CSU Student Surprised with Tuition for Tip

Michael Woodham receives tuition check with Dean Hadley and President MarkwoodCOLUMBUS, Ga. – A Columbus State University student was pleasantly surprised to find out today that his tuition for the fall semester was paid in full by CSU supporters.

Michael Woodham, a junior major in business entrepreneurship, is a server at a local restaurant. One night recently, he struck up a conversation with a customer who happened to be a donor to CSU’s Turner College of Business. “I really just try to serve everyone with great service, so I am excited and really surprised by this support,” said Woodham.

That customer, a local businessman and his wife, contacted the Turner College the next day, told staff they were so impressed with Wodham that they wanted to pay for his college tuition this semester.

Turner College Dean Linda Hadley surprised Woodham with the news Monday afternoon. “This is a reminder that little things matter, and how the positive things you do can come back to benefit you later. The fact that the Starks decided to support this young man and pay it forward shows great support for our university and our students,” added Hadley.

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Purchasing Deadlines for FY 2015

To:         Columbus State University Faculty and Staff
From:     Ricky Thomas, Director, Purchasing Services
Date:       April 7, 2015
Subject:  Mandatory 2015 PURCHASING DEADLINES 

Below are the final dates for processing fiscal year 2015 transactions.  There is no flexibility in these dates.  Therefore, you are urged to begin processing the remainder of your FY15 requests as soon as possible.

Friday, March 13, 2015, was the deadline for submitting purchase requisitions for purchases requiring special approvals (motor vehicle purchases, competitive bids ($25,000 and over, not on statewide contract), sole source, and sole brand).  Since the deadline has passed, new requests submitted may not be able to be processed for FY15 due to time constraints.

Friday, May 1, 2015, is the last day to make P-Card purchases.  Also, office supplies (Staples) must be ordered by this date.  Please verify with vendors that the transaction(s) will be posted byMay 1st.  Use of the P-Card will resume on July 1, 2015.  Please plan accordingly. 

Friday, May 8, 2015, is the last day to submit purchase requests.  Items less than $25,000 – Bids are not required.  If the item is on statewide contract, you must purchase item from statewide contract vendor.

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

Friday, June 19, 2015 is the last day to request and return Petty Cash.

Friday, June 19, 2015 is the last day to turn in Agency Purchase Orders.

Friday, June 19, 2015 is the last day to turn in Travel Reimbursements. 

Friday, June 19, 2015is the last day to request FY15 Checks.

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

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

Ricky Thomas, Director of Purchasing – 706-507-8274
Rita Watts, Director of Accounting (Travel Reimbursements) – 706-507-8493
Marla Smith, Associate Bursar (Petty Cash) – 706-507-8858

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High School Visitors Star in Video Sent to the White House [VIDEO]

More than seventy students from area high schools visited Columbus State University on Thursday, Feb. 26 to participate in the African American Male Initiative’s “College Student for a Day” experience.

CSU’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services captured the day’s events and submitted a video to the White House on Friday, Feb. 27 in response to Michelle Obama’s “Near-Peer Mentoring College Challenge.” The challenge, a Reach Higher initiative, asks institutions to share how they are making attending and completing college a reality for students.

Video finalists might earn a visit from the First Lady during spring 2015 commencement ceremonies.

“We believe this event, along with our continuous outreach, will perpetuate the cycle of recruitment, retention, and most importantly graduation for high school and college males,” said Johniqua Williams, student development specialist for CSU’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services.

For more information about Michelle Obama’s commencement challenge, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/30/first-lady-michelle-obama-announces-reach-higher-commencement-challenges. To learn more about CSU’s African American Male Initiative, visit https://diversity.columbusstate.edu/AAMI.php or contact Williams at 706-507-8594 or williams_johniqua@columbusstate.edu.

 

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Mark Schippel | UTeach Columbus

CSU’s UTeach Columbus program is helping Columbus State University students majoring in math and the sciences be more marketable after graduation by adding teaching as a career option. For Army veteran Mark Schippel, it was an appealing alternative.

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Columbus State Expert Shares Research on Korea

Tom Dolan, a professor of political science and expert on Korea, was among the featured speakers May 8 in Washington, D.C., at a Korean Economic Institute panel discussion on “South Korean Attitudes Toward the U.S. Rebalance to Asia and Korean Unification.”

