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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Dean Linda Hadley Elected to AACSB International Board

Linda Hadley, dean of Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business, was recently elected to the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International Board of Directors.

Hadley is one of only 30 business leaders from around the world on the board for AACSB, which is the governing body that accredits 780 of the world’s best business schools — including CSU’s Turner College — across 53 countries and territories.

Hadley will assist the board with an aggressive strategic change agenda during her three-year term beginning July 1.

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Chemistry Professor Samuel Abegaz Published in International Journal

Samuel Abegaz, associate professor of chemistry at Columbus State University, directed an international research collaboration leading to the publication of “Sugar Profile and Physico-Chemical Properties of Ethiopian Monofloral Honey” in the International Journal of Food Properties.

Ten scientists from four countries across four continents collaborated on the study investigating the sugar profile, physicochemical properties and quality of honey in Ethiopia. The scientific community can use their findings to inform Ethiopia’s honey-farming practices, contributing to the country’s economy and international markets and helping consumers gain a better understanding of the quality of Ethiopian liquid gold.

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Student-Professor Pair Published in Mathematics Journal

Bao Do, a senior mathematics major, and Alin Stancu, a mathematics professor at Columbus State University, recently co-authored a paper titled “Hochschild Extensions of Weekly (nil) Clean Rings, Fine rings and UN-rings” in the Fall 2016 issue of Pi Mu Epsilon Journal, a peer-reviewed mathematics journal.

Inspired by recent developments in Ring Theory, a branch of Abstract Algebra, Do and Stancu’s work presents a new and elementary characterization of the properties of certain algebraic structures, which are called Extensions of Rings. Research on extensions can be viewed as a type of abstract arithmetic, analogous to studying which properties of the addition and multiplication of integers are inherited by fractions. Understanding which results are preserved when one goes from a “local” to a “global” setting is an important theme in many disciplines and Bao and Stancu’s work is a mathematical version of this idea. Namely, their results can be used to determine under what conditions the properties of certain rings are inherited by their extensions.

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Professor Kate Early Published in Professional Health Journal

Kate Early, assistant professor of exercise science in Columbus State University’s College of Education and Health Professions, recently published a peer-reviewed article titled “The Effects of Exercise Training on Brachial Artery Flow-Mediated Dilation” in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.

Her article analyzed the results of 66 previous studies to determine the impact of exercise training on flow-mediated dilation (FMD), a method of determining cardiovascular health using ultrasounds to image blood vessels. Early found that aerobic exercise beyond current recommendations had greater improvements in FMD, suggesting exercise of greater intensity and duration may be optimal for improving cardiovascular health.

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Lisa Shaw Named Top Regional Academic Advising Administrator

Lisa Shaw, director of Columbus State University’s Academic Center for Excellence, was recently named the winner of the 2016 NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) Region 4 Excellence in Advising – Administrator Award.

NACADA is an association of 12,000-plus professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators and students working to advance the educational development of students. The Excellence in Advising – Administrator Award recognizes individuals who may provide direct academic advising services to students but whose primary responsibility is as an administrator or director of an academic advising program.

NACASA Region 4 comprises Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

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College of Education and Health Professions Duo Addresses State Policy at Conference

Two Columbus State University College of Education and Health Professions faculty members, Sallie Averitt Miller, associate dean for assessment and accreditation and professor of reading education, and Jan Gunnels Burcham, the Fletcher Distinguished Chair in Teacher Education and professor of early childhood education, served as expert panelists at the Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s Certification and Program Officers Conference on Dec. 6, 2016 at Middle Georgia State University in Macon, Ga.

The pair answered five total questions, two of which addressed state policy.

 

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Columbus State Student Receives Epilepsy Scholarship

Olivia Grego, a first-year student majoring in theatre education at Columbus State University, was presented with a 2016 UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship, awarded to outstanding individuals affected by epilepsy who are pursuing postsecondary degrees. She is one of only 40 recipients nationally to receive the $5,000 tuition scholarship.

A native of LaGrange, Ga., Olivia was selected based on her participation in several epilepsy awareness events and involvement in state pageants, where she used her platform to promote epilepsy awareness.

UCB is a global biopharmaceutical company with a focus on neurology and immunology.

