Columbus State Celebrates International Student Culture

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University celebrated its many cultures in September with a week-long series of events designed to recognize the impact of CSU’s global studies programs and international student population on campus and in the community.

“International Education Week is an opportunity to recognize our international students who bring so much cultural learning and diversity to campus,” said Janet Crane, international student and scholar coordinator for CSU’s Center for International Education (CIE).

On Monday, Sept, 26, CSU’s CIE ceremoniously displayed the flag of the home country of each of CSU’s 146 international students during International Student Convocation.

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CSU’s CIE also hosted the following events:

International Dance Night, Wednesday, Sept. 28
Students learned the art of salsa, belly and African-style dancing.

Study Abroad Fair, Thursday, Sept. 29
Students learned about CSU’s study abroad programs and scholarships.

International Studies Fits You to a “T”, Friday, Sept. 30
International students performed tea-serving rituals from their home countries with traditional food and drink.

International Athlete Recognition Night, Friday, Sept. 30
CSU’s international student-athletes were recognized during halftime of the women’s volleyball game.

The mission of CSU’s Center for International Education is to promote student participation in academic learning programs while also cultivating participation in a global environment. Columbus State University was a recipient of the 2014 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, a national honor recognizing innovative efforts to make students more aware of the world at large.

For more information about CSU’s Center for International Education, visit cie.columbusstate.edu.

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Columbus State University Hosts Statewide Child Care Symposium

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Institutional leaders from across the state gathered at Columbus State University last week to discuss ways to improve access to child care for Georgia’s postsecondary students.

The symposium, hosted by CSU’s Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and the Office of the Provost, was funded by a $6,000 University System of Georgia (USG) Complete College Georgia Collaboration Capacity Grant. Complete College Georgia is an initiative of the USG and Technical College System of Georgia to bolster the state’s workforce by 250,000 qualified graduates by 2020.

According to an assessment sponsored by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, limited access to affordable child care for students with young children has contributed to lower rates of college completion. Only one third of student-parents earn a degree within six years of enrollment.

“High quality, affordable child care is a real concern and retention factor for students, faculty and staff,” said Dustin Worsley, CSU’s adult re-entry coordinator and assistant director of ACE.

“Having this opportunity to participate in an idea exchange with sister institutions from around the state on this important topic is a great start to addressing this concern on our campus,” he said.

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CSU Courses Now Available to St. Anne-Pacelli Students

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University has partnered with St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School to expand its Move on When Ready dual enrollment program so more local students can earn college credit while working on their high school diplomas.

“Expanding St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School’s dual enrollment program gives our students a head start on the future,” said Veronica “Ronie” Collins, St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School president and high school principal. “We are thrilled to welcome CSU as a partner in education.”

St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School will begin offering CSU courses this academic year with hopes of increasing future offerings. Dual enrollment students can earn more than half of their first-year college credits before high school graduation.

“We are really looking forward to teaching CSU courses on the St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School campus and to this great partnership,” said Tom Hackett, executive director of K12/university partnerships at CSU.

Move On When Ready is a state-supported program for students at eligible high schools that wish to take college level coursework for credit towards both high school and college graduation requirements. For more about Columbus State’s participation in the program, visit https://admissions.columbusstate.edu/moveonwhenready/index.php.

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

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

Honors College Presidential Scholarship
Presidential scholars are awarded up to $5,000 every year plus a one-time $3,200 study abroad stipend.
>>Apply now at https://honors.columbusstate.edu/Scholarships.php

Servant Leadership Scholarships
Servant Leadership scholars are competitively selected and awarded a $1,250 stipend each semester for successful completion of program requirements.
>>Apply now at https://servant.columbusstate.edu/index.php

Competitive PreMed Program
CSU’s Competitive Premedical Studies program provides valuable resources to motivated undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in medicine.
>>Apply now at https://premed.columbusstate.edu/howtoapply.php

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship
Woodrow Wilson Fellows will receive a $30,000 stipend and earn a Master’s of Arts in Teaching in exchange for a commitment to teach three years in one of Georgia’s high-need middle or high schools.
>>Apply now at http://woodrow.org/fellowships/ww-teaching-fellowships/georgia/

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Economic Impact of RiverPark Campus Estimated to be $21 Million Annually

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A study shows the economic impact of Columbus State University’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus is estimated to be more than $21 million annually.

