Brown Receives 2017 Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

COLUMBUS, Ga. –  Jennifer Brown, associate professor of educational foundations, has been awarded the 2017 Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Award by the University System of Georgia.

The award encourages and supports the work of faculty members whose scholarship focuses on the instructional mission of the institution. A special Regents committee, composed of faculty and administrators from across the USG who are experienced in SOTL research, reviewed the nominations and determined the finalists.

“I have known Dr. Brown since she came to CSU in 2011 and have found her to be a consummate professional who conducts and applies research in a manner that improves student learning and the overall student experience,” said Tina Butcher, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs at CSU. “She is an outstanding faculty member and is greatly deserving of this recognition.”

The committee was particularly impressed with the wide dissemination of Brown’s tested instructional strategies, evaluations and assessments to her department, college, university and external audiences through forums, presentations and peer-reviewed publications. She also stood out because of her success in obtaining both internal and external funding for SOTL-related activities.

Brown will be presented the award and a check for $5,000 at the USG Foundation Gala in Atlanta in March.

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Carson at 100: The McCullers Celebration

Columbus State University and a myriad of community partners celebrated the birthday centennial of noted author Carson McCullers on Sunday, Feb. 19 during a showcase event in the RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre that included birthday cake, champagne, music, monologues, skits and the directorial debut of a new short film.

Community members gathered at the RiverCenter to honor Carson McCullers, who grew up in Columbus, Ga.
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Oxbow Meadows Hosts STEAM Day at Eddy Middle School

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center took over Eddy Middle School’s seventh grade curriculum yesterday, Feb. 22, for STEAM Day.

All seventh graders rotated through five hour-long lessons taught by the staff of Oxbow Meadows, a CSU academic enrichment center. The lessons covered topics in taxonomy, robotics, microscopic inquiries, crime scene investigations and pollinators. Each lesson was designed to stimulate students’ interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and art) at an early age.

“Each activity tied into a specific science standard,” said Michael Dentzau, executive director of Oxbow Meadows. “This event offered fun, hands-on work set to get young minds excited to learn.”

Later that day, participants returned to Eddy Middle for “Science Night” with support from multiple CSU departments, including the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, CSU Math Collaborative, CSU Police, School of Nursing, and TSYS School of Computer Science. Free food was provided by Waffle House for all participating students and their families.

This was the second STEAM Day hosted by Oxbow Meadow. The center visited Baker Middle School (pictured above) on Oct. 26. Both STEAM Days were sponsored by Wells Fargo.

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Students Spend President’s Day with a President

COLUMBUS, Ga. – A group of Columbus State University students were invited to spend President’s Day with former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn during a presentation to discuss the historic Camp David Accords.


The National Park Service hosted students and professors, including Dennis Rome, dean of CSU’s College of Letters and Sciences, and Fred Gordon, chair of CSU’s Department of Political Science, at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Ga. The 39th president and first lady discussed the personal, professional and cultural challenges they faced in formalizing the historic peace agreement, which effectively ended 31 years of war between Egypt and Israel. The Camp David Accords were signed in March 1979 during a ceremony in Washington, DC.

Four CSU students were invited to ask questions during the program: Leah Seifu, Jennifer Jurkowski, Korie McDougall and Justice Elijah.

“This was a really amazing experience to see a former president answer questions one-on-one, so honestly and directly,” said Seifu. “I didn’t really understand the Camp David agreement until now, so it was a great experience.”

“My favorite part of the presentation was watching the Carters interact with each other in such a loving and sweet way,” added Jurkowski.

The event also included students from Georgia Southwestern and Middle Georgia State Universities. The presentation was simulcast to schools across Georgia and a middle and high school in Nebraska.


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Columbus State University Hosts Spring Open House Feb. 25

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University welcomes all prospective students, including high school juniors and seniors, transfer students and graduate students, to Spring Open House, Saturday, Feb. 25 from 8:30-12:30 p.m.

