Columbus State Alumnus, Lecturer to Speak at Local Graduation

Natasha David-Walker, Columbus State University alumnus and English lecturer, will deliver this year’s commencement address at Columbus’ Rothschild Leadership Academy on May 25.

The former news editor for the Saber has been Rothschild’s choice for commencement speaker for two consecutive years.

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Professor of Communication Authors Top Teaching Paper

Chris McCollough, assistant professor of communication at Columbus State University, earned recognition for having the Top Teaching Paper in Public Relations at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s 2017 national conference for his paper titled, “Competition and Public Relations Campaigns: Assessing the Impact of Competition on Projects, Partners, and Students.”

The study is the product of McCollough’s evaluation of student learning, student project quality, and community impact from a year-long, comprehensive service learning project that he and students in his public relations campaigns courses conducted on behalf of CSU’s Pasaquan, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, and the town of Buena Vista, Ga. in the fall of 2015.

McCollough will present his paper and be recognized for his accomplishment at the annual meeting of AEJMC in August in Chicago.

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Clearview Hall Meets Green Building Standards

Clearview Hall, Columbus State University’s newest student housing project, was awarded “Two Peaches” for meeting the requirements of the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction Act. Peaches are awarded as part of the Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System, which is designed to rate and recognize buildings owned or managed by the State of Georgia that optimize energy performance, increase the demand for materials and furnishings produced in Georgia, improve the environmental quality in the state, conserve energy, protect the state’s natural resources, and reduce the burden on the state’s water supply.

Kelly Wilson, director of maintenance and construction, and Mike Medlock, assistant vice president for facilities, received the award for CSU during the annual conference of the Georgia Association of State Facilities Administrators on April 25 at the Georgia Aquarium.

Clearview Hall opened last fall on CSU’s main campus. The $25 million, 121,000-square-foot building is home to 457 first-year students, four learning communities and one faculty-in-residence member.

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Department of Biology Dominates at Regional Conference

Several students and faculty members from Columbus State University’s Department of Biology recently attended the annual conference of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, the largest scientific professional organization in the Southeast.

Lauren Whitehurst, a graduate student enrolled in CSU’s Master of Science in Natural Sciences program, and Kevin Burgess, professor of ecological genetics, took home three awards for their presentation of “Implementing a DNA Barcoding Pipeline to Prevent the Introduction of Invasive Species in the Port of Savannah.” Those awards were:

— The Ecological Society of America’s Eugene P. Odum Award (Southeast Chapter);
— The Botanical Society of America’s Southeast Section Award (student award); and
— The Southern Appalachian Botanical Society Award.

CSU’s Mu Omicron Chapter of Tri Beta, the national biological honor society, won the District II Outstanding Chapter Award. With 21 members in attendance, CSU also delivered the most delegates to the conference. Out of all Tri Beta participants:

— Rachel Pearson and professor Lauren King were awarded first place for their presentation of “Detection of Neutrophil Apoptosis in Response to Haemophilus influenzae.
— Lauren Johnson and professor Katey Hughes were awarded second place for their presentation of “The Involvement of Estrogen Receptors in Astrocyte Survival.”
— Rowan Pitts and professor Lauren King received an honorable mention for their presentation of “Intracellular Survival of Acinteobacter baumannii in Human Neutrophils.”

Other Tri Beta presentations:

— Amy Adams and professors Elizabeth Klar and Michael Newbrey – “The Seasonal Prevalence of Female Sex Cells in Gonads of Male Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) in the Columbus, Georgia Area of the Chattahoochee River”
— Jeramy Belt and professors Elizabeth Klar and Michael Newbrey – “A Comparison of Age and the Prevalence of Intersex Within Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) in the Columbus, Georgia Area of the Chattahoochee River”
— Michael Rohly and professor Brian Schwartz – “Altruism in Colonies of Yeast Sarccharomyces cerevisiae and the Effects of Nutritional Parameters on Colony Growth and Cell Viability”

Other Association of Southeastern Biologist presentations:

— Professors John Barone and Kevin Burgess — “Plant / Grasshopper Food Webs in Prairies and Longleaf Pine Savannas Using DNA Barcodes” (poster)
— Marissa Granberry and professor Clifton Ruehl — “Cold Tolerance in Introduced Apple Snails Along a Latitudinal Gradient” (poster)
— Lauren Johnson, Rowan Pitts, Rachel Pearson and professor Katey Hughes – “Effects of Estradiol and Progesterone on Nerve Activity of Procambarus clarkii
— Aaron Thomas and professor Clifton Ruehl — “Nutrients Modify the Effects of Predation in Simple Aquatic Communities”
— Bridget Smith and professor Katey Hughes — “Effects of Stress on Astrocytes and Hormonal Protections”
— Ashley Turner and professor John Davis — “Use of Methylobacterium as a Possible Protective Against Pathogenic Infection in Red Clover, Trifolium pretense” (poster)

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Department of Biology Presents to Georgia Academy of Science

Several students and faculty members from Columbus State University’s Department of Biology presented during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Georgia Academy of Science, hosted by Young Harris College.

Brooks Arnold and professor Brian Schwartz received third place for their poster presentation of “Quantitative PCR Validation of Copper-Regulated Gene Expression in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae.”

Students Michael Rohly, Nate Moore, Chris Resch and Josh May and professor Brian Schwartz gave a verbal presentation of “Genetic Characterization of Mutants of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae that Grow Brown in the Presence of Copper.”

The Georgia Academy of Science was incorporated in 1953 as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting science education and fostering scientific research in the state

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Staff Spotlight: Johniqua Williams Wins President’s Staff Excellence Award

Johniqua Williams is the focus of this month’s Staff Spotlight, a recognition sponsored by Columbus State University’s Staff Council.

In the following video, Sgt. Michael Stewart, a member of Staff Council’s public relations committee, interviews Williams after CSU’s 2017 Faculty & Staff Recognition and Excellence Awards ceremony, during which Williams received the President’s Staff Excellence Award.

As the student development specialist for diversity programs in the Office Student Life & Development, Williams oversees CSU’s Diversity Forum, an annual conference and celebration of inclusion on campus and in the community.

A new initiative of CSU Staff Council, Staff Spotlights serve to recognize outstanding CSU employees for their hard work, accolades and commitment to Columbus State University.

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Marshall Presents to Women in Cybersecurity

Loretta Marshall, information security administrator for UITS (University Information and Technology Services) at Columbus State University, recently presented at the 2017 Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Conference on “Organizing Cyber Security Awareness Month for a University Campus” in Tucson, Ariz.

The WiCyS Conference brings together women in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry to share their knowledge and network.

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Kappa Sigma Fraternity Named Best in State

Columbus State University’s Kappa Sigma chapter was recently awarded the Southern Stalwart Chapter Excellence Cup, the fraternity’s top honor in the state. The award was presented to the group last month during the annual Kappa Sigma Leadership Conference in Athens, Ga.

CSU’s Xi Iota chapter has won the Southern Stalwart Chapter Excellence Cup three times in six years.

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Students Earn Honorable Mentions in Barry Goldwater Scholarship Competition

Columbus State University students Michael Rohly (left), a senior mathematics and biology major, and Candice Tate, a sophomore chemistry major, each earned honorable mentions in the 2017 Barry Goldwater Scholarship competition.

 

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater. Scholarships are awarded to students who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.

Rohly was mentored by CSU biology professor Brian Schwartz and mathematics professor Guihong Fan. Tate was mentored by CSU chemistry professor Rajeev Dabke.  

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CSU Writers Find Success at Southern Literary Festival

Five Columbus State University students were recently recognized during this year’s Southern Literary Festival hosted by the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. The annual undergraduate writing conference offers workshops, readings and master classes in a wide variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, playwriting and non-fiction.

The students were:

— Leah Vahjen, Poetry, first place
— Alex Chapman, Formal Essay, first place
— Mark C. Ray, One-Act Play, second place
— Brea Walker, One-Act Play, third place
— Cody Bishop, Print Publication, honorable mention

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New Paper Examines Impact of Expedia, Orbitz

A paper by Columbus State University professors Andres Jauregui and Kirk Heriot was recently published in Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. The article, titled “Goodbye Columbus: Accommodation Taxes and OTAs,” examines the economic impact of the delisting of Columbus, Ga. from online travel agency (OTA) sites, such as Expedia and Orbitz, resulting from a 2006 lawsuit over uncollected accommodation taxes.