The analysis was done by professor Ben Blair, the Sarah T. Butler Distinguished University Chair in Business and Finance and Director of the Butler Center for Business and Economic Research in CSU’s Turner College of Business. The report was finalized in spring 2015.

Current expenditures by the university on its downtown campus supports 227 jobs annually and provides $11.2 million in labor income annually. Combine that with spending by students who live in CSU housing downtown and the “output” or economic impact of CSU’s RiverPark campus is $21.5 million a year, Blair says.

“The recurring personnel and non-personnel expenditures by the university and the expenditures by students who are housed at the RiverPark campus generate significant on-going impact,” Blair said. “The annual economic impact of $21.5 million is over and above the amount CSU has spent since the early 1990s on building purchases and renovations downtown.”

Columbus and Columbus State University has been recognized for years for their partnerships that have helped revitalize downtown Columbus. Groups from other cities and states frequently visit to see what’s happening here, and in 2011 two nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving Columbus’ downtown area, Uptown Columbus, Inc., and Business Improvement District, recognized the university with its fourth annual Rozier Dewylder Leadership Award, presented annually to an individual or entity that embodies the vision and energy of Dewylder, a Columbus architect credited with launching the revitalization of the area now known as Uptown.

Blair tracked CSU’s efforts to develop a presence in downtown back to a 1995 decision by the Board of Regents to allow the Schwob School of Music to move. The next year CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center opened. Two years later, the university acquired the Rankin building, clearing the way for the first students to live downtown.

Today, more than 450 students live on CSU’s RiverPark campus, which is also home to the university’s College of the Arts. Soon, CSU’s College of Education and Health Professions will also move downtown, bringing an additional 1,800 faculty, staff and students.

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CSU’s Carson McCullers Center Welcomes Nick Norwood as New Director

Columbus State University has selected Dr. Nick Norwood, an award-winning poet and Professor of English at CSU, as director of the university’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians.

Norwood is an established and distinguished poet with four published collections. His first book, The Soft Blare, selected by Andrew Hudgins for the River City Publishing Poetry Series, was issued in 2003. His second book, A Palace for the Heart, a finalist for the Mellen Press Poetry Contest 2002, was published in 2004. The limited edition, fine press book, Wrestle (in collaboration with the artist and master printer Erika Adams), was published in 2007. Most recently, in 2010, his third full volume of poems, Gravel and Hawk, won the Hollis Summers Prize in Poetry and was published by Ohio University Press in 2012.

Beyond these four collections, Norwood’s poetry has appeared in many journals, including The Paris Review, Southwest Review, Western Humanities Review, Southwestern American Literature, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, Pleiades, Ekphrasis, Poetry Daily, The New Ohio Review, the PBS News Hour site Art Beat, and on NPR’s Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. He has received numerous awards for his work, including an International Merit Award in Poetry from Atlanta Review, both a Tennessee Williams Scholarship and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, twice been a finalist for the Vassar Miller Prize, once each a semifinalist for the Verse Prize and the “Discovery”/The Nation Prize, and a finalist in the Morton Marr Poetry Contest. Norwood has also published a number of essays and critical studies of poetry, and he has been the sole poet representing the United States at the Euroscience Open Forum’s session “Science Meets Poetry” on three separate occasions.

Dr. Norwood is also an award-winning teacher who has served as the co-director of the European Council-Ireland program and taught in study abroad programs in Oxford, England, and Schwäbisch Gmund, Germany. At CSU, he has been a recipient of The Literary Sage Award and an annual Teacher of Writing Award, and he has been a finalist for the Educator of the Year Award and for the Regent’s Teaching Award.

