Columbus State’s Theatre Department Earns National Accreditation

Dooley_Larry01COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Department of Theatre got word Tuesday that its undergraduate programs have been approved for reaccreditation for the next decade by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

“This is the standard that everybody wants to reach, that you get accredited,” said Larry Dooley, chair of the department. “It’s a sign of having a very strong theatre program that we have this national accreditation.”

CSU offers four undergraduate theatre degrees that will remain in “good standing” through the 2023-2024 school year as a result of the reaccreditation:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in performance
  • BFA in theatre design and technology
  • Bachelor of Arts in theatre
  • Bachelor of Science in Education in theatre education

Columbus State remains the only Georgia university with an accredited theatre education degree, which leads to certification to teach drama in primary and secondary grades. CSU also offers a Master of Education in theatre education.

Tom Hackett, Columbus State provost and vice president for academic affairs, called the theatre department’s favorable NAST accreditation report a “terrific accomplishment.”

“I am very proud of our program and fortunate to have such dedicated and committed colleagues,” he said.

Columbus State had been working toward reaccreditation for a year, completing its self-study early last fall. The self-study, which documents how Columbus State meets or exceeds standards detailed in NAST’s 232-page handbook, had taken Dooley, his faculty and staff six months to compile. Later last fall, an NAST visitation team came to campus, offering its findings in a report at the end of 2013.

Columbus State’s bid for reaccreditation was then approved during the annual NAST convention in March, with Dooley getting official word by a letter he received Tuesday.

The commission ended its letter to Dooley with the following commendation:

“The Commission commends the institution for its excellent facilities, state-of-the-art equipment, and outstanding Theatre Outreach Program. The Commission further commends the institution for drafting an open, honest and clear Self-Study document.”

For more on CSU’s Department of Theatre, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/theatre.

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Christensen Selected Columbus State University’s 2014 Educator of the Year

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Kyle Christensen has been selected Columbus State University’s 2014 Educator of the Year.

Christensen, an assistant professor of political science, received the award during Friday afternoon’s 2014 Scholastic Honors Convocation on Columbus State’s main campus. Other top faculty honorees were John Finley, associate professor of business, for faculty service and Kevin Burgess, associate professor of biology, for research and scholarship. The Faculty Cup, recognizing CSU’s top student for 2013-2014, went to Ford J. Fourqurean, a music performance major from Fayetteville, Ga.

Honors-Gallery1Christensen is currently in his fifth year at CSU. In addition to teaching, he’s also director of CSU’s Social Research Center, which assists with community, faculty and student research needs. Christensen teaches undergraduate courses in American government, comparative politics, international relations and research methods. He is also known for mentoring students and his involvement with several campus organizations. He serves as faculty advisor to the International Relations Club and the Pi Sigma Alpha (the Political Science Honor Society). He’s also CSU’s director of the Columbus-area Model United Nations.

Finley’s primary teaching area is international business. He has directed all of Columbus State’s non-accounting business internships for many years, and he has developed three study abroad courses for the Turner College of Business. Finley has taken six classes of students to three countries: Spain, Costa Rica and Brazil. He has also participated in the University System of Georgia European Council program and has taken two classes abroad through that program.

Finley has been an active member of CSU’s International Education Committee for many years, and he’s the current chair of its Study Abroad Subcommittee. Finley also represents CSU in Georgia State University’s Center for International Business and Research consortium. This academic year, he’s also one of three Faculty in Residence participants, living with students in one of the university’s Uptown Columbus residence halls.

Burgess, a botanist, joined Columbus State in 2008. His research focuses on plant genetics. Specifically, he uses the tools of ecology, systematics and molecular biology, as well as population and quantitative genetics, to answer questions related to conservation genetics, life history evolution, biodiversity, evolutionary ecology, pollination biology, population dynamics, and the ecological and genetic consequences of hybridization.

Fourqurean will graduate in May from CSU’s Schwob School of Music, majoring in clarinet. Fourqurean has been an active participant in CSU’s Honors College, with research and performance interests taking him to Belgium, Japan and Canada’s Domaine Forget music festival. He has presented his scholarly work at several conferences, the most recent being the Southern Regional Honors Conference in Savannah.

Fourqurean has been a musical leader in performing ensembles, playing not only to fulfill degree requirements but also to match his interest in contemporary music. He helped create a local chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc., and, with fellow student composers, has created a micro-conference for the Composers Collaborative. Fourqurean also served on the financial board of the undergraduate research journal Momentum. He was a marketing-social media Intern for the Columbus Symphony orchestra.

The USG Regents Teaching Excellence Award went to Edward O’Donnell, an associate professor of marketing, and the USG Regents Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award was given to Jennifer Pitts, an associate professor of management information systems, both in the Turner College of Business. Jim Owen, a professor of English, was awarded the USG Regents Teaching Excellence Award (Online Faculty). Radhouane Chouchane, an assistant professor of computer science, was awarded the William Chappell Graduate Faculty Award.

CSU Honors College stoles were awarded to Thomas Adams, Kayla Brown, Carla Burton, Taylor Caldwell, Caroline Campbell, Charles Cantrell, Stephanie Earle, Adesikemi Ewedemi, Ford J. Fourqurean, Jordon Huffman, Tyler Krug, Roshan Nedumpurath, Michelle Pokopac, Melissa Rodgers, Brandon Smith, Valerie Staples, Larry Williamson and Samantha Jo Worthy.

