Regents Set Tuition for 2017-2018 Academic Year; Reduces Costs for Some On-line Courses

Course fees eliminated on more than 100 CSU courses

The Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia (USG) set tuition this week for the 2017-2018 academic year, keeping all 28 of the USG’s colleges and universities to a tuition increase of 2 percent.

By keeping the tuition increase to 2 percent for the 2017-2018 academic year following the zero percent increase for the current year (2016-2017), the University System has been able to limit tuition increases to an average of 2.2 percent annually over the last five years. The USG continues to offer some of the lowest tuition rates among peer state public higher education systems. Out of the 16 states that make up the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the USG has now become the sixth lowest state in tuition and fees for four-year institutions.

At Columbus State, this change means undergraduate tuition will increase $3.47 from $174.20 per credit hour to $177.67 per credit hour. For in-state students enrolled in 15 hours, the total tuition will increase from $2,613 per semester to $2,665, an increase of $52.

Meanwhile, the Board continues to ensure fees and fee increases are kept to a minimum and used for the benefit of students. The USG has worked with each of the institutions to reduce the number of fee increases, which must demonstrate a clear need. In recent years, the number of approved mandatory fee increases from USG institutions has continued to decrease year-over-year. For example, the number of fee increases dropped from 67 in Fiscal Year 2012 down to 12 for the upcoming year, Fiscal Year 2018.

At Columbus State, the review of course fees led to the elimination of fees associated with 103 courses since the start of the 2016-17 academic year. Eliminating those course fees means a savings to CSU students that adds up to more than $300,000.

The University System also continues to focus on increasing accessibility through its online offerings. eCore, the USG’s online core curriculum, will decrease tuition to $159 per credit hour from $169.

The University System also provides free, open-source, on-line e-textbooks through the Affordable Learning Georgia initiative. Last year, the USG was ranked by national publisher OpenStax at Rice University as number one in the nation of any school or school system for saving students the most money by providing free textbooks worth more than $3.5 million in 2016.

Columbus State University has contributed to those savings. Since Spring 2015, 20 faculty and staff have participated in the open education initiative with an estimated cost avoidance of $458,979 for students.

“The University System of Georgia is committed to providing students an affordable, accessible and high quality college education,” said Shelley Nickel, executive vice chancellor for strategy and fiscal affairs. “Across the University System, we are working together to help make college affordable with the ultimate goal of student success.”

The University System has also implemented initiatives focused on helping students graduate in a shorter timeframe, and as a result, save money by avoiding extra semesters and unneeded classes. These initiatives include:

— Degree Roadmaps: Campus advisors are providing “degree roadmaps,” so students avoid spending time and money in courses that do not count toward their degree. Students have a clear path of which courses to take to earn their degrees.

— Full Course Loads: As part of the “15 to Finish” effort, campuses encourage students to take 15 credit hours per semester, thus shortening the time it takes to graduate.

— Proactive Advising: Institutions are also using an early-alert system to monitor students’ performance so that a low test grade may signal a counselor to provide additional support, such as tutoring, and help enable students to complete a class successfully.

Tuition rates for each institution can be found here.

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Lacrosse Team Reaches First-Ever MCLA Playoffs

For the first time in school history, Columbus State University’s club lacrosse team has made it to the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) playoffs. The Cougars will play Coastal Carolina University Friday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. in Johns Creek, Ga.

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Maiga’s Research to be Published in Accounting Journal

“Assessing the Main and Interaction Effects of ABC and Internal and External Information Systems Integration on Manufacturing Plant Operational Performance,” a paper authored by Adam Maiga, associate professor of accounting in Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business, was recently accepted for publication by Advances in Management Accounting, Volume 29. Advances in Management Accounting is a publication of quality applied research on current topics in management accounting.

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Top CSU Students, Faculty Awarded at Annual Honors Convocation


COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University handed out its highest annual academic awards Friday, April 14 during the 2017 Scholastic Honors Convocation held in Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Edward O’Donnell, associate professor of marketing in CSU’s Turner College of Business, was named CSU’s 2016-2017 Educator of the Year, a recognition awarded by the Student Government Association based on student body nominations. The Faculty Cup, the highest award granted to a CSU student, went to Amber Terrell, a senior mathematics and secondary education major.

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR: Dr. Edward O’Donnell
Edward O’Donnell is an associate professor of marketing in CSU’s Turner College of Business. O’Donnell was CSU’s representative for the 2014 University System of Georgia Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award and the 2013 Scholarship of Teaching Award. In 2011, he received CSU’s Faculty Research and Scholarship Award. O’Donnell earned his master’s in accounting from the University of Akron and his doctorate in marketing from Kent State University. He recently directed an honors thesis which resulted in a peer-reviewed publication.

FACULTY CUP: Amber Terrell
Amber Terrell is a senior mathematics and secondary education major. Amber is the recipient of multiple awards, honors and scholarships, including CSU’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship, the Hallmark Cards/Hall Family Foundation Scholarship, and the TSYS Future Scholars Scholarship. Amber has served as member, vice president and president of WeTeach (the student organization of CSU’s UTeach program), and she regularly serves as a mentor for Live United Youth Council and as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes, Relay for Life, and local elementary schools, among others. Amber graduates this May with honors. She is interested in teaching in high-needs school districts and serving as an advocate for active, hands-on learning in mathematics.

