CSU Welcomes Lieutenant Canine Duk to CSU Police

Columbus State University Police Department’s newest officer was sworn in on Friday by Chief Mark Lott. Lieutenant Duk, an 18-month old golden retriever, joined the department with a warm welcome from students, faculty and staff.

“We are so proud to have Duk join us,” said Chief Lott. “Duk will be a goodwill ambassador for CSU police and the CSU community.”

Born and raised in Germany, Duk is specially trained to detect narcotics in various aspects. He will live and work with Sergeant Jon Erickson, who has been with CSU Police for four years and has previous experience handling police canines.

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The Columbus State University Dance Conservatory Announces New Master Teacher, Executive/Artistic Director

The Columbus State University Dance Conservatory and the Columbus Ballet are pleased to announce the dual appointment of Jenifer Sarver as the master teacher of the conservatory and the executive/artistic director of the ballet.

Sarver brings an extensive and wide-ranging level of experience to Columbus. She performed extensively as a soloist in the classical repertoire throughout Europe, America and Asia, worked as a critic and reporter for several print and online dance magazines, taught at several large ballet companies in America and Europe and choreographed dozens of short-length and full-length dance concerts.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to come to Columbus and join the wonderful and welcoming team at Columbus Ballet and CSU’s Department of Continuing & Professional Education. It’s very rare to know instinctively, as soon as you see a position advertised, that this is absolutely what you want to do, and where you want to do it; yet, I felt that connection immediately. These feelings were confirmed completely when I came to Columbus and taught class at the CSU Dance Conservatory, and had the chance to speak more with CSU and the Columbus Ballet Board–I was delighted with everything I saw and learned, and was particularly impressed by the atmosphere at the ballet, the gentle, yet serious way all approached their work.”

“From a candidate pool that literally spanned the globe, Jenifer Sarver stood out immediately,” says Henry McCoy, President of the Columbus Ballet Board of Directors. “It’s not just her extensive professional and educational experience, which are certainly admirable. It’s her dedication to and passion for classical ballet and, more specifically, how a classical civic ballet company is vitally important to Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley. She has a real commitment to student achievement and a real, workable vision for the arts in our community. We are thrilled she will be joining us.”

Ms. Sarver will be teaching in Russia as a guest artist this summer, and will assume her duties in August.

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Assistant Professor Rania Hodhod and a Former Grad Student Published in IEEE Transactions 

Javier Livio, a former graduate student at the CSU TSYS School of Computer Science, and CSU computer science professor Rania Hodhod were recently published. Their article, titled “AI Cupper: A Fuzzy Expert System for Sensorial Evaluation of Coffee Bean Attributes to Derive Quality Scoring,” was accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems (Impact Factor: 7.671). The paper is a result of Livio’s thesis work, which was conducted with Hodhod as his thesis supervisor. Livio’s work introduces an intelligent system called AI Cupper, a fuzzy expert system to the coffee industry.

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Geography Professor’s Chapter to be Published in New Book

Dr. Eric Spears, CSU professor of geography, has written a chapter that will soon be published in a new book.

Spears’s chapter, “Scale and Political Ecology: A Conceptual Analysis of the Brazilian Samarco Disaster,” will be published in Environment, Politics, and Society. Edited by Dr. Ram Alagan and Dr. Seela Aladuwaka,the book will be released in May 2018 and is part of a series called Research in Political Sociology by Emerald Publishing Limited.

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CSU Police Seek Assistance Identifying Person of Interest

The Columbus State University Police Department is looking to the community for assistance in identifying an individual shown in a set of photographs/videos. The individual is a person of interest in a theft and financial card fraud case on campus. If you have any information regarding this individual, or you see him on campus, please contact CSU Police immediately at (706) 507-8911. Please share these photographs/videos and contact Detective Gillette if you have any information.

