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Campus News and Events | September 13, 2023

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Bexley vs. Westerville City Rivalry Events

In anticipation of the Comets vs. the Cardinals annual football showdown on Saturday, Sept. 30, the cities of Bexley and Westerville are having their own friendly competitions. Show your allegiance to Bexley – and to the Comets – by visiting the library and eating ice cream!


Tuesday, Sept. 26

Battle of the Libraries

Bexley Public Library vs. Westerville Public Library

Stop by the BPL, 2411 E. Main St., between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. for free stickers and buttons in celebration of the competition.


Wednesday, Sept. 27

Battle of the Graeter’s

Stop by the Bexley Graeter’s, 2282 E. Main St., between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. and order a triple-scoop of ice cream.   

CapYou! Poll

If you would like to submit a poll question, email it to

What Main Street eatery tempts your taste buds most often?
Anthony’s Pizza
Graeter’s Ice Cream
Moshi Sushi
Newfangled Kitchen
Rusty Bucket

Previous Poll Results

MLK Day Planning

It's time to begin planning the 33rd annual MLK Day of Learning at Capital University. This event is a communitywide attraction and a great way to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. This year's event will take place on Monday, Jan. 15, and will include speakers, workshops, and community service components.


To make this event successful, we need the help of students, staff, faculty, and community members. There are several subcommittees and different ways to get involved. If you are interested in participating in the planning process, please fill out the Qualtrics form here. Details about each committee can be found on the Qualtrics sign-up.


If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Mikayla Carter, associate director for Office of Diversity & Inclusion, at

Gerhold Lecture Features Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet

Gerhold speaker

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and U.S. Poet Laureate (2017-19) Tracy K. Smith will be the featured speaker at this year’s Gerhold Lecture in the Humanities.


Wednesday, Oct. 18

3 p.m., Q&A

7:30 p.m., Gerhold Lecture, in Huntington Recital Hall


Smith received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her third book of poems, “Life on Mars.” The collection draws upon the genre of science fiction in consid­ering who we humans are and what the vast universe holds for us. In poems of political urgency, tenderness, elegy and wit, Smith conjures versions of the future, imagines the afterlife, and contemplates life here on earth in our institutions, cities, houses and hearts. “Life on Mars” was a New York Times Notable Book, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and a New Yorker, Library Journal, and Publish­ers Weekly Best Book of the Year.


For more information about Smith, go to

Music Faculty Showcase

Make plans to attend an evening of beautiful music as the artist-professors from the Conservatory of Music perform in various instrumental and vocal performances. The concert is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Sept. 13

8 p.m.

Huntington Recital Hall

Christmas Festival Presale Begins Oct. 25

We are excited to announce the Capital University 2023 Christmas Festival concerts and look forward to musically ushering in the Christmas season with you. 

Thursday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., Mees Hall  

Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Mees Hall  

Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Mees Hall  

Sunday, Dec. 3, 3:30 p.m., Mees Hall  

The annual Christmas Festival ticketing presale for Capital students, faculty, and staff will begin Wednesday, Oct. 25. All faculty, students, and staff are eligible for one complimentary ticket. You also will be able purchase an unlimited number of additional tickets. Watch for more information in the next few weeks.

Employee Flu Shot Clinics

Capital University ’s Human Resources Office and Avita Health System are teaming up to offer flu vaccinations for Capital University employees. 

All employees are eligible for this clinic. If you are insured through the Leading Edge SPP, 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. No appointment is necessary.

If you participate:

  • Before you arrive, complete the consent form that you received in an email on Sept. 11 and bring it to the clinic (this will help reduce wait time).
  • Bring your health insurance card (regardless of your plan).
  • Wear clothing that allows easy access to your upper arm.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Law School, Room A121/A122


Monday, Sept. 25

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Student Union, Schneider Conference Room

Celebrating Belliveau’s New Novel

The Capital community is invited to a book signing and reception for “Gods of IMAGO,” the latest book by Greg Belliveau, instructor of English.


Tuesday, Sept. 26

4 to 5 p.m.

Convergent Media Center, Room 121


Belliveau is an award-winning novelist and author of the science fiction dystopian novel “IMAGO,” as well as “Go Down To Silence,” which was a Christy Award Finalist for Best First Novel, and a collection of creative nonfiction titled “Seeds: Mediations on Grace in a World with Teeth.” He currently is working on a TV series based on “Go Down To Silence.”


