Schwob Violin Student to Perform in Carnegie Hall

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — Eric Tsai, a freshman in Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, has taken first place in an international violin competition, making it possible for him to perform this summer at Carnegie Hall.

A student of Sergiu Schwartz, CSU’s William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Faculty Chair in Violin, Tsai won the First Prize Award of the recent 2014 New York International Artists Violin Competition, Category B (15 – 17 years old).

Performers from 14 countries entered the rigorous piano, violin and cello competitions The winners will perform in concert on Saturday, June 7 and Saturday, June 28, both at Weill Recital Hall in New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

Tsai, the son of Jason and Fang Tsai of Homewood, Ala., will perform in the June 28 concert.

He’s also the recent winner of the senior violin division of the Music Teachers National Association competition and the 2014 Alabama Symphony Volunteer Council’s Lois Pickard Scholarship Competition. In 2013, he won the 2013 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.

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Creators of Top Arden Submissions Recognized

Arden CoverCOLUMBUS, Ga.Columbus State’s Department of English has announced the 2014 Kocian Award winners, recognizing the top submissions to the Arden, CSU’s literary arts journal, at its recent annual release party.

Named for John Kocian, the first editor-in-chief of the  Arden, the awards recognize outstanding work in four categories of submissions accepted by the journal: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and art.

The 2014 Kocian Award winners, all CSU students,  are:

  • Adam White for “The Anatomy of Phineas Gage” in poetry
  • Katherine Hinzman for “The Sonata” in fiction
  • Julie Kuralt for “Fuzzies” in creative nonfiction
  • Erin Bozone for her untitled piece in art

For more information on the Arden, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/arden.

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English Teacher Alumna Honored by CSU

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Christy Grigsby, who graduated from Columbus State in 2007 with a B.S.Ed. degree in English-secondary education, has been named the Alumna of the Year for the Humanities for 2014 in CSU’s College of Letters and Sciences.

An English teacher for the Muscogee County School District’s Early College Academy of Columbus, Grigsby’s work has been recognized recently at the local, state and national levels.

Most recently, she was recognized as the winner of the National Council of Teachers of English 2013 High School Teacher of Excellence Award. She also was recently selected by the Muscogee Education Excellence Foundation to attend a prestigious professional development program at Harvard University in July.

Earlier, Grigsby was honored as the 2013 Sara Spano Top Teacher Award winner and the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year Award for the Early College Academy.

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English Major Recognized with Scholarship

Hannah Godwin, a sophomore English major from Stockbridge, was awarded the Robert T. Trammell Sr. English Scholarship in the recent CSU College of Letters and Sciences Annual Awards Ceremony.

The $1,500 scholarship recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of an English major at Columbus State University.

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2 Recent Psychology Graduates Pursuing Doctorates

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Two recent Columbus State University psychology graduates have been accepted into doctoral programs, according to Mark Schmidt, chair of CSU’s Department of Psychology.

Jessica Cheatham, who graduated in spring 2012 with a B.S. in psychology, has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in behavior analysis at West Virginia University.

Angela  Adams, a fall 2013 cum laude graduate with a B.S. in psychology,  will soon begin Georgia Southern’s Psy.D. program, which accepts just eight students for admission each year.

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Student Affairs Staffers Present at National Conference

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Six Student Affairs staffers at Columbus State University teamed up for a presentation at a national conference in March.

The presentation was made in Baltimore at the 96th annual conference of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (originally the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) by Gina Sheeks: vice president for Student Affairs; Kimberly McElveen, senior director for student engagement; Collins Brown, assistant director for student life and development; Johniqua Williams, coordinator for diversity programs and services and African American Male Initiative; Britney Kelley, coordinator for Greek Life and Miss CSU Pageant;  and Melissa Dempsey, coordinator for Student Activities Council, Registered Student Organizations and Parent Programs.

Their interactive presentation was titled “What did I get myself into? The journey of a new professional and the supervisors that deal with them,” dealing with challenges faced by those new to working in higher education student life positions.

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Psychology Major wins Scholarship, Grant to study in Costa Rica

Weatherfield_JulieCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Julia Weatherford, a junior psychology major at Columbus State University, has received a merit-based study abroad scholarship and grant from Columbus State University that will allow her to participate in a Maymester course that CSU is offering in Costa Rica.

“I feel honored that my dedication to my studies was rewarded — a true motivation booster for sure,” said Weatherford, who’s also a student in CSU’s Honors College. She lives in Phenix City, Ala.

John Finley and Laurence Marsh, both Turner College of Business faculty, will teach the Sustainable Business course from May 22-June 4. It’s designed to give students an opportunity to learn how businesses operate in Costa Rica while considering sustainability. Students will visit the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Intel Corp., and a nature preserve in Manuel Antonio National Park to hear about sustainable business and tourism development in Costa Rica.

