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Campus News and Events | September 14, 2022
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Trinity Days: Beloved Belonging
Join us at the 2022 Trinity Days as we welcome keynote speaker Rev. Imani Olear (M.Div. ’05), ELCA director for Evangelical Mission and assistant to the bishop of the Upstate New York Synod. Olear's talks, “Kinship and Belonging” and “Bold Belonging,” will ask challenging questions and center conversation on models of inclusion and belonging in the church and address how to have bold, difficult conversations in congregations while maintaining a sense of beloved belonging. 

In a session on current faculty scholarship, Trinity faculty Joy Schroeder, Cheryl Peterson, and Paul Numrich, all on sabbatical or recently returned from sabbatical, will offer reflections on what they are learning. The seminary's own Rachel Wrenn will lead a workshop on the coming Advent texts, and we will honor and celebrate Dr. Brad Binau, professor of Pastoral Theology, as he transitions into retirement.

September 22-23
Current Capital students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend Trinity Days at no cost, but registration is required. Click here to register. 

The full schedule of events is available at

Additionally, if you usually park in the Trinity parking lot (S8) and are able to park elsewhere on campus during Trinity Days, please consider doing so, as this gesture of hospitality will help us better welcome our off-campus guests and alumni. 
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Sullivan Lecture Explores Free Speech Issues
Nadine Strossen
Capital University Law School’s 43rd annual John E. Sullivan Lecture presents “Cancel Culture, Social Media, Hate Speech, and More: Current Controversies in Free Speech.” The featured speaker is Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, emerita, New York Law School.

Wednesday, Sept. 28
4:30 p.m.
Ohio State House
(Event also will be live-streamed via Zoom)

This is a discussion on the free speech issues of the day – including disinformation, social media regulation, and inciting speech, as well as a discussion on certain fundamental free speech principles and history, which aren’t nearly as well-known as they should be, and which shed important light on current controversies.

Also participating will be: Bradley A. Smith, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault professor of Law, Capital University Law School; Adam Candeub, professor of Law and director of the Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program, Michigan State University College of Law; and Vincene Verdun, associate professor emeritus of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
For more information, or to register to attend, visit
Hey #CapFam! We’ve started a student-based Instagram account! We’ll be posting weekly student takeovers that students of any major can participant in! Follow @comentsoncampus and if you want to do a takeover fill out this form using your Capital credentials.
Showcasing Our Conservatory Faculty
Enjoy the beautiful music of Capital’s Conservatory at the annual Faculty Showcase Recital. Featured performers include Dionne Bennett, Lisa Jelle, Zakk Jones, Eric Paton, Chad Payton, Neil Schmitt, Betsy Sturdevant, Lance Witty, Tony Zilincik, and Gail Zugger. The program is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, Sept. 14
7 p.m.
Huntington Recital Hall
Create Positive Change
Capital has a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work group that is committed to advancing the University's efforts in identity-based positive change and cultivating an inclusive campus culture. We would love to have you join this group. Sign up for the DEI Work Group at
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Capital students, faculty, and staff inspire us every day with their good work! “Kudos” is an opportunity to share your accomplishments at the University, within your discipline, or around the community. Send them to
Tutoring Grant Addresses COVID Gaps in K-12 Learning
Hoyun Cho
Hoyun Cho, associate professor of mathematics, and Mary Trask, adjunct professor of Education and Reading Center director, were awarded a $410,119 grant from the Ohio Department of Education for statewide mathematics and literacy tutoring to address the COVID gaps in learning. The CAPITAL (Capitalizing, Affirming, and Progressing Individuals Through Achieving Literacy) Program illustrates one of the many accomplishments of Dean Jennifer Kelly, program manager/K-12 ambassador for this tutoring program with Capital College Preparatory Academy, a local charter school.
Catalyst Award
Linda Wolf, director of Assessment and Student Success analyst, and Jens Hemmingsen, associate provost of Accreditation and Analytics, received the 2022 Catalyst Award for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness for outstanding contributions to education through innovative use of Blackboard and/or Anthology solutions. The award recognizes institutions that have successfully grown in their assessment practices and influenced positive behavioral changes that are helping shape the future of teaching and learning. “It’s always comforting to see tangible evidence of the University achieving our mission and realizing our vision to be a ‘vibrant and innovative leader in higher education,’” said President Dave Kaufman.
Distinguished Adjunct Teacher Award
Seth Smith
Seth Smith, instructor of Communication, Art, and Theatre, will receive the 2022 Ohio Communication Association Distinguished Adjunct Teacher Award at the organization’s annual conference.
Law Professor Pens Guest Column
Mark Brown
Mark Brown, professor and holder of the Newton D. Baker/Baker & Hostetler Chair at Capital University Law School, was a guest columnist for on “How Ohio Stacks the System Against Independent and Minor-Party Candidates.”
OAS Features Student Researchers
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Capital students were highlighted in “Tiny Bites of Science,” the inaugural newsletter of the Ohio Academy of Science. The photo was taken at the 129th OAS annual meeting held in April. Students pictured are (L to R): Christina Mickelson, Jiavonni Campbell, Ben Smith, and Nathan Gibbs. Their research group was checking accuracy of direct-to-consumer DNA kits. Other students who also attended the spring Ohio Academy of Science meeting and presented their research were: Caroline Cramblit, Karen Kanke, Jessica Camp, Daryna Zaitseva, Sara Fathala, and Kaela Folatko (all from Biological and Environmental Sciences) and Jordan Chapman and Austin Bealer (from Chemistry). "As a department, we take pride in the opportunities provided for our students to present their empirical research at regional and national scientific meetings each year," said Kerry Cheesman, professor of Biological and Envirnomental Sciences.
Homecoming Fun!
Homecoming Pumpkin
Don your Capital purple and join our alumni next week for a traditional #CapFam homecoming celebration! For a complete schedule of events and registration, go to
Saturday, September 24
Comets football
Women’s soccer
Sabbatical Presentations
Sabbatical Presentation
Reflection on Recent Experiences in Russia
Alexander Pantsov, professor of History
Thursday, Sept. 29
4 to 4:50 p.m.
Blackmore Library 119
Sabbatical Presentations
Sally Creasap, professor of Education
Cheryl Peterson (seminary)
Monday, Oct.17
12 to 12:50 p.m.
Schneider South, Student Union
Sabbatical Presentations
Alan Stam, professor of Environmental and Biological Science
Saurav Roychoudhury, professor of Business)
Jon Stadler, professor of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics
Thursday, Nov. 3
4 to 4:50 p.m.
Blackmore Library 119
Sabbatical Presentations
Andy Carlson, professor of History
Janette McDonald, professor of Psychology
Tuesday, Nov. 15
4 to 4:50 p.m.
Blackmore Library 119
Submit Your Poll Questions!
We know that you like to answer the Capital You Poll, but how would you like to ask the questions? Submit questions suitable for students, staff, and faculty, and three to five possible responses. People who submit possible Capital You questions by Monday, September 19, will be entered in a drawing for gift cards to Bexley restaurants. Submit your suggestions at
Help Plan MLK Day of Learning 2023
Planning is beginning for Capital's 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Learning, which will take place on Monday, Jan. 16. To make this event a success, we hope you will consider joining one of these subcommittees: logistics, hospitality, workshops, marketing and communication, Kids Korner, and/or community service. If you are interested in participating in the planning process, please fill out the Qualtrics form here. If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, contact Mikayla Carter, associate director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, at
Service Opportunities
America Reads Volunteers
America Reads is a nationwide literacy program. Capital is providing tutors to five afterschool programs to help improve the literacy levels of elementary students. To apply, email
Cap Cupboard Volunteers
The Cap Cupboard is a food resource center located in the basement of the Harry C. Moores Student Union. The Cap Cupboard is open Monday through Friday, 2 to 4 p.m., 6 to 8 p.m., and by appointment. Email or Tristen Davis to apply. 
HLC Visit Course
Faculty and Staff: We have created a short course (less than one 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. Go to
If you have questions, contact Andrea Karkowski, Terry Lahm, Jens Hemmingsen, or Linda Wolf.
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Spotlight on Undergraduate Student Employment

