CSU Commencement Ceremonies Scheduled for Friday and Saturday

COLUMBUS, GA. – Nearly 700 students will graduate from Columbus State University this week at CSU’s 115th Commencement. Graduates will be presented by their college at three commencement ceremonies on Dec. 15 and 16 at the CSU Lumpkin Center.

The College of the Arts and Turner College of Business ceremony will be at 4 p.m. on Dec. 15. The College of Education and Health Professions ceremony will be at 10 a.m. on Dec. 16, and the College of Letters and Sciences ceremony will be at 3 p.m on Dec. 16. Each ceremony will be live-streamed online at https://graduation.columbusstate.edu/.

Betsy Whitaker Covington, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. is the commencement speaker for the ceremonies. Since joining the Foundation in 2001, Covington has helped the organization grow from $7 million in assets to more than $150 million. With her experience in enabling and promoting philanthropy, she will speak on the power of working together.

At the ceremonies, CSU will award an honorary doctorate to Donald L. Jordan, a local author and businessman. Jordan began writing at the age of fourteen and has published non-fiction, short stories and novels. In 2016, he established an endowment at CSU to encourage and promote writing among students.

For more information about commencement at CSU, visit graduation.columbusstate.edu.

 

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CSU Picks Illinois Educator as Next Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Deborah Bordelon

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University has selected the current provost and vice president for academic affairs at Governors State University in Illinois to lead CSU’s academic activities.

Deborah Bordelon has been tapped as CSU’s next provost and executive vice president, which is the second in command to the president. She will start in February.

Dr. Bordelon has been at Governors State University since 2008, first serving as dean of their College of Education before being appointed provost in 2013. Before moving to Illinois, she held teaching and administrative posts at Nicholls State University and Xavier University in Louisiana. She holds a doctorate in special education, a master’s in education and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, all from the University of New Orleans.

She will take over from Tina Butcher, who has been serving as interim provost for about 18 months. She will return to her previous position as associate provost for undergraduate education.

“We have been in good hands with Dr. Butcher leading our academic affairs enterprise while we searched for a permanent provost who was just the right fit for us going forward,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “I am very excited about Dr. Bordelon joining this team and am delighted she shares a passion for high-impact educational practices, inclusiveness, creativity, and servant leadership.”

Bordelon has more than 30 publications or grants to her credit. She is a member of the Hall of Fame in the College of Education and Human Development at University of New Orleans, received Top Ten Researchers and Grant Recipients Recognition at Nicholls State University and was named “Excellence in Praxis” Service Learning Faculty Award at Xavier University of Louisiana. She has been through the Executive Leadership Academy at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Harvard Graduate School of Education Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, and the American Council on Education, Office of Women in Higher Education 77th National Leadership Forum on Women Administrators.

“It is a great honor to be selected as Provost and Executive Vice President at Columbus State University,” Bordelon said. “I look forward to joining President Markwood and the excellent administrative team at CSU. It was evident during my campus visit how consistent and strong the commitment to student success and academic excellence is across the university. I am excited to have the opportunity to work closely with the faculty, staff, students, and community to promote the high quality educational opportunities at CSU.”

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Columbus State Recognized as a 2017-2018 Military Friendly® School

Columbus State University was recently recognized as one of the top 2017-2018 Military Friendly® Schools in Georgia. CSU earned the Military Friendly® School designation for the sixth year in a row, while also gaining an additional bronze level recognition for the first year ever.

“We are honored to continue and build upon our strong reputation of being a Military Friendly® School,” said Susan Lovell, Director of Military Enrollment at Columbus State. “With more than 1,000 military affiliated students enrolled at CSU, we take pride in supporting these students and doing everything we can to help ease their transition toward earning a degree.”

Among the services and benefits available to CSU military students are a Military Service Center with a computer lab and lounge, a text book lending library, monthly Student Veterans Association meetings, partnerships with local veteran agencies and priority registration.

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans and responses to the Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. Final ratings were determined by assessing student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence and loan default rates for all students, and specifically, for student veterans. For the first time, student survey data was taken into consideration for the designation.

As a Military Friendly® School, Columbus State will be showcased in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on militaryfriendly.com.

