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Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Jim Colbert

Jim Colbert playing guitar
  • Jim Colbert playing guitar
  • Jim Colbert riding his motorcycle
  • Jim Colbert riding his motorcycle
  • Jim Colbert riding his motorcycle
  • Jim Colbert riding his motorcycle
  • Jim Colbert riding his motorcycle
  • Jim Colbert reading poetry

Faculty Spotlight on Jim Colbert, Graphic Arts Program Instructor

1What’s your position at South Hills and how long have you worked here?
Instructor and first-year advisor in the Graphic Arts (GA) program. I am one of the few instructors who didn't start at the beginning of a term; I started 11 years ago in early February. I'm also a member of the South Hills Marketing Team and do a fair amount of our print-related design work.
2What do you like most about your job?
The ability to give back to and inspire the next generation of graphic designers, and, ideally, guide them in some ways that I wish I had been when I was "young and malleable."
3Do you have any hidden talents or superpowers?
I can make tacos disappear. Less hidden, I am an award-winning performing singer-songwriter, published poet, infrequent playwright, and visual artist.
4What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Music is very important to me. I've been on the board of Acoustic Brew Concert Series for 15 years, and am the primary booking agent there, for the time being. I also enjoy playing guitar and writing songs. I'm a DJ for The Folk Show on WPSUfm. I spoil my cat rotten and am an avid motorcyclist. I’ve been riding since I was 13. And doing all kinds of things that don't make for a very interesting story, with my lovely wife, Cynthia!
5What’s your favorite TV show/favorite movie?
My favorite TV show at the moment is probably Vikings – at least until Game of Thrones returns, and my favorite (not to say it's the best, by any means) movie is The Warriors, which turns 40 this year. Close runners up are Blazing Saddles and Animal House.
6What are you reading or what are your favorite books?
I always have at least four books active at one time. Right now, Kitty Genovese by Catherine Pelonero (I'm a bit of a true crime junkie), Apt Pupil by Stephen King, a poetry collection by Billy Collins (whose exact title escapes me), The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, and I'm listening to the audiobook of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I like to mix it up!
7What’s your favorite vacation spot & why?
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Unbelievable beauty, and still relatively unspoiled. I'm not really a "sunbathe at the beach" person, but I love to be by the water.
8What’s your favorite food?
Scallops, but seafood in general.
9Do you have a favorite quote?

I have two of them:

"When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip. And that whip is intended solely for self-flagellation." – Truman Capote

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. That which is essential is invisible to the eye." – Antoine de St. Expert

10What’s on your “Bucket List?”

Honestly, I've done many of the things I wanted to do in my life but a few things offhand:

  • I'd like to own a Triumph motorcycle at some point.
  • I'd like to record a CD.
  • And, okay, this is going to sound ego-driven, but I'd like to do one more show before I hang up my guitar strap that gets a standing ovation.
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