All undergraduate students, regardless of financial need, are eligible to seek an on-campus job. Students are able to be hired under the Federal Work-Study Program, if identified in your financial aid package. If Federal Work-Study is not included in your award package, you can still seek a job through Campus Employment. Federal Work Study jobs are intended to enable students to cover education expenses by earning at least minimum wage in part-time jobs, usually related to community service or their area of study. They are not intended to provide full-time employment for students, nor are they intended to provide enough money to live on. They are intended to supplement operational needs, not to replace regular employees. Student employment is considered temporary due to the nature of the work, hours worked, rate of pay and benefit eligibility. Work Study earnings are also capped based on need and, on average, top out around $2,000 per year.
Complete information about student employment was sent in an email to all undergraduates on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Please refer to that or contact Steve Szczepaniak, payroll specialist, at 614-7100 or
Friday, Sept. 30
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mound Street Plaza
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Tuesday, Sept.  27
7 to 8:15 p.m.
Gloria Dei Chapel, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

  • The University community is invited to “Praying and Learning Together: An Interfaith Perspective on Immigration.” Join us for an evening of music, interfaith speakers, and testimonies of individuals from Afghanistan, Cuba, and the Congo who have lived the immigration experience. The event is sponsored the Southern Ohio Synod, ELCA, and Catholic Diocese of Columbus. For more information, call 614-241-2540 or email

Thursday, Oct. 13
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."
10 to 10:35 a.m.
Trinity's Gloria Dei Worship Center
  • Join Embrace Ministries and the Center for Faith and Learning in our weekly worship. Come expecting organ music and traditions familiar to many kinds of Christians with more formal liturgies (like some Lutherans, Catholics, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists, and others). Upcoming preachers include Rev. Fursan Zu'mot on Sept. 21 from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land; Rev. Peter Ray on Sept. 28 (an undergraduate and seminary alumnus); and Pastor Drew on Oct. 5
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.
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Five Selected to Capital University’s 2022 Hall of Fame Class

Capital University Athletics, in conjunction with the Alumni Office, has announced the 2022 Hall of Fame Induction Class. The five inductees include representatives from four different programs – men's soccer, women's soccer, women's track and field, and men's tennis. This year's inductees are …

  • Dwight Burgess – Men's and Women's Soccer Coach
  • Molly Sheils Mosholder – Women's Soccer
  • Jessica Starks Holloman – Women's Track & Field
  • Matt Rutherford – Men's Tennis
  • Doug DiRosario – Men's Tennis 

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