Mixon’s Research Informed New California Law

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Research by Frank Mixon, professor of economics in Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business, was used in the creation of a new California law that protects students against bullying and mobbing, a group form of bullying.

The law mandates that universities and colleges in the California State University and University of California systems adopt and publish policies on harassment, intimidation and bullying in the rules and regulations governing student behavior, which, at a minimum, includes each campus’ website and any printed materials concerning student behavior.

By publishing policies on bullying, the California legislature is expecting they can be more easily practiced.

“This law will help if the policies that are published are followed,” said Mixon.

 

Mixon’s study, “An Economic Model of Workplace Mobbing in Academe,” published in 2012 in Economics of Education Review, examined the presence and implications of mobbing against a university professor by university administration. He used differential game theory to develop an economic model that predicts whether or not, or under what conditions, a faculty member might be forced to resign.

Mixon’s own experiences as a victim of mobbing at a former institution motivated the study, which he authored with João Ricardo Faria of the University of Texas at El Paso and Sean P. Salter of Middle Tennessee State University. After exposing a controversial administrative action, Mixon was saddled with an overly burdensome course schedule that included unnecessary travel to a campus more than 70 miles away. He was able to leave the institution quickly thanks to a curriculum vitae packed with current research that improved his career mobility. Others are not so lucky.

While Mixon’s research dealt exclusively with administration-on-faculty or faculty-on-faculty mobbing, his model can be easily adapted to understand student-on-student mobbing. His study was listed as a resource used to draft the California bill in 2015. The law (CA Educ Code § 66302) was approved last year, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Mixon is the director of the Center for Economic Education at CSU. He was recently recognized during CSU’s 2017 Faculty & Staff Recognition and Excellence Awards ceremony as the winner of CSU’s Teaching Excellence Award.

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Students, Public Invited to Submit Business Plans

Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business is planning to award $6,000 in prize money this year to the winners of the 2017 Business Plan Competition, which is open to all CSU students and Chattahoochee Valley residents.

Participants must submit a two-page plan describing the startup of a new, independent business by noon on April 11 to Kirk Heriot, CSU’s Crowley Chair of Entrepreneurship, at heriot_kirk@columbusstate.edu.

For more information, visit business.columbusstate.edu/businessplan.

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CSU MBA Program Advances in U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Turner LogoCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is ranked No. 33 in the nation, according to new rankings released Jan. 10 by U.S. News and World Report.

The program, offered by CSU’s D. Abbott Turner College of Business, jumped 29 spots from last year on the list of “Best Online MBA Programs,” making it one of the top two online MBA degree programs in Georgia, behind only Kennesaw State University.

“For the past two decades, our stakeholder groups have invested heavily to increase the quality of the academic programs offered by the Turner College of Business,” said Linda Hadley, dean of CSU’s Turner College of Business. “We achieved this first by obtaining AACSB initial accreditation in 2003. We are pleased now not only to be listed, but to have significantly advanced our placement in the rankings over the course of one year. This positions CSU’s online MBA as the second highest ranked program in the consortium, and we take great pride in the strong message that our performance sends to our current stakeholders as well as to prospective students, faculty and donors.”

U.S. News and World Report ranked each program using five categories: student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.

In 2016, CSU’s online MBA was ranked the No. 12 top global online MBA by CEO Magazine and the No. 12 most affordable MBA program by Top Management Degrees.

To view the full list of “Best Online MBA Programs” by U.S. News and World Report, visit www.usnews.com/education.

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Director of the National Security Agency and Commander of US Cyber Command Speaks at Columbus State University

admiral-michael-rogersCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Admiral Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, spoke at Columbus State University Thursday, Oct. 20, as part of the Turner College Executive Speaker Series.

Rogers discussed the ever-increasing need to improve cybersecurity in the areas of national security, including the ongoing need to protect government, businesses and individuals from the constant and growing threats from cyber criminals and terrorists.

“We were very excited to host Admiral Rogers at CSU,” said Chris Markwood, CSU president. “His visit, and his input into our financial cybersecurity program, underscores our commitment to developing a program that is responsive to national concerns as well as the needs of local industry.”

His visit also brought national recognition of the newly established TSYS Cybersecurity Center housed in CSU’s Turner College of Business. The new, innovative program is designed to prepare students for careers in cyber security in this region and across the country. In 2015, CSU was designated a Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

“The threat posed by cybersecurity has permeated every industry,” added Linda Hadley, dean of the Turner College of Business. “With our new cybersecurity initiative in the TSYS School of Computer Science, we are expanding our academic programs to support the cybersecurity workforce needs of our region. We could not have been more pleased to have the director of the National Security Agency on our campus to share his expertise with our students, faculty and the entire community. We hope that Admiral Rogers’ visit not only informed and inspired our students, but also highlighted the need for a reliable source of graduates with competence in this area.”

