McCollough to Present on Creel Commission and Modern Media Practice at WWI Symposium

Dr. Chris McCollough, Associate Professor of Communication, will be presenting scholarship on the impact of the Creel Commission on modern public relations, advertising, and popular media at the WWI Armistice and Aftermath Symposium at Michigan Tech University in late September. The study is a direct result of advanced research Dr. McCollough has done for his upcoming summer course “ITDS 1145: The Art and Science of World War I Propaganda – Then and Now.”

His manuscript “Propaganda as Public Relations Antecedent: The Complex Legacy of the Creel Commission” looks at the positive and negative impacts of the Creel Commission’s work in turning the public tide from opposition to full support of America’s WWI effort through the lens of the 4 Minute Men campaign. Last studied in 1975, McCollough wants to update a recently growing body of research on public relations work resulting from the war effort by looking at how the speaking tour measures up to contemporary public relations practices.

The manuscript will be part of a two-day Symposium at Michigan Tech that will include period performances, speeches, cuisine, entertainment and scholarship focused on discussing the broader impact of WWI over the century since the end of the Great War. The program includes artists, historians, social scientists, and political scientists. Those presenting research, including McCollough, will be invited to contribute a chapter to an edited volume for publication following the conference.

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CSU Saxophone Professor Receives Prestigious National Award

Columbus State University professor Joe Girard and his saxophone quartet, the Donald Sinta Quartet, received the Gold Medal this weekend in the 2018 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

“The Fischoff is the largest chamber music competition in the country,” said Scott Harris, Director of the Schwob School of Music. “It is a prestigious award that counts some of the world’s finest ensembles as laureates.”

After serving in a visiting capacity, Dr. Girard will be returning to CSU as assistant professor of music in saxophone in the fall.

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McCollough Published in Top Public Relations Education Journal

Dr. Chris McCollough, Columbus State University professor of communication, has been published in the latest issue of the Journal of Public Relations Education. The study examines the impact of using competition in the traditional public relations campaigns class. McCollough found that the use of direct competition between student teams yields stronger student projects, a better knowledge of best practices in public relations work, and a better result for client partners in the community.

McCollough reviewed four separate public relations campaigns classes taught between 2012 and 2015 to compile a comparative analysis. He reviewed student project books, clients’ weekly reports on experiences with students, and teaching evaluations over the four courses to determine the overall impact on student experience, performance, and outcomes for all involved.

The Journal of Public Relations Education is a national publication of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and its Public Relations Division. The journal, which began publication in 2015, is the successor for the previously long-running Teaching Public Relations Monographs.

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Dr. Sallie Averitt Miller Receives Professional Leadership Award

Dr. Sallie Averitt Miller, Columbus State University professor and Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation for the College of Education and Health Professions, was presented a Leadership Award by the Georgia Assessment Directors’ Association. The award, which was presented in Macon, recognized her for her dedication and leadership as the president of the association.

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McCollough Wins Second Consecutive National Award for Top Teaching Paper

Dr. Chris McCollough, communications professor at Columbus State University, recently earned his second consecutive Wilcox Award. His paper titled, “Visionary Public Relations Coursework: Assessing Economic Impact of Service Learning in Public Relations Courses,” was recognized as the Top Teaching Paper in Public Relations at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s 2018 national conference.

The study is the product of McCollough’s evaluation of 30 months of economic impact from a year-long, comprehensive service learning project that he and students in his public relations campaigns, public relations management, and senior internship 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. from the fall of 2015 until the Spring of 2017.

Among the findings was that his students’ recommendations and project work have helped the partnership between CSU and Marion County’s Chamber of Commerce to advance major grant awards for community revitalization projects, the establishment of eight news businesses, discussion of seven additional new businesses, the largest growth in housing permit applications in the past decade, a steady tax revenue increase in the region since the fall fiscal quarter of 2016, and a 4 percent drop in unemployment in Marion County.

“It is a rare honor to be the first to win a second consecutive Wilcox Award among so many great colleagues across the country, and to do so at a major conference like AEJMC,” said McCollough. “It is a wonderful case study about the work of my students, our program’s learning model, and the potential impact it can have in improving civic, economic, and community life in our region.”

