Apply by January 31 for CSU’s Prestigious Programs and Scholarships

The window to apply to some of CSU’s most sought-after programs and scholarships is closing quickly. Applications for the following opportunities are due Sunday, January 31:

Honors College Presidential Scholarship
Presidential scholars are awarded up to $5,000 every year plus a one-time $3,200 study abroad stipend.
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Servant Leadership Scholarships
Servant Leadership scholars are competitively selected and awarded a $1,250 stipend each semester for successful completion of program requirements.
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Competitive PreMed Program
CSU’s Competitive Premedical Studies program provides valuable resources to motivated undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in medicine.
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Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship
Woodrow Wilson Fellows will receive a $30,000 stipend and earn a Master’s of Arts in Teaching in exchange for a commitment to teach three years in one of Georgia’s high-need middle or high schools.
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Winners Named in 2015 Business Plan Competition at Columbus State

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Jessica Lester, an MBA student at Columbus State University and media consultant for the Ledger-Enquirer, took home first place and a $5,000 prize today in the 2015 Business Plan Competition sponsored by CSU’s Turner College of Business.

Lester’s winning business proposal detailed her plans to establish Georgia Craft, a new Columbus-based craft beer gastro pub, with partners Garrett Lawrence and Robert Battle, Lester’s husband. Lawrence and Battle are the owners of Maltitude, a local business that presently sells craft beer for off-premises consumption in Columbus, Georgia.

The second place winner in the Business Plan Competition was Bobby Matthews, a CSU business major who created Matthews Woodworking, a Troop County company specializing in the production of outdoor furniture. Third place went to CSU business students Shane and Greg Meshes for their proposal for Hidden Goat Farms, a business in Warm Springs that will sell goat’s milk and milk byproducts.

The winners were announced at a luncheon held today at the Columbus Country Club. The luncheon’s keynote speaker was John F. Flournoy, chairman and CEO of The Flournoy Companies, a regional construction and property management company.

“The key to building a successful business is your tenacity,” Flournoy told the competition winners.

Kirk Heriot, CSU’s Ray and Evelyn Crowley Endowed Chair for Entrepreneurship, launched the Business Plan Competition in 2010. The competition aims to promote entrepreneurship and development of startups, build bridges between the university and the Columbus area and encourage commercialization of promising ideas. Visit for more information about the competition.

(left to right) Bobby Matthews, 2nd place; Jessica Lester, 1st place; Greg Meshes and Shane Meshes, 3rd place

(left to right) Bobby Matthews, 2nd place; Jessica Lester, 1st place; Greg Meshes and Shane Meshes, 3rd place


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Columbus State University Announces Carson McCullers Literary Award Winners

– The English Department at Columbus State University is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Carson McCullers Literary Awards for Georgia high school and CSU students:


The Brick Road Greear Prize for Poetry

High School:
First Place: “Rotten Fruit,” Hayley Maine, Early College Academy of Columbus, Columbus, GA
Honorable Mention: “The Run of Life,” Bodie Fox, Armuchee High School, Rome, GA

First Place: “In the Savage City,” Jeremy Andrews
Honorable Mention: “Proximity,” Alyssa Hudson


The Orlene Jones Poulsen Award for Fiction

High School:
First Place: “Thank You For the Pictures,” Elim Lee, Brookstone School, Columbus, GA
Honorable Mention: “6:30 to 7:41,” Taryn Castro, Chamblee Charter High School, Atlanta, GA

First Place: “Tolerable Oranges,” Alyssa Hudson
Honorable Mention: “Midnight Monster,” Shannon Smith


The Paul Hackett Award for Creative Nonfiction

High School:
First Place: “Mother, Did You Know?” Elim Lee, Brookstone School, Columbus, GA
Honorable Mention: “Ode to Joy,” Amy Pan, Parkview High School, Lilburn, GA

First Place: “Motherland,” Alyssa Hudson
Honorable Mention: “Escape These Southern Bones,” Jeremy Andrews


The Naartjie Multimedia Award for Expository Writing

High School:
Honorable Mention: “Grace’s Path to Enlightenment in The Others,” Sina Niusulu, Hardaway High School, Columbus, GA

