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Campus News and Events | October 26, 2022
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2022 Christmas Festival
Christmas Festival Presale Begins Today!
This is the moment, as a CapFam member, to book your free ticket to attend Columbus’s most dynamic and beloved Christmas concert featuring our Capital choirs and other Conservatory and community instrumentalists.

Festive, celebratory and breathtaking! The Festival theme this year is full of wonder. Have you found yourself losing your sense of wonder as you grow older? Maybe we are too stressed, or too busy, or nothing surprises us anymore. Join us for this joyous concert experience which promises to (re-)awaken your capacity for wonder and delight. Your attention will be captured from start to finish with many surprises along the way. Not to be missed, this will be a Christmas Festival for the ages!

Performance dates and times for this year’s Festival are:  

Thursday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Mees Hall  
Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Mees Hall  
Saturday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Mees Hall  
Sunday, Dec. 4, 3:30 p.m., Mees Hall  

The annual Christmas Festival ticketing presale for Capital University students, faculty, staff, emeriti, and retirees begins today, Wednesday, Oct. 26. Members of those groups are eligible for a total of one complimentary ticket using the promo code FullOfWonder. You may also purchase an unlimited number of additional tickets.

Please Note: the one total comp ticket applies to only one performance. 

Tickets to the Festival once again will be purchased electronically (e-tickets). To purchase pre-sale tickets, please visit You may select your performance date(s) and follow the prompts. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for students and seniors, and can be purchased using a debit card, credit card or PayPal.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
Thanks to Amy Duerr, senior administrative assistant for Advancement, for submitting this week’s Capital Poll! If you would like to submit an idea for a poll question, email Denise Russell at [email protected].
What’s your favorite fall Sunday activity?
Apple picking
Binge watch Netflix
Jump in leaves
Visit the pumpkin patch
What do you think Archer should be for Halloween?

Make sure to follow Capital on Instagram to see Archer in his Halloween costume this weekend! Thank you for voting.
Celebration of Diversity Week
Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for the Celebration of Diversity Week! From Monday, Oct. 31, to Friday, Nov. 4, the organizations that are supported through the office will be hosting different events that speak to the core of their organization, or work to promote upcoming signature events. 
Check us out on Instagram @capitalodi to see the individual events or stop by the following events: 
Monday, Oct. 31
Tabling for 2nd annual Black is Beautiful
Hosted by Ebony Brother Association
1 to 2 p.m.
Student Union Lobby
Tuesday, Nov. 1
The Dish
Hosted by the ODI
4 to 5 p.m.
Denvy Bowman Center
Tuesday, Nov. 1
Día de los Muertos
Hosted by Students of Latinx Affinity and the Center for Faith and Learning
7:30 to 10 p.m.
Koinonia, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

Wednesday, Nov. 2
Hosted Asian American Alliance, Global Student Association, Interfaith Student Organization, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
5 to 7 p.m.
Koinonia, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Thursday, Nov. 3
Service and snack
Hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Incorporated, Sigma Gamma Rho, Sorority Incorportated, and Alpha Sigma Alpha
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Schneider North, Student Union
Friday, Nov. 4
Updating the Mural
Hosted by Pride
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Student Union
Yochum Hall-o-ween Student Trick or Treat
Trick or Treat
Join your fellow ghosts and goblins for the second annual Yochum Hall-o-ween Student Trick or Treat. Students will collect fun treats and earn a chance to win a restaurant gift card by collecting stamps at each office they visit.
Monday, Oct. 31
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sabbatical Presentations
Join professors Alan Stam, Saurav Roychoudhury, and Jon Stadler as they discuss their recent sabbatical projects.

Stam, professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, will discuss aspects of human connectance to nature.

Roychoudhury, professor of Finance and Economics, will talk about the scholarship he worked on and the changes he made to his classes.

