An journal article co-authored by CSU Professor of Geology David Schwimmer is among the top 25 percent of the most cited articles from PLoS One (Public Library of Science). PLoS One is a top-tier online technical journal that covers all sciences. The article details new anatomy description of a giant fossil fish that once lived in the waters off of what is now North America. A new, and outstandingly preserved, fossil from Kansas allowed a more detailed description of the fish’s skull. The article has been viewed about 6,700 times and cited 22 times by other journals.Learn more »
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COLUMBUS, Ga. — For just the second time in program history, the Columbus State University women’s basketball team will host the NCAA regional tournament as the Lady Cougars were selected as the top seed in the Southeast Region Sunday night.
The 2017 NCAA Southeast Regional will be played March 10, 11 and 13 inside the Frank G. Lumpkin Center. Columbus State will play eighth-seeded Anderson at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night.
“We are honored to serve as host for the 2017 NCAA Southeast Regional tournament at the Lumpkin Center,” CSU Director of Athletics Todd Reeser said. “Our women’s basketball team has had an incredible season and now is the time for all of Columbus and CSU to come out and support their efforts. It is our goal to deliver a first-class experience for all fans and participants, as well as to showcase our great community.”
Columbus State earned the No. 1 seed after putting together a 28-1 record and capturing the Peach Belt Conference regular season title. The Lady Cougars added an exclamation point on Sunday with a 76-61 win over Lander in the PBC championship.
“We are excited to be the number one seed in the Southeast Region,” head coach Anita Howard stated. “Getting the top seed and serving as the host is a great reward for all of the hard work and effort our young ladies have put in this season.”
The NCAA Tournament selection is the 10th overall for the Lady Cougars and fourth straight. CSU has gotten to the second round of the tournament in each of the last two seasons.
Seven other teams will join Columbus State in the first women’s basketball regional in Columbus since 2001. Wingate, Lincoln Memorial, Limestone, Lander, Clayton State, King and Anderson make up the rest of the eight-team field.
“I am delighted to hear Columbus State University is hosting the NCAA Women’s Southeast Regional tournament,” Columbus State University President Dr. Chris Markwood added. “Being named a host not only speaks to the excellence of Cougar Athletics, but helps reaffirm the prestige of CSU, and is an economic benefit to the Columbus community.”
Play begins on Friday at noon in the Lumpkin Center. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors, children and military.
For more information and details, go to www.CSUCougars.com.
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GREENWOOD, S.C. – The fourth-ranked Columbus State University women’s basketball team erased an 11-point halftime deficit and took home the Peach Belt Conference tournament title with a 76-61 victory over Lander on Sunday. The championship contest was played inside Horne Arena.
Five Lady Cougars finished in double figures led by Ashley Asouzu’s 16 points. The senior added 10 rebounds as well. Alexis Carter recorded a third straight double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Gabby Williams turned in 14 points, while Britteny Tatum tallied 13. Narshanda Malone came off the bench and scored 12.
Asouzu and Tatum were named to the All-PBC Tournament team, while Carter was the tournament Most Valuable Player.
With the victory, Columbus State earns the PBC’s automatic bid into the upcoming NCAA Southeast Regional.
“Lander dictated the game over the first 20 minutes,” head coach Anita Howard said. “We had a good talk at halftime and came out looking more like ourselves in the third quarter.
“This group has fought really hard this season and this is another step on the journey toward our ultimate goal.”
Behind 29 percent shooting, Columbus State (28-1) trailed 38-27 at the halftime break. The switch flipped starting the third quarter however, and the Lady Cougars stormed back.
Columbus State finished the game at 38.1 percent (24-of-63) from the field. The Lady Cougars were outstanding at the foul line, knocking down 25-of-30 attempts.
Lander was 33.9 percent (19-for-56) from the floor and 9-of-23 from the 3-point line.
The Columbus State University cheerleading program added two more championships to its ledger on Saturday at the annual Peach Belt Conference spirit competition. The competition was held inside Horne Arena at Lander University.
Columbus State took home the top spot in the Co-Ed competition as well as the All-Girl division.
The pair of titles gives the CSU program 19 conference championships under the guidance of head coach Jimbo Davis.
Find out more at www.csucougars.com.
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COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, began Monday afternoon, Sept. 12, with MasterCard President and Chief Executive Officer Ajaypal Singh Banga. The evening featured Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning.
Banga talked about the success his company has had with building a team, especially in terms of involving women and younger workers.
Manning drew lots of laughs and told stories of his NFL career, equating some of his life lessons to the business environment. His remarks embodied the forum’s theme — “Leadership: It Takes a Team” — when he said “true leadership is about the people around you.”
