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Campus News and Events | April 13, 2022
April 20: It's a Celebration!
RSVP today to join the Day of Celebration on Wednesday, April 20!
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
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would you do?
Book a trip around the world
Donate a big chunk to charity
Help your friends and family
Quit your job
Symposium Keynote Address
This year’s Marye J. ’54 and Richard A. ‘51, H’84 Boyd Undergraduate Research Symposium Keynote Address will feature Dr. Amy Acton. The event also will include the announcement of the winners of the 2022 James L. and Marlene Bruning Undergraduate Research Award and the Diversity and Inclusion Research Award.
Tuesday, April 19
7 p.m.
Mees Hall
A licensed physician in Preventive Medicine and Public Health with more than 30 years of experience in executive leadership, philanthropy, public service, teaching, and advocacy, Acton served as the director of the Ohio Department of Health on behalf of Gov. Mike DeWine at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. In recognition of her work on the frontlines of the pandemic, she received the JFK Library Profile in COVID Courage Award.
Research Across the Curriculum
The University community is encouraged to attend the 26th annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship and 6th annual Graduate Research Forum, showcasing the impact of experiential learning in its many forms. This event is always a point of distinction for our learning community and a celebration of the engaged, experiential learning that is at the core of a Capital education.
Wednesday, April 20
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Virtual student poster sessions
The Capital Center
1:30 to 4 p.m.
Virtual student oral presentations
Various locations
For more information, including the downloadable program with abstracts, go to
Graduating Seniors: Vote for Your Commencement Speaker
Thank you for the speaker nominations regarding the May 7 Commencement undergraduate ceremonies. We received a number of amazing faculty and staff names. Now is your chance to vote for one of the four top faculty or staff members to finalize this year's speaker. The deadline to cast your vote using the link you received via email last week is Friday, April 15, at 5 p.m.
Whelan-Jackson Book Signing
Join Nate Whelan-Jackson, associate professor of Philosophy, for a lecture and signing of his new book, “Disability and American Philosophies.”
Thursday, April 21
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Learning Center 202
Given basic commitments to philosophize from lived experience and a shared underlying melioristimpulse, American philosophical traditions seem well-suited to develop nascent philosophical engagement with disability studies. To date, however, there have been few efforts to facilitate research at the intersections of American philosophy and disability studies. This volume of essays seeks to offer some directions for propelling this inquiry.
Exam Treats Volunteers
Exam Treats takes place at the end of each semester and is the final celebration of students wrapping up the semester and all their accomplishments. This event is a grand trivia night where students will be able to win prizes, enter raffles, enjoy late-night breakfast, and have a night of fun! As part of this evening, AMP would like to invite faculty and staff to volunteer to help serve breakfast, mingle with students, and wish them luck on their finals and with the remainder of the semester.
Wednesday, April 27
8:30 to 11 p.m.
If you are interested in joining us for this event or helping out, please email Sophia Wilson at
Comets on Campus Photo Contest Winner
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Comets on Campus Photo Contest! The winning team, Guns ’n Poses, captured fun and exciting photos that truly highlighted campus and the extraordinary students who make up the CamFam. Join us in congratulating Kaela Folatko, Grayce Brannon, and Maddie Phillips! To view a few of the winning photos, visit Capital’s Instagram @capitalu.
Interfaith Baccalaureate
The university community is invited to the 2022 Interfaith Baccalaureate and Reading Day Brunch.
Wednesday, April 27
10 a.m.
Gloria Dei Worship Center
Brunch will follow in Koinonia and be available until 1:30 p.m. Please RSVP so we have an accurate headcount for food.

Students, please click here to RSVP on Engage or Corq by April 22.

Faculty and Staff, please RSVP at this link by Friday, April 22.
Commencement Volunteer Opportunities
The Commencement Committee and the Office of Meeting and Event Services need your help in making the day a success!

On Monday, May 2, volunteers will be needed from 4 to 8 p.m. for the Graduate Student Commencement and Hooding, taking place in Mees Hall. Light refreshments are available afterwards.