Amy Melton is a senior music education major. She was selected as one of 28 students in the University System of Georgia to be honored by the Georgia General Assembly during Academic Recognition Day 2017.

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The following individuals were selected as the most deserving students to represent each department and were recognized verbally during the Scholastic Honors Convocation.

Department of Biology – Rachel Pearson
Department of Chemistry – Nicole Sikes
Department of Mathematics – Amber Terrell
Department of Modern & Classical Languages – Armando Fernandez
Department of Earth & Space Science – Nicholas Garcia
Department of Psychology – Amelia Barton
Department of History & Geography – Jane Mader
Department of English – Cailee Davis
Department of Politics, Philosophy and Public Administration – Hugrun Elvarsdottir
Department of Theatre – Constance Tolbert
Department of Communication – Madison Ullman
Schwob School of Music – John Rogler
Department of Art – Julianna Wells
Graduate Business Program – Richard Navratil
Department of Accounting & Finance – Kaitlyn Moye
Department of Marketing & Management – Kayla Forsythe
TSYS School of Computer Science – Marko Maksimovic
School of Nursing – Levie Jones
Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science – April Jowers
Department of Teacher Education – Savannah Talley
Department of Counseling, Foundations and Leadership: Karen Hancock


Alicia Abosede
Jeremy Ackles
Carley Adam
Delores Anderson
Jacqueline Barragan
Scott Berson
Jared Bies
Alexis Cardona
Jesse David Chariton
Nathan DeMarco-Jacobson
Kate Duggarn
Myra Elder
E’Lexues Evans
Matthew Frye
Mary Gasson
Abby Gibbons
Eliana Gilbert
Tracee Guthrie
Kendrea Hardison
Bertram Harris
Roderick Jolivette
April Jowers
Taeler Klimp
Emilee Leslie
Teresa Mafnas
Madison Montgomery
Nathanael Morrison
Anthonia Okonkwo
Rachel Pearson
Jasmine Phillips
Columbia Renix
Lyndsay Richardson
Chelsey Rogers
Jabari Scott
Meagan Shelnut
Barbara Smith
Timothy Thompson
Hannah Turner
Michael Ward
Brian White
Lakedra White


Phi Kappa Phi

Bradford Allen
Leanna Allen
Justin Ambrozia
Jason Armstrong
Taylor Aspinwall
Ashley Bailey
Ginette Bartlett
Scott Berson
Joseph Boland
Michael Bourgeois
Amber Braswell
Carolyn Brewster
Sarah Brinson
John Brock
Jason Brown
Tyler Brown
Joshua Christian
Corey Collins
Meagan Corcoran
Melissa Crosby
Allison Dansby
Joseph Dean
Rachel DeGennaro
Jacquelyn DeLauder
Ashley Desensi
Sean Drop
Donna Duncan
Marnie Dutcher
Mikell Edwards
Myra Elder
Tracy English
Stephen Fields
Brandi Fine
Jodi Fraser
Mary Garcia
Abby Gibbons
Eliana Gilbert
Jacob Glover
Mary Godfrey
Jessica Griggs
Bertram Harris
Melanie Harris
Barbara Heusel
Rebecca Hinzman
Ashley Hobby
Jesse Hunt
Kendall Isaac
Emily Jackson
Tarra Jackson
Cherish Jordan
Venetia Jordan
Ryan Karasow
Daniel Kim
Douglas Kornacki
Christopher Lane
Tabitha Lawrence
Amy Lee
Andrew LeMarQuand
Robert Lewis
Kwanza Lippitt
Candie Lynch
Alexus Mack
Kelsey MacMinn
Jane Mader
Marko Maksimovic
Delarius Marshall
Joshua May
Ashley Meadows
Mitchell Messick
Teresa Mims
Brandon Mitchell
Melissa Mitchell
Ariel Mobley
Theresa Moran
Kerstin Motsch
Caroline Moyer
Demond Mullins
Ronald Mullis
Christine O’Brien
Christina Ogburn
Madelyn Ovdenk
Ekta Parab
Deidre Paris
Manuel Parrachavez
Cassidy Partain
Anisha Patel
Christina Pelletier
Ellie Pippas
Jeremiah Pitts
David Rathel
Alexis Riddle
Matthew Ropelewski
Lauren Rosenblatt
Danielle Royal
Sarah Russell
Sadie Santos
Koki Sato
Cynthia Scheuermann
Richard Sianoya
Brielle Sims
Andrea Skipor
Nicholas Spanolios
Stephanie Spear
William Stikes
Alexander Stodola
Hayley Tennyson
Dominique Thomas
Maryah Thompson
Hannah Turner
Corey Vernon
Susan Vogtner
Brian Waddy
Andrew Walsh
Lakedra White
Brianna Williams
Takesha Williams-Lynn
Audorian Willis
Kiana Willis
Kelly Wilson
Kimberley Woo
Kristin Youngquist
Jae Yu
Tammy Zitzelberger

