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Campus News and Events | March 16, 2022
April 20: It's a Celebration!
Make plans now for April 20 and share in our Day of Celebration! Join us for Honors Convocation, the research symposium, and the inauguration of Dave Kaufman as Capital University’s 17th president.

Worship and Inaugural Prayer
9 a.m.
Mound Street Plaza

Honors Convocation and Inauguration
10 a.m.
Capital Center

11:30 a.m.
Capital Center

Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Research Forum
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Poster presentations
Capital Center
1:30 to 4 p.m. – Oral presentations
Locations TBA

RSVP by Wednesday, April 13, to
How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
Corned beef and cabbage
Pint of Guinness
Nip of Jameson
Cheap green beer in a red Solo cup
Bowl of Lucky Charms
Graduate Student Commencement
Business, Education, Music, and Nursing
For the first time, Capital University will hold a separate hooding and commencement ceremony in recognition of the accomplishments of our master’s program graduates in Business, Education, Music, and Nursing.
Monday, May 2
6:30 p.m.
Reception to follow
Mees Hall
Click here to register for the event and to provide the number of guests (up to 10) who will attend. Registration will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 22. When you register, a reply email from Eventbrite will confirm your guest count and information via a QR code. Please use this to enter (print or show on device). Graduates are not ticketed but one ticket per guest is required.
For complete information, click here.
Undergraduate Commencements
Capital University's 172nd Commencement Ceremony for undergraduate students will take place in two sessions on Saturday, May 7, each of which will last approximately 1.5 hours. Each session will conclude with the Gate Ceremony celebration on the front lawn.

Saturday, May 7
12 p.m. or 3 p.m. (select one)
Capital Center

Registration and Tickets
Sign up for the specific session you want to attend. Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation with a QR code from Eventbrite. Please use this for guest entry (print or show on device). There is only one QR code for all 4 guests. Graduates are not included in the reservation and do not need a ticket. Registration will end at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 29, or once a session is full.

Click here to register for the 12 p.m. ceremony.
Click here to register for the 3 p.m. ceremony.

Virtual Participation
Students who wish to attend as virtual participants will be part of the 3 p.m. session. Please email with your request and further instruction will be provided.

A live broadcast will be available at beginning at 11:55 a.m. for the 12 p.m. ceremony and at 2:55 p.m. for the 3 p.m. ceremony.

For complete information, click here.
Grad Salute
Join us for the official kick-off to graduation! Finalize any last-minute graduation paperwork or needs. Representatives from the Registrar’s Office, Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Career Development, Library Services, Capital University Law School, and Student and Community Engagement will be available to assist you. The Bookstore will be open and a representative from Jostens will be on hand to assist with graduation regalia. Light refreshments will be available.
Monday, March 21
12 to 6 p.m.
Schneider Conference Room, Student Union
Commencement Volunteers Needed
Meeting and Event Services needs your assistance in making Capital University’s 2022 Commencement events memorable for our graduates and their families. We need volunteers to fill a variety of positions for four different events.

Graduate Ceremony (Business, Education, Music, and Nursing)
Monday, May 2
Volunteers needed 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Nurses Pinning Ceremony
Saturday, May 7
Volunteers needed 8 to 10:30 a.m.
Undergraduate Ceremony Session 1
Saturday, May 7
Volunteers needed at 10 a.m.
Undergraduate Ceremony Session 2
Saturday, May 7
Volunteers needed at 2 p.m.

Shorter shifts are available. For more information, email Robert Fleming at
Faculty Book Signings
Join us as we congratulate our latest Capital authors!

Joy Schroeder
Trinity Chair in Lutheran Heritage and professor, Religion
Lecture and book signing
Thursday, March 17
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Ruff Learning Center 202
Sandra Kucinich-Horn
Adjunct faculty, English
Presentation and book signing
Thursday, March 24
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Ruff Learning Center 202
Student Leadership Award Nominations
The annual Student Leadership Award nominations are currently open. These awards recognize outstanding undergraduate individuals and organizations who engage in leadership efforts that better Capital University over the course of the academic year. Students, faculty, and staff are called to acknowledge the success of students and student organizations, while highlighting exemplary service and programming initiatives. All undergraduate students and student organizations are eligible for awards, from a first-year student to a student who graduates in May, including the Distinguished Senior Leader Award. All nominations and letters of recommendation are due by Sunday, March 27. The link for nominations can be found here.
Values Assessment
Faculty and staff are encouraged to join us March 22 for an opportunity to give input on reimagining Capital's mission and vision. We want your help in determining the values that will support the University's mission and vision and create our desired culture. There is no formal presentation at this event, so feel free to stop in when you are able. If you would like to provide input but are unable to attend in person, please email Stephanie Gray Wilson.

Tuesday, March 22
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Schneider Conference Room, Student Union 
It's On Us
Join Student and Community Engagement in welcoming "It's On Us" to campus for training sessions on sexual assault awareness, bystander intervention, and survivor support to help lead the Capital community into Sexual Awareness Month this April.

Tuesday, March 29
3 to 7 p.m.

It's On Us is a campus program designed to build a movement to help bring about change on college campuses around topics of sexual assault and gender- and power-based violence. All are welcome to join us for these important sessions that will help us change campus culture! If you are interested in attending, please RSVP on Engage!