On Saturday, May 7, volunteers will be needed from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. for the 172nd Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies in The Capital Center. There are two sessions this year and volunteers may sign up in various shifts. Hospitality and catering will be available.
If you would like to be a part of these memorable occasions, go to
ASA DataFest Team Takes Third Place
Three Capital students recently traveled to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, to compete in American Statistical Association DataFest, where they were teamed with two Miami students. Out of 12 teams, this hybrid team took home the third-place prize.
ASA DataFest is a data analysis competition in which teams of undergraduates work around the clock to find and share meaning in a large, rich, and complex data set that is donated by a large national company. After two days of intense data wrangling, analysis, and presentation design, teams are allowed six minutes to impress a panel of judges from industry.
For more information about participating in ASA DataFest next year or information about Capital’s new data science minor, please contact Dr. Leigh Johnson.
The team include (left to right): Hasset Negussie, Mathematics Dual Degree Engineering; Leigh Johnson, associate professor, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics; Jake Lewis, Computer Science; and Kirubel Asfaw, Business Management
Gloria Dei in Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Traditional Worship)
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
Preachers for the coming weeks:

  • April 20 – Inauguration Worship (starts at 9 a.m. at the Fountains)
  • April 27 – Interfaith Baccalaureate Service

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

  • April 14 – No Candlelight due to Easter Break
  • April 21 – Rev. Dikiea Elery, assistant director of Religious and Spiritual Life

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
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.
National Library Week Note of Thanks

Thank you to everyone that came out to support us during National Library Week! It was an exciting time with food, fun, and therapy dogs. We appreciate our collaborators, Academic Success and Cap Houseplant Club, for their contributions, too! Special shout out to our Student Program coordinator for promoting these events widely with student organizations and our amazing student staff for supporting these efforts.

In just two weeks, the OhioLINK services will be restored. Due to a change in delivery services, the statewide service was temporarily unavailable to all OhioLINK lending institutions. While OhioLINK is in the process of being restored, we are happy to provide assistance with locating materials for your research projects. Please reach out to us at or give us a call at 614-236-6614.

April is National Poetry Month
The Academy of American Poets established National Poetry Month in 1996. Today it is recognized as the largest literary celebration in the world. This year we updated our collection with some new titles as well as some hidden gems from the third-floor stacks.
All of these titles are available to be checked out with your Capital ID.

Happy Easter break!
CALM - A Resource for Employees

Some occasional stress is a normal part of life, but when we experience high, prolonged stress, our nervous system gets stuck in “overdrive.” Our bodies and minds need time to recover after stressful experiences. We encourage you to try one of these mindfulness tools from Calm, our partner in mental well-being, to help ease feelings of stress and anxiety: 

If you haven’t set up your free university-provided CALM account, follow the instructions below:

Once complete, you can download the Calm app and log into your new account.

Your Calm subscription gives you unlimited access to the full library of content at and in the Calm app. Check out this 90 second demo to learn more.

Calm only shares aggregated user data. For more information about our privacy, see our privacy policy at

If you’re experiencing chronic stress or anxiety that requires more support, reach out to Ashley Huff or your doctor for further resources.
Student Employment Spring to Summer Transition

As a reminder, all student employment positions will be terminated at the end of the Spring semester, May 1.

The last biweekly pay period for students is April 18 through May 1, paid on Friday, May 6.
New hire requests will need to be completed for summer jobs!  

Summer student positions begin on or after May 2 (Trinity / Law School is two weeks later - on or after May 16). 

Watch for an email communication soon from Steve Szczepaniak with more details.

Also, if you have any semester-end stipends for your students, please submit your Student Payroll Payment Requests to Steve at with appropriate signatures before the end of the corresponding pay period.
Please welcome our new faculty and staff to the Capital Family!

Kristen Davis, assistant dean of Student Administration, Law School Student Affairs
Treschelle Costa, transfer credit specialist, Registrar
Catching Up on Spring Athletes of the Week

So far this spring, Capital University student-athletes have been named as the OAC’s Athlete of the Week in their respective sport 15 different times, with the majority of those selections coming in men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s golf. The student-athletes who have been honored as the weekly winner so far this year include Grace Osborn (x3), Hanna Searles (x2) Sam McInturf (x2), Molly Searles, Brooke Delara, Katie Page, Bee Kuehn, Nicole Flock, Leonardo Abreu, Aaron Askew, and Shane Murphy. 

Women’s Lacrosse Rains Goals – And Records – at Marietta

Playing in a torrential downpour, the Capital University women's lacrosse team didn't let a difficult start to the game stop them from raining goals, en route to a 25-11 blitzing of Marietta College. The Comets (14-0, 5-0 OAC) set several new marks during this contest with freshman sensation Grace Osborn leading the lines on the offensive end and Bee Kuehn maintaining a strong presence in the cage defensively. 

Men’s Golf Wins on Championship Sunday at John DiCillo Memorial

You might as well give Adam Czerniakowski a Green Jacket as the sophomore out of Sylvania, Ohio, rounded the River Greens Golf Course with a 68, the second lowest 18-hole score in program history, claiming medalist honors at John Carroll's John DiCillo Memorial. In the process, Czerniakowski led the Comets to the team win. 

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