First Place: “Mark Doty and Transforming Experience into Art,” Christopher Delano
Honorable Mention: “Run, Lola, Run and the Reality of Difference,” Rachel Jordan
Notable: “Mina Loy’s “Parturition” and “Feminist Manifesto”: A Reflection of Conflicted Identities,” Alyssa Hudson
Notable: “The Negro Speaks: An Examination of Black Identity in America Through the Lens of Masculinity in Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman,” Brandon Hodges
Notable: “Damnation and Salvation Through Love in Christina Rosetti’s Poetry,” Emery Godwin


Prizes for first place include $150 and publication in Arden, CSU’s award-winning literary journal. Honorable mention win­ners will receive $100. Winners will receive their awards and cash prizes at a banquet at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 13 at The Rankin Gardens & Atrium. A performance featuring poet Noah Blaustein will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theater at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

These awards are named for Carson Mc­Cullers who was born Lula Carson Smith in Columbus, Georgia on February 19, 1917. Most famous for her novels “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” “Reflections in a Golden Eye,” “The Member of the Wedding,” “The Ballad of the Sad Cafe,” and “Clock Without Hands,” McCullers was also a playwright and a short story writer. Her small but significant body of work includes five novels, two plays, twen­ty short stories, over two dozen nonfiction pieces, a book of children’s verses, a small number of poems, and an unfinished auto­biography. She died in 1967 at the age of 50.

For further information about the awards, contact Dr. Carmen Skaggs, chair for the Department of English at 706-569-2583 or


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Second Annual Carson McCullers Literary Awards For Student Writers

Cash Awards for High School and College Writers of Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Essay

Columbus State University’s Department of English will celebrate exceptional student writing this spring with the second annual Carson McCullers Literary Awards for Georgia high school and CSU students, offering $1,000 in cash awards and publication for the most outstanding poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and expository writing. Sponsored by CSU’s English Department at Columbus State University, submissions will be accepted until Feb. 1.

“As the birthplace of such great authors as Flannery O’Connor, Alice Walker, Harry Crews and, of course, Carson McCullers, Georgia has a rich literary tradition, and we want to foster it for generations to come,” said Carmen Skaggs, chair of CSU’s English Department. “The Carson McCullers Literary Awards is an annual celebration of talent and skill, and it’s our hope that they’ll enrich the vibrant literary tradition in Columbus and across the state.”

Awards will be given in four categories:

  • The Brick Road Greear Prize for Poetry
  • The Paul Hackett Award for Creative Nonfic­tion
  • The Orlene Jones Poulsen Award for Fiction
  • The Naartjie Multimedia Award for Expository Writing.

Each cat­egory will have four awards (two for CSU students and two for Georgia high school students): First place includes $150 and publication in Arden, CSU’s award-winning literary journal; Honorable Mention win­ners will receive $100. Entries are due by Feb. 1, and winners will be announced in early March. On April 13, CSU will hold an awards reception and dinner featuring poet Noah Blaustein, during which the winners will receive their prizes.

Prose guidelines: 2,500-word limit, 12-point font, double-spaced. Po­etry guidelines: up to three poems.

Students may submit once in each cat­egory. There is no entry fee (students must either be registered for classes at CSU or attend a Georgia high school). En­tries must be submitted as Word or PDF documents through CSU’s website:

These awards are named for Carson Mc­Cullers who was born Lula Carson Smith in Columbus, Georgia, on February 19, 1917. Most famous for her novels The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Reflections in a Golden Eye, The Member of the Wedding, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, and Clock Without Hands, McCullers was also a playwright and a short story writer. Her small but significant body of work includes five novels, two plays, twen­ty short stories, over two dozen nonfiction pieces, a book of children’s verse, a small number of poems, and an unfinished auto­biography. She died in 1967 at age 50.

For further information about the awards, please contact: Dr. Carmen Skaggs, De­partment Chair, English at 706-569-2583 or


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CSU Art Professor Awarded Fulbright Grant to Research, Lecture in Sweden

Michael McFalls, associate professor of art at CSU, pouring bronze and working metal during his latest residency in Australia at Australia National University.

Michael McFalls, associate professor of art at CSU, pouring bronze and working metal during his latest residency in Australia at Australia National University.