“Our Spring Open House is a great opportunity for students and families considering CSU to learn — over the course of just a few hours — about our outstanding faculty and academic programs, student life beyond the classroom, and how to apply for admission and financial aid,” said John McElveen, associate vice president for enrollment management at CSU. Students will see our amazing facilities, including our new residence hall and our campus recreation center. This is an easy and efficient way to get answers to many of the questions students and parents have when considering their college choice.”

What to expect:

— Meet with current students to talk about student activities, organizations, and athletics
— Speak with faculty members from a variety of academic programs
— Explore on-campus housing options and study abroad opportunities
— Learn how to pay for college
— Take a tour of main campus or RiverPark campus (optional)

For more information or to register, visit or call 706-507-8800.

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Nuclear Expert to Discuss Russian, Korean Threats

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Former U.S. diplomat Mark Fitzpatrick will offer a close examination of the nuclear threats presented by Russia and other foreign nations Thursday, Feb. 23 during the Col. Richard R. Hallock Lecture Series presented by Columbus State University’s Department of Politics, Philosophy and Public Administration.

A leading expert on nuclear issues, Fitzpatrick served in the State Department for 26 years before joining the International Institute for Strategic Studies to run the institute’s Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme. Among other works, he is the author of “Asia’s Latent Nuclear Powers: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan,” “Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers,” and “The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: Avoiding Worst-Case Outcomes.” He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from the University of Minnesota.

On Thursday, he will discuss “The Greatest Nuclear Threats to the U.S.,” noting how Moscow’s nuclear arsenal — the largest in the world — has long been directed at the U.S. and its allies, and how recent interactions have sparked renewed nuclear sabre-rattling by the Kremlin.

Fitzpatrick, however, will argue that the gravest nuclear challenges are to be found in North Korea and South Asia. Pyongyang’s accelerated nuclear and missile tests demonstrate an intention, or at least an ability, to hit the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.

The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Cunningham Conference Center on CSU’s main campus.

For more information, contact Thomas Dolan at 706-507-8727 or


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Columbus State University Announces Faculty Tenure and Promotions

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University is pleased to announce this year’s professors who have been promoted or have earned tenure. Tenure confers upon faculty certain privileges and status and is the result of a rigorous, multi-step review process by the faculty member’s peers, departmental leaders, the president and provost of CSU.

“Each of the faculty members being promoted has made significant contributions to our university, and they are committed to advancing the boundaries of knowledge and providing our students with an education of the highest quality,” said Tina Butcher, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Columbus State University. “Our promotion and tenure process is reflective and comprehensive to uphold the integrity of our scholarly community, and I applaud these faculty members for their accomplishments.”

New rank/tenure awarded:
Hannah Israel, professor, Art
Mariko Izumi, professor, Communication
Lawrence Dooley, professor, Theatre
Deirdre Greer, professor, Teacher Education
David Turner, associate professor and tenure, Theatre
Laurence Marsh, associate professor and tenure, Management
Franklin Mixon, tenure, Accounting
Joy Thomas, associate professor and tenure, Health Professions and Exercise Science
Tamara Condrey, associate professor, Nursing
Elizabeth Frander, professor and tenure, Nursing
Kevin Burgess, professor, Biology
Elizabeth Klar, senior lecturer, Biology
Clifton Ruehl, associate professor and tenure, Biology
Daniel Holley, associate professor and tenure, Chemistry
Rosa Williams, professor, Earth and Space Sciences
Courtney George, associate professor, English
Shannon Godlove, associate professor and tenure, English
Joe Miller, associate professor and tenure, English
Brad Huff, associate professor and tenure, History and Geography
Nehal Shukla, associate professor and tenure, Mathematics
Joelle Bonamy, tenure, Modern and Classical Languages
Eduardo Leon, senior lecturer, Modern and Classical Languages
Zdeslav Hrepic, professor, Physics

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Celebrities Connected to CSU’s Carson McCullers Center

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Carson McCullers was a novelist, short-story writer, playwright, essayist and poet who grew up in the Southern home that is now Columbus State University’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians in Columbus, Georgia. Known as one of the most significant American writers of the 20th century, McCullers earned rave reviews for her debut novel “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.” Before she died at age 50 in 1967, she crossed paths with many notable figures, and her work still inspires fans to this day.