Contact the Office of Student and Community Engagement if you are interested in learning more about starting an It's On Us chapter at Capital.
Comets on Campus Photo Contest
It's starting to feel like spring and campus is camera ready! Join us from April 7-10 for the Comets on Campus Photo Contest! A four-day photo event where teams of Capital students will take creative photos across campus and compete for a selection of prizes including gift cards, socks with pizzazz, and a newly designed Capital Comets T-shirt! Sign up with your team (three to five people) or individually to be added to a team by Monday, April 4. Early registrants may receive extra bonus points!
Subscribe to Capital Stories
Are you curious about the impact Capital alumni are making in their communities? Did you hear about a student research project that is truly groundbreaking? Have you worked with a faculty member who is dedicated to student success? Capital Stories is the place to find all those stories and more! Keep up-to-date by subscribing and receive a monthly email with the latest posts.    
ROTC Then and Now
The Capital University Alumnae Chapter invites you to a presentation by Col. Tom Moe, Air Force, retired, and a 1965 graduate of Capital. Moe will speak about his experiences as an Air Force ROTC cadet and as a Vietnam prisoner of war for more than five years in Hanoi. Members of the current Army ROTC on campus will discuss how ROTC has changed and how it remains the same.

Monday, March 28
1 p.m.
Schneider Conference Room, Student Union
Share Your 'What Were You Wearing?' Story
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Office of Student and Community Engagement, in partnership with the Title IX Office, will be hosting an art installation designed to share stories of sexual assault and survival from students, faculty, and staff. The art installation is titled “What Were You Wearing?,” designed to bring to attention to the age-old question most often posed to survivors of sexual assault while challenging the victim-blaming behavior that often accompanies these incidents of violence. 

“What Were You Wearing?” Survivor Art Installation
April 12-26
The Schumacher Gallery

Capital University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are invited to participate by submitting an anonymous description of what they were wearing when they were sexually assaulted. The collection of these stories (when submitted through the link below) has received an exemption from mandatory reporting. Resources for those who need them are included in the submission form linked here and in the SCE Instagram bio:

The “What Were You Wearing?” Survivor Art Installation originated at the University of Arkansas in 2013 and was inspired by Dr. Mary Simmerling’s poem, “What I Was Wearing.” 
What's Your Next Step?
Graduating this spring? Explore one of your post-graduation options through Capital Law’s 2022 Summer Immersion Paralegal Program. Earn a Paralegal certificate in 14 weeks and springboard into the legal profession or enhance your skill set for other career choices. Capital graduates may receive a $2,000 scholarship. Apply at The application deadline is April 15.
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Gloria Dei in Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Traditional Worship)
Preachers for the coming weeks:

  • March 2 – Pastor Drew Tucker, University Pastor and director of Center for Faith and Learning
  • March 16 – Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Executive Director of Ohio Council of Churches 
  • March 23 – Pastor Drew Tucker, University Pastor and director of Center for Faith and Learning

Thursdays at 9:09 p.m.
Gloria Dei in Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Contemporary Worship)
Preachers for the coming weeks:

  • February 24 – Bree Chambers, Capital University senior, president of Student Government
  • March 3 – Michelle Tucker, wife of Pastor Drew, Senior Small Group leader
  • March 17 – Matthew Longfellow, Capital University senior
  • March 31 - Father Devin Rodgers, St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Bexley
Center for Faith and Learnings 4th Annual Hinges Conference

Center for Faith and Learning Link Tree: Here you can find CFL contact information, worship slideshows, CFL Book of the Week, and much more!
2022 Interfaith Baccalaureate Service
Join CFL and Interfaith Student Organization as they send off the 2022 graduates with an Interfaith Service. This service will be instead of Capital Worship for that week. Lunch will follow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome!

Wednesday, April 27
10 to 10:35 a.m.
Gloria Dei Worship Center in Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Center for Faith and Learning Link Tree
Here you can find CFL contact information, worship slideshows, CFL Book of the Week, and much more!

For more information about Capital’s religious and spiritual life, contact Jillian Russell or Pastor Drew.
Meet with a TIAA Financial Consultant

As a reminder, 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, April 12 (Yochum)
Wednesday, May 11 (Yochum)
Tuesday, June 7 (Yochum)

Form 1095-C Distributed

Human Resources recently distributed by mail the Form 1095-C to all employees who were eligible for health coverage. Even if you declined to sign up for Capital University’s health plan, you should have still received a Form 1095-C. This form indicates your name, employer name, months during the prior calendar year when you were eligible for coverage, and the cost of the cheapest monthly premium you could have paid for coverage under your employer’s health plan. This information is related to the Affordable Care Act and is reported to the IRS. If you have any questions regarding this form, please contact Ashley Huff,

Register for TIAA’s Live Educational Webinars 

Keep your financial goals on track with TIAA’s live webinars. Reserve your spot today by registering here. Upcoming sessions include: 

Money at work 1: Foundations of investing
Discover how you can manage risk versus reward as well as understand the role of investing and managing risks, ways to help accelerate savings, and tools that can help sustain a portfolio.
March 17 at 4 p.m.
Help protect you, your family and your money
Are you concerned about identity theft and your family’s security online? TIAA’s Information Security team will discuss how you can protect yourself and your family from cybercriminal social engineering.
March 22 at 1 p.m.
Tax planning considerations
“How does this impact me?” is the question we hear the most when it comes to headline-grabbing changes to the tax laws. This seminar will cover an overview of tax law changes and income tax planning considerations.
March 24 at 12 p.m.
Charting Your Course: A financial guide for women
Women can face unique financial challenges. You can discover tailored approaches to saving for retirement and tips to make your money work hard.
March 24 at 3 p.m.
Financial housekeeping for now and later
Get insights into your current financial situation and learn some practical steps you can take to help position yourself for future success.
March 29 at 3 p.m.
Please welcome our new faculty and staff to the Capital Family!

Ben Pyle, plumber, Facilities Management
Join Us in Congratulating Camille McPherson!
Earlier today, President Dave Kaufman and Interim Athletic Director Steve Bruning announced the promotion of Camille McPherson as the next Head Women's Basketball Coach at Capital University. McPherson had been serving as the interim head coach since mid-December. Read more here.
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