October 13, 2005

Governor Taft names new board members
Governor Bob Taft has appointed three individuals to serve on the Columbus State Community College Board of Trustees for 6-year terms that will end August 31, 2011.

Suzanne Edgar, from Worthington, was reappointed to the Board of Trustees for her third term. Edgar, a graduate of Otterbein College, is the President of Surface Style.

Michael Flowers, from Columbus, was appointed to replace Dwight E. Smith, whose term expired. Flowers is a Partner with Bricker & Eckler Law Firm. He has a bachelor of science degree from Bucknell University and a juris doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law.

William Dolan, from Columbus, was appointed to replace Matthew Kallner, whose term expired. Dolan is the Executive Director/CEO of Children's Hunger Alliance. He has a master of business administration degree from The Ohio State University.

For more information, contact the President's Office at ext. 2402.

Exhibit displays artists with disabilities' talents
Paralyzed and legally blind are not words most of us think of when we think of visual artists, but this month's ERC exhibit, "Perspectives: Shared Visions of Artists with Disabilities," proves we may need to expand our perceptions about people who can create exceptional works of art.

Chrisfold Chayera, a specialist in sign writing, drawing and house painting, is a self- taught artist from Malawi, South Africa, who started drawing during his teenage years. He says he was born a talented artist and was the best art pupil at school.

At age 11, he became paralyzed after contracting malaria and relates, "I was attacked by malaria when I was going to play football at around 3 o'clock in the afternoon. By 7 p.m., I was paralyzed and spent two months in hospital."

Three acrylic on canvas paintings represent the work of 34-year-old paralyzed, self-taught mouth painter Chrisfold Chayera of Malawi, South Africa. Top left, Boating; bottom left, Old Man Coming from the Lake; right, Fighting Aids in Africa

Despite his disability, he continued his education by learning to use his mouth little by little as his means to write and paint. In 1994 his parents died, and he was charged with caring for his two remaining relatives. He says, "With that situation, it's when I decided to venture into a serious business like art as my only career because art is my inborn talent."

Professional photographer and Columbus State student Traci Parks of Columbus sees a world that's a mixture of light, color, shape, texture and patterns. With contact lenses, this legally blind artist can see things clearly only up to about 10 feet, but it is her visual impairment that has helped her create her unique style.

By getting extremely close to her subject, she discovers fascinating colors, shapes and details that others don't see. Her striking photos use lighting, color and composition to force others to see ordinary objects such as a glass bead, a flower or a shaft of light in a new way. Her unique photos have been displayed in the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, the "Art & Soul" International Arts Festival, and the National Press Club.

In addition to Chayera and Parks, artwork by Brian Kellet, a student at the Columbus College of Art and Design; Massa Chiwaula of South Africa; and artists from Art Bridge Studio, a program of United Cerebral Palsy, Blue Shoe Arts, and Goodwill Columbus are on display through October 28.

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Wayne Cocchi, director of Disability Services, at ext. 2629.

COOL streamlines application process
Effective October 18, applying for a position at Columbus State will be easier thanks to COOL, Career Opportunities On-Line. COOL, the college's new online application system, will be the centralized intake site for all staff, faculty and appointed applications.

Now, all applications will be accepted only electronically.

To begin the application process, all you need is a computer with internet access. Once you create a user name and password, you can apply for positions, attach resumes and other supporting materials, and track the status of all jobs for which you have applied.

You can complete applications in seven easy steps:

1. Go Online : Go to http://www.cscc.edu, click on "employment" or select "about Columbus State," then "employment," and follow the instructions.

2. Create an Application: Create a user name and password and then begin the online application process.

3. Search for Jobs: Search jobs by title, location, job type, or job number by clicking on "search postings" in the left margin. Click "view" to see the entire job postings.

4. Apply for Jobs: Find a job that matches your qualifications. Click "apply for this position" to apply right from the posting. You can create an online application on the spot by answering several questions. After you create and save one online application, you can change or update it and submit it for another job opening. You also may be required to attach a resume, cover letter or other documents in an electronic format.

5. Application Status: Log in and check the status of any jobs for which you have applied. You can attach additional documents or withdraw applications.

6. View/Edit Applications: View and/or edit existing applications or complete a new application type.

7. Log In/Log Out: Log out every time you leave the system. You will be able to log in again with the user name and password you created.

Individuals needing access to a computer can visit Human Resources, Admissions, the ERC, Acloche, and the computer commons in the Center for Technology and Learning.

For more information on COOL, contact Human Resources at ext. 2408.

Delaware Campus Committee forums to be held
The Delaware Campus Committee will be holding an updated series of forums for the campus community to discuss the results of the committee's work so far and to answer questions. Forums are being held:

Monday, October 17, 3-4 p.m., FR 110

Thursday, October 20, 2-3 p.m., FR 104

For further information on the Delaware Campus Committee, visit http://intranet.cscc.edu/DCC/index.htm.

Cocchi named in Who's Who
Wayne Cocchi, director of Disability Services, has been selected for inclusion in the 2006-2007 edition of Who's Who in American Education for his recent achievements in post-secondary education and disability services. Cocchi began at Columbus State in 1979 as a part-time employee in Disability Services, served 12 years as an adaptive education specialist, and in 1994 was named director.

The Matrix Monitor provides practical advice

The October issue of The Matrix Monitor is now available and includes information on preparing for natural disasters, suicide prevention, teamwork, and cell phone risks. To learn about these topics and more, click on the newsletter icon. For more information, visit www.matrixpsych.com and type in the password CSCC.