McCollough will present his paper and be recognized for his accomplishment at the annual meeting of AEJMC in August in Washington, D.C.

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Student Affairs Recognizes Staff at 2018 Awards Luncheon

CSU’s Student Affairs recently hosted its 2018 Awards Luncheon. The following awards were presented in recognition of staff accomplishments.

Partnership Award
University Support Services, Event Management

Most Outstanding Student Leader
Joslyn Ellis
Lexus Whidby

New Professional Award
Luz Bernal

Customer Service Award
Debby Mayo – University Police Department
Joy Norman – Center for Accommodation and Access

Campus Compact Award
Dana Larkin – Office of the Dean of Students

Cougar Genius Award
Gold  – Orientation Program, Camp PROWL
Silver – Fraternity & Sorority Life, Pillars of Excellence Accreditation Program
Bronze – University Police Department, Health & Wellness Program

Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award
Melissa Dempsey – Student Life and Development

Peer to Peer Recognition
Allyson Thompson
Melissa Dempsey
Joy Norman and Marie Grandison
Lyn Riggsby-Gonzalez
Sarah Secoy

New Professional Institute Award
Eli Argueta – Fraternity and Sorority Life

Mid-Manager Institute Award
Scott Lundgren – Residence Life

Staff members serving with the department for a minimum of 5, 10, or 20 years were also recognized, in addition to the committee members who helped make the event possible.

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Assistant Professor Rania Hodhod and a Former Grad Student Published in IEEE Transactions 

Javier Livio, a former graduate student at the CSU TSYS School of Computer Science, and CSU computer science professor Rania Hodhod were recently published. Their article, titled “AI Cupper: A Fuzzy Expert System for Sensorial Evaluation of Coffee Bean Attributes to Derive Quality Scoring,” was accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems (Impact Factor: 7.671). The paper is a result of Livio’s thesis work, which was conducted with Hodhod as his thesis supervisor. Livio’s work introduces an intelligent system called AI Cupper, a fuzzy expert system to the coffee industry.

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Geography Professor’s Chapter to be Published in New Book

Dr. Eric Spears, CSU professor of geography, has written a chapter that will soon be published in a new book.

Spears’s chapter, “Scale and Political Ecology: A Conceptual Analysis of the Brazilian Samarco Disaster,” will be published in Environment, Politics, and Society. Edited by Dr. Ram Alagan and Dr. Seela Aladuwaka,the book will be released in May 2018 and is part of a series called Research in Political Sociology by Emerald Publishing Limited.

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Professor Sallie Averitt Miller Published in the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators Journal

An article co-authored by Professor Sallie Averitt Miller, Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation at 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 (GATE).

The article describes the processes used to identify essential assessment criteria, as suggested by Georgia school systems and educator preparation providers, as well as the procedures used to create the Professional Behaviors and Dispositions Assessment (PBDA). Offered to school systems and teacher education programs, PBDA is intended to guide teacher candidates as they develop and refine their professional behaviors and dispositions. In addition, the PBDA may be easily adapted for use with in-service teachers.

The PBDA can be accessed in the published article titled “The Development and Implementation of the Professional Behaviors and Dispositions Assessment.” Several universities have uploaded the copyrighted instrument to their assessment software systems.

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Political Science Professor Selected for D.C. Fellowship

Jacob Holt, Columbus State University assistant professor of political science, has been selected as a 2018-2019 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. As a fellow, he will work in a Congressional office in 2019 after an extensive orientation in the fall.

Holt is the first faculty member from Columbus State University to receive the fellowship and one of six political scientists from around the world to be selected this year.

Since 1953, the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program has brought select political scientists, journalists, federal employees, health policy specialists, international scholars, and other professionals to Capitol Hill to gain practical insight into Congress and the legislative process. The Congressional Fellowship Program has served as a model for fellowship programs in all three branches of the federal government and in parliamentary settings abroad. Among the ranks of the program’s alumni are professors, reporters, editors, executives, lawyers, politicians, legislative staffers, parliamentarians, lobbyists, doctors, nurses, community leaders, policy specialists, ambassadors, and even a U.S. vice president.