Rodgers assumed his present duties as Director of the National Security Agency and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command in March 2014. His previous service afloat and ashore has been extensive, including serving as the Director for Intelligence for both the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Pacific Command, and most recently as commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10TH Fleet. A graduate of Auburn University, Rogers is also a distinguished graduate of the National War College and a graduate of highest distinction from the Naval War College. He is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Fellow; Harvard Senior Executive in National Security alumus; and holds a Master of Science in national security strategy.

For more information, contact Sean Russell, manager of marketing and media for CSU’s Turner College of Business, at russell_sean@columbusstate.edu, or Greg Hudgison, director of University Relations at CSU, at hudgison_gregory@columbusstate.edu.

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Military Training Tool Leads to Columbus State’s First-Ever Patent

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A team of Columbus State University researchers has developed a new tool for training military and emergency personnel, a process that led to the university’s first-ever patent.

“The patent protects a new method of mapping and evaluating the tactical decision-making process,” said Shamim Khan, professor of computer science and head of the development team from CSU’s TSYS School of Computer Science.

The method uses visual representations of real-life scenarios, called cognitive maps, to display complex connections between decision-making factors.

“Cognitive maps have the potential to be useful decision support tools because of their ability to model a scenario consisting of concepts and events and the causal links among them,” said Khan.

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The maps are used to diagram a tangled web of decision factors into a tangible portrayal of possible consequences of an action. The method presents an opportunity to improve the decision-making capabilities of military or emergency personnel from the office or classroom instead of the battlefield.

The use of the maps themselves, which are charts made up of bubbles connected by arrows, is not a new concept. Rather, Khan’s method is new because it accounts for more ambiguous or “fuzzy” cause-and-effect relationships between decision factors. For example, when a change in factor X “moderately” (or “slightly” or “strongly”) increases factor Y.

“People often want exact values, but in the real world, in real-life situations when decisions are being made, exact numbers are not always practical,” said Khan.

The “fuzziness” of the maps are what make them unique to the scientific community, and, now, to the commercial market.

The CSU team led by Khan originally developed his prototype as a military training tool with extensive collaboration from John Fuller, a retired U.S. Army colonel with 27 years of service experience.

“Most new platoon leaders will report to their first unit of assignment with little, if any, real experience as tactical leaders, yet, they command units that historically come into the most contact with the enemy,” said Fuller. “And, where chaos pervades the battlefield, where combat tends to overwhelm the senses and distort reality, leaders with the greatest amount of training tend to make the best decisions.”

Using a mix of video footage and animation, Khan’s team developed a series of simulations that progress as trainees choose from a list of available actions based on likely battlefield scenarios. After running the simulation, the actions and their consequences are mapped out and the decision made by trainees is assigned a quality score. During an after-action review, the trainee’s quality score is compared to a benchmark score representing the best possible outcome. Areas for improvement then can be identified. Courses of action leading to best possible outcomes are determined by a subject matter expert, usually an experienced military officer or war-trained veteran.

“Entire battlefield scenarios, such as convoy operation and reconnaissance patrol, can be modeled using a collection of cognitive maps,” said Khan.

Khan and a team of CSU professors, postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students from CSU’s TSYS School of Computer Science helped develop the first prototype. The original project was funded by a $1.6 million Department of Defense grant awarded to the university in 2010.

Under the protection of a patent, Khan is working to find government or private organizations interested in developing a similar system to meet their own needs.

“Although the simulation system was designed and developed specifically for military training, a similar system would be highly applicable to other areas, including homeland security, law enforcement and emergency response,” said Khan.

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Study Ranks CSU Economics Faculty as Among South’s Most Prolific Researchers

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A new study published in the journal Economics Bulletin finds that Columbus State University D. Abbott Turner College of Business’ economics faculty ranks sixth overall in terms of research productivity from the more than 200 colleges and universities in the U.S. South that are classified by U.S. News & World Report as regional universities.

The study, titled “Out of Big Brother’s Shadow: Ranking Economics Faculties at Regional Universities in the U.S. South,” was written by economists Frank Mixon of Columbus State University and Kamal Upadhyaya of the University of New Haven. The article appears in the Aug. 24 issue of the Vanderbilt University-based journal, Economics Bulletin, online at www.economicsbulletin.com.

The study indicates that CSU’s economics faculty trails only those at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, James Madison University in Virginia, Southeastern Louisiana University, Trinity University in Texas and Loyola University – New Orleans.  By ranking sixth overall, the CSU economics faculty is the highest-ranked economics faculty among Georgia regional universities.

“We are proud of the research productivity of all of the faculty in the Turner College,” said Linda Hadley, the Bill Heard professor of Finance and dean of the college. “Dr. Mixon is undoubtedly one of our most prolific scholars. His research is highly regarded and frequently cited, bringing welcome recognition to CSU and the Turner College of Business.”

