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MedFlight Soars To Aid Patients

© Larry Hamill

Ready to serve night or day, rain or shine, a MedFlight Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU), pictured above in Columbus’s Short North district, exemplifies the theme of the 2010 MedFlight calendarPatients First.

© Larry Hamill

As a not-for-profit company, MedFlight maintains a fleet of eight helicopters and four MICUs and covers 10 counties within Ohio, providing transport for the critically ill and injured.

© Larry Hamill

Each year photographing for MedFlight’s calendar brings it own unique challenges, whether it be angling a helicopter just right over a snow covered Serpent Mound or being mindful of safety issues like the powerful effect of prop wash.

© Larry Hamill

In addition to transporting over 6,000 patients last year, MedFlight made over 250 community visits, including the Prom Promise drug and alcohol accident simulation event  to help educate teens about the perils of DWI.

We salute the pilots, drivers and medical crews who have made an impact in the lives of many, as well as the pilots who make these aerial photographs possible.

Another Banner Year for Columbus State

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Columbus State Award Banner

Columbus State Community College, recently ranked the third largest educational institute in Ohio, recently honored teachers and staff.  As in years past, we had the opportunity to photograph the recipients, whose photos are reproduced onto six-foot high banners and displayed on campus throughout the academic year.

Through photilation, a technique of merging images with computer produced graphics, each recipient is portrayed will a background that illustrates their field of expertise.

Sudha Kolathu Parambil

Sudha Kolathu Parambil, Math Instructor

Four outstanding faculty members garnered the 2009 Distinguished Teaching Award and a staff member was named Employee of the Year at Columbus State’s annual Employee Celebration, held June 5 at Confluence Park.

The Distinguished Teaching Awards are given to faculty nominated by their students, following a classroom evaluation by a committee of master teachers. This year the awards went to Leslie Smith, professor in Mathematics; Julie Molnar, professor in Modern Languages; Gene Strickland, instructor of Integrated Media and Technology and Sudha Kolathu Parambil, adjunct faculty member in Mathematics.

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Leslie Smith, Mathematics Professor

The Employee of the Year is James Stafford, network application programmer in Information Technology.

Service Awards for employees reaching five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five and thirty years of service to the college were also given.  Adjunct faculty and part-time employees with equivalent service in quarters were also recognized.

More than 500 attended the event, which featured dinner and dancing.

Grange Insurance Embraces Community With Graphics

 Grange Display © Larry Hamill

Grange Display © Larry Hamill

Our new graphic display is now in place at the newly renovated Grange Insurance headquarters on S. Front Street in the Brewery District. The installation, which consists of a total of seven pieces, is located in the recently relocated claims office.

The curved wall, pictured above, includes photos of the Franklin County
courthouse, the sculptural gavel next to the Ohio Supreme Court, the Union
Station Arch and three shots from the new Grange addition. The diagonal and vertical elements of each photograph make this group of images work as a synergetic whole.

The seventh image, pictured below, is a 130″x 38″mural of German Village images. This single image was output on canvas and stretched over a wooden
frame, creating a frameless stand alone presence within the office space.

Grange Mural © Larry Hamill

Grange Mural © Larry Hamill

Grange Insurance selected these images to “bring a sense of community
to our new space,” said Kelly George of Grange Insurance.

Special thanks is owed Greg Moulin of idecora Wall Décor Identity for
his patented framing technology. Greg and his team offer unique display
options for corporate clients looking to establish an identity within their corporate settings.

Gay Pride Parade Marks 40th Anniversary

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The largest parade to take place in memory flowed from the Ohio State Capitol to the Short North District, celebrating Gay and Lesbian Pride month. Columbus police estimate between 180,000 to 200,000 people participated in the peaceful celebration. Local evening news carried a brief story – half of which covered the two dozen protesters condemning the gay lifestyle.

The first Gay Pride marches took place in Los Angeles and New York on June 28, 1970, to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots. As noted in Wikipedia, the Stonewall riots were a series of demonstrations against a police raid that took place on June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, located in Greenwich Village.

The riots are cited as the first instance in American history when gays and lesbians fought back against government persecution against homosexuals, and have become the defining event marking the start of the gay rights movement.

The African American Civil Rights Movement, the Counterculture of the 1960s, and antiwar demonstrations served as catalysts for the Stonewall riots. Today, Gay Pride events are held annually throughout the world in June to remember the riots and advocate for change.

In recognition of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton issued the following statement:

“Forty years ago this month, the gay rights movement began with the Stonewall riots in New York City, as gays and lesbians demanded an end to the persecution they had long endured. Now, after decades of hard work, the fight has grown into a global movement to achieve a world in which all people live free from violence and fear, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

In honor of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and on behalf of the State Department, I extend our appreciation to the global LGBT community for its courage and determination during the past 40 years, and I offer our support for the significant work that still lies ahead.”

Further Clinton comments can be found on the U.S. Department of State’s official website.