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CSU Servant Leadership Students Light Up Uptown Columbus

The senior class of the Columbus State University Servant Leadership program recently unveiled their second annual Uptown Tree Trail in the median of Broadway in Uptown Columbus. The trail features 71 trees that are decorated and sponsored by local businesses and organizations.

“The Uptown Tree Trail brings community engagement from local businesses and gives families another event to come together and enjoy the excitement that Uptown Columbus brings,” said Mason Thiele, a Servant Leadership senior majoring in management.

As part of their senior project, students were responsible for organizing the event to raise funds for a nonprofit of their choosing. This year’s class decided to use the more than $15,000 in proceeds from tree sponsorships to support Warrior Outreach, a ranch and community center for veterans in Fortson, Ga.

“I feel very passionate about raising funds for Warrior Outreach,” said Brittni Morgan, Servant Leadership senior majoring in special education. “Warrior Outreach is such an amazing place for these veterans, soldiers and their families to go to reconnect.”

The trail will be open to the community until January 2.

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Columbus State University Named Among 10 Best Online Colleges in Georgia

Columbus State University was recently ranked among the top ten best online colleges in Georgia by TheBestColleges.org.

“CSU stood out with outstanding online degree programs,” said Amy Walton at TheBestColleges.org.

Colleges were ranked using factors like admissions rate, student loan default rate, retention rate, graduation rate and the percentage of students enrolled in online classes. Of all accredited online colleges in Georgia, 25 were selected to be recognized. CSU was ranked at No. 10 in the list.

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CSU Hires Corporate Technology Expert to Lead New TSYS Cybersecurity Center

                         Michael Barker

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University has hired an Atlanta technology expert and state-licensed private detective specializing in digital forensics as the director of its new TSYS Center for Cybersecurity,

Michael Barker is the CEO and owner of C4 Group, Inc., a consulting and contract services firm that works in the area of information technology, security, incident response, digital forensics, assurance, audit, compliance and governance across a broad spectrum of industries.

With a bachelor of science in nuclear engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a master of science in Information Security Management from the University of Fairfax and 35 years of experience across a broad range of technologies and industries, Barker is a recognized industry leader in cyber security, information security and digital forensics.

“We are delighted we were able hire someone with Barker’s background and qualifications,” said Linda Hadley, dean of the Turner College of Business, which houses the TSYS School of Computer Science and the TSYS Center for Cybersecurity. “He will be a great complement to the outstanding computer science and cybersecurity faculty we already have in place.”

Barker is certified by the National Security Agency as an Information Systems Security Professional and a Senior Systems Manager. He also is certified by the Georgia Police Officer Standards Training (POST) as an instructor in cyber forensics investigations.

The TSYS Center for Cybersecurity is one result from a $5 million gift in 2015 to Columbus State University’s ongoing First Choice comprehensive campaign.

Part of the gift from Columbus, Ga.-based TSYS, a leading global payments provider, was 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 its partnership with CSU, TSYS has designated $2.5 million to establish the center.  Hadley said there are two primary goals with the TSYS Center for Cybersecurity:

  • Prepare a strong cybersecurity workforce, particularly for the financial services industry
  • Produce applied research and promote technological innovation that will influence cybersecurity practice in the financial services sector.

“TSYS has a long-standing partnership with Columbus State University, dating back over 30 years, and we are proud to continue that relationship by helping create the TSYS Center for Cybersecurity,” said Patty Watson, Senior EVP and CIO at TSYS. “We welcome Michael Barker as the new Director of the TSYS Center, and believe that he is the right leader to enable CSU to meet the demands for cybersecurity education within the Valley and across the world.”

A grand opening for the center was held in October.

“With the center built, the funding secured and a director now hired, the TSYS Center for Cybersecurity is well positioned to both serve our local business community while also making another mark for CSU in the Southeast,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “I look forward to seeing us expand our research capabilities and technical expertise.”

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CSU Students Enjoy Thanksgiving Away from Home

The holidays can be a lonely time for college students who can’t travel home during their school vacations. That is why – for the fourth year in a row – Sarah Secoy, Columbus State University Director of Residence Life, plans to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for students.

“A few years ago, I noticed that a lot of students and their cars were still on campus,” said Secoy. “We decided to do something to make them feel welcome. It gives them a sense of family on campus.”