While efforts have been made to mitigate and minimize incidents on campus, some crimes do occur. CSU Police would like to take the time to remind the campus community to be vigilant regarding the security of their personal property. To aid in this effort, the campus community is encouraged to follow these tips:

  • Don’t leave your property unattended, even if just for a moment.
  • Be sure to lock doors and windows for your dorm, office, or vehicle.
  • Don’t provide access to facilities for persons you don’t know.
  • Be sure to have a record of your personal property, including, the make, model, and serial number.
  • Don’t leave anything in plain sight within your vehicle that could be appealing to a thief, instead, secure these valuables in the trunk or other compartment.
  • Be sure to report suspicious activity to the proper authorities.
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Professor Sallie Averitt Miller Published in the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators Journal

An article co-authored by Professor Sallie Averitt Miller, Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation at Columbus State University’s College of Education and Health Professions, was recently published in GATEways to Teacher Education, a peer-reviewed online journal of the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators (GATE).

The article describes the processes used to identify essential assessment criteria, as suggested by Georgia school systems and educator preparation providers, as well as the procedures used to create the Professional Behaviors and Dispositions Assessment (PBDA). Offered to school systems and teacher education programs, PBDA is intended to guide teacher candidates as they develop and refine their professional behaviors and dispositions. In addition, the PBDA may be easily adapted for use with in-service teachers.

The PBDA can be accessed in the published article titled “The Development and Implementation of the Professional Behaviors and Dispositions Assessment.” Several universities have uploaded the copyrighted instrument to their assessment software systems.

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Political Science Professor Selected for D.C. Fellowship

Jacob Holt, Columbus State University assistant professor of political science, has been selected as a 2018-2019 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. As a fellow, he will work in a Congressional office in 2019 after an extensive orientation in the fall.

Holt is the first faculty member from Columbus State University to receive the fellowship and one of six political scientists from around the world to be selected this year.

Since 1953, the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program has brought select political scientists, journalists, federal employees, health policy specialists, international scholars, and other professionals to Capitol Hill to gain practical insight into Congress and the legislative process. The Congressional Fellowship Program has served as a model for fellowship programs in all three branches of the federal government and in parliamentary settings abroad. Among the ranks of the program’s alumni are professors, reporters, editors, executives, lawyers, politicians, legislative staffers, parliamentarians, lobbyists, doctors, nurses, community leaders, policy specialists, ambassadors, and even a U.S. vice president.

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CSU Recognizes Students, Faculty with Highest Academic Awards

Columbus State University held its 2018 Scholastic Honors Convocation on Friday in University Hall. The annual event recognizes those students who receive the highest academic awards at the university.

Dr. Jim Owen, professor of English, was named CSU’s 2017-2018 Educator of the Year, a recognition awarded by the Student Government Association and based on student body nominations. The Faculty Cup, the highest award granted to a CSU student, went to Michael Rohly, and Nikki Thuylan Pham received the Academic Recognition Award. Below is a list of all other awards.


Department Student of Excellence
Department of Art Rebecca Hinzman
Department of Communication Kaylin Baker
Schwob School of Music Elisabeth Tsai
Department of Theatre Ariana Perez-Lugonez
Department of Accounting & Finance Christine O’Brien
Department of Management & Marketing Theresa Teale Moran
TSYS School of Computer Science Brian Lockerbie
Department of Counseling, Foundations & Leadership Courtney St. John-Wacker
Department of Teacher Education Kimberly Apple
Department of Health, Physical Education & Exercise Science (Health & Physical Education) Stephanie Kolwicz
Department of Health, Physical Education & Exercise Science (Health Science) Brandon Duong
Department of Health, Physical Education & Exercise Science (Exercise Science) Tatiana Forester
School of Nursing Emily Christein
Department of Criminal Justice & Sociology (Criminology) Andrea Skipor
Department of Criminal Justice & Sociology (Sociology) Joslyn Hobbs
Department of English Lauren Miley
Department of History & Geography (History) Abby Gibbons
Department of History & Geography (Geography) Christofer Gass
Department of Modern & Classical Languages Alice Mendez
Department of Politics, Philosophy & Public Administration Erin Lamberson
Department of Biology Jocelyn Canedo


