Columbus State University’s Fall Enrollment Sets New Record

Retention and Dual Enrollment Numbers Increase

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Final enrollment figures show Columbus State University’s consistent growth in the areas of new students and retention. Fall 2017’s enrollment rose to 8,452, a slight increase (.5 percent) over last year’s total, and establishes a new record for the university.

“We are excited students are selecting CSU to begin or continue their educational journey,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “More students are discovering our great faculty and facilities that create our unique combination of academic excellence and value.”

Enrollment in CSU’s graduate programs continues to rise. Also, CSU’s retention rates for first-time, full-time students increased from 65.6 percent in 2011-2012 to 74.8 percent this year. The number of students enrolled in CSU’s dual enrollment classes more than tripled in the same timeframe.

University System of Georgia schools also increased to a new peak of 325,203 students, an increase of 1.1 percent over fall 2016. This fall’s enrollment continues a trend, four years in a row, of increases in student enrollment. The full USG enrollment report is available here

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CSU Alumna to Debut in Leading Role with The Metropolitan Opera

Maureen McKay performing as Gretel at the Portland Opera. Photography by Cory Weaver.

Maureen McKay, alumna of Columbus State University, will make her debut at The Metropolitan Opera on December 28 in the leading role of Gretel in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

“The Met is the pinnacle opera house in the world. It is like winning a gold medal in the Olympics,” said Joseph Golden, CSU director of opera and McKay’s former professor. “She has joined the first rank of opera singers in the world.”

McKay credits her professors and experience at CSU with helping her to achieve the high honor.

She says that CSU provided her with the musical, dancing and acting skills needed to excel in today’s world of opera, and she recognizes the program’s unique offering of real world experiences like singing with a live orchestra and working with guest directors from other institutions.

“At CSU, I received four years of quality stage time with an orchestra and extensive attention from my teachers. You just don’t find that in every undergrad program,” said McKay.

Among the professors that McKay recognizes as influential on her career are Betty Anne Diaz and Joseph Golden.

“Mr. Golden took a lot of care in coaching me on how to sing with an orchestra and conductor, what repertoire to consider and the fundamentals of stage deportment,” said McKay. “Mrs. Diaz was my piano teacher and worked closely with me on honing the skills of the art song recital from both sides of the keyboard.”

Shirley Brumbaugh, who is now retired from teaching, also stands out as a mentor to McKay. Brumbaugh encouraged McKay to participate in summer activities like study abroad trips and performing in the College Light Opera Company in Massachusetts, which McKay says helped her discover a career in opera.  McKay also credits Brumbaugh with helping her build the foundation of her vocal technique.

“I feel really blessed that I had all of these people who saw something in me, even when I didn’t see it in myself,” said McKay. “When I inevitably go into teaching, I will pull from these experiences. They are the teachers that I would want to be.”

McKay says that she would eventually like to teach, but she is currently focusing on her upcoming performances. Although she is not ready to enter academia just yet, she is already inspiring others with her accomplishments.

“Schwob School of Music students are already saying, ‘Gee! If she can do it, then I can too!” said Golden. “They see that someone who walked these halls has gone on to the ultimate place in their career.”

McKay lives with her husband and fellow CSU alumni, Jesse Tennyson, and their son in Greenwich, Conn. She has performed internationally with the Choirs and Orchestras of Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova and of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Komische Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Saito Kinen Festival, The Cleveland Orchestra, San Diego Opera, Washington National Opera and Seattle Opera.

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NSF Awards CSU Grant for Microscope

The National Science Foundation recently announced that Columbus State University, of the University System of Georgia, was awarded $293,575 to acquire a scanning electron microscope.

The grant was written by Kevin S. Burgess (PI), Clinton I. Barineau (Co-PI), Daniel W. Holley (Co-PI) and Elizabeth A. Klar (Co-PI) to support and expand a diverse group of research programs within the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Earth and Space Sciences. Students working directly with faculty will use SEM technology to enhance on-going research programs that involve the university’s field sites, museum collections, herbarium collections and molecular and chemistry laboratories. Students typically present at international, national, and regional scientific meetings and are co-authors on publications.

“Ultimately, the incorporation of SEM technology to the curriculum of Columbus State University will directly increase undergraduate and graduate participation in research,” said Dr. Kevin Burgess, professor and herbarium curator at Columbus State University. “This could encourage students to pursue careers as professional biologists, chemists, environmental scientists and geologists.”

Additional information about the award as well as information about the National Science Foundation can be found at https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1726629.

