An article authored by Abraham George, vice president and CIO of Columbus State University, was featured in a December issue of CIO Review: The Navigator for Enterprise Solutions. The article, titled, “Innovative University Relies on HP Converged Systems for Agility,” recognizes CSU’s new network infrastructure based on HP converged technologies. These technologies support the university’s ability to host online courses, administer new multimedia applications in the classroom, and run predictive analytics to trigger counseling interventions for students in need. To view the full article, please click here.Learn more »
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Columbus State’s Gina Sheeks, vice president for Student Affairs, and Kimberly McElveen, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, presented at the Southern Association for College Student Affairs Annual Conference on November 2 in Louisville, Kentucky. Their presentation, titled, “From the Starting Gate to the Finish Line: Developing New Professionals,” addressed comprehensive issues that Student Affairs professionals handle on a daily basis and offered strategies for successfully navigating through such issues.Learn more »
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Stephen Clayton, a sophomore bass trombonist in CSU’s Schwob School of Music, was selected as one of only three finalists in the National Solo Competition at the America Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC. Clayton is the reigning winner of last year’s workshop in the 18-and-under division. He will now compete with applicants up to age 23, including many graduate students from top programs across the country.Learn more »
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Jan Colbert, visiting professor of accounting and finance in CSU’s Turner College of Business, recently had a paper published in the Journal of Business Case Studies. The paper, titled “Internal Control Issues: Shredding Paychecks, Bank Reconciliation Problems, and Human Resource Matters,” focuses on internal control issues regarding bank reconciliations and outstanding checks.Learn more »
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Columbus State University’s Adam Maiga, associate professor of accounting and finance in the Turner College of Business, recently had a paper accepted for publication by Advances in Management Accounting, a peer-reviewed journal. The paper is entitled “Information Systems Integration and Firm Profitability: Mediating Effect of Cost Management Strategy.”Learn more »
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Susan E. Hrach, professor of English and director of CSU’s Faculty Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, hosted a University System of Georgia webinar on Oct. 21 for a near-record number of attendees. “Kissing Pricey Textbooks Goodbye: Teaching with Open Access” was part of the USG’s faculty development monthly series. Organizers said 125 registered. An archive of the presentation will be available at http://www.usg.edu/faculty_affairs/workshops/category/academic_year_2014_2015Learn more »
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Samuel Abegaz, Columbus State associate professor of chemistry, directed an international research collaboration, which led to the publication of two research articles in Food Chemistry, Elsvier Journal. The collaboration involved five scientists from five countries across three continents.
In the first paper, “Botanical origin, colour, granulation, and sensory properties of the Harenna forest honey, Bale, Ethiopia,” the analytical procedures for analysis of honey were developed and the physicochemical properties of Harenna forest honey were characterized with respect to honey moisture, sugar reduction, sucrose, water insoluble solids, ash, free acid, pH, HMF contents, electrical conductivity, and specific rotation. In the second paper, “Physicochemical properties of the Harenna forest honey, Bale, Ethiopia,” the Harenna forest honey samples were investigated with respect to their botanical origin, granulation, color, sensory properties, and content of tetracycline.
Abegaz has published several articles since joining CSU and currently has five more in preparation. His consistent commitment to international, national, and institutional collaboration for the advancement of scientific research contributes to increasing the visibility of Columbus State on a global stage.Learn more »
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Adam Maiga, Columbus State associate professor of accounting recently had two papers accepted for publication. The first paper was accepted by the international journal, Journal of Management Control. The title of the paper is “Assessing the impact of budgetary participation on budgetary outcomes: the role of information technology for enhanced communication and activity-based costing.”
The second paper entitled “Assessing self-selection and endogeneity issues in the relation between activity-based costing and performance” was accepted by Advances in Accounting. Professor Maiga has consistently contributed to his field, by publishing over 30 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, holding numerous presentations at conferences, and serving as ad hoc reviewer for several academic journals.Learn more »
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Dr. Richard Stephens, CSU professor of mathematics, is featured on the Affordable Learning Georgia Website, which represents key work in the state on new learning models. An advocate for open educational resources, Dr. Stephens also is working with his math colleague, Dr. Alin Stancu, on a grant for development by CSU’s mathematics department of a no-cost textbook in calculus. These efforts have been enthusiastically endorsed by Dr. Houston Davis, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer for the University System of Georgia.Learn more »
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Dr. Becky Becker, professor of theatre and International Studies Certificate Coordinator at Columbus State University, represented the university’s chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—at the 43rd Biennial Convention held August 7-9 in St. Louis, Mo.
Becker currently serves as president of the Columbus State University chapter and attended the convention as the chapter’s voting delegate.
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Columbus State student Brittany Hobbs, citing her hours of volunteer work in the community, has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award and a letter from President Barack Obama. Hobbs, a junior at CSU, a military wife, stay at home mom of two boys and fulltime student (majoring in English and Secondary Education), carries that load and still finds the time to volunteer consistently.Learn more »
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Rosa Williams, Columbus State associate professor of astronomy, and co-authors Ning-Xiao Zhang, You-Hua Chu, Bing Jiang, Yang Chen, and R. A. Gruendl have just had a paper accepted for publication in the international Journal The Astrophysical Journal. The title of their paper is “Physical Nature of the [S II]-bright Shell Nebulae N70 and N185.”
