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State NAACP Leader to Speak at Columbus State Diversity Conference

Georgia NAACP President Francys Johnson will be keynote speaker for Columbus State University’s third annual Diversity Conference from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at CSU’s Cunningham Center. The conference theme, “The Dream Lives: A Wake-Up Call; Perpetuating the Dream in a Climate of Haves and Have Nots,” will explore issues and obstacles facing Americans seeking equality in key areas such as education and the justice system to fully realize their American dream. Topics to be discussed include:

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• Classism vs. Racism: Smearing the Lines that Divide
• Classism and Poverty in Schools: Leveling the Learning Field
• Public Policy and the Have Nots
• Arrest and Adjudication of the Poor

Also scheduled to speak are Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Muscogee County School Superintendent David Lewis, Columbus attorney Barry Debrow, retired CSU professor Judy Purnell, and current CSU professors Nick Easton and Paula Adams. Johnson, a Statesboro attorney and pastor, was elected to lead the Georgia NAACP last October.

Online registration is $20 per person or $150 for a table of eight. Both breakfast and lunch are included. (Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m.) The event is free to CSU students, faculty and staff with ID.

Photo: Francys Johnson

 

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Wisconsin Administrator, Professor to Become Columbus State Dean

Dennis Rome

Dennis Rome

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Dennis Rome has accepted an offer from Columbus State University to become the next dean of CSU’s College of Letters and Sciences, effective July 1.

Rome, associate provost and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis., said he looks forward to the move and helping CSU continue to implement the six-year strategic plan adopted last year.

“I think it’s exciting and offers a number of opportunities for moving the college forward,” Rome said. “I plan to work very closely with departments and (department) chairs in implementing the new plan.”

CSU’s College of Letters and Sciences encompasses 10 departments, two centers, a shared initiative and a new premedical program. The chair of one of those departments, psychology’s Mark Schmidt, led the search committee that recommended Rome’s hiring after a national search. Rome will replace interim Dean Pat McHenry.

Rome joined UW-Parkside as professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice in 2004. As an associate provost and vice chancellor since 2009, he focused on improving student retention and creating more opportunities for faculty development. He also led efforts to create new degree and certificate programs, including alternative methods for delivering course content.

Earlier, Rome had been a tenured faculty member at Indiana University Bloomington. He’s also taught at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio; DePaul University in Chicago; and Wilmington (Ohio) College.

Rome holds three sociology degrees: his Ph.D. from Washington State University, his M.A. from Howard University and his B.S. from Bradley University in Illinois.

He is the author and co-author of several academic books. He’s also published numerous research articles and has presented more than 50 times at national and international academic conferences his research on a wide range of topics, including curriculum development, human rights and economic justice.

Rome has also served as director of the American Sociological Association’s Honors Programs since 2005. The program is designed to provide undergraduate sociology students with a rich introduction to the professional life of the discipline.

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Columbus State Names Longtime Professor Associate Provost

Dr. Ellen Roberts

Dr. Ellen Roberts

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University Wednesday announced the appointment of Ellen Roberts, , a CSU education faculty member since 1987, as associate provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Roberts has been serving about a year as an interim assistant vice president for academic affairs.

In her new role as associate provost, Roberts will serve as director of the Graduate School and will have responsibility for coordinating distance learning at Columbus State.

Previously, Roberts has served as associate dean of the College of Education and Health Professions. She filled the role of interim dean for the 2010-2011 academic year. During her time in the COEHP, Roberts worked in several areas, including graduate education, distance learning, and accreditation. She played a key role in launching several online education programs, also serving as a member of the University System of Georgia task force that developed the Master of Education in Accomplished Teaching collaborative program with several other USG institutions.

Roberts has served for years on the University Curriculum Committee.

he earned her B.S. in health and physical education from Mississippi State College for Women (now Mississippi University for Women), an M.A. in physical education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and an Ed.D. in physical education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Her professional career began as a high school physical education teacher and coach of volleyball, gymnastics, and track and field. She has also directed a preschool motor development program, coordinated women’s intramurals, served as program director for many summers at a private girls’ camp and, for most of her professional career, taught physical education and wellness at the university level.

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CSU also Hosts Peach Belt Conference Art Exhibition

Jose Jesus Rizo Fonseca’s winning cut paper work, “Axiom.”

Jose Jesus Rizo Fonseca’s winning cut paper work, “Axiom.”