Other top student honors, the Academic Recognition and Phi Kappa Phi Senior awards, went to Kayla Brown and Ford J. Fourqurean, respectively.

Recognized as new faculty emeritus designees are retired or retiring professors James Brewbaker (College of Letters and Sciences), Archie Rainey (College of Letters and Sciences), Dutchie Riggsby (College of Education and Health Professions) and Maurice Shalishali (D. Abbott Turner College of Business).

Students receiving top awards in their respective academic programs were:

COLLEGE OF THE ARTS

Studio Art: Kaitlyn Underwood

Art Education, Undergraduate: Brittany Shepard

Art Education, Graduate: Laura Smith

Art History: Victoria L. Cantrell

Communication: Jordan King

Music: Ford J. Fourqurean

Music-Presser Scholar: Likai He

Theatre Arts: Patrick Baker

Theatre Arts Education: Allison Honea

Theatre Arts Design-Technical: Shelbie Harris

Theatre Arts Performance: Elise Miller

 

D. ABBOTT TURNER COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Accounting: Pavla Melkova

Finance: Chelsea Whitehurst

Management: Renee Lambert

Marketing: Ashly Rodriguez

Management Information Systems: Joseph Roberts

General Business: Veronica Hutchinson

Master of Business Administration: Jacob Keen

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership: Rebecca Holman

WebMBA: William Cordell

Software Systems Computer Science: Geoffrey Platta

Applied Computing Computer Science: Cedric Searcy

Games Programming Computer Science: Jordon Huffman

Applied Computer Science, M.S.: Trang Nguyen

Information Technology: Tyler Hoffman

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS

School Counseling, M. Ed.: Chelsea Hix

Community Counseling, M.S.: Elizabeth Romey

Educational Leadership, M.Ed.: Michael Glover

Educational Leadership, Ed.S.: Leslie Reese

Curriculum & Leadership, Ed.D.: Pamela Wetherington

Early Childhood Education Undergraduate: Hartley Barron

Early Childhood Education Graduate: Leah Glazier

Middle Grades Education Undergraduate: Tracy Greenfield

Middle Grades Education Graduate: Timothy Downes

English Education Undergraduate: Amanda Woodruff

English Education Graduate: Christie Cox

Spanish Education Undergraduate: Megan Smith

Mathematics Education Undergraduate: Kevin Klida

Mathematics Education Graduate: Nancy Harris

Science Education Undergraduate: Carrie Sharitt

Science Education Graduate: Sheena Odom

Social Science Education Undergraduate: L. Dawayne Gilbert

Social Science Education Graduate: Teresa Atkinson

Special Education Undergraduate: Shawn Benton

Special Education Graduate: Rachel Massey

UTeach: Timothy Jones

Health & Physical Education Undergraduate: Lori Favoretto

Health & Physical Education M.A.T.: Elizabeth Yates

Health & Physical Education M.Ed.: Andrew Stringfellow

Exercise Science Undergraduate: Pablo Colon

Health Science Undergraduate: Nanisha Martinez

Outstanding Nursing – Undergraduate B.S.N.: Averie Ward

Outstanding Nursing – Undergraduate R.N.-B.S.N.: Rachael Jefferson

Outstanding Nursing – Graduate: Jennifer Everitt

 

COLLEGE OF THE LETTERS & SCIENCES

Criminal Justice: Amaka Iloegbunam

Sociology:  Bobbi Starr

English Literature: Elaine Hoffmeister

Creative Writing: Morgan Lamberson

English Professional Writing: Nicholas Johnston

History: Heidi Packard

French: Sierra Johnson

Spanish: Jonathan Harrell

Political Science: Jonathan McCollough

Mario Mion Political Science Honors Scholarship: Jessie Sizemore

Master of Public Administration: Deneshia Anderson

Cellular & Molecular Biology: Valerie Staples

Organismic Biology: Jonathan Harrell

Ecological & Evolutionary Biology: Samantha Jo Worthy

George Stanton Biology Award: Elizabeth Lamberth

Biology Education: Carrie Sharitt

Outstanding Freshman Chemistry Major: Eric Baker

Outstanding Chemistry Major: Samantha Jo Worthy

Excellence in Research – Chemistry: Christopher Scanlon

Organic Chemistry – Undergraduate: Chelsea Severin

Geology: Wenonah Patrick

Physics: Cameron McCarty

Engineering: Juan Silva

Environmental Science: Christopher Stanford

Mathematics: Kevin Klida

Philosophy: Jessie Sizemore

Psychology: Caroline Campbell

 

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges

Brittany Anderson

Deneshia Anderson

Ariel Andrews

Zeporia Bass

Shawn Benton

Philomina Boateng

Erica Bussey

Angela Byrd

Rosemarie Carlisle

Lindsey Davies

Cambreia Davis

Telea Davis

Angie Dowdell

Ernestine Dozier

Erika Galdamez

Angela Gary

Robert Glass

Rachel Green

Tracy Greenfield

Katrina Hall

Kathryn Harrell

Audrianna Haynes

Katherine Hinzman

Garrett Hix

Ayanna Ivey

Damini Jain

Christina Johnson

Jonathan Johnson

Wendi Johnson

Ashley Jordan

Renee Lambert

Elizabeth Lamberth

Mary Lyons

Juan Pablo Marin

Sammie Mays

Kimberly McAfee

Brooke Mobley

Yvette Nathan-Jones

Matthew Nelson

John Nieberding

Anthonia Okonkwo

Janet O’Neill

George Pruitt

Kea’ya Reeves

Sean Russell

Michael Ryan

Malinda Shamburger

Carrie Sharitt

Kayla Short

Megan Smith

Laurie Smithson

Valerie Staples

Yuka Styron

Steven Tette

Essence Thomas

Trenda Thomas

Fallecia Turner

Usenmfon Udo

Alisa Valles

Hannah Vongsavang

Gabrielle Walden

Elicia Walker

Brandy Walters

Victoria Weaver

Amanda Woodruff

Jessica Word

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2 Recent Psychology Graduates Pursuing Doctorates

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Two recent Columbus State University psychology graduates have been accepted into doctoral programs, according to Mark Schmidt, chair of CSU’s Department of Psychology.