Department Student of Excellence
Department of Biology (M.S. Natural Sciences – Biology Track) Lauren Whitehurst
Department of Chemistry Jared Bies
Department of Chemistry (M.S. Natural Sciences – Chemistry Track) Jacqueline McGuire
Department of Earth & Space Sciences Brendan O’Keeffe
Department of Earth & Space Sciences (M.S. Natural Sciences – Geo-Science Track) Austin Caughey
Department of Earth & Space Sciences (M.S. Natural Sciences – Environmental Science Track) Kerstin Motsch
Dapartment of Mathematics Christopher Sinkule
Department of Psychology Allison Stallworth



Honors College

Emma Baum – Interdisciplinary Studies Award

Darby High – Scholarly Activities in Fine and Performing Arts Award

Abby Gibbons – Scholarly Activities in Humanities Award

Sam Rensenhouse – Scholarly Activities in Professional Studies Award

John Hetzel – Scholarly Activites in Science Award

Ellie Pippas – Scholarly Activities in Social Science Award


College of the Arts

Ashley T. Clark – Art Award

Steven Bardon – Studio Art Award

Rebecca Hinzman – Art History Award

Kasey Powell – Art Education (Undergraduate) Award

Alexandra Goodrich – Art Education (Graduate) Award

Madison Ullman – Communication  Award

Katherine Holbrook – Senior Music Award

Elisabeth Tsai – Presser Scholar

Caitlyn Gallagher – Theatre Arts Award

Isabella Minter – Theatre Arts Performance Award

Alexander Sackmann – Theatre Arts Design & Technical Award

Ariana Perez-Lugonez – Theatre Arts Education Award


Abbott Turner College of Business

Andrew Walsh – Accounting Award

Ashton Edwards – Finance Award

Theresa Teal Moran – Management Award

Brittany Wilkins – General Business Award

Tiffany Medina – Marketing Award

Nancy Avina – Management Information Systems Award

Jacob Fowler – Master of Business Adminstration Award

Somer Mason – Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Award

Loran Shaver – Applied Computer Science Award

Jacob Taylor – Computer Science: Games Programming Award

Davion Clark – Information Technology Award

Olivia Horace – Computer Science: Software Systems Award

Kimberly Brown – Applied Computer Science, M.S. Award

Brian Lockerbie – Computer Science: Cybersecurity Award


College of Education and Health Professions

Lecia Wright – School Counseling Award

Lauren Hearn – Clinical Mental Health Counseling Award

Dennis Pattison – Educational Leadership Award

Delaine Bennett – Doctor of Education: Leadership Track Award

Courtney St. John-Wacker – Doctor of Education: Curriculum Track Award

Ashley Cook – Early Childhood Education (Undergraduate) Award

Joshua Renfrow – Early Childhood Education (Graduate) Award

Michaela Campbell – Middle Grades Education (Undergraduate) Award

Erin Jane – English Education (Undergraduate) Award

Laura Lee Pike – English Education (Graduate) Award

Alice Mendez – Spanish Education (Undergraduate) Award

Jose Ruiz – Secondary Mathematics (Graduate) Award

Kimberly Apple – UTeach Mathematics Education (Undergraduate) Award

Austin Sellers – UTeach Science Education (Undergraduate) Award

Samuelle Mangibin – Secondary Science Education (Graduate) Award

James Bennett – Social Science Education (Undergraduate) Award

Vanessa Ellis – Social Science Education (Graduate) Award

Kyle D. Allen – Special Education (Undergraduate) Award

Amy K. Labas – Special Education (Graduate) Award

Caprisha Battle – Curriculum & Instruction in Accomplished Teaching (Graduate) Award

