Thursday, August 20, 2009

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Photo major wins scholarship

David Van Fossen
David Van Fossen

Photography major David Van Fossen has been awarded a full scholarship, one of only 25 in the nation, to attend the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas this year, based on a recommendation letter written by Gene Strickland, coordinator of the Digital Photography program.

The Photoshop World scholarship program was created to give students a chance to learn breakthrough techniques and network with graphics professionals at Photoshop World. The scholarship is for $599, which includes a full one-year National Association of Professional Photographers (NAPP) membership.

Strickland wrote that the program has over 3,000 students and that “David stands out based on his grades, passion, interest and eagerness to learn. At 20 years old, he is already the director of photography for the Columbus Zoo and is very active in seeking out new information related to photography and Photoshop.”

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Hill graduates from Franklin, featured in Dispatch Karen HillKaren Hill, office associate in Aviation Maintenance Technology, graduated summa cum laude from Franklin University August 16. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Management and an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration. Hill graduated from Columbus State in December 2006 with an A.A.S. in Office Administration. Hill and her husband, David, were featured in the Metro section of the Columbus Dispatch for Monday, August 17.

Both graduated from Franklin with the same degrees, as well as the same GPA. The Hills will both pursue a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology beginning in September.

Exhibit in ERC features employee’s work

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"Cartoon Lady with Golden Curls", watercolor, ink and gouache

The Educational Resources Center (ERC) is pleased to present a new exhibition by painter and reference librarian Daryl Brown, "Playing With Color: What Appears…"

Brown says, "I’ve always loved to doodle and play with colors. I usually sit down without a plan and just see what appears. Sometimes I dabble in the 3-dimensional with clay, papiér mâché, and beads. This exhibit is a display of what appears when I use ink and watercolors, crayon, oil sticks, acrylics and other materials.”

The display is Brown’s first solo exhibit. His work will be on display in the Main Gallery of the ERC in Columbus Hall August 15–September 30.


Nursing, EMS students learn together

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Nursing and EMS students participate together in a trauma accident scenario to practice teamwork and collaboration.

Students enrolled in the Basic Principles of Trauma Nursing course recently joined with EMS students in a similar Paramedic course to form an interdisciplinary team that helped them practice working together to gather patient data and develop strategies.

Faculty members Jacqie Walli, RN, Nursing, Carolyn Steffl, RN, EMS, Jim Reed, EMT-P, EMS, and Steve Pletcher, Patient Simulation Lab coordinator, joined together to teach the students how to handle a trauma scenario featuring an accident victim who had become injured in a construction accident.

“The collaboration allowed both groups to practice the skills related to their specific disciplines and to gain an understanding of each other’s practice,” said Walli

The students were not told what the emergency was until they arrived on the scene. The scenario began with a live patient simulating the injuries, and then proceeded to the patient simulator in the lab. The students, faculty, and staff engaged in a discussion following the scenario.

“Students completed a questionnaire using the Likert scale to assess their opinion of the experience,” said Walli. “The data indicated that the students believed that the collaboration was effective and the shared experience fostered learning.”

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Plagenz recognized for ESL program work

Plagenz receiving award
Florence Plagenz (right) receives her award

Florence Plagenz, program coordinator in the ESL Afterschool Communities outreach program, has been named a recipient of the Hannah Dillard Award for 2009. She accepted the award at a luncheon August 19.

The award “recognizes excellence in Central Ohio’s After School programs, including exceptional, creative or innovative activities, effective evaluation methods, strong connections to the community, exemplary use of volunteers, and effective outreach and engagement.”

Columbus State’s ESL Afterschool Communities program brings the college and the immigrant/refugee communities together and helps underserved students discover the possibilities of college and educational success.

Plagenz received a $250 award to use without restrictions in the Afterschool Communities program.

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Computer lab assistants collect food items for church pantry

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IT Frontliners, from left, Amber Glanton, T.J. Duffy, Aloysius Kienee, Renee Witcher, and Darlyna Sanford pose with some of their food collection for the Broad Street Presbyterian Church food pantry.

Rhonda Gurio, supervisor of the “Frontliners,” the computer lab assistants, reports that the group is busy collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items for the Broad Street Presbyterian Church food pantry.

“We are a very diverse group,” said Gurio. “The lab assistants wanted to take on a project to make a difference in others’ lives.” The group planned to make three deliveries this quarter. According to Gurio, the first delivery to the food pantry was 500 items, and “the volunteers at the food pantry were amazed that we brought so many items.” Their goal for the last delivery to the pantry is 1,500 food items.

Gurio encourages anyone who would like to help the Frontliners with their project to bring donated food items to TL room 116 before the end of Summer Quarter.


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Malloy to ride in Pelotonia

Malloy and family
Tim Malloy and wife Trish, center, at their 2006 wedding with Tim’s mother Helen and father, Richard. Richard Malloy died of leukemia in 2007, and Tim will ride Pelotonia in his honor.

Tim Malloy, systems administrator in IT, will ride the 50-mile section of Pelotonia August 29, which is a bicycle race to raise money for cancer research. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will participate.

Malloy will ride out from the James Cancer Research Hospital in Columbus and end at Amanda-Clearcreek High School in Amanda. Malloy will ride in memory of his father Richard, who died of leukemia in 2007.

Malloy is busy raising the $1,000 required to ride in the 50-mile section of the race. There are also 100- and 180-mile distances that go to Athens and back. You can view Malloy’s Pelotonia sponsorship page online.

Spaces still available in automotive class The AUTO175 class still has a few more available spots if you have a vehicle that has heating and/or air conditioning problems. Email Dave Hill at for more information.

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Spaces still available in automotive class
The AUTO175 class still has a few more available spots if you have a vehicle that has heating and/or air conditioning problems. Email Dave Hill at for more information.