Secoy’s Thanksgiving meal is a complete feast with turkey, ham and all the traditional sides like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and stuffing. Secoy prepares most of the food herself, with just a few items ordered out from a local restaurant.

In the past about 15 to 20 students have attended, but this year Secoy says that as many as 44 could come. Invitations are sent to all students who live on campus, as well as the Center for Global Engagement and the athletics department to include those who may not live on campus. Some students cannot go home because it is too far away, while others play sports that have games over the break. Secoy’s husband and children also enjoy the meal, and Dr. Gina Sheeks, CSU Vice President for Student Affairs, has attended the event.

“The response has been very warm and welcoming. They appreciate the time it took and spending Thanksgiving with people in similar situations,” said Secoy. 

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CSU’s New Mural to be Unveiled

Columbus State University’s new mural, “What the Water Gave Us”, will be unveiled on Friday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.

The 14 x 84 foot celebratory mural covers a portion of the outside wall of the Davidson Student Center. CSU Visiting Amos Scholar and professor Gabriel Villa led the project with his mural history and practice class, who designed the mural and painted it with the help of student volunteers.

Stylized depictions include CSU’s core values, the Chattahoochee River, Pasaquan, Horace King inspired bridge and the railroad, all of which the students used to reference the spirit, geography and innovation of past and present life in Columbus.

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CSU’s Discovery Day Offers a Glimpse into Campus Life

Columbus State University invites prospective students, parents and guests to visit on Saturday, Nov. 18 for Discovery Day. The event will include tours of both CSU campuses, as well as opportunities to meet with professors, see campus housing and have lunch at CSU’s Cougar Cafe.

“This is a great opportunity for students and their parents to see firsthand why CSU is a perfect fit for them,” said Gary Bush, executive director of admissions. “The experience is personalized for each attendee. They get to learn about their particular major, explore our RiverPark or main campus and attend sessions on the topic that they find most interesting.”

Those interested in attending should pre-register online at https://admissions.columbusstate.edu/tours.

Additional Discovery Days are scheduled for Feb. 17 and March 17, 2018.

Tips for making the most of Discovery Day:

  • Register early. Discovery Day fills up fast and registration ensures lunch at CSU’s main campus dining facility.
  • Dress comfortably. Campus tours are walking tours, so wear walking shoes and dress for the outdoors.
  • Review CSU degree options. A “Meet Your Major” session will allow attendees the opportunity to talk to professors from many academic departments. A complete list of CSU degrees, majors and programs is available at https://www.columbusstate.edu/degrees/.
  • Explore Columbus. Out-of-town attendees are encouraged to spend extra time in Columbus to see what the city itself has to offer. To learn about area attractions and events, please visit http://visitcolumbusga.com/.
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Columbus State University’s Fall Enrollment Sets New Record

Retention and Dual Enrollment Numbers Increase

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Final enrollment figures show Columbus State University’s consistent growth in the areas of new students and retention. Fall 2017’s enrollment rose to 8,452, a slight increase (.5 percent) over last year’s total, and establishes a new record for the university.

“We are excited students are selecting CSU to begin or continue their educational journey,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “More students are discovering our great faculty and facilities that create our unique combination of academic excellence and value.”

Enrollment in CSU’s graduate programs continues to rise. Also, CSU’s retention rates for first-time, full-time students increased from 65.6 percent in 2011-2012 to 74.8 percent this year. The number of students enrolled in CSU’s dual enrollment classes more than tripled in the same timeframe.

University System of Georgia schools also increased to a new peak of 325,203 students, an increase of 1.1 percent over fall 2016. This fall’s enrollment continues a trend, four years in a row, of increases in student enrollment. The full USG enrollment report is available here

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Schwob vocalists bring home top awards at state competition

ATHENS, Ga. Six voice students from the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music received top awards at the National Association of Teachers of Singing state-level student auditions at the University of Georgia on Oct. 27-28.

NATS is a nonprofit organization regarded as the largest professional association for voice teachers around the world. It has more than 7,000 members across the United States and almost 30 other countries. The purpose of the organization is to “encourage the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing; and to promote vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented.”

