Brown Receives 2017 Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

COLUMBUS, Ga. –  Jennifer Brown, associate professor of educational foundations, has been awarded the 2017 Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Award by the University System of Georgia.

The award encourages and supports the work of faculty members whose scholarship focuses on the instructional mission of the institution. A special Regents committee, composed of faculty and administrators from across the USG who are experienced in SOTL research, reviewed the nominations and determined the finalists.

“I have known Dr. Brown since she came to CSU in 2011 and have found her to be a consummate professional who conducts and applies research in a manner that improves student learning and the overall student experience,” said Tina Butcher, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs at CSU. “She is an outstanding faculty member and is greatly deserving of this recognition.”

The committee was particularly impressed with the wide dissemination of Brown’s tested instructional strategies, evaluations and assessments to her department, college, university and external audiences through forums, presentations and peer-reviewed publications. She also stood out because of her success in obtaining both internal and external funding for SOTL-related activities.

Brown will be presented the award and a check for $5,000 at the USG Foundation Gala in Atlanta in March.

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Carson at 100: The McCullers Celebration

Columbus State University and a myriad of community partners celebrated the birthday centennial of noted author Carson McCullers on Sunday, Feb. 19 during a showcase event in the RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre that included birthday cake, champagne, music, monologues, skits and the directorial debut of a new short film.

Community members gathered at the RiverCenter to honor Carson McCullers, who grew up in Columbus, Ga.
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Oxbow Meadows Hosts STEAM Day at Eddy Middle School

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center took over Eddy Middle School’s seventh grade curriculum yesterday, Feb. 22, for STEAM Day.

All seventh graders rotated through five hour-long lessons taught by the staff of Oxbow Meadows, a CSU academic enrichment center. The lessons covered topics in taxonomy, robotics, microscopic inquiries, crime scene investigations and pollinators. Each lesson was designed to stimulate students’ interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and art) at an early age.

“Each activity tied into a specific science standard,” said Michael Dentzau, executive director of Oxbow Meadows. “This event offered fun, hands-on work set to get young minds excited to learn.”

Later that day, participants returned to Eddy Middle for “Science Night” with support from multiple CSU departments, including the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, CSU Math Collaborative, CSU Police, School of Nursing, and TSYS School of Computer Science. Free food was provided by Waffle House for all participating students and their families.

This was the second STEAM Day hosted by Oxbow Meadow. The center visited Baker Middle School (pictured above) on Oct. 26. Both STEAM Days were sponsored by Wells Fargo.

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Students Spend President’s Day with a President

COLUMBUS, Ga. – A group of Columbus State University students were invited to spend President’s Day with former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn during a presentation to discuss the historic Camp David Accords.


The National Park Service hosted students and professors, including Dennis Rome, dean of CSU’s College of Letters and Sciences, and Fred Gordon, chair of CSU’s Department of Political Science, at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Ga. The 39th president and first lady discussed the personal, professional and cultural challenges they faced in formalizing the historic peace agreement, which effectively ended 31 years of war between Egypt and Israel. The Camp David Accords were signed in March 1979 during a ceremony in Washington, DC.

Four CSU students were invited to ask questions during the program: Leah Seifu, Jennifer Jurkowski, Korie McDougall and Justice Elijah.

“This was a really amazing experience to see a former president answer questions one-on-one, so honestly and directly,” said Seifu. “I didn’t really understand the Camp David agreement until now, so it was a great experience.”

“My favorite part of the presentation was watching the Carters interact with each other in such a loving and sweet way,” added Jurkowski.

The event also included students from Georgia Southwestern and Middle Georgia State Universities. The presentation was simulcast to schools across Georgia and a middle and high school in Nebraska.


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Columbus State University Hosts Spring Open House Feb. 25

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University welcomes all prospective students, including high school juniors and seniors, transfer students and graduate students, to Spring Open House, Saturday, Feb. 25 from 8:30-12:30 p.m.

“Our Spring Open House is a great opportunity for students and families considering CSU to learn — over the course of just a few hours — about our outstanding faculty and academic programs, student life beyond the classroom, and how to apply for admission and financial aid,” said John McElveen, associate vice president for enrollment management at CSU. Students will see our amazing facilities, including our new residence hall and our campus recreation center. This is an easy and efficient way to get answers to many of the questions students and parents have when considering their college choice.”