Thomas Wade Pilgrim – Teacher Leadership (Graduate) Award

Hunter Lee Bowling – Outstanding Nursing B.S.N. Award

Elizabeth Baker – Outstanding Nursing M.S.N. Award

April Leigh Shelnutt – Outstanding Nursing R.N. – B.S.N. Award

Karrie Galyon – Outstanding Nursing M.S.N. – F.N.P. Award


College of Letters and Sciences

Arianna Marealle – Literature Award

Kaleigh Blessard – Professional Writing Award

Justin Briley – Creative Writing Award

Matthias B. Smith – Gullo Prize in Historical Research & Writing Award

Jeremy B. Randall – Spanish Award

Erin Lamberson – Outstanding Political Science Award

Preeyanka Patel – Master of Public Adminstration Award

Blake Reed & Korie MacDougall – Mario Mion Political Science Honors Scholarship Award

Daniel Kim – Cellular & Molecular Biology Award

Autumn Evilsizer – Biology Education Award

Jocelyn Canedo – George Stanton Biology Award

Michael Sandak – Organismic Biology Award

John Hetzel – Ecological & Evolutionary Biology Award

Cayla Rose– Outstanding Freshman Chemistry Major Award

Camila Cardenas – Excellence in Chemistry Research Award

Jacqueline McGuire – Outstanding Graduate Chemistry Student Award

Natalie Halford – Geology Award

Eric Pollock – Engineering Award

Kristopher Fitch – Astronomy Award

Ivy Do – Physics Award

Jack Hovey – Environmental Science Award

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Earth and Space Science Faculty, Students Present at Conference in Knoxville

Faculty and students from the Department of Earth and Space Sciences recently presented the results of a number of ongoing research projects at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America in Knoxville, TN.

Geosciences graduate student Austin Caughey presented the results of his thesis research with Dr. Diana Ortega-Ariza, “Sequence Stratigraphy and Depositional History of Middle-Mississippian Carbonates of the Southern Appalachians, Tuscumbia, AL.”

Dr. David Schwimmer presented the result of his research with coauthor William Montante, “Horseshoe Crabs as Mondern Analogs of Trilobites: Contrary Evidence from a Meraspid Cluster in the Upper Cambrian Conasauga Formation, Western Georgia.”

Dr. Clint Barineau presented the results of his research with CSU alumni David Gilbert and Joel Roop-Eckart, along with Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, student Sarang Agrawal, “Regional Strain in the Eastern Blue Ridge of Alabama: Implications for Interpretation of the Alexander City Fault”.

Dr. Clint Barineau presented the results of his research with colleagues at the U.S. Geological Survey and Florida State University, “Not Your Father’s Taconic Orogeny: Significance of an Iapetus-Facing, Laurentian Plate Ordovician Arc-Backarc System in the Southern Appalachians.”

In addition to student and faculty presenters, a group of seven earth space and science undergraduate and graduate students attended the conference to learn about the latest geological research being conducted across the southeastern U.S.

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Psychology Major Awarded Study Abroad Grant

Morgan Wilson, a sophomore majoring in psychology at Columbus State University, recently was awarded a study abroad grant worth $1,000 from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Wilson will use the grant to study abroad in Japan.

Wilson was one of 50 students nationwide to receive the award. The selection process for a study abroad grant is based on the applicant’s academic achievement, campus and community service, relation of travel to academic preparation and career goals, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, and acceptance into a study abroad program. Each recipient will receive $1,000 to be applied toward travel abroad.

Established in 2001, the Study Abroad Grant Program has awarded more than $800,000 to undergraduate students. The grants are part of the Society’s robust award programs, which give $1.4 million each biennium to outstanding students and members through graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

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Geology Major Receives Scholarship

Chance Seckinger, a geology student at Columbus State University, recently received the William J. Frazier Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. Established in 2016, the scholarship honors long time earth and space sciences chair and professor of geology Dr. William “Bill” Frazier for his more than 40 years of service at Columbus State University.

Seckinger was selected from all applicants as best representing the qualities Dr. Frazier tried to instill in his students – a passion for learning coupled with a willingness to work very hard to succeed in academic endeavors.

The William J. Frazier Scholarship is open to any sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in Earth and Space Sciences at Columbus State University and is awarded in the spring of each year.