The Schwob School of Music winners were:

  • 1st Place: Mary Lee Turner, Second Year College Women, student of Michelle DeBruyn
  • 2nd Place: Kara Hammonds, First Year College Women, student of Kimberly Cone
  • 2nd Place: Madeleine Munro, Advanced Women, student of Michelle DeBruyn
  • 3rd Place: Brielle Sims, Fourth and Fifth Year College Women, student of Dian Lawler-Johnson
  • 3rd Place: Casey Sargent, First Year Musical Theatre College Women, student of Kimberly Cone
  • 3rd Place: Katherine Ambrester, Fourth and Fifth Year College Women, student of Michelle DeBruyn
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Columbus State University to Host Third Annual WinterFest

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University is transforming campus into a winter wonderland complete with snow, Santa and a show during the inaugural WinterFest, a community-wide event scheduled for Nov. 28.

WinterFest will be free to attend and is an opportunity for the CSU family and the Columbus community to come together to welcome the holiday season. The event will offer activities for everyone, including families with young children, students, university faculty and staff, CSU alumni and adults.

WinterFest activities will include:

  • Holiday performances from local schools and organizations
  • Hot chocolate and holiday treats
  • Lighting of the campus holiday tree and clock tower
  • Photos with Santa and Elsa from “Frozen”
  • Holiday craft stations from around the world

University Police will be at the event collecting donations for Cougars for Causes, a holiday fundraising drive benefitting local area nonprofits. Attendees can participate in the drive by donating a canned good, toy or toiletry item.

WinterFest, co-sponsored by the CSU Alumni Association, is Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 6-9 p.m. around the Thomas Y. Whitley Clock Tower on CSU’s main campus. For more information, visit winterfest.columbusstate.edu or call 706-507-8730.

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CSU Alumna to Debut in Leading Role with The Metropolitan Opera

Maureen McKay performing as Gretel at the Portland Opera. Photography by Cory Weaver.

Maureen McKay, alumna of Columbus State University, will make her debut at The Metropolitan Opera on December 28 in the leading role of Gretel in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

“The Met is the pinnacle opera house in the world. It is like winning a gold medal in the Olympics,” said Joseph Golden, CSU director of opera and McKay’s former professor. “She has joined the first rank of opera singers in the world.”

McKay credits her professors and experience at CSU with helping her to achieve the high honor.

She says that CSU provided her with the musical, dancing and acting skills needed to excel in today’s world of opera, and she recognizes the program’s unique offering of real world experiences like singing with a live orchestra and working with guest directors from other institutions.

“At CSU, I received four years of quality stage time with an orchestra and extensive attention from my teachers. You just don’t find that in every undergrad program,” said McKay.

Among the professors that McKay recognizes as influential on her career are Betty Anne Diaz and Joseph Golden.

“Mr. Golden took a lot of care in coaching me on how to sing with an orchestra and conductor, what repertoire to consider and the fundamentals of stage deportment,” said McKay. “Mrs. Diaz was my piano teacher and worked closely with me on honing the skills of the art song recital from both sides of the keyboard.”

Shirley Brumbaugh, who is now retired from teaching, also stands out as a mentor to McKay. Brumbaugh encouraged McKay to participate in summer activities like study abroad trips and performing in the College Light Opera Company in Massachusetts, which McKay says helped her discover a career in opera.  McKay also credits Brumbaugh with helping her build the foundation of her vocal technique.

“I feel really blessed that I had all of these people who saw something in me, even when I didn’t see it in myself,” said McKay. “When I inevitably go into teaching, I will pull from these experiences. They are the teachers that I would want to be.”

McKay says that she would eventually like to teach, but she is currently focusing on her upcoming performances. Although she is not ready to enter academia just yet, she is already inspiring others with her accomplishments.

“Schwob School of Music students are already saying, ‘Gee! If she can do it, then I can too!” said Golden. “They see that someone who walked these halls has gone on to the ultimate place in their career.”

McKay lives with her husband and fellow CSU alumni, Jesse Tennyson, and their son in Greenwich, Conn. She has performed internationally with the Choirs and Orchestras of Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova and of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Komische Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Saito Kinen Festival, The Cleveland Orchestra, San Diego Opera, Washington National Opera and Seattle Opera.