What to expect:

— Meet with current students to talk about student activities, organizations, and athletics
— Speak with faculty members from a variety of academic programs
— Explore on-campus housing options and study abroad opportunities
— Learn how to pay for college
— Take a tour of main campus or RiverPark campus (optional)

For more information or to register, visit or call 706-507-8800.

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Nuclear Expert to Discuss Russian, Korean Threats

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Former U.S. diplomat Mark Fitzpatrick will offer a close examination of the nuclear threats presented by Russia and other foreign nations Thursday, Feb. 23 during the Col. Richard R. Hallock Lecture Series presented by Columbus State University’s Department of Politics, Philosophy and Public Administration.

A leading expert on nuclear issues, Fitzpatrick served in the State Department for 26 years before joining the International Institute for Strategic Studies to run the institute’s Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme. Among other works, he is the author of “Asia’s Latent Nuclear Powers: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan,” “Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers,” and “The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: Avoiding Worst-Case Outcomes.” He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from the University of Minnesota.

On Thursday, he will discuss “The Greatest Nuclear Threats to the U.S.,” noting how Moscow’s nuclear arsenal — the largest in the world — has long been directed at the U.S. and its allies, and how recent interactions have sparked renewed nuclear sabre-rattling by the Kremlin.

Fitzpatrick, however, will argue that the gravest nuclear challenges are to be found in North Korea and South Asia. Pyongyang’s accelerated nuclear and missile tests demonstrate an intention, or at least an ability, to hit the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.

The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Cunningham Conference Center on CSU’s main campus.

For more information, contact Thomas Dolan at 706-507-8727 or


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Columbus State University Announces Faculty Tenure and Promotions

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University is pleased to announce this year’s professors who have been promoted or have earned tenure. Tenure confers upon faculty certain privileges and status and is the result of a rigorous, multi-step review process by the faculty member’s peers, departmental leaders, the president and provost of CSU.

“Each of the faculty members being promoted has made significant contributions to our university, and they are committed to advancing the boundaries of knowledge and providing our students with an education of the highest quality,” said Tina Butcher, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Columbus State University. “Our promotion and tenure process is reflective and comprehensive to uphold the integrity of our scholarly community, and I applaud these faculty members for their accomplishments.”

New rank/tenure awarded:
Hannah Israel, professor, Art
Mariko Izumi, professor, Communication
Lawrence Dooley, professor, Theatre
Deirdre Greer, professor, Teacher Education
David Turner, associate professor and tenure, Theatre
Laurence Marsh, associate professor and tenure, Management
Franklin Mixon, tenure, Accounting
Joy Thomas, associate professor and tenure, Health Professions and Exercise Science
Tamara Condrey, associate professor, Nursing
Elizabeth Frander, professor and tenure, Nursing
Kevin Burgess, professor, Biology
Elizabeth Klar, senior lecturer, Biology
Clifton Ruehl, associate professor and tenure, Biology
Daniel Holley, associate professor and tenure, Chemistry
Rosa Williams, professor, Earth and Space Sciences
Courtney George, associate professor, English
Shannon Godlove, associate professor and tenure, English
Joe Miller, associate professor and tenure, English
Brad Huff, associate professor and tenure, History and Geography
Nehal Shukla, associate professor and tenure, Mathematics
Joelle Bonamy, tenure, Modern and Classical Languages
Eduardo Leon, senior lecturer, Modern and Classical Languages
Zdeslav Hrepic, professor, Physics

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Celebrities Connected to CSU’s Carson McCullers Center

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Carson McCullers was a novelist, short-story writer, playwright, essayist and poet who grew up in the Southern home that is now Columbus State University’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians in Columbus, Georgia. Known as one of the most significant American writers of the 20th century, McCullers earned rave reviews for her debut novel “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.” Before she died at age 50 in 1967, she crossed paths with many notable figures, and her work still inspires fans to this day.

Marilyn Monroe
A good friend to McCullers, the popular pin-up icon and Hollywood actress shared tea time with Carson. In fact, the chair Marilyn sat on during an evening at Carson’s Nyack, New York, home (also owned by CSU) is now part of the McCullers Center in Columbus.

The international media mogul reconnected audiences to McCullers’ work during 2004 when she selected “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” for her book club. Sales skyrocketed with 700,000 new paperback editions printed. The 76-year-old book became No. 1 bestseller during May of that year and brought public awareness about the classic novel to the 21st century.

Truman Capote
Once a close friend of McCullers, Capote also became a trailblazing writer from the South with works including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood.” The two talented writers fell out after McCullers accused Capote of using some of her material and not showing appreciation for her support in his career.