Clinton I. Barineau, Columbus State associate professor of geology, and co-authors James Tull and Christopher S. Holm-Denoma have a paper published in the current issue of the international journal Geological Society of America Bulletin. The title of their article is “Early to Middle Ordovician back-arc basin in the southern Appalachian Blue Ridge: Characteristics, extent, and tectonic significance.”
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The article by students Christopher Scanlon and Kameron Griffin and professors Zewdu Gebeyehu and Rajeev B. Dabke details an undergraduate lab experiment that highlights a new approach to analyzing dietary supplement tablets containing iron and Vitamin C.
Scanlon, a senior chemistry major from Pine Mountain Valley, won CSU’s Excellence in Research – Chemistry Award during CSU’s annual Scholastic Honors Convocation in April. He currently holds a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship from the U.S. Department of Energy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
Griffin, a senior chemistry major from Columbus, is a student in CSU’s Honors College and served last year as president of its student group, Honoris Causa. She’s also one of three students who helped organize Cougarthon 2014, a campus-wide fundraising effort that resulted in $2,500 for the American Cancer Society in late April.
Both Gebeyehu, a professor of chemistry, and Dabke, an associate professor of chemistry, joined Columbus State in 2002.
The Journal of Chemical Education is published by the American Chemical Society, which approved national accreditation for CSU’s Department of Chemistry in 2013. Scanlon gave a poster presentation related to the experiment at the 245th ACS National Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans in spring 2013.
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Guided by Jennifer L. Brown, assistant professor of educational foundations, Andrews presented her paper, “The Effects of Math Anxiety on Mathematical Academic Success during the Freshman Year,” at the 2014 EERA conference in Jacksonville, Fla., February. She will accept the best paper award at the 2015 EERA Conference in Sarasota, Fla.
“The topic for this project came from an interest in the psychological piece of anxiety that can be associated with math for some individuals,” said Andrews, of Columbus. “It seems that when I mention the topic to others I almost always get a response similar to, `I have math anxiety, too.’ We thought it would be insightful to research whether math anxiety could be influencing students’ academic performance at our university.”
Andrews, who has a bachelor’s degree in counseling and human services from Atlanta Christian College in East Point (now Point University in West Point), will begin her practicum in school counseling in the fall. Until then, she’s working as a graduate research assistant for Brown.
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COLUMBUS, Ga. — Two Columbus State University faculty members have published their interdisciplinary research in the May 2014 issue of The Journal of Faculty Development.
Amanda Rees, an associate professor of geography, and Kim Shaw, a professor of physics, are co-authors of “Peer Mentoring Communities of Practice for Early and Mid-Career Faculty: Broad Benefits from a Research- Oriented Female Peer Mentoring Group.”
Rees and Shaw conclude the study has important implications for faculty development facilitators. Rees said the article has already been adopted as part of the reading for an Association of American Geographers’ Department Leadership Workshop this summer at the University of Connecticut.
(Shaw is also the co-director of CSU’s UTeach Columbus program, which strives to encourage math and science majors at CSU to consider teaching as an alternative career path.)
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COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State’s Florence Wakoko-Studstill, associate professor of sociology and African Studies coordinator, has been accepted as a Fellow in the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program.
This fellowship program, which is in its first year, is for educational projects at African higher education institutions.
Funded by a two-year grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the program supports 100 short-term faculty fellowships for African-born academics to collaborate with faculty in an African university to conduct research, develop curriculum, and mentor students. Wakoko-Studstill, a native of Uganda, will spend her time at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda beginning June 1,2014.
“I am extremely excited about this opportunity,” Wakoko-Studstill said. “I see it as another way of giving back to the community; it involves sharing knowledge and learning from others in global contexts.”
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COLUMBUS, Ga. – Ford J. Fourqurean, Columbus State’s 2013-2014 Faculty Cup recipient as the university’s top student, has been selected a Marcus L. Urann Fellow, a distinctive honor from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi that comes with a $15,000 prize.
Fourqurean, a Fayetteville, Ga., native, graduated this month from the Schwob School of Music. The clarinet major has been an active participant in CSU’s Honors College, with research and performance interests taking him to Belgium, Japan and Canada’s Domaine Forget music festival. He has presented his scholarly work at several conferences, the most recent being the Southern Regional Honors Conference in Savannah. He also received the Phi Kappa Phi Senior award from the CSU chapter of the organization.Learn more »
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Becky Becker, professor of theatre, is the new editor for Theatre Symposium, the official journal of the Southeastern Theatre Conference.
Theatre Symposium is a scholarly publication featuring select papers presented at the annual Southeastern Theatre Conference’s Theatre Symposium. This two-day conference focuses on a single scholarly topic related to theatre.
Recent topics include: Comedy as Practiced on Stage, Commedia dell’Arte Performance, Theatre in the Antebellum South, Voice of the Dramaturg, The Re-emergence of the Theatre Building in the Renaissance, and Drama as Rhetoric/Rhetoric as Drama.
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COLUMBUS, Ga. — Two Columbus State University theatre students, Amanda Black and Addie DeVelvis, have been selected to participate in the upcoming New South Young Playwrights Contest and Festival at Horizon Theatre in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta.
Black and DeVelvis were among 20 applicants selected from a large number of submissions.
Horizon Theatre’s free week-long festival, from May 26-31, will include playwriting workshops, seminars and rehearsals with professional theatre actors, directors and playwrights. Participating young playwrights are provided with housing, meals and a travel stipend.
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