Marilyn Monroe
A good friend to McCullers, the popular pin-up icon and Hollywood actress shared tea time with Carson. In fact, the chair Marilyn sat on during an evening at Carson’s Nyack, New York, home (also owned by CSU) is now part of the McCullers Center in Columbus.

The international media mogul reconnected audiences to McCullers’ work during 2004 when she selected “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” for her book club. Sales skyrocketed with 700,000 new paperback editions printed. The 76-year-old book became No. 1 bestseller during May of that year and brought public awareness about the classic novel to the 21st century.

Truman Capote
Once a close friend of McCullers, Capote also became a trailblazing writer from the South with works including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood.” The two talented writers fell out after McCullers accused Capote of using some of her material and not showing appreciation for her support in his career.

Karen Allen
Harrison Ford’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” costar will debut her short film based on McCullers’ award-winning short story “A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.” Feb. 19, 2017, at CSU. The viewing is part of McCullers 100th birthday celebration and will mark the first movie Allen has directed.

Tennessee Williams
A close friend of McCullers, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” collaborated with McCullers. He suggested the stage adaptation of her novel “The Member of the Wedding” into a poignant play, which garnered enormous outcomes when it debuted on Broadway during 1950.


Carson at 100: The McCullers Centennial
Columbus State University and a myriad of partners are celebrating McCullers’ 100th birthday this week, culminating with an event on Sunday, Feb. 19 that will include actress Karen Allen, who has appeared in films such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Sandlot,” “Scrooged” and “Animal House.” Allen is a devoted McCullers fan and will use her Columbus visit as the occasion to unveil the first movie she has ever directed, a short film based on the McCullers story “A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.” The event begins at 4 p.m. at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Admission is free.

The following Monday, Allen will visit campus to deliver the keynote address for CSU’s Common Reading Assembly at noon in University Hall. All first-year students read McCuller’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.” The event will be simulcast in Legacy Hall.

For more information about Carson at 100, please visit

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The Saber Wins Three Georgia Press Association Awards

The Saber, Columbus State University’s student-run news service, received three awards Saturday, Feb. 11 for outstanding achievement in the journalistic profession. The honors were awarded by the Georgia Press Association during the annual Press Institute in Macon, Ga. They are the paper’s first awards in at least five years.

Scott Berson and Lindsay Marchello shared first place for Best Editorial for their story “Restricted.” Destiny Trivino received first place for Best Entertainment Feature for her photo-story “2016 Fall Fashion Trends.” The Saber received third place overall for Layout and Design Excellence. The primary layout editor at the time was Raylyn Ray.

The Saber has a staff of roughly 30 writers, illustrators, photographers and editors.

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Norwood to Discuss Carson McCullers with International Audience

Nick Norwood, professor of English at Columbus State University and director of the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, was recently invited by the University of Sofia (Sofia, Bulgaria) to present a lecture on noted author Carson McCullers, who was born and started her writing career in Columbus, Ga.

Norwood also was invited to present a paper on poetry at “LETTERS,” an international and interdisciplinary academic conference in Varna, Bulgaria. In accordance with these presentations, an interview on Norwood’s work was published in the Central Library of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Norwood will begin his international presentations in April.

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Columbus State University Presents a Free Afternoon of Storytelling

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Two renowned storytellers stopped by Columbus State University to share in an “Afternoon of Storytelling,” a free event presented by CSU Continuing Education on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center on CSU’s main campus.