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Columbus State University to host Democratic Gubernatorial Debate on Tuesday

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A Democratic Gubernatorial Debate will be held on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in University Hall at Columbus State University. The debate, which will be televised live and open to the public, is part of an ongoing series of political forums hosted by Columbus State in partnership with WRBL-TV and PMB Broadcasting.

AFLAC and TSYS are sponsoring the series. Professors from CSU’s political science department, and reporters from WRBL will serve on panels questioning the candidates during the events. CSU communication students will assist in the production of the telecasts.

The first forum, a Republican Gubernatorial Debate, was held on Tuesday, March 6. A Columbus Mayoral Debate is scheduled for May 1. Events featuring any candidates involved in a run-off will be scheduled between the primary and run-off elections and the nominees of each party will be invited back for a Gubernatorial Debate in October.

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Columbus State University Focuses on Support for Military-Affiliated Students

Columbus State University recently launched its first ever Green Zone initiative to provide extra support for military-affiliated students – a group that makes up about 15% of CSU’s student body. With a $2,500 grant from the Aurora Foundation, CSU’s Military Enrollment department trained 14 faculty and staff on the unique issues and concerns faced by military-affiliated students.

“The Green Zone is all about building a community of advocates for students who are veterans, active duty, or military dependents,” said Susan Lovell, director of military enrollment. “This special group of students faces many unique challenges from obtaining VA education benefits to anticipating a possible deployment in the middle of a semester to simply adjusting to civilian life as a student. We want faculty and staff to be aware of these challenges, so they can help students overcome barriers to obtain academic and career success.”

CSU employees who underwent the Green Zone training were provided with a Green Zone sticker to hang on their door, so that military-affiliated students will recognize the person as an ally who is specially trained to support their needs. Additional trainings will be conducted in July and October to expand the network of Green Zone trained faculty and staff.

Nationwide, student veterans drop out of college at a rate of 88 percent. CSU’s military enrollment seeks to reduce that rate by providing a variety of services for military-affiliated students. Created in 2014, the department offers job opportunities, assistance with VA educational benefits, support for an active student veterans association, and a private military-affiliated student center complete with computers, printers, a small library and a lounge.

“The student center gives them their own space to connect with one another,” said Lovell. “We have students who can’t drive, so they will leave their lunch in our lounge refrigerator and use the computers to study in between classes. We have students who bring in used books to stock the mini-library, so their peers might not have to buy a book. It is a supportive community.”

Lovell continues to look for ways to meet the needs of CSU’s military-affiliated students. Recently she learned that some did not have suits for graduation or job interviews, so the department reached out to clothing businesses in the community for donations to create a “Suits for Vets” program.  Other initiatives include a special military orientation for new students in July, eight-week course offerings at Fort Benning, and a military-affiliated student advisory committee aimed at finding scholarship opportunities.

“They may not always admit they need help,” said Ray Watson, president of the CSU Student Veterans Association. “But any assistance we can give to our veterans is greatly appreciated.”

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Biology Department Students, Faculty Present at Conference

Faculty and students from Columbus State University’s biology department recently presented research at the annual Association of southeastern Biologists conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The following were recognized with awards for their work.

  • Best Microbiology paper ASB
    John Spencer, Rowan Pitts, Rachel Pearson and Lauren King
    The Effects of Antimicrobial Peptides WAM-1 and LL-37 on Multidrug Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii
  • Second Place Frank Brooks Award (BBB papers)
    Michael Sandak, Elizabeth Klar, John Calvert (Emory University), Brian Schwartz.
    Influence of Nerve Growth Factor Dosing Intervals on Muscular and Functional Regeneration in Mice After Acute Myocardial Injury
  • Honorable Mention Frank Brooks Award (BBB papers)
    Trevond Sellers, Elizabeth Klar and Kathleen Hughes
    Effect of Nerve Growth Factor on Cardiomyocyte Proliferation after Induction of Hypoxia
  • Honorable Mention David Johnson Award (BBB poster)
    John Hetzel and John Hanson
    From Trash to Treasure: Techniques for Reconstructing Mitochondrial Genomes from Highly Fragmented Historical DNA


The following projects completed by CSU faculty and staff were also presented at the conference.

