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Campus News and Events | August 16, 2023

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Distributed every other Wednesday, the publication schedule for the remainder of the fall semester is: August 30, September 13, September 27, October 11, October 25, November 8, and November 29.

CapYou! Poll

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What is the first thing you’ll do when you’re back to campus?
Catch up with friends at the Fountains
Check out the new University Gear Shop
Find Archer for Some Four-Legged Comfort
Visit Graeter’s

Back to the Bexley Campus

With the start of the academic year just a few days away, there are several activities planned to welcome students, faculty, and staff. Students share your Welcome Weekend experience on Instagram using #CapWW23 for a chance to be featured on the Capital account!


New Student Move-In

Saturday, Aug. 19

7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to assist new students with carrying their belongings to their rooms, help with directing traffic, greet new students and their families, and help make the experience enjoyable for all! This is a wonderful opportunity for faculty and staff to help the Capital community welcome our newest members of the #CapFam to campus! 


Cap Fam Barbecue

Saturday, Aug. 19

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Capital Center Field House


New Student Opening Ceremony

Gate Ceremony

Saturday, Aug. 19

3 p.m.

Capital Center Performance Arena


New Faculty and Staff Reception

Monday, Aug. 21

5 to 6:30 p.m.

Alumni House


Open Campus

Tuesday, Aug. 22

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Buildings will be open so students can locate their classes, and offices will be open to answer questions.

Empower Your Learning

Academic Success logo

Academic Success looks forward to welcoming the incoming class of 2027 along with our returning students! We want to remind everyone that we provide free resources and assistance for all students, including the following:

  • Peer Tutoring: Work with trained peers to gain a better understanding of key course concepts, review material, prepare for exams, and more.
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI): Participate in peer-facilitated, collaborative group study and review sessions for selected historically challenging courses that integrate "what to learn" with "how to learn."
  • Academic Coaching: Receive individualized assistance to develop more effective study and organizational strategies. Get help with time management, active reading, exam preparation, and more.
  • Writing Center: Receive assistance during all phases of the writing process on any writing assignment in any course. Get help with brainstorming, creating a thesis, developing and organizing ideas, drafting, revising, research writing, and more.

Students can easily schedule tutoring, writing, and coaching appointments at, or they can email us at [email protected]. Regular weekly SI session times will be communicated to students in supported courses. Academic Success is located on the second floor of Blackmore Library. We hope to see you soon!

Goodbye, iLearn; Hello Canvas

Welcome back, Cap Fam! As you may have heard, the University has moved on from iLearn. Beginning with our summer classes, we moved to a new LMS tool called Canvas. Canvas is easy to use, and you’ll get the hang of it quickly. Just to get you going, go to for a short video introduction to Canvas!

Fall Schumacher Exhibit Features OAL Members

Fall Schumacher Gallery Exhibit

The Schumacher Gallery’s fall juried exhibition features the works of member artists of the Ohio Art League, an innovative leader that has been supporting Ohio artists throughout all stages of their careers since 1909. The juror is Bellamy Printz, co-founder of Zygote Press in Cleveland, a non-profit printmaking workshop now in its 25th year of operations. She is an active OAL member and artist in the Cleveland art community, with personal and professional ties to major businesses, institutions, and organizations where she has been organizing exhibitions for 23 years. For more than 13 years, Printz was a member of the curatorial team at Cleveland Clinic’s Art Program in the Art + Design Institute. The Schumacher Gallery is located on the fourth floor of Blackmore Library,



Sept. 5 to Dec. 8


Opening Reception

Thursday, Sept. 7

5 to 7 p.m.

Galaxy Quest logo


An Event Participation Activity for Employees!

Galaxy Quest QR Code

Show your Comet spirit through Galaxy Quest while supporting our students, faculty, and staff in the many fun, educational, and celebratory activities Capital has throughout the year. Whether you participate as a spectator or a volunteer, faculty and staff can record their event attendance through this QR code to become eligible for a prize drawing at the end of the academic year.

Happy Trails!

Primmer Happy Trails Event

The first Happy Trails event at Capital’s Primmer Property was a huge success! Led by Chrissy Anderson, Primmer Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, the hike and tour culminated with a Cap Fam Happy Hour at the Hocking Hills Winery. Watch for information about another Primmer event this fall or next spring.

Help Save a Life

Blood Drive

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Donating through the American Red Cross is easy, fast, safe, and desperately needed. And now, with an upcoming blood drive at Capital, it couldn’t be more convenient. Schedule an appointment at


Thursday, Sept. 14

12 to 6 p.m.

Student Union

The American Red Cross is urging donors of all blood types to give. Type O negative is the universal blood type, the most-transfused blood type, and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

Bexley BBQ Festival

Smoke and Fire Festival

Get ready for a sizzling experience at the Bexley Smoke and Fire Festival as local teams compete for the Bexley BBQ Championship belt. Free and open to the public, the 2nd annual festival will showcase amazing BBQ flavors of local vendors and foodies, live music by Lungu Vybz Reggae, and BOB RAS.