Jessica Cheatham, who graduated in spring 2012 with a B.S. in psychology, has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in behavior analysis at West Virginia University.

Angela  Adams, a fall 2013 cum laude graduate with a B.S. in psychology,  will soon begin Georgia Southern’s Psy.D. program, which accepts just eight students for admission each year.

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Rain Forecast Pushes Back Lindsey Creek Clean-up; One CSU 2014 Events Begin Tuesday

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The threat of rain has only pushed back Columbus State University’s activities promoting environmental awareness a few days, but the rest of the One CSU 2014 events will go on as planned — weather permitting.

Events originally were to begin today with a Lindsey Creek Cleanup by volunteers and CSU’s Students for a Sustainable World. But today’s threat if rain has postponed that activity until April 25 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants are asked to meet near the creek at the parking lot adjacent to CSU’s Blackmon Tennis Center or at the clock tower to assist in removal of trash and refuse.

“One of Columbus State University’s core values is sustainability, and CSU’s Sustainability Week is a celebration of those values,” said Bill Frazier, chairman of CSU’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences. “The celebration continues all week with a variety of events, all focused on developing a healthy environment, a healthy body and a sustainable world.”

All One CSU 2014 events promote those values.

“Our One CSU campaign focuses on creating sustainable communities,” said Troy Keller, associate professor of Earth and Space Sciences. “We stress this point in all of the events. This year we have a suite of new exhibitors that will enhance the breadth of our signature event, the One CSU Sustainability Fair.”

The fair this year will take place on April 22, Earth Day, attracting one of the area’s largest gatherings of groups promoting sustainability initiatives, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. around CSU’s Whitley Clock Tower. Representatives from across the valley will display their wares, recruit volunteers, educate the public and demonstrate what they offer as green-going citizens and organizations. Organizers expect 20 vendors.

“CSU is increasingly emphasizing sound environmental issues and being a model of those practices in our community and our region,” Frazier said. “It’s an opportunity to bring together groups involved in our community, organizations and businesses that are trying to develop green initiatives in town.”

Expected to participate this year are Columbus Water Works, Rivertown Ford, Legacy Chevy, Zipcar, Pratt Recycling, Georgia Power Co., Ride-on Bikes, Outside World Outfitters, Whitewater Express, Treadstone Climbing Gym, the Chattahoochee RiverWarden, the Nature Conservancy, Chattahoochee Fall Line Conservation Partnership, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Keep Columbus Beautiful, Students for a Sustainable World, American Institute for Professional Geologists, Columbus State’s Student Recreation Center and CSU Plant Operations.

If you are interested in the fair, come out or sign up as a volunteer or to have a table at the event by contacting keller_troy@ColumbusState.edu.

Also on Tuesday will be a Rock Wall Climbing Competition from 2-6:30 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center and an Earth Day 5K at 6:30 p.m. The race will start at the CSU Student Recreation Center and end at the clock tower. Prospective 5K participants can register athttps://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=7242054https://www.estartline.com/Register/?event=26013 or at the Student Recreation Center.

On April 23 will be a Beach Body Circuit at 6:30 p.m. where participants join CSU personal trainers for a workout at the clock tower. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 50 participants.

Three events take place April 24, with Tune Up and Tone Up at 6:30 p.m. at the clock tower, kayak demonstrations from 6-8 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center pool and at 7 p.m., at CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, where Judith Curry, a Georgia Tech climate scientist, will lecture on climate change.

Tune Up and Tone participants join CSU group fitness instructors for an outdoor cycle ride and core training. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 50 participants.

One CSU 2014 wraps on Saturday with Oxbow Meadows’ annual ReptileFest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/oxbow.

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Lindsey Creek Clean-up Kicks off One CSU 2014 Events Friday

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A Columbus State University organization promoting environmental awareness kicks off its One CSU 2014 events Friday when it initiates a Lindsay Creek Cleanup.

From 9 a.m.-2 p.m., volunteers can join CSU’s Students for a Sustainable World near the creek at the parking lot adjacent to CSU’s Blackmon Tennis Center or at the clock tower to assist in removal of trash and refuse.

“One of Columbus State University’s core values is sustainability, and CSU’s Sustainability Week is a celebration of those values,” said Bill Frazier, chairman of CSU’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences. “Kicking off on April 18th with a cleanup of Lindsay Creek, the celebration continues all week with a variety of events, all focused on developing a healthy environment, a healthy body and a sustainable world.”

All One CSU 2014 events promote those values.

“Our One CSU campaign focuses on creating sustainable communities,” said Troy Keller, associate professor of Earth and Space Sciences. “We stress this point in all of the events. This year we have a suite of new exhibitors that will enhance the breadth of our signature event, the One CSU Sustainability Fair.”