  • Jeramy Belt, Amy Sibley, Elizabeth Klar and Michael Newbrey
    The influence of chronological age on the occurrence of intersex in Largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides, in the Chattahoochee River drainage, Georgia.
  • Malina Rollins, Michael Newbrey, Elizabeth Klar, Jeramy Belt
    A comparison of the number of growth cessation marks in otoliths and centra of Largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides 
  • Amy Sibley, Elizabeth Klar, Jeramy Belt and Michael Newbrey
    Comparison of histopathological evaluation to assess the effects of pollution in two creeks of Columbus, GA using livers of Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides). 
  • Devyn Seifert, Harlan Hendricks and Austin Strellner
    A survey of intestinal helminths of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) in West Central Georgia
  • Daniel Kim, Elizabeth Klar, and Julie Ballenger.
    Effect of pickling on the morphology of Cucumis Sativus
  • Rachel Pearson, Avianna Cliatt, Laronsia Cross, Joshua Hill, Joseph Gibson, Tevaris Haley, John Hetzel, Andrew Kumar, Elianna Largeman, Jennifer McMillion, Ekta Parab, Austin Strellner, Julie Wilson and Lauren King
    Effects of Fluoride Varnish and Sucrose on Cell Viability, pH, and Biofilm Formation of Streptococcus mutans
  • Mary Kathryn Wright and Clifton Ruehl
    Behavioral responses of physid snails to predators depends on predator diet
  • Frances Woolfolk, Michael Newbrey, Hugo Martín-Abad and John Maisey
    A new interpretation of chronological ages of Latimeria chalumnae and other coelacanths
  • Persia Tillman, Michael Newbrey, Clint Boyd and Todd Cook
    Comparison of age and growth biology of 34 million year old stingrays from North Dakota to the extant Dasyatis pastinaca
  • Kristina Lam, Jennifer Newbrey and Michael Newbrey
    Effects of Female Condition on the Reproductive Success of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) Breeding in West-Central Georgia
  • Ashley Desensi and Julie Ballenger
    The effect of disturbance on vegetative community structure and diversity: A comparative survey



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CSU Servant Leadership Students Raise Funds for Warrior Outreach Community Center

Warrior Outreach in Fortson, Georgia, recently broke ground on a new community center for veterans, thanks to $15,000 in funding raised by Columbus State University’s Servant Leadership senior class.

“We decided on Warrior Outreach because we live in a large community of military, active, reserves, National Guard, and veterans from all branches,” said, Ellie Pippas, senior Servant Leadership student.  “CSU Servant Leadership has never had a senior project that has touched the lives of our military community, and Warrior Outreach’s mission hit close to home for our senior class. We love what Sam Rhodes and his wife stand for and their mission to help veterans and their families with their support, horses, and good company.”

Each year, seniors in Columbus State University’s Servant Leadership Program choose an organization to partner with to help make a positive impact on the community. This year, they hosted the third annual Uptown Tree Trail, with all profits from the event going towards Warrior Outreach’s new community center.

Construction for the community center began on Friday with a groundbreaking ceremony for its new community center at its future location on Warrior Outreach Ranch in Fortson. The Center provides activities for military families through equine therapy that help heal, build camaraderie and connect with resources. Their goal is to partner to help service members past, present, and future and their families.

Servant Leadership at CSU is a comprehensive program committed to developing future leaders who practice the servant leadership philosophy. Participants are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills through exciting and innovative leadership classes, hands-on modeling of leadership practices, participation in community service projects, and much more. Servant Leadership is created on a foundation of love and compassion, where power and authority are used to benefit the whole of an organization, encouraging individuals to grow and achieve autonomy.

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CSU Students to Pay Same Tuition for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Columbus State University students, as well as all other students in the University System of Georgia, students will pay the same tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year as the current 2017-2018 academic year, after the Board of Regents set annual tuition rates for all 26 colleges and universities at a zero percent increase.