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Authors Guild of America


The International Thriller Writers – The Big Thrill (monthly publication)

Employee Training for Mental Health First Aid

Capital employees are invited to a Mental Health First Aid training to teach you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.

Friday, Oct. 13

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Register by Friday, Sept. 22

This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Participants are required to complete some work before the day of training. 

Registration is free but limited. Register by Friday, Sept. 22, at

Visit South Korea!

Join the Capital University trip to South Korea in May 2024! This trip is open to all students, alumni, faculty, and staff. 


From May 13 to 21, we will visit the architectural and food scene of Jeonju, the “museum without walls of Gyeongju,” the coastal city of Busan, and, of course, Seoul, the metropolitan musical capital of South Korea.

Zoom Information Session

Wednesday Sept. 20

8 p.m.

Meeting ID: 614 236 6791


Cost: $4,663 (students); $5,083 (age 23 and older)

This fee includes round‐trip airfare, hotels, most meals, guided sightseeing, and visits to select attractions.


An initial deposit of $100 by Thursday, Sept. 28, will hold your spot. Payments for the deposit are made to the Yochum Finance Office, Capital University Account # 11-20-211301-48323-31005.


For more information, email Neal Schmitt, instructor of Music, at

Help Save a Life

Blood Donations Desperately Needed

Donate Blood

Following months of tight inventory, the American Red Cross has issued a national appeal to the public to help address our blood shortage. While all blood types are needed, there is an emergency need for type O blood donors, as well as platelet donors. 


Since early August, the national blood inventory has decreased by 25 percent, and while several tactics were implemented to address this shortfall, unfortunately, not enough donors have yet stepped up to meet patient need. Blood drive cancellations and low donor turnout as a result of Hurricane Idalia have further compounded a nearly 30,000 shortfall in donations and strained the ability to meet hospital needs.


Thursday, Sept. 14

12 to 6 p.m.

Student Union


Schedule an appointment at


Through September 18, all blood donors will receive a limited-edition Red Cross T-shirt, and anyone who donates in September also will receive a coupon for a free Sport Clips haircut.

Let’s Recycle

Textbook Reminder

The shred truck will be on the Bexley campus next week. If you need assistance getting your items to the truck, please put in a work order today.


Thursday, Sept. 21

9 to 11 a.m.

East side of Yochum Hall

Residential Speed Limit Reminder

Bexley City Schools are back in session and the pleasant fall weather is perfect for playing outside. Please be mindful of the 25 mph speed limit through the neighborhoods surrounding Capital and watch for children who may not be watching for you.

Jenn Kelly, Nisreen Daoud, Brad Conrad

Aug. 29, 2023

OSBA Forum


Dan Kobil

Aug. 31, 2023

Spectrum News 1

“Political science professor breaks down study regarding ballot language”


Dan Kobil

Sept. 5, 2023

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Ohio votes on abortion rights this fall. Misinformation about the proposal is already spreading”


Dan Kobil

Sept. 5, 2023

“Abortion rights: 5 legal questions courts may decide if proposed amendment passes”


Jody Fournier

Sept. 4, 2023

“Office Hours with John Gardner,” podcast, Episode 80 (Sept. 4, 2023), on community innovation.

Mark R. Brown, Newton D. Baker/Baker & Hostetler Chair of Law, published “A Critical and Historical Analysis of Ohio’s Post-Millennium Regression to Major-Party Monopoly” in Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Vol. 50:3 (May 2023).


Thank you to the alumni, friends, and family of student athletes we met in Cincinnati during the tailgate prior to the Women’s Soccer Game this past Sunday.



Homecoming 2023 will take place September 28-30. Information can be found at Events for the entire campus include:


Friday, Sept. 29

Chapel Choir Homecoming Concert

7:30 p.m.

Mees Hall

Join us for this Homecoming Weekend Choral Celebration. This concert will showcase performances by the Capital choirs – Cantabile, Consort, Philomel, and Chapel Choir – and will feature mezzo soprano soloist Dr. Caroline Bergen, the Conservatory of Music's new Voice faculty member. Admission is free.

Saturday, Sept. 30

Capital Tailgate

11 a.m.

S1 Lot adjacent to the Alumni House

This will be Saturday’s lunch meal option for students. The Main Dining Room will be closed.


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


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