The fair this year will take place on April 22, Earth Day, attracting one of the area’s largest gatherings of groups promoting sustainability initiatives, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. around CSU’s Whitley Clock Tower. Representatives from across the valley will display their wares, recruit volunteers, educate the public and demonstrate what they offer as green-going citizens and organizations. Organizers expect 20 vendors.

“CSU is increasingly emphasizing sound environmental issues and being a model of those practices in our community and our region,” Frazier said. “It’s an opportunity to bring together groups involved in our community, organizations and businesses that are trying to develop green initiatives in town.”

Expected to participate this year are Columbus Water Works, Rivertown Ford, Legacy Chevy, Zipcar, Pratt Recycling, Georgia Power Co., Ride-on Bikes, Outside World Outfitters, Whitewater Express, Treadstone Climbing Gym, the Chattahoochee RiverWarden, the Nature Conservancy, Chattahoochee Fall Line Conservation Partnership, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Keep Columbus Beautiful, Students for a Sustainable World, American Institute for Professional Geologists, Columbus State’s Student Recreation Center and CSU Plant Operations.

If you are interested in the fair, come out or sign up as a volunteer or to have a table at the event by contacting keller_troy@ColumbusState.edu.

Also on Tuesday will be a Rock Wall Climbing Competition from 2-6:30 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center and an Earth Day 5K at 6:30 p.m. The race will start at the CSU Student Recreation Center and end at the clock tower. Prospective 5K participants can register at https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=7242054, https://www.estartline.com/Register/?event=26013 or at the Student Recreation Center.

On April 23 will be a Beach Body Circuit at 6:30 p.m. where participants join CSU personal trainers for a workout at the clock tower. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 50 participants.

Three events take place April 24, with Tune Up and Tone Up at 6:30 p.m. at the clock tower, kayak demonstrations from 6-8 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center pool and at 7 p.m., at CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, where Judith Curry, a Georgia Tech climate scientist, will lecture on climate change.

Tune Up and Tone participants join CSU group fitness instructors for an outdoor cycle ride and core training. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 50 participants.

One CSU 2014 wraps on Saturday with Oxbow Meadows’ annual ReptileFest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/oxbow.

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Isaacs Earns Top Honor, Three Cougars Honored at PBC Men’s Tennis Banquet

Florence, S.C. – After leading the Columbus State University men’s tennis program to its first ever Peach Belt Conference regular season championship, head coach Evan Isaacs was named the PBC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year on Wednesday night at the annual PBC tennis award banquet. Three Cougar players also earned honors at the event hosted in Florence S.C., the site of the 2014 PBC Championships.

Oussama Zoghlami was named to the All-PBC first team for singles while Marco Almorin earned honors as a singles player on the All-PBC second team. Almorin also earned an award as a doubles player as he and his doubles partner, Adi Malicbegovic, were voted on the All-PBC second team.

In his 13th year at the helm of the Cougars, Isaacs has turned CSU into a perennial national power. Taking over a program that won just five matches in 2002, Isaacs took the Cougars to the NCAA Tournament in just his third year. In 2008, Isaacs and the Cougars began their current streak of six consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, a streak that is almost certain to be extended to seven later this year.

Isaacs took Columbus State to back-to-back NCAA Tournament semifinals matches in 2010 and 2011 while guiding the Cougars to a program best 23 wins in 2012.

This year, Isaacs has the Cougars ranked 14th in the nation and handed Armstrong Atlantic State University its first PBC loss since 2009. The Cougars are also the first seed in the PBC Tournament for the first time in school history.

Isaacs becomes just the second CSU tennis coach to be named the PBC Coach of the Year joining Mike “Skeeter” Smith who won the award in 1996. It is also the first time since 2009 that Armstrong’s head coach Simon Earnshaw has not earned the honor.

Zoghlami earns his first All-PBC award after an outstanding junior season. Beginning the year as the number two singles player, Zoghlami dominated going 10-1 with his only loss coming in a 7-6, 7-6 decision. The junior was eventually moved up to the top position where he continued to flourish. So far at first singles, he is 6-4 including a victory over 25th-ranked Jaan Kononov of Armstrong. Two of his four losses have come against opponents ranked inside the top-25, including the top-ranked player in the nation, while another defeat came at the hands of Division I Troy.

Currently, Zoghlami is 16-5 and ranked 31st in the nation.

Almorin was named to the All-PBC second team for singles after an 11-10 regular season campaign. The sophomore began the year at the number one spot going 4-6 but has played well at the second position posting a 6-4 mark. He is currently ranked 16th in the Southeast Region.

As a doubles pair, Almorin and Malicbegovic have been in rhythm the entire season. Playing all 20 matches at the top position, the duo is 14-6 including going 8-2 in conference play. The pair is currently ranked 10th in the nation and collected a big win against the fifth-ranked team of Pablo Gor and Kononov in the Armstrong match.

Columbus State will begin the PBC Tournament on Thursday, April 17 taking on eighth-seeded and 35th-ranked North Georgia at 11:00 a.m. The Cougars defeated the Nighthawks 7-2 earlier this season.