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Inside CSU’s NPACE Center

Students produced a promo video tour of the Department of Communication’s NPACE (Non Profit And Civic Engagement) Center to show alumni, prospective students, and current students what great opportunities are available when you pursue your undergraduate communications major at Columbus State University.

 

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Governor to Speak at Columbus State’s May Commencement

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Gov. Nathan Deal

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Gov. Nathan Deal will deliver the commencement address at Columbus State University’s spring 2014 graduation on Monday, May 12.

About 800 students are expected to graduate at the 6:30 p.m. Columbus Civic Center ceremony.

“We could not be more honored than to have Gov. Deal as our speaker,” CSU President Tim Mescon said. “This is a tremendous moment for the university. He’s had a long and distinguished career in service to the state of Georgia, and we look forward to hearing what he will share with our graduates in May.”

Deal, Georgia’s 82nd governor, took office Jan. 10, 2011. A Sandersville, Ga., native, his public service career spans four decades. After graduating with a law degree from Mercer University in 1966, he served three years in the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., rising to the rank of captain. Deal then began a private law practice in Gainesville, Ga., the hometown of his wife, Sandra Dunagan Deal. He has served as a prosecutor, judge, state senator and U.S. congressman.

During 17 years in Congress, Deal rose to chair the Health Subcommittee of Energy and Commerce, where he became recognized as an expert on entitlement reform and health care policy. His congressional career ended when he decided to run for governor. He became his party’s nominee in August 2010 and was elected governor that November.

He and his wife have four adult children and six grandchildren.

For more on CSU commencement, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/graduation.

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Governor: Columbus State Selected for STEM Fellowships

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Columbus State will be among five Georgia universities participating in a national initiative to boost the number of outstanding STEM teachers — in science, technology, engineering and math — and how they’re prepared to teach.

Georgia will be the first state in the South to join the growing national Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships program, Deal said. Other Georgia institutions selected to participate are Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University and Piedmont College.

“STEM education plays a critical role in our state’s competitiveness and future economic prosperity,” Deal said. “The most important thing we can do for our students in this field is ensure they have effective teachers. The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships will encourage more partnerships between institutions of higher education and our K-12 schools to improve educational opportunities for students in this critical area.”

Each of the five institutions will develop a model master’s-level teacher preparation program, offering fellows a rigorous yearlong experience in local school classrooms. The process is similar to a physician’s hospital-based training in conjunction with a medical school. Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows receive $30,000 stipends to use during the master’s program. In exchange, they commit to teach in a high-need urban or rural school in Georgia for three years, with ongoing mentoring. Nearly two dozen Georgia school districts are being considered as partner sites.

“Study after study shows that teachers are the single most important in-school factor in improving student achievement,” said Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. “Yet urban and rural schools consistently struggle to attract and retain strong math and science teachers. Nationally, 30 to 40 percent of all teachers leave the profession during their first three years in the classroom, and more in high-need districts. So there’s a genuine need for these new teachers, and for innovative preparation that will help keep them in the classroom.”

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation will create and administer the program, with in-state coordination by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and support from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. Current project funding is $9.36 million.

“An investment in math, science and technology education is an investment in Georgia’s future,” said P. Russell Hardin, president of the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. “We are proud to be able to help bring this program to Georgia and to strengthen the pipeline of excellent teachers for the Georgia students who need them the most.”

The university partners, selected in a statewide review by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, have 19 months to tailor programs that meet the fellowship’s standards for intensive clinical work and rigorous related coursework. The first fellows will be selected in spring 2015, start their academic programs in fall 2015 and be ready to teach in fall 2016.

The participating universities will receive $400,000 matching grants to develop their teacher preparation programs based on standards set by the foundation. For each of the program’s three years, the participating Georgia colleges and universities will be able to enroll 12 fellows, totaling 180 fellows over that three-year period. Given the state’s shortage of secondary-level STEM teachers, the foundation is looking for additional partners and funders to expand the program.

