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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New Miss CSU to be Crowned Saturday

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University will crown a new Miss CSU Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in University Hall on CSU’s main campus.

“Miss CSU 2017 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.”

Individuals from a variety of majors and with a diverse set of talents make up this year’s competition. They include:


Abby Bradshaw. Abby is a sophomore majoring in communication. Her platform is “Aiding the Generations,” and her talent is singing.
Danesha Evans. Danesha is a junior majoring in performance. Her platform is “Suicide Prevention,” and her talent is monologue.
Shaikeria Hill. Shaikeria is a sophomore majoring in early childhood education. Her platform is “Scoliosis Awareness,” and her talent is monologue.
Lexus Houston. Lexus is a senior majoring in middle grades education. Her platform is “Embrace Your Inner Sparkle,” and her talent is singing.
Quadasia Love. Quadasia is a senior majoring in biology. Her platform is “Bridging the Gaps of Cultural Diversity,” and her talent is dancing.
Kaylynn Watkins-McCoy. Kaylynn is a senior majoring in criminal justice. Her platform is “Women’s Empowerment Post Sexual Assault,” and her talent is monologue.
Chelsey Rogers. Chelsey is a senior majoring in political science and business. Her platform is “Advocacy,” and her talent is dancing.
Kewanna Taylor. Kewanna is a junior majoring in middle grades education. Her platform is “Finding One’s Self and Embracing Who You Are,” and her talent is singing.

“Being Miss CSU was the experience of a lifetime,” said Morgan Self, Miss CSU 2015. “From my Miss CSU welcome party to representing this university throughout the Columbus area, to competing in Miss Georgia, it was a year filled with many appearances and service opportunities that I will forever cherish.”

The winner of this year’s crowning achievement will share those same experiences throughout 2017.

“Winter Wonderland,” the 2017 Miss CSU Pageant, is open to the public. General admission is $10 or $5 for CSU students with ID. For more information visit

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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

best-online-programs-badgeCOLUMBUS, 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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Lisa Shaw Named Top Regional Academic Advising Administrator

Lisa Shaw, director of Columbus State University’s Academic Center for Excellence, was recently named the winner of the 2016 NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) Region 4 Excellence in Advising – Administrator Award.

NACADA is an association of 12,000-plus professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators and students working to advance the educational development of students. The Excellence in Advising – Administrator Award recognizes individuals who may provide direct academic advising services to students but whose primary responsibility is as an administrator or director of an academic advising program.

NACASA Region 4 comprises Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

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College of Education and Health Professions Duo Addresses State Policy at Conference

Two Columbus State University College of Education and Health Professions faculty members, Sallie Averitt Miller, associate dean for assessment and accreditation and professor of reading education, and Jan Gunnels Burcham, the Fletcher Distinguished Chair in Teacher Education and professor of early childhood education, served as expert panelists at the Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s Certification and Program Officers Conference on Dec. 6, 2016 at Middle Georgia State University in Macon, Ga.

The pair answered five total questions, two of which addressed state policy.


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Frank D. Brown Hall Officially Opens

COLUMBUS, Ga.At least 500 people showed up Friday, Jan. 6 to celebrate the official grand opening of Columbus State University’s Frank D. Brown Hall, a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility located in the heart of downtown Columbus.

The new 90,000-square-foot, $27 million building will serve as the new home for most of the university’s education programs and School of Nursing. It was named in honor of CSU’s third president, Frank D. Brown, who was  instrumental in the development of CSU’s RiverPark campus and in the revitalization of downtown Columbus.

Dr. Brown, and those people and partnerships he cultivated, are largely to credit for this transformation [in Uptown Columbus],” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “That’s why it is so fitting to have this building, now the ‘front door’ to CSU’s RiverPark campus, bear the name of CSU’s third President, Dr. Frank D. Brown.”

Other speakers agreed.

“You could not have picked a better namesake,” said Mayor Teresa Tomlinson during the ceremony.