Mixon attributes a major portion of the CSU economics faculty’s research productivity to the support provided by the Turner College’s administration.

“The administration, from the dean’s office down to the department chair, both present and past, have been very supportive of our research endeavors, which leads to a productive environment that ultimately benefits Columbus State’s students and alumni through recognition like this,” Mixon said.

The Turner College economics faculty currently consists of Ben Blair, the Sarah T. Butler Endowed Professor, associate professors Andres Jauregui and Tesa Leonce, professor Frank Mixon, and assistant professor Wen Shi.

“It is so important to see faculty research recognized; Kudos to our economics professor,” said Tina Butcher, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “When our faculty engage in nationally relevant research, it is a recognition of their expertise and significantly helps our students who can often participate in the research and are the ultimate beneficiaries of teachers who model active participation in research.”

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Columbus State’s Computer Science Degree Ranked No. 1 for Second Time

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — A recent survey by GoGrad.org ranked Columbus State University as having the No. 1 online computer science master’s degree in the nation for the second consecutive year.

The college review site lists affordability, availability of academic and career counseling services and job placement as the reasons for the success of CSU’s Applied Computer Science degree. The program is designed for professionals interested in learning more about cutting-edge technology for careers in software engineering, web development, network management and data security.

“The flexibility, quality, level of innovation, affordability and networking opportunities available to our students provide a tremendous competitive advantage that others are starting to notice,” said Wayne Summers, chair of CSU’s TSYS School of Computer Science.

According to College Board, 656,000 new computer science jobs are expected to be added to the market by 2018, making it one of the fastest growing career fields available. The Technology Association of Georgia recently reported that Georgia’s technology sector surged in 2015 with the addition of more than 12,000 jobs, adding $900 million to the sector’s payroll in one year.

This is the second time in a row that GoGrad.org has ranked CSU’s computer science degree the top choice for prospective students. The program also captured the attention of Computer Science Online, where it is listed as the country’s third best online master’s degree in computer science.

“The TSYS School of Computer Science is extremely proud of this recognition,” said Summers. “Our online master’s degree in computer science has scored a near perfect grade on GoGrad.org for two years in a row. It is a testament to the contributions of our faculty, staff and students to the high quality of computer science education at CSU.”

The TSYS School of Computer Science in CSU’s D. Abbott Turner College of Business offers the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science on campus and online. For more information, visit https://cs.columbusstate.edu/index.php. To view GoGrad.org’s rankings, visit http://www.gograd.org/online-masters-programs/computer-science-degree/.

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Georgia WebMBA Ranked Among Top in World by CEO Magazine

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Georgia WebMBA program, offered at Columbus State University, now ranks 12th in the world and 5th in North America according to CEO Magazine’s 2016 Global MBA Rankings.

“The WebMBA is highly regarded for both the quality of the academic program and the outstanding student services we provide,” said Linda Hadley, dean of CSU’s Turner College of Business, where the WebMBA is housed. “Columbus State University commits to invite only its highest performing faculty members to teach in the program and to assign support staff dedicated to student success.”

The 2016 rankings by CEO Magazine evaluated more than 100 MBA programs across North America, Europe and Australia. The rankings are designed with future students in mind, and examine learning environment, class sizes, tuition and fees, faculty, delivery methods and international diversity. Georgia’s program shares the honor with some of the world’s top business schools, including SBS Swiss Business School, Pepperdine University and European University.

“While rankings are not our goal, they are the result of excellence in curriculum, highly qualified and productive faculty, and staff that continue to innovate and improve the program,” said Faye McIntyre, lead dean of the Georgia WebMBA. “Faculty receive special training in online teaching to translate classroom skills to the virtual format.”

Since its inception, the Georgia WebMBA program has graduated more than 49 cohorts of students, with an average class size of 30. The virtual classroom reflects real-world working environments with a diverse group of students from different backgrounds and areas of business.

Students may begin the five-term program in either January or August. For more information about Columbus State University’s Georgia WebMBA, visit https://gradschool.columbusstate.edu/cobcs/business/onlinemba.php.

To view CEO Magazine’s 2016 MBA Rankings, visit http://www.webmbaonline.org/documents/CEO_MBA_2016_Rankings.pdf.

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CSU Designated National Center for Cyber Security Education

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security has designated Columbus State University a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) for advancements made in the defense of the nation’s information infrastructure.

Part of the National Centers of Academic Excellence program, CAE-CD designation is reserved for organizations that promote cyber security in higher education and produce a growing number of professionals with expertise in cyber defense.

“Receiving designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education is great recognition for our program and a tribute to the support from the university and our business community,” said Wayne Summers, chair of CSU’s TSYS School of Computer Science. “We are pleased to be part of the effort to defend our nation’s cyber infrastructure.”