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Scores of Columbus State Students Spending Spring Break as Volunteers

COLUMBUS, Ga.About 80 Columbus State University students have signed up to participate in community service projects March 3-7 as part of an Alternative Spring Break organized by CSU’s Center for Career Development.

Students are participating in these projects during the university’s Spring Break for a number of reasons, an organizer said. Many are part of campus programs and organizations that stress volunteerism, including CSU’s Servant Leadership Program.

“A lot of them just have generous and giving spirits,” said Anne Vogler Brown, coordinator of volunteer programs for CSU’s career center. “We’ve been pleased with the response.”

Up to 30 students will work from about 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, with CSU providing bus transportation to and from the project sites, as well as arranging for lunch.

Projects planned for the week have the students working:

  • For Columbus Botanical Garden: Clearing underbrush, planting trees and other beautification efforts.
  • For Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity: Preparing a lot and foundation for framing of a future Habitat house.
  • For House of Heroes, an organization serving military veterans and others: Pressure washing, painting and yard work.
  • For CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center: Clearing underbrush, trail widening, painting and other beautification tasks.

Columbus State first organized an Alternative Spring Break in 2011, with about a dozen students volunteering with the local Habitat affiliate to build several houses, working with other college students from across the nation. This is the first year CSU has organized similar projects at multiple locations, also providing support to student volunteers.

Columbus State has emphasized to students in recent years the value of community service, particularly as a career-development tool. A Day of Service, involving faculty, staff and students, has become a staple of welcome-back events each fall. Since 2008, CSU has made the national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In the latest honor roll report available, for 2012, students, faculty and staff documented 316,928 hours of volunteer work.

For more information on CSU’s Center for Career Development, including volunteer opportunities for students, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/volunteeer.

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CSU Happenings for March 2014

MARCH 1 — NCAA Tennis
Columbus State’s women’s and men’s tennis teams play Valdosta State at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at CSU’s Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center.

MARCH 1 — CSU Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad plays Armstrong Atlantic at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Ragsdale Field. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.CSUCougars.com.

MARCH 1 — March MadScience
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will celebrate March MadScience throughout the month with events happening from noon-1 p.m. each Saturday at the center, 701 Front Ave. Astro Cam the Space Man will be on site at noon with live science shows, this Saturday highlighting the subject of energy. Also this Saturday, kids will have an opportunity to build and take home a science project. The March 1 hands-on science activity at 1 p.m. will be UV Beads (recommended for ages 4 and older). Admission is free for children younger than 4, $4 for children ages 4-12, $5 for military and seniors, $6 for adults; and $3 for CSU students, staff and faculty with ID. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

MARCH 3-7 — Spring Break for CSU Students
Classes are out.  Columbus State University’s 2014 Spring Break for students and faculty runs Monday-Friday, March 3-7.

MARCH 2 — NCAA Tennis
Columbus State’s women’s and men’s tennis teams play Francis Marion at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 2 at CSU’s Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center.

MARCH 2 — CSU Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad plays a doubleheader vs. Armstrong Atlantic Sunday, March 2 at Ragsdale Field. Game times are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.CSUCougars.com.

MARCH 4 — CSU Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad plays Tuskegee at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 at Ragsdale Field. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.CSUCougars.com.

MARCH 4 — Story Time and Hands-On Science
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will offer Story Time and Hands-On Science from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 at the center, 701 Front Ave. In a program geared toward children ages 6 and younger, the center will offer special science-themed reading programs and hands-on activities. . For more information, call 706-649-1470.

MARCH 6 — PBC Basketball Tournament (Women’s Quarterfinals)
The Peach Belt Conference Basketball Tournament returns to Columbus State’s Lumpkin Center. Women’s quarterfinal games will be played at 1p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is $8 adults and $3 seniors and children age 12 and under. A ticket entitles the holder to see every game that day. A pass for the entire tournament is $25.  Students from any Peach Belt Conference school will be admitted free with a valid student ID.  There will be no complimentary tickets, parents tickets or other free passes for the Peach Belt Tournament. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the CSU Ticket Office. For more information, call 706-568-2317.