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Early Childhood Education Holds Inaugural Convocation

Colleges of Arts and Letters and Sciences Programs Also Scheduled

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education’s inaugural convocation program is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 18, at 8:30 a.m. in Room #1101 of Frank Brown Hall. The ceremony is the College of Education and Health Professions’ special recognition of students who have been accepted into the Early Childhood Education program.

The ceremony includes guest speaker, Eric Crouch, CSU alumnus and Georgia’s 2016-17 Milken Educator Award recipient. The Early Childhood Education program was selected as the 2016 Distinguished Program in Teacher Education by the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators.

“Our convocation acknowledges that teaching is an honorable and noble profession made up of selfless men and women who are highly dedicated to the future of the young children they teach,” said Dr. Saoussan Maarouf, assistant professor of Early Childhood Education.

In the College of the Arts, the Theatre Department held its convocation ceremony on Aug. 11. Other convocations scheduled include: Art, Aug. 18, Noon, Corn Center North Hall; Music, Aug. 18, 2 p.m., Legacy Hall, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts; and Communication, Aug. 27, 4 p.m., Riverside Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

The English Department in the College of Letters and Sciences will hold a convocation/roundtable program titled “Careers and the English Major: CSU Alums on Jobs and Life after Graduation,” on Friday Sept. 15, from 2-4 p.m. in Stanley Hall Room 203.

CSU will host the annual convocation for all first-year students on Friday, August 25, in University Hall, with guest speaker Stefan Lawrence, CSU alumnus and Muscogee County Teacher of the Year in 2016.

 

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Columbus State Welcomes 31 New Faculty for 2017-18 Academic Year

Columbus State University starts the fall semester with 31 new full-time faculty members, filling academic needs in all four colleges. Their expertise ranges from graphic design to applied statistical analysis.

Interim Provost Tina Butcher said she was very impressed with the background and qualifications of these new instructors and researchers. “This group is an impressive mix of professionals on the cutting edge in their field, to experienced teachers who will bring a great deal of talent to our students.”

The new faculty members are:

College of the Arts

Ms. Melissa Hebert-Johnson joins the Art Department as a Lecturer in Art History. Hebert-Johnson graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in Art History and a Graduate Certification in Women’s Studies. She has been teaching art appreciation and art history for 14 years. She previously taught at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL and Black Hawk College in Moline, IL.

Melissa’s current areas of reading and research interest include pre-modern women artists, pedagogy of art history, and gender and ethnicity in the museum. Her favorite art history subjects include Aztec, Indian, Islamic, and Modern and contemporary art. Melissa says that introducing new students to art every semester is a privilege that she cherishes.”

Mr. Nicholas McMillan joins the Art Department as an Assistant Professor of Art specializing in Graphic Design, he is relocating from Newport News, Virginia. Mr. McMillan received his MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and his BFA from James Madison University. Prior to moving to Columbus, he was the Visiting Assistant professor of Design at the University of Central Oklahoma and an Assistant Professor of Art at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. Prior to entering academia Nicholas gained professional experience working for eight years as a graphic designer throughout the DC Metropolitan area. Mr. McMillan continues to be actively involved in AIGA, the professional organization for graphic design, and in advancing graphic design curriculum to best meet future demands of the graphic design industry.

 

 Dr. Andrew Donofrio joins the Communication Department as an Assistant Professor of Communication. His research focuses on rhetoric as a process of meaning-building, of creating, shaping, and reshaping symbols that manifest into and inform regional cultures. His current work is directed at interrogating relationships between power, race, place, and U.S. K-12 public education policy-making. He is interested in the communication strategies and tactics that people use as they attempt to influence the decisions of local policymakers. I am particularly invested in understanding how such interactions can be enhanced or limited by the fluid and intersecting social identity locations that people occupy. Overall, my scholarship is dedicated to uncovering spaces that promote equity through empathy and productive public policy deliberation.

 

Dr. Alison F. Slade is excited to be joining the Department of Communication at CSU this fall. She received her Ph.D. from The University of Southern Mississippi, Her academic research interests include reality television, social media, fan culture and media criticism.  For three years, Dr. Slade hosted the nationally syndicated radio program The Alison Slade Show, focusing on political discourse in a weekly news format.  Dr. Slade has appeared as a media expert on The Redding News Review, America’s Morning News, and most recently appeared as a reality television expert for the NBC Universal documentary on Duck Dynasty.  She was also a contributor in the award winning book Rock Brands: Selling Sound in a Media Saturated Culture (Dr. Elizabeth Christian, Ed.) and co-editor of Mediated Images of the South: The Portrayal of Dixie in Popular CultureReality Television: Oddities of Culture and Television, Social Media and Fan Culture.  Dr. Slade has five children, including a set of twins.  Dr. Slade received her undergraduate and masters from Auburn University which explains why, in her next life, she wants to be a millionaire and have season tickets to Auburn football games.                                        