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Earth and Space Science Faculty, Students Present at Conference in Knoxville

Faculty and students from the Department of Earth and Space Sciences recently presented the results of a number of ongoing research projects at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America in Knoxville, TN.

Geosciences graduate student Austin Caughey presented the results of his thesis research with Dr. Diana Ortega-Ariza, “Sequence Stratigraphy and Depositional History of Middle-Mississippian Carbonates of the Southern Appalachians, Tuscumbia, AL.”

Dr. David Schwimmer presented the result of his research with coauthor William Montante, “Horseshoe Crabs as Mondern Analogs of Trilobites: Contrary Evidence from a Meraspid Cluster in the Upper Cambrian Conasauga Formation, Western Georgia.”

Dr. Clint Barineau presented the results of his research with CSU alumni David Gilbert and Joel Roop-Eckart, along with Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, student Sarang Agrawal, “Regional Strain in the Eastern Blue Ridge of Alabama: Implications for Interpretation of the Alexander City Fault”.

Dr. Clint Barineau presented the results of his research with colleagues at the U.S. Geological Survey and Florida State University, “Not Your Father’s Taconic Orogeny: Significance of an Iapetus-Facing, Laurentian Plate Ordovician Arc-Backarc System in the Southern Appalachians.”

In addition to student and faculty presenters, a group of seven earth space and science undergraduate and graduate students attended the conference to learn about the latest geological research being conducted across the southeastern U.S.

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Biology Department Students, Faculty Present at Conference

Faculty and students from Columbus State University’s biology department recently presented research at the annual Association of southeastern Biologists conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The following were recognized with awards for their work.

  • Best Microbiology paper ASB
    John Spencer, Rowan Pitts, Rachel Pearson and Lauren King
    The Effects of Antimicrobial Peptides WAM-1 and LL-37 on Multidrug Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii
  • Second Place Frank Brooks Award (BBB papers)
    Michael Sandak, Elizabeth Klar, John Calvert (Emory University), Brian Schwartz.
    Influence of Nerve Growth Factor Dosing Intervals on Muscular and Functional Regeneration in Mice After Acute Myocardial Injury
  • Honorable Mention Frank Brooks Award (BBB papers)
    Trevond Sellers, Elizabeth Klar and Kathleen Hughes
    Effect of Nerve Growth Factor on Cardiomyocyte Proliferation after Induction of Hypoxia
  • Honorable Mention David Johnson Award (BBB poster)
    John Hetzel and John Hanson
    From Trash to Treasure: Techniques for Reconstructing Mitochondrial Genomes from Highly Fragmented Historical DNA

 

The following projects completed by CSU faculty and staff were also presented at the conference.

  • Jeramy Belt, Amy Sibley, Elizabeth Klar and Michael Newbrey
    The influence of chronological age on the occurrence of intersex in Largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides, in the Chattahoochee River drainage, Georgia.
  • Malina Rollins, Michael Newbrey, Elizabeth Klar, Jeramy Belt
    A comparison of the number of growth cessation marks in otoliths and centra of Largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides 
  • Amy Sibley, Elizabeth Klar, Jeramy Belt and Michael Newbrey
    Comparison of histopathological evaluation to assess the effects of pollution in two creeks of Columbus, GA using livers of Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides). 
  • Devyn Seifert, Harlan Hendricks and Austin Strellner
    A survey of intestinal helminths of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) in West Central Georgia
  • Daniel Kim, Elizabeth Klar, and Julie Ballenger.
    Effect of pickling on the morphology of Cucumis Sativus
  • Rachel Pearson, Avianna Cliatt, Laronsia Cross, Joshua Hill, Joseph Gibson, Tevaris Haley, John Hetzel, Andrew Kumar, Elianna Largeman, Jennifer McMillion, Ekta Parab, Austin Strellner, Julie Wilson and Lauren King
    Effects of Fluoride Varnish and Sucrose on Cell Viability, pH, and Biofilm Formation of Streptococcus mutans
  • Mary Kathryn Wright and Clifton Ruehl
    Behavioral responses of physid snails to predators depends on predator diet
  • Frances Woolfolk, Michael Newbrey, Hugo Martín-Abad and John Maisey
    A new interpretation of chronological ages of Latimeria chalumnae and other coelacanths
  • Persia Tillman, Michael Newbrey, Clint Boyd and Todd Cook
    Comparison of age and growth biology of 34 million year old stingrays from North Dakota to the extant Dasyatis pastinaca
  • Kristina Lam, Jennifer Newbrey and Michael Newbrey
    Effects of Female Condition on the Reproductive Success of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) Breeding in West-Central Georgia
  • Ashley Desensi and Julie Ballenger
    The effect of disturbance on vegetative community structure and diversity: A comparative survey