Jauregui, an associate professor of economics, and Heriot, a professor of management in CSU’s Turner College of Business, said the results of their study should be of interest to communities and their tourism offices as well as hoteliers.

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Lacrosse Team Reaches First-Ever MCLA Playoffs

For the first time in school history, Columbus State University’s club lacrosse team has made it to the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) playoffs. The Cougars will play Coastal Carolina University Friday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. in Johns Creek, Ga.

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Maiga’s Research to be Published in Accounting Journal

“Assessing the Main and Interaction Effects of ABC and Internal and External Information Systems Integration on Manufacturing Plant Operational Performance,” a paper authored by Adam Maiga, associate professor of accounting in Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business, was recently accepted for publication by Advances in Management Accounting, Volume 29. Advances in Management Accounting is a publication of quality applied research on current topics in management accounting.

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Faculty Mini Grants Awarded

Nine Columbus State University faculty members recently received competitive STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) mini grants through the University System of Georgia STEM Initiative grant. These grants will improve performance and retention of students in STEM and improve the preparation and support of P-12 STEM teachers.

The following professors were awarded:

— John Barone, Department of Biology
— Lauren King, Department of Biology
— Diana Riser, Department of Psychology
— Stephanie da Silva, Department of Psychology
— Daniel Holley, Department of Chemistry
— Kerri Taylor, Department of Chemistry
— Katey Hughes, Department of Biology
— Patricia Patrick, Department of Counseling, Foundations and Leadership
— Michael Dentzau – Department of Teacher Education

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Professors Awarded for Best Conceptual Paper

 

 

“Boots2Business: An Early View of an SBA Entrepreneurship Outreach Program,” a paper by Columbus State University professor of management Kirk C. Heriot (left) and assistant professor of economics Andres Jauregui, was named Best Conceptual Paper during the 2017 Annual Conference of the Small Business Institute.

Their study provides insight into a new federal outreach program for military veterans. Heriot and Jauregui co-authored the paper with Clemson University professor Lori Dickes.

 

 

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Patrick Authors Several Chapters in New Book on Informal Education

Patricia Patrick, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Foundations and Leadership at Columbus State University, is the editor and author of three chapters in a recently published book, “Preparing Informal Science Educators: Perspectives from Science Communication and Education,” which offers a diverse look at various approaches to informal science educator preparation.

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Four Wins for Student Flutist

Victor Hernandez, a senior flute student of Andrée Martin in Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, recently won four top prizes in the international arena: the 2017 “London” Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition (first prize), the 2017 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition (YYPA), the 2016 American Protégé International Woodwinds and Brass Competition (first prize), and the 2016 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition (second prize).

As the winner of the American Protégé and Golden Classical Music Competitions, Hernandez will perform at Carnegie Hall in March and again in April. He will perform a second time in April at the Royal Albert Hall, the iconic London concert hall, as the winner of the London Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition.

Hernandez was the only flutist chosen among this year’s winners of the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, which recognizes outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Winners receive an all-expenses paid weekend at the Music for All Summer Symposium, an opportunity to perform in front of thousands, generate national press coverage and participate in workshops designed to launch a professional music career.

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The Saber Wins Three Georgia Press Association Awards

The Saber, Columbus State University’s student-run news service, received three awards Saturday, Feb. 11 for outstanding achievement in the journalistic profession. The honors were awarded by the Georgia Press Association during the annual Press Institute in Macon, Ga. They are the paper’s first awards in at least five years.

Scott Berson and Lindsay Marchello shared first place for Best Editorial for their story “Restricted.” Destiny Trivino received first place for Best Entertainment Feature for her photo-story “2016 Fall Fashion Trends.” The Saber received third place overall for Layout and Design Excellence. The primary layout editor at the time was Raylyn Ray.

The Saber has a staff of roughly 30 writers, illustrators, photographers and editors.

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Norwood to Discuss Carson McCullers with International Audience

Nick Norwood, professor of English at Columbus State University and director of the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, was recently invited by the University of Sofia (Sofia, Bulgaria) to present a lecture on noted author Carson McCullers, who was born and started her writing career in Columbus, Ga.

Norwood also was invited to present a paper on poetry at “LETTERS,” an international and interdisciplinary academic conference in Varna, Bulgaria. In accordance with these presentations, an interview on Norwood’s work was published in the Central Library of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Norwood will begin his international presentations in April.

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