Mr. Eric Zuber The Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Zuber as The L. Rexford Whiddon Visiting Chair in Piano. Mr. Zuber, a distinguished concert artist and pedagogue, will join The Jack and JoRhee Pezold Division of Keyboard Studies, the first fully endowed division within the Schwob School and a program of distinction that attracts undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world. In addition to a busy solo and collaborative career, Mr. Zuber is devoted to teaching the next generation of pianistic talent. Last year he served as Visiting Professor of Piano Performance at Ball State University in Indiana, and has been Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis’ Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and Faculty Associate at the Peabody Institute.  Mr. Zuber holds degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (B.M., A.D.), the Curtis Institute of Music (Diploma), and the Juilliard School (M.M.) He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Peabody.

Dr. Ianthe Onelia Marini joins the Schwob School of Music as an Assistant Professor of Music. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland where she studied with Edward Maclary and James Ross. She was the recipient of the University’s Pomeroy Prize for scholarship and performance in 17th and 18th century music and served the UMD Men’s Chorus as its first female director.  As a professional Chorus Master, she prepared a number of choruses for the National and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, including a preparation of the UMD Chamber Singers in Handel’s Messiah for subscription performances with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Maestro Nathalie Stutzmann.  She also prepared the choir for a performance of a cappella repertoire of Sir James MacMillan under his own baton at the Kennedy Center.  Additionally, she prepared the UMD Men’s and Women’s Choruses for subscription performances with the NSO Pops under the direction of Maestro Steven Reineke, and the UMD Men’s Chorus for subscription performances with the Baltimore Symphony SuperPops Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Jack Everly. She conducted Mozart’s Requiem as the Director of the UMD Summer Chorus and Orchestra, and BWV 26, 12, and 44 as Conductor of the UMD Bach Cantata series.

Gabriel Villa is a Chicago-based professional artist. Villa received his MFA from the University of Delaware and a BFA from Corpus Christi State University-Texas A& M and is attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, MN. Gabriel Villa was born and raised in the El Paso, Texas/ Ciudad Juarez border region and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, where he is an active member of the arts community. Villa’s teaching practices include Visiting Artist at American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Professor of foundation Painting and Drawing at Triton College, River Grove, IL, Visiting Artist at Stateville Prison, Crest Hill IL, with the Prison Neighborhood & Prison Arts Project and most recently, Foundation Drawing at Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL. Villa served from 2005-2011 as Director of Yollocalli Arts Reach, a youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art and also served as Co-Curator for the Chicago Kraft Foods Gallery from 2006-2011 at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Villa has had numerous national exhibitions and has received numerous awards.

 

College of Business

Dr. Joshua Brooks, Temporary Assistant Professor of Finance grew up in Northport, AL. Dr. Brooks joined the faculty of Columbus State University after working as an assistant professor at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina where he won the Young faculty Teaching Award. He holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Finance from The University of Alabama.  Dr. Brooks maintains a vibrant research portfolio focused on time-series and investments; his most recent publication was the presentation of an alternative options pricing framework in the Journal of Financial Research.

Dr. Brooks’ maintains on-going consulting cases in the areas of derivatives valuation, returns attribution, and time-series econometrics. These experiences bring a distinctive expertise to his classroom as he can offer his students a practical perspective on the material and the operation of finance as a whole.  Joshua looks forward to being an active member of the local and university community.

Dr. Hyeran Choi, Assistant Professor of Management in the Turner College of Business. She received her B.B.A. from Yonsei University, South Korea.  After working for both the private and government sector, she completed her Master’s program in Human Resources and Industrial Relations at the University of Minnesota. During this time, she discovered her academic interest in organizational behavior.  She decided to begin the doctoral program of organizational behavior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research deals with understanding individuals and groups within an organizational context, and cross-cultural negotiation. Choi examines how individuals and groups can manage conflicts constructively and creatively. Her teaching field includes Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management.

 

Dr. Leslie Adah, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance joined the faculty of Columbus State University after working as faculty at Mississippi State University and University of Memphis. He holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Accounting from Jackson State University.  Dr. Adah is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is a Certified Tax Auditor. He served as Vice President at Garret Enterprises Consolidated Inc. Jackson, MS, and Senior Accountant at Bruno and Tervalon, CPA of New Orleans. His research projects include examining the Mnemonic Effects of Multiple Choice Questions on Students’ Learning Curve in Cost Accounting, The Constraining Effects of the PCAOB’s Re-proposed Amendment to Disclose the Identity of the Engagement Partner on Management Pressure Point and The Mediating Effects of Default Liability Insurance Provision on Bank Loan Officer’s Perceptions of Audit Quality.