COLUMBUS, Ga.Columbus State University is hosting a wide range of artwork by 47 student artists from 10 universities through Sunday, March 9 as part of the 2014 Peach Belt Tournament Art Exhibition.

The art created by students attending PBC schools will be on display at CSU’s Student Recreation Center, directly across the street from men’s and women’s basketball tournament action at the Lumpkin Center on CSU’s main campus. The rec center is open until 10 p.m. today (Friday), from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.

Jose Jesus Rizo Fonseca, a senior at the University of North Georgia, won the competitive exhibition’s first place prize for his cut paper work, “Axiom.”

“This piece reflects an intricate, bold and beautiful pattern through precise paper cutting,” said the exhibition’s juror, Yeon Jin Kim, the 2014 visiting artist and scholar resident at CSU’s Department of Art. “It is both fragile and amazing.”

Kim said the winning entries in this year’s exhibition reflected attention to intricacy, practice, aesthetic and discipline. “It was a difficult choice to make among so many talented artists,” she said.

Lauren Browder, a Columbus State senior, received the exhibition’s second place prize for her mixed media work, “Nuclear Family.” Third place went to Susan Compton, a University of North Georgia senior, for her clay sculpture, “Leather Brief Case.” Kayleigh Goodwin, a Georgia Southwestern University senior, received the Merit Award for “Intrusion,” her wood, sand and metal sculpture.

All four student artists receive cash awards from the Peach Belt Conference.

In addition to the men’s and women’s basketball championships, Lumpkin Center action on Saturday includes cheer, dance and pep band competitions. For more on the tournament schedule, visit http://peachbelt.com/Tournaments/14basketball/.

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CSU Wins National Award for Excellence in International Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Writer: Bill Sutley, University Relations, bsutley@ColumbusState.edu, 706-507-8724
Contact: Dr. Neal McCrillis, Center for International Education, mccrillis_neal@ColumbusState.edu, 706-565-4038
Photo caption: Neal McCrillis, CSU’s Mildred Miller Fort Foundation Eminent Scholar Chair of International Education, stands before flags hanging at his Center for International Education.

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Nursing Faculty Present at Georgia Association for Nursing Education Conference

School of Nursing faculty presented at the Georgia Association for Nursing Education conference this past weekend at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.  The presenters and their topics were:
  • Tammy Condrey and Dell Miller. Promoting Professionalism Utilizing Leadership University.
  • Sally Richter, Brittany Grissette, Elizabeth Frander and Lisa O’Steen. Birthing Babies Together: An Interdisciplinary Education Project.
  • Dona Ferguson. The Reciprocal Role: Faculty Fostering Student Creativity.
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My First Choice | Catherine

Hear why Catherine made Columbus State University her “first choice.” Catherine is a sophomore, double majoring in Business and Foreign Language with a French concentration. See how a chance encounter with a professor has set her on a path to becoming a translator for the United Nations.

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CSU Students Elected to Leadership Roles in State NAACP Division

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Two Columbus State University students were recognized by top Georgia NAACP officials Monday for their election to leadership positions in the Youth and College Division of the statewide organization.

Stephen Cooper, a junior political science major, was elected president of the organization for teens and college students during a Jan. 25 meeting in Statesboro. Ashley Lester, a junior accounting major, was elected secretary. Both are from the Atlanta area.

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Columbus State’s McCullers Center Inherits Author’s Nyack, N.Y. Residence

Gift Includes $350,000 and Artifacts, Adding to University’s Extensive McCullers Collection and Plans

COLUMBUS, Ga.– Columbus State University has acquired Carson McCullers’s adult home in Nyack, N.Y., a gift from the estate of Dr. Mary Mercer, the noted author’s physician and long-time friend. The estate also includes possessions from the late author, and a $350,000 gift that will help with conserving and cataloging the newly acquired McCullers items.

The house, its possessions and literary works, in combination with assets the university has already secured – including the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians in Carson’s childhood home – means Columbus State University now holds one the world’s most impressive McCullers research and artifacts repositories.

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Uptown Columbus Art Walk to Kick Off Major Bo Bartlett Exhibition

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University will partner with two Uptown Columbus institutions the evening of March 24 to offer Art Walk, kicking off a major local exhibition of works by internationally known artist Bo Bartlett, a Columbus native.