Phi Beta Delta

Lori Benedict
Jacquelyn DeLauder
Marissa Grandberry
Darby High
Elizabeth Mason
Erica Mehl
Chelsey Rogers
Khristal Pace
Mary Petermann
Maryah Thompson
Emily Workman
Chase Worthey

Honoris Causa

Aliyah Anglin
Amelia Barton
Samantha Chase
Amber Colberg
Cailee Davis
Brandi Fine
Rachel Funk
Jessica Griggs
Katherine Holmes
Janell James
Comfort Johnson
Lauren Johnson
Emilee Leslie
Taylor Marks
Amy Melton
Anisha Patel
Dakota Reyes
Lauren Rosenblatt
Shaunquelle Sapp
Nicole Sikes
Charley Weaver
Julianna Wells


The following individuals are representatives of each division or discipline within a department and are recognized during department and college level ceremonies.

Honors College

Katherine Holmes – Interdisciplinary Studies
Julianna Wells – Scholarly Activities in Fine and Performing Arts
Cailee Davis – Scholarly Activities in Humanities
Amy Melton – Scholarly Activities in Professional Studies
Michael Rohly – Scholarly Activities in Science
Amelia Barton – Scholarly Activities in Social Science

College of the Arts

Julianna Wells – Studio Art
Kaitlyn Neill – Art History
Laszlo Olah – Art Education (undergraduate)
Howard Willis – Art Education (graduate)
Aliyah Anglin – Communication Student of the Year
Amy Melton and Jessica Griggs – Music Award
John Rogler – Presser Scholar
Allison Dansby – Theatre Arts
Indya Bussey – Theatre Arts Performance
Constance Tolbert – Theatre Arts Design & Technical
Zachary Glass – Theatre Arts Education

D. Abbott Turner College of Business

Jamie Zaic – Accounting
Maciej Kierkus – Finance
Jonathan Rodriguez – Management
Cheyenne Linander – General Business
Kayla Forsythe – Marketing
Brian White – Management Information Systems
Richard Navratil – Master of Business Administration
Chad Parker – Web MBA
Adrien Vakerics – Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
Marko Maksimovic – Applied Computer Science
Jacob Taylor – Games Programming Computer Science
Kevin Ferreira – Information Technology
Olivia Horace – Software Systems Computer Science
Sneha Gogineni – Applied Computer Science, M.S.
Justin Sewell – Computer Science Cybersecurity, M.S.

College of Education and Health Professions

Janae Carey – School Counseling
Brandi Dailey – Leadership Specialist
Kevin Smith – Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Joshua Riles – Early Childhood Education (undergraduate)
Lexus Houston – Middle Grades Education (undergraduate)
Marci Horne – English Education (undergraduate)
Alice Mendez – Spanish Education (undergraduate)
Amber Terrell – UTeach Mathematics Education (undergraduate)
Rebecca Moody – Secondary Science Education (graduate)
Lola Farley – Social Science Education (graduate)
Julee Fryer – Special Education (graduate)
Brooke Riley – Teacher Leadership (graduate)
Savannah Talley – Early Childhood Education (graduate)
Katelyn Pawlowski – Middle Grades Education (graduate)
Joshua Trowell – English Education (graduate)
Katelyn Clements – Secondary Mathematics (graduate)
Chloe Chambers – UTeach Science Education (undergraduate)
Jonathan Abbott – Social Science Education (undergraduate)
Shirin Felfeli – Special Education (undergraduate)
Cynthia Yocom – Curriculum & Instruction in Accomplished Teaching
Brandon Tutt – Health Science
Michael Ward – Health & Physical Education (undergraduate)
Lindsey Law Tees – Exercise Science (undergraduate)
April Jowers – Health & Physical Education (graduate)
Albert Carter Woolfolk – Exercise Science (graduate)
Julia Kimball – Outstanding Nursing BSN
Elizabeth Baker – Outstanding Nursing M.S.N.
Shelley Mickels – Outstanding Nursing R.N. – B.S.N.
Roberta Walters – Outstanding Nursing M.S.N. – F.S.P.

College of Letters and Sciences

Cailee Davis – English Literature
Jasmine Carter – English Professional Writing
Leah Vahjen – English Creative Writing
Armando Fernandez – Spanish Award
Hugrun Elvarsdottir – Outstanding Political Science
Brain Waddy – Master of Public Administration
Michael Bouorgeois – Mario Mion Political Science Honors Scholarship
Justin Briley – Philosophy
Michael Rohly – Cellular & Molecular Biology
Ambrionna Dallas – Biology Education
Rachel Pearson – George Stanton Biology
Joshua Rogers – Organismic Biology
William Woolfolk – Ecological & Evolutionary Biology
Zijie J. Lin – Outstanding Freshman Chemistry Major
Nicole Sikes – A.C.S. Organic Chemistry (undergraduate)
Sydney Brown – Excellence in Chemistry Research
Nicole Sikes – Outstanding Chemistry Major
Jacqueline McGurie – American Institute of Chemists (graduate)
John D. Gary – Outstanding Graduate Student
Jasen Neale – Geology
Shelby Brannen – Engineering
Brendon O’Keeffe – Astronomy
Nathan Rodeheaver – Physics
Sydney Barker – Environmental Science
Amber Terrell – Mathematics
Amelia Barton – Psychology

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CSU Student-Athletes to Host 5K Benefitting Make-A-Wish

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at Columbus State University will host a 5K race on Saturday, April 29 that will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The race will start at 9 a.m. from Cougar Court between the Lumpkin Center and the softball field on CSU’s main campus.