For more on CSU’s study abroad programs, scholarships and grants, visit http://columbusstate.edu/studyabroad.

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Music Education Major Shares Leadership Research

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Samantha Chase, a junior music education major in Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, recently presented at two conferences her research into conducting leadership training for a high school marching band.

Chase’s study, “Student Perception of Active Leadership Training in High School Marching Ensembles,” was presented at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference from Jan. 24-25 at Columbus State and the Southern Regional Honors Council Research Conference from March 27-29 in Savannah.

As part of her research, Chase created an eight-hour leadership workshop with the needs of a high school marching band in mind. She conducted the workshop at a local high school, later surveying participating students. Results indicated students felt Chase was effective in communicating information. Respondents also reported they felt better connected and better understood by their peers.

Sean Powell, an associate professor of music education at CSU, oversaw Chase’s research project.

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Exercise Science Major Accepted into OT Master’s Program

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Diamond Evita Rashad, a junior exercise major from Columbus State University, has been notified of her acceptance into a Georgia Regents University health sciences program.

Rashad, originally from Savannah and a graduate of the Savannah Arts Academy, plans to pursue a Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy at GRU. Currently a student in CSU’s Honors College, Rashad is also active in Enactus, Residence Life and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority’s Eta Iota chapter.

Rashad, who expects to enroll in the Augusta-based GRU next fall, plans to complete the six-semester OT master’s program in 2016, later pursuing a doctorate.

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Student Engagement Director Selected for Journal Editorial Board

McElveen_KimberlyCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Kimberly McElveen, senior director for student engagement at Columbus State University, has been selected to serve on the editorial board for the National Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

The journal is a publication of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, which was originally the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

McElveen, a South Carolina native, has been at Columbus State since 2007.

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CSU Earth and Space Sciences Students Present Research

A group of CSU Earth and Space Sciences faculty and undergraduate and graduate students recently presented the results of their research projects at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America in Blacksburg, Va.

The Geological Society of America is one of the largest professional geology societies in the world, and the annual meeting of the Southeastern Section attracts several hundred researchers each year. CSU had nine students and two faculty at the meeting, with undergraduate presentations by:

  • Jeannie Patrick: “Effective Use of a Low-cost Spiral Panning Machine for Zircon Separation”
  • Salvador Espinosa, Rylleigh Harstad and Ridge Smenner: “Mapping and Structural Analysis across Emuckfaw Group – Wedowee Group Contacts in the Eastern Blue Ridge of Alabama”
  • Salvador Espinosa (with co-author and CSU alumnus Austin Sagul): “Refining the Age, Petrology and Tectonic Setting of Paleozoic Plutons in the Eastern Blue Ridge of Alabama”

… and graduate student presentations by:

  • Daniel Black (with coauthor and CSU alumus Don Osborne): “Long-lived Upper Cretaceous Paleodrainage System in the U.S. Southwestern Georgia – Southeastern Alabama Region”
  • Chris Stanford: “Macro-Charcoal Analysis of Sediment Cores to Determine Fire Use Among Historic and Prehistoric Cultures, Chattahoochee River Valley, Eastern Alabama”

Links to all the presentations can be found at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2014SE/webprogram/.

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CSU President Co-Authors Entrepreneurship Book’s Update

COLUMBUS, Ga.Columbus State University President Tim Mescon shares his breadth of knowledge about running a business in a recently published new edition of the book, Entrepreneurship Venture Initiation, Management, and Development.

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The 472-page book, which represents a significant update from the 2008 first edition, is written in a detailed sequential form, taking entrepreneurs through the process of starting a venture through managing it and then on to developing it further. Within the text are tools designed to  enhance the student’s learning experience.

Published by M.E. Sharpe Inc. of London, the second edition’s co-authors with Mescon are George S. Vozikis, retired Reighard Chair of Management at  California State University-Fresno); Howard D. Feldman, executive director of the Executive MBA in Nonprofit Management Program at the Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland; and newcomer Eric W. Liguori, assistant professor in the Craig School of Business at Fresno State University. Vozikis and Feldman worked with Mescon on the book’s first edition, which was published by Kennesaw State University Press.

The book can be purchased online from M.E. Sharpe and other vendors.

Before arriving at Columbus State in 2008, Mescon was dean for 18 years at the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw Wtate University, holding the Tony and Jack Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurship. He’s the co-author of four books.

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Sociology Professor Honored at CSU Diversity Conference

Dr. WakokoCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Florence Wakoko, an associate professor of sociology at Columbus State University, was presented with the inaugural Diversity Award during the recent third annual Conference on Diversity co-sponsored by CSU and the Columbus Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity.

As outgoing chair of CSU’s Faculty Senate Committee on Diversity, Wakoko has watched the diversity conference grow steadily over the past three years, and she’s chiefly responsible for that, other organizers said.

