CSU Center of Online Learning Publishes Book Chapter

Amy Thornton, director for the Center of Online Learning, and Japheth Koech, e-learning specialist at the Center of Online Learning were recently published. Their book chapter, “Building an e-Learning Center from Ground-Up: The Challenges and Lessons Learned” was included in the “Educational Communications and Technology: Issues and Innovations” book series.

“We wrote this book chapter to highlight our lessons learned in establishing a new e-learning center as well as to offer a practical guide to assist other leaders in the field when looking to set up their own center to support e-learning,” said authors Thornton and Koech.

The Center of Online Learning (COOL) at CSU provides support for the design and development of online courses and programs. Staff are available to assist instructors with instructional design, course development, e-learning tools and applications, training, proctoring and course accessibility. Space is available for reservation including a recording room, training lab and rooms with SMART board and web conference technology.

For more information on the Center of Online Learning, visit the main office located in the Simon Schwob Memorial Library basement or the new satellite location on the RiverPark campus in Frank Brown Hall room 2022. The center can also be contacted at (706) 507-8699 or onlinelearning@columbusstate.edu.

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CSU Faculty, Staff Earn Emergency Response Certification

Columbus State University faculty and staff members recently graduated with their Community Emergency Response Team Certification.

The nine-week course prepares non-public safety individuals for both man-made and natural disasters. It is a nationwide program, sponsored locally by the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office. The course was coordinated by Captain Chuck Pickett.

Pictured are (left to right): Crystal Jones, Annie Carey, Janet Jamieson, Karen Kinard, Vanessa Hicks, Dominique Davis, Adrienne Craig, Cody Meshes, Dr. Neil Thomson, Patty Chappel, T.J. Rice, Saossan Maarouf, Amber Dees, Michael Wetherholt and Kim Rozycki. Other graduates not pictured were Keri Davis and Jessica Macon.

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CSU Faculty Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Careers

Columbus State University professors Dr. Kirk Heriot, Dr. Kevin Hurt and Dr. Laurence Marsh are helping veterans transition to civilian careers. As veterans themselves, the three teach classes at a two-day workshop called Boots2Business for active duty military members preparing to leave the military.

Part of the military’s Transition Assistance Program, Boots2Business offers eight modules on topics that range from opportunity recognition to writing a business plan. Heriot, Marsh, and Hurt are in their fourth year of teaching Boots2Business and have helped serve more than 200 service members through the program.

Sponsored by the local SCORE office, Boots2Business is restricted to veterans leaving active duty and offered monthly from January through November.

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CSU Associate Dean Speaks on Assessment at State Conference

Dr. Sallie Averitt Miller, Columbus State University Professor and Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation, was recently an invited assessment expert at the 2017 Georgia Professional Standards Commission Certification and Program Officials Conference at Middle Georgia State University in Macon.

Dr.  Miller, along with Dr. Susan Hagood of Thomas University, were invited guests selected to speak about the use of state provided valid and reliable assessments. They addressed questions on how Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) data can be used to inform programs and enable candidates to inform induction.

Dr. Miller explained specifically how CSU allowed GACE access to all program coordinators and chairs, so they can monitor their department and program GACE data by test date, sub-test areas, and summary data. This process allows program coordinators to monitor the program subarea scores in GACE Test Level Summary Statistics for continuous program improvement.

“This is a very powerful tool,” said Dr. Miller. “For example: If the program average percentage correct begins to decline, for instance, the program percentage drops in, let’s say Early Childhood Education, Mathematics, Subarea I in “Understands and Applies Knowledge of Counting and Cardinality,” targeted adjustments can be made to improve the program.”

The GACE Program Admissions Assessment is used by CSU’s educator preparation initial certification programs to help ensure that applicants can read, write, and compute.  GACE Content assessments are intended to validate the program graduates’ level of content knowledge. The GACE Ethics assessment assists teachers and educational leaders to become familiar with, understand, and apply the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators, as well as comprehend and embrace the principles of ethical decision-making in an educational context (ETS, 2017).