MARCH 7 — PBC Basketball Tournament (Men’s Quarterfinals)
The Peach Belt Conference Basketball Tournament returns to Columbus State’s Lumpkin Center. Men’s quarterfinal games will be played at 1p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is $8 adults and $3 seniors and children age 12 and under. A ticket entitles the holder to see every game that day. A pass for the entire tournament is $25.  Students from any Peach Belt Conference school will be admitted free with a valid student ID.  There will be no complimentary tickets, parents tickets or other free passes for the Peach Belt Tournament. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the CSU Ticket Office. For more information, call 706-568-2317.

MARCH 7 — CSU Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad plays Salem International at 4 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Ragsdale Field. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www. CSUCougars.com.

MARCH 8 — PBC Basketball Tournament (Semifinals)
The Peach Belt Conference Basketball Tournament will hold its women’s and men’s semifinals at Columbus State’s Lumpkin Center. Women’s game times games will be 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Men’s games times will be 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is $10 adults and $5 seniors and children age 12 and under. A ticket entitles the holder to see every game that day. A pass for the entire tournament is $25.  Students from any Peach Belt Conference school will be admitted free with a valid student ID.  There will be no complimentary tickets, parents tickets or other free passes for the Peach Belt Tournament. Also, at 9:30 a.m. there will be the PBC Cheerleading, Dance Team and Pep Band Spirit Competition. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the CSU Ticket Office. For more information, call 706-568-2317.

MARCH 8 — CSU Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad plays a doubleheader vs. Salem International Saturday, March 8 at Ragsdale Field. Game times are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.CSUCougars.com.

MARCH 8 — March MadScience
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will celebrate March MadScience throughout the month with events happening from noon-1 p.m. each Saturday at the center, 701 Front Ave. Astro Cam the Space Man will be on site at noon with live science shows, this Saturday highlighting the subject of light. Also this Saturday, kids will have an opportunity to build and take home a science project. The March 8 hands-on science activity at 1 p.m. will be solar pinhole viewer (recommended for ages 6 and older). Admission is free for children younger than 4, $4 for children ages 4-12, $5 for military and seniors, $6 for adults; and $3 for CSU students, staff and faculty with ID. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

MARCH 9 — PBC Basketball Tournament (Finals)
The Peach Belt Conference Basketball Tournament will hold its women’s and men’s championship games at Columbus State’s Lumpkin Center. Women’s title game be 2 p.m., with the men’s title game to follow at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $10 adults and $5 seniors and children age 12 and under. A ticket entitles the holder to see every game that day. A pass for the entire tournament is $25.  Students from any Peach Belt Conference school will be admitted free with a valid student ID.  There will be no complimentary tickets, parents tickets or other free passes for the Peach Belt Tournament. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the CSU Ticket Office. For more information, call 706-568-2317.

MARCH 10 — Horn and Organ Student Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music hosts a student recital at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 10 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The concert will feature a performance by Carl Hersom, a student of faculty artists Anna Dodd and Joseph Golden. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 11 — Story Time and Hands-On Science
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will offer Story Time and Hands-On Science from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 at the center, 701 Front Ave. In a program geared toward children ages 6 and younger, the center will offer special science-themed reading programs and hands-on activities. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

MARCH 11 — Shtarkman Concert
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music hosts a concert by world-renowned pianist Alexander Shtarkman at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Shtarkman, winner of the 1989 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and a faculty artist at Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory of Music, will play works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Prokofiev. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 11 — CSU Softball
Columbus State’s softball team celebrates Faculty Day with a doubleheader vs. Palm Beach Atlantic Tuesday, March 11 at Columbus State. Game times are 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www. CSUCougars.com/sports/sball.

MARCH 13 — Artbeat: CSU Philharmonic Concert

The CSU Philharmonic will perform at the opening ceremony for this year’s Artbeat festival at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 13 along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The orchestra will perform Gustav Holst’s Jupiter from the Planets and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, accompanying a firework display over the river. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 14 — CSU Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad plays Montevallo at 6 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Ragsdale Field. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.CSUCougars.com.