The designation comes just months after TSYS announced a $4.5 million gift to Columbus State University to establish a cybersecurity center in the TSYS School of Computer Science in CSU’s D. Abbott Turner College of Business.

CSU’s new TSYS Cybersecurity Center will attract nationally recognized faculty, fund new research assistantships and student scholarships, support faculty and student travel and finance special projects and initiatives.

An added benefit of the program, students attending CAE-CD schools like CSU are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.

Columbus State University and Kennesaw State University are the only institutions in Georgia with the Cyber Defense Education designation. The Georgia Institute of Technology is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research.

A listing of all National Centers is available at https://www.iad.gov/NIETP/reports/current_cae_designated_institutions.cfm.

Gov. Nathan Deal, members of Congress and appropriate congressional committees were notified about CSU’s designation. Columbus State University will be recognized during a formal event in November.

CAE-CD designation is valid for five years, through academic year 2021. Summers said the university plans to reapply in order to retain its designation.

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Game On: Business Student Develops Breakthrough Brand in Global Gaming World

 

League of Legends teams like Team Fusion compete for millions of dollars during the game's League Championship Series.

Caption: League of Legends teams like Team Fusion compete for millions of dollars during the game’s League Championship Series.

The game plan: Destroy the opposing team’s territory.

Navigate labyrinthine battlefields of devious sorcery, mystical monsters and legendary warriors, knowing when to attack, hold back, read maps and cast magical spells.

The popular online video game known as League of Legends has become the latest team sport gaining global traction with electronic game players and spectators alike.

Pro gamers, including Columbus State University student Ethan Smith, have taken the video game challenge and competed in the virtual warfare on an international platform.

“It’s an adrenaline-rushing video game that requires a lot of team strategy to get far,” said Smith, a 22-year-old business major. “Each player selects a ‘champion’ or character, and together each team member has to figure out the right roadways to take in order to reach the enemy and destroy their Nexus, or turf.”

Smith and his friend and business partner, Alden Haight, formed California-based Team Fusion to compete against other League of Legends teams for millions of dollars.

“Our team failed twice to gain entry into the game’s League Championship Series, which is the major leagues of League of Legends,” Smith said. “We decided to disband our team, focus on our strengths and pivot our company into a new direction.”

Team Fusion became Fusion eSports Sponsorship & Branding — a 13-member marketing agency that helps clients build unique brands in the now billion-dollar gaming industry.

“We represent all kinds of organizations and individuals, including eSports teams, streamers, popular YouTube personalities, talk shows and pretty much anything else involved in the ever-evolving world of eSports,” said Smith, Fusion eSports’ founder, co-owner and COO. “The majority of our clients are located in Los Angeles — the heart of eSports — but we represent organizations in several different parts of the United States. We firmly believe this will become a multimillion-dollar business for us.”


The Brand Design

Fusion eSports provides clients with branding strategies to attract sponsors.

After building or establishing a client’s brand, Fusion eSports seeks out sponsors willing to invest into their clients in return for advertising and marketing the sponsors’ products, said Smith.

“In return for our services, we either charge a monthly rate or take a percentage of sponsorship revenue,” he said. “Sponsorships provide our organizations with financial or product support in return for advertising their brand and products. It’s the same concept used in football or baseball. Intel, AMD, SteelSeries, NewEgg, HTC, Razer, MSI, Corsair, Kingston and Dell are just a few of the many brands currently sponsoring teams in eSports.”

Throughout the academic year, Smith flies from one end of the country to the other for personal and professional eSports matters.

“I went to Texas this summer for vacation,” said Smith, who is originally from Phenix City, Ala. “As for L.A., I have traveled there 18 times in the past six months, two of which have been during the summer. While I’m in L.A. or at conventions that happen across the United States, I am either attending meetings; working with our clients; or networking with companies and important people in the industry.”

Ethan Smith is a business major in CSU's Turner College of Business

Caption: Ethan Smith is a business major in CSU’s Turner College of Business

The Business Degree

Smith hones his eSports entrepreneurial skills at CSU, studying general business in the D. Abbott Turner College of Business.

“I felt that as an entrepreneur I needed to have a firm grasp of all the different areas in the field of business,” he said. “Specializing in just one area of business would not be beneficial in the world of entrepreneurship where you wear many different hats. Several of my professors have always said running a business never goes as planned and you have to be flexible. This is by far the most important thing I have learned in college.”

These classroom lessons have primed Smith for his leadership position in his growing company.

“I’m prepared for all of the times the unexpected has happened in my business,” Smith said. “Having this knowledge ahead of time has kept me steady and focused to avoid panicking when things go wrong.”

Smith completes his degree at the end of fall semester.

“I’m on the Paul S. Amos Aflac Scholarship,” he said, “so I haven’t had to pay for the majority of my classes.”

The scholarship assists students working full time in the Columbus and Phenix City areas and also earning their first academic degree.