 

 

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Associate Dean Gives Presentation at Georgia Educator Providers Conference

Dr. Sallie Averitt Miller, CSU Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation, recently gave a presentation at the Georgia Educator Providers (GEPP) Conference.

She co-presented with Dr. Paige Tompkins, from the University of Georgia, on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)’s  Standards 4 and 5. The two received approval from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) to follow-up on CAEP “common language” that can be used by all Georgia Educator Preparation Providers’ national annual reporting.

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Dr. Amanda Rees Receives Stand Alone Geographic Educator Award

Dr. Amanda Rees, CSU professor of geography has been awarded the 2018 Helen Ruth Aspaas SAGE Innovator Award. Named for one of the founding members of the Stand Alone Geographers Specialty Group (SAGE), the award recognizes outstanding and innovative stand alone geographic educators.

Rees joined CSU in 2005 as a lone geographer. Over the last 13 years she has established a geography minor and established the Columbus Community Geography Center that partners geography classes and community organizations to raise awareness about important community problems and resources, inform community and neighborhood planning processes, support community organizing, and empower communities to make positive change.

In 2014, Rees edited the e-book Thriving as a Stand-Alone Geographer: A Handbook in conjunction with the Association of American Geographers.  SAGE is part of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). Founded in 1904, the AAG is an international professional geography organization with over 10,000 members in 100 nations.

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Department Earth and Space Sciences Receives Mini-Grants.

CSU professor of physics, Dr. Kim Shaw received a STEM Mini-Grant for $2,850 for her proposal, “Math Intervention Development to Promote Student Success in Physics Courses.”Dr. Shaw will work with a student assistant to develop a set of topic specific online tutorials for math concepts that physics students often find challenging. The goal of the project is to develop a free suite of materials that can be deployed in Cougarview/D2L to aid students in developing this important skill set and maximize student learning in CSU physics courses.

Four students from the department of earth and space sciences also recently received mini grants. They were awarded $225 from the Office of the Provost to help defray costs associated with their graduate/undergraduate research projects:

  • Austin Caughey (MS Natural Sciences – Geosciences track) for “Sequence Stratigraphy of Middle-Mississippian Carbonates of the Southern Appalachians: Tuscumbia Limestone and Fort Payne Chert”
  • Chance Seckinger (BS ESS – Geology track) for “Porosity and Permeability of Miocene (Puerto Rico), Pennsylvanian (Kansas), and Mississippian (Alabama) Carbonate Rocks”
  • Coral Torres (MS Natural Sciences – Geosciences track) for “Constraining The Coastal Plain Unconformity West Of The Lower Chattahoochee River Valley”
  • Jasmine Truitt (MS Natural Sciences – Geosciences track) for “Paleoclimate Studies on a Fall Line Cretaceous Paleosol”
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CSU Schwob Students Win National Awards

CSU Schwob School of Music students have received top prizes at this year’s national competition for the Music Teachers National Association. The finals of the competition were held over the past couple of days in Orlando, FL.

Natalya Klenovskaya won first place in the Young Artist String Division. Natalya is an Artist Diploma violin student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz. She will be featured as soloist with the Schwob Philharmonic, playing the Shostakovich Violin Concerto, on April 29th.

Camron Bryant won second place in the Young Artist Brass Division. Camron is a sophomore horn student of Dr. Natalie Higgins.