Equipped with state-of-the-art simulation labs, a tiered 150-seat classroom and group learning spaces, Frank D. Brown Hall extends CSU’s downtown footprint, which now totals about one million square feet of space, including student housing, visiting professor apartments, performance facilities, classrooms, a dining center, bookstore, convenience store and continuing education space.

In the last decade, more than $125 million has been invested in downtown Columbus by, or on behalf of, CSU. The construction of Frank D. Brown Hall has spurred the redevelopment of the 1200 block of Broadway and will bring an additional 1,800 students, faculty and staff to the area by the start of classes on Monday, Jan. 9.

“This is a facility built for teaching,” said Brown during the ceremony. “What hangs on the outside of the building is not nearly as important as what goes on inside the building.”


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Markwood Named to 2017 List of 100 Most Influential Georgians

markwood_2015COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University President Chris Markwood was recently named one of Georgia’s most influential people by Georgia Trend Magazine, joining 99 other top leaders in the state, including politicians, CEOs and innovators in education.

This is Markwood’s first appearance on Georgia Trend’s list of “100 Most Influential Georgians” since he took the helm of CSU in June 2015. Since that time, CSU has received its first-ever patent, restored and opened Pasaquan and graduated its first class of film production students in partnership with the Georgia Film Academy, noted the editors of Georgia Trend in their profile on the president.

“There are great things happening at CSU every day, and this is a tribute to the role CSU is playing on a statewide scale,” said Markwood. “I am very honored by this distinction, but it is really a reflection of the work being done at Columbus State University by the faculty and staff here. It’s great to be part of this team.”

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CSU Police Officers Spread Holiday Cheer

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Cougars for Causes, an annual holiday collection drive spearheaded by Columbus State University Police, recently donated several thousand toys and more than a thousand pounds of food and personal items to non-profit organizations across the Chattahoochee Valley and children residing in local hospitals over the holidays.

Goods were donated by Circle K stores, Dollar General, Winchester Family Dentistry, and, of course, the CSU community.


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Columbus State Student Receives Epilepsy Scholarship

Olivia Grego, a first-year student majoring in theatre education at Columbus State University, was presented with a 2016 UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship, awarded to outstanding individuals affected by epilepsy who are pursuing postsecondary degrees. She is one of only 40 recipients nationally to receive the $5,000 tuition scholarship.

A native of LaGrange, Ga., Olivia was selected based on her participation in several epilepsy awareness events and involvement in state pageants, where she used her platform to promote epilepsy awareness.

UCB is a global biopharmaceutical company with a focus on neurology and immunology.

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Early Closing on Friday, December 23

Dear all,

Dr. Markwood has authorized early closing on Friday, Dec. 23 in observance of the Winter Holidays. Campus will close at 1 p.m. on Friday and re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. 2017 promises to be a big year, starting with the President’s Welcome and Spring Kick-Off on Jan. 4 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes for a relaxing, safe and happy holiday!

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Synovus Invests in CSU Growth Through First Choice Campaign


COLUMBUS, Ga. – Synovus Financial Corp., headquartered in Columbus, has extended its investment in Columbus State University by participating in the university’s First Choice Campaign and providing long-term support to various programs, including business and leadership development.

Synovus’ multi-year commitment to the university will support CSU’s Turner College of Business, the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, and the new tennis complex at Cooper Creek Park. Synovus’ contributions will also support the construction of Frank D. Brown Hall on CSU’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus, the new home for many of CSU’s education and nursing programs currently under construction next door to Synovus’ corporate headquarters.

“We are extremely grateful for Synovus’ continued partnership with Columbus State University, and for their continued faith in our ability to have a positive impact on this community,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “Synovus is one of the country’s most reputable banks. We are proud to be associated with them and even more proud they employ many of our alumni, including those in key executive leadership positions.”

Synovus has provided financial support, leadership and other resources to Columbus State for more than half a century. The company has been a lead sponsor since 2006 of the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, organized annually by CSU’s Leadership Institute. Synovus also supports CSU’s annual fund, Cougar Athletics, and the university’s Schwob School of Music, and allows its employees to volunteer in support of the university’s efforts.

