Thursday, March, 15, 2007

Former Cougar basketball player in NCAA tournament action for Long Beach State this weekend
Former Columbus State basketball standout Aaron Nixon will take the court for 12th seeded Long Beach State University this weekend in the NCAA first-round action at Nationwide Arena, playing against No. 5 seed University of Tennessee.  

The 49ers and Volunteers will play the second game of the day, slated to tip off at approximately 2:35 pm (EST).

At Columbus State during the 2003-2004 season, Nixon led the Cougars to the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) title.

Nixon, from Cleveland Heights, is the leading scorer for Long Beach, having transferred in 2005 on a full athletic scholarship from San Bernardino College, where he played his 2004-05 season. At Columbus State during the 2003-04 season, Nixon led the Cougars to the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) title.

Nixon was named MVP in the Big West Tournament, where he was both leading scorer with 29 points and leading rebounder with 11 in the final game against Cal Poly.

He also earned Big West Conference Player of the Year honors, and Long Beach coach Larry Reynolds was named Coach of the Year.

The 49ers are playing in their first NCAA Tournament since 1995.   Long Beach, 24-7 on the season, is a long shot to win in their first-round game against Tennessee, but as all bracket junkies know, the tournament is famous for its upsets.

Graduate goes Hollywood

Cory Smith, standing, second from left, acts in an episode of Studio 60, which stars Matthew Perry.
Sport and Exercise Studies graduate Cory Smith (2004) has landed in Hollywood, Calif. Smith was discovered on Venice Beach by Hugo Boss company representatives while on vacation in 2003. Smith has modeled in many print and television ad campaigns including Hugo Boss and Old Navy, and he will soon be seen in Verizon ads to be launched in the fall.

This television season Cory has acted in guest spots on "King of Queens" (CBS) and "Studio 60" (NBC). He recently completed work on his first feature film, "The Comebacks," a comedy in which he plays a member of a minor league football team. "The Comebacks" will be released nationally in late August.

According to Dr. Tom Habegger, professor in Sports and Exercise Studies, Cory has been in contact with his former faculty members since graduating, and he continually thanks Columbus State for giving him the skill set needed to manage his new entertainment career.

AQIP Strategy Forum provides next steps

The AQIP Strategy Forum Team, from left: President Moeller, Bruce Massis, Mary Insabella, Edgar Velez, Frankie Hale, Tom Erney, Mokie Steiskal, Tonja Lawson, Libby Daugherty, Sunday Zidonis and Deborah Coleman.

The Columbus State Strategy Forum Team recently returned from Lisle, Ill. where other AQIP institutions and AQIP reviewers had an opportunity to provide feedback on Columbus State's project proposals. While there, the 12-member Columbus State team was kept busy learning new tools that will help define quality projects, as well as hearing from institutions that have been implementing quality projects for a few years. The team came away from the focused sessions with the knowledge that "quality work is an iterative process, and that prior steps inform future steps," according to Sunday Zidonis.







Columbus State's golf course set to open for season FridayThe Bridgeview Golf Course and Driving Range will launch its 2007 season on Friday, March 16. Owned and operated by Columbus State, Bridgeview Golf Course and Driving Range is located at Sunbury and Agler roads, five minutes from Easton and only 10 minutes from downtown. Show your Columbus State employee ID and receive a discount on a round of golf or a bucket of balls and in the pro shop.

Bridgeview celebrated its 75 th anniversary last year and remains one of the most attractive nine-hole golf courses in central Ohio, with rolling hills and challenging play. The driving range is one of the best in the area, with more than 30 tees, on grass and mats. The heated tees are especially attractive on cool spring days. Bridgeview also offers leagues and outings.

In addition to serving the public as a golf course and driving range, Bridgeview is the site for for-credit college golf classes, and serves as a laboratory for various academic departments. Bridgeview is also home to a chapter of First Tee Columbus, a program that teaches life skills through the game of golf to children who would otherwise not have the opportunity.

Call 471-1565 for a tee time. For a lesson call 471-0871.

Spring Hours
Range: 11a.m.-7pm.
Golf Course: 7:30a.m.-7:30p.m.  

Buckets of balls
$5, $7or $9 (Receive 10% discount with ID)

Employee (inclusive of discount)
Nine holes w/o cart: $9
Nine holes w/cart: $16

$40 per half hour
Group rates available

Ceramics class offered in AprilTry your hand at ceramics with LouAnn Carman, supervisor of Payroll, who will share her longtime hobby and teach "Ceramics: Working with Molds" this April. The class will cover the differences between ceramics and pottery, how ceramics are molded, and how to clean a piece. You will also learn how to glaze and stain using different staining techniques. Course participants will have two completed ceramic pieces to take home by the end of the course. The course is offered on Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25, from 6-8 p.m. and costs $50 (includes all supplies and materials). Register by calling ext. 5858. The Course Number is CPEPDV 175-001.