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Campus News and Events | October 12, 2022
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Gerhold Lecture
Marlon James
Internationally bestselling author Marlon James will visit Capital University as this year’s featured speaker for the Gerhold Lecture Series in the Humanities. James is a Jamaican author and the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 Booker Prize for Fiction. In 2018, he received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His most famous books are “A Brief History of Seven Killings” and “Black Leopard, Red Wolf.”

Q & A with Students
Tuesday, Oct. 25
3 p.m.
Bridge of Learning
Lecture and Book Signing
Tuesday, Oct. 25
7:30 p.m.
Huntington Recital Hall

The lectures are free and open to the public.
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Christmas Festival Presale Begins Oct. 26
We are excited to announce the Capital University 2022 Christmas Festival concerts and look forward to musically ushering in the Christmas season with you. 

This year’s Festival theme 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. Not to be missed, this will be a Christmas Festival for the ages!!

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, and staff will begin Wednesday, Oct. 26. All faculty, students, and staff are eligible for a total of one complimentary ticket using the promo code fullofwonder. You may also purchase an unlimited number of additional tickets.

Note: The comp ticket applies to only one performance. 

Tickets to the Festival will be purchased electronically. Watch for additional information and a link to purchase tickets in an email the week of Oct. 24 and in the Oct. 26 issue of Capital You. You may select your performance date(s) and follow the prompts. Tickets are $35 for adults/$20 for students and seniors and can be purchased using a debit card, credit card, or PayPal.

Please send any questions about the Festival to [email protected]. 
Mix & Mingle with the President
Join President Kaufman and Archer the Therapy Dog at either or both of these fall meet-and-greets. Grab food, pet your stress away, and pick up a new Comets T-shirt.
Coffee and Pastries
Tuesday, Oct. 18
11 to 11:45 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Seminary

Ice Cream
Monday, Oct. 24
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Law School
Coffee with a Cop
Coffee with a Cop
Join Capital University Police for the annual Coffee With a Cop event. Grab a donut and talk with Chief Scott Kunkle and other officers about your safety concerns and suggestions. Get to know your Capital police, learn about Public Safety and the services provided, and see the cruisers and other vehicles.

Tuesday, Oct. 25
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.                                   
Yochum Plaza
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults. With this training, you’ll build skills and confidence you need to reach out and provide initial support to those who are struggling. You’ll also learn how to help connect them to appropriate support.
Friday, Oct. 21
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Seminary
This training is limited to 30 total participants and will be done in a hybrid format. Register at The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 14. For more information, visit
Marketing 101
Faculty and staff are invited to meet members of Capital’s Marketing team to learn about best practices for design, photography, and writing, and discover available marketing resources. Get a firsthand look at the new website under development, learn about the work being done with the new Capital brand, and see the tools used to communicate with prospective student audiences.

Thursday, Oct. 20
12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Learning Center 102
Sabbatical Presentations
Join Sally Creasap and Cheryl Peterson as they discuss their recent sabbatical projects.

Creasap, professor of Education, will talk about the creation of a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mindfulness Institute to help Columbus City Schools educators learn movement, mindfulness, and mindset strategies to teach social-emotional skills. This project received support from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and Youth Yoga Project.

Peterson, professor of theology and associate dean for Academics at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, will talk about the progress that she made on her book, "The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Christian Church."

Monday, Oct. 17
12 to 12:50 p.m.
Schneider South, Student Union
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
Making a Difference
Capital is partnering with Gahanna Schools to make a difference in the lives of young adults with special needs through the GEAR (Gahanna Employability Adult Readiness) program. GEAR supports students ages 18-21 who have met all graduation requirements to find and maintain gainful employment with assistance through all steps: from job searching and resume/application assistance, to interview support and job maintenance assistance.

GEAR assists students in pursuit of their personal level of independence through instruction of adult readiness skills, job readiness skills, community-based instruction, future planning, entrepreneur exploration, and community service.

At Capital, the GEAR students are learning trades by working with the University’s Grounds and Housekeeping departments. The students recently planted a Paper Maple tree on College Avenue, near Renner Hall and the Convergent Media Center, in recognition of Environmental Sustainability Month.

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Let's Recycle
The shred truck will be on the Bexley campus next week. If you need assistance getting your items to the truck, please put in a work order today.
Thursday, Oct. 20
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
East side of Yochum Hall
Employees: Complete the Mandatory Anti-Hazing Training
Capital is committed to creating a safe environment for all students on all campuses. All University employees should have received an email on Tuesday, Sept. 20, regarding mandatory training on hazing. The email came from Capital University with the subject line “Vector LMS, Higher Education Edition Online Training.”
Training must be completed by Thursday, Oct. 20. 
If you have questions regarding the training, reporting options, or resources for support, you can reach out to Deanna Wagner, associate provost, at [email protected]
Netcare On-Site Hours Change
Netcare Access, Franklin County’s mental health and substance abuse crisis intervention and assessment services, has reduced its hours for crisis services. The new on-site services hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, go to
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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. 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]
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 thirty 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
Nov. 16
Preaching in Capital Worship (Wednesday at 10 a.m., in Gloria Dei)
Lunch and Learn (Wednesday at 12 p.m., location TBD)
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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 in an email on Oct. 5 before you arrive and bring it to the clinic. Be sure to include on the form your health insurance provider information. This will reduce wait time at the clinic. 
  • Bring your health insurance card (regardless of your plan). 
  • Wear clothing that allows easy access to your upper arm.

Wednesday, October 12  
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
Law School, Room A122 
Wednesday, October 26 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Student Union, Schneider Conference Room 
At Capital University we believe mental health care should extend beyond you to your family. That’s why we’re offering dependent coverage with the Calm Business benefit!

Up to five of your dependents can now receive their own premium Calm subscription.

Inviting your dependents is easy – here are step-by-step instructions.

Once added, each dependent can create their own unique profile and access Calm’s diverse content library of over 350 narrators in seven languages. (Please note that qualified dependents are 16 years of age or older. No information about a dependent’s use of Calm will be shared.) For more information, please visit Calm’s Help Center.

We hope this expansion of coverage of the Calm Business benefit will make it easier for the people you love to be mentally and emotionally healthy and promote their well-being.
Let HR know if you have any questions.
Kristy Breidenback, a TIAA financial consultant, will be available to meet with employees for one-on-one consultations. No matter where you are in life – just getting started or planning for retirement – this is an excellent way to help create a plan to reach your financial goals. Kristy is scheduling sessions between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the following dates. 

Tuesday, Oct.18
Yochum Hall, Room 17
Friday, Nov. 18
Yochum, Room 17
Friday, December 16 (Virtual)
Space is limited. Register at or call 1-800-732-8353 (weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.)
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].
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