As a Professor of Creative Writing in the English Department, Norwood has maintained close ties with the Carson McCullers Center since its inception in 2002. Norwood has been involved in many aspects of the Center’s programming operations, including service on the selection panel for the Marguerite and Lamar Smith Writing Fellowship; the reinstitution of CSU’s membership in the Georgia Poetry Circuit in 2004; faculty for the New York Comparative Arts Program (2007, 2012). He also served as director of the Southern Literary Festival in 2013, which was co-sponsored by the Carson McCullers Center and brought acclaimed writers Tim O’Brien and Natasha Trethewey to CSU.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as director of the McCullers Center,” says Norwood. “The house in Nyack, New York, has the potential to earn Columbus State a kind of nationwide recognition it’s never had before. I envision the McCullers Center’s becoming the university’s major hub of creative endeavor.”

To learn more about Nick Norwood and CSU’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, please visit the website: www.mccullerscenter.org.

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CSU Archives Releases Interactive Map for 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Digital Archives at Columbus State University now contain an interactive map commemorating the Battle of Columbus, often referred to as the last battle of Civil War.

The map’s release coincides with the 150th Anniversary of the battle, which took place on April 16, 1865, just a few days after General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865.

“The Battle of Columbus is certainly an important part of Columbus’ history,” said David Owings, archivist for the Simon Schwob Memorial Library on CSU’s main campus. “Some of the city’s most fascinating stories come from this time, including the origins of the Eagle and Phenix Mills, Haiman’s Sword Factory, the CSS Jackson and many others.”

A special collection of items from CSU Archives and the Columbus Museum have been digitized and highlighted on the clickable map. Battle phases, troop placements, defensive fortifications, historic photographs and even Columbus Post Commandant Colonel Leon Von Zinken’s original letter telling citizens to leave town have been incorporated into the online exhibit.

The map can be found online in the CSU Digital Archives at http://digitalarchives.columbusstate.edu/neatline/show/battle-of-columbus.

CSU Archives, located on the third floor of the Simon Schwob Memorial Library, serves as a repository for materials documenting the history of Columbus State University, the City of Columbus and the broader Chattahoochee Valley. For more information about CSU Archives or the interactive map of the Battle of Columbus, visit http://archives.columbusstate.edu/ or contact Owings at 706-507-8674 or owings_david@columbusstate.edu.

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Summit To Help Businesses Hire Graduates With Disabilities

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University is hosting a “disABILITY Summit” later this month to raise awareness in the local business community about the possibilities and benefits of hiring CSU graduates with disabilities.

“Students with significant disabilities – such as those in wheelchairs or who are blind, deaf or autistic – have a lesser chance of finding employment,” said Joy Norman, director of CSU’s Disability Services Office in the Division of Student Affairs. “I am hoping to open people’s eyes a bit and find these students opportunities for internships and jobs.”

All area employers are invited to campus to hear more on Tuesday, April 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Lunch will be provided.) The summit will take place in the Schuster Student Success Center, room 130, on CSU’s main campus. Submit RSVPs to 706-507-8755 by Tuesday, April 21.

The average cost of accommodating a disabled employee in the workplace is less than $500 and most accommodations cost nothing, Norman said. At the summit, CSU students will help with presentations about providing workplace accommodations, hiring graduates with disabilities and dispelling myths about workers with disabilities. The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency also will be present along with Tools for Life to provide demonstrations of typical workplace accommodations.

“I have very capable students graduating with marketable skills, but their visible disabilities prevent them from finding jobs,” Norman said. “It is often difficult for people to see beyond the disability. One in five Georgians have disabilities. Over 700,000 Georgians with disabilities want to work. I want our CSU students with disabilities to find satisfying work at competitive wages.”

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Two of Norman’s students, W.D. Feeney (left) and Justin Malone (right), sit in front of the iconic cougar statue at the Lumpkin Center on CSU’s main campus.

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Columbus State Opens a Military Service Center on Main Campus

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Continuing its efforts to better serve the local military community, Columbus State University has created a Military Service Center on main campus for all service members.

Students who are veterans, reservists, National Guard members, active duty service members or in the ROTC may utilize a new dedicated computer lab and lounge that is located in the lower level of University Hall.  A grand opening for the center is scheduled for Thursday, March 5 at 12:30 p.m. and will include David Snow, director of military affairs for the University System of Georgia.