Karen Allen
Harrison Ford’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” costar will debut her short film based on McCullers’ award-winning short story “A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.” Feb. 19, 2017, at CSU. The viewing is part of McCullers 100th birthday celebration and will mark the first movie Allen has directed.

Tennessee Williams
A close friend of McCullers, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” collaborated with McCullers. He suggested the stage adaptation of her novel “The Member of the Wedding” into a poignant play, which garnered enormous outcomes when it debuted on Broadway during 1950.


Carson at 100: The McCullers Centennial
Columbus State University and a myriad of partners are celebrating McCullers’ 100th birthday this week, culminating with an event on Sunday, Feb. 19 that will include actress Karen Allen, who has appeared in films such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Sandlot,” “Scrooged” and “Animal House.” Allen is a devoted McCullers fan and will use her Columbus visit as the occasion to unveil the first movie she has ever directed, a short film based on the McCullers story “A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.” The event begins at 4 p.m. at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Admission is free.

The following Monday, Allen will visit campus to deliver the keynote address for CSU’s Common Reading Assembly at noon in University Hall. All first-year students read McCuller’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.” The event will be simulcast in Legacy Hall.

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Columbus State University Presents a Free Afternoon of Storytelling

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Two renowned storytellers stopped by Columbus State University to share in an “Afternoon of Storytelling,” a free event presented by CSU Continuing Education on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center on CSU’s main campus.

Friends and families spent the afternoon with professional storytellers Carol Cain and Doug Davis. Cain, a native of LaGrange, Ga., travels the Southeast to perform her stories at festivals, museums, schools, churches and libraries. In 2011, she was featured on “What’s Your Story,” a workshop broadcast hosted by Donald Davis, an award-winning storyteller and prolific author. Donald Davis’ son, Doug, was the second guest speaker of the afternoon. In addition to storytelling, Doug Davis is a clinical psychologist for a private practice in Raleigh, NC.

“Storytelling is a cherished and traditional form of art practiced around the globe,” said Samantha Gurski, program coordinator for CSU Continuing Education. “This event was an excellent opportunity for families and friends to come together and witness the power of storytelling.”

Admission to an “Afternoon of Storytelling” was free, thanks to generous contributions from Calumet Bank and ServiceMaster Restore.

Cain also is hosting a one-day workshop called “Finding Your Stories” on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. Workshop participants will learn how to uncover and express their own stories of memorable people and places. Registration is $49. Visit for more information or to register online.

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Region’s Best Science Fair Projects at CSU for Judging and Display

COLUMBUS, Ga. — More than 120 middle and high school students from Columbus and the surrounding area competed in the Columbus Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Columbus State University.

CSU faculty, students and community volunteers reviewed the results of the students’ research projects spanning disciplines from biology, chemistry, environmental science and medicine to engineering, mathematics, physics and computer science. Twenty top teams will go on to compete at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair March 30-April 1 in Athens, Ga.

The Columbus Regional Science and Engineering Fair was sponsored by CSU’s College of Letters and Sciences, CSU’s Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Muscogee County School District, Flint Energies, Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants Inc., Path-Tec, DJI Builders, and Renal Associates, LLC. For more information, contact Janet Jamieson by phone at 706-507-8450 or email at

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CSU Athletics Launches New Online Store

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University Athletics has launched its official online store at, allowing Cougar fans, students and alumni to purchase the latest gear from brands such as Adidas, Columbia and Under Armour. Items include t-shirts, jackets, hats and much more.

“Columbus State Athletics is excited to partner with Advanced-Online to provide convenient access to our alumni and fans in obtaining Columbus State branded items,” said CSU Director of Athletics Todd Reeser. “We are pleased to offer this service to our fans throughout the country.”


A portion of the proceeds from each item will go to benefit the Columbus State athletic department and its student-athletes.

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Chelsey Rogers Crowned Miss CSU 2017

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University crowned Chelsey Rogers the new Miss CSU on Saturday, Jan. 21 in University Hall on CSU’s main campus.

“Chelsey will serve the campus for the next year and advocate for her platform while representing CSU at campus and community events,” said Melissa Dempsey, director of student life. “She will also compete and represent CSU at Miss Georgia this June.”


Rogers’ platform is child advocacy. She currently volunteers as a court appointed special advocate for children in the foster care system.

A senior majoring in political science and business, Rogers also serves as CSU’s Student Government Association president and is a member of the CSU Dance Team.