Between homework and course projects, Smith always found time to play video games — a hobby he started perfecting since age 8.

“I have been an avid, competitive gamer for most of my life,” said Smith. “I got into eSports when Alden approached me with an opportunity that I was very interested in. He wanted to invest in eSports team ownership and for me to come on board to run the business end of the company.”


The Big Dollars

The duo’s first venture in eSports: Build and become team owners of a professional League of Legends team, which is how Team Fusion originated.

Along with bragging rights, a team has the potential to earn millions through sponsorships and prize money by competing in national and international tournaments.

“An entry-level pro gamer can easily make higher pay than most American corporations offer,” he said. “If you’re a good gamer and popular in eSports, you can make big money. Some of the best players make seven figures. That’s how serious this industry has gotten.”

Playing video games competitively and against players across the globe has opened up new lines of communication and cultural connections for Smith.

“Video games are fascinating because with today’s technology you’re able to play with people from around the world,” he said. “You’re forced to communicate with people of different personalities and cultures. You have to learn to work with them, and people on the Internet can be harsh. They aren’t censored and always say what is on their minds.”

Nevertheless, the virtual reality realm of video games remains “fun and interesting” to the business student as he continues to champion the industry and develop his company.

“It’s an environment that can truly prepare students for the professional world,” he said. “My experience and time as a competitive gamer has been invaluable throughout the entire process of starting and running my company. I’ve learned I’m capable of doing almost anything as long as I’m dedicated. As for the world of gaming, it’s apparent that while extremely competitive, it’s still a young industry with a lot of maturing to do.”

Video Game Industry

Caption: The video gaming industry is now a billion-dollar business.

Visit fusionesports.gg to learn more about Fusion eSports. During May, The Los Angeles Times featured Ethan Smith and Team Fusion’s quest for living the eSports dream.

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the Fall 2015 edition of Focus, Columbus State University’s alumni magazine.
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TSYS Gives $5 Million to Columbus State University


Turner College of Business Receives Largest-Ever Gift


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— Columbus, Ga.-based TSYS, a leading global payments provider, and Columbus State University have entered into a unique partnership to develop a new, innovative program within the CSU computer science department specifically designed to prepare students for careers in cybersecurity both in Georgia and throughout the nation. Lack of qualified cyber security practitioners has been highlighted as a major challenge facing both industry and government.

Through this partnership, TSYS has contributed $2.5 million to establish the TSYS Cybersecurity Center for Financial Services to be housed in the Turner College of Business’ TSYS School of Computer Science. The TSYS Cybersecurity Center for Financial Services Endowment will supplement salaries to attract nationally recognized faculty, fund new research assistantships and student scholarships, support faculty and student travel, and finance special projects and initiatives. An additional $2 million will be used to establish the TSYS Endowment for Excellence in the Turner College to support excellence in the academic programs offered by the TSYS School of Computer Science with specific emphasis on mainframe computing, information technology and information systems. The remaining $500,000 of the TSYS gift, a total of $5 million, will be used for other CSU programs.

“TSYS has been proud to partner with CSU through the years in a variety of valuable initiatives, including the naming of the TSYS School of Computer Science in 2002,” said CSU alumnus M. Troy Woods (B.B.A. ’79), chairman, president and chief executive officer of TSYS. “The establishment of the Cybersecurity Center as well as the Endowment for Excellence represent the next step in TSYS’ partnership with CSU, and we look forward to seeing the fruit of this important investment in our community, our company and the financial services industry.”

In January, CSU was selected for a consortium of seven University System of Georgia (USG) institutions to develop the USG’s capabilities in IT and cyber security as well as significantly increase the number of IT and cyber security industry qualified graduates coming from USG institutions.

USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby stated in his memo for creating the consortium, “The U.S. Army Cyber Command, the U.S. National Security Agency, the financial transaction processing industry, and the health informatics and healthcare information technology industries play a huge and exponentially growing role in Georgia’s knowledge economy. The number of graduates in the information technology and cyber security programs of our combined institutions is not currently capable of meeting the existing and projected workforce demands of these industries in Georgia.”

“We are deeply appreciative that TSYS has joined CSU in this partnership and believe that together we can help provide real world solutions to this pressing problem and be a true innovator in the field,” said Tom Hackett, provost and vice president for academic affairs at CSU.

“These agreements and these gifts are a testament to the strength of TSYS’ commitment to CSU and its students,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “It was such strength of community that first attracted me and my family to Columbus State University.”

“The gift is a significant contribution to support the academic and scholarship initiatives of the $100 million CSU First Choice Campaign and takes gifts and commitments to date to more than $65 million,” said Alan Medders, vice president for University Advancement. “This is the largest gift ever donated to CSU’s Turner College of Business.”

CSU First Choice Campaign donations will enable Columbus State University to continue to attract and retain first choice students and faculty, construct world-class facilities and endow the university with the means to enhance academic and athletic programs.