Susan Lovell, director of military enrollment in Columbus State’s Enrollment Services division, said about 15 percent of the university’s existing enrollment is tied to the military.

“We are very proud of our designation as a ‘military-friendly’ school and a yellow-ribbon school,” she said. “We have an office at Fort Benning, staff dedicated to serving the military and many academic-military partnerships. The new Military Service Center is just another way CSU is serving this special population.”

Snow has been encouraging the creation of Military Service Centers throughout the University System of Georgia (USG) and says they add to other USG initiatives that are designed to help military students throughout the state.

For instance, all USG institutions may waive mandatory fees for military students utilizing military tuition assistance programs. Since tuition assistance does not cover fees, this significantly minimizes out-of-pocket costs for military members, Snow said.

“Additionally, the Choice Act of 2014 links public institutions of higher learning’s eligibility for VA educational benefits, namely the Montgomery GI Bill and Post 9/11 GI Bill, to the ability of veterans and ‘covered individuals’ to enroll at in-state rates within 36 months of separation from military service,” Snow said. “Prior to the new law, USG had a waiver for recently separated military, and we already were expanding it to three years. Subsequently, Georgia is one of only two states certified as compliant by the VA. States must be compliant by July 1 to remain eligible for VA educational programs. The Board of Regents’ proactive actions made Georgia a leader on this issue, and I frequently receive calls from other states.”

“Both of these actions are clear examples of USG’s commitment to those who currently serve, have served, and their families,” Snow said.

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Improved Retention Efforts Help Columbus State’s Enrollment Numbers

University System of Georgia Enrollment Increases for Fall 2014 Semester

ATLANTA – Fall 2014 enrollment in the University System of Georgia’s 31 colleges and universities totaled 312,936 students, an increase of 1.1 percent (or 3,467 more students) over fall 2013.  This fall’s modest enrollment increase reverses a two-year trend in student enrollment in the University System of Georgia.

At Columbus State University, enrollment rose by .4 percent, ticking up from 8,156 last year to 8,192 at the beginning of the 2014 school year.

The real story behind Columbus State University’s enrollment trend has been the increases the university has seen in its retention numbers through data and analytics. A critical part of the overall efforts to get students to stay in school and graduate, the retention numbers at Columbus State have increased by more than 5 percent over the last three years:
2011-2012: 65.6%
2012-2013: 66.2%
2013-2014: 70.9%

This result was expected as Columbus State has put a lot of focus on retention over the last several years, beefing up the Academic Center for Excellence, adding advisers and tutors on campus, utilizing data to trigger early warnings on students having trouble, and mandating mid-term grades are logged in every course.

“Emphasis on early advising based on data analysis, work by faculty emphasizing the posting of midterm grades, working with students to find appropriate resources if needed, and emphasis on effective teaching strategies are all paying off in increased student achievement and progression toward graduation,” said Tom Hackett, CSU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby said while the system’s fall 2014 enrollment numbers were “encouraging, we still have much work ahead. We must stay focused on our Complete College Georgia initiative, continue to recruit and retain students, and fully support them through their completion of college,” Huckaby said.

The enrollment numbers were released in the System’s “Fall 2014 Semester Enrollment Report,” which breaks down enrollment by institution, class, race and ethnicity, in-state, out-of-state and international students, as well as gender and age.

“To help make college more accessible, we have expanded the ways to earn a degree, such as on-line courses and dual enrollment for high school students,” said Huckaby. “We are seeing initial signs of progress with these initiatives in the 2014 fall semester enrollment.”

Since 2009, the number of on-line courses offered by University System of Georgia institutions has increased from 1,571 to nearly 5,000.

Dual enrollment, which allows students to earn college credit while in high school, increased from 5,303 students in fall 2013 to 6,700 students in fall 2014, more than a 26 percent increase.

Meanwhile, enrollment patterns varied by the institutions of the University System of Georgia.  Eighteen institutions recorded enrollment increases, while thirteen institutions experienced declines.

