Monday, November 26, 2007

NBC 4 anchor to deliver commencement address Dec. 7photo of Mike Jackson
Local broadcaster—and associate degree holder—Mike Jackson will deliver the commencement address to approximately 300 Autumn Quarter 2007 graduates and their guests Friday, December 7, at Veterans Memorial.
The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

Jackson has worked at NBC 4 since 1994, where he currently co-anchors the news at 5:30 p.m. with Amy Basista and is a reporter for NBC 4.

After graduating from West Virginia State College with an Associate of Arts degree in mass communication, Jackson built a nearly 30-year career in the broadcast industry.

His first job came in his hometown of Charleston, W.Va., at radio station WCHS-AM.

"I have covered every presidential race since I've been old enough to vote. I enjoy covering what will soon become American history."

Jackson's first television position was at WOAY-TV in Oak Hill, W.Va., where he anchored the late evening news. He was also a sports reporter at WCHS-TV in Charleston before working in Columbus the first time with the local ABC affiliate. Jackson also served as operations manager and announcer for WBES-FM in Charleston, News Director at WOAY-TV in Oak Hill (W.Va.), and served as evening anchor at News Channel 8 in Washington, D.C., before he returned to Columbus.

Jackson proudly accepted a first-place award for reporting from the National Association of Black Journalists in 1993 in Washington, D.C. Other honors include four local Emmy nominations for reporting and two second-place awards for reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists. Jackson says it would be too hard to pick his most memorable story.

"I have covered every presidential race since I've been old enough to vote," he said. "I enjoy covering what will soon become American history. I would like to think that after almost 30 years of broadcasting, the most memorable story is still waiting to be covered."

Jackson said his first job was digging sewer lines and learning how raw sewage was treated in the summer during his high school years.

"It was interesting, but it encouraged me to study a little harder in school," Jackson said.

If he weren't working in the television industry, Jackson said he would be searching for the perfect hiking trails in North America.

Jackson works with the Better Business Bureau, the Integrity Selection Committee and many fund raisers for the United Negro College Fund. He's also a member of the Columbus Association of Black Journalists.

Writing Center and ERC to host evening Research Troubleshooting WorkshopBack by popular demand, and just in time for end-of-term research projects for your students, the Writing Center and the ERC will host a workshop on research troubleshooting tomorrow, Nov. 27, from 6–8 p.m. in ERC (Library) Room 205.
The workshop is open to all students working on research projects.  Please send your students to learn strategies for researching and using library and online resources.
For more information, please email

Concert Band to perform Nov. 28

photo of Thomas Lloyd playing the oboe
Thomas Lloyd

Columbus State Concert Band, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd, will perform its autumn term concert on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium. The free concert will feature faculty member Marina Arishina playing the first movement of Grieg's Piano Concerto.

The band will play the "Overture to The Yeomen of the Guard" by Sir Arthur Sullivan. Grieg and Sullivan were music students together in Germany. They both studied composition with Carl Reinecke, and the band will play Reinecke's "Prelude to Act V of the opera King Manfred." Twentieth century composers are represented by Vaclav Nelhybel, Claude T. Smith, and Albert O. Davis. Davis is a former director of the Ohio State University marching band.

The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, and Low Brass Ensemble also will perform. For more information, contact

DX to host “Holiday Customer Appreciation Days”Employees and students alike will be able to take advantage of a 25-percent discount in the cafe, convenience store, copy center, and on most DX Bookstore merchandise on Nov. 28-29.

Newly released DVD Movies
Webkinz "The hottest interactive virtual pet"
Colonial Candles
Holiday Gift Books & Journals
Columbus State Apparel
Office supplies, electronics, general books and more!

Stop by for some free refreshments and to hear the cool tunes provided by the Fort Hayes Jazz Ensemble between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm! Santa Claus will even make an appearance at 5:30 p.m. on both days.

The following products are excluded from the sales event: New & used course textbooks, video rental, computer software, massage tables, money orders, postal services, newspapers, TI-83 & TI-84 graphing calculators, and Zune MP3 players. No additional discounts apply. 

Welcome to new AQIP Steering Committee Membersaqip logoThe AQIP Steering Committee has expanded is membership and realigned its processes to better serve the needs of the Action Teams. The AQIP Steering Committee participated in a retreat in early November to organize and plan future initiatives. Congratulations to the new team members: Marlon Dixon, Bookstore; Will Kopp, Institutional Advancement; Tonja Lawson, Business Office; Tammy Montgomery, Nursing; Antoinette Perkins, Massage Therapy; Tracy Sowards, Student Activities;  and Tim Wagner, Human Resources.

Adjunct Faculty Workshop to be offered in early 2008The sixth session of the Advanced Adjunct Faculty Learning Workshop for Winter Quarter 2008 will be held on the following three Fridays: January 18, February 15 and March 7 from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Center for Workforce Development and is open to all adjuncts who have a planned teaching load winter quarter 2008. Dr. Carol Himelhoch, an associate professor at Cleary College and a specialist in adjunct faculty development, will lead the workshop. 

Applications can be obtained in Davidson Hall 241, online, or from your department chair. The deadline for applying for the program is December 7.  Please send all applications to Rosemary Mayberry, Instructional Technology & Distance Learning Department in Davidson Hall 241.

The workshop is based on Ken Bain's book “What Best College Teachers Do.” Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of learning styles and their application to teaching.

  • Use assessment tools to measure general learning outcomes.

  • Integrate technology into the teaching-learning process.

  • Share rewarding and challenging classroom experiences with colleagues.

  • Participate in an on-line learning community hosted by Dr. Himelhoch.

  • Complete a final project applying workshop skills in the classroom.