New Exhibit to Open at Coca-Cola Space Science Center

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center (CCSSC) is opening a new exhibit experience this Saturday that promises participants a taste of space.

“A Space Shuttle Odyssey” is an interactive space flight adventure. From the 27-seat Odyssey theatre, participants will 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” is 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.”

On Saturday, March 25, CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center officially opens Odyssey to the public in true CCSSC fashion, with a celebration that includes:

— “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;
— Door prizes.

The celebration will last from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but the center will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, and free for children ages three and under. Hot dogs, snacks and drinks also will be available for purchase during the event.

Seating for “A Space Shuttle Odyssey” is limited, so the CCSSC crew kindly requests you book your flight online. Keep up with CCSSC and the event on Facebook at

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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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Events and Traffic Flow, March 9-13

We are excited to have so much activity on campus this week. Listed below is a description of this weekend’s events. There will be some changes in traffic flow on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in front of the Lumpkin Center as a result of these events. Please contact our office with any questions or concerns.


March 10

— NCAA Div. II Southeast Regional Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Lumpkin Center (The Gentian entrance will be blocked during this time. Expect frequent stops by buses in front of the Lumpkin Center for team drop-off and additional vehicular and pedestrian traffic in that area.)
— Baseball game at Burger King Stadium, 5 p.m.

March 11

— NCAA Div. II Southeast Regional Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Lumpkin Center (The Gentian entrance will be blocked during this time. Expect frequent stops by buses in front of the Lumpkin Center for team drop-off and additional vehicular and pedestrian traffic in that area.)
— Baseball game at Burger King Stadium, 2 p.m.

March 12

— Baseball game at Burger King Stadium, 1 p.m.
— Softball games at Cougar Field, 2 and 4 p.m.

March 13

— NCAA Div. II Southeast Regional Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Lumpkin Center (The Gentian entrance will be blocked during this time. Expect frequent stops by buses in front of the Lumpkin Center for team drop-off and additional vehicular and pedestrian traffic in that area.)
— CSU Preview Day, hosted by CSU Recruitment (Expect heavy traffic from the front entrance and in the Rec Center/Lumpkin area in the morning. Groups will primarily use the Davidson Student Center and Schuster Student Success Center.)


March 9

— Art exhibition: “The Black, the Tired, and the Uncomfortable” at the Corn Center, 12-4 p.m.
— “Much Ado About Nothing,” at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m.
— The Shelby Brothers concert at Second Story, 8 p.m.

March 10

— Art exhibition: “The Black, the Tired, and the Uncomfortable” at the Corn Center, 12-4 p.m
— Uptown Happy Hour Tour, 5:30 p.m.
— Synovus Toast of the Town at the RiverMill Event Centre, 6-10 p.m.

March 11

— Color Me Rad at Woodruff Park, hosted by Uptown Columbus, 9 a.m.-noon (registration begins at 8 a.m.)
— Market Days on Broadway, 9 a.m.-noon
— “Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical” at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m.
— Wedding at the Rankin Atrium and Gardens

March 13

— Ballroom dance lessons, hosted by Let’s Dance Y’all of Columbus, Georgia at First Presbyterian, 6 p.m.

For more information on Uptown Columbus events, please visit

We are working with University Police to make sure all event and traffic needs run smoothly.


Thank You,
Steve Morse
Senior Director of University Support Services

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New Program at CSU Makes Child Care More Affordable

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University has partnered with the University System of Georgia and a Georgia non-profit to provide students with financial assistance for quality child care, helping reduce a major barrier to college completion.

Columbus State University is one of three institutions participating in Boost, a child care subsidy plan for undergraduate students in their junior or senior years. Created by Quality Care for Children, the program pays up to $125 weekly for child care tuition for children enrolled in Quality Rated day care programs.

“The Boost program is a great opportunity for CSU to better serve our students,” said Lisa Shaw, director of CSU’s Academic Center for Excellence. “I am thrilled and honored to connect students with this program.”

Four student-families and five children benefitted from Boost last semester at the program’s inception. Five additional subsidies were awarded to students this semester. All qualifying students were emailed at the beginning of both semesters and applications were awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The Boost Program took a big financial burden off my family,” said Sasha Hernandaz, a CSU nursing student. “With the help of this grant, I can focus on nursing school like I had originally wanted and not have to worry about working extra hours just to afford day care.”

Boost is a collaborative program between the USG and Quality Care for Children, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization that provides leadership training and resources for child care facilities while also assisting parents in finding affordable, Quality Rated child care.

Quality Rated is Georgia’s system to determine, improve, and communicate the quality of early education and school-age care programs. Similar to rating systems for restaurants and hotels, Quality Rated assigns one, two or three stars to programs that meet or exceed the minimum state requirements.