All proceeds from the race will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that arranges “wishes” for children with life-threatening medical conditions through 62 chapters across the United States.

Registration is now open online at Awards will be presented to the top three male and top three female runners. Registration is $20 before April 20. To be guaranteed a t-shirt, participants must register by April 20.

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New Parking Policy Implementation

Columbus State University continually strives to improve safety and security on campus for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. We also look for ways to assess our processes to see if adjustments are needed for improvement.

In order to improve campus security and provide additional university police officers on campus, we are implementing a new parking system for students, faculty, and staff that will include a new parking office and a decal fee.

Effective, July 1, 2017, the new parking decals will be required for all vehicles parked on campus.

The annual cost of the parking permits will be $45 for students, $90 for faculty/staff, and $180 for reserved parking decals. To assist with the expense of the permit, full-time faculty and staff will receive a $45 salary increase, separate from any merit or equity adjustment. Full time faculty and staff making less than $30,000 per year will receive a salary stipend to cover the cost of the decal.

To allow University Police to focus on safety and security measures, the responsibility of parking services is being moved to University Support Services. A new Parking Services office will open on June 1 in Illges Hall. That office is where everyone will go to purchase and pick up their decals. More information will soon be available online at

Please note that after July 1, 2017, every vehicle that parks on campus will be required to display a valid CSU parking permit or visitor’s pass. Visitors parking spaces will be monitored to prevent students, faculty and staff from parking in these reserved spots to avoid purchasing a decal. This permit requirement also includes parking in all university owned lots and parking spaces on CSU’s RiverPark campus.


When will the new parking decal process start?
The deadline for faculty, staff and students to display the new decal is July 1, 2017.

Why is CSU instituting a parking decal system?
Proceeds from the parking decals will go toward upgrading campus security efforts, including additional police officers on campus.

Do I have to buy a parking permit?
Only if you bring a car to campus. If you walk, ride or take a bus to campus, you do not need a parking permit. As a reminder, you have the option of parking in the Rivercenter parking deck and riding the CSU’s shuttle for free.

What if I drive more than one vehicle to campus?
The new parking permits will be transferable to another vehicle. People are welcome to buy more than one permit.

What if I park on campus without a new parking permit?
You run the risk of receiving a ticket and fines. Vehicles with an excessive number of unpaid tickets may be booted or towed. Also, visitors parking spaces will be patrolled to prevent students, faculty, and staff from parking to avoid purchasing a permit.

How much are the decals?
The annual cost for a parking decal will be: Students, $45; Faculty/Staff $90; Reserved $180. Faculty and staff can pay for their decal through payroll deduction, which is expected to be established within the next two months. To assist with the expense of the permit, full-time faculty and staff will receive a $45 salary increase, separate from any merit or equity adjustment. Full time faculty and staff making less than $30,000 per year will receive a salary stipend to cover the cost of the decal.

Where/how do I buy my decal? Can I buy it online?
As of June 1, you may purchase a decal in the Parking Services Office in Illges Hall from 8 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday. At this time, decals can only be purchased in person.

What if I only teach one or two class per semester?
The Provost will provide special parking decals as part of their contract.

What if someone is just visiting campus for a few minutes? Do they need a decal?
There are a few visitor parking spaces on campus outside Richards Hall and for prospective students outside University Hall. Besides those spots, every one parking on campus will need a parking permit. The details are still being finalized in regards to how visitor passes will be distributed.

Who do I call if I have questions?
Please contact Parking Services Office at  706-507-8203 in Illges Hall for more information about purchasing a parking decal, or

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Columbus Goes to Mars: Coca-Cola Space Science Center and Partners to Host NASA Community Day

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Special guests from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center are paying a visit to the Chattahoochee Valley on Saturday, May 6 to assist in Columbus’ greatest and most daring voyage yet.

“Columbus Goes to Mars” is a free community-wide, space-themed learning event hosted by Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center (CCSSC) in partnership with the Columbus Museum and the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center.

“The NASA/KSC team is extremely excited to bring a piece of the inspirational work of exploration to Columbus, Georgia,” said Joshua Santora, program specialist at the NASA/KSC PX-E Education Office. “We are grateful to our collaborators and hosts and can’t wait to share America’s space programs with the people of Muscogee County.”