Elizabeth Tsai won first place in the Senior Piano Duet DIvision, with her partner Yannie Tan. Elizabeth is a Woodruff Scholar and a student of Prof. Tatiana Muzanova.

Each participant won in the state and regional rounds to get to the finals. Susan Hoskins traveled to Orlando to serve as collaborative pianist for Camron and Natalya.

 

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2018 Legacy Award Winners Announced

The 2018 Legacy Celebration and Diversity Conference was held on March 15. Eleven CSU faculty, staff, students, and members of the Columbus community were recognized at the evening dinner for their efforts of fostering cultural and social inclusion. Below is a list of 2018 Legacy Award winners.

  • Women’s Leadership Award: Mia Babino
  • Community Outreach Award: Sylvester Long
  • Outstanding Student with a Disability Award: Darby High
  • Goizueta Foundation Scholarship Award: Nancy Avina
  • Lavender Alliance Community Award: Tyler Parks
  • Faith-Based and Humanitarian Award: Rebecca Hope Simmons
  • John Townsend Achievement Award: Tawaina Coleman & Darius Sudayi
  • Alumni Award: Brandon Todd
  • Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award: Mariko Izumi
  • Kiongozi Award for Outstanding International Leadership: Camila Cardenas
  • Civic Engagement Award: Homeless Resource Network
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CSU Alumna’s Play Debuts This Summer

While a student at CSU, Kimberly Belflower, a 2009 CSU Department of Theatre alumnae, became inspired to write a coming-of-age exploration entitled Lost Girl. In July 2018, Lost Girl debuts in a world premiere presented by the Professional Training Institute 2017-18 Company at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre in Wisconsin.

Lost Girl is a continuation of what could have happened to Wendy from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Belflow said the seed was planted when she reread Peter Pan in college.  “What happened to Wendy Darling after she returned home from Neverland?” she said. “I couldn’t stop thinking about what Wendy would be like at my age. I was a student at CSU, and my heart had just been badly broken for the first time. My friend Sarah told me I had Wendy Darling Syndrome. “You’re always trying to save the little Lost Boys,” she explained, which felt uncomfortably true… If Peter Pan stands for all the boys who won’t grow up, Wendy Darling stands for all the girls who have to and all the pain that goes along with it.”

Belflower, who recently started a writing job with Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico, said, “CSU provided me with a well-rounded theatrical education that has informed everything I’ve done since.”

Currently, she’s on the narrative team for Meow Wolf, creating new fantastical worlds for exhibits opening in Vegas and Denver. She’s also working on a commissioned play with the Farm Theatre in New York, which has an annual commissioning program that pairs early-career playwrights with colleges across the country to develop new plays.

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Matt Shiver Becomes Director of Purchasing

Matt Shiver, the former Assistant Procurement Director at CSU, is now the Director of Purchasing. Shiver, who has been employed at CSU since 2013 and served as the interim director for the past two months, was promoted to the role of permanent director on March 1.

Shiver has 11 years of procurement experience with prior experience at Auburn University, Muscogee County School District, and Columbus Healthcare Clinic. He holds a bachelor of science and a master of public administration from Troy University, as well as a Georgia purchasing manager certification. He is also a former chaplain with the U.S. Army Reserves.

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CSU Trumpet Students Receive Exciting Opportunities

Several students who have studied trumpet at the CSU Schwob School of Music have recently received opportunities to perform at prestigious events.

The Schwob Trumpet Ensemble will perform at the International Trumpet Guild Conference on May 29 – June 2 in San Antonio, Texas. They were invited to perform during the coveted Saturday night performance slot opening for headliner Pacho Flores. Rob Murray, DMA, professor of trumpet at CSU, will also present a lecture recital at the conference to highlight the Vincent Bach music collection, which is housed at CSU’s International Trumpet Guild Archives.

The trumpet quartet of Ricardo Chinchilla, Harold Villa, Trevor Webb, and Adam White qualified as competitors in the Ensemble Division of the National Trumpet Competition and will be perform in Denton, Texas.

Also, CSU alumnus Teal Ewer has won by audition an appointment to the prestigious “The Commandant’s Own” Marine Drum and Bugle Corps in Washington D.C. to play Soprano Bugle.

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