With the elimination or decrease in some fees at Columbus State University, the move means that overall costs of going to CSU could actually go down for some CSU students next year.

“We are grateful to Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly for their consistent support of public higher education in Georgia,” Chancellor Steve Wrigley said. “We also recognize the critical need to keep our institutions affordable for students while providing a quality education. The board’s decision today maintains our commitment to keeping tuition increases to a minimum.”

The University System has been able to limit tuition increases to an average of 1.8 percent annually over the last five years and continues to offer some of the lowest tuition rates among peer public higher education systems. Out of the 16 states that make up the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the USG remains the sixth lowest state in tuition and fees for four-year institutions.

The board also continues to ensure fees charged by USG institutions are kept to a minimum. Only nine of the USG’s 26 institutions will be allowed limited fee increases for the upcoming fiscal year, ranging from $3 to $31 per semester for a full-time, in-state undergraduate student.

Columbus State University is not among the universities where fees will increase, said CSU President Chris Markwood.

“We are very aware of the burden that college costs can put on students,” Markwood said. “I’m very pleased that CSU is addressing this by both decreasing costs and by raising scholarship dollars through our ongoing First Choice fund-raising campaign. The decision this week by the Board of Regents assures CSU’s standing as an institution that will be known for its quality and value.”

USG also is saving students $19 million a year with its free online textbook initiative called Affordable Learning Georgia. More than 219,300 students from across the system have benefited directly from the program, which has grown rapidly. Just two years ago, the University System was ranked No. 1 in the nation by national publisher OpenStax at Rice University for saving students the most money with free online textbooks.

Tuition rates for each institution can be found here: http://www.usg.edu/fiscal_affairs/tuition_and_fees.


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CSU Will Honor Three at Annual President’s Recognition Banquet Thursday

COLUMBUS — Columbus State University will honor an exceptional community partner, and its alumni association will present its most prestigious awards during CSU’s annual President’s Recognition Dinner Thursday night.

For the first award, CSU President Chris Markwood will present Superintendent David Lewis and the Muscogee County School District with the President’s Community Partnership Award.

Under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. David Lewis, the school district has collaborated with CSU in six key areas:

  • Align university curriculum with what MCSD seeks for its teachers.
  • Collaborate on faculty development to promote more active learning.
  • Plan for the development of an urban lab school.
  • Begin planning for the transformation of school libraries into innovation and discovery centers.
  • Expand efforts to advance soft skills in PK-graduate education with MSCD and CSU.
  • Increase participation in Dual Enrollment programs


“CSU has a strong relationship with the Muscogee County School District for many years, but under Dr. Lewis’ leadership, our partnership is going to even greater heights,” Markwood said. “Dr. Lewis understands that education really is the great equalizer in today’s world. I admire the courage he has displayed while worked to spread this message. And he’s displayed great character and integrity while working to make this community a better place to work, live and learn.”

Another community member who had made a significant impact on this community is Rick Alexander, retired business owner of Alexander Electric. He will receive the Frank D. Brown Achievement & Leadership Excellence Award.

According to Dr. Linda Hadley, dean of the Turner College of Business, Alexander is a servant leader, has immaculate dependability, and seeks no personal credit for anything that he does. He has been a longtime support of Columbus State University, collaborating with President Emeritus Frank Brown, and serving for many years on the Turner College’s Business Advisory Council.

The third honoree at the President’s Recognition Banquet will be Dr. AJ Jain, who is receiving the Thomas Y. Whitley Distinguished Alumnus Award for his outstanding professional and personal achievements. Dr. Jain is a certified plastic surgeon in Columbus, GA, specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Jain has served as president of the Muscogee County Medical Society and as a delegate to the Medical Association of Georgia. As a Columbus State University graduate, he saw ways that he could assist in improving the University’s Pre-Medical Program to help it grow beyond all expectations. He has also been an advisor to the CSU’s competitive Premedical Studies Program and has mentored many of our students, said Jennifer Joyner, assistant vice president of alumni engagement & special events, and executive director of the CSU Alumni Association.