“In the past ten years, CSU has made reasonable progress in recruiting minority students and notably African American students,” Wakoko said after the March 20 conference at CSU’s Cunningham Center. “Diversity initiatives and other scholarly endeavors that the university has taken on are great initiatives contributing to the success of these students.”

The theme of this year’s conference was “The Dream Lives: A Wake-Up Call; Perpetuating the Dream in a Climate of Haves and Have Nots.” Attended by more than 150 students, faculty and community leaders, the conference explored issues and obstacles facing Americans seeking equality in such areas as education and the justice system in pursuit of the American dream.

Among highlights were remarks by David Lewis, the new Muscogee County School District superintendent, who focused on poverty, equal opportunity and schooling, and his plans for revitalizing the Muscogee County school system.

Francys Johnson, president of the Georgia NAACP, spoke about stemming the increase in gun violence and legal reforms needed to resist the undermining of equal access to voting. He said efforts need to be stepped up to reduce high rates of minority incarceration, beginning with the problems associated with in-school suspension — particularly for African-American males.

Also participating in the event were historian Judy Purnell, a retired CSU professor; Nick Easton, CSU assistant professor of political science; Paula Adams, associate professor and head of user services for CSU Libraries, as well as chairman-elect of CSU’s Senate Committee on Diversity; attorney Barry Debrow; and Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.

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Columbus State Hosts Education Faculty from Throughout Georgia

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CSU’s Sallie A. Miller, standing, works with Carla Tanguay, left, of Georgia State, and Tracy Elder, of the University of Georgia, on March 7.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Top Columbus State University education faculty hosted 15 of their colleagues from seven Georgia universities recently to discuss upcoming changes in teacher education requirements.

The March 7 event that brought together the education faculty responsible at their schools for assessment — making sure students meet those requirements — was organized and led by Barbara C. Buckner, dean of CSU’s College of Education and Health Professions, and Sallie A. Miller, associate dean for assessment and accreditation.

Participants are part of a task force currently working to align Georgia-mandated teacher assessments to national standards. The assessment directors also discussed and documented issues related to the three-year induction process that graduates must successfully complete to receive their professional teaching certificates.

The task force is expected to issue a full report of its findings.

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Updated: Columbus State Professor Shares Views on PBS’ `Secrets of the Dead’

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — A Columbus State University professor of anthropology and archaeology will offer his expertise in the form of commentary for an episode of the PBS series “Secrets of the Dead” airing at 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 2.

Warren Church, whose anthropology program is part of CSU’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences, said his contribution to the PBS series episode titled “Carthage’s Lost Warriors” was filmed last June in a New York City hotel room.

Wednesday’s episode explores the theory of German professor Hans Giffhorn that Carthaginians crossed the Atlantic 1,500 years before Christopher Columbus, landing first in South America. Giffhorn told Church that the CSU professor’s comments were included in the episode, which has already aired in Germany.

“It may be a brief appearance as I was clearly not on board with the show’s premise,” Church said.

Since joining Columbus State’s faculty in 1999, Church has conducted extensive research into the ancient Chachapoya people of the northern Andes in Peru. His research was featured in a June 2004 issue of National Geographic magazine. Since 2002, he’s also offered similar commentary for two History Channel specials and one for the National Geographic Channel, serving as an archaeological consultant for a BBC special.

Church holds anthropology degrees from Yale University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Church said he didn’t have much information about the PBS episode, “but the trailer cover looks like something from Season 2 of Game of Thrones.”

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Nursing Faculty Present at Georgia Association for Nursing Education Conference

School of Nursing faculty presented at the Georgia Association for Nursing Education conference this past weekend at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.  The presenters and their topics were:
  • Tammy Condrey and Dell Miller. Promoting Professionalism Utilizing Leadership University.
  • Sally Richter, Brittany Grissette, Elizabeth Frander and Lisa O’Steen. Birthing Babies Together: An Interdisciplinary Education Project.
  • Dona Ferguson. The Reciprocal Role: Faculty Fostering Student Creativity.
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CSU Professor’s Book Aims to Improve Economics Teaching

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Dr. Franklin Mixon

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Even though he teaches economics, Columbus State University professor Franklin Mixon knows it’s a subject that most college students don’t embrace immediately.

His just-published book, “New Developments in Economic Education,” aims to help combat that problem.

Students “may or may not realize how important (economics) is to them right now at 18, 19 years old,” said Mixon, a professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance in CSU’s Turner College of Business. “It might just be a boring class to them at this point. (Essays in the book) offer unique ways of teaching economics.”

For example, one of the book’s contributors uses a Charles Dickens novel, “Bleak House,” as a setting to discuss entrepreneurship.

“Several of them use famous literature — Dickens and other people,” Mixon said. “They provide examples of where, in novels that famous writers have written, you can pick up things to teach economics with.”