The full enrollment report can be accessed at:
http://www.usg.edu/research/documents/enrollment_reports/SER_Fall2014.pdf

For more information, contact Tom Hackett at 706-507-8951 or hackett_paul@columbusstate.edu

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EPA Awards Grant to Columbus State Student Researchers to Help Design Sustainable Technologies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Source: Troy Keller, associate professor of environmental science, 706-507-8099 or keller_troy@ColumbusState.edu

Writer: John Lester, assistant VP for University Relations, 706-507-8725 or JLester@ColumbusState.edu

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International Education Week Offers Opportunities to Learn, Earn

Fall 2014 orientation for CSU's international students.

Fall 2014 orientation for CSU’s international students.

COLUMBUS, Ga — Columbus State University’s Center for International Education (CIE) will host a series of events this week to commemorate International Education Week, an annual celebration that reinforces the center’s mission to ensure that all students have opportunities to become globally competent.

The centerpiece of this week’s programming is the Hunger Banquet, hosted by the International Learning Community, on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the International House, where participants will learn about the imbalanced distribution of food in our world. Monetary and canned good donations will be accepted to support local charities.

Also on tap this week is a ceremony honoring international student-athletes (Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7p.m. at the Lumpkin Center) and chances to taste foods from around the world (every day at the Cougar Café).

“These events bring together CSU’s U.S. population and the international population to help with internationalization of the university,” said Janet Crane, international student and scholar coordinator for CSU’s Center for International Education.

Students can even earn cash for study abroad as part of the “Cougar Passport Competition,” which is a raffle students can enter after attending at least four International Education Week events. To find out more about study abroad opportunities, students can attend the Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. in the Davidson Student Center Lounge. Winners of the raffle will be drawn on Sept. 30 during the Study Abroad Funding Workshop.

Columbus State University’s Center for International Education was recently recognized for its innovative international programs with a 2014 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.

For more information about CSU’s Center for International Education or International Education Week, please visit http://cie.columbusstate.edu/internationaleducationweek2014/index.php

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Columbus State Library Offers Access to More Digital Journals

jstor_logoCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Schwob Memorial Library is virtually larger today than it was yesterday, expanding its access to JSTOR, a non-profit, shared digital library used by colleges and universities around the globe — a move that will benefit students and faculty on both campuses and online.

“By adding these collections, we’ve added about 1,100 new journal titles online to what we already have,” said Mark Flynn, CSU dean of Libraries. “It’s a massive amount of scholarship, scholarly information, that can be used for undergraduate research, graduate research, faculty research, for the whole university community.”

JSTOR, which is short for journal storage, was created in 1995 to help university and college libraries free space on their shelves, save costs and provide greater access to more content. CSU already subscribed to about half of JSTOR’s content. Typically, as JSTOR added more content, CSU would pick up the new subscriptions. This week’s improved access gives CSU stakeholders access to all of JSTOR’s arts and sciences collections.

Despite the downturn in the economy and university budget reductions, CSU was able to remain current with its previous JSTOR holdings. With special funding provided at the end of this fiscal year, the library was able to bring online a massive amount of scholarly information that will benefit people who are studying in all disciplines.

“As you know, we already have 20 courses online that are fully distant learning,” Flynn said. “And we have students all over — not just students who were coming on (main) campus.”

The JSTOR expansion at CSU provides resources that can be used remotely for research by students and faculty at RiverPark campus in Uptown Columbus and elsewhere.

“Students enrolled in distance learning programs can have robust library services through virtual resources like this, as well as students on the RiverPark campus having access to research materials for their disciplines without having to get on the shuttle (bus) and drive here,” Flynn said.

JSTOR encompasses more than 2,000 academic journals, as well as their archives, along with thousands of monographs and other relevant materials. It has digitized more than 50 million pages and continues to digitize approximately 3 million pages annually.

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Gov. Deal, First UTeach Graduates Highlight CSU’s May Commencement

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s May 12 spring commencement will feature the first sitting governor to speak in recent memory and celebrate a first for its innovative UTeach Columbus program.

Nathan Deal, Georgia’s 82nd governor, will deliver his remarks before nearly 800 graduates at the 6:30 p.m. Monday event at the Columbus Civic Center. TSYS CEO Phil Tomlinson, a CSU Foundation trustee, will also be awarded an honorary doctorate.