Michael McFalls, associate professor of art at Columbus State University, has been awarded a Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to explore new research at Steneby, part of the University of Gothenburg in the School of Design and Craft in Sweden. The prestigious award was announced recently by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

McFalls will spend five months in Sweden beginning January 2015 researching processes and techniques on forging and metal working. “I plan on exploring, experimenting, and learning as many methods and processes of forging metal by participating and collaborating in workshops with the highly skilled Steneby faculty artisans: Heiner Zimmermann, Pär Gustafsson, and Otto Samuelsson,” McFalls said.

Steneby is home to the Iron and Steel/Public Space facilities, one of Europe’s largest academic metal and blacksmithing workspaces, which inspired McFalls to study at the university during his first visit to the country with Jeff Kaller, a former CSU ceramics professor who now works at Steneby.

McFalls_bronze_02McFalls also will spend four weeks teaching and co-teaching within the VGK (Visuell gestaltning och kommunikation) and master’s programs at Steneby, The VGK program is a module in visual training, drawing, and visual literacy that will center on a project to enhance the student’s ability to interpret the transition of form from two to three dimensions. McFalls will co-teach the module with Steneby faculty member Anna-Lill Nilsson so that students may benefit from a dialogue between artists from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds. McFalls will benefit himself from the collaborative exchange of pedagogical ideas.

“The pedagogical influence will be immeasurable – the new skills and ideas that I bring back with me will undoubtedly have a positive impact on students at CSU,” McFalls said.

McFalls_bronze_01McFalls is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2014-2015. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education. For more information about the program, visit

“To be a Fulbright Scholar is truly an honor and a privilege, and I feel blessed to be having this opportunity,” McFalls said. “That said, there is no way that we (my family and me) could be doing this without the experiences that CSU’s Center for International Education has provided in the past and the continual support from Joe Sanders, chair of the Department of Art, Richard Baxter, dean of College of the Arts, and Tom Hackett, CSU provost.”


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CSU, Alumni Association Honors Graduates and Friends Wednesday During Homecoming Week

Alumni Awards program coverCOLUMBUS — Columbus State University’s Alumni Association will honor four distinguished graduates and two valued alumni associate friends Wednesday evening during the Annual Alumni Awards Program, part of this year’s homecoming festivities.After the recognition program, CSU will honor former Columbus Mayor Robert “Bob” Poydasheff for his community service, support of the university and his contributions to CSU, his community and his country.This year’s alumni recognition program is on Wednesday (10/22) at 6:30 p.m. in the President’s Club at the Lumpkin Center. The event, which is free and open to the public, will honor:•    For Alumni Service, Paul Holmer-Monte, a test consultant on the Clearing and Settlement System for the TSYS Merchant Segment. In 1996, he joined CSU’s Intellectual Partnership Program that began Holmer-Monte’s legacy with the university and with TSYS. In addition to his business pursuits, Holmer-Monte actively contributes to his community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Russell County Child Advocacy Center and as the leader of the Strategic Development and Facilities Committee. Holmer-Monte has served on the Alumni Board for Columbus State University since 2005, served as president of the Alumni Association from August 2012 to October 2013, and is an active Tower Society member. Holmer-Monte is currently assisting CSU to launch the Friends of Honors College Committee which aims to foster unique partnerships that include alumni, parents, and friends of the college.•    For Excellence in Alumni Achievement, Dr. Peter D. Rumm, a special project medical officer in the Division of Orthopedics and formerly the Deputy/Clinical Director of the Divisions of Surgical, Orthopedic, and Restorative Devices, Office of Device Evaluation, and Center for Devices and Radiological Health in the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Rumm has also served as a special advisor to the assistant secretary for health and was a White House level appointee to the National Advisory Committee on Children and Terrorism while he served as a state epidemiologist, chief medical officer, and lead state health officer for Wisconsin. He has received more than 30 military and public health commendations, medals, and has served on over a dozen federal or international committees promoting preparation and awareness for dealing with health issues arising from conflict and natural disasters worldwide. Dr. Rumm graduated magna cum laude from CSU with a Bachelor of Science in 1981. Since then, he has made innumerable contributions to the field of medicine and continues to distinguish himself in the community, the country, and the world for his service.•    As outstanding Young Alumni:o    Jason (Jay) Alexander, a 2001 graduate and the current CEO and president of Alexander Electric Co. After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from Columbus State University, Alexander assumed leadership of one of the country’s largest and most respected electrical contracting companies, which was established by his grandfather in 1948. An active supporter of the arts, charities, youth organizations, and community projects, Alexander is a committed and active community volunteer and serves on the board of directors for various organizations. Alexander has been selected as a presenter for the 2014-2015 D. Abbott Turner College of Business Executive Speaker Series based on his exemplary performance in business and his commitment to the community.o    Gina Sederstrom, a 2011 graduate who now works as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch. After earning her bachelor’s degree in finance and a minor in marketing, she began a business career while also pursuing her passion for service and her willingness to help her community by providing invaluable financial guidance.  Sederstrom also works as both a chartered retirement planning counselor at the College for Financial Planning and a registered financial advisor for the Finance Industry Regulatory Authority. Sederstrom is an active alumna of Columbus State University and is very involved with Young Professionals, the Chamber of Commerce, and Historic Columbus.