Mixon teamed up with Richard J. Cebula, professor of finance at Jacksonville University in Florida, to edit the collection of 19 essays by nearly 30 economics professors from across the nation. Published by Edward Elgar Publishing, the 288-page book will be released in March.

Each of the book’s essays address a topic in teaching economics, with the overall goal of deepening students’ understanding of economic reasoning and providing tools to apply that knowledge and insight to real-world problems. Contributors discuss a broad range of techniques and strategies, from syllabus creation to effective classroom demonstrations to the use of literature and film in illustrating economic principles.

“It’s all about trying to reach today’s students,” Mixon said. “You have to try to dig around a little bit more than you did in the past just to maintain their interest — especially in a subject like economics.”

Mixon, who joined Columbus State in 2010, spent more than a year working on the book. “It was enjoyable to do,” he said. “I’ll do this again in the future.”

Mixon said he’s always on the lookout for ideas to help make economics easier to understand and more relevant to students. He’s previously published articles about how teachers can use movies, YouTube clips, books and sports to help students better understand economics.

“I’m always thinking that way when I’m watching television or movies,” he said. “If there’s any kind of economic content that I can write up and make interesting, I’m always on the hunt for that sort of stuff.”

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CSU Math Professor Publishes Scholarly Statistics Research

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — A Columbus State University mathematics professor, Madhusudan Bhandary, has had two more articles accepted for publication in scholarly journals focusing on statistics.

These two articles bring to 27 the number of papers that Bhandary has had published in scholarly journals since joining CSU in 2006. He expects one article, “On confidence interval of a common autocorrelation coefficient for two populations in multivariate data when the errors are autocorrelated,” to be published later this year by the Journal of Statistics and Management Systems.

“Weather patterns throughout the year change month by month, and there is autocorrelation of the weather patterns from one month to the next month,” Bhandary said, referring to the mathematical tool for detecting repeating patterns.

That article deals with a method Bhandary has developed for determining the reliability of an estimate.

Also to be published this year, in the Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods, is Bhandary’s article titled “An alternative test for the equality of intraclass correlation coefficients under unequal family sizes for several populations.”

Intraclass correlation is a descriptive statistic that indicates how strongly units in the same group resemble each other. The intraclass correlation coefficient could help public health researchers correct for families of varying sizes in tracking health indicators such as blood pressure or cholesterol, Bhandary said.

He previously served on the faculty of North Dakota State University, the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta and the University of Wisconsin. He earned his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Bhandary’s background has made him an expert in multivariate statistics, which encompasses simultaneous observation and analysis of multiple variables. His research often focuses on statistical applications related to signal processing, which is a major component of electrical engineering. Bhandary has also applied multivariate methodologies and analyses to research in such varied fields as medicine, management and education.

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Columbus State Professors Present at Washington Seminar on Korea

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Three Columbus State University professors will be special guests in Washington, D.C. next week as featured participants in a panel discussion toward North Korea-South Korea unification.

Korea expert Tom Dolan, chair of CSU’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration, will be joined by Kyle Christensen, an assistant professor in the department and director of CSU’s Social Research Center, and Kimberly Gill, also an assistant professor there and director of CSU’s Master of Public Administration program.

They will be featured speakers on Feb. 13 in a panel discussion at the Korea Economic Institute, a not-for-profit, educational organization affiliated with a Seoul research institute. Their presentation and discussion will focus on “South Korean Attitudes Toward the U.S. Rebalance to Asia and Korean Unification.”  The event will be live-streamed on the KEI website (keia.org) and may viewed online afterward.

The CSU faculty will take part in KEI’s Academic Paper Series program, where two reports will be presented, deliberated, and compared. First, Karl Friedhoff of the Asian Institute for Policy Studies will discuss his paper on the same topic. The CSU group will then share their latest research, which resulted from Dr. Dolan’s field work in South Korea and North Korea in 2012.

In 2012, Dolan visited South Korea to do public opinion research in the cities of Seoul, Incheon and Busan regarding unification. Because the surveys were written in Korean, translating and sorting the data took more time than usual.  “It was focused on attitudes South Koreans have on unification,” Dolan said. “About what they think the obstacles to unification are and particularly seeing if people of different ages have different opinions on it.”

Their paper will be distributed internationally to about 5,000 Korean policy followers, as well as the international audience expected to attend the panel discussion.

Dolan has worked with the KEI for almost five years. KEI’s president during Dolan’s initial visit was Ambassador Charles L. “Jack” Pritchard, former special envoy for negotiations with North Korea. Pritchard came to Columbus in September 2009 as the keynote speaker for CSU’s Hallock Lecture Series. Later, KEI’s academic director, Nicole Finnemann, helped Dolan with a 2010 course he was teaching on North Korea and the Six-Party Talks related to North Korea’s nuclear program.

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