Thursday, February 1, 2007

Marshall University '71 quarterback Reggie Oliver to speak Feb. 7

Actor Arlen Escarpeta, left, and Reggie Oliver. Escarpeta portrays Oliver in We Are Marshall.

In recognition of Black History Month, Columbus State will host keynote speaker Reggie Oliver, whose story is currently playing on the silver screen in the movie "We Are Marshall."

Columbus resident Oliver, 55, was a freshman quarterback on the 1970 Marshall University football team, having recently arrived from his high school in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Because NCAA rules at the time did not allow freshmen to travel to away games, Oliver was not on the plane that crashed Nov. 14, 1970, just outside of Huntington, W.Va., killing all of his teammates and the Marshall football coaches and staff. The crash remains the deadliest tragedy in U.S. sports history.

"We Are Marshall" tells the story of how the football program and community rallied in the wake of the crash. The film culminates with The Thundering Herd winning its first home game of the '71 season as Oliver throws a 13-yard touchdown pass on the final play.

"This is not a football movie," said Oliver, who quarterbacked Marshall through his senior season. "It's a story about a community being as low as you can get and pulling itself up by the bootstraps."

Oliver has been teaching and coaching football since he graduated from Marshall, and since 1997 in Columbus, at Eastmoor Academy and Crestview Middle School.

He will address Columbus State at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 7, in Nestor Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Columbus State chef team wins state competition, on to RegionalsThe Columbus State Chef Apprentice Junior Hot Foods Team won the state competition held at Columbus State's competition kitchen on Jan. 27. In the competition, each chef team must demonstrate basic skills such as filleting fish and knife cuts. Then the apprentices prepare a four-course meal for the judges to evaluate their kitchen skills and sanitation, as well as the taste, presentation, and overall menu. The next step for the team will be to compete at the Northeast Regional Conference in Pittsburg on March 3. 

Pictured are, from back left: Team coach Tim Travis, team members Matt Nelson, Ryan DeConnick, and Jay Cotrell, Team Advisor Brian Hinshaw, Team Manager Ian Rough. Front row are team members Jonathan Basch and Olivia Giesler, team captain.







Know a student who needs a job?Employers from many different industries will be in attendance at the 2007 Columbus State/Acloché Winter Quarter Career Fair to assist students with jobs, careers and educational internships. The Job Fair will be held Wednesday, February 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Student Lounges. Students will be able to connect with area employers for jobs and careers. The students should be prepared to talk to employers, bring their resumes, and dress for success to impress employers.

Keeping up with AQIP
Project Development Teams

Four AQIP Development Teams are currently working on proposals and refining concepts in preparation for the AQIP Strategy Forum in March.

Twelve individuals from those teams will travel to Lisle, Ill., to represent the college in a forum with nine other AQIP institutions. While there, the Columbus State AQIP Strategy Forum Team will participate in facilitated sessions with other AQIP two-year and four- year colleges and universities. During these peer-review sessions, the team members will receive feedback on our project proposals.

The AQIP organization will not choose or prescribe the projects the college. The Forum is designed to "promote interaction and help AQIP institutions select and commit to strategies that will drive continuous quality improvement."

Based on the feedback the college receives at the AQIP Strategy Forum, Columbus State's projects will be prioritized and new teams will be formed for implementation of the projects.

Time to nominate a student you know for the Outstanding Woman Student AwardsDo you know an outstanding woman student leader who meets these criteria?

•  Currently enrolled Winter Quarter 2007 at Columbus State.
•  Registered for Spring Quarter 2007 at Columbus State.
•  Has a minimum 2.00 grade point average.
•  Sets an example for success in higher education.
•  Has not been previously selected as an Outstanding Woman Student in the past three years.

The new millennium will offer women unique opportunities to step forward as leaders and role models.   This is your opportunity to recognize an outstanding woman student for an award sponsored by the Columbus State Community College Women's History Month Committee. She may be:

•  Someone to whom others turn for advice or clarification.
•  A woman who has met the challenges of life.
•  A role model in the classroom or the community.
•  An officer in a student activity organization at Columbus State.

Download the nomination form today and send in your nomination to Timeka Thomas Rashid, Director of Student Activities, by February 23.