February 9, 2006

King Arts director to be featured at Black History Month program February 23

Dr. Barbara R. Nicholson, executive director of The Martin Luther King, Jr., Performing and Cultural Arts Complex, will offer the keynote speech at Columbus State's annual Black History Month program, 11 a.m. Thursday, February 23, in the Nestor Hall Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public. The program theme is "Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Institutions."

The King Arts Complex is an anchor for development in the Near Eastside area and an oasis for cultural, educational and community activities .

"May 2006 will commemorate our 19th anniversary at the King Arts Complex," said Nicholson. "The past years have shown us that we must continue to dream the boldest dreams, that we must continue to build bridges of harmony and opportunities for mutual success, and that together all things are possible."

Nicholson is currently a member of the editorial board of the Columbus Post and the board of the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority. She has been president of the Urbancrest Community Investment Corporation and served as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen & Eddie Rickenbacker Foundation board, Corporate Sisters, the Ohio Bicentennial Commission Advisory Council of Ohio Women, and the First Circle Advisory Board of the Association of American Cultures, of which she was a chief architect in establishing the organization, a founding member and first chair.

Nicholson is a 2003 YWCA Woman of Achievement honoree, received the 2005 Community Service Award from Kappa Alpha Psi and was the 2005 recipient of the Governor's Award for Arts Administration in Ohio.

She has served on the Greater Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau and Riverfront Commons Board, the Columbus Commission on Human Relations, the strategic planning committee of the Vision Center of Ohio, the National Endowment for the Arts' Super Challenge and Advancement panels, and she chaired both the Presenting and Commissioning and Expansion Arts panels. Nicholson has served on numerous state arts council panels in Michigan and Ohio and adjudication panels selecting art.

Her professional background includes a variety of arts management positions. Before moving to Columbus, as a cabinet member in the District of Columbia, she served as executive director of the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities and as the Mayor's Advisor on Cultural Affairs.

Nicholson earned a B.F.A. at Bowling Green State University, a Master of Arts degree at Columbia Teachers' College in New York City, and a Ph.D. at the Ohio State University. She has continued to work as a practicing artist throughout her career.  



Columbus State student's film to premiere Friday at Studio 35

"She had legs men would die for and she wore black." That's how Columbus State Community College video production major Mike Butcher introduces his new movie She Wore Black. The 11½-minute film will premiere at Studio 35 at 11 p.m. Friday, February 10, and will run for a week at the theater.

She Wore Black is the first student-produced film to be shown locally coming from the new Audio/Video Production program at Columbus State.

Shot in a film noire style, the movie is a "thriller about love gone wrong," Butcher says.

The film stars Butcher's friends Gary Crickmore, Laura Higher, and Robert Holmes.

The movie was shot locally and edited in the new AVID video production facilities of Columbus State's Marketing and Graphic Communications Department this year. Butcher shot the film on mini-DV in the 24p format. "It's all digital. The 24p format looks more like film," says Butcher.

"Butcher's work is dynamic and creative," says instructor Paul Carringer. "He represents many of the students in our program who are developing the skills needed for a strong career in the film industry."

"The audio/video production track focuses on the production process, taking students from pre-production through post-production and marketing," says Jim Higgins, instructor in the Interactive Multimedia program. "It's a cumulative process."

Butcher, 33, will graduate with his degree next year and hopes to transfer into a four-year program to pursue a bachelor's degree in the field. A director/producer he admires is do-it-yourself film guru Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids). Rodriguez started his career on a shoestring, acting as the editor, writer, producer, director, camera operator and even special effects guy on his own movies.

"Five years from now I hope I'm working for Troublemaker Studios, Rodriguez's studio. I actually plan to send him my resume as soon as I graduate from Columbus State," said Butcher. "In 10 years, I would hope to be making my own movies, but as along as I am behind a camera, I will be happy."


"Nurture" is a batik created in 2004 by artist Lima from Zambia.