“I am so honored and happy to be chosen to be in this role, and I’m really excited to represent CSU at Miss Georgia,” said Rogers.


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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

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Frank D. Brown Hall Officially Opens

COLUMBUS, Ga.At least 500 people showed up Friday, Jan. 6 to celebrate the official grand opening of Columbus State University’s Frank D. Brown Hall, a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility located in the heart of downtown Columbus.

The new 90,000-square-foot, $27 million building will serve as the new home for most of the university’s education programs and School of Nursing. It was named in honor of CSU’s third president, Frank D. Brown, who was  instrumental in the development of CSU’s RiverPark campus and in the revitalization of downtown Columbus.

Dr. Brown, and those people and partnerships he cultivated, are largely to credit for this transformation [in Uptown Columbus],” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “That’s why it is so fitting to have this building, now the ‘front door’ to CSU’s RiverPark campus, bear the name of CSU’s third President, Dr. Frank D. Brown.”

Other speakers agreed.

“You could not have picked a better namesake,” said Mayor Teresa Tomlinson during the ceremony.

Equipped with state-of-the-art simulation labs, a tiered 150-seat classroom and group learning spaces, Frank D. Brown Hall extends CSU’s downtown footprint, which now totals about one million square feet of space, including student housing, visiting professor apartments, performance facilities, classrooms, a dining center, bookstore, convenience store and continuing education space.

In the last decade, more than $125 million has been invested in downtown Columbus by, or on behalf of, CSU. The construction of Frank D. Brown Hall has spurred the redevelopment of the 1200 block of Broadway and will bring an additional 1,800 students, faculty and staff to the area by the start of classes on Monday, Jan. 9.

“This is a facility built for teaching,” said Brown during the ceremony. “What hangs on the outside of the building is not nearly as important as what goes on inside the building.”


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Markwood Named to 2017 List of 100 Most Influential Georgians

markwood_2015COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University President Chris Markwood was recently named one of Georgia’s most influential people by Georgia Trend Magazine, joining 99 other top leaders in the state, including politicians, CEOs and innovators in education.

This is Markwood’s first appearance on Georgia Trend’s list of “100 Most Influential Georgians” since he took the helm of CSU in June 2015. Since that time, CSU has received its first-ever patent, restored and opened Pasaquan and graduated its first class of film production students in partnership with the Georgia Film Academy, noted the editors of Georgia Trend in their profile on the president.

“There are great things happening at CSU every day, and this is a tribute to the role CSU is playing on a statewide scale,” said Markwood. “I am very honored by this distinction, but it is really a reflection of the work being done at Columbus State University by the faculty and staff here. It’s great to be part of this team.”

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CSU Police Officers Spread Holiday Cheer

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Cougars for Causes, an annual holiday collection drive spearheaded by Columbus State University Police, recently donated several thousand toys and more than a thousand pounds of food and personal items to non-profit organizations across the Chattahoochee Valley and children residing in local hospitals over the holidays.

Goods were donated by Circle K stores, Dollar General, Winchester Family Dentistry, and, of course, the CSU community.


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Synovus Invests in CSU Growth Through First Choice Campaign


COLUMBUS, Ga. – Synovus Financial Corp., headquartered in Columbus, has extended its investment in Columbus State University by participating in the university’s First Choice Campaign and providing long-term support to various programs, including business and leadership development.

Synovus’ multi-year commitment to the university will support CSU’s Turner College of Business, the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, and the new tennis complex at Cooper Creek Park. Synovus’ contributions will also support the construction of Frank D. Brown Hall on CSU’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus, the new home for many of CSU’s education and nursing programs currently under construction next door to Synovus’ corporate headquarters.

“We are extremely grateful for Synovus’ continued partnership with Columbus State University, and for their continued faith in our ability to have a positive impact on this community,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “Synovus is one of the country’s most reputable banks. We are proud to be associated with them and even more proud they employ many of our alumni, including those in key executive leadership positions.”

Synovus has provided financial support, leadership and other resources to Columbus State for more than half a century. The company has been a lead sponsor since 2006 of the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, organized annually by CSU’s Leadership Institute. Synovus also supports CSU’s annual fund, Cougar Athletics, and the university’s Schwob School of Music, and allows its employees to volunteer in support of the university’s efforts.

“Columbus State University has been a vital part of life in this community for nearly 60 years, and we are proud to continue our longstanding support of our hometown and the university with this investment,” said Becky Rumer, Synovus’ chief administrative officer.