“Columbus State University has been a vital part of life in this community for nearly 60 years, and we are proud to continue our longstanding support of our hometown and the university with this investment,” said Becky Rumer, Synovus’ chief administrative officer.

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Mixon Named New Director of CSU’s Command College

mixon-fullCOLUMBUS, Ga. — William “Billy” Mixon, a career law enforcement official who has spent 25 years in academy operations, has been named the new director of Columbus State University’s Command College.

Command College, a partnership between the university and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, provides a program of study that goes beyond what is currently available in public safety executive and management development courses, serving as a “graduate school” for public safety executives. Students earn professional development experience while also earning academic credit toward a master’s degree in a program that is distinctive, flexible, relevant and comprehensive.

Mixon has been serving as interim director of Command College since August.

He came to Columbus State University after spending 13 years as the Public Safety Training Manager at Columbus’ Georgia Public Safety Training Center. There, he supervised a professional staff in development, delivery, review and revision of statewide public safety training programs that involved about 70 adjunct instructors. A certified law enforcement officer since 1982, Mixon has been involved with public safety training for 25 years.

“Billy is the right person to lead Command College into its next phase,” said Dennis Rome, dean of CSU’s College of Letters and Sciences, the academic unit of the university that houses Command College. “We want to strengthen and expand upon the wonderful track record that’s already been established with Command College and the representatives from more than 300 different agencies around the country who have gone through the program.”

Since taking over the program, Mixon has met with various law enforcement officials and groups around the state to ensure the master’s degree, course offerings and Professional Management Program continue to serve the needs of state public safety personnel.

“It is a real honor to be leading Command College,” Mixon said. “From the dean to the university president to the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Board, there has been universal support for what we’re doing and where we’re planning to go.”

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A Message from President Markwood About Our Provost Search

To: CSU Faculty and Staff
From: President Chris Markwood
Re: Provost Search

As you know, we had three good candidates on campus last month vying to become Columbus State University’s next provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

I thank you all for your participation in the process and the feedback you provided to me and to the search committee. After talking to the deans, the committee and reviewing all the feedback, we have decided we will continue our search.

Our search committee and consultant did a great job and will remain in place. I am committed to finding the right person for this important position and I appreciate all of the work they have put into this search so far. I am sure we will find the right person next semester.

My thanks again to you all for your participation in this process, and my thanks also to Dr. Tina Butcher for so ably continuing in the role of interim provost.

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CSU Student Authors State’s Best Science Paper

valencia-coleman-fullA paper by Columbus State University’s Valencia Coleman, a computer science major, business minor and student in CSU’s Honors College, was recently awarded Best Paper in Science at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference, hosted by Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga.

Her paper, titled “Using an Augmented Reality Game to Develop Computational Thinking Skills,” is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under a five-year $1.2 million grant (Grant No. 1136356) from the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. The grant, which was awarded to the university in 2011, provides scholarships to juniors and seniors majoring in math or science who commit to obtaining STEM teaching certification and teaching in a high-need school district after graduation. Internships are also available to encourage freshmen and sophomores to consider careers in education.

Coleman was mentored by Rania HodHod, assistant professor of computer science in CSU’s TSYS School of Computer Science.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the paper are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Columbus State University Achieves Full Reaccreditation

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University has been fully re-accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), a regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

“Earning accreditation by SACSCOC is a formal stamp of approval for the university, our academic programs and the way we do business,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “It took a tremendous amount of work to get to this point, and we should all be proud of this achievement.”

The re-accreditation review takes place every 10 years and is confirmation of CSU’s continued commitment to integrity and its capacity to provide effective programs and services based on agreed-upon accreditation standards.

When accreditation is awarded to an institution of higher education by SACSCOC, it means the institution has a mission appropriate to higher education, resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain its mission, clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and is successful in assessing its achievement of these objectives and demonstrating improvements.