Bo Bartlett

More than 120 Bartlett pieces — from monumental paintings to sketchbooks and journals — will be on display at the Illges Gallery in CSU’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts, the W.C. Bradley Co. Museum and the Turner and Jordan Galleries of Columbus Bank and Trust’s Uptown Center. Bartlett, right, and his wife, artist Betsy Eby, plan to attend receptions at each location during the 5:30-8 p.m. Art Walk, which is free and open to the public.

The three venues are within walking distance, but transportation to and from each venue by golf cart or tram will also be provided.

James W. Bartlett III left Columbus at age 19 to study with an earlier, noted realist, Ben Long, in Florence, Italy. Today, Bartlett divides his time between island homes in Maine and Washington. He returns to Columbus often to visit family in the area.

Described as “an American realist with a modernist vision,” Bartlett’s artwork has been celebrated and displayed in exhibitions at major U.S. art museums for three decades. As one observer put it, “His work celebrates the immensity of everyday life.” The Columbus exhibition has been organized into three categories:

  • “Paintings of Home,” at the Illges Gallery, 901 Front Ave. A collection of small to monumental scale paintings of Bartlett’s Columbus influences, Columbus icons and memories, from a recent New York show, including  familiar works such as Ma Rainey, Queen of the Blues; Dr. Pemberton Discovers Coke: School of Charm; Inheritance and more. A 12-minute DVD interview of Bartlett, produced in conjunction with a recent New York show, will also be available for viewing.
  • “A Survey of Painting,” at the W.C. Bradley Co. Museum, 1017 Front Ave.  An overview of paintings produced from 1998 to 2009, including Young Traveler (Bartlett with a fur hat), Painters Crossing (the well-known painting of Bartlett’s friend and mentor, Andrew Wyeth) and Hiroshima, which measures 134 inches by 204 inches. In all, more than 50 Bartlett paintings will be on display in this 11,000-square foot former cotton warehouse. Bartlett’s film, Heartland, will also be available for viewing at this location.
  • “Sketchbooks, Journals and Studies,” at the Turner and Jordan Galleries, CB&T, 1148 Broadway. These two galleries offer an opportunity for up-close study of sketchbooks Bartlett has created through the years. The journals and objects of inspiration all personally selected by Bartlett demonstrate the inspiration, practice, and the discipline behind his creations. This exhibition includes a DVD lecture by the artist, available to visitors.

In conjunction with the exhibitions, Columbus State plans several special events: sack lunch lectures, evening guest speakers and panel discussions, to be announced later as plans are finalized. Clubs, school groups, businesses, individuals and families are welcome to explore the work of the artist on their own or through a personal docent tour, which can be scheduled.

Following Art Walk, Bartlett will teach a nationally advertised three-day master class at the Corn Center from March 25-March 27. Bartlett will paint alongside a limited number of participants during the weekend and discuss his creative process. For details, visit http://art.colstate.edu/visiting_artist.asp.

For more information on the artist, visit http://www.bobartlett.com/.

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CSU Happenings for Feb. 26-March 6, 2011

Through March 4 – ‘Memory Mapping’ Exhibition by Students of Visiting Artist
Columbus State’s Department of Art is hosting an exhibition through Friday, March 4 in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Bay Gallery by CSU students who studied earlier this semester under visiting artist Frank Poor.  A sculptor from the Rhode Island College faculty, Poor participated this spring in the art department’s Visiting Artists in Residency Program. He taught the multimedia special topics course, “Memory Mapping,” which focused on connecting memory to object-making. Bay Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

Feb. 26 – Guided Nature Walk at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State staff at the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center lead a leisurely nature walk starting 8 a.m. every second and fourth Saturday along the Oxbow Meadows trails. This free program covers information about the plants, birds and other wildlife along the way. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.ColumbusState.edu/index.php.

Feb. 26 – Visitation Day for Prospective Students
Columbus State University will showcase its new recreation center and homecoming festivities for visiting high school students and their parents during Visitation Day on Saturday. Check-in is 9 a.m. in the new Student Recreation Center. Guests will take campus tours, get insight from current students and faculty and, as a bonus, receive free admission to CSU’s Homecoming 2011 basketball doubleheader that afternoon in the Lumpkin Center. In addition to Visitation Day, individual tours are available for prospective students and parents weekdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. The tours, by reservation, start at University Hall and cover both RiverPark and main campuses. Reservations for both Visitation Day and daily tours can be made online (http://www.colstate.edu/future/tour.asp) or by calling 706-507-8800.