The PBC All-Conference team is listed below as selected by the league’s head coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

2014 PBC Men’s Tennis All-Conference Team

First Team Singles
Yannick Hass, Georgia College
Jaan Kononov, Armstrong
Jose Martinez, Flagler
Pedro Scocuglia, Armstrong
Vincent Verpeaux, Lander
Oussama Zoghlami, Columbus State

Second Team Singles
Marco Almorin, Columbus State
Richard Ashforth, Francis Marion
Mateus Camasmie, North Georgia
Ettore Damiani, USC Aiken
Pablo Gor, Armstrong
Adam Jonsson, Lander

First Team Doubles
Victor Guimaraes & Victor Cabellos, Georgia Regents
Adam Jonsson & Oscar Axelsson, Lander
Jaan Kononov & Pablo Gor, Armstrong

Second Team Doubles
Marco Almorin & Adi Malicbegovic, Columbus State
Yannik Hass & Alex Schubert, Georgia College
Pat Stiebinger & Alejandro Andino, USC Aiken

Player of the Year
Pedro Scocuglia, Armstrong

Freshman of the Year
Richard Ashforth, Francis Marion

Coach of the Year
Evan Isaacs, Columbus State

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Student Affairs Staffers Present at National Conference

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Six Student Affairs staffers at Columbus State University teamed up for a presentation at a national conference in March.

The presentation was made in Baltimore at the 96th annual conference of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (originally the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) by Gina Sheeks: vice president for Student Affairs; Kimberly McElveen, senior director for student engagement; Collins Brown, assistant director for student life and development; Johniqua Williams, coordinator for diversity programs and services and African American Male Initiative; Britney Kelley, coordinator for Greek Life and Miss CSU Pageant;  and Melissa Dempsey, coordinator for Student Activities Council, Registered Student Organizations and Parent Programs.

Their interactive presentation was titled “What did I get myself into? The journey of a new professional and the supervisors that deal with them,” dealing with challenges faced by those new to working in higher education student life positions.

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Psychology Major wins Scholarship, Grant to study in Costa Rica

Weatherfield_JulieCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Julia Weatherford, a junior psychology major at Columbus State University, has received a merit-based study abroad scholarship and grant from Columbus State University that will allow her to participate in a Maymester course that CSU is offering in Costa Rica.

“I feel honored that my dedication to my studies was rewarded — a true motivation booster for sure,” said Weatherford, who’s also a student in CSU’s Honors College. She lives in Phenix City, Ala.

John Finley and Laurence Marsh, both Turner College of Business faculty, will teach the Sustainable Business course from May 22-June 4. It’s designed to give students an opportunity to learn how businesses operate in Costa Rica while considering sustainability. Students will visit the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Intel Corp., and a nature preserve in Manuel Antonio National Park to hear about sustainable business and tourism development in Costa Rica.

For more on CSU’s study abroad programs, scholarships and grants, visit http://columbusstate.edu/studyabroad.

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Music Education Major Shares Leadership Research

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Samantha Chase, a junior music education major in Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, recently presented at two conferences her research into conducting leadership training for a high school marching band.

Chase’s study, “Student Perception of Active Leadership Training in High School Marching Ensembles,” was presented at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference from Jan. 24-25 at Columbus State and the Southern Regional Honors Council Research Conference from March 27-29 in Savannah.

As part of her research, Chase created an eight-hour leadership workshop with the needs of a high school marching band in mind. She conducted the workshop at a local high school, later surveying participating students. Results indicated students felt Chase was effective in communicating information. Respondents also reported they felt better connected and better understood by their peers.

Sean Powell, an associate professor of music education at CSU, oversaw Chase’s research project.

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Exercise Science Major Accepted into OT Master’s Program

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Diamond Evita Rashad, a junior exercise major from Columbus State University, has been notified of her acceptance into a Georgia Regents University health sciences program.

Rashad, originally from Savannah and a graduate of the Savannah Arts Academy, plans to pursue a Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy at GRU. Currently a student in CSU’s Honors College, Rashad is also active in Enactus, Residence Life and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority’s Eta Iota chapter.

Rashad, who expects to enroll in the Augusta-based GRU next fall, plans to complete the six-semester OT master’s program in 2016, later pursuing a doctorate.

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Student Engagement Director Selected for Journal Editorial Board

McElveen_KimberlyCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Kimberly McElveen, senior director for student engagement at Columbus State University, has been selected to serve on the editorial board for the National Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

The journal is a publication of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, which was originally the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

McElveen, a South Carolina native, has been at Columbus State since 2007.

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CSU Earth and Space Sciences Students Present Research

A group of CSU Earth and Space Sciences faculty and undergraduate and graduate students recently presented the results of their research projects at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America in Blacksburg, Va.

The Geological Society of America is one of the largest professional geology societies in the world, and the annual meeting of the Southeastern Section attracts several hundred researchers each year. CSU had nine students and two faculty at the meeting, with undergraduate presentations by:

  • Jeannie Patrick: “Effective Use of a Low-cost Spiral Panning Machine for Zircon Separation”
  • Salvador Espinosa, Rylleigh Harstad and Ridge Smenner: “Mapping and Structural Analysis across Emuckfaw Group – Wedowee Group Contacts in the Eastern Blue Ridge of Alabama”
  • Salvador Espinosa (with co-author and CSU alumnus Austin Sagul): “Refining the Age, Petrology and Tectonic Setting of Paleozoic Plutons in the Eastern Blue Ridge of Alabama”

… and graduate student presentations by:

  • Daniel Black (with coauthor and CSU alumus Don Osborne): “Long-lived Upper Cretaceous Paleodrainage System in the U.S. Southwestern Georgia – Southeastern Alabama Region”
  • Chris Stanford: “Macro-Charcoal Analysis of Sediment Cores to Determine Fire Use Among Historic and Prehistoric Cultures, Chattahoochee River Valley, Eastern Alabama”

Links to all the presentations can be found at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2014SE/webprogram/.