Tuesday’s scheduled speakers included Bill Curry, coach and Super Bowl champion; Bonnie St. John, Olympic medalist and best-selling author; and many others. The two-day event was held at the Columbus Iron Works and Trade Center.
For the third year, students currently enrolled with a valid CSU ID could watch the forum, including Monday night’s keynote address with Peyton Manning, live via simulcast from the University Hall Auditorium.
The 11th anniversary speaker lineup included:
— Ajaypal Singh Banga – President and CEO, Mastercard
— James H. Blanchard – Former chief executive officer, Synovus; chairman, Jordan-Blanchard Capital, LLC Board of Advisors and founder, Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum
— Dr. Henry Cloud – Psychologist, communicator, life coach and author
— Bill Curry – Former Super Bowl champion, coach, inspirational speaker and author
— Warrick Dunn – Former NFL player and founder, Warrick Dunn Charities
— Patricia Florissi – Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer, EMC Corporation
— Marcus Luttrell – Former Navy SEAL and author of “Lone Survivor”
— Peyton Manning – Five-time NFL MVP and NFL’s all-time leading passer
— Jim Nantz – Sportscaster, three-time Emmy Award winner and five-time National Sportscaster of the Year
— Tommy Spaulding – Former President and CEO, Up with People; New York Times best-selling author and leadership expert
— Bonnie St. John – Leadership consultant, Olympic medalist and best-selling author
— Shana Young – Director, Leadership Institute at Columbus State University
For more information about the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, visit http://jblf.org.
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12 - 09
COLUMBUS, Ga. — University System of Georgia System Chancellor Henry “Hank” M. Huckaby received the 8th Annual Blanchard Award for Outstanding Stewardship and Ethics in Business Monday night at the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University.
The Blanchard Award recipient is selected annually by a committee led by William R. “Billy” Blanchard, president and chief executive office at Columbus Bank and Trust. Blanchard presented the award to Huckaby in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 during the first night of the 2016 Jim Blanchard leadership Forum.
His voice cracking with emotion, Huckaby accepted the award by crediting those around him.
“The theme of this year’s forum is It Takes a Team,” Huckaby said. “Whatever success I have had is because of the team around me.”
“I have been fortunate in my personal life and professional career to receive some honors. But this is a unique one – a special one because it carries with it the name of one of the finest citizens in this state,” he said.
Huckaby, who was selected as the University System’s 12th chancellor by the Board of Regents in May 2011, oversees 29 public colleges and universities across the state. With an annual budget of $8.1 billion, he is responsible for more than 47,000 faculty and staff and 318,164 students. Huckaby emphasizes performance, partnerships and values as he works to build strong public and political support for the University System’s contributions to the state’s economic future and individual success.
Prior to becoming Chancellor, Huckaby was a teacher and administrator in the University System and has taught at private colleges and universities. He also served in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, first as a senior policy coordinator and later as its director, as well as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and as the executive director of the Georgia Residential Finance Authority.
Huckaby also served in the Georgia Legislature, representing Georgia House District 113 as a Republican.
Huckaby is a board member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. He was a member of the Georgia Competitiveness Initiative Steering Committee in 2011 and currently serves on the Georgia Higher Education Funding Committee. He was inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration in November 2014.
He is active in the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), the National Association of System Heads (NASH), and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), is a commissioner for the Education Commission of the States, and is on the Georgia-based Alliance of Education Agency Heads.
Huckaby serves as a trustee of Young Harris College, where he earned an associate’s degree. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgia State University and continued his education through additional graduate studies at the University of Georgia.
Established in 2009, the Blanchard Award for Outstanding Stewardship and Ethics in Business recognizes outstanding stewards of business ethics and corporate responsibility. The award’s symbol, a live oak, is the state tree of Georgia and a perennial symbol of rectitude.
Past recipients include:
— James H. Blanchard, 2009
— Franklin Skinner, 2010
— Ray C. Anderson, 2011
— William B. Turner, 2012
— Robert S. Jepson Jr., 2013
— Thomas G. Cousins, 2014
— Daniel P. Amos, 2015
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12 - 09
Michael Newbrey, professor of biology at Columbus State University, identified the bones of a whale shark recovered from the stomach of a great white shark only half its size. The evidence, described by Newbrey in a recent article in New Scientist, is the first indication that adult whale sharks sometimes fall prey to the most ravenous predators of the sea.
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CSU is providing a Fan Bus to Pensacola, FL to watch the game. The bus ride is FREE, however student admission to the game is $7, and general admission is $12. The bus will leave at 8 am tomorrow from the Lumpkin Center. Seating on the bus is limited, so please sign up asap by clicking here.