Feb. 26 – Walk Georgia Kickoff Celebration at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will help kick off the March 6-April 30 Walk Georgia campaign by hosting a celebration starting noon Saturday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Rd., Columbus. This free program will include a pep rally led by local celebrities; warm-up exercises directed by experts from the CSU Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science; and a family-oriented bike ride led by the River Valley Regional Commission. For more information on the kick off, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.ColumbusState.edu/index.php.

Feb. 26
Homecoming Gameday
Columbus State’s 2011 Homecoming culminates with CSU hosting Montevallo University for a basketball doubleheader in the Lumpkin Center. Tailgating begins at 11 a.m. on the green space at the new recreation center. Inside the Lumpkin Center, tip-off times are 1:30 p.m. (women) and 4:30 p.m. (men). Halftime of the men’s game will feature homecoming court introductions. Between the games, CSU alumni are welcome to a “tweener” social of free food and beverages. Students will close homecoming Saturday evening with a Black and White Formal starting 7 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center. The ball is free for each student and one guest. For more information, call 706 507-8013, e-mail hembree_tinsley@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://studentlife.colstate.edu/homecoming/.

Feb. 26-27 – NCAA Women’s Softball
Columbus State’s softball squad is in action for the following home dates at Lady Cougar Field:
* Saturday, Feb. 26 – Lincoln Memorial, noon and Young Harris, 4 p.m.   
* Sunday, Feb. 27 – Benedict, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for students, faculty and staff with CSU ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

Feb. 26-27 NCAA Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad hosts Delta State for games at 1 p.m, and 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 and 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 at Ragsdale Field. Admission per day is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for students, faculty and staff with CSU ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

Feb. 26 – Guitar Symposium Concert

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents classical guitar performances by CSU professor Andrew Zohn and the Newman-Oltman Duo from New York  8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The concert is part of CSU’s 12th annual Guitar Symposium, two days of performances, master classes, lectures and competition among guitarists from around the world. General admission to the evening concert is $20. For more information go to music.colstate.edu/events/guitar or call 706-649-7225.

Feb. 27 – Space Science Center Hosts Comic Book Show

Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will showcase comics and related collectibles, movies and more as part of a Columbus Comic Book Show 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 at the center, 701 Front Ave. Admission is $4 per person. For more information, call 706-649-1477 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

Feb. 27 – Guitar Symposium Concert

The Schwob School of Music closes its annual CSU Guitar Symposium with classical guitar performances by Xuefei Yang from China and Jan Bartlema from the Netherlands 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. General admission is $20. For more information, go to music.colstate.edu/events/guitar, or call 706-649-7225.

Feb. 28 – Guest Clarinet Duo
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a concert by the visiting clarinetists Robert Spring and Jana Starling 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The duo, from Arizona State University, has performed around the country and for international audiences. Their CSU concert is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail: schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

Feb. 28-March 1 – NCAA Women’s Golf: Lady Cougar Collegiate Classic

Columbus State’s women’s golf team hosts the 2011 Lady Cougar Collegiate Classic Monday and Tuesday at Country Club of Columbus. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

March 2 – NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts West Georgia

Columbus State’s baseball squad hosts West Georgia 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at Ragsdale Field. Admission prices are $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for students, faculty and staff with CSU ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

March 2 – LegacyLive Concert: Brooklyn Rider String Quartet
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a concert by the Brooklyn Rider String Quartet 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Billed as “genre defying,” the quartet is noted for an eclectic repertoire and performance style that has attracted acclaim from critics of classical, rock and world music. NPR has credited Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” Their CSU performance is part of the Schowb school’s LegacyLive concert series. Tickets are $20 or $15 for CSU faculty and staff and $10 for CSU students. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

March 3 – CSU Jazz Ensembles
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a concert by its jazz ensembles 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program will include a variety of jazz styles performed by the CSU Jazz Band and jazz combos under the direction of  professor Alexander Pershounin. Admission is free. For more information, please call 706-649-7225, Email: schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu

March 5 – Expert to Discuss Gulf Oil Spill Aftermath
Columbus State University presents “A Study of the Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill,” a presentation 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5 in Stanley Hall 209A, by Ken Halanych, coordinator of the Marine Biology Program at Auburn University. Halanych and his colleagues have studied the impact of the Gulf oil spill with a $938,000 grant from the BP-Gulf of Research Initiative. Halanych will discuss the response of organisms to the oil spill, the fate and degradation of the oil and dispersants, the tracking of how oil and dispersants move through the ecosystem and the overall recovery. This free program is presented by CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center,  Columbus Audubon Society and Lynn Haven Garden Club. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

