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.
Keeping up with AQIP
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.