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140 Faculty, Staff Recognized for Service to CSU

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Nearly 140 Columbus State faculty and staff were honored April 16 at the university’s annual Retiree Recognition and Service Awards ceremony.

Rita J. Watts, director of accounting services for CSU, had the most service of all the honorees, with 35 years. Nancy D. Marino, director of administrative services for CSU’s College of the Arts, was recognized for 25 years of service to CSU.

Recognized by CSU Human Resources, the ceremony’s organizer, for 20 years of service were Michael Baltimore, professor of counseling; Anna Bagley Brooks, university comptroller; J. Alyce Cook, associate professor of modern and classical Languages; Tom Dolan, professor of political science; Dorinda L Dowis, professor of criminal justice; Patricia Louise Garrett, associate director of financial aid; Alvin Harris, desktop services professional for University Information and Technology Services; Amanda Hawkins, associate professor of nursing; Johnny Ho, professor of management and marketing; Teresa Irvin, professor of basic studies; Otto Land, UITS technical support specialist; Loretta Marshall, UITS information security administrator; Joseph McCallus, professor of English; Edwin Schevey, UITS telecommunications support specialist; Paula Simko, Academic Center for Excellence academic advisor-retention specialist; Rebecca Tew, Student Health Center director; Neal Thomson, professor of management and marketing; and Jeffrey Zuiderveen, professor of biology.

Fifteen employees who are retiring or had retired during the 2013-2014 school year also were honored. All had more than a decade of service to CSU. The recognized retirees, their titles or work areas and their term of service to CSU are Raymond Bray, building maintenance painter, 11 years; Lougene Brown, associate vice president for business and finance, 24 years; Rick Cravens, assistant director of campus recreation for adventure and intramural recreation,  28 years; Benjamin Crowley, Plant Operations, 11 years; Joe Francavilla, professor of English, 27 years; Joan Holder, art department administrative assistant, 15 years; Kay Jenkins, UITS, 28 years; Charlie Jones, Campus Services, 18 years; Rita Jones, Accounting and Finance, 11 years; Jay Kimbrough, Academic Center for Excellence, 17 years; Richard Long, professor of counseling and educational leadership, 23 years; Milwood Motley, associate professor of biology, 25 years; Maurice Shalishali, Accounting and Finance, 16 years; Vicky Thomas, Library, 31 years; and David Woolbright, Computer Science, 40 years.

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CSU Geography Professor Publishes her First E-Book

Rees_AmandaCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Amanda Rees, associate professor of geography in Columbus State University’s Department of History and Geography, recently published her first e-book, Thriving as a Stand-Alone Geographer: A Handbook.

This text was written for Stand-Alone Geographers, an affinity group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) representing geographers who work alone or in small programs or departments at colleges and universities. Beyond SAGE, the book is also designed to help those working in the private sector, government and non-profit organizations.

Focusing primarily on academic geographers, Rees’ book offers a recent survey of SAGE members, strategies for positioning geography in higher education, ideas about how to remain productive as a researcher and recommendations for resources and increasing SAGE visibility in the discipline and within the AAG.

Apple-users can download the book from iTunes on desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. For those with PCs or Android tablet or phone, it can be found at lulu.com and downloaded from there. PC-users who haven’t downloaded e-books may have to download a free copy of Adobe Digital Editions.

“As we are the experts in this particular sphere and we can make effective editorial decisions without a publisher,” said Rees, when asked why she decided to go the epublishing route. Epublishing gets useful information out quickly to our colleagues for free.”

Rees, who joined Columbus State’s faculty in 2005, is now part of the regional and national leadership for SAGEs. Previously, she taught at the University of Wyoming.

“Its challenging to arrive at your first teaching position and have no colleagues from your discipline to help mentor you,” Rees said. “When I arrived at CSU there was no geography program, and my new department was called the Department of History. Working out how to raise the profile of geography was my first priority. Sharing that knowledge means that our new colleagues don’t have to re-invent the wheel.”

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Columbus State University Hosts edTPA Faculty Preparation Workshop

CSU Provost Tom Hackett welcomes participants at edTPA Faculty Preparation Workshop.

CSU Provost Tom Hackett welcomes participants at edTPA Faculty Preparation Workshop.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Education faculty from colleges and universities throughout Georgia flocked to Columbus State University recently for training in a new teacher preparation assessment.

Columbus State hosted 179 participants for the April 11 edTPA Training Workshop. Thirty of CSU’s education faculty acted as facilitators — along with colleagues from Georgia State, Shorter College and Valdosta State, the Board of Regents and Georgia’s Professional Standards Commission — for sessions that ran from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

The edTPA is a Teacher Performance Assessment tool developed by Stanford University education faculty. Starting in fall 2015, teacher candidates, also known as pre-service teachers, in universities across Georgia will have to pass the edTPA. For future teachers, edTPA is a critical assessment of their pre-teaching service portfolio, and their failure to earn certification could impact their institutions’ teacher education programs.

“(The edTPA) is robust, to say the least, but it’s all based on best practices,” said Pam Wetherington, CSU’s edTPA coordinator. “Because it’s consequential — meaning they have to pass it in order to get certified to actually even teach in our state, possibly even other states — we are helping train faculty across the state and getting them ready to help prepare their candidates, their pre-service teachers.”