Among the graduates will be Duncan Cantrell and Timothy Jones, CSU’s first two graduates of UTeach, a one-of-a-kind program that aims to produce more teachers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. CSU’s faculty in those areas, as well as education, does this by working closely with teaching experts in local schools.

Together, they prepare CSU students for a career in mathematics or science. UTeach allows students to acquire a deep understanding of their fields of study; explore mathematics or science teaching as a career; and develop the knowledge, skills and disposition needed for teaching.

Upon completion of the program, students will earn a CSU degree in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, or mathematics and be qualified to teach in a middle school or high school after passing the appropriate state certification examination.

Cantrell, who has completed his bachelor of arts in biology and secondary education, was the recipient of UTeach scholarships, as well as a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship, funded through a National Science Foundation grant to CSU.  He also has worked as an intern in the UTeach program, designing and teaching labs in life science to homeschooled middle schoolers. The career objective for the Jackson, Tenn., native is to teach middle school and high school students now that he feels prepare because of UTeach.

“It was very engaging in all of the classes,” Cantrell said of the program. “You have to design and present lessons. Then in almost all the classes — you actually go to elementary, middle and high school classes — and you teach students multiple times a year. It’s very, very hands on.”

Cantrell said he and other UTeach students were taught how to create course content that was inquiry-based, relying more on posing questions or scenarios rather than simply presenting established facts.

“(It’s) very hands on, very much making science accessible and interesting,” he said. “(CSU instructors) practiced what they preached. Classes are designed around do-it-yourself, try it, fail and retry it until you figure it out.”

Jones, a Columbus native, has completed his Bachelor of Science in chemistry and, like Cantrell, was the recipient of UTeach scholarships, as well as a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship. He, too, worked as an intern in the UTeach program, designing and teaching labs in physical science to homeschooled middle school students on a weekly basis for an entire school year.

Jones said he felt like he had nothing to lose when he entered the program, and it didn’t take long for him to see teaching was where he belonged.

“I remember (student teaching) at Northside High School when I was doing classroom interactions,” he said. “I was teaching them organic chemistry, and they were just eating it up. That’s when I knew I was in the right field. Just how engaged they were learning about chemistry — that makes all the difference.”

Jones said he now intends to pursue a master’s and docorate in education, in addition to teaching. Like Cantrell, he’s also embraced the UTeach emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

“We don’t believe in lecturing,” he said. “We believe in them self-learning, providing them the materials and letting them figure it out. We learned that we’re essentially facilitators, guiding them to the answers.”

For more on CSU commencement, visit http://graduation.columbusstate.edu. For more on UTeach, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/uteach, which features a video of Cantrell describing his experiences in the program.

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CSU Receives African-American Male Initiative Grant For Its Second Year

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University announces it will host the African-American Male Initiative Program for a second year.

Columbus State University is one of 16 state schools that received a $10,000 AAMI pilot grant from the University System of Georgia (USG). The program aims at increasing enrollment and retention of African-American males at the state’s 34 public colleges and universities.

This funding has allowed Columbus State University to initiate the Men About Change (MAC) Program. This is program is designed for African-Americans at CSU and Muscogee County School District. The grant is operated from CSU’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services office. The program is partnered with Muscogee County School District, Collegiate Black Men of Columbus, and the city of Columbus.

Additionally, the African American Male Initiative will hold its 2014 Celebration Banquet from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. tonight in Schuster 130.

The local program enlisted pillars of the community such as Steve Birdine, founder, president, and CEO of Affirmative Action; Charles Holt, actor, singer, and producer; Isaiah Hughley, city manager of Columbus; Honorable Judge Allen, Muscogee County Superior Court judge; and Tom Hackett, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Columbus State. These speakers addressed successful models that have worked to bridge the gap and encourage students to focus on their education.

There will be bimonthly sessions for professional development and 10 team-building opportunities for leadership development for Columbus State male students. New to this year’s program is the addition of a living learning community, partnering with CSU’s Academic Center of Excellence (ACE) tutoring and the university’s orientation team. These methods are used to assist more African American males matriculate at Columbus State University and to increase their overall retention rates.