MARCH 15 — March MadScience
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will celebrate March MadScience throughout the month with events happening from noon-1 p.m. each Saturday at the center, 701 Front Ave. Astro Cam the Space Man will be on site at noon with live science shows, this Saturday highlighting the subject of sound. Also this Saturday, kids will have an opportunity to build and take home a science project. The March 15 hands-on science activity at 1 p.m. will be kazoos (recommended for ages 4 and older). Admission is free for children younger than 4, $4 for children ages 4-12, $5 for military and seniors, $6 for adults; and $3 for CSU students, staff and faculty with ID. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

MARCH 15 — CSU Softball
Columbus State’s softball team celebrates Alumni Day with a doubleheader vs. UNC-Pembroke on Saturday, March 15 at Columbus State. Game times are 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www. CSUCougars.com/sports/sball.

MARCH 15 — CSU Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad plays Montevallo at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Ragsdale Field. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.CSUCougars.com.

MARCH 16 — Markey Farewell Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will host a recital by James Markey at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 16 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. After many years with the New York Philharmonic, Markey is currently the bass trombonist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This recital will wrap up his residency at CSU. Joining him in recital will be collaborative CSU faculty pianist Yien Wang and the CSU Trombone Ensemble, under the direction of faculty artist Bradley Palmer. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu.

MARCH 16 — CSU Softball
Columbus State’s softball team plays a doubleheader vs. Francis Marion Sunday, March 16 at Columbus State. Game times are noon and 2 p.m. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go tohttp://www.CSUCougars.com/sports/sball.

MARCH 16 — CSU Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad plays Montevallo at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at Ragsdale Field. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.CSUCougars.com.

MARCH 16 — NCAA Tennis
Columbus State’s women’s tennis team plays Montevallo at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at CSU’s Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center.

MARCH 17 — Kobrin-Schwartz-Warner Piano Trio
As part of Artbeat, a trio of internationally CSU faculty artists will be in concert at 4 p.m. Monday, March 17 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The artists — Alexander Kobrin (piano), Sergiu Schwartz (violin) and Wendy Warner (cello) — will perform chamber music featuring Brahms’ Piano Trio in C Minor and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D Minor. Admission: $25. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 17 — Vigneau Oboe Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will host a recital by Michelle Vigneau at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 17 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Vigneau, professor of oboe at the University of Memphis, will present a recital of works for the oboe and piano, accompanied by CSU collaborative pianist Yien Wang and faculty artist Susan Tomkiewicz (oboe). The program will include works by Jeffery Rathbun and Tison Street, as well as a new electro-acoustic piece by composer Scott Lane Hines. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 18 — Film, Discussion: Freedom Riders
CSU’s Department of History and Geography will screen the film Freedom Riders at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at Liberty Theatre, 813 8th Ave. The 2011 Emmy-winning documentary, from the American Experience series on PBS, focuses on the violence-plagued Freedom Rider protests of 1961. The film is part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a program made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Audience members will have a chance to discuss the film after the screening. Free. For more information, call 706-507-8387 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/history.

MARCH 18 — GremlinsDuo
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will host GremlinsDuo at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. This clarinet duo — which plays all clarinets (Eb, Bb and bass) — will perform new pieces written for them along with the best of the duo repertoire. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 18 — Story Time and Hands-On Science
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will offer Story Time and Hands-On Science from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at the center, 701 Front Ave. In a program geared toward children ages 6 and younger, the center will offer special science-themed reading programs and hands-on activities. . For more information, call 706-649-1470.

MARCH 18 — Artbeat: Concerto Competition Winners Perform
The CSU Philharmonic presents the Schwob School of Music Concerto Competition winners in concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 18 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. This evening, featuring international student body, will feature performances conducted by Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair, Paul Hostetter. Also on the program will be Borodin’s passionate Polovtsian Dances led by international guest conductor Christopher Confessore. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 18 — NCAA Tennis
Columbus State’s women’s and men’s tennis teams play Drury at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at CSU’s Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center.

