Monday, September 10, 2007

Summer Quarter class valedictorian shares emotional journey

"I found something that made me feel so complete and gave me a sense of well-being that I didn't know I was capable of."

Within moments of taking the podium to speak to the Summer Quarter 2007 graduating class, Cachet Durand had the audience hanging on her every word.  

The 4.0 GPA summa cum laude graduate of the Mental Health/Chemical Dependency/Mental Retardation technology told of her life growing up in an addicted household, and of parents who weren't able to support her in her academic pursuits.  

She told of bringing home grade cards that didn't matter, struggling with depression, and hanging out with people who steered her the wrong way, before meeting a manager at her job who had graduated from Columbus State's mental health program and who encouraged her to enroll.

"He shared with me how he was able to beat his addiction and open his own business, starting a life he was proud to live," recalled Durand.

Durand enrolled at Columbus State and earned straight A's in her classes, surprising even herself.   Her first internship in the MH/CD/MR program was working with adults with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.   "My experience there was indescribable," she said. "I found something that made me feel so complete and gave me a sense of well-being that I didn't know I was capable of."  

Durand left the graduates with one final thought and bit of advice. She told them that if life presents them with a "game," that they must play to succeed, they should remember one thing: "Life may be difficult at times and impossible at others, but the only thing we absolutely must do is continue to play, one day at a time."

Rashid featured in local magazineTimeka Rashidis featured in the latest issue of "C-Bus" magazine, "the magazine that's connecting Columbus"--in an article that promotes the "Who's Who in Black Columbus" 2007 edition.   Rashid is director of Student Activities and Athletics.

The "Who's Who" 5 th edition provides interesting and inspirational achievements of African Americans in central Ohio. In Rashid's article, she shares her wish to become "a transformational leader--one that inspires and stimulates the professional growth in others."

Nichols reaches 100 volleyball winsColumbus State Head Volleyball Coach Scott Nichols recently reached a coaching milestone, gaining his 100th career volleyball victory in an August 29 match against Tiffin University JV. In the Delaware Hall Athletic Center, the Athletic Department has put a sign up to commemorate the milestone.  

Cougars to play in New York, South CarolinaSeveral players from the 2006-2007 men's basketball team have been signed to play at four-year colleges, according to M.D. Ferguson, Columbus State athletic director.

Ryan Montgomery, a two-year Cougar, will continue his basketball career at Hunter College in New York City.

One-year player Marcus Butler will continue his basketball career at St. Augustine College in South Carolina.

Both of these players join Jadin Thomas who earlier signed to play at Mount Vernon Nazarene, Ohio.

  "We are extremely pleased and congratulate these student-athletes for continuing their academic and athletic careers," said Ferguson. "We wish them good luck in their new colleges."

Consultant to help AQIP teams with projectsMany of the AQIP Action Project teams have been assisted by Dr. Stan Jensen, AQIP consultant, in developing surveys that will be launched Fall Quarter. Dr. Jensen is a research specialist with experience working for AQIP colleges. Information about upcoming AQIP surveys will be publicized in the Update, as your participation in these survey is vital to the data-collection effort.

ERC hosts digital fine art exhibit by local artist Randy JonesThe Educational Resources Center (ERC) is proud to present an exhibit of digital fine art created by Randy Jones. Jones grew up in Columbus and has been making art all his life. After receiving a B.F.A. from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1982, he worked as an advertising artist before pursuing digital fine art full time.

Jones says, "My digital still-life paintings reflect what I respond to. There is joy in the arrangement of design elements and colors within a composition. And there is beauty of varied shape and form. Familiar, comfortable objects like fruit or books express the fragility of the moment, but also become something eternal and timeless--frozen forever in the picture. Durability, immortality, and symbolism--things I respond to--all objects have significance. Together with the highest level of my ability the still-life objects in my paintings make my work meaningful. The library at Columbus State is one of my very favorite places to exhibit. And I always feel as if I'm doing something worthwhile with my art there."

The exhibit will be on display in the Main Gallery in the ERC (Columbus Hall, Main Level) until September 30.

State Representative Kevin Bacon visits Bolton Field counter terrorism unitState Representative Kevin Bacon, center, stands on the wing of Columbus State's Boeing 727 with Law Enforcement professor Scott Wagner, right, and Officer John Holloway of the Columbus Police Department. Bacon visited Bolton Field to see the Counter Terrorism Training Unit in action and to talk about getting a permanent location funded for the equipment housed at Bolton Field.