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CSU Student Authors State’s Best Science Paper

valencia-coleman-fullA paper by Columbus State University’s Valencia Coleman, a computer science major, business minor and student in CSU’s Honors College, was recently awarded Best Paper in Science at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference, hosted by Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga.

Her paper, titled “Using an Augmented Reality Game to Develop Computational Thinking Skills,” is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under a five-year $1.2 million grant (Grant No. 1136356) from the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. The grant, which was awarded to the university in 2011, provides scholarships to juniors and seniors majoring in math or science who commit to obtaining STEM teaching certification and teaching in a high-need school district after graduation. Internships are also available to encourage freshmen and sophomores to consider careers in education.

Coleman was mentored by Rania HodHod, assistant professor of computer science in CSU’s TSYS School of Computer Science.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the paper are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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International Journal Publishes Ballet Research by CSU Exercise Science Alumna, Instructor

A paper by Shayla Hewitt (M.S. Exercise Science, ‘15), a part-time instructor in Columbus State University’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, was recently published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.

“Fitness Testing to Determine Pointe Readiness in Ballet Dancers,” a master’s thesis, is the culmination of Hewitt’s research as a graduate student in CSU’s M.S. in Exercise Science program. The article explores whether specific physical tests could discriminate between pre-pointe, beginner pointe and intermediate pointe ballet dancers.

“Shayla combined her knowledge and skills from the classroom with her experience as a dance teacher and developed a practical, ‘real-world’ research question,” said Clay Nicks, associate professor of exercise science and Hewitt’s faculty supervisor. “Objective criteria for determining when ballet dancers can begin to dance ‘en-pointe’ are lacking. The Journal of Dance Medicine and Science is international in scope, and we hope the results of her study will advance discussion in that area.”

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Professors Sallie Averitt Miller and Erinn Bentley Published in Georgia Journal of READING

Sallie Averitt Miller, associate dean for assessment and accreditation and professor of reading education, and Erinn Bentley, associate professor of English education in Columbus State University’s College of Education and Health Professions, recently published an article, titled “Reading and Writing and Math –Oh MY! Reading and Writing Best Practices for Mathematics Teachers,” in the Georgia Journal of READING, a peer-reviewed, refereed journal of the Georgia Reading Association.

Miller and Bentley set out to determine the impact of a professional development workshop designed to provide middle grades mathematics teachers with best practices for literacy instruction. According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, students who receive reading, writing and listening support reap dual benefits by communicating to learn mathematics and learning to communicate mathematically.

Miller and Bentley recommend future professional development series include follow-up sessions that focus on the real-world challenges that mathematics teachers face as they implement newly learned strategies.

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CSU’s Michael Rohly Wins Top Prizes for Poster Presentations

Michael Rohly, a mathematics and biology major and Honors College student at Columbus State University, won two top prizes last month for his research on adult zebrafish kidney regeneration and possible therapeutic systems for humans.

Rohly won outstanding poster presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Tampa, Florida and third place poster presentation at the Southeastern Medical-Scientist Symposium at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Rohly’s CSU mentors are Brian Schwartz, professor of biology; Carlos Almada, professor of mathematics; and Guihong Fan, professor of mathematics.

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Sallie Averitt Miller Published in Journal for Teacher Educators

An article co-authored by professor Sallie Averitt Miller, associate dean for assessment and accreditation in Columbus State University’s College of Education and Health Professions, was recently published in GATEways to Teacher Education, a peer-reviewed online journal of the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators.

Recognizing the need for a valid and reliable instrument to assess teacher candidates’ dispositions, or personalities, for teaching, Miller and another researcher led a study to collect and examine new teacher hiring reference forms used by school systems across the state.

The results of their analysis of 25 Georgia school systems were published in an article titled “What Schools Look for When Hiring New Teachers: An Examination of Dispositions Statements on Hiring Reference Forms.” The results and a follow-up study (now in progress) also will be made available for use in teacher preparation programs in Georgia and Mississippi. The final project, a reliable and valid teacher dispositions assessment, will not be mandated for use by either state; however, the project co-directors (authors) will submit the assessment for endorsement by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and approval by the national Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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