Wetherington said the workshop was a collaborative effort with facilitators working collectively within the state to prepare teaching candidates, and that the results benefit everyone.

“It’s not just about our (CSU) candidates, but about impacting p-12 (pre-kindergarten through 12th grade) learners,” Wetherington said. “Because the better our candidates are, the better the students will be.”

The objective of Saturday’s workshop is for education faculty to take what they learned back to their campuses and train their teaching candidates for the edTPA.

“There’s lots at stake here,” Wetherington said. “This is very significant.”

 

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CSU Presents Top Annual Awards at 2014 President’s Recognition Dinner

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A leading supporter of Columbus State and an alumna of the university who’s one of the nation’s top digital media managers will be honored Thursday, April 17 at CSU’s 42nd annual President’s Recognition Dinner.

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Spencer

J. Kyle Spencer, who has provided crucial support of Columbus State music and study abroad programs, will be presented the Frank D. Brown Achievement and Leadership Excellence Award, which recognizes an individual or organization that exemplifies the leadership skills and ideals of its namesake, CSU’s retired third president.

Spencer and his late wife, Sally, provided funding in the university’s last campaign to purchase a house in Oxford, England that’s now known as CSU’s Spencer House, a unique pillar of the university’s study abroad program. Their longtime support of the university’s international studies programs has helped hundreds of CSU faculty and students travel abroad and study. Spencer has also been a generous donor to CSU’s Schwob School of Music, attracting other donors as well. Other gifts made to the university include a tennis program endowment and a collection of historic maps and documents for the CSU Archives. Spencer is a former chair of the CSU Foundation Board of Trustees and its Planned Gifts Committee. CSU awarded the Spencers with honorary doctorates in 2000. Spencer also remains an avid supporter of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Museum and the Columbus Regional Health system. He has three children and five grandchildren.

Pam Siddall

Siddall

Pam Siddall, winner of Columbus College’s Top Accounting Graduate award in 1991, will be presented at the dinner with CSU’s Thomas Y. Whitley Distinguished Alumnus Award, named for the university’s founding president. Siddall is now executive vice president of Advance Local, one of the nation’s largest media groups.

Siddall, before beginning a transition into her current role in 2013, was the first female publisher of daily newspapers in Columbus, Wichita, Kan., and Birmingham, Ala. Now, she divides her time between offices in New York City and Birmingham, where she and her family live. Since moving to Birmingham in 2010, Siddall has served as a board member of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, United Way of Central Alabama and Red Mountain Theater. She has been elected to serve on several industry boards, including the Alabama Press Association and Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. While in Columbus, Siddall served on the search committee that recruited CSU’s current president, Tim Mescon. She is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham,

Bartlett

Bartlett

Leadership Georgia and Leadership Columbus. Siddall and her husband, Greg, have two daughters.

Also at the dinner Thursday night at CSU’s Cunningham Center, four friends of Columbus State will be named honorary alumni:

  • Bo Bartlett, a nationally renowned American realism artist who moved back to Columbus in 2013 after living and working in Philadelphia and Seattle to help CSU develop the Bo Bartlett Center. The center aims to develop programming for students, scholars, artists, collectors and people seeking to learn more about the power of art. Bartlett also teaches a master class annually at CSU that he had previously offered at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he was educated. His work is in collections nationwide, including art museums in Columbus, Denver and Seattle, as well as the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. Bartlett, married to artist Betsy Eby, has three sons and two grandchildren.
  • Carreker

    Carreker

    Russ Carreker, president of one Columbus company and partner in another, who has served in leadership positions on boards of such organizations as the CSU Foundation, Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Auburn Football Letterman’s Club, Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus, and Leadership Columbus. Starrett-Bytewise Measurement Systems, the company he founded in 1996, manufactures laser measurement systems for industrial applications. He’s also a partner in a start-up that designs and markets camera-based products to the outdoor-hunting market. He also teaches Sunday School at Wynnbrook Baptist Church and helps coach the high school football team at Brookstone School. Carreker and his wife, Patti, have one child.

  • Huff

    Huff

    Lula Lunsford Huff, currently serving her fifth four-year term as tax commissioner for Muscogee County, who’s also a CSU Foundation trustee. Earlier, she worked as an auditor for the Columbus Consolidated Government, as Accounting Department chair at Troy University and was chief financial officer of Precision Components International. Huff has served as board president for the Columbus chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Columbus Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, and the Chattahoochee Valley Community Foundation, also working with the Columbus Museum and the Historic Columbus Foundation Board and her Holy Family Catholic Church. She and her husband, owner of Charles E. Huff’s International Funeral Home, have one daughter.

  • Rothschild

    Rothschild

    Alan F. Rothschild Jr., who’s practiced law in Columbus with Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & Rothschild for more than 28 years, focusing on estate and charitable gift planning and the representation of family businesses. Rothschild is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s 25,000-member Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, a trustee of the Southern Federal Tax Institute and a fellow of both the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the American College of Tax Counsel. He’s also served in leadership roles on a number of nonprofit boards, including the CSU Foundation, the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Miller Mildred Fort Foundation and a new nonprofit photography project, the Do Good Fund. Rothschild and his wife, Jewett, have two children.

For more on CSU’s annual President’s Recognition Dinner and the honors being conveyed, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/alumni.