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Golf Legend Encourages Female Athletes at CSU Event

World Golf Hall of Famer and LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam was the guest speaker at Columbus State University’s third annual Girls in the Game Advance Initiative.

“Figure out what your dream is. When you figure it out, make it a reality,” advised Sorenstam to an audience of 348 young female athletes and their sponsors.

The Girls in the Game Advance Initiative began in 2015 with a goal to raise money to empower CSU’s female student-athletes and support their programs. Attendees at this year’s event were inspired by a series of speakers including Courtney Laughlin, CSU cheerleading alumna; McKenzie Fagioli, current CSU softball player; and Dr. Cathy L. Cook of Cook Dental Care. Each speaker reflected on the impact that sports can have on women’s lives.

Janet Davis, CSU alumna and soon to be retired President and CEO of Kinetic Credit Union, was also recognized at the event with the Charles B. Morrow Award for her exemplary support of the Columbus State University Athletic department.

At the conclusion of the event, young athletes had the opportunity to ask Sorenstam questions about how to succeed in sports and life. Sorenstam then offered a golf clinic at Burger King Stadium.

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CSU to Host 15 Tables for On the Table Initiative

On Nov. 7, Columbus State University will host 15 tables for On the Table, a community-wide initiative.  On a single day, residents of Columbus and the surrounding areas are invited to gather around a meal to discuss not only what’s great about our community, but also ways to make it even better — more sustainable, just, safe, strong and vibrant.

“We consider CSU and this community as one, so it seems very natural for us to be a participant in this community-wide conversation,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “I hope we have a good mix at our tables of people affiliated with CSU and local residents, so we can learn more from each other about what we all think is needed to move Columbus forward.”

As a superhost partner for On the Table, CSU faculty and staff are hosting at least five tables at each meal. Members of the community are invited to sit at the tables to share their thoughts on the Chattahoochee Valley. Those interested in attending can register at www.onthetablechatt.com.

On the Table attendees will be encouraged to record insights and ideas coming out of their conversation by completing a short survey that is being conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE). The results of the data will be shared publicly and be accessible to the community in early 2018 in an effort to help us better understand our community’s needs and opportunities.

Columbus is one of 10 cities across the U.S. selected to replicate the On the Table initiative this year with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley is leading this effort in the Columbus-area. Additional support is being provided from the Community Foundation’s Community Endowment Fund and Chattahoochee Valley Fair Fund.

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CSU Police Quickly Arrest Man in Connection With Monday Morning Incident

Columbus State University Police arrested a 54-year-old Columbus man soon after a reported robbery occurred Monday morning in Uptown Columbus.

Johnie W. Jones, of Adair Ave. in Columbus has been charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, armed robbery and criminal trespass.

According to reports, a CSU officer heard a disturbance in the Front Avenue Parking garage about 7:30 a.m. Monday before locating a woman who said she had just been confronted by a man with a knife.

University Police reviewed surveillance footage from cameras in the garage and were able to quickly provide a description of the suspect. Within minutes, another CSU police officer spotted a man nearby matching the description and made the arrest about 8:45 am.

Neither the victim nor the accused are CSU students or employees. The victim was treated and released.

“This is an example of some great police work by our team,” said CSU Police Chief Mark Lott. “As usual, we had great assistance from Columbus Police and other local emergency officials.”

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CSU Center for Global Engagement Gets New Home, Leadership

Dr. Eric Spears, Executive Director, Center for Global Engagement.

Columbus State University’s Center for Global Engagement now has a new office and a new executive director. Dr. Eric Spears, a Fulbright scholar and geography professor with 20 years of experience in international education, will lead the program at its new home in the Schuster Center for Student Success.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Spears to Columbus State University,” said Dr. Tina Butcher, interim provost at CSU. “He brings outstanding experience and expertise that will build upon CSU’s award-winning Center for Global Engagement. I’m confident that he’ll be a champion for the Center’s mission to provide students with valuable international education learning experiences.

Spears previously served as the Assistant Vice President for International Education at Georgia College and State University. Prior to that, he directed the international scholars program at Mercer University. His interest in international education started in high school when he traveled to China and grew with experiences in England, Brazil and South Korea.