“We had a lot of people involved in this process,” said Tina Butcher, CSU’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, who led the re-accreditation process. “My thanks go out to all the faculty and staff who made sure we met all the requirements that are spelled out in this rigorous process.”

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CSU and Middle Georgia State Team Up to Host Program for Leaders

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Leadership Institute at Columbus State University and Middle Georgia State University have teamed up to host “How Deep is Your Bench? Leadership Excellence Certification for Rookie Leaders,” a series of programs for front-line managers and emerging leaders in Middle Georgia.

Beginning in January, sessions will be held on Middle Georgia State University’s Macon Campus, from 8 a.m. to noon, on the second Wednesday of each month.

In a 2014 survey by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, 77 percent of respondents said front-line managers are important in helping their organization reach business goals, yet only 12 percent said their organization currently invests sufficiently in the development of front-line managers. A lack of leadership development for front-line managers negatively impacts employee engagement productivity, quality, customer service and turnover, the report said. Because they are great workers, many front-line employees are promoted but many lack people-management skills and discover that achieving results through others is a challenge.

With interactive and entertaining sessions titled “Not Right or Wrong, Just Different,” “Working With You is Killing Me” and “Change is Good, You Go First,” attendees will learn relevant skills they can use in their professional and personal lives.

Participants can choose from individual sessions or attend them all. Individual sessions start at $159 each. The full program and Leadership Excellence Certification is $1,250, a savings of $418 versus purchasing individual sessions.

View the full program, including session descriptions and dates, and enroll your employees today at


About Leadership Institute at Columbus State University
The Leadership Institute at Columbus State University is a university-based consulting group that provides expertise and training in leadership development, team building, assessments, executive coaching and strategic planning. Founded in 2005, the Leadership Institute has worked with more than 200 organizations and helped develop thousands of leaders. For more information, visit

About Middle Georgia State University
Middle Georgia State University (MGA) serves about 7,700 students on campuses in Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman, and Warner Robins. MGA offers dozens of programs—from Business to Nursing to Information Technology to New Media & Communications—that lead to bachelor’s degrees. MGA began offering master’s programs in 2016. MGA is home to Georgia’s only public School of Aviation, which is based on the Eastman Campus. MGA’s mission is to educate and graduate inspired, lifelong learners whose scholarship and careers enhance the region through professional leadership, innovative partnerships and community engagement.

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Fall 2016 Commencement Address by Jo Anne Hill: “Game Changers” [FULL REMARKS]


Jo Anne Hill is the director of diversity and employee engagement at Aflac. She leads and manages the diversity and inclusion approach for the company, including the integration of diversity into core personnel and business processes, with a focus on developing, implementing and driving best practice programs, initiatives and processes to foster Aflac’s corporate commitment to diversity.

Hello, Columbus State University Cougars!

I am grateful to be here and to be a part of your celebration.

I want to particularly thank our president, Dr. Chris Markwood, for his vision, leadership and, of course, for the invitation to speak.

I also want to thank the board of trustees for their leadership and role in helping this institution to become one of the nation’s most respected institutions of higher education.

And, to our honorees, Columbus State University’s graduating class of 2016, my, my, my, you have done it! You have made it to Graduation Day! While some may look at this as a celebration that marks the end of something, I have come to tell you that this is a celebration of the beginning of something big! This is a day for which each of you has spent your entire life preparing.

To the audience – I would like every person in the civic center to join me in applause to show our future leaders… corporate executives, business owners, educators, public servants, medical professionals, legal professionals, inventors, discoverers of the next big thing, future Mayor, Governor, President of the United States, these Game Changers for what they are about to do! I cannot tell you exactly what it is you will do, but I can tell you that we know it will be spectacular, amazing, stupendous, and I am so thankful that I am here to see you at the start. To you, the graduates of 2016, we have been waiting for you!

Serving as the Director of Diversity at AFLAC has allowed me to see and better appreciate that great companies, great teams, great governments, great institutions of higher education, even great families function best when there is an appreciation for the importance of individual awareness and personal responsibility.