Friday, May 5: “Hidden Figures” at the National Infantry Museum
Panel discussion from 6-7 p.m. | Movie at 7:30 p.m.

On the evening of Friday, May 5, the National Infantry Museum will host a free, one-time-only screening of “Hidden Figures,” the Academy Award-nominated film based on the true story of a team of African-American female mathematicians who served a vital role at NASA during the early years of the US space program.

Before the film, at 6 p.m., a panel of experts will discuss their experiences working with the space program and their inspirations for pursuing a career in aeronautics. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission to both the panel discussion and the film is free. Concessions will be available for purchase during the event.

Saturday, May 6: “Columbus Goes to Mars,” 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Coca-Cola Space Science Center | The Columbus Museum | National Infantry Museum
Note: Activities at The Columbus Museum will conclude at 3 p.m.

Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, CCSSC, the Columbus Museum, and the National Infantry Museum will host family-friendly activities at all three locations, including:

— Expert presentations by engineers and educators from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
— Vesta mosaic art
— NASA’s PINK team robot
— “Humans in space” demonstrations
— Air rocket launches (supervised by the same people who launch real rockets into space)
— STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) presentations by local educators
— Professional teacher development workshops with NASA educators

“Columbus Goes to Mars” marks the first time NASA’s Kennedy Space Center has delivered their community day program outside of their home town of Titusville, Fla.

“We are honored that NASA’s Kennedy Space Center thought of Columbus first when deciding to take their annual community day outside of Titusville,” said Shawn Cruzen, executive director of CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center. “I’m excited about the multiple speakers talking about careers in STEM-related fields, science demonstrations, and fun educational activities this event will bring to Columbus.”

Attendees are encouraged to visit all three locations for the full NASA experience. As an extra incentive, a limited-edition commemorative coin will be given to all participants who turn in a completed “passport” containing all three stamps from each location (while supplies last).

Please visit for a detailed schedule of events and activities. This page will be updated regularly with additional information. Please note that while all activities are free, some will require tickets for entry. Please e-mail with questions.

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Provost Candidate Visits

A message from Dr. John Finley:

On behalf of the CSU Provost Search Committee, I am very pleased to announce the names of the three candidates for CSU’s Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Starting next week, the CSU community will have the opportunity to share in the search process as the candidates interview with various CSU administrative leaders, faculty, staff and students. A procedure for feedback will be established so that your
voice is heard.

Each of the three candidates will be making campus visits over the coming weeks according to the following schedule:

Dr. Scott Furlong
— April 12 – 2-3 p.m. – CCT Auditorium, main campus
— April 13 – 10-11 a.m. – Studio Theatre, Riverside Theatre Complex, RiverPark campus

Dr. Bradley Bond
— April 20 – 2-3 p.m. – CCT Auditorium, main campus
— April 21 – 10-11 a.m. – Studio Theatre, Riverside Theatre Complex, RiverPark campus

Dr. Jeanne Gerlach
— April 24 – 2-3 p.m. – CCT Auditorium, main campus
— April 25 – 10-11 a.m. – Studio Theatre, Riverside Theatre Complex, RiverPark campus

The search site has been updated with the CVs of each candidate, a feedback section, and dates and times for each candidate’s open forums.

Looking forward to your participation,

John T. Finley, PhD
Chair, CSU Provost Search Committee
Chair, Department of Management and Marketing
Associate Professor of Business Administration
Turner College of Business – CCT 352D

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Columbus State, CORTA Officially Dedicate New Tennis Complex

COLUMBUS, Ga. — In conjunction with the Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA) and the Columbus Consolidated Government, Columbus State University celebrated the official opening of the new tennis complex at Cooper Creek on Thursday, April 6.

The ceremony brought together dignitaries from across the Columbus community, including Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, CSU President Chris Markwood, Director of Athletics Todd Reeser and Executive Director of USTA Georgia Darren Potkey.

“The Cooper Creek Tennis Facility represents excellence in vision, teamwork, and partnership, and is truly one of the top tennis complexes in the country,” Reeser said. “Our student-athletes strive for competitive excellence in all facets of their intercollegiate experience, and the new facility allows them to develop their games to a championship level.”

Thursday’s festivities included the official naming of the complex. The entire expansion will be named the Judy and Roger Pearce Tennis Center.

The 12 hard courts used by the Columbus State men’s and women’s tennis programs will be known as the John W. Walden CSU Tennis Complex and the clubhouse is designated in honor of Nora Garrard.

“We are extremely honored and grateful for all of the people that have made this possible,” CSU head tennis coach Evan Isaacs added. “So many people have worked long hours in order to make this possible, and it truly is a dream come true for this program and me.”

This extraordinary public/private partnership expands Cooper Creek’s previous 30 rubico (clay) court facility by adding nine more rubico courts, 12 hard courts and four ‘quick start’ junior-size courts.

A 12,000 square foot, two story, brick clubhouse has been built in the center of the expansion. The administration of CSU’s nationally-ranked men’s and women’s tennis programs will operate out of the first floor of the clubhouse and the teams will be the primary users of the new 12 hard courts.