“We hope to address a need for temporary child care as well, so that students may pursue internships, travel abroad or student teach,” said Shaw. “Ultimately, we want to set these students and their families up for success in and out of the classroom.”

Fall applications for Boost at CSU will open in August. Qualifying students must be Pell Grant-eligible, have completed 60 or more credit hours, are enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours), and have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.

Boost is also available at Clayton State University and Armstrong State University.

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Columbus State University Activates New iBeacon Technology to Aid Student Safety Efforts

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University has teamed up with Piper Networks to create another campus safety tool for students. The partners have deployed a network of wireless Bluetooth beacons across campus that can help students feel safer and more connected.

By utilizing Piper’s beacon technology and the free-to-download Piper app (available for iOS and Android devices), CSU students can now easily access University Police should they have a safety concern or want to report suspicious behavior. The app allows anyone to call campus police directly or text the police with their accurate location data based on the nearest iBeacon’s number.

“The Safe Campus program provides an easy way for officials to accurately and quickly dispatch assistance to the student, even if the student is not sure of their exact location,” said Mark Lott, interim chief of University Police. “This technology is another layer that we can add onto the many things we undertake on a daily basis to help our students and employees feel safe.”

Piper, a San Diego-based proximity and IoT solution provider, deployed more than 100 beacons at key locations across the main and RiverPark campus, and their coordinates are integrated into the University Police offices. Additional beacons are located on main campus that help keep students connected to campus happenings, sporting events and dining specials.

CSU joins the city of Columbus’ Safe City program, which uses a similar public safety solution from Piper. Columbus recently became the world’s most fully deployed iBeacon city with over 1,250 beacons and 85+ businesses and organizations using the Piper app to share messages that include simple text notifications, Piper-only specials, photos, videos, links to websites or social media, and even Apple Passes.

“The city of Columbus, GA and CSU campuses have so much to offer students, visitors and citizens,” said Robert Hanczor, Piper’s CEO. “Piper allows them to not only have a safer and more enhanced experience in real-time throughout the city, but the ‘History’ feature of the app means they can relive their experience at the end of the day by seeing what all they came into contact with and what they didn’t realize they missed.”


Piper Networks is an IoT solutions provider that specializes in proximity technology like iBeacons. They were one of the first companies to pursue BLE iBeacon technology and have since produced many first-to-market solutions for clients. They are unique in that their adaptable, multipurpose platform combines many of their competitor’s single-point solutions into one easy-to-use system that covers both sides of the proximity equation; smartphone beacon messaging and real-time asset tracking. Piper also develops custom mobile apps or integrates seamlessly with existing applications and infrastructure to help customers make cost effective business decisions. More information is available at

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Patrick Authors Several Chapters in New Book on Informal Education

Patricia Patrick, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Foundations and Leadership at Columbus State University, is the editor and author of three chapters in a recently published book, “Preparing Informal Science Educators: Perspectives from Science Communication and Education,” which offers a diverse look at various approaches to informal science educator preparation.

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Four Wins for Student Flutist

Victor Hernandez, a senior flute student of Andrée Martin in Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, recently won four top prizes in the international arena: the 2017 “London” Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition (first prize), the 2017 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition (YYPA), the 2016 American Protégé International Woodwinds and Brass Competition (first prize), and the 2016 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition (second prize).

As the winner of the American Protégé and Golden Classical Music Competitions, Hernandez will perform at Carnegie Hall in March and again in April. He will perform a second time in April at the Royal Albert Hall, the iconic London concert hall, as the winner of the London Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition.

Hernandez was the only flutist chosen among this year’s winners of the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, which recognizes outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Winners receive an all-expenses paid weekend at the Music for All Summer Symposium, an opportunity to perform in front of thousands, generate national press coverage and participate in workshops designed to launch a professional music career.

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Bean Joins CSU as Executive Director of Development for the College of the Arts

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Cameron Bean (BSEd ’07, MBA ’10) has been named the new executive director of development for Columbus State University’s College of the Arts, Honors College, Library, and Strategic Initiatives. He succeeds Rex Whiddon, who has been promoted to assistant vice president of leadership philanthropy and strategic initiatives.

“I am pleased to have Cameron join us as we continue our legacy of fostering and nurturing long-term, meaningful relationships among donors and prospective donors that contribute to the growth of the College of the Arts,” said Whiddon. “Cameron’s extensive knowledge of the arts and this community will make him a valuable member of our development team.”

Bean will be responsible for collaborating with a diverse group of stakeholders, including faculty, donors, department development officers and others in the solicitation of gifts and reporting back to those donors on the activity supported by their gifts.

“It is an honor to return to my alma mater, a major player in Columbus’ creative economy, to continue my career, which is dedicated to strengthening and advancing the Columbus community,” said Bean.

Bean previously served as executive director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and executive director of development for the Springer Opera House. He will begin his new position with CSU in April.

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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.

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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.

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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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