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Panel at CSU Library to Discuss Local Jewish History

These Civil War-era swords were produced by Haiman’s Sword Factory, one of the Columbus area’s largest Jewish-owned businesses during the 1800s. Louis and Elias Haiman started a small tinsmith shop after immigrating here from Prussia in the 1830s. They started producing swords with the start of the war and, by 1863, had over 400 workers and were the Confederacy’s largest sword supplier.

These Civil War-era swords were produced by Haiman’s Sword Factory, one of the Columbus area’s largest Jewish-owned businesses during the 1800s. Louis and Elias Haiman started a small tinsmith shop after immigrating here from Prussia in the 1830s. They started producing swords with the start of the war and, by 1863, had over 400 workers and were the Confederacy’s largest sword supplier.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University is teaming with the Columbus Museum to present a panel discussion of the Chattahoochee Valley’s Jewish history at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 on main campus.

CSU Archives, which occupies the third floor of CSU’s Schwob Memorial Library, will host the program in the library’s first-floor forum area at 12:30 p.m.. The discussion is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided on a first-come basis. Seating is limited.

The program is being presented in conjunction with the Columbus Museum’s ongoing exhibition titled Shalom Y’all: The Valley’s Jewish Heritage, which will be on display through July 13. Museum admission is also free.

Columbus State history students have been interviewing and recording oral histories from longtime members of Columbus-area Jewish congregations as part of this collaboration, to be available later through the CSU Archives. The archives recently received a significant donation of archival materials from Temple Israel, a local Reform synagogue.

Columbus State history majors Christopher Goodrow and Mark Sciuchetti will moderate Wednesday’s panel discussion. Members of the panel will be Jacob Beil, Michael Goldman, Vera Grifenhagen and Jean Kent.

The Columbus Museum’s exhibition documents the presence of Jewish immigrants in the Chattahoochee Valley since the 1830s with images and artifacts from a wide range of public and private collections. Its exhibition focuses on Jewish life in Columbus and nearby communities, including LaGrange, West Point and Eufaula, Ala.

One Jewish immigrant who moved from the Alsace region of France to Columbus in 1912 was Simon Schwob. The tailor opened a clothing store downtown and, later, became a prominent local clothing manufacturer. CSU’s main library and the university’s Schwob School of Music are products of his family’s philanthropy.

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Wisconsin Administrator, Professor to Become Columbus State Dean

Dennis Rome

Dennis Rome

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Columbus State Names Longtime Professor Associate Provost

Dr. Ellen Roberts

Dr. Ellen Roberts

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

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

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

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

Roberts has served for years on the University Curriculum Committee.

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

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

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Governor to Speak at Columbus State’s May Commencement

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Gov. Nathan Deal

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Gov. Nathan Deal will deliver the commencement address at Columbus State University’s spring 2014 graduation on Monday, May 12.

About 800 students are expected to graduate at the 6:30 p.m. Columbus Civic Center ceremony.

“We could not be more honored than to have Gov. Deal as our speaker,” CSU President Tim Mescon said. “This is a tremendous moment for the university. He’s had a long and distinguished career in service to the state of Georgia, and we look forward to hearing what he will share with our graduates in May.”

Deal, Georgia’s 82nd governor, took office Jan. 10, 2011. A Sandersville, Ga., native, his public service career spans four decades. After graduating with a law degree from Mercer University in 1966, he served three years in the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., rising to the rank of captain. Deal then began a private law practice in Gainesville, Ga., the hometown of his wife, Sandra Dunagan Deal. He has served as a prosecutor, judge, state senator and U.S. congressman.

During 17 years in Congress, Deal rose to chair the Health Subcommittee of Energy and Commerce, where he became recognized as an expert on entitlement reform and health care policy. His congressional career ended when he decided to run for governor. He became his party’s nominee in August 2010 and was elected governor that November.

He and his wife have four adult children and six grandchildren.

For more on CSU commencement, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/graduation.

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CSU Wins National Award for Excellence in International Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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