Stadler, professor of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics, will discuss representing juggling patterns numerically, how his research into the topic has changed over time, and its significance in other parts of mathematics.
Thursday, Nov. 3
4 to 4:50 p.m.
Blackmore Library 119
Celebrate Tracey Murray's New Book
Tracey Murray’s New Book
Join Tracey Murray, professor and chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry, in the launch of her new textbook, “Biochemistry: A Guided Inquiry.” The book uses the philosophy of Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) to teach the fundamental concepts of biochemistry. In these activities, students will work in teams to explore models of biochemical information and develop essential ideas so they can more fully understand the discipline.

Monday, Oct. 31
3 to 4 p.m.
Schneider North, Student Union
Bexley Day of Kindness
We are bringing the Bexley Day of Kindness to Capital University! This is a way for us to bring together residents, Capital University campus members, and our community partners in a spirit of unity and service. 
Saturday, Nov. 12
12 to 4 p.m.
Schaaf Lawn
We have invited local businesses, community partners, and Capital University offices and programs to facilitate various service projects. Enjoy food, music, and the opportunity to fellowship in camaraderie and service. You can join in on as many service projects as you’d like. The following offices and organizations will be among those facilitating service projects: 

  • Capital’s Office of Student and Community Engagement; Center for Faith and Learning; Bonner Leader Program; AMP and the Law School
  • 22nd Street Cookies
  • League of Women Voters in Central Ohio
  • Ohio Historical Center
  • Stoddart Avenue Community Garden
We will collect hardcover books (new or used) for students at the Franklin County Juvenile Intervention Center, such as: “Beautiful Creatures” series, “Mortal Instrument” series, Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl; “Opposite of Always,” Justin Reynolds; “Concrete Rose,” Angie Thomas; “Divergent” series, Veronica Roth; “Maximum Ride” series, James Patterson; “Message in a Bottle,” Nicholas Sparks; “I am Four” series, Jobie Hughes/James Frey; and “Diary of the Wimpy Kid” series, Jeff Kinney. Books cannot discuss violence, crime, or similar topics.
We also will collect school supplies for elementary and middle school students at our partnering America Reads sites: notebooks, folders (red, blue, yellow, green and purple), pencils, erasers, glue, and markers. 
Collection boxes will be available for donated items. For more information about the Bexley Day of Kindness, email Tristen Davis at [email protected] or Dikiea Elery at [email protected]. 
MDR Closed for Lunch Saturday
Due to prospective students and parents attending our Fall Open House, the Main Dining Room will be closed from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Current students should eat in One Main Café during that time. 
Choral Evensong
Join the Trinity Seminary Choir, along with soloists and an orchestra, for All Saints Choral Evensong and the Mozart Requiem. The Requiem is directed by May Schwartz, professor of church music, and features Carol Ann Bradley on the organ.
Friday, Nov. 4
7:30 p.m. Prelude
8 p.m. Evensong
Gloria Dei Worship Center, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Tree Lighting
Save the Date: Tree Lighting Ceremony
The time for the Tree Lighting Ceremony is upon us!
Join President Kaufman and the Chapel Choir for cookies, hot chocolate, ornament decorating, music, and pictures with Santa at the annual celebration to light the Capital Christmas tree. 
Wednesday, Nov. 16
5 p.m.
Mound Street Plaza
We will be collecting gloves, hats, jeans, and winter coats for people served by The Open Shelter. Donation boxes will be available for these items. 22nd Street Cookies, along with students enrolled in the Social Problems course, will be selling cookie dough for their program. 
For more information on items to donate to The Open Shelter or how you can support 22nd Street Cookies, email Tristen Davis at [email protected] or [email protected]
Cap Cash
The Financial Aid staff invites you to Cap Cash, a fun opportunity to get all your questions answered about spring class registration … not to mention the free food, a prize wheel, and a raffle!
Thursday, Oct. 27
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Plaza at the Fountains (Student Union, rain location)
ReCap Magazine Deadline
Student submissions for the spring 2023 issue of ReCap, Capital’s literary arts magazine, are being accepted through Thursday, Dec. 1. For information on submitting your original prose, poetry, and visual arts, go to
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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
Bed Brigade
Members of Kappa Sigma fraternity teamed up with the Peace Lutheran Bed Brigade to build beds for children who had nothing to sleep on. Last Saturday, they built 12 beds and delivered nine to children who were sleeping on the floor. They will continue to help the Bed Brigade throughout the year. Kappa Sigma, which has made service a priority, helps out monthly at Joseph’s Coat and several other organizations.
Football Friends
The Capital University football team welcomed the Bexley Youth Football League to Bernlohr Stadium for a joint practice between the two programs.
Schumacher Exhibit Featured
Writer Nancy Gilson did a feature story on the juried exhibition of the Ohio Plein Air Society currently featured at The Schumacher Gallery through Dec. 9.
Virtual Student Leadership Conference
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown invites you to the Annual Propel Ohio Student Conference, promoting civic engagement, voting, and student leadership, and helping participants find ways to make change in their communities.