Friends and families spent the afternoon with professional storytellers Carol Cain and Doug Davis. Cain, a native of LaGrange, Ga., travels the Southeast to perform her stories at festivals, museums, schools, churches and libraries. In 2011, she was featured on “What’s Your Story,” a workshop broadcast hosted by Donald Davis, an award-winning storyteller and prolific author. Donald Davis’ son, Doug, was the second guest speaker of the afternoon. In addition to storytelling, Doug Davis is a clinical psychologist for a private practice in Raleigh, NC.

“Storytelling is a cherished and traditional form of art practiced around the globe,” said Samantha Gurski, program coordinator for CSU Continuing Education. “This event was an excellent opportunity for families and friends to come together and witness the power of storytelling.”

Admission to an “Afternoon of Storytelling” was free, thanks to generous contributions from Calumet Bank and ServiceMaster Restore.

Cain also is hosting a one-day workshop called “Finding Your Stories” on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. Workshop participants will learn how to uncover and express their own stories of memorable people and places. Registration is $49. Visit for more information or to register online.

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Dean Linda Hadley Elected to AACSB International Board

Linda Hadley, dean of Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business, was recently elected to the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International Board of Directors.

Hadley is one of only 30 business leaders from around the world on the board for AACSB, which is the governing body that accredits 780 of the world’s best business schools — including CSU’s Turner College — across 53 countries and territories.

Hadley will assist the board with an aggressive strategic change agenda during her three-year term beginning July 1.

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Chemistry Professor Samuel Abegaz Published in International Journal

Samuel Abegaz, associate professor of chemistry at Columbus State University, directed an international research collaboration leading to the publication of “Sugar Profile and Physico-Chemical Properties of Ethiopian Monofloral Honey” in the International Journal of Food Properties.

Ten scientists from four countries across four continents collaborated on the study investigating the sugar profile, physicochemical properties and quality of honey in Ethiopia. The scientific community can use their findings to inform Ethiopia’s honey-farming practices, contributing to the country’s economy and international markets and helping consumers gain a better understanding of the quality of Ethiopian liquid gold.

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Student-Professor Pair Published in Mathematics Journal

Bao Do, a senior mathematics major, and Alin Stancu, a mathematics professor at Columbus State University, recently co-authored a paper titled “Hochschild Extensions of Weekly (nil) Clean Rings, Fine rings and UN-rings” in the Fall 2016 issue of Pi Mu Epsilon Journal, a peer-reviewed mathematics journal.

Inspired by recent developments in Ring Theory, a branch of Abstract Algebra, Do and Stancu’s work presents a new and elementary characterization of the properties of certain algebraic structures, which are called Extensions of Rings. Research on extensions can be viewed as a type of abstract arithmetic, analogous to studying which properties of the addition and multiplication of integers are inherited by fractions. Understanding which results are preserved when one goes from a “local” to a “global” setting is an important theme in many disciplines and Bao and Stancu’s work is a mathematical version of this idea. Namely, their results can be used to determine under what conditions the properties of certain rings are inherited by their extensions.

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Region’s Best Science Fair Projects at CSU for Judging and Display

COLUMBUS, Ga. — More than 120 middle and high school students from Columbus and the surrounding area competed in the Columbus Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Columbus State University.

CSU faculty, students and community volunteers reviewed the results of the students’ research projects spanning disciplines from biology, chemistry, environmental science and medicine to engineering, mathematics, physics and computer science. Twenty top teams will go on to compete at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair March 30-April 1 in Athens, Ga.

The Columbus Regional Science and Engineering Fair was sponsored by CSU’s College of Letters and Sciences, CSU’s Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Muscogee County School District, Flint Energies, Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants Inc., Path-Tec, DJI Builders, and Renal Associates, LLC. For more information, contact Janet Jamieson by phone at 706-507-8450 or email at

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CSU Athletics Launches New Online Store

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University Athletics has launched its official online store at, allowing Cougar fans, students and alumni to purchase the latest gear from brands such as Adidas, Columbia and Under Armour. Items include t-shirts, jackets, hats and much more.

“Columbus State Athletics is excited to partner with Advanced-Online to provide convenient access to our alumni and fans in obtaining Columbus State branded items,” said CSU Director of Athletics Todd Reeser. “We are pleased to offer this service to our fans throughout the country.”