MARCH 19 — CSU Musical Theatre: The Secret Garden
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music and the CSU Theatre Department collaborate to stage The Secret Garden at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 in Riverside Theatre Complex. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden that beckons children with haunting melodies and revives the spirits of Mary’s past, who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. Theatre Department chair Larry Dooley will direct, faculty artist Michelle DeBruyn will direct its music and faculty artist Paul Hostetter will conduct. Admission is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, active-duty military and CSU alumni), and $12 for children, ages 12 and younger. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 19 — Oliver and Seesholtz Perform
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music hosts a performance by soprano Tiffany Blake Oliver and baritone John Seesholtz at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Blake earned her doctorate in vocal performance with a minor in opera stage direction from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, where she also earned her master’s and was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. Seesholtz, a lyric baritone, was awarded the Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Michigan School in 2003 and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance with a secondary emphasis on vocal pedagogy from the University of North Texas in 2009. Blake and Seesholtz are currently on the faculty at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 19 — Artbeat: Steinway PianoMania!
As part of Artbeat, the festival’s annual Steinway PianoMania! Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. See four Steinway grand pianos on the Legacy Hall stage with solo, duo and trio performances by CSU Schwob School of Music piano students and faculty artist Alexander Kobrin, CSU’s  L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano. Admission: $25. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit www.RiverCenter.org.

MARCH 19 — NCAA Tennis
Columbus State’s men’s tennis team plays Morehouse at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 at CSU’s Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center.

MARCH 19 — CSU Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad plays Shorter at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Ragsdale Field. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.CSUCougars.com.

MARCH 20 — CSU Musical Theatre: The Secret Garden
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music and the CSU Theatre Department collaborate to stage The Secret Garden at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in Riverside Theatre Complex. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden that beckons the children with haunting melodies and revives the spirits of Mary’s past. who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. Theatre Department chair Larry Dooley, will direct, faculty artist Michelle DeBruyn will direct its music and faculty artist Paul Hostetter will conduct. Admission is $17 for adults; $15 for seniors, active-duty military and CSU alumni; and $12 for children  ages 12 and younger. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 21 — CSU Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad plays Francis Marion at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21 at Ragsdale Field. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.CSUCougars.com.

MARCH 21 — CSU Musical Theatre: The Secret Garden
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music and the CSU Theatre Department collaborate to stage The Secret Garden at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21 in Riverside Theatre Complex. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden that beckons the children with haunting melodies and revives the spirits of Mary’s past, who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. Theatre Department chair Larry Dooley, will direct, faculty artist Michelle DeBruyn will direct the music and faculty artist Paul Hostetter will conduct. Admission is $17 for adults; $15 for seniors, active-duty military and  CSU alumni; and $12 for children ages 12 and younger). For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 22 — March MadScience
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will celebrate March MadScience throughout the month with events happening from noon-1 p.m. each Saturday at the center, 701 Front Ave. Astro Cam the Space Man will be on site at noon with live science shows, this Saturday highlighting the subject of magnetism. Also this Saturday, kids will have an opportunity to build and take home a science project. The March 22 hands-on science activity at 1 p.m. will be magnetic slime (recommended for ages 6 and older). Admission is free for children younger than 4, $4 for children ages 4-12, $5 for military and seniors, $6 for adults; and $3 for CSU students, staff and faculty with ID. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

MARCH 22 — CSU Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad plays a doubleheader vs. Francis Marion on Friday, March 22, at Ragsdale Field. Game times are 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.CSUCougars.com.

MARCH 22 — CSU Theatre: The Secret Garden
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music and the CSU Theatre Department collaborate to stage The Secret Garden at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22 in Riverside Theatre Complex. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden that beckons the children with haunting melodies and revives the spirits of Mary’s past, who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. Theatre Department chair Larry Dooley  will direct, faculty artist Michelle DeBruyn will direct the music direct and faculty artist Paul Hostetter will conduct. Admission is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, active-duty military and CSU alumni; and $12 for children, age 12 and younger. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 23 — Kaleidoscope Concert
As part of Artbeat, Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will host Kaleidoscope at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23 in RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. This annual performance showcases all 240 student-musicians at the Schwob School of Music in a fast-paced 70-minute concert that spans a wide range of musical styles. Admission $20-$30. For more information, call 706-256-3612 or visit http://RiverCenter.org.

