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Campus News and Events | September 28, 2022
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Mix & Mingle with the President
Join President Kaufman and Archer the Therapy Dog at any or all of these fall meet-and-greets. Grab food, pet your stress away, and pick up a new Comets T-shirt.

Cornhole and Snacks
Monday, Oct. 10
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Reflections Fountains
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
Thanks to Jenn Kelly, dean of the School of Education, for submitting this week’s Capital You Poll!
Why do you think the current K-12 teacher shortage exists?
Current educational policies
Student behaviors
Teacher salaries
Pandemic stress
Teaching profession reputation
HLC Open Forums
Capital University will host a peer review team from the Higher Learning Commission Oct. 3-4 as part of our 10-year Comprehensive Evaluation for renewal of institutional accreditation. The accreditation process validates the quality of our academic programs and evaluates the institution as a whole.

The campus community is invited to participate in any or all of the open forums with the HLC Visit Team.

University Mission and Integrity
Monday, Oct. 3, 11 to 11:50 a.m.
Schneider North, Student Union
Teaching and Learning,
Monday, Oct. 3, 2:10 to 3 p.m.
Schneider North, Student Union
Resources and Planning
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 9 to 9:50 a.m.
Schneider North, Student Union

In addition, there is an iLearn short course for faculty and staff at that describes the accreditation process and how we have prepared for this review. 

If you have any questions, contact Andrea Karkowski, Terry Lahm, Jens Hemmingsen, or Linda Wolf.
Archer's Birthday Celebration
Anti-Hazing Mandatory Training for Employees
Capital University is committed to creating a safe environment for all students on all campuses. Preventing and addressing hazing on campus is everyone’s responsibility. The State of Ohio formalized this sentiment in the passage of Collin’s Law in October 2021, which also created training and reporting requirements for colleges and universities.
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 is open now and must be completed by Thursday, Oct. 20. 
The training is best completed in Chrome. Completing it in a different browser may cause it to freeze and result in you having to redo parts of the training. The entire training is 49 minutes. 
If you have questions regarding the training, reporting options, or resources for support, you can reach out to Deanna Wagner, associate provost, at
Book Signing with Pastor Drew
Book Signing with Pastor Drew
Congratulate University Pastor Drew Tucker on the publication of his first book, “4D Formation: Exploring Vocation in Community,” at a book signing and reception. The book builds on Tucker’s definition of “vocation” as "meaningful, life-giving work for the world." Speaking directly to vocational explorers, he equips and empowers readers with the confidence and skills to examine, clarify, and affirm their purpose and identity, and ultimately to experience God's presence in and purpose for their lives.
Thursday, Oct. 6
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Schneider North, Student Union
Pantsov Discusses Sabbatical in Russia
Alexander Pantsov
Join Alexander Pantsov, professor of History, as he reflects on his recent sabbatical in Russia. He will discuss the work that he did in the Russian archives, writing books, and participating in an international conference.

Thursday, Sept. 29
4 to 4:50 p.m.
Blackmore Library 119
Do You Like to Sing?
Come make beautiful music with us! You are invited to sing the Mozart Requiem with Trinity Seminary Choir for All Saints Choral Evensong.
Mondays through the end of October
7 to 8:15 p.m.
All Saints Choral Evensong
Friday, Nov. 4
8 p.m.
For more information, contact Professor May Schwarz at 614-499-1047 or email
What's Your Capital Story?
Capital Stories
While Capital may not have a marching band, students Corbin Russ, Olivia Carruthers, and Luke Atkins are making music on the football field with The Best Damn Band in the Land. You can read all about how they toot their horns for the Scarlet and Gray on Buckeye Football Saturdays in a recent feature in Capital Stories.

Or read about Marty Hatfield McDonald, class of 2000, who was just named president of Fahlgren Mortine, a top 25 integrated communications firm nationally.

Or maybe you’re interested in learning more about 2003 alumnus Brian Michael Murphy, who shares his fascination with how humans plan to live forever through data.

Visit to read these stories and more – or to learn how you can tell your own story, whether it’s reflective, creative, memory-evoking, funny, poetic, or persuasive. It doesn’t have to be long; if accepted for publication, 750 words – give or take a hundred – would be perfect. And while we want to read your words, maybe it’s a video, a powerful photo, or a series of photos that best tell your Capital story.