A portion of the proceeds from each item will go to benefit the Columbus State athletic department and its student-athletes.

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Professor Kate Early Published in Professional Health Journal

Kate Early, assistant professor of exercise science in Columbus State University’s College of Education and Health Professions, recently published a peer-reviewed article titled “The Effects of Exercise Training on Brachial Artery Flow-Mediated Dilation” in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.

Her article analyzed the results of 66 previous studies to determine the impact of exercise training on flow-mediated dilation (FMD), a method of determining cardiovascular health using ultrasounds to image blood vessels. Early found that aerobic exercise beyond current recommendations had greater improvements in FMD, suggesting exercise of greater intensity and duration may be optimal for improving cardiovascular health.

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Chelsey Rogers Crowned Miss CSU 2017

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University crowned Chelsey Rogers the new Miss CSU on Saturday, Jan. 21 in University Hall on CSU’s main campus.

“Chelsey will serve the campus for the next year and advocate for her platform while representing CSU at campus and community events,” said Melissa Dempsey, director of student life. “She will also compete and represent CSU at Miss Georgia this June.”


Rogers’ platform is child advocacy. She currently volunteers as a court appointed special advocate for children in the foster care system.

A senior majoring in political science and business, Rogers also serves as CSU’s Student Government Association president and is a member of the CSU Dance Team.

“I am so honored and happy to be chosen to be in this role, and I’m really excited to represent CSU at Miss Georgia,” said Rogers.


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Message from Dr. Tina Butcher: Spring Kickoff Follow-Up

Dear Colleagues:

My thanks to everyone who participated in the Spring Kickoff event on January 4th. I am writing to provide the promised followup message with details about related events that will take place throughout this semester (see attached). The campus-wide conversation that began on January 4th is the first of many that will take place over the course of the semester.

If you attended Jeff Duncan-Andrade’s presentation and have additional thoughts on our discussion about CSU’s value of inclusion, or if you were not able to attend the presentation and would like to add your thoughts on the topic, Dr. Mariko Izumi has created a Google form at the link below which will allow you to provide additional input. Please respond no later than close of business on Friday, January 27.

If you are interested in using the Dotstorming application in your classes or events, you can find more information at the links below:
Dotstorming: A real-time collaborative decision making application
Dotstorming Tutorials for Teachers 

Finally, several surveys were mentioned at the event for faculty, staff, and students. Everyone will have an opportunity to complete the iSurvey to provide input on inclusiveness on our campus. Faculty will also be asked to complete the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) and students will be asked to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). I ask that everyone please take time to complete these surveys when contacted to do so.

Best wishes for a productive Spring 2017.


Tina Butcher, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Columbus State University

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CSU MBA Program Advances in U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Turner LogoCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is ranked No. 33 in the nation, according to new rankings released Jan. 10 by U.S. News and World Report.

The program, offered by CSU’s D. Abbott Turner College of Business, jumped 29 spots from last year on the list of “Best Online MBA Programs,” making it one of the top two online MBA degree programs in Georgia, behind only Kennesaw State University.

“For the past two decades, our stakeholder groups have invested heavily to increase the quality of the academic programs offered by the Turner College of Business,” said Linda Hadley, dean of CSU’s Turner College of Business. “We achieved this first by obtaining AACSB initial accreditation in 2003. We are pleased now not only to be listed, but to have significantly advanced our placement in the rankings over the course of one year. This positions CSU’s online MBA as the second highest ranked program in the consortium, and we take great pride in the strong message that our performance sends to our current stakeholders as well as to prospective students, faculty and donors.”

U.S. News and World Report ranked each program using five categories: student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.

In 2016, CSU’s online MBA was ranked the No. 12 top global online MBA by CEO Magazine and the No. 12 most affordable MBA program by Top Management Degrees.

To view the full list of “Best Online MBA Programs” by U.S. News and World Report, visit

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