MARCH 23 – CSU Theatre: The Secret Garden
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music and the CSU Theatre Department collaborate to stage The Secret Garden at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23 in Riverside Theatre Complex. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden that beckons the children with haunting melodies and revives the spirits of Mary’s past, who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. Theatre Department chair Larry Dooley will direct, faculty artist Michelle DeBruyn will direct the music and faculty artist Paul Hostetter will conduct. Admission is $17 for adults; $15 for seniors, active-duty military and CSU alumni; and  $12 for children ages 12 younger). For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 25 — Story Time and Hands-On Science
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will offer Story Time and Hands-On Science from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 at the center, 701 Front Ave. In a program geared toward children ages 6 and younger, the center will offer special science-themed reading programs and hands-on activities. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

MARCH 24 — Palmer and Miller Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music hosts a recital by faculty artists Bradley Palmer (trombone) and Andrew Miller (tuba) at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 24 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Pianists Yien Wang and Susan Hoskins will join Palmer and Miller for a faculty tuba-trombone recital. In addition to his appointment at Columbus State University, Miller plays tuba for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Palmer was host of the 2013 International Trombone Festival and will conduct the CSU Trombone Ensemble during a trip to Hong Kong for a performance this summer. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 25 — Horn Studio Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music hosts a horn studio recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The concert will feature several horn performances. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 26 — Career Fair
Columbus State students will have the opportunity to showcase their skills before some of the area’s top employers at CSU’s 2014 Career Fair from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 in the Student Recreation Center’s Multipurpose Room. This will be a chance for students to secure jobs and internships. For more information, call 706-507-8760 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/career/whats_happening.php.

MARCH 26 — Jazz Combos Perform
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music hosts a performance by CSU’s Jazz Combos at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. These small jazz ensembles, under the direction of jazz studies coordinator Kevin Whalen and faculty artist Amy Griffiths, focus on developing the art of improvisation in a chamber environment. For this concert, the groups will feature new student compositions and arrangements of classic bebop and hard bop jazz literature. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 29 — CSU Softball
Columbus State’s softball team celebrates Fellowship of Christian Athletes/Kids Day with a doubleheader vs. Lander Saturday, March 29 at Columbus State. Game times are 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www. CSUCougars.com/sports/sball.

MARCH 29 — March MadScience
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will hold its final March MadScience activities from noon-7 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at the center, 701 Front Ave. Astro Cam the Space Man will be on site at noon with live science shows, this Saturday highlighting the subject of rocketry and robotics. Also this Saturday, kids will have an opportunity to build and take home a science project. There will be three hands-on science activities on March 29: 1 p.m. – straw rockets (recommended for ages 8 and older), at 2 p.m. – robotic straw hand (recommended ages 8 and older) and 3 p.m. – competition build: “EGG”stronaut (recommended ages 10 and older).  Admission is free for children younger than 4, $4 for children ages 4-12, $5 for military and seniors, $6 for adults; and $3 for CSU students, staff and faculty with ID. The day wraps up with SCI-FI Movie Night at 7 p.m., when a free classic science fiction movie suitable for all ages will be screened. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

MARCH 30 — CSU Softball
Columbus State’s softball team observes Cancer Awareness Day with a doubleheader vs. USC-Aiken on Sunday, March 30 at Columbus State. Game times are 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.CSUCougars.com/sports/sball.

MARCH 30 — Piano-Violin Concert
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music hosts a performance by faculty artists Alex Kobrin and Sergiu Schwartz at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 30 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Schwartz (violin), CSU’s William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Faculty Chair in Music, will perform with Kobrin, the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano, for a program that will include works by Beethoven, Suk and Franck. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

MARCH 30 — Columbus Brass
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music hosts a performance by Columbus Brass at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 31 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. CSU’s faculty brass quintet will perform the first half of this concert in the traditional brass quintet setting. Top brass and percussion students will join forces for a large ensemble performance in the second half. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

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Columbus State Strengthens Academic Links With Georgia Military College

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University has signed an agreement with Georgia Military College to strengthen the relationship between both schools and make it easier for students who start at GMC to finish their degree at Columbus State.

The agreement details more than 120 different courses that will count as academic credit toward a degree at either school. This kind of articulation agreement makes it easier for students to transfer their credits toward a four-year degree.

“Our partnership with Georgia Military College is incredibly important and valuable to us,” Columbus State University President Tim Mescon said before signing the agreement last week. He said GMC in Columbus has been a conduit for many majors at Columbus State, especially into CSU’s online RN-to-BSN degree.