The Cougars began playing on the new courts on Feb. 8 and are a combined 19-1 at home this season. The two teams will play their final regular season home match against Lander on Saturday, April 15.

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Faculty Mini Grants Awarded

Nine Columbus State University faculty members recently received competitive STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) mini grants through the University System of Georgia STEM Initiative grant. These grants will improve performance and retention of students in STEM and improve the preparation and support of P-12 STEM teachers.

The following professors were awarded:

— John Barone, Department of Biology
— Lauren King, Department of Biology
— Diana Riser, Department of Psychology
— Stephanie da Silva, Department of Psychology
— Daniel Holley, Department of Chemistry
— Kerri Taylor, Department of Chemistry
— Katey Hughes, Department of Biology
— Patricia Patrick, Department of Counseling, Foundations and Leadership
— Michael Dentzau – Department of Teacher Education

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Columbus State Finishes One Capital Project, Starts Another

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Only three days separate the opening of one Columbus State University facility and the groundbreaking for another. Here’s a quick look at the two new developments students, athletes, employees and residents can look forward to:

Cooper Creek Tennis Center
Ribbon-Cutting on Thursday, April 6, 5:30 p.m.
Columbus State University, the Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA), and the Consolidated Government of Columbus officially opened new additions to the Cooper Creek Tennis Center, the new home of CSU’s men’s and women’s tennis programs, on Thursday, April 6. The $9.5 million project covers almost seven acres and includes a new clubhouse, 12 new hard courts, nine clay courts and four ‘quick start’ courts.

The entire expansion is dubbed the Judy and Roger Pearce Tennis Center in honor of Judy Pearce, CORTA’s executive director for more than 25 years, and Roger Pearce, a passionate tennis instructor and national level competitor. Together, the couple has “helped elevate the tennis community to one of national prominence,” according to a statement from CORTA.

LeNoir Hall Extension and Renovations
Groundbreaking on Monday, April 10, 11 a.m.
On Monday, April 10, Columbus State University officially began construction on the LeNoir Hall project that, when completed, will provide six new state-of-the-art science teaching laboratories and student study spaces.

The university has received $11.3 million in state appropriations for the design and construction of the building. An additional $2 million in state funding was approved by the legislature last month to help equip and furnish the facility. The new labs will better support graduate studies, expand opportunities for students in growing programs such as biology and pre-med, and greatly assist faculty members – some of whom are doing nationally recognized research.

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Purchasing Deadlines for FY 2017

To: Columbus State University Faculty and Staff
From: Ricky Thomas, Director, Purchasing Services

Subject: Mandatory 2017 PURCHASING DEADLINES

Below are the final dates for processing fiscal year 2017 transactions. There is no flexibility in these dates. Therefore, you are urged to begin processing the remainder of your FY17 requests as soon as possible.

Friday, March 10, 2016, was the deadline for submitting purchase requisitions for purchases requiring special approvals (motor vehicle purchases, competitive bids ($25,000 and over, not on statewide contract), sole source, and sole brand).  Since the deadline has passed, new requests submitted may not be able to be processed for FY17 due to time constraints.

Friday, April 28, 2017, is the last day to make P-Card purchases.  Also, office supplies (Staples) must be ordered by this date.  Please verify with vendors that the transaction(s) will be posted by May 1st.  Use of the P-Card will resume on July 1, 2017.  Please plan accordingly.

Friday, May 5, 2016, is the last day to submit purchase requests including ePro Requestions.  Items less than $25,000 – Bids are not required.  If the item is on statewide contract, you must purchase item from statewide contract vendor.

Funds should be available in your budget before making purchases using any of the above methods and ALL signatures should be obtained before sending PURCHASE REQUESTS to Purchasing Services. IT purchases (computers, software, etc.) and audio visual items (projectors, televisions, etc.) must be approved by UITS (University Information and Technology Services).  All purchase requests for academic departments must be approved by the Provost Office.

— Friday, June 16, 2017 is the last day to request and return Petty Cash.
— Friday, June 16, 2017 is the last day to turn in Agency Purchase Orders.
— Friday, June 16, 2017 is the last day to turn in Travel Reimbursements.
— Friday, June 16, 2017, is the last day to request FY17 Checks.

Please ensure that all personnel in your area of responsibility are aware of these deadlines.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the following individuals:

— Ricky Thomas, Director of Purchasing – 706-507-8274
— David Bramlett, Director Accounting Services (Travel Reimbursements & Accounts Payable issues) – 706-507-8493
— Marla Smith, Associate Bursar (Petty Cash) – 706-507-8858

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Crowdfunding Campaign Helps Raise $300K for Columbus State University

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A new method of making fundraising more social has proved successful at Columbus State University, helping to generate more than a quarter million dollars in support of the university’s First Choice comprehensive campaign.

CSU GIVES was the largest concentrated online fundraising campaign the university has ever sponsored. The key focus of the campaign, a 58-hour online fundraising drive, ran during CSU Homecoming last year (Nov. 9-12). Donations totaling almost $300,000 poured in before, during and after the drive, which doubled as a catchy celebration of the college’s founding year, 1958.