“When you are in a place where you don’t recognize the language or characters, you grow enormously. I know it benefited me, and I want students to have that option,” Spears said.

A self-proclaimed “life-long learner,” Spears stays active with international research in Brazil and South East Asia. He is the Co-Research Director of the Political Economy of Education and Human Development Project at the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil, as well as an active member of the Asian Studies Development Program alumni board at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii at Mânoa.

“I try to learn new things and take cultural risks in the same way that our students have to do,” Spears said.

Spears says he is excited to join CSU’s Center for Global Engagement – a program that he calls unique due to its Spencer House at Oxford. As an endowment from the family of J. Kyle Spencer, the Spencer House provides CSU students, faculty and staff with a place to live while studying at Oxford. Spears hopes to encourage students to take advantage of the resource, while also promoting study abroad opportunities to less traveled regions outside of Europe. Other priorities of the department will be increasing scholarship opportunities through an upcoming fundraising campaign and settling into the new office at the Schuster Center, which is more centrally located on campus and convenient to students.

As the Mildred Miller Fort Foundation Distinguished Chair of International Education, Spears’s position and the Center for Global Engagement are made possible through the support of Columbus native, Mildred Miller Fort. Her encouragement and support have been essential to establishing an award-winning international education program at CSU. In 2014, the Center won the Senator Paul Simon Award, a prestigious national honor awarded to only a few institutions each year.

“CSU is known nationally as a leader for global engagement,” said Spears. “To take that program and continue it is an honor.”

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CSU to Hold Grand Opening Ceremony for New TSYS Center for Cybersecurity

The new TSYS Center for Cybersecurity will officially open on Monday at Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business and TSYS School of Computer Science. A grand opening ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at the CSU Center for Commerce and Technology.

The TSYS Center for Cybersecurity is one result from a $5 million gift in 2015 to Columbus State University’s ongoing First Choice comprehensive campaign.

Part of the gift from Columbus, Ga.-based TSYS, a leading global payments provider, was 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 TSYS’s partnership with CSU, TSYS has designated $2.5 million to establish the TSYS Center for Cybersecurity Center with a focus on financial services security. To house the center, the university relocated a computer lab to the library to create two learning spaces and equipped them with the latest in cybersecurity teaching tools and computers.

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CSU Men Shave (and Don’t Shave) to Save

Columbus State University police and the Xi Iota Chapter of Kappa Sigma are raising awareness for breast cancer with the power of beards and buzz cuts.

On October 26, the men of Kappa Sigma hosted their 11th Annual Shave to Save event. About 15 men shaved their heads with a goal to raise $10,000 for the American Cancer Society. At the conclusion of the event, approximately $8,000 had been raised. Additional donations are being accepted through the end of October and can be made at www.xi-iota.com.

For the first year ever, CSU police are also taking part in breast cancer awareness month with pink ribbon lapel pins and facial hair. Beginning in October,

CSU Police Chief Mark Lott relaxed the department’s grooming policy for officers who choose to grow neatly maintained beards. Those who enjoy the new perk are encouraged to make a donation and/or fundraise for a charitable cause.

 

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Tips to Avoid the Flu from CSU Health Services

Flu season can begin as early as November, and CSU Health Services wants to help you stay healthy.

Students, faculty and staff can now obtain the flu vaccine through the student health center on both campuses. The cost is $20 for students and $25 for faculty and staff. CSU Health Services offers the following flu clinic hours, in which vaccines can be obtained.

Main Campus Student Health Clinic

(Located in Tucker Hall)

  • Monday: 2 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 to 11 a.m.

RiverPark Student Health Clinic

(Located in the courtyard behind the Broadway Crossing dorm)

  • Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday: By appointment. Please call (706) 507-8347.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine before the end of October every year. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body to develop the antibodies needed to protect against the flu. While it is recommended to get vaccinated early in the fall, later vaccinations – all the way through January – can still be beneficial.

In addition to getting the flu vaccine, CSU Health Services recommends taking the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing or cough into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • If possible, stay home when you are sick to prevent others from catching your illness.

To learn more about CSU Health services, visit healthservices.columbusstate.edu. For more information on influenza, visit www.flu.gov.

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