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Campus News and Events | February 23, 2022
It's Inauguration Time!
April 20 is going to be a special day for the CapFam! In addition to Honors Convocation and the
Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Graduate Research Forum, you are invited to celebrate the inauguration of Dave Kaufman as Capital University’s 17th president. Watch for details.
How will you spend your spring break?
Enjoying the beach
Hanging out with family and friends at home
Honoring Capital Faculty and Staff
Is there an outstanding faculty or staff member who deserves an award? Nominate them for recognition at the 2022 Honors Convocation, which will be held Wednesday, April 20, at 10 a.m.

Nominations deadline for all awards
Friday, March 11 

(eligible to submit nomination: juniors, seniors, and undergraduate faculty)
(eligible to submit nomination: students, undergraduate faculty, and staff)

(eligible to submit nomination: faculty)
(eligible to submit nomination: faculty and staff)
New award honoring a full-time staff member or administrator
(eligible to submit nomination: students, faculty, and staff)
(eligible to submit nomination: students and faculty)

(eligible to submit: faculty, chairs or deans who worked with the nominee)
Step Through the Gate
Through the Gate, a Capital-produced docuseries, shines a light on the CapFam and the unique ways they are connecting to the world around them. From an all-female brass quintet to a firefighting alumna, the Capital community is shaped by the extraordinary talents of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni that choose to identify as Capital Comets. Learn more at
It's a Party!
It’s not every day we get to celebrate the 100th birthday of a member of the CapFam! Join us for birthday cupcakes as we honor Dr. Tom Langevin, Capital’s 10th president, who will turn 100 years old on March 20. We are asking everyone to sign a banner and take photos of the on-campus celebration to share in an album that will be sent to Dr. Langevin’s home in Florida.

Tuesday, March 1
Wednesday, March 3
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Student Union lobby
What's Your Next Step?
Graduating from college is a major milestone and figuring out what’s next can be a daunting prospect. We invite you to 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. The cost is $2,000 for Capital graduates. Apply at The application deadline is April 15.
Call for Hinges Conference Proposals
The Hinges Conference, presented by Capital’s Center for Faith and Learning, wants to feature the hinges of intersectionality in your life upon which pivot the weight of your whole being. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal for the conference theme of "What are you turning toward?"

Saturday, April 2
12 to 1:30 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Lunch served before the event

Presentations should be 10 minutes long and reflect how religion or spirituality, whether your own or that of others, has positively or negatively impacted your sense of identity. This year, we ask presenters to frame that conversation within a view to your future. Selected presentations will address questions like: What next steps are meaningful for your life? What are your hopes and dreams? As you pivot into your future, what are you turning toward?

Submit proposals (300-word limit) by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4. Presenters of selected proposals will be notified by March 14.

Submit proposals in PDF format to For more information, contact Pastor Drew Tucker at
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

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
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!

For more information about Capital’s religious and spiritual life, contact Jillian Russell or Pastor Drew.
Internship Opportunities with Senator Brown
The application process for Washington, D.C. and Ohio internships with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is currently open at Interns will be communicating directly with Ohioans regarding policy issues such as financial reform, education, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, international trade, and national security.

Applicants must be current college students or students who have graduated within a month of the start date of the internship. Applicants must be available at least 20 hours per week, with a preference for four-hour (or more) blocks of availability. Interns may work up to 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pay is $15 per hour, or interns may work unpaid only if receiving college credit or sponsorship from another organization.

Application Deadline
Feb. 28, 2022
Late applications will not be accepted 

Due to the current state of COVID-19, the internship will be a hybrid virtual/in-person experience. Equipment and supplies will be sent to accepted interns. For more information, contact William Clayton, Columbus office internship coordinator, at 614-469-2083.
A Community Conversation on Combating Fentanyl
Bexley City Schools will be hosting a community forum on “The Fentanyl Crisis: What You Need to Know to Keep Your Kids Safe.” Beth Weinstock, a medical doctor and the mother of a 2019 Bexley grad who died from accidental fentanyl poisoning in his college apartment, will share her story. She will discuss the work that her nonprofit organization, BirdieLight, is doing to combat accidental fentanyl poisoning.
Wednesday, Feb. 23
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Bexley High School Schottenstein Theater
326 S. Cassingham Rd.
Masks are required. If you prefer to watch live via Zoom, go to
Meet with a TIAA Financial Consultant