Saturday, Aug. 26

5 to 10 p.m.

Schneider Park

Each festival attendee will receive tokens to vote for their favorite BBQ team. Pecan Penny’s, Seventh Son Brewing Company, Kona Ice, and Graeter’s will be selling food and drinks for those who are still hungry after sampling.

Sgt. Zarate and Capital Police Earn Commendation

Capital Police Sgt. Guillermo (Willy) Zarate and Capital’s Police Department earned a commendation from the Bexley Police Department “for going above and beyond the call of duty and for assisting in this important investigation.” On July 8, Bexley Police responded to a call that involved several non-English-speaking individuals. Even though he was off duty, Sgt. Zarate went “without hesitation” to help translate both at the scene and at the hospital. The commendation said: “Sgt. Zarate is a true professional who exemplifies what every police officer should strive to become. I would like to thank and commend The Capital University Police Department and Sgt. Guillermo Zarate for going above and beyond the call of duty and for assisting in this important investigation.”

Tree Campus Recognition

Congratulations to Facilities Management for earning 2022 Tree Campus Higher Education recognition. Tree Campus Higher Education, an Arbor Day Foundation program, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. This is the sixth year Capital has been recognized through this program sponsored by the National Arbor Foundation and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. To obtain this distinction, our campus has met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus Higher Education, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for your campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects. Our entire campus community should be proud of this sustained commitment to environmental stewardship.

Robert Barnhart, Professor of Law

“Six months later, charges have not been refiled in shooting of 13-year-old Sinzae Reed”

Columbus Dispatch

April 20, 2023


Mark Brown, Professor of Law

“A Critical and Historical Analysis of Ohio s Post-Millennium Regression to Major-Party Monopoly”

Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, 50th volume


Susan Gilles, Professor of Law

“Columbus superintendent applications being kept confidential, despite public records law”

NBC4 News

May 5, 2023


Niel Johnson, 2023 graduate

“Sixth generation Capital University graduate makes history”

Spectrum News 1

May 13, 2023


Capital City Teacher Residency

“Capital University partners with Columbus City Schools in new program aimed to ease teacher shortage”

10TV News

May 31, 2023


Brad Conrad, Associate Professor of Education

Nisreen Daoud, Assistant Professor of Education

“Capital University, Columbus schools team up for teacher program”

NBC4 News

June 12, 2023


Mark Brown, Professor of Law

OPINION: “It’s official. State legislatures cannot overrule voters in choosing presidential electors”

Cleveland Plain Dealer

July 12, 2023


Dan Kobil, Professor of Law

Fact-checking Issue 1 ads as Election Day nears”

NBC4 News

Aug. 3, 2023


Mark Brown, Professor of Law

'It's absolute nonsense': Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose responds to claims he has broken federal law by campaigning in favor of Issue 1”


Aug. 3, 2023


Robert Barnhart, Professor of Law

“Ex-Columbus police officer indicted with murder in 2022 shooting death of Donovan Lewis”

Columbus Dispatch

Aug. 4, 2023


Dan Kobil, Professor of Law

OPINION: “Issue 1 an attempt to hoodwink Ohioans out of democracy's crown jewel”

Columbus Dispatch

Aug. 4, 2023


Mark Brown, Professor of Law

VOICES: “No comparison between state, federal Constitution”

Dayton Daily News

Aug. 8, 2023


Brad Conrad, Associate Professor of Education

Nisreen Daoud, Assistant Professor of Education

“New program helps ease teacher shortage in Columbus”

10TV News

Aug. 9, 2023

Alumni Veterans Memorial

Alumni visited the National Veterans Memorial and Museum on July 20, where Capital University received a commendation from Rep. Dontavius Jarrells and the Ohio House of Representatives. A question-and-answer session with veteran alumni and staff included: Dr. Darrell Bailey, director of Athletics, Elizabeth Yoder ’02 (U.S. Navy), and Charles Gibson ’90 (U.S. Army).

Homecoming 2023 will take place September 28-30. Information can be found at

Events for the entire campus include:

Saturday, Sept. 30

Capital Tailgate

11 a.m.

S1 Lot adjacent to the Alumni House


Football vs. Otterbein

1:30 p.m.

Free for Capital students, faculty, and staff


Women's Soccer vs. Otterbein

7 p.m.

Free for Capital students, faculty, and staff

This list reflects recent hires through August 15, 2023.