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Behind a pair of first half goals, the third-ranked Columbus State University women’s soccer team took down fifth-ranked Bridgeport in the national semifinals on Thursday at the Brosnaham Soccer Complex.
With the victory, the Lady Cougars advance to Saturday’s national championship match where they will take on top-ranked and two-time defending national champion Grand Valley State. GVSU defeated second-ranked Western Washington 3-2 in Thursday’s second semifinal.
The win ups the season total to 22 for the Lady Cougars, breaking the program record of 21 previously done by the 2008 and 2014 teams.
“I’m super proud of this group, but we’re not done yet,” said head coach Jay Entlich. “We didn’t come down here to come in second place. We want to make sure we don’t stop — we haven’t arrived. Hopefully, we’re put on a performance Saturday like we did today.”
It didn’t take long for Columbus State (22-2-1) to get on the attack, earning a corner kick less than 90 seconds into the match.
Bridgeport (21-2-1) took the game’s first three shots, but it was the Lady Cougars that controlled the first 45 minutes.
Mandy Janowitz nearly put CSU on the board first in the 14th minute, but her attempt slid just over the crossbar. The junior got another look less than four minutes later, but that one missed high as well.
Twenty-one minutes into the match, redshirt-senior Chelsea Person did what she has done for the Lady Cougars all season long: set up a scoring opportunity.
Person took Columbus State’s second corner kick of the match and sailed it into the box. The ball was knocked down in front of the net and Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year Olivia Jarrell tapped it over the goalline to put the Lady Cougars in front.
The goal was the 17th of the season for the St. Augustine, Fla. native and ties her with Stephanie Parrish in 2007 for the highest goal total by a Lady Cougar freshman in program history.
Columbus State would continue to attack the Bridgeport net, getting six shots off over the next 17 minutes before striking again.
Junior midfielder Atalia Ramirez subbed onto the pitch at the 36-minute mark and made an instant impact. Person once again helped set the play up, driving down the right side before dribbling into the box. Person then slid the ball across the 18 where Ramirez ripped a blast past the keeper and into the left side of the net.
The goal was just the second of the season for Ramirez and upped Person’s assist total to 16, tying her for the national lead.
“If you’re going to work for the girl next to you, then she’s going to put the ball in the back of the net for you,” Person said. “If you get a chance to get in, then give it your all. That was the game plan and I think we were able to execute that today.”
The Lady Cougars took the 2-0 lead into the locker room at halftime, just 45 minutes away from a national championship appearance.
Bridgeport came out strong to start the second half, requiring Maylyn Parsonsto make strong plays in net for CSU. The junior goalkeeper was more than up to the task though keeping the Knights off the board during the stretch.
In the 64th minute, Columbus State found the net again, this time with a little assist from the Purple Knights.
Person worked her way down the left flank and into the box looking for a place to play a cross. The senior’s cross deflected off a Bridgeport defender and into the net to give the Lady Cougars a 3-0 edge.
Bridgeport finally broke through in the 88th minute, getting its only goal of the afternoon, but the game was already decided by that moment.
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A fire at Columbus State University’s Courtyard II student apartment complex displaced 25 students Sunday night. There were no injuries.
Columbus Fire Department received their call about the fire at 5:20 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived at the complex on Gentian Boulevard, officials reported finding heavy smoke in and around Building O on the property.
Fire department crews, then officers from Columbus Police Department, verified that there were no injuries, and that there was no one in any of the buildings. The fire investigator on scene Sunday night reported that the cause was an accidental kitchen fire that started in one of the apartments.
University officials worked Sunday night to relocate the 25 students living in the 10-unit building that was damaged. About 10 students were assigned a new room on campus, and the remaining students were moved to a local hotel. Officials from University Police, Student Affairs, Residence Life, Logistics, Transportation and the Counseling Center were all on scene to assist students.
“We are fortunate there were no injuries, said Gina Sheeks, CSU’s vice president for Student Affairs. “I am grateful for how the whole CSU community is helping our students.”
About 350 students live at Courtyard II, a housing complex owned by GreenHill Partners and leased to the university this year for student housing.
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COLUMBUS, Ga. — A study shows the economic impact of Columbus State University’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus is estimated to be more than $21 million annually.
The analysis was done by professor Ben Blair, the Sarah T. Butler Distinguished University Chair in Business and Finance and Director of the Butler Center for Business and Economic Research in CSU’s Turner College of Business. The report was finalized in spring 2015.