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Mixon Named New Director of CSU’s Command College

mixon-fullCOLUMBUS, Ga. — William “Billy” Mixon, a career law enforcement official who has spent 25 years in academy operations, has been named the new director of Columbus State University’s Command College.

Command College, a partnership between the university and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, provides a program of study that goes beyond what is currently available in public safety executive and management development courses, serving as a “graduate school” for public safety executives. Students earn professional development experience while also earning academic credit toward a master’s degree in a program that is distinctive, flexible, relevant and comprehensive.

Mixon has been serving as interim director of Command College since August.

He came to Columbus State University after spending 13 years as the Public Safety Training Manager at Columbus’ Georgia Public Safety Training Center. There, he supervised a professional staff in development, delivery, review and revision of statewide public safety training programs that involved about 70 adjunct instructors. A certified law enforcement officer since 1982, Mixon has been involved with public safety training for 25 years.

“Billy is the right person to lead Command College into its next phase,” said Dennis Rome, dean of CSU’s College of Letters and Sciences, the academic unit of the university that houses Command College. “We want to strengthen and expand upon the wonderful track record that’s already been established with Command College and the representatives from more than 300 different agencies around the country who have gone through the program.”

Since taking over the program, Mixon has met with various law enforcement officials and groups around the state to ensure the master’s degree, course offerings and Professional Management Program continue to serve the needs of state public safety personnel.

“It is a real honor to be leading Command College,” Mixon said. “From the dean to the university president to the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Board, there has been universal support for what we’re doing and where we’re planning to go.”

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Columbus State University Achieves Full Reaccreditation

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University has been fully re-accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), a regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

“Earning accreditation by SACSCOC is a formal stamp of approval for the university, our academic programs and the way we do business,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “It took a tremendous amount of work to get to this point, and we should all be proud of this achievement.”

The re-accreditation review takes place every 10 years and is confirmation of CSU’s continued commitment to integrity and its capacity to provide effective programs and services based on agreed-upon accreditation standards.

When accreditation is awarded to an institution of higher education by SACSCOC, it means the institution has a mission appropriate to higher education, resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain its mission, clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and is successful in assessing its achievement of these objectives and demonstrating improvements.

“We had a lot of people involved in this process,” said Tina Butcher, CSU’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, who led the re-accreditation process. “My thanks go out to all the faculty and staff who made sure we met all the requirements that are spelled out in this rigorous process.”

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CSU and Middle Georgia State Team Up to Host Program for Leaders

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Leadership Institute at Columbus State University and Middle Georgia State University have teamed up to host “How Deep is Your Bench? Leadership Excellence Certification for Rookie Leaders,” a series of programs for front-line managers and emerging leaders in Middle Georgia.

Beginning in January, sessions will be held on Middle Georgia State University’s Macon Campus, from 8 a.m. to noon, on the second Wednesday of each month.

In a 2014 survey by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, 77 percent of respondents said front-line managers are important in helping their organization reach business goals, yet only 12 percent said their organization currently invests sufficiently in the development of front-line managers. A lack of leadership development for front-line managers negatively impacts employee engagement productivity, quality, customer service and turnover, the report said. Because they are great workers, many front-line employees are promoted but many lack people-management skills and discover that achieving results through others is a challenge.

With interactive and entertaining sessions titled “Not Right or Wrong, Just Different,” “Working With You is Killing Me” and “Change is Good, You Go First,” attendees will learn relevant skills they can use in their professional and personal lives.

Participants can choose from individual sessions or attend them all. Individual sessions start at $159 each. The full program and Leadership Excellence Certification is $1,250, a savings of $418 versus purchasing individual sessions.

View the full program, including session descriptions and dates, and enroll your employees today at


About Leadership Institute at Columbus State University
The Leadership Institute at Columbus State University is a university-based consulting group that provides expertise and training in leadership development, team building, assessments, executive coaching and strategic planning. Founded in 2005, the Leadership Institute has worked with more than 200 organizations and helped develop thousands of leaders. For more information, visit

About Middle Georgia State University
Middle Georgia State University (MGA) serves about 7,700 students on campuses in Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman, and Warner Robins. MGA offers dozens of programs—from Business to Nursing to Information Technology to New Media & Communications—that lead to bachelor’s degrees. MGA began offering master’s programs in 2016. MGA is home to Georgia’s only public School of Aviation, which is based on the Eastman Campus. MGA’s mission is to educate and graduate inspired, lifelong learners whose scholarship and careers enhance the region through professional leadership, innovative partnerships and community engagement.

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