March 5-6 – NCAA Tennis at CSU
The Columbus State women’s and men’s tennis squads host the following matches at the Blackmon Tennis Center:
* Saturday, March 5: Samford, 10 a.m. Saturday (men)
* Sunday, March 6: North Georgia, 1 p.m. Sunday (women and men)
For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

March 5 – Astronomy Night at Providence Canyon

Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center presents an Astronomy Night session of stargazing and planet viewing 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at Providence Canyon State Park near Lumpkin. The program is free. For more information, including driving directions, go to http://www.ccssc.org or call 706-649-1477.

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Uptown Columbus Recognizes Columbus State’s RiverPark Campus Development

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s investment in Uptown Columbus, creating a thriving RiverPark Campus, is also paying off with recognition.

Two nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving Columbus’ downtown area, Uptown Columbus, Inc., and Business Improvement District, recognized the university Thursday 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.

RiverPark Campus' Art-Theatre Complex

Current Columbus State President Tim Mescon accepted the award on the university’s behalf and immediately asked his predecessor, Frank Brown, to hold the award. Mescon credited Brown with the vision for CSU’s presence in Uptown Columbus.

About 350 students now live on the RiverPark Campus, spread between two student apartment buildings that opened on Broadway in 2007, and The Rankin, a historic building where CSU students have lived since the Schwob School of Music’s Saunders Center for Music Studies opened as part of the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in 2001.

Also now Uptown, thanks to CSU:

  • Extensive Department of Art gallery space, as well as spacious adjacent studios for faculty and students in the Corn Center for Visual Arts.
  • Performance and work spaces for the Department of Theatre in the adjacent Theatre on the Park building.
  • Performance space in the RiverCenter dedicated primarily to concerts by student, faculty and visiting Schwob school artists.
  • Offices for faculty in five academic units: music faculty in the Saunders center,  Department of Communication faculty and their classrooms in Carpenters Hall, and the faculty of the Department of History and Geography, plus art and theatre colleagues, in the Yancey Center at One Arsenal Place.
  • A bookstore and adjacent gallery for displaying student artwork.
  • A thriving Continuing Education arts presence in The Rankin, as well as space that’s frequently leased for events.
  • A combination café-convenience store.
  • Several student services offices.
  • A University Police station.
  • Parking deck serving the new Columbus Hall and Broadway Crossing student apartments, as well as W.C. Bradley Co.
  • A grassy riverside Woodruff Park.
  • And more space that’s being developed as part of the strategic plan adopted by Columbus State in 2009.

Uptown Columbus Inc. and BID coordinate economic revitalization initiatives in the overall downtown area. Their annual meeting at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, adjacent to CSU’s One Yancey Center at Arsenal Place, featured whitewater canoe Olympian Joe Jacobi, speaking on the potential economic impact of the 2.5-mile whitewater course that’s being developed on the Chattahoochee River near Uptown.

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Investment Strategist, Panel to Discuss 2011 Economic Outlook

Dorsey FarrCOLUMBUS, Ga. – A prominent investment strategist, Dorsey D. Farr, will offer his 2011 economic outlook during the annual Financial Forecast Breakfast offered Thursday by Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business and Computer Science.

Farr, co-founder and chief strategist for French, Wolf and Farr, an Atlanta-based investment advisory firm, will lead the breakfast discussion at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 24 in CSU’s Cunningham Center.

Supplementing Farr’s comments will be a panel of Columbus-based investment advisers: Mark Husdon, first vice president of SunTrust Bank; Richard Illges, a partner in Greatmark Investment Partners; Robert Nobles, vice president and regional investment manager of Synovus Trust Co.; John A. Shinkle, senior vice president and branch manager of Stifel Nicolaus & Co.; and Murray L. Solomon, registered principal and resident manager of Raymond James Financial Services.

The breakfast is sponsored by the Turner College Business Advisory Council, chaired by James D. Yancey, acting chairman of the board for Synovus Financial Corp. and CSU Foundation trustee.