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CSU Alumnus to Release Award-Winning Classical Music Album

CSU alumnus and violin lecturer, Boris Abramov, has partnered with internationally acclaimed cellist, Carmine Miranda, to produce a rare collection of

Beethoven and Mozart duets. The album, which has received two silver medals at the Global Music Awards, will be released on Nov. 10 by Navona Records.

“It is my debut record. This will be my introduction to the recording community, and that will be very special,” said Abramov. “At the same time, it was do

ne with Carmine – a close friend whom I respect very much.”

The album features a collection of duets for cello and violin that have never been done before. The artists decided to leave the album unedited to give it the feeling of a live performance, which Abramov describes as an “honest recording.”

Originally attracted to CSU’s Schwob School of Music to train under Sergiu Schwartz, Abramov holds three degrees from the university: a bachelor’s degree in music performance, artist’s diploma and a master’s degree. Abramov has since received several awards and prizes, including the National Winner of the 2008 Music Teachers National Association Competition for strings and a special prize at the 2009 Pablo de Sarasate International Competition in Pamplona, Spain.

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CSU School of Nursing Volunteers with Special Olympics

The Columbus State University School of Nursing recently partnered with Columbus Regional Health’s Community Care mobile health unit to provide physicals for athletes competing in the Special Olympics local and state games. Faculty and staff at the school’s family nurse practitioner program completed 13 physicals at Pop Austin Gym, where there is a therapeutic recreation program for individuals with disabilities.

“It is important for our community agencies to work together to improve the health of individuals,” said Tamara Condrey, Associate Director of the School of Nursing. “This was a great collaboration that we hope to continue as an annual event.”

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CSU Professor Promotes Global Dialogue through Theatre

Dr. Becky Becker, assistant director of the CSU Center for Global Engagement and professor of theatre, is encouraging global-dialogue through theatre. As editor of “Theatre Symposium: A Publication of the Southeastern Theatre Conference,” Becker recently completed volume 25 of the journal to explore the theme of “Cross-Cultural Dialogue on the Global Stage.”

“Volume 25 is an interesting look at the many ways practitioners can bring cross-cultural dialogue into theatre at a time we need it the most,” said Becker. “I’m always invested in ways to illuminate different cultures through theatre. This was an engaging way to see how others do that.”

Theatre Symposium is an annual weekend conference focusing on a single scholarly topic, chosen and organized by the editor. International attendees gather at the conference to present papers. Following the conference, scholars are invited to submit their papers for peer-review; six to eight papers are then selected for publication.  Becker is completing her two-year term as editor. In her first year, she organized volume 24 of the journal with the theme, “Theatre in Space.”

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Professor Published in Applied Linguistics Journal

Dr. Carolina Pelaez-Morales, Assistant Professor of TESOL and Writing at CSU, was recently published in the “Journal of Second Language Writing.”

Her article, “L2 writing scholarship in JSLW: An updated report of research published between 1992 and 2015,” analyzes 23 years of research to find publication trends, including the geographic and linguistic distribution of the scholarship, topics addressed, as well as methodological approaches used by researchers in the field of second language writing.

“It is an honor to be featured in one of the leading journals in applied linguistics,” said Dr. Pelaez-Morales. “I would not have been able to complete this project without the generous support from the CSU library.”

Her article is now available at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10603743?sdc=1

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Carnegie Fellowship Takes Sociology Professor to Tanzania, Uganda

Dr. Florence Wakoko-Studstill, Associate Professor of Sociology at CSU, was awarded a multi-institutional Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship that enabled her to lead a three-month seminar series in Uganda and Tanzania over the summer.

The fellowship is designed to support collaboration between US and Canada-based African born scholars and Sub-Saharan African universities for the development of graduate studies, curriculum, research and graduate student mentoring on theses and dissertation projects.