In this global economy in which we find ourselves, the benefits of diversity have never been more apparent than they are today. When you look at our most successful companies, Fortune 500 or even Fortune 100 – let me note that with the leadership and vision of Aflac’s CEO Dan Amos Columbus’s Aflac is #135 as we are a Fortune 100 company – a common characteristic that they all share is a commitment to diversity.

We are dynamic because of our differences. So as you leave here today, I encourage you to be the best you that you can be.

Embrace your uniqueness – In 2017, corporate America, government, the world is looking for diversity. When we talk about diversity, it is important to understand what we mean. The definition is bi-fur-cated. On one level, we are talking about inherent diversity, which includes things over which we have no control. These things are often described as things that we are born with, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation. On the second level, we have acquired diversity, characteristics and things that we have because we selected them through our experiences and associations. They include things such as our political views, our religious affiliations, our ethos, pathos, logos, the way we dress, where we live – our likes and dislikes. I like to describe this perspective as the way we define ourselves. Each of you is different. Celebrate your uniqueness.

One of the vogue words moving through this global era that you will hear often is innovation. Innovation does not happen without diversity. The world is looking for something new. The next Apple, the next Google, the next Facebook. We are looking for those who can take us to the next level. This is why the world has been waiting for you.

For most, gone are the days where you will be evaluated on what you know alone, you will now be evaluated on what you do, and how you change the game.

Let me be among the first to tell you that the stakes are high and the expectations are great. We are counting on you to change the conversation, to change the makeup of the room, we are counting on you to change the game. And by changing the game, you will change the world.

As Game Changer people, you will be expected to make a positive difference in the world around you. I have no doubt that you are ready for the world, as a matter of fact, considering some of you with whom I have spoken, I question whether the world is ready for you.

So let me share a few points for consideration.

To be Game Changers …

You must be a dreamer. Allow yourself to think outside of social constructs, the proverbial paradigms. Challenge the status quo. Be unwilling to accept the current conditions. The belief that nothing is impossible should be a staple that you carry with you everywhere you go. As Game Changers, regardless of how good things appear to be, how good they feel, no matter how many people are willing to accept things the way they are, you know things can be better. You know we deserve better. You know we can do better. You will dream of ways to be more efficient, more effective, you are innovative. Every product or service we have is the product of someone’s dream. As Game Changers, you possess the mental liberation and dexterity to redefine the paradigms in which we exist. To dream the impossible. To see the future and realize the invisible.

Game changers are courageous. In spite of their fear, Game Changers will charge ahead for the good of the whole. Game changers possess a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset and they understand that they must avoid their comfort zone.

Game Changers will persevere. Unwilling to take no for an answer, you must be relentless. Have a spirit that is indefatigable. As Game Changers, you are relentless. And when others are ready to quit. To give up. To throw in the towel. Game changers will push, you will push yourself and redefine your limits consistently. Your energy is contagious, and because you will continue the work through the blood, sweat, and tears, you will inspire others to do the same.

Many of you are familiar with the product WD-40. What you may not be familiar with is why it is WD-40, as opposed to WD-4. The 40 represents how many formulas they had to create before they created the one we purchase in stores today. 39 times they were knocked down. 40 times they rose.

Game Changers are doers (People of Action)

Talk is cheap. People will not care how much you know until they know how much you care and you show them how much you care through your actions.

As a Game Changer, you are motivated to chase your dreams because you want it; you are not stuck in a survival mode where you exist solely to satisfy your needs. Allow yourself to chase the biggest and boldest desires and wants that you have. Game Changers are people who get up and go. You are the elite few that will go against the grain, defy the odds, and take action.

I am sure that there are many Game Changers in here today. There are some relatives, friends or perhaps university personnel who said or did something that changed the trajectory of some our students, whether it was offer a strategy for graduating when you thought you might have to dropout. Or perhaps it was changing your perspective when you thought for a moment maybe I’m not college material. Yes, I am certain there a quite a few game changers in here. So to the class of 2016, I want you to know that no matter where you start, how you start, or when you start, you will be measured on the impact you have on the game. Not everyone is a game changer but everyone can be. I challenge you to commit to being Game Changers, the world needs you.