“This award is named for CSU’s first president. Dr. Whitley was a true pioneer in education and it is fitting we have named our distinguished alumnus award for this wonderful president,” Joyner said. “Dr. Jain joins a long list of CSU graduates who have brought great prestige to their alma mater.”

The dinner starts at 7 p.m. Thursday in CSU’s Cunningham Center.

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CSU McCullers Center’s First Annual Literary Festival to Bring Nationally Recognized Writers to Columbus

Columbus State University’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians is pleased to announce the first annual Carson McCullers Literary Festival to be held at CSU’s Bo Bartlett Center on April 20-21, 2018.

The festival, which is designed primarily as a celebration of creative writing for Georgia high school students, will feature public readings, master classes and student workshops conducted by nationally known writers and poets. Among the list of featured writers to hold readings are Brad Watson, recent winner of the Harper Lee Award; Jonathan S.E. Perkins, nationally recognized slam poet champion; and novelist and essayist Melissa Pritchard, whose work has been recognized by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and O, The Oprah Magazine.

The festival will also include an awards ceremony for the winners of the Carson McCullers Literary Awards.

For more information, please call (706) 565-1200 or visit http://www.mccullerscenter.org/.

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CSU Tower Day Celebrates Undergraduate Research, Creative Endeavors

Columbus State University’s Tower Day was held on April 12. More than 200 presenters displayed their work as part of the symposium.

“Tower Day was truly a celebration of research and creative endeavors. I congratulate all who participated,” said Hannah Israel, associate professor and gallery director at CSU. “I would like to thank all the judges, volunteers, students, staff, and faculty who assisted in making Tower Day possible. I also would like to thank faculty for taking the extra time and interest in mentoring your students. A student-centered environment is an excellent academic formula.”

The following Tower Day awards recognized students and mentors for their work:

QEP We Solve It Scholarship Winner for Poster Exhibition
Not one more
Presenter: Peter Keres
Professor: Dr. Lydia Ray

Highest Award for Tower Day Presentation
Computer Science
A Bluetooth LE Security Investigation
Lead Presenter: Gabriel Bello
Mentor: Dr. Yesem Kurt Peker

Award of Excellence for the Tower Day Presentation
The Distribution and Host Preference of Cassytha liformis (Love Vine) of Andros Island, Bahamas
Lead Presenter: Abby Grace Moore
Co-Presenters: Ashley Murphy, Jaleesa DeJesus
and Jack Hovey
Mentor: Dr. Julie Ballenger and Dr. Daniel Holt

Award for Best Oral Presentation
Three-Dimensionally Printed Models for Blind and Visually Impaired Chemistry Students
Lead Presenter: Candice Tate
Mentors: Dr. Rajeev Dabke and Dr. Cindy Ticknor

Highest Award for Poster Presentation
Mechanism of Triazolium Salts on Breast Cancer Cells
Lead Presenter: Jared Bies
Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Meyers Chemistry

Award of Excellence for the Tower Day Poster Presentation
Comparison of age and growth biology of 34 million year old sting- rays from North Dakota to the extant Dasyatis
Lead Presenter: Persia Tillman
Mentor: Dr. Michael Newbrey Biology

Award for Best Poster Presentation
An Archaeological Approach to the Abercrombie Mound Re- mains (1RU61), Russel County, Alabama
Lead Presenter: Chance Seckinger
Co-Presenters: Emma Mccabe, Gabriel Hart, Michaela Mallett, Sabrina Rodgers and Valerie Parker
Mentor: Professor Danielle Neale
Earth & Space Science

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Associate Dean Gives Presentation at Georgia Educator Providers Conference

Dr. Sallie Averitt Miller, CSU Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation, recently gave a presentation at the Georgia Educator Providers (GEPP) Conference.

She co-presented with Dr. Paige Tompkins, from the University of Georgia, on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)’s  Standards 4 and 5. The two received approval from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) to follow-up on CAEP “common language” that can be used by all Georgia Educator Preparation Providers’ national annual reporting.

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