Current expenditures by the university on its downtown campus supports 227 jobs annually and provides $11.2 million in labor income annually. Combine that with spending by students who live in CSU housing downtown and the “output” or economic impact of CSU’s RiverPark campus is $21.5 million a year, Blair says.
“The recurring personnel and non-personnel expenditures by the university and the expenditures by students who are housed at the RiverPark campus generate significant on-going impact,” Blair said. “The annual economic impact of $21.5 million is over and above the amount CSU has spent since the early 1990s on building purchases and renovations downtown.”
Columbus and Columbus State University has been recognized for years for their partnerships that have helped revitalize downtown Columbus. Groups from other cities and states frequently visit to see what’s happening here, and in 2011 two nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving Columbus’ downtown area, Uptown Columbus, Inc., and Business Improvement District, recognized the university with its fourth annual Rozier Dewylder Leadership Award, presented annually to an individual or entity that embodies the vision and energy of Dewylder, a Columbus architect credited with launching the revitalization of the area now known as Uptown.
Blair tracked CSU’s efforts to develop a presence in downtown back to a 1995 decision by the Board of Regents to allow the Schwob School of Music to move. The next year CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center opened. Two years later, the university acquired the Rankin building, clearing the way for the first students to live downtown.
Today, more than 450 students live on CSU’s RiverPark campus, which is also home to the university’s College of the Arts. Soon, CSU’s College of Education and Health Professions will also move downtown, bringing an additional 1,800 faculty, staff and students.
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23 - 09
COLUMBUS, Ga. — President George W. Bush and his wife Laura made return appearances to Columbus State University’s Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum and, this time with daughter Barbara leading a Q&A session, entertained the sold-out audience with memories, stories and learned lessons of leadership.
The trio spoke for about an hour to a sold-out audience of about 1,250 people attending the 10th anniversary of the forum, held Aug. 25 and 25. With Barbara asking most of the questions, President and Mrs. Bush kept the audience enthralled with quips and stories from their time in the White House, the importance of faith and family, memories from the Sept. 11 attacks, life after leaving Washington, D.C., their work today with the George W. Bush Institute and Barbara’s Global Health Corps, and lessons they have learned about leadership.
“It was a pleasure to return to the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum for its 10th anniversary,” President Bush said Monday night. “I appreciate my friends Jimmy and Sis Blanchard, Columbus State University, and its Leadership Institute for inviting Laura, Barbara, and me and giving us the chance to talk about leadership and share some stories from our time in the White House.”
The Bush family was one of the highlights of the 10th annual Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University. The conference continued with a lineup of the best and brightest minds in the world.
The first day pastor, coach and author Tom Mullins, who talked about the need for leaders to think like a coach, not a boss; and Doris Kearns Goodwin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author who provided stories of leadership from some of America’s leading presidents.
Second day speakers included Shana Young, director of the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, who shared her top 10 leadership lessons; Scott Harrison, founder of Charity Water, who showed how stories and pictures can help power a movement; Daniel Pink, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author who said sales persuasion and moving others has changed more in the past 10 years than in the past 100 because information is now so readily available to consumers; John Maxwell, a world-renowned leadership expert, speaker and author who said intentional living is the key to success in life; James Dunne, Senior managing principal, Sandler O’Neill + Partners, LP, who told how he and his company persevered after losing 66 of its 171 partners and employees in the World Trade Center attacks; Simon Sinek, Author, speaker and visionary thinker who explained the physiological responses the body has to good leadership and why it is so important for employees to feel valued by their organization; Ken Blanchard, a business author and management expert, who talked about the need for humility and servant leaders; and finaly and General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. and International forces in Afghanistan; who talked about the leadership and change lessons he has learned, including that being efficient — as military units often are — is no longer enough; leaders and teams also must have adaptability.
For the second year, faculty, staff and students with a valid CSU ID could watch most of the forum live via simulcast from the University Hall Auditorium.
“We were thrilled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the forum with such a stellar lineup of powerful speakers,” said Ed Helton, executive director of leadership development. “With the support of the university and sponsors Synovus, TSYS, AT&T and WC Bradley, we have been able to consistently secure world-class leaders.”
Next year’s forum is slated for Sept. 12 and 13, 2016.
Featured speakers include Marcus Luttrell, Navy Seal and New York Times best-selling author; Bonnie St. John, the first African-American to win medals in Winter Paralympic competition as a ski racer; Ajaypal Singh Banga, president and CEO of MasterCard; Bill Curry, an author, motivational speaker and former football coach; Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist, leadership expert and best-selling author; Tommy Spaulding, world-renowned speaker, New York Times best-selling author and former CEO; and Jim Nantz, sportscaster.
For more about the forum, visit https://jblf.columbusstate.edu/.