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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 http://business.columbusstate.edu/businessplan/ 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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Computer Science Students Earn National Grant to Get Girls Interested in Tech

COLUMBUS, Ga. – A team of graduate students from Columbus State University’s TSYS School of Computer Science was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) to encourage fourth- and fifth-grade girls to pursue a future in technology.

The Computer Science students: Trang Nguyen, Hillary Fleenor, Britni Alexander, and Yien Wang will host a “computing day” for young ladies in the area to gain experience with computational thinking and problem solving. Columbus State was one of only ten schools across the nation – among the likes of Michigan State University and the University of Pittsburgh – to receive the grant.

“This award is a great opportunity to interest more young women in computer technology,” said Wayne Summers, professor and distinguished chairperson for the TSYS School of Computer Science. “The Seed Fund will serve also as a gateway to many more grant prospects.”

Sponsored by Symantec, the award comes from the NCWIT Student Seed Fund grant, which supports student-run initiatives that inspire women and underrepresented groups to participate in computing at the K-12 or collegiate levels.

For more information about the NCWIT Student Seed Fund, please visit http://www.ncwit.org/programs-campaigns/ncwit-awards/ncwit-student-seed-fund or contact Wayne Summers at 706-507-8193.

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Online Business and Nursing Programs Ranked Among Country’s Best Values

Two of Columbus State University degree programs have been ranked among the nation’s top 20 best values in online degrees. Nursing was ranked No. 18, and Business was ranked No. 20.

The rankings were put together by SR Education Group, an education publishing company focused on creating authoritative online education and career-related resources. Columbus State University is now featured on OnlineU.org as offering one of the best value online degrees in the nation.

“We are so very proud of our accredited programs in business and nursing,” said CSU President Tim Mescon, noting that both programs – and many others at the university – offer undergraduate and graduate degrees. “Our faculty work hard to develop and deliver best of class affordable and accessible programs and courses.”

OnlineU’s mission is to refocus the higher education conversation around affordability and quality and make access to online college information more transparent, said Kimberly Wetter from SR Education Group

“We completed extensive research into the cost of attending different online colleges and then analyzed the outcome-based statistics to find the best value online colleges,” said said. “With the average price of college skyrocketing forcing many students to rely on student loans to fund their education, we were impressed with Columbus State University and their ability to continue to offer quality degrees at a reasonable price.”

Columbus State’s Online MBA Program is the recipient of other high rankings, including:

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CSU’s Turner College of Business Announces 5th Annual Business Plan Competition and Opens it to the Public

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business has announced plans for its fifth annual Business Plan Competition, offering prize money totaling $9,000 for first, second, and third place winners.

Anyone planning to start a new business in the Chattahoochee area, including CSU students, high school students, and residents of the region are eligible to compete by submitting a comprehensive business plan together with an executive summary in the spring.

This is the first year the competition is open to the public. “We wanted to be inclusive as we move forward, so we decided to reach out to the community,” said competition organizer Kirk Heriot, CSU’s Ray and Evelyn Crowley Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship. “The participants must be starting a new business, but otherwise there are no other restrictions.”

The winner of the 2014 Business Plan Competition and recipient of $5,000 was Olga Cajaichin, an exchange student from Moldova, who at the time was attending CSU through the Georgia Rotary Student Program. Cajaichin impressed the business plan competition judges with her 60-page business plan for Signature Services, LLC, a personalized matchmaking agency in Hungary.

Faculty from the Turner College of Business will host a workshop Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at CSU’s Center for Commerce and Technology (Room 306) to help teach participants about the process and the content of a well-written business plan. Additional workshops will be held in both the fall and spring semesters. For more information, visit http://business.columbusstate.edu/businessplan/.

Heriot launched the annual 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. Interested persons should contact Heriot at heriot_kirk@columbusstate.edu or visit http://business.columbusstate.edu/businessplan/ for more information.

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Graduate Business Students Collaborate with Microsoft on Project

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A graduate class at Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business recently wrapped up a real-world, hands-on project that had MBA students

The winning team members are (left to right) April Blem, Kenny Simmers, Ryan Lewis and Michael Anselm

The winning team members are (left to right) April Blem, Kenny Simmers, Ryan Lewis and Michael Anselm

testing mobile applications for Microsoft.

“They loved it,” said Jennifer Pitts, an associate professor of management information systems for CSU. “This is the goal of most business schools — to get students out working with companies and to get some hands on, real world projects. They were prepared and very engaged. This was a challenging project and each team embraced it.”

Four of the graduate students — Kenny Summers, Michael Anselm, April Blem and Ryan Lewis — comprised the winning team in a case study competition evaluated by a Microsoft executive, Anna Kinney, who flew in from Seattle for the project’s closing ceremony at CSU’s Center for Commerce and Technology.

