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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Computer Science Professor Delivers Keynote to International Audience

Paul Wang, professor of computer science in the TSYS School of Computer Science in Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business, delivered the keynote address during InfoSys 2017, a scientific and industrial interchange hosted by the International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA). The conference was held in Barcelona in late May.

Wang’s speech focused on “Internet of Things Architecture and Security.” He also chaired a conference session and presented a paper titled “InVideo: An Automatic Video Index and Search Engine for Large Video Collections.”

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Young Recognized by Nation’s Largest Leadership Honor Society

Shana Young, executive director of the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, was recently recognized for outstanding leadership by the president of the nation’s largest leadership honor society.

As Chapter Advisor for Columbus State University’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), Young is responsible for helping prepare students for post-college career success and inspiring members to make positive impacts in their communities.

“Shana’s desire to hold members to a high standard of leadership helped solidify the Columbus State University chapter as an example to others across the country,” wrote Charles Knippen, president of NSLS, in a letter to Ed Helton, assistant vice president for leadership development at CSU. “Shana has effectively motivated our members on your campus to attain their individual goals, demonstrate leadership and continually strive for success.”

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Professor of English Awarded Pushcart Prize

A poem by Nick Norwood, Columbus State University professor of English and director of CSU’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a nonprofit award series that recognizes the best in small press stories, poems and essays.

Norwood’s poem “Latchkey” will be published in the 42nd anniversary edition of the Pushcart Prize Anthology this November. “Latchkey” was originally published in the Fall 2016 issue of The Greensboro Review.

Latchkey

Remember the first time
you let yourself in—
stunned by the sheer
silence of it all,

the sunlight blooming
on mute, blank-faced
walls. And how you
stormed, then,

from room to room
blistering furniture
and framed photographs
with your hollering,

commanding the sunlight
to go away go away
because you wanted
to be alone.

Remember how you
yelled yourself
dizzy—exhilarated
and scared.

And how eventually
you dropped
into your mother’s chair
and watched

that same sunlight creep
silently across floors,
up walls,
and let itself out.

© Nick Norwood

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Staff Spotlight: Anne Brown

Anne Brown 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 Brown, who helped establish the CSU Food Pantry for students who are food insecure.

Brown, community outreach advisor in CSU’s Office of Community Outreach, also is responsible for leading the university’s volunteer efforts. She was recognized in May during CSU’s 2017 Faculty & Staff Recognition and Excellence Awards ceremony as the winner of the 2017 Staff Innovation Award. Brown also recently celebrated her fifth anniversary at CSU and will serve as president of CSU’s Staff Council beginning July 2018.

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. Johniqua Williams was the focus of May’s Staff Spotlight.

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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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