World Artz sponsors African Artists exhibit through February 28

The Gallery in the Educational Resources Center (ERC) is hosting African artists during February in celebration of Black History Month. The exhibit, featuring a collection of mixed media, painting, batiks and prints, is free and open to the public.

A variety of African artists are featured, including: Peter Saka (Malawi), Lima (Zambia), Chrisfold Chayera (Malawi), and Bikis (South Africa). The exhibit is sponsored by the World Artz, an organization that uses art in an effort to minimize stereotypes that exist in cultures.

The exhibit is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.


Let's talk paychecks

Due to the short turn-around time for the February 28 pay date (short month and holiday), the Payroll team needs time cards and payroll actions turned in by the close of business on Thursday, February 16. No exceptions will be made.

Payroll is located in Rhodes Hall, lower level, with office hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. You may also contact the Payroll team at ext. 5617, 5791 or 2422.  


Nursing faculty present at boot camp

Diane Schiffer, instructor in Nursing and Related Services, and Susan Accetturo, adjunct faculty in Nursing and Related Services, made a poster presentation at DI Associates' conference from January 26-30 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At the Boot Camp for New Nurse Educators conference, Schiffer and Accetturo discussed Columbus State's on-line nursing track and its effects on increasing the number of Registered Nurses in Ohio.

From left, Diane Schiffer and Susan Accetturo, present information on Columbus State's on-line nursing track to more than 175 participants at the Boot Camp for New Nurse Educators in New Mexico.


Hot Chef Apprentice team going to Toronto

Columbus State's Chef Apprenticeship student team won the state American Culinary Federation's Junior Hot Food Competition February 4, out-cooking Sinclair Community College, Cuyahoga Community College and Hocking Community College.

Columbus State's team of five students--Amy Glaser, Olivia Giesler, Gabriel Selbo, Mitchell Barr, and Jonathan Basch--will go on to the Northeast regional competition in March in Toronto to compete against nine other schools for the regional title. If they win in Toronto, the team will represent the Northeast region in the national competition in July in Philadelphia.

The team's coaching staff includes: Team Advisor Jim Taylor, assistant professor in Hospitality Management; Team Coach Brian Hinshaw, a graduate of Columbus State's Chef Apprenticeship Program and district area executive chef for Cameron Mitchell's Restaurants; Team Manager Ian Rough, executive chef for "M" Restaurant; and Pastry Advisor Spencer Budros, owner of Pistachio's Pastry shops.

Practicing for the hot food competition are from left, Chef Apprenticeship students Amy Glaser,
Olivia Giesler, Gabriel Selbo, Captain Mitchell Barr, and Jonathan Basch


Employees, students invited to focus groups for new bookstore/retail complex

The new Bookstore and Retail Complex will be conducting focus group research next week with students, staff and faculty in order to determine consumer wants and needs.

The ZenGenius research company will coordinate a focus group with staff and faculty members on February 15 from 5-6 p.m . If you would like to participate in this study and receive a $20 Bookstore gift certificate plus refreshments, please contact the research coordinator, Tracy Elzy, at 614-220-9040. Two student focus groups will be held February 14 and 15.


Golf league looking for players

The summer 2006 Columbus State Golf League at Bridgeview Golf Club is now forming. The league, open to Columbus State employees, will play Mondays at 6 p.m. The season begins May 15 and will run for 14 weeks, excluding Memorial Day.

The cost for the season is $140. The fee, payable by May 15, does not include the cart fee of $7 which needs to be paid weekly. For those walking the course, there is no additional cost.

Employees may invite one adult guest to play in the league, although employees will be given preference for spots in the league. 

To sign up for the league or for more information, contact Mary Insabella, assistant professor in Computer Information Technology, at minsabel@cscc.edu .


February 13 bake sale benefits Veterinary Technology

You can satisfy your sweet tooth and support the Veterinary Technology students at their bake sale from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. February 13 in the Delaware hallway across from the Bookstore. The proceeds benefit the student chapter of the Ohio Association of Veterinary Technicians and the college's Veterinary Technology animals.