•    For Distinguished Military Service, Col. Barry Creed (Ret.).
Creed serves as an exemplary model of selfless leadership in his community as well as his country. Before he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army, Creed served as a police officer and a field training officer in Columbus from 1978 to 1983. During his tenure in the military, Creed contributed his management expertise through various positions within different divisions in the military, including the United States Joint Forces Command, Battalion Commander, Counterdrug Action Officer, Chief of Joint Operations Center, and Operations Officer. He recently served at the Joint Chiefs of Staff-Force Coordination Division, through which he carried out the multi-faceted roles of deputy chief, force analysis branch, and joint staff. Over the course of his career in the United States Army, Creed was awarded two Bronze Star Medals for his wartime service in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2012, Creed was also awarded the Department of Defense’s Joint Meritorious Service Medal. Creed earned both a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and Bachelor of Science in general studies from Columbus State University.

•    For Faculty/Staff Appreciation Award, Derek Olson, lead web developer for University Information & Technology Services department, where he designs, implements, and maintains CSU’s 150+ websites. He provides primary support and training for faculty, staff, and students in the use of CSU’s content management system, allowing departmental personnel the opportunity to edit their websites directly using a graphic user interface. He was instrumental in the domain implementation, as well as every other major website update put into place over the past five years. He has been with CSU since 2009 and has worked as a web developer since 2003, previously employed by a web and publishing firm in Olympia, Washington.

Following the Alumni Association’s program, the university will present “Cougar Madness,” the ceremonial start to the basketball season that also serves as a pep rally of sorts for all CSU Athletics. During this event, Columbus State University will recognize the Honorable Robert S. Poydasheff, former mayor of Columbus and a retired colonel in the U.S. Army, for his “incredible array of contributions to our university, this community and the nation,” said CSU President Tim Meson. Poydasheff served as mayor of Columbus from 2003 through 2006, after serving on Columbus City Council from 1994 through 2002. It was during this time that Columbus State University began to develop its RiverPark campus downtown. Poydasheff has been a longtime supporter of CSU athletics and has been a board member of the CSU Athletic Fund for more than 30 years.

Anyone interested in attending the Alumni Recognition Awards Program and/or Cougar Madness is asked to email Visit for a full listing of Homecoming activities during the week.


SOURCE: Jennifer Joyner, director of CSU’s Office of Alumni Engagement, at 706-507-8956 or by email at

WRITER: John Lester, University Relations, 706-507-8725/JLester@
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EPA Awards Grant to Columbus State Student Researchers to Help Design Sustainable Technologies

water researchATLANTA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded two universities in Georgia with the People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) award Thursday. Nationally the grants were awarded to 42 teams of college and university students. The teams will design innovative solutions to sustainable challenges in the developed and developing world.

Columbus State University was one of the two Georgia universities to win an award, garnering $14,559 to create an economic model to estimate the dollar value of different configurations of algal treatment systems.

The research – being conducted by CSU students in business and environmental sciences courses – will produce realistic financial estimates to evaluate the cost-benefits of using algae to treat wastewater and create biofuel. “A thorough sensitivity analysis of the costs and benefits of algal treatment will enable us to identify economic challenges that stand in the way of wide-spread use of this promising technology,” said the proposal, which will be guided by Troy Keller, associate professor of environmental science, and Andres Jauregui, assistant professor of economics.