Wednesday, Nov. 2
4 to 6 p.m.

Register Here. A link will be made available on the Propel Ohio webpage and emailed to participants closer to the start of the event. Participants will be able to ask questions live during the program.
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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. Peter Ray on Sept. 28 (an undergraduate and seminary alumnus); and Pastor Drew on Oct. 5

8:08 to 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.
Wednesday, Nov. 9
7 p.m.
  • This year’s Kristallnacht commemoration is hosted by Jewish Columbus, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and Capital University’s Center for Faith and Learning. The event will join the international Zikaron BaSalon (Remembrances in the Living Room) movement, a practice that gives participants a chance to hear the stories of Holocaust survivors, either from the survivors themselves or their children. We will host three conversations across the city: one in Trinity Lutheran Seminary’s LeSage Room, one in Christ Lutheran Church’s (Bexley) parlor, and one at Congregation Beth Tikvah in Worthington. Each will include stories, conversations, kosher foods, and community organization. Watch for additional information, including ways to RSVP for the events and information on the speakers. If you have any questions in the meantime, email [email protected]
November 16
Preaching in Capital Worship (Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Gloria Dei)
Lunch and Learn (Wednesday at noon Location TBD)
Dr. Joelle Hathaway -
Thursday, Nov. 17
7 p.m. 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
7135 Coffman Rd. Dublin, Ohio 43017 
  • All are welcome to join us in giving thanks to God in words and music through our various faith traditions! Please bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations for the Dublin Food Pantry. Light refreshments will be available immediately after the service. The event is sponsored by SAIL (Safe Alliance of Interfaith Leaders). For more information, contact Barb Anderson at [email protected].
The Art of Being Human
Friday, Nov. 18, 7 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
LeSage Hall, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
  • The weekend workshop includes meditation training and practice, talks, one-on-one conversations, and group discussions. Art of Being Human is the first of a series of five workshops that provide a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, emphasizing the development of genuineness, confidence, humor, and dignity within the complexity of daily life. The workshops are recommended for new and experienced meditators, as well as for those looking to enrich their existing spiritual path.
  • Janice Glowski is a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition and has been a meditation practitioner for more than 30 years. Since 2014, she has served as the meditation instructor/coach for the Physicians Leadership Academy of the Columbus Medical Association. 
Pricing and generosity:  Money should not be an obstacle, so please pay what you can. Student pricing is $15. For those who can offer more than the program price, please consider offering the “patron price.” Your generosity helps to cover the costs for others.
  • $108 Program Price
  • $125 Patron Price
  • $15 Student Price
  • Or pay what you can
To ensure there are enough meditation mats and food, please register at Questions? Contact Linda Wolf, [email protected].
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Reminder - Flu Shot Clinic for Employees

Capital University ’s Human Resources Office and Avita Health System are teaming up to offer flu vaccinations for Capital University employees. All employees are eligible for this clinic. If you are insured by UHC, your vaccination is covered at 100 percent; however, if you are covered by another health insurance plan, you are still eligible to participate in this clinic and your insurance company will be billed accordingly. No appointment is necessary. 

