get your free coffee fix between classes!

Thursday, August 25
9:09 p.m.
Trinity's Gloria Dei Worship Center

  • Join Embrace Ministries for Candlelight, a band-led worship event for students, by students. There's always good conversation, inspiring music, and a meaningful word.

Thursday, September 8
3 p.m
Denvy Bowman Center, Student Union

  • In partnership with the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, we're launching Ruach, a space for conversation about current events and hot topics with the opportunity to think about how the “winds” of faith and spirituality are blowing on these issues in the lives of college students at Capital University. Ruach is a Hebrew word that is translated as “wind" or "breath."
Facilities Management
What happened in Facilities Management this summer?
Saylor-Ackermann and Lohman
Over the summer Saylor-Ackermann and Lohman received lots of exciting updates. New windows, doors, and refurbished lounges. Dorm rooms will include updated flooring, lighting, furniture, and a fresh coat of paint. Even better, it’s all sustainably sourced!
Saylor-Ackermann and Lohman  artwork
In the renovated Lohman and Saylor-Ackermann lounges new art can be seen hanging. Look familiar? Pieces from the Schumacher collection in the Blackmore Library has been recreated and used to decorate lounges on campus.
Yes you can use my can!
All spring and summer, Facilities has been working hard to get Capital and Bexley working together more. “Yes you can use my can!” is a City of Bexley campaign that Capital University will be participating in. It is a sticker placed on trash cans that lets people walking their dogs know that they can dispose of bagged dog waste there and keep the city a little cleaner.
You may have noticed the addition of three-container waste bins popping up around campus. These are designed to give our community the choice of recycling, compost, or landfill. The bins have officially been added to residence hall lounges, the Convergent Media Center, and Trinity Seminary.
Speaking of compost … coming this fall, all Sheridan and College Avenue individual housing will have the ability to compost through the city. Each address will have its own compost bucket to be left at the street and be composted at the same time as waste and recycling collection.
Please welcome our new faculty and staff to the Capital Family!

Kristopher Armstrong, Clinical Professor of Legal Research and Writing, Law School
Pam Arndt, Adjunct Faculty, Law Paralegal Program
Darrell Bailey, Director of Athletics
Jeannine Ball, Funded Scholarship Coordinator, Financial Aid
Robert Barnhart, Assistant Professor, Paralegal Program
Madison Beachley, Community Coordinator, Residential and Commuter Life
Lynn Bower, Adjunct Faculty, Communication
Angela Buck, Assistant Professor, English
Lily Callander, Student Information Specialist, Registrar
Mikayla Carter, Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Bre Clayton, Assistant Track and Field Coach
John Climer, Professor and Director of Wind Ensembles
Lexi Cramer, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing
Heidi Dorn, Adjunct Faculty, Law School
Tim Edmunds, Maintenance Technician, Facilities
Raynelle Ennin, Senior Loan and Compliance Manager
Lisa Eschleman, Adjunct Faculty, Law School
Micah Fening, Adjunct Faculty, Business
Schyler Fennimore, Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Lilla Gabor, Adjunct Faculty, Conservatory of Music
Katie Gerchy, Senior IT Specialist, Information Technology
Zach Gerhardt, Adjunct Faculty, Business
Nathan Gjerstad, Instructor, Media
Kevin Gorman, Instructor, Education
Katie Gorman-Ezell, Adjunct Faculty, Social Work
Kaleena Gross, Adjunct Faculty, English
Max Hoffman, Admission Counselor
Paul Hopkins, Assistant Professor, Education
Mitchell Hughes, Assistant Coach, Men's Soccer
Carl Kelleher, Adjunct Faculty, English
Paige Kohn, Clinical Professor of Legal Research and Writing
John Krivicich, Maintenance Technician, Facilities
Alyx Lande, Law Library Coordinator
Dan Lasure, Community Coordinator, Residential and Commuter Life
Ashley LeMaster, Director, Accessibility Services
Julie Licata, Assistant Professor, Music
Alison Mattey, Adjunct Faculty, Law Paralegal Program
Eric Matto, Electrician, Facilities Management
Jorden McCoy, Temporary Maintenance Technician
Michelle Milner, Adjunct Faculty, Education
Marlee Northcutt, Instructor, World Languages and Cultures
Alison Ortega, Staff Attorney, Law Civil Protection Unit
Hild Peersen, Director, Early Music
Zakk Persico-Jones, Adjunct Faculty, Music
Zina Pichkar, Adjunct Faculty, Business
Pam Ratvasky, Adjunct Faculty, Business
Sabrina Renkar, Assistant Professor, Media
Ryan Rieder, Dean of the School of Management and Leadership
Rob Roll, Adjunct Faculty, Business
Devon Russell, Event Operations Supervisor
Tanya Rutherford-Owen, Adjunct Faculty, Law Paralegal Program
Eric Santiago, Enterprise Applications Administrator, Information Technology
Gabriella Schnaidt, Assistant Coach, Cheerleading
Emma Schulze, Assistant Dean of Admission, JD and Graduate Law Programs
Leslie Sewell, Instructor, Biological and Environmental Science
Rosanna Sguerra, Head Volleyball Coach
A.J. Smith, Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach
Tom Snee, Associate Director, Residence Life
Eric Van Wagner, Adjunct Faculty, Music
Vincene Verdun, Adjunct Faculty, Law School
Karen Walraven, Administrative Assistant, Accessibility Services & Residence Life
Andrew Weibel, Adjunct Faculty, Art
C.J. Westler, Assistant Football Coach
Megan Wharton, Assistant Coach, Women's Soccer
Annie Whitcraft, Instructor, Nursing
Raymond Wise, Adjunct Faculty, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Sports Recap
Many New Coaches Joined the CapFam this Summer!

A grand welcome goes out to the following coaches who have joined our team this summer!

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