CSU was chosen to take part in the Microsoft pilot program because of a relationship between Pitts and Kinney, who has family in the Columbus area. Kinney, Microsoft’s global director of marketing for Bing, said she would evaluate the pilot and, if judged successful, the program will move forward.

“We’ve collaborated on some things before,” Kinney said of Pitts. “So when this came up, I asked her if she would be willing to pilot this with me. I’ve seen Columbus State grow up over the last 20 years, and it’s been amazing to see the progress and commitment from the state and the local community and investing in the local area in education.”

Second place team (left to right) Nate Rozea, Aron Hauquitz, Asmita Piya, Eniola Oladele

Second place team (left to right) Nate Rozea, Aron Hauquitz, Asmita Piya, Eniola Oladele

As part of the competition, Kinney met with students earlier this summer to discuss Microsoft’s strategies involving mobile computing, cloud computing, social marketing and more. Microsoft then presented students in Pitts’ class with more than 30 new devices. Each student was provided with a Windows smartphone, and each of four teams received an iPad, an Asus tablet and an iPhone 5 to test and compare features of mobile applications. Each team presented a 10-minute final report before a three-judge panel on Wednesday.

“I’ve seen a lot of passion (in CSU students),” Kinney said. “I’ve seen a lot of commitment to try quality work and commitment to really push their thinking. It’s been amazingly refreshing to see.”

Overall, Pitts said, the summer project had her MBA students examining the merits of products to gain a deeper understanding of how personal technology decisions are made. Other project objectives were to enable students to:

  • Evaluate how consumer behavior transcends tangible and intangible criteria.
  • Collaborate effectively in a professional group setting.
  • Demonstrate how to develop a common framework for assessing multiple technologies and use cases.
  • Assess how technical and cultural factors affect the success of a consumer app.
  • Present findings in a professional and clear manner.

Beyond the incentive of prizes Microsoft offered the top two teams, work on the project represented 25 percent of each student’s grade.

Finishing second in the case study competition was the team of MBA students Nathan Rozea, Aron Hauquitz, Eniola Oladele and Asmita Piya.|

For more on internationally accredited degree programs offered by CSU’s Turner College of Business, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/business.

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CSU Computer Science Graduate Student Selected for Scholarship Program

Trang Nguyen

Trang Nguyen

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Trang Nguyen, a Columbus State University graduate student, has been selected as an award recipient by the Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security program.

As part of the program offered by Applied Computer Security Associates, a nonprofit group of computer security professionals, Nguyen is now eligible to receive a $5,000 scholarship toward her studies in information security during the 2014-2015 academic year. She has also been invited to participate, with all expenses paid, in ACSA’s Annual Computer Security Applications Conference in New Orleans on Dec. 8.

Nguyen, who’s pursuing a Master of Science in applied computer science, with an information assurance concentration, at Columbus State’s TSYS School of Computer Science, said she was “speechless” when she learned of the honor.

“I actually wasn’t sure if it was real,” she said. “I forwarded (the documents) to my professors (two of which had to recommend Nguyen for the scholarship). Other than that, (the application process) was pretty standard, I think.”

Nguyen’s taken a dozen graduate-level computer science classes at CSU, winning recognition as her program’s top student at CSU’s Scholastic Honors Convocation last April. But she was a biochemistry major as an undergraduate.

“So I’m very surprised I was able to win anything at all in computer science,” Nguyen said. “I know our faculty has been encouraging me, but I still feel like I’m behind the curve with other students in computer science. But I guess they thought I have potential.”

The Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security program is partially supported by a donation from Hewlett-Packard, as well as the Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research, which is an arm of the Computing Research Alliance. HP’s support stems from its aim to improve upon the 40% vacancy rate in the IT security jobs market.

Information assurance, modeling and simulation, and software development are the three concentrations available to master’s students at Columbus State’s TSYS School of Computer Science. In response to concerns raised by local industry, the school established the Center for Information Assurance Education. The National Security Administration has designated CSU as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. For more information on the TSYS school’s programs, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/cs.

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Hadley Named to International Board of Directors

Hadley_LindaCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Linda Hadley, dean and Bill Heard Professor of Finance at Columbus State University’s D. Abbott Turner College of Business, has been named to the Board of Directors for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

A Columbus native and Brookstone School graduate, Hadley joined the Columbus State’s business faculty in 1992 following 10 years working in banking and securities. She was a financial consultant for Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fenner & Smith and a trust officer and portfolio manager in the banking industry in Columbus.

Hadley earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, an MBA from Columbus State and a doctorate in financial economics from Auburn University.

AACSB International is a global, nonprofit organization of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities devoted to the advancement of management education. Established in 1916 to accredit schools of business, AACSB International helps members continuously improve their business programs and schools. CSU’s Turner College of Business is an accredited member of AACSB International.

