Thursday, July 29, 2010

Taste the Future:
the most delicious way to support Columbus State!

Taste the Future PHOTOHave you heard about it?  Taste the Future is a culinary showcase fundraiser in its 22nd year. It will be held Tuesday evening, September 14. It started in 1988 as a way to highlight our Columbus State Hospitality Management alumni and raise scholarship funds.

Each year more than 50 of Central Ohio's best chefs and establishments gather to serve our guests their finest gourmet morsels.

The goal of the event is to raise money for Columbus State scholarships and special projects, show our beautiful campus off to the community, and raise the profile of the best chefs in Columbus. Interested in getting involved? Consider:

• Volunteering for Taste the Future: It’s hard work, but rewarding and fun! Join the dozens of other employees who have already signed up to help. Click here for information about volunteer training and assignment options.

• Attending Taste the Future: Ask around, it really is the tastiest ticket in town! Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at or in the Development Foundation office in Franklin Hall 252.

Taste the Future PHOTO

Community College Timesarticle features Autism College Transition program at Columbus State

Wayne Cocchi
The Community College Times this week features an article about Columbus State’s orientation program to help students with autism transition into college classrooms.

The emphasis of the program—which is a joint project between the college and the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO) — is to help students with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome (often known as very high function autism) assimilate into college. You can read the article in its entirety here.

Wayne Cocchi, interim dean of Student Life, spearheaded the ACT program partnership with ESCCO.


Columbus State
grad named executive chef of M restaurant

Jay Cotrell PHOTO“M,” Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ marquee restaurant, has named Jay Cotrell, a 15-year veteran of the restaurant business, as executive chef.  Cotrell most recently served CMR as executive chef of Marcella’s Italian Ristorante in Columbus’ Short North community.
Cotrell joined CMR in 2006, while he was in the Columbus State Chef Apprenticeship program, as an apprentice at Molly Woo’s. He graduated with his associate degree in 2009.

During his apprenticeship, he won several awards in student cooking competitions, including being named Apprentice of the Year. Cotrell will coach the apprenticeship program's Hot Foods Competition Team in 2010 and 2011.

A rising star at CMR, Cotrell joined Marcella’s for its grand opening in 2007.  He was quickly promoted from his first position as lead trainer to sous chef and then to executive chef.
“It has been an honor to spend my career as a chef working with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants,” said Cotrell.  “My work as an executive chef provides me with the opportunity to infuse our menus with passion and spontaneity and to develop exquisite selections for our guests.”

M is an elite Four Diamond property, as designated by AAA.  M is one of only two restaurants in Columbus and 756 nationwide to receive the prestigious rating.



Columbus State Concert BandWhere in the World is Clawdette?

This Week, Clawdette was spotted playing with the Columbus State Concert Band. Where will you take Clawdette? Snap a photo with your Clawdette and email it to before August 31 and you could win a $100 gift card to the Bookstore! Winning photo will be announced the week of September 6.
Don't have a plush Clawdette? Get yours at the Bookstore for just $10. Or stop by and register to win a Clawdette—five plush Clawdettes will be given away every Friday from now through Aug. 27

Thomas Lloyd, director of Columbus State’s Concert Band,
tries to teach Clawdette to sing in tune.