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Climate Scientist Next Speaker in Sustainability Lecture Series

Curry_JudithCOLUMBUS, Ga. — A climate scientist with a reputation for engaging with climate change skeptics will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center auditorium.

Judith A. Curry, professor and chair in Georgia Tech’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, will be the second speaker in an Oxbow Meadows-organized series of lectures focusing on sustainability.

Curry’s presentation is free and open to the public.

She’s expected to speak on many topics related to climate change, including the science of climate change, its impact in the Southeast, carbon reduction challenges and options to reduce vulnerability to extreme events.

The New York Times described Curry in 2010 as a scientist with no skepticism about how humans influence climate change. But the NYT opinion piece noted “she’s deeply troubled by the tribal nature of … the climate science community and what she sees as ill-advised stonewalling on releasing data and interpretations of data for review and independent analysis.”

Curry, who’s been at Georgia Tech since 2002, has served in an advisory role to both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She’s taught previously at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Penn State, Purdue and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Oxbow Meadows opened in 1995 as a collaboration of CSU, Columbus Water Works and the City of Columbus. The center, near the National Infantry Museum, features exhibits, displays and nature trails, as well as formal and informal programs related to ecology and the region’s natural history. CSU staff, faculty, student assistants and volunteers often offer interpretive and hands-on programs.

For more on Oxbow Meadows, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/oxbow.

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CSU President Co-Authors Entrepreneurship Book’s Update

COLUMBUS, Ga.Columbus State University President Tim Mescon shares his breadth of knowledge about running a business in a recently published new edition of the book, Entrepreneurship Venture Initiation, Management, and Development.

Tim Mescon

Tim Mescon

The 472-page book, which represents a significant update from the 2008 first edition, is written in a detailed sequential form, taking entrepreneurs through the process of starting a venture through managing it and then on to developing it further. Within the text are tools designed to  enhance the student’s learning experience.

Published by M.E. Sharpe Inc. of London, the second edition’s co-authors with Mescon are George S. Vozikis, retired Reighard Chair of Management at  California State University-Fresno); Howard D. Feldman, executive director of the Executive MBA in Nonprofit Management Program at the Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland; and newcomer Eric W. Liguori, assistant professor in the Craig School of Business at Fresno State University. Vozikis and Feldman worked with Mescon on the book’s first edition, which was published by Kennesaw State University Press.

The book can be purchased online from M.E. Sharpe and other vendors.

Before arriving at Columbus State in 2008, Mescon was dean for 18 years at the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw Wtate University, holding the Tony and Jack Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurship. He’s the co-author of four books.

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University Officials Break Ground for new Columbus State Golf Studio

Golf StudioCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University will break ground Monday on its new golf studio on University Avenue that will be named for Billy Key, a former local amateur golf champion, CSU Foundation trustee and longtime supporter of the men’s golf program and Cougar athletics.

Former Masters champion Larry Mize is expected to join Key and university officials for the event at 8:30 a.m. at 3434 University Ave. The public is invited. (Shuttles will transport groundbreaking attendees from parking at CSU’s nearby Center for International Education, north of the intramural field on University Avenue.)

Columbus State’s Key Golf Studio is being built on 13 acres of land and an adjacent lot formerly housing the Boutwell Chiropractic Clinic. The project is being developed in phases, entirely with private funds, with the goal of a becoming a facility that attracts and trains some of the best collegiate golfers in the country. It will be home to CSU’s men’s and women’s golf teams, and it’s where instructors will teach CSU student golf classes.

“This is an exciting addition to Columbus State University and our athletic program,” said university President Tim Mescon. “Our golf programs have a record of national pre-eminence, and this new facility will add to that reputation. We are honored by the caliber of people who are already involved in this project.”

Columbus native and 1987 Masters Champion Larry Mize is helping design the studio. In addition to his own interest in the project, his involvement is spurred by the fact that his son, Robert Mize, is currently a leading member of CSU’s golf team, who will be able to use the facility in the future. Robert Mize played in all 12 events for the Cougars in his freshman season last year and won first-place individual honors in this season’s first two golf tournaments.

Also providing input will be Key, a financial backer of the project and a Georgia Golf Hall of Fame member

Key, now the retired president of First National Bank of Columbus, won the Georgia State Junior Championships in 1946, 1947 and 1948. In 1947 and 1948, he also won the Southern Interscholastic Championships. And in 1948, he won the Georgia Interscholastic Championship. Other big early wins for Key include the Florida Intercollegiate Championship in 1951, the Western Amateur in 1958, the Southeastern Amateur in 1962 and the Georgia Amateur in 1968. As a senior, he won the American Seniors Best-Ball Championship five times. In 1989 and 1990, he won the Society of Seniors Individual Stroke Play Championship and, in 1990, Golf Digest ranked him as the No. 2 senior golfer in the U.S.

“Golf has been really good to me,” Key said. “I have met a lot of interesting people, and it opened a lot of doors for me in the business world. I would be delighted if a project like this could help do the same for other young golfers.”

Mescon said Key’s involvement has been critical to moving the golf studio project forward.

“Mr. Key has been a good friend to Cougar athletics — and our golf programs in particular — for many years,” said Mark Immelman, head coach of CSU’s men’s golf team. “We are so thankful for his support of this project and delighted he is allowing us to name this facility in his honor.”

The Key Golf Studio will include a clubhouse and offices, a driving range, putting and short-game areas. Coaches hope to start using it in fall 2014.

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