Plans are forming for yet another exciting homecoming week (Oct. 16-21), and CSU GIVES will return as part of the festivities. Participants can look forward to interacting with fellow alumni in real time on Give Campus, the national crowdfunding site through which CSU GIVES was managed.

“The purpose of this campaign was to encourage and engage friends, alumni and the community in a way that was more meaningful, within a time frame that was significant to CSU, and on a public platform that was more interactive,” said Ashley Lee, development coordinator for CSU.

All donations benefit the CSU Fund, which provides broad-based support for all institutional priorities and college-based programs, including student scholarships, academic programs, community outreach, student and faculty development, and opportunities for distinction. Donors also can designate their gifts for specific programs or purposes.

“Donors give because they believe in the people at CSU,” said Lee. “They believe in our mission, and they believe in the opportunities afforded to students that are only available at CSU. It’s not just another transaction. These donations are transformative.”

To donate to CSU’s First Choice campaign, visit

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CSU Agreement Streamlines Med School Enrollment

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) formally signed an articulation agreement Tuesday, March 28, that will guarantee admission to five students annually into VCOM’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program.

“This agreement begins a new era of opportunities for CSU students on their journey to becoming successful physicians,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “The pathways provided by this agreement between CSU and VCOM will likely result in more newly-trained physicians returning to our communities to provide exceptional medical care.”

VCOM’s Chairman of the Board John Rocovich added, “Our goal is to provide a conduit to a top-notch educational facility that expands on the foundation laid by CSU’s program to produce successful physicians in medical school and beyond.”

To be eligible for the guaranteed acceptance program, students must have a GPA of 3.4 or higher after completing all required pre-medical coursework, required community service and health care volunteer hours. CSU students also will have access to an early acceptance program during their second year that will allow them to matriculate to VCOM contingent upon meeting the set standards and graduating from Columbus State University.

VCOM has medical school locations in Virginia, South Carolina and Alabama.

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Professors Awarded for Best Conceptual Paper



“Boots2Business: An Early View of an SBA Entrepreneurship Outreach Program,” a paper by Columbus State University professor of management Kirk C. Heriot (left) and assistant professor of economics Andres Jauregui, was named Best Conceptual Paper during the 2017 Annual Conference of the Small Business Institute.

Their study provides insight into a new federal outreach program for military veterans. Heriot and Jauregui co-authored the paper with Clemson University professor Lori Dickes.



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CSU Celebrates Diversity Thursday with Judge Glenda Hatchett

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s seventh annual celebration of diversity and inclusion — the 2017 Diversity Forum — is set for next Thursday, March 30.

Presented by CSU’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services, the Diversity Forum is a day-long conference and evening banquet that showcases successes in inclusion on CSU’s campus and fosters discussions on a broad range of relevant issues — immigration, race, religion, sexuality, disability, poverty, and cultural competence — to discover best practices for a better future. Attendees will take part in inclusive active learning exercises that can be repeated in their own workplaces or with team or community group members.

“I am full of excitement and anticipation for CSU’s day of diversity,” said Johniqua Williams, development specialist for diversity programs at CSU. “We will have a full day of personal and professional development in the arena of inclusion and equity. We want participants to come ready to learn to work with diverse people and situations in the workplace or in the classroom.”

Judge Glenda Hatchett, a seasoned litigator with more than 30 years of experience as a judge, corporate lawyer, and corporate and nonprofit board member, is the evening’s keynote speaker. From 2000-2008, Hatchett presided over the two-time Emmy-nominated, nationally syndicated show, “Judge Hatchett.” In 2014, she founded The Hatchett Firm, a national law firm specializing in catastrophic accidents, wrongful deaths, medical malpractice, reputational and marketing risks, and product liability.

Hatchett is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law, where she was an Earl Warren Scholar. She completed a prestigious federal clerkship in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. She spent nearly 10 years as a senior attorney at Delta Air Lines, where she was the airline’s highest-ranking woman of color worldwide. Hatchett also was the first African-American Chief Presiding Judge of a state court in Georgia (Fulton County).

Hatchett is speaking during the Legacy Celebration, the evening portion of the Diversity Forum, which begins at 6 p.m. in CSU’s Lumpkin Center. The Diversity Conference will be held in CSU’s Cunningham Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The Diversity Committee has worked hard to ensure that this year’s Diversity Forum is packed with quality speakers and facilitators,” said Williams. “To cap the day, we will celebrate those who are drum majors for justice, equality and inclusion within the university and local community.”

Tickets are $30 and include admission to both the conference and the Legacy Celebration. Tables are available for $240. For more information about the 2017 Diversity Forum or to purchase tickets online, visit or contact Johniqua Williams at 706-5078594 or


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New Exhibit Now Open at Coca-Cola Space Science Center

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center (CCSSC) opened a new exhibit experience Saturday, March 25 that promises visitors a taste of space.