If your story is published, we’ll give credit where credit is due by including your byline. Contact Denise Russell, director of Communications, for more information. Subscribe and receive monthly emails with the latest posts.   
Gerhold Lecture Save the Date
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.
Mees Hall

The lectures are free and open to the public.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Hispanic Heritage celebration
The Capital community is invited to take part in Bexley’s Hispanic Heritage celebration. The event will include live music by Yumbambe, a nine-piece Columbus salsa band, games, and Dos Hermanos and Havana Mia food trucks. The animated movie “Encanto,” about a multigenerational Colombian family with magical gifts, will be shown at sundown.

Saturday, Sept. 30
6 p.m.
Capital’s front lawn
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Capital students, faculty, and staff inspire us every day with their good work! “Kudos” is an opportunity to share your accomplishments at the University, within your discipline, or around the community. Send them to
Dean Interviewed
Ryan Rieder, dean of the School of Management and Leadership, was interviewed by a reporter with NBC4 News about the effects on shoppers of a possible strike by Kroger union members.
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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

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.
Watch for details in future issues of Capital You.
Kristallnacht Commemoration: Wednesday, Nov. 9
Tree Lighting Ceremony: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m.
Theology and the Arts with Joelle Hathaway: Wednesday, Nov. 16
Shambhala Meditation Introduction: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19
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Friday, Sept. 30, 2022
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Mound Street Plaza (rain location: Student Union)
  • Learn about fitness opportunities on campus
  • Consult with a chiropractor   
  • Medical, dental, vision, and retirement information
  • Healthy snacks provided by Human Resources
  • All are welcome
Capital University ’s Human Resources Office and Avita Health System are teaming up to offer flu vaccinations for all Capital University employees. 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. 

Wednesday, Oct. 12  
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
Law School, Room A122 
Wednesday, Oct. 26 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Student Union, Schneider Conference Room 

No appointment is necessary. A flu vaccine consent form will be emailed to you in October. If you participate:  

  • Please complete the flu vaccine consent form before you arrive and bring it to the clinic to help reduce wait time.
  • Bring your health insurance card (regardless of your plan). 
  • Wear clothing that allows easy access to your upper arm.
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. Sessions can be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the following dates. 

Tuesday, Oct. 18
Yochum Hall, Room 17
Friday, Nov. 18
Yochum Hall, Room 17
Friday, Dec. 16
Space is limited. Register at: or call 1-800-732-8353 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, Nov. 23, through Friday, Nov. 24
Winter Holiday Break
Wednesday, Dec. 21, through Tuesday, Jan. 3
Good Friday
Friday, April 7
Memorial Day
Monday, May 29
Monday, June 19
Fourth of July
Tuesday, July 4
Labor Day
Monday, Sept. 4 
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Five Selected to Capital University’s 2022 Hall of Fame Class

Capital University Athletics, in conjunction with the Alumni Office, officially inducted five members to the Athletics Hall of Fame this past Saturday. The five inductees to the 2022 class include representatives from four different programs – men's soccer, women's soccer, women's track and field, and men's tennis. This year's inductees are …

  • Dwight Burgess - Men's and Women's Soccer Coach
  • Molly Sheils Mosholder - Women's Soccer
  • Jessica Starks Holloman - Women's Track & Field
  • Matt Rutherford - Men's Tennis
  • Doug DiRosario - Men's Tennis 

Haley Moore Names OAC Defensive Player of the Week
On Monday afternoon, Capital University's Haley Moore was named as the women's soccer Defensive Player of the Week by the Ohio Athletic Conference. The award is presented by Midstream Lighting. This is Moore's first weekly recognition by the conference and the first defensive recognition by a Comet since Lauren White on March 30, 2021. 

Baseball and Softball Teams Come Together with Columbus Community
This past weekend, Capital University's baseball and softball programs came together to host a free clinic for the City of Columbus' youth. Both programs work this annual event as part of the University's partnership with the City of Columbus. The free public clinic allowed the hundred-plus children in attendance to be introduced to the fundamentals of baseball and softball while gaining hands-on experience with several Capital University student-athletes and coaches. 

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