 

Dr. Hyrum Carroll, Assistant Professor in the TSYS School of Computer Science research is centered on leveraging computational approaches to solve biological problems.  He has made contributions in the areas of database retrieval metrics, both pairwise and multiple sequence alignment, phylogeny search, and biological networks.  Previous to coming to CSU, he was an assistant professor at Middle Tennessee State University and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health where was working on algorithms and evaluation criteria for genetic sequence alignment.  Dr. Carroll holds a BS degree in Computer Engineering and MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Brigham Young University.

 

 

Dr. Fady Mansour, Assistant Professor joined the faculty of the Columbus State University after working as an assistant professor at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. He holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Economics from Middle Tennessee State University. His undergraduate career was in agricultural science at Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. He maintains a vibrant research portfolio focused on labor and health economics; He currently has a revise and resubmit at Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Dr. Mansour has written papers on the impact of adolescence employment on welfare participation later in life, and the effect of regulations on quality in the nursing home industry. He enjoys engaging with students in helping students find and apply for scholarships that best match their status. He also enjoys mentoring students to achieve their optimal academic success and increase retention. He has designed and developed online courses and has taught business statistics as well as courses in economics.

 

College of Education and Health Professions

 

Dr. Basil Conway, IV – Assistant Professor of Secondary Mathematics Education has served as a professional educator at the middle school, high school, junior college, or university setting since 2005. Most recently, he was Assistant Professor at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. He completed his BS, MS, and PhD in mathematics education at Auburn University and a MS degree in statistical science at Colorado State University. During this time, he has presented at numerous local, regional, and national conferences on topics ranging from statistics, technology in statistics, differentiated mathematics instruction, and access to rigorous mathematics courses. His research interests are in statistics education, empowerment through effective teaching practices, and student opportunity to access rich mathematics.

 

Dr. Megan Hallissey – Assistant Professor of Middle Grades Education earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theater from Northwestern University, Master’s degree in Education from DePaul University, and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in Early Childhood Education and Educational Administration.  She has taught and served as an administrator for over twenty years at the elementary school, middle school, and collegiate levels.  Her scholarship includes numerous presentations at the local, state, and national levels as well as research outlining the need for more transformative teaching practices and arts integration.  Publication of this work is scheduled for 2018, in a book entitled, “Why Children Hate and Love School.”  Her current research endeavors involve bringing developmentally appropriate practices to middle grades education.

 

Dr. Rebecca Toland – Assistant Professor of Health Sciences has over eight years’ experience in academia and has educated and advised students enrolled in Public Health, Health Care Administration, and Health Science programs. Her areas of expertise are in disease prevention, mental health, and substance abuse.  Additionally, Dr. Toland has over 17 years of practical experience working in the areas of public and community health.

Dr. Toland earned her Doctorate of Health Education in 2012 from A.T. Still University located in Kirksville, Missouri with the focus of STD Prevention in Adolescence. She recently returned to school and received her Clinical Master of Social Work degree from Troy University, Troy, Alabama where she specialized in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans and active duty military population. She has a personal connection to CSU as she has a BS in Heath Science and an MPA from the university. Her research interests include but are not limited to: mental health in women, opioid use in young adults, and universal health care.

Ms. Tristen Hyatt is currently working on her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Auburn University and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She holds a Master’s degree from Troy University in Counseling and Psychology with a focus in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Columbus State University. She began working in mental health and substance abuse in 2010. She has worked in numerous roles in the mental health field: residential case manager, community support individual, outpatient therapist, crisis counselor, group counselor, career counselor, intake coordinator in a psychiatric hospital, and currently works with the college population providing counseling services.  Additionally, she is on the board of directors for the Columbus, GA branch of NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness). She aims to continually engage in education that promotes her professional knowledge as counselor and counselor educator through engagement, advocacy, and outreach. Lastly, Tristen is eager to begin in her role as Assistant Professor in the Counseling, Foundations, and Leadership Department at Columbus State University starting August 2017.

Dr. Stella Makri, Assistant Professor, completed her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Texas A&M University-Commerce (2010), my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas Woman’s University (2006), and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University (2002).  Her research interests include Multicultural/Diversity issues, Child and Family Development, Supervision, Professional Identity Development and Ethical Issues. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia since 2011 and has worked in community and schools settings. She is actively involved in professional organizations both on a state and national level, and has presented at conferences and workshops. Her teaching experience includes both traditional and online settings, and she has served as thesis and dissertation chair for master and doctoral level counseling students.  