We are pleased to announce that 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 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the following dates: 

Friday, March 11 (Virtual)
Tuesday, April 12 (Yochum Hall)
Wednesday, May 11 (Yochum Hall)
Tuesday, June 7 (Yochum Hall)
In Case You Missed This - New Free Service for Employees in Our Health Plans

As a result of our relationship with our new benefits broker, The Hub International, a free service is available to all employees in our health insurance programs. If you need assistance related to your medical, dental or vision insurance claims, reach out directly to Molly Kelley at The Hub, our dedicated employee advocate and benefits claims advisor. She will help with your claim questions, bill reconciliations, and working with our service providers on your behalf. Molly can be reached at 1-800-558-5658 or
Please welcome our new faculty and staff to the Capital Family!

Nathan Bell, associate director of Admission, Operations & Technology
Grant Hollaway, officer, Security and Public Safety
Ben Menard, programmer analyst, Information Technology
Mary Smith, office manager, Facilities Management
Capital Athletics Hosting Day of Giving Feb. 23-24
Beginning at noon today, Wednesday, Feb. 23, and continuing until noon on Thursday, Feb. 24, the University will host a 24-hour Day of Giving in support of Capital Athletics. 
For the Capital University Athletics Giving Day, our entire community is coming together to impact the lives of our student-athletes and enable them to maximize their time here like never before. The University will be working toward a goal of 100 donors to Cap Athletics. Gifts may be designated to benefit your team or area of choice! 

Before giving a gift or becoming an advocate for the campaign, it is important to sign-up with GiveCampus. Doing so will assist Capital University in tracking donors and those participating in the campaign.

Men's Lacrosse to Test the Waters Under New Direction
Under the leadership of first-year head coach, A.J. Smith, the Capital University men's lacrosse team is ready to get back on track during the 2022 season. An uncharacteristic year that ended with a 7-6 record and a 3-5 conference mark left a sour taste in the mouth of the Comets. Heading into a fresh campaign with new direction at the top, the team is sure to see what they can do within the ever-difficult OAC conference. 

The team opened up play last weekend with a 12-10 loss at Bridgewater College, but will look to rebound this Saturday at home vs. Kenyon.

Women's Lacrosse Excited for 2022 Campaign
After a limited season last year that featured only conference games, the Capital University women's lacrosse team is excited to get back to a sense of normalcy this spring as they will once again play a full 17-game season, featuring nine non-OAC opponents. 
Head coach Stacey Florence returns for her ninth season at the helm of Capital women's lacrosse and is again joined by her assistant, Kaela Smith. The coaching duo has their sights set on a berth in the OAC Tournament Championship game, excited to get over the bump this year. The team last played in the OAC final during the 2019 season.

The Comets began their season last Saturday with a thumping 18-3 win over Albion! They’re back home tonight as they play Centre College at 5 p.m. at Bernlohr Stadium.

Strong Fall Season Encourages Men's Tennis to Get Back on the Court
After a promising fall campaign that saw the team finish with a 2-1 record, the Capital University men's tennis team is ready to have another go at it this spring. The team has a full schedule of games filled, that will surely test coach Cody Hurley's youthful squad. 
During the fall season, the lineup featured the same six in singles action – Leonardo AbreuAaron AskewJesse StevensAlex StoutSpencer Surles, and Colin Welch. Of the six, Askew is the lone sophomore; the other five are all freshmen.
Spring Sports Welcome New Assistant Coaches
As the spring season inches closer, Capital University has begun to prepare for the upcoming seasons with the introductions of a handful of new coaches, helping our student-athletes' development. 

Joining the coaching staff for this spring are DaJuan Seward (track & field), Bryan Bidwell and Leo Alls (softball), Marshal Amon and Jack Jasinski (men's lacrosse), Mackenzie Maggio (women's tennis) and Dylan Bhaerman (men's tennis). 

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