If you participate:  

  • Please complete the consent form that you received via email and bring it to the clinic
  • Bring your health insurance card (regardless of your plan) 
  • Wear clothing that allows easy access to your upper arm

Wednesday, Oct. 26 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Student Union, Schneider Conference Room 

Open Enrollment
Human Resources and our leadership teams have been working hard to finalize details for open enrollment. Details and dates will be coming in the near future. 

Please be looking for these emails from [email protected].

Tuition Exchange for 2023-2024
For employees with seniors in high school who may be interested in enrolling in a college that may be within our exchange programs, now is the time to complete your tuition benefit application with HR and submit applications with the host schools' admissions offices as well. For more information and the benefit application, visit 
New Hires
Joseph Adams, Instructor, Mathematics/Computer Science/Physics
Emily Anderson, Adjunct Faculty, English
Zeynep Arslan Ozkaynak, Adjunct Faculty, English as a Second Language
Logan Ashcraft, Event Coordinator, Conference Services
Emily Asher, Adjunct Faculty, Law School
Christian Barney, Adjunct Faculty, History
David Basham, Adjunct Faculty, Religion and Philosophy
Adam Bielby, Assistant Coach, Volleyball
Lynn Bower, Adjunct Faculty, Communication
Malcolm Cash, Adjunct Faculty, English
Robert Cumberlander, Student Information Specialist, Registrar
Colleen Cunningham, Adjunct Faculty, Communication
Emily Dicken, Admission Counselor
Celina Emerson, Administrative Assistant, Conservatory
Dustin Epperly, University Registrar
Natalie Fanell, Covid Response Team Nurse
Carmen Ostermann, Adjunct Faculty, Art
Emily Frazer, Adjunct Faculty, Conservatory
Alicia Gilbert, Assistant Dean of Student Administration, Law Student Affairs
Jake Halliwell, Temporary Maintenance Technician, Facilities Management
Cynthia Holder Rich, Adjunct Faculty, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Reginald Jackson, Adjunct Faculty, Conservatory
Kelly Jasinski, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing
Kyle Knapp, Adjunct Faculty, Media
Anthony Leach, Adjunct Faculty, Conservatory
Meshach Malley, Adjunct Faculty, Media
Seth Martin, Adjunct Faculty, English as a Second Language
Dean Masello, Staff Attorney, Law School Civil Protection Unit
Christopher Oldham, Football Intern
Zachary Pames, Temporary Maintenance Technician, Facilities Management
Elizabeth Parker, Adjunct Faculty, Conservatory
Nicholas Price, Scene Shop Supervisor, Communication
Sabrina Renkar, Assistant Professor, Media
Gina Rowland, Staff Attorney, Law School Civil Protection Unit
Sarah Sabo, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing
Mia Smith, Assistant Professor, Art
Amy Strawser, Adjunct Faculty, World Languages and Cultures
Ishan Thapa, Admission Counselor
Anders Tune, Adjunct Faculty, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Gabrielle Valladares, Adjunct Faculty, Conservatory
Jessica Waugh, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing
Emma White, Admission Counselor
Carver Wolfe, Admission Counselor
Jacob Wuensch, Director of Graduate Admissions
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Men's Basketball Shaping Up for a Strong Year

The Capital University men's basketball team is ready to have a go at the Ohio Athletic Conference in the 2022-23 season. 
Led by head coach Damon Goodwin – who now enters his 28th year at the helm of the program – Capital is aiming to improve upon last year's 9-8 in-conference record that saw the squad finish sixth among a very competitive and deep field of opposition. 

In the off-season, many teams benefited from the transfer portal, while others made a splash in signing high-quality, first-year players, thus expanding the depth of the entire Ohio Athletic Conference in the sport of men's basketball. Capital hopes their incoming class will mix well with their contingent of returners to keep the Comets where they expect to be year in and year out. 

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