Suleman Abdiah, Assistant Professor, Business

Tenzin Alexander, Executive Director of Marketing

Paige Allen, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing

Denisse Amaro Monsalves Myers, Adjunct Faculty, World Languages and Cultures

Nikolai Arinchev, IT Systems Administrator

Daria Arincheva, Instructor, History

Kody Auck, Assistant Registrar - Registration and Transfer

Shari Ayers, Director, Contextual and Experiential Formation

Wendell Banks, Maintenance Technician, Facilities Management

Edison Benda, Financial Aid Counselor

Caroline Bergan, Assistant Professor, Music

Jamie Blake, Assistant Professor, Music

Edwin Bonham, Adjunct Faculty, Health and Sport Science

Justin Breidenbach, Assistant Professor, Business

Luis Cabrera, Adjunct Faculty, Music

Julianna Campbell, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing

Jacob Charache, Assistant Event Operations Technician, Music

Jeanetta Clyburn-Armistead, Office Coordinator/Dispatcher, Public Safety

Ishbah Cox, Assistant Professor and Director of Wind Ensembles, Music

Kevin Crane, Community Coordinator, Residential and Commuter Life

Mallory Darrow, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing

John Deveny, Adjunct Faculty, Business

Emily Dicken, Admission Counselor

Scott Donahue-Martens, Adjunct Faculty, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

Matthew Donald, Adjunct Faculty, Law School

Travis Eastham, Reference Librarian, Law Library

Michael Edwards, Adjunct Faculty, Law School

Celina Emerson, Administrative Assistant, Music

Joshua Esparza, Temporary Maintenance Technician, Facilities Management

John Esterly, Adjunct Faculty, Music

Derek Faasse, Director, Admission

Gretchen Farthing, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing

Olivia Fuellgraf, Cheerleading Coach

Morgan Gates, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing

Meredith Gaul, Assistant Registrar - Operations

Alicia Gilbert, Assistant Dean, Student Administration, Law School

Joseph Grant, Professor, Law School

Alexis Hall, Assistant Coach, Volleyball

Gregory Hall, Assistant Professor, Law School

Marcus Hall, Officer, Security and Public Safety

Jake Halliwell, Groundskeeper

Morgan Hendrix, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing

Rachel Jacobs, Associate Dean, School of Management and Leadership

Kelly Keyser, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing

Elizabeth Klainot-Hess, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminology

David Knock, Assistant Football Coach

Todd Lacy, Facilities Manager, Music

Brody Lehman, Graduate Admission Recruiter, Business

Jeffrey Lindemann, Adjunct Faculty, Law School

Cindy Longhino, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing

Phillip Louden, Adjunct Faculty, Music

Jack Margiotta, Temporary Maintenance Technician, Facilities Management

Jodi Marmion, Development Manager of Early Music

Holden Martin, Assistant Baseball Coach

Seth Martin, Assistant Manager, Bexley Bed and Breakfast

Christina Massey, Adjunct Faculty, Social Work

Madeleine McDonald, Assistant Coach, Women's Tennis

Timothy McGowan, Adjunct Faculty, Music

Kelly Murphy, Associate Director, Student and Community Engagement

Judson Murray, Associate Professor, Religion and Philosophy

Catherine Nakamura, Manager for Strategic Partnerships, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

Dean Natoli, Officer, Public Safety

Steven Nelson, Adjunct Faculty, Law School

Michelle Newsome, Adjunct Faculty, Chemistry

Amy Ooten, Administrative Assistant

Trejour Owens, Football Intern

John Palmer, Adjunct Faculty, Media

Zachary Pames, Temporary Maintenance Technician, Facilities Management

Adam Parsons, Football Intern

Ellen Petruzzella, Adjunct Faculty, Art

Nathan Pieri, Staff Attorney, Civil Protection Unit, Law School

Elizabeth Pittman, Student Success Advisor

Nicole Piunno, Adjunct Faculty, Music

Nicholas Price, Scene Shop Supervisor, Communication

Kyla Primmer, Social Media Manager, Marketing

Mary Rosser, Assistant Professor, Education

Darius Ruffin, Officer, Public Safety

Evette Russell, Office Coordinator/Dispatcher, Public Safety

Abbey Rutschilling, Temporary Associate Director, Student and Community Engagement

Sarah Sabo, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing

Stephanie Sanders, Interim Vice President, Enrollment Management

Sarah Santilli, Adjunct Faculty, Music

Brett Scott, Director of Regional Development, Development

Travis Snow, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing

Frank Speth, Interim Head Men's Soccer Coach

Amanda Stevens, Assistant Event Operations Technician, Music

Adam Stewart, Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach

Sharon Stewart-Alexander, Adjunct Faculty, Education

Anjel Stough-Hunter, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminology

Andrew Stroh, Instructor, Biological and Environment Science

Brenann Sutter, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Law School

Taya Tennant, Financial Aid Specialist

Katlyn VanDyke, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing

Roxana Vatanparast, Assistant Professor, Law School

D'Gary Wallace, Assistant Football Coach

David Watson, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing

Paityn Webster, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing

Emma White, Admission Counselor

Waymone Williams, Office Coordinator/Dispatcher, Public Safety

Emily Winters, Adjunct Faculty, Business

Alyxandra Wulff, Assistant Coach, Softball

Duaa Zaghmot, Officer, Public Safety

Benjamin Zeff, Adjunct Faculty, Music


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