As part of the fellowship, Dr. Wakoko-Studstill spent two months at Makerere University in Uganda and another month at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania.  Her work included teaching courses in social research methods, Model African Union-One Health and grant writing.  She also helped organize the launch of the Women’s Leadership Academy, a five-day training course in July at Makerere University. The training was conducted under the auspices of the Higher Education Resource Services-East Africa, an organization which Dr. Wakoko-Studstill helped co-found in 2014 with support from the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, and the United States Agency for International Development consortia project titled “Capacity building in Integrated Management of Trans-Boundary Animal Diseases & Zoonoses.

Students who participated in Dr. Wakoko-Studstill’s seminars submitted a total of five grant proposals to USAID-Tanzania, and participated in a simulation called “Model African Union,” which emphasized strengthening leadership and cultural competencies in One Health programs.

Based on her African research, Dr. Wakoko-Studstill has co-authored eight articles accepted for publication in the Pan African Medical Journal, and has also helped lay the groundwork for establishing a Tanzania Higher Education Resource Services-East Africa country office and strengthened the newly established Center for Gender Studies at Sokoine University of Agriculture.

“These experiences have contributed greatly in enriching my teaching, and should prove to be enormous for CSU students and faculty,” said Dr. Wakoko-Studstill. “There are opportunities for collaborative research, curriculum development, and student engagement in multi-sectoral service learning projects in Tanzania and Uganda through the Carnegie and other Foundations.”

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Geology Professor to Lead Trip

Dr. Clint Barineau, Associate Professor of Geology at CSU’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences – along with colleagues from Florida State University – will lead the 2017 Georgia Geological Society’s annual field trip on Oct. 7 – 8.

The trip will focus on recent research developments on the evolution of the southern Appalachian Mountains, especially the first phase of mountain building during the Ordovician Period.  Headquartered in Carrollton, Georgia,  the field trip will take participants to notable outcrops in western Georgia as part of a discussion on the geologic history of the region.

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Dean Greer Selected for Fellowship

Dr. Deidre Greer, Dean of CSU’s College of Education and Health Professions, recently received the 2017 Impact Academy fellowship.

Dean Greer was one of 17 educational leaders across the country selected through a rigorous nomination and application process. Fellows in the year-long program will complete independent learning modules on their campuses and receive mentorship opportunities from fellowship coaches throughout the year.

The 2017 Impact Academy fellowship was launched in 2016 by Deans for Impact, an Austin,Texas-based nonprofit dedicated to improving teacher preparation.

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Professors Co-Author Book Chapter

Dr. Eliot Rendleman, Director of Academic Center for Tutoring, and Dr. Judith Livingston, Chair of the Department of English, have collaboratively written a chapter for a book.

Their chapter, “The Dynamics of Collaboration and hierarchy: Developing, Assessing, and Revising a First-Year Composition/Writing Center Partnership” will be included in Writing Program and Writing Center Collaborations: Transcending Boundaries!, which will be published by Palgrave McMillan.

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English Professor on the Move

Dr. Seon Jeon, Associate Professor of English at Columbus State University, was recently awarded a grant, accepted for publication, and received an opportunity to present.

Her paper “Sorry! Apology strategies in ESL learners” was accepted for publication in the September issue of The Linguistic Association of Korea Journal.

She will present her paper “Transitioning from student to Teacher” at the Korean Association of Teachers of English International Conference in Seoul, South Korea.

She also received an Interdisciplinary Initiative Grant from the Faculty Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning for a teaching project with Dr. Shamim Khan of Computer Science to develop an honors class on computational linguistics for spring 2018.

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Article by Dr. Schwimmer recognized for frequent citations

An journal article co-authored by CSU Professor of Geology David Schwimmer is among the top 25 percent of the most cited articles from PLoS One (Public Library of Science). PLoS One is a top-tier online technical journal that covers all sciences. The article details new anatomy description of a giant fossil fish that once lived in the waters off of what is now North America. A new, and outstandingly preserved, fossil from Kansas allowed a more detailed description of the fish’s skull. The article has been viewed about 6,700 times and cited 22 times by other journals.