Former P3 teams awarded these EPA grants have used their winning ideas to form small businesses and non-profit organizations. Environmental Fuel Research, a 2008 P3 winner from Drexel University, incorporated their grease waste-trap biofuel technology into a business enterprise and won a $100,000 EPA Small Business Innovation Research Phase I award this year. This woman-owned startup, headquartered in a historically underutilized business (HUB) zone to encourage economic development, has the potential to revolutionize domestic biodiesel capacity in the United States.

In addition to Columbus State University, the 2014-2015 school year awardees included a project from Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University) called “Achieving increased photovoltaic panel energy collection with cell-strings that track the sun.”

Since 2004, the P3 Program has provided funding to student teams in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, committing over $10 million to cutting-edge, sustainable projects designed by university students. Projects from this year’s teams include a new device for generating electricity from sunlight that could be used on exterior walls of buildings; extending the growing season for farmers by heating greenhouses with biomass; and reducing diesel emissions for vehicles while lowering costs and improving fuel economy.

Funding for the P3 projects is divided into two phases. In the first phase, student teams submit a proposal for a project, and if they are selected, they compete with other Phase I winners at the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C. At the Expo, teams compete for Phase II funding of up to $75,000. This is the 11th year for the EPA P3 Program.


Source: Troy Keller, associate professor of environmental science, 706-507-8099 or

Writer: John Lester, assistant VP for University Relations, 706-507-8725 or

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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:


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



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


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



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

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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

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Jessica Word

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Columbus State Honors Georgia NAACP Leader

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Edward O. DuBose, the three-term president of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, has been selected by Columbus State University as the 2010 Dr. John Townsend Achievement Award winner.

The award, named in honor of the first African-American to enroll at Columbus State, recognizes community service and leadership. It will be presented to a state NAACP representative on behalf of DuBose tonight during CSU’s annual Black Applause Banquet starting 6:30 p.m. in the Cunningham Center. The keynote speaker is real estate broker Travis Chambers, plus outstanding local high school and CSU students will be recognized in the program.

Edward O. Dubose “I am truly honored and humbled to have been selected for the Townsend award and, if not for the Image awards, I would be there,” DuBose said from Los Angeles, where he will attend tonight’s NAACP Image Awards as a member of the association’s national board.

In July 1997, DuBose became the 16th president of the Columbus Branch NAACP and is credited for rebuilding and reorganizing the local organization. Under his leadership, the branch increased its membership by more than 50 percent in eight months, and overcame a five-year, $6,000-plus debt in just six months.

Re-elected for three terms as Columbus branch president, DuBose in October 2005, became the first individual from Columbus to serve as NAACP president at the state level.

Subsequently, DuBose was selected to the NAACP National Board, while he continues to serve on The Columbus Times newspaper executive committee and the Columbus Democratic Party Committee. He also is a member of the Rainbow Push Coalition, Urban League and American Civil Liberties Union.

DuBose completed 21 years in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1998 as a sergeant first class. He also holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and operates Oxygen Mental Health Counseling Services. The company provides in-home counseling to at-risk youth and families throughout Georgia. He also is a member of Phenix City’s Multi-Needs and Multi-Disciplinary committees, comprised of representatives of various agencies in the human services field. His activities in the counseling field extend to memberships with the National Board of Certified Counselors and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia.

A longtime Columbus resident, DuBose and his wife, Cynthia, have three daughters.

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Columbus State Accepting Townsend Award Nominations

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University is accepting nominations for the Dr. John Townsend Achievement Award, named in honor of Townsend as the first African-American student to enroll at CSU.

The award, to be presented at Columbus State’s Feb. 26 Black Applause Banquet, recognizes an individual, organization or group from Columbus, Phenix City, Fort Benning or surrounding areas, that has made a positive, noteworthy contribution to the community or achieved distinction for outstanding professional or personal service. The nominee also must exemplify high moral character and be held in high esteem by the local community.

Nominations can be made online at Written nominations also will be accepted on official forms available in Davidson 271 during regular university business hours. Completed forms can be submitted to the office or mailed to Bernard McCrary, Office of Student Life, Columbus State University, 4225 University Ave., Columbus, Ga. 31907.

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29.

For more information, call McCrary at 706-568-2273.

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