Farr oversees investment strategy and portfolio management at French, Wolf and Farr. Earlier, he was chief economist and director of asset allocation and portfolio strategy at Wilmington Trust, which acquired an Atlanta-based investment advisory firm where Farr was a partner.

Farr is frequently quoted in both the local and national media on issues related to the economy and financial markets. He has made numerous appearances on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. In 2003, he was featured in Georgia Trend magazine’s annual 40 Under 40.

Before returning to his hometown of Atlanta, Farr was an instructor at the University of Virginia and a graduate student visitor in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He earned both his master’s and doctorate in economics at Virginia.

A student of economic theory and investment management, Farr’s research has been published in both professional and academic journals, including the Journal of International Economics, the Journal of Wealth Management and the Journal of Portfolio Management.

He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Georgia Council on Economic Education, where he is treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee.

For more information on Monday’s breakfast, contact Brynn Dillon, assistant to the dean at Turner College of Business and Computer Science, at dillon_brynn@ColumbusState.edu or 706-568-5370.

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Uptown Columbus Art Walk to Kick Off Major Bo Bartlett Exhibition

Bo BartlettCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University will partner with two Uptown Columbus institutions the evening of March 24 to offer Art Walk, kicking off a major local exhibition of works by internationally known artist Bo Bartlett, a Columbus native.

More than 120 Bartlett pieces — from monumental paintings to sketchbooks and journals — will be on display at the Illges Gallery in CSU’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts, the W.C. Bradley Co. Museum and the Turner and Jordan Galleries of Columbus Bank and Trust’s Uptown Center. Bartlett, right, and his wife, artist Betsy Eby, plan to attend receptions at each location during the 5:30-8 p.m. Art Walk, which is free and open to the public.

The three venues are within walking distance, but transportation to and from each venue by golf cart or tram will also be provided.

James W. Bartlett III left Columbus at age 19 to study with an earlier, noted realist, Ben Long, in Florence, Italy. Today, Bartlett divides his time between island homes in Maine and Washington. He returns to Columbus often to visit family in the area.

Described as “an American realist with a modernist vision,” Bartlett’s artwork has been celebrated and displayed in exhibitions at major U.S. art museums for three decades. As one observer put it, “His work celebrates the immensity of everyday life.” The Columbus exhibition has been organized into three categories:

  • “Paintings of Home,” at the Illges Gallery, 901 Front Ave. A collection of small to monumental scale paintings of Bartlett’s Columbus influences, Columbus icons and memories, from a recent New York show, including  familiar works such as Ma Rainey, Queen of the Blues; Dr. Pemberton Discovers Coke: School of Charm; Inheritance and more. A 12-minute DVD interview of Bartlett, produced in conjunction with a recent New York show, will also be available for viewing.
  • “A Survey of Painting,” at the W.C. Bradley Co. Museum, 1017 Front Ave.  An overview of paintings produced from 1998 to 2009, including Young Traveler (Bartlett with a fur hat), Painters Crossing (the well-known painting of Bartlett’s friend and mentor, Andrew Wyeth) and Hiroshima, which measures 134 inches by 204 inches. In all, more than 50 Bartlett paintings will be on display in this 11,000-square foot former cotton warehouse. Bartlett’s film, Heartland, will also be available for viewing at this location.
  • “Sketchbooks, Journals and Studies,” at the Turner and Jordan Galleries, CB&T, 1148 Broadway. These two galleries offer an opportunity for up-close study of sketchbooks Bartlett has created through the years. The journals and objects of inspiration all personally selected by Bartlett demonstrate the inspiration, practice, and the discipline behind his creations. This exhibition includes a DVD lecture by the artist, available to visitors.

In conjunction with the exhibitions, Columbus State plans several special events: sack lunch lectures, evening guest speakers and panel discussions, to be announced later as plans are finalized. Clubs, school groups, businesses, individuals and families are welcome to explore the work of the artist on their own or through a personal docent tour, which can be scheduled.

Following Art Walk, Bartlett will teach a nationally advertised three-day master class at the Corn Center from March 25-March 27. Bartlett will paint alongside a limited number of participants during the weekend and discuss his creative process. For details, visit http://art.colstate.edu/visiting_artist.asp.

For more information on the artist, visit http://www.bobartlett.com/.