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CSU’s Kappa Sigma Fraternity Receives Most Prestigious Chapter Award

Columbus State University’s Kappa Sigma fraternity, the Xi-Iota Chapter, received Kappa Sigma’s most prestigious chapter award during the fraternity’s national Leadership Conference in Las Vegas.

In addition to the 2016-17 Founders’ Circle Award chapter award, the Xi-Iota Chapter also won:

2016 Outstanding GM – Garrett Hill
2016 Outstanding GP – Michael Ward
2016 Outstanding GMC – Andrew Kessler
2016 Outstanding GT – Gavin Bonner
2016 Outstanding GS – Tommy Staebler

Outstanding Communications Program Award – Chapter that excels in communication with the university and community. (Only 7 plaques given)

Greater Cause Award – Chapters that excel in philanthropy work. (Only 10 plaques were given)

Outstanding Single Community Service Award – “Shave to Save”. (Only 15 plaques were given)

Star & Crescent Society Certificates – Rob Monfort & Mason Burton (Top 1% of brothers in Kappa Sigma)

100% Ritual Proficient Chapter Award – 11 years in a row Xi-Iota has won this award (70 certificates were given)

Champion Chapter Banner – 50 or more brothers on campus or #1 on campus

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Cannella Named to New Class of Georgia Gamechangers

Kat Cannella, assistant director of leadership/facilitation for Columbus State University, was recently selected to join the 2017 class of Young Gamechangers, sponsored by Georgia Forward, a non-partisan, non-profit organization working to strengthen communities and create a talent pipeline within Georgia.

Young Gamechangers is a leadership action program that brings together 50 of Georgia’s brightest minds under the age of 40 to help solve persistent challenges of one Georgia community. For more information, visit www.georgiaforward.org/young-gamechangers.

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Student Photographer Wins Spot in Atlanta-Based Art Show

Columbus State University student photographer Peyton Fulford was named one of two winners of the Atlanta Photography Group’s 2017 APG Student Prize for photographic artists in Georgia.

As a winner, Fulford’s work will be displayed during concurrent art shows with Ben Lee of Georgia State University from Aug. 24 through Sept. 23 at the APG Gallery at the Tula Art Center in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Photography Group is an artist-initiated, nonprofit membership organization providing opportunities and support to the fine art photography community.

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Spanish Major Awarded Study Abroad Scholarship

Amanda Murdock, a modern and classical languages, Spanish major at Columbus State University, was awarded a competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Seville, Spain during the CSU in Southern Spain Spanish Immersion program. Out of 3,900 applicants, Murdock was one of about 1,000 selected for this highly competitive scholarship. Murdock recently returned from her five-week program, during which she resided with a host family, participated in cultural learning experiences and took classes to improve her mastery of the Spanish language.

The Gilman Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is an undergraduate program for U.S. citizens of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to thrive in the global economy.

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New Class of Faculty Writing Fellows Announced

The following individuals were recently named to Columbus State University’s 2017-2018 class of Faculty Writing Fellows:

— Erinn Bentley, Teacher Education
— Nathan Combes, Politics, Philosophy, and Public Administration
— Alison Cook, Libraries
— Guihong Fan, Mathematics
— Courtney George, English
— Stephanie Patterson, Music

The Faculty Writing Fellowship is a program derived from CSU’s first Quality Enhancement Plan, “Writing the Solution.” Faculty Writing Fellowships are sponsored by CSU’s Academic Center for Tutoring to assist faculty with their efforts to use writing curricula as a means of improving student engagement and learning in their courses. For more information about the fellowship, visit aa.columbusstate.edu.

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CSU Professor and Associate Dean to Serve as President of State Association

Sallie Averitt Miller, professor and associate dean for assessment and accreditation in Columbus State University’s College of Education and Health Professions, was recently inaugurated as president of the Georgia Assessment Directors’ Association (GADA) during the organization’s spring 2017 conference.

The mission of GADA for Educator Preparation Programs is to provide a collaborative forum for assessment ideas and practices that are most effective in the state of Georgia’s educator preparation programs.

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