Nothing in the new partnership changes the academic requirements of either school. Students with credit earned from Georgia Military College still have to meet Columbus State’s admissions standards to enroll.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, Georgia Military College’s new president, said he hopes to be able to send more students to Columbus State, keeping them in the community and helping them succeed.

“I really do look at us as the feeder school for Columbus State University,” he said. “This gives our students options. Whatever they’ve done (at GMC) can be easily transferable.”

Columbus State University has been forging more of these articulation agreements over the past year as part of its effort to comply with Gov. Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative, which calls for more collaboration to increase the number of adults with certificates or degrees, while maintaining a commitment to quality.

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CSU Wins National Award for Excellence in International Education

COLUMBUS, Ga.Columbus State University Tuesday was notified that it’s among seven U.S. college and universities — including much-larger institutions such as Rutgers and Ohio State — being recognized for innovative international programs.

“(All seven schools) are excellent models for how higher education across the country can and must innovate to prepare our students for the global economy we live in today,” said Marlene M. Johnson, executive director and CEO of the international education organization founded as the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers.

Now known as the NAFSA Association of International Educators, the organization’s Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization are considered the ultimate honor for a university in terms of recognizing innovative efforts to make students more aware of the world at large.

“This is a tremendously powerful recognition of what Columbus State University has achieved in comprehensive internationalization,” said Neal McCrillis, director of CSU’s Center for International Education. “It sets apart and has the potential to shape Columbus State’s image among students, faculty and the community. The fact that we are in the company of (the other winners) is remarkable.”

Other schools also receiving the 2014 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization were North Carolina State University, Ohio State University and Rutgers. Three other schools — Albion College, George Mason University and the University of Texas at Austin — were recognized Tuesday for receiving NAFSA’s 2014 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for a specific international program or initiative that contributes to comprehensive internationalization.

Named for the late Illinois senator, the Simon awards recognize outstanding and innovative achievements in campus internationalization, a news release stated. NAFSA noted the 2014 winners reflect a broad diversity of approaches to campus internationalization, both in terms of models and implementation, defining “comprehensive internationalization” as the planned, strategic integration of international, intercultural, and global dimensions into the ethos and outcomes of higher education.

Tom Hackett, provost and vice president for academic affairs at CSU, called the Simon award “real recognition of our commitment to internationalize our campus.”

Columbus State President Tim Mescon praised the work of the university’s faculty, including McCrillis, who is CSU’s Mildred Miller Fort Foundation Eminent Scholar Chair of International Education. McCrillis, also an associate professor of history, joined CSU’s faculty in 1998.

“This is a wonderful honor for our Center for International Education, Dr. McCrillis’ leadership and our institutional commitment to globalization,” Mescon said. “We consistently benchmark with the very best, and receiving NAFSA’s Simon Award acknowledges exceptional faculty programming in the international arena.”

CSU’s Center for International Education promotes a global perspective at Columbus State by working with international students, as well as students interested in studying abroad. The center also actively encourages CSU faculty to develop courses that might be taught in a foreign setting; works to infuse international perspectives in routine courses; supports the work of visiting foreign scholars; and sponsors events and activities that raise awareness of international issues and cultures.

One of the more unique aspects of CSU’s study abroad program is that the university owns a large former residence in Oxford, England, the Spencer House, where 500-plus faculty and students have lived during study abroad courses over the past 11 years. Back in Columbus, CSU offers a series of 16 Global Dialogues each year that are a key feature of an International Learning Community of classes that students can combine with study abroad as part of an International Studies Certificate, which is a new “add-on” credential available for any major.

“For our students — many of whom are first generation college students and most of whom have never visited another country — the Global Dialogues are their first chance to hear viewpoints and attitudes other than those expressed by their Georgia-born and raised neighbors,” McCrillis said.

For more on Columbus State University’s Center for International Education, including study abroad, visiting scholars, international student services and more, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/cie.

Institutions selected for the Simon awards this year will be featured in NAFSA’s fall report, Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, and honored at an event in Washington, D.C. during International Education Week. To learn more about the significance of the Simon awards, visit www.nafsa.org/SimonAward. For more about NAFSA, visit http://www.nafsa.org.

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