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CSU Talks Computer Science-Defense Efforts in D.C.

CSU representatives meeting with U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (third from right) this morning are, from left, Heath McCormick, a CSU computer science graduate student; Chuck Turnitsa, director of the GEMS Institute; Wayne Summers, chair of the TSYS  School of Computer Science; Tom Hackett, provost and vice president for academic affairs; and John Lester, assistant vice president for University Relations.

CSU representatives meeting with U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (third from right) this morning are, from left, Heath McCormick, a CSU computer science graduate student; Chuck Turnitsa, director of the GEMS Institute; Wayne Summers, chair of the TSYS School of Computer Science; Tom Hackett, provost and vice president for academic affairs; and John Lester, assistant vice president for University Relations.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A team from Columbus State University was in the nation’s capital today to meet with Department of Defense officials and congressional representatives about the work being done by CSU computer scientists to assist with special training at Fort Benning.

Specifically, the meetings are focusing on the Gaming Education Modeling and Simulation, or GEMS, Institute started by CSU in 2010 with a federal grant.

Heath McCormick, a graduate student in CSU’s TSYS School of Computer Science, told officials in Washington today that the system developed through GEMS is a simulation program that teaches young officers “how to think, not what to think.”

Using computers that visually display real-world scenarios faced by the military, in a similar manner as video games, soldiers are better trained to deal with challenging situations. Columbus State is one of four universities nationwide with computer science programs selected by the Army for its soldiers to pursue master’s degrees in gaming, modeling and simulation.

Others from CSU on the trip are Tom Hackett, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Wayne Summers, professor and chair of the TSYS School of Computer Science at CSU; Chuck Turnitsa, director of the GEMS Institute at CSU; and John Lester, assistant vice president for University Relations.

The formation of GEMS with a $1.6 million grant in 2010 built on four years of GEMS curriculum development at Columbus State. In 2006, CSU began offering a computer science degree track in game programming to meet a demand not only in the entertainment industry, but also for designers and programmers of educational computer simulations that inform decision-making in the military, government, corporate management, health care, and other areas. That year, a local defense contractor enrolled some of its employees in the program who ultimately developed a simulation program to train soldiers to inspect vehicles, ask for identification and respond to related scenarios.

In 2008, the university received a $100,000 grant to develop a specially designed computer science curriculum to provide local defense contractors with employees skilled in computer modeling, simulation, and gaming. Simulators are used extensively by all military branches in training for combat.

Learning at the controls of a computer-driven trainer instead of a real tank or plane allows for better training at reduced costs, without wear and tear on actual combat vehicles or systems.

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Winners Named in 2014 Business Plan Competition at Columbus State

(left to right) Olga Cajaichin, 1st place Nick Kozee, 2nd place Charles Greer, 3rd place Dr. Kirk Heriot

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Olga Cajaichin, 1st place
Nick Kozee, 2nd place
Charles Greer, 3rd place
Dr. Kirk Heriot

COLUMBUS, Ga. — An exchange student from Moldova, attending Columbus State University through the Georgia Rotary Student Program, received  $5,000 by winning the 2014 Business Plan Competition through CSU’s Turner College of Business.

Olga Cajaichin impressed the business plan competition judges with her 60-page business plan for Signature Services, LLC, a personalized matchmaking agency in Hungary. She describes the company as providing traditional services with a touch of innovation. The services include matchmaking, real dating and event organizing.

“Each of the seven judges for this year’s competition told me they were very impressed with the quality of the plans submitted,” said Kirk Heriot, CSU’s Ray and Evelyn Crowley Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship.

Cajaichin previously earned a double major in finance and accounting at Oxford Brookes University in Hungary before coming to Columbus State University to study business through a scholarship sponsored by the Rotary Club of Columbus. She is certified in marketing communications and speaks fluent English, Romanian and Russian. Spanish and French are secondary languages. Following her studies at CSU, she hopes to remain in the United States.

The second place winner in the business plan competition was Nick Kozee, who wrote about Specialty Services, a proposed company in the construction industry. Third place went to Charles Greer, who wrote about Ascent, a company that makes a new energy bar that he contends tastes better than similar products. The competition recognizes second- and third-place winners with prizes of $1,000 and $500.

The three were among several students honored at a luncheon recently held at Green Island Country Club. The luncheon’s keynote speaker was Richard Smith, a CSU alumnus and the chairman, CEO and president of Realogy Holdings Corp., the leading franchisor of real estate brokerages in the world, including such brands as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Century 21 Real Estate, Coldwell Banker and ERA.

He told students the story of his company’s economic rebound, encouraging them to take risks but to never sacrifice their integrity.

Heriot launched the annual Business Plan Competition in 2010. The competition aims to promote entrepreneurship and development of startups, to build bridges between the university and the Columbus area, and to encourage commercialization of promising ideas.

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