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CSU Happenings for Feb. 21-27, 2011

Feb. 21-26 – CSU Homecoming 2011
Columbus State holds its 2011 Homecoming celebration Feb. 21-26 with various programs, culminating with homecoming court introductions during a Saturday, Feb. 26, NCAA basketball doubleheader. CSU will tip off against Montevallo at 1:30 p.m. (women) and 3:30 p.m. (men), with tailgating beforehand outside the new Student Recreation Center. For more information, go to http://studentlife.colstate.edu/homecoming, e-mail hembree_tinsley@ColumbusState.edu or call 706-507-8013.

Feb. 21 – International Film Screening
Columbus State’s Center for International Education screens Heavy Metal in Baghdad 7 p.m. Monday in the International House at University Avenue and Clearview Circle. The film is a documentary that follows an Iraqi heavy metal band chasing success in its war-torn country from 2003 through the film’s production in 2007. The program, part of CSU’s International Film Series, is free. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

Feb. 22 – Visiting Artist Lecture

Columbus State’s Department of Art presents a lecture by visiting artist Kristy Deetz at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Carpenters Hall on CSU’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus. Deetz, chair of art at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, works in painting, encaustic and bookmaking. Her encaustic and oil paintings revise traditional images of drapery and still life and explore how image and process reveal and conceal substance and spirit. She is participating in CSU’s Residency Program for Artists and Scholars. Her lecture is free. For more information, call 706-507-8301.

Feb. 24 – Visiting Scholar to Lecture on Women’s Writing in Northern Island
Columbus State’s Center for International Education presents “The Unfinished Revolution: Women’s Writing in Northern Ireland,” a lecture by Rebecca Pelan, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 in the International House at University Avenue and Clearview Circle. Pelan, a visiting scholar from Belfast, is serving as CSU’s Fort Visiting Scholar in European Studies. Her lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

Feb. 24 – Hallock Lecture: Military Historian to Discuss Korean War

Renowned military historian and author Allan Millett will present “Who Forgot the Korean War and Why?” as part of Columbus State University’s Hallock Lecture Series 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 in the Cunningham Center. Millett, director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans, earned the prestigious Pritzker Military Library Literature Award in 2008 for lifetime achievement in military writing and is widely respected as one of the world’s leading experts on the Korean War. His CSU lecture is free and open to the public. The Hallock Lecture Series, coordinated by the Department of History and Geography, is made possible through a gift from the Richard R. Hallock Foundation For more information, call 706-507-8350 or go to www.ColumbusState.edu/history.

Feb. 25 – Women’s and Men’s NCAA Tennis

The CSU women’s and men’s tennis squads host St. Leo for matching starting 2 p.m. Saturday at the Blackmon Tennis Center: Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

Feb. 25-26 – Encaustic Painting Workshop

Columbus State’s Department of Art presents a workshop on the Art of Encaustic Painting, directed by visiting artist Kristy Deetz, from 1-5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26 in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added, a technique notably used in mummy portraits from ancient Egypt. Deetz, chair of the art discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, is participating in CSU’s Residency Program for Artists and Scholars. Admission is free. Spaces are limited. Reserve a spot by calling 706-507-8301.

Feb. 25-27 – NCAA Women’s Softball
Columbus State’s softball squad is in action for the following home dates at Lady Cougar Field:
* Friday, Feb. 25 – Young Harris, 11 a.m. and Lincoln Memorial, 1 p.m.
* Saturday, Feb. 26 – Lincoln Memorial, noon and Young Harris, 4 p.m.   
* Sunday, Feb. 27 – Benedict, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for students, faculty and staff with CSU ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

Feb. 26 – Visitation Day for Prospective Students
Columbus State University will showcase its new recreation center and homecoming festivities for visiting high school students and their parents during Visitation Day on Saturday, Feb. 26. Check-in is 9 a.m. in the new Student Recreation Center. Guests will take campus tours, get insight from current students and faculty and, as a bonus, receive free admission to CSU’s Homecoming 2011 basketball doubleheader that afternoon in the Lumpkin Center. In addition to Visitation Day, individual tours are available for prospective students and parents weekdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. The tours, by reservation, start at University Hall and cover both RiverPark and main campuses. Reservations for both Visitation Day and daily tours can be made online (http://www.colstate.edu/future/tour.asp) or by calling 706-507-8800.