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25 - 08
COLUMBUS, Ga — Columbus State University’s fall 2015 semester starts Monday with more than 8,000 students again beginning classes on the university’s main and RiverPark campuses.
By the end of the weekend, about 1,300 students will have moved into on-campus housing, and several major projects will have been completed for their use.
CSU students will find a brand-new cafeteria in the Davidson Student Center. CSU’s dining partner, Aramark, funded a $2.7 million renovation to provide not only updated features and increased capacity, but new dining options, including enclosed patio seating, all-new kitchen equipment, a smoker, double-decker pizza oven and a Mongolian grill.
One of the oldest classroom buildings on campus, Howard Hall, opens again after a yearlong $4 million renovation while neighboring Arnold Hall closes in preparation for a similar makeover. State appropriations funded both projects.
Work will continue throughout fall semester on a new 539-bed first-year housing complex on main campus and a new downtown home for the College of Education and Health Professions. Each project is estimated to cost about $25 million.
In addition to the various renovations taking place across campus, the university has a series of events planned to welcome back students, orient them with campus life and help them connect with each other, the community and CSU faculty and staff.
— Monday, Aug. 17 (First Day of Classes) – RiverPark Picnic @ Woodruff Park, 5- 10 p.m.;
— Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Main Campus Picnic and Student Organizations Fair. Clock tower, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.;
— Thursday, Aug. 20 – Freshman Convocation, the formal, ceremonial welcome-back ceremony featuring CSU President Chris Markwood. University Hall Auditorium, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.;
— Thursday, Aug. 20 – Campus Bike Ride and Color Party downtown at Woodruff Park. (Riders meet on the Lumpkin Center lawn), 4:30- 8:30 p.m.; and
— Saturday, Aug. 22 – CSU Day of Service where students and employees fan out through the community to help on various projects. Volunteers meet at the Mock Pavilion (Intramural Field), 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Visit https://students.columbusstate.edu/cougarkickoff/index.php for a full list of student welcome-back activities.Learn more »
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Norwood is an established and distinguished poet with four published collections. His first book, The Soft Blare, selected by Andrew Hudgins for the River City Publishing Poetry Series, was issued in 2003. His second book, A Palace for the Heart, a finalist for the Mellen Press Poetry Contest 2002, was published in 2004. The limited edition, fine press book, Wrestle (in collaboration with the artist and master printer Erika Adams), was published in 2007. Most recently, in 2010, his third full volume of poems, Gravel and Hawk, won the Hollis Summers Prize in Poetry and was published by Ohio University Press in 2012.
Beyond these four collections, Norwood’s poetry has appeared in many journals, including The Paris Review, Southwest Review, Western Humanities Review, Southwestern American Literature, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, Pleiades, Ekphrasis, Poetry Daily, The New Ohio Review, the PBS News Hour site Art Beat, and on NPR’s Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. He has received numerous awards for his work, including an International Merit Award in Poetry from Atlanta Review, both a Tennessee Williams Scholarship and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, twice been a finalist for the Vassar Miller Prize, once each a semifinalist for the Verse Prize and the “Discovery”/The Nation Prize, and a finalist in the Morton Marr Poetry Contest. Norwood has also published a number of essays and critical studies of poetry, and he has been the sole poet representing the United States at the Euroscience Open Forum’s session “Science Meets Poetry” on three separate occasions.
Dr. Norwood is also an award-winning teacher who has served as the co-director of the European Council-Ireland program and taught in study abroad programs in Oxford, England, and Schwäbisch Gmund, Germany. At CSU, he has been a recipient of The Literary Sage Award and an annual Teacher of Writing Award, and he has been a finalist for the Educator of the Year Award and for the Regent’s Teaching Award.
As a Professor of Creative Writing in the English Department, Norwood has maintained close ties with the Carson McCullers Center since its inception in 2002. Norwood has been involved in many aspects of the Center’s programming operations, including service on the selection panel for the Marguerite and Lamar Smith Writing Fellowship; the reinstitution of CSU’s membership in the Georgia Poetry Circuit in 2004; faculty for the New York Comparative Arts Program (2007, 2012). He also served as director of the Southern Literary Festival in 2013, which was co-sponsored by the Carson McCullers Center and brought acclaimed writers Tim O’Brien and Natasha Trethewey to CSU.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as director of the McCullers Center,” says Norwood. “The house in Nyack, New York, has the potential to earn Columbus State a kind of nationwide recognition it’s never had before. I envision the McCullers Center’s becoming the university’s major hub of creative endeavor.”
To learn more about Nick Norwood and CSU’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, please visit the website: www.mccullerscenter.org.Learn more »
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