I want to share a personal story with you…

I’m going to assume that some of you are from the Columbus area and that you played in some local sports leagues. Well, when my son was 12, he played for the Cubs in the Peach Little League.

I’ve got to be honest. The Cubs were terrible. And when I say terrible, I mean they couldn’t even buy a game. We got down to near the end of this horrific season and the Cubs were playing the Foxes. My first thought was, “Let’s just get through this.” My second was, “Wow, these kids need some encouragement.” But I am no coach, I am no athlete. What can I say? All I could come up with was 5 simple words.

I know I annoyed the heck out of everyone – including my son – but every time he came up to bat, I yelled out my 5 simple words, so everyone could hear, “Brandon, you can do it!” And then I started to yell out the same encouragement for every player on the team. Justin, you can do it. Brandon, Robert can do it. John, Matthew, you can do it and so on.

Well, you know how they say that what you say can change a person’s life? One person got a hit, and another, and little by little the team’s posture started to change and the confidence began to grow and, darn it, the Cubs beat the Foxes that night.

Oh – and guess what? In addition to a lot of exasperated looks from people who were irritated by my enthusiasm, I was awarded the game ball!

The Cubs ended the season on a high note that carried over to the next season where they won the championship. The bottom line – no matter how you started, or from where you started, today each and every one of you possesses the power to change the game. This power you possess from day 1.

So as I prepare to take my seat, Columbus State University’s graduating class of 2016: the world is waiting for you to change the room – I say to you “You Can Do It!”

CSU’s class of 2016: The world is waiting for you to change the conversations – and I can assure it will not be easy – but I know You Can Do It!

And finally, CSU’s Class of 2016: We have filled this venue today because we all have great expectations for better lives, better communities, a better nation, a better world, and we believe you can help us get there. Family, Friends, and Supporters help me with the last one please…

The world, it expects you to change the game! We have no doubt, absolutely no doubt that You Can Do It!

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International Journal Publishes Ballet Research by CSU Exercise Science Alumna, Instructor

A paper by Shayla Hewitt (M.S. Exercise Science, ‘15), a part-time instructor in Columbus State University’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, was recently published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.

“Fitness Testing to Determine Pointe Readiness in Ballet Dancers,” a master’s thesis, is the culmination of Hewitt’s research as a graduate student in CSU’s M.S. in Exercise Science program. The article explores whether specific physical tests could discriminate between pre-pointe, beginner pointe and intermediate pointe ballet dancers.

“Shayla combined her knowledge and skills from the classroom with her experience as a dance teacher and developed a practical, ‘real-world’ research question,” said Clay Nicks, associate professor of exercise science and Hewitt’s faculty supervisor. “Objective criteria for determining when ballet dancers can begin to dance ‘en-pointe’ are lacking. The Journal of Dance Medicine and Science is international in scope, and we hope the results of her study will advance discussion in that area.”

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Professors Sallie Averitt Miller and Erinn Bentley Published in Georgia Journal of READING

Sallie Averitt Miller, associate dean for assessment and accreditation and professor of reading education, and Erinn Bentley, associate professor of English education in Columbus State University’s College of Education and Health Professions, recently published an article, titled “Reading and Writing and Math –Oh MY! Reading and Writing Best Practices for Mathematics Teachers,” in the Georgia Journal of READING, a peer-reviewed, refereed journal of the Georgia Reading Association.

Miller and Bentley set out to determine the impact of a professional development workshop designed to provide middle grades mathematics teachers with best practices for literacy instruction. According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, students who receive reading, writing and listening support reap dual benefits by communicating to learn mathematics and learning to communicate mathematically.

Miller and Bentley recommend future professional development series include follow-up sessions that focus on the real-world challenges that mathematics teachers face as they implement newly learned strategies.

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