Feb. 26-27 NCAA Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad hosts Delta State for games at 1 p.m, and 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 and 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 at Ragsdale Field. Admission per day is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for students, faculty and staff with CSU ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

Feb. 26 – Guitar Symposium Concert: Duo Spiritoso and Jan Bartlema

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a classical guitar performance by Duo Spiritoso (Jeffrey McFadden and CSU professor Andrew Zohn) and Jan Bartlema from the Netherlands 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The concert is part of CSU’s 12th annual Guitar Symposium, two days of performances, master classes, lectures and competition among guitarists from around the world. General admission to the evening concert is $20. For more information go to music.colstate.edu/events/guitar or call 706-649-7225.

Through Feb. 26 – Visiting Artist Exhibitions

Columbus State’s Department of Art is hosting exhibitions through Saturday, Feb. 26 by recent and current artists in residence at CSU. The concurrent shows are Mark Clare’s “Remote Control,” a mixed-media social commentary inspired by the military, and “In-Out,” works in various mediums by current resident artists Frank Poor and Kristy Deetz, and Deborah Aschheim, whose architectural drawings depicting historic downtown Columbus sites were created during her fall 2010 residency. The London-born Clare, who lives in Ireland, produced his work during his February 2010 CSU residency.  Illges Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday; and  11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, go to http://art.colstate.edu/ or call 706-507-8300.

Feb. 27 – Space Science Center Hosts Comic Book Show

Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will showcase comics and related collectibles, movies and more as part of a Columbus Comic Book Show 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 at the center, 701 Front Ave. Admission is $4 per person. For more information, call 706-649-1477 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

Feb. 27 – Guitar Symposium Concert: Xuefei Yang, Newman-Oltman Duo

The Schwob School of Music closes its annual CSU Guitar Symposium with classical guitar performances by Xuefei Yang (China) and the Newman-Oltman Duo (New York)  8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. General admission is $20. For more information, go to music.colstate.edu/events/guitar, or call 706-649-7225.

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Hallock Lecturer Millett has Investigated Korean War to its Roots

COLUMBUS, Ga. – When Allen Millett started digging into a planned 20-year Korean war history project in the early 1990s, he consulted with a trio of his former graduate students who had become military officers in their home nation, South Korea. 

Millett, the renowned military historian and author, asked for “the most important thing Western readers should know about the war.” The Koreans unanimously responded the conflict was “a total war between two irreconcilable revolutionary movements” that emerged from 1910-1945 Japanese colonial oppression “with different visions of what modern Korea should be,” Millett said.

The Korean perspective of internal revolutionary adversaries – Marxist-Leninists and nationalists – driving the Korean War is at the center of Millett’s “Who Forgot the Korean War and Why?” – his presentation slated for Columbus State University’s Hallock Lecture Series 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 in the Cunningham Center. Allan Millett  Admission is free and open to the public. 

In the context of military conflicts through history, Millett, a former Marine officer and director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans, has characterized Korea’s as a forgotten war, overshadowed by World War II and the Vietnam War, primarily because it was operationally complex with a conclusion perceived as an anomaly because the opposing parties’ differences remain unresolved.

Furthermore, when the war is studied, it’s viewed primarily through the perspectives of the United States, China and the former Soviet Union, and such an approach is of limited value, he said in a telephone interview.

Millett, right, has spoken face-to-face with Koreans who experienced the war from both sides to help shape a “Korean perspective that also accommodates the U.S., PRC (China) and USSR perspectives and deals with the Cold War rivalries and the decolonization wars of Asia, which includes the struggle for Korea,” he said. “The advantage to this approach is that it places the Koreans at the center of their own terrible history” and provides for a more complete foundation to “understand the possibilities and problems of nation-building as well as the perils of postcolonial politics.”

Such history is illustrated by 10 percent of all Koreans  (three million) dying in the war, with 80 percent of the dead non-combatants. “People do not forget such a war for generations, if ever,” Millett said.

Millett’s Korean War research has yielded several publications, including the recent books The War for Korea, 1950-1951: They Came from the North (2010) and The War for Korea, 1945-1950: A House Burning (2005). In between, he wrote The Korean War (2007) as a guide for researching the war.

While recognized among the world’s leading experts of the Korean War, Millett also is a senior military advisor for the National World War II Museum and earned the prestigious Pritzker Military Library Literature Award in 2008 for lifetime achievement in military writing.

His appearance at Columbus State is funded by the Hallock Lecture Series, coordinated by the Department of History and Geography and made possible through a gift from the Richard R. Hallock Foundation For more information, call 706-507-8350 or go to www.ColumbusState.edu/history.

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