“A Space Shuttle Odyssey” is an interactive space flight adventure. From the 27-seat Odyssey theatre, participants launch into space in seats that literally shake. During the 15-minute journey, ten high-definition displays from the front and above depict the Earth from orbit, the stars, flight data and more.

“A Space Shuttle Odyssey” was made possible by a $250,000 gift from WestRock.

“We are so grateful to have a partner like WestRock,” said Shawn Cruzen, executive director of CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center. “Together, we are providing inspiration to the next generation of science explorers, as well as creating a richer history and cultural experience for the region and visitors.”

CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center officially opened Odyssey to the public in true CCSSC fashion, with a celebration that included:

— “A Space Shuttle Odyssey” shows every 20 minutes;
— RED the Robot in action;
— Super Science demonstrations;
— Air Rocket construction and launches;
— Omnisphere Theatre shows;
— Solar observing; and
— Door prizes.


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Students, Public Invited to Submit Business Plans

Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business is planning to award $6,000 in prize money this year to the winners of the 2017 Business Plan Competition, which is open to all CSU students and Chattahoochee Valley residents.

Participants must submit a two-page plan describing the startup of a new, independent business by noon on April 11 to Kirk Heriot, CSU’s Crowley Chair of Entrepreneurship, at

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Lady Cougars Win Southeast Region Title

COLUMBUS, Ga. — In front of more than 1,700 people, the fourth-ranked and top-seeded Columbus State University women’s basketball team captured the Southeast Region championship with an 86-75 win over 13th-ranked Lincoln Memorial on Monday night. The championship game was played inside the Lumpkin Center.

The victory was the third region championship in program history and the first since 2001. Columbus State (31-1) will now head to Columbus, Ohio for the national quarterfinals to begin Tuesday, March 21.

“I really felt like we finally put together a complete performance from start to finish tonight,” head coach Anita Howard said. “Lincoln Memorial is a great team and has been playing great basketball, but we played well on both ends of the floor.

“We have been checking off goals this season: Peach Belt Conference regular season champs, Peach Belt Conference Tournament champs, Southeast Region champs, and now we can focus on the ultimate goal of a national championship.”

A back-and-forth first quarter saw the Lady Cougars trail by four points early on. Tatiana Wayne dropped in a 3-pointer to spark a 10-2 stretch that gave CSU a 15-10 advantage.

As it would most of the night, Lincoln Memorial (28-5) had the answer as it knocked down a 3 of its own late in the quarter that brought the Railsplitters back within two, 17-15, after 10 minutes of play.

Columbus State continued its strong shooting night from the perimeter to start the second as Alexis Carter drained a pair sandwiched around one from Narshanda Malone. The second 3-ball from Carter gave the Lady Cougars their largest lead of the day at 27-20 two minutes into the second.

The lead spread out to as much as nine in the quarter, but LMU hung within striking distance scoring seven of the final 10 points to cut the CSU lead to 38-33 at halftime.

Lincoln Memorial continued to chop away at the lead, getting it down to two midway through the third. However, Columbus State had the answer each and every time.

Leading 51-47, Britteny Tatum connected on her only 3-pointer of the night and the Lady Cougars used it to fuel a 10-3 run to open up their first double-digit lead of the game at 61-50 after three.

LMU refused to go away though, getting the deficit down to six on three different occasions. Up 67-61, Jasmine Herndon grabbed a huge offensive rebound and stuck it back in to stem the Railsplitters’ momentum and CSU pulled away from there.

Columbus State led by as much as 17 coming down the home stretch on their way to the region title.

Alexis Carter ended the regional as the Most Outstanding Player following 25 points, 14 rebounds, six steals and six blocks on Monday night. Ashley Asouzu was 7-of-10 from the floor and finished with 18 points. Keyrra Gillespie added 11 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Asouzu and Gabby Williams were named to the All-Tournament team.

The Lady Cougars shot 42.2 percent (27-of-64) from the field, their highest total of the postseason. CSU knocked down 9-of-24 3-pointers and was 23-for-37 from the free throw line.

Lincoln Memorial ended the game at 35.4 percent (28-for-79) overall and 7-for-24 from outside.

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Theatre Rehearsal Hall Dedicated to Brennan

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University’s Department of Theatre renamed its rehearsal hall in memory of Hazel Hall Brennan, former chair of the Department of Theatre, during a ceremony held Friday, March 10 in the One Arsenal Building on CSU’s RiverPark campus.

“Hazel was a great mentor and a great friend to faculty and students alike,” said Larry Dooley, chair of CSU’s theatre department. “The department has seen tremendous growth in recent years, and much of that success is rooted in Hazel’s leadership early on. It is truly fitting that we name a much used and student-centered rehearsal space after her. She was always right there in the middle of student work.”

Hall joined CSU’s faculty in 1974, and served as chair of the theatre department from 1981 until her retirement in 2003. Her expertise as a director and teacher nurtured hundreds of students who have gone on to become teachers and working professionals in film, television and Broadway theatre. She was at her best and happiest in a rehearsal room.

Through this generous gift to the university from her husband John, the legacy of this inspiring leader will continue to impact future students, teachers and artists.

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