Tonya Herring MSN, RN earned a BSN from Columbus State University and MSN from Gardner-Webb University.  Recently she was the Nursing Educator for perioperative services at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. Her previous teaching experience includes the Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C.; Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, NC; and East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She is certified in medical-surgical nursing through the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center. She was awarded a $50,000 grant to study Simulation in associate degree and LPN nursing programs.  In addition, her research interests involve retention strategies of RNs at the bedside. Professional experience revolves around medical-surgical and maternal-child nursing. With both clinical and teaching in these two areas of nursing, she looks forward to working with the nursing students at Columbus State.

 

Elizabeth Mathis RN, APRN is a certified pediatric acute care nurse practitioner. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Columbus State University in 2002, before going on to receive her Masters of Science in Nursing from Duke University in 2005. At Duke, she completed the pediatric acute and chronic care nurse practitioner program. Most recently, Liz has practiced as a pediatric nurse practitioner for a pediatric hospital service and pediatric intensive care unit. Before that, she helped to open and worked in a pediatric emergency department. Though her specialty and certification are in pediatrics, Liz has also held the position of trauma coordinator at a level II trauma facility, serving both injured adults and children.

 

 

Teresa Peterson, MSN, RN received her Master of Science in nursing education from Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Fla and her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Fayetteville State University in NC.  She has over 20 years of clinical nursing experience in hospice case management, long-term care, acute care, community health and pediatrics in Georgia, North Carolina and Florida.

 

 

 

Dr. Sarah Gay, DNP, APRN, NP-C, received a Bachelor of Science from Emory University, a Master of Science in nursing from Troy University and a DNP from Duke University She is pursuing a master’s in public health from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  She has served as an adjunct faculty and clinical preceptor for Columbus State’s FNP program this past year. She has been an FNP with St. Francis Hospital and the Comprehensive Contingency Task Force of Columbus for the past several years.  As a FNP, she has participated in medical mission relief trips to Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, and Panama.

 

College of Letters and Sciences

Jaimie M. Gonzalez, Lecturer/Stockroom Manager completed the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Columbus State University in 2009 and she earned a Master of Education in December, 2012 from the Department of Teacher Education at Columbus State University. She worked for the Muscogee County School District at Northside High School as a science teacher where she taught biology, chemistry, and physical Science courses. For the past four years Ms. Gonzalez has served as a part-time lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at CSU teaching introductory lecture and laboratory classes. During Ms. Gonzalez’s tenure as an undergraduate student, she served as a laboratory assistant where she assisted with coordinating

Introductory chemistry laboratory classes, acquired and arranged materials for weekly laboratory activities, facilitated pre- and post-lab discussions, and graded student laboratory reports.

Ms. Gonzalez will occupy the position of Lecturer/Stockroom Manager where her duties will include teaching some introductory lecture and laboratory courses. She will also maintain the chemical inventory, prepare reagents for the lab classes, manage chemical waste, oversee the undergraduate lab assistants, and help the department as needed to reach its goals.

 Dr. Vy Thuc Dao, Assistant Professor of Sociology earned her PhD in Sociology at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA with a primary emphasis on qualitative methods, theory, and inquiry. She also completed her MA at the University of Houston and prior to her appointment at CSU, served as a visiting assistant professor at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. Her most recent publications draw on her research in the Gulf South involving a multi-year, multi-site, ethnographic study that looks at the post-disaster recovery patterns of three Vietnamese American communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. From this study, her investigation expanded her research interests in race, social movements, and the interplay of community organizational development with ethnic identity. Presently, Dr. Dao is investigating protest culture, advocacy, and its intersections with race and gender.

 Rebecca Gerdes-McClain, Assistant Professor of English and Director of First Year Composition earned her B.A. and M.A. in English from Indiana University South Bend. This Spring, she earned her Ph.D. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy from the University of Oklahoma where, in addition to research on the history of labor in First-Year Composition, she served for two years as Assistant Director of OU’s First-Year Composition program. While at OU, she helped to assess OU’s First-Year Composition curriculum, develop a new two-course sequence, pilot said curriculum, and ultimately implement it across campus. Dr. Gerdes-McClain has taught various First-Year composition courses, Expository Writing, Technical Writing, and a graduate Teaching Composition course as well as courses on Genre Studies and Film Adaptation. At CSU, Dr. Gerdes-McClain will serve as the First-Year Composition director where she will teach Composition 1, Composition 2, and upper level writing courses as well as administer, assess, and develop the First-Year Composition program.

Clayton O’Dell, Temporary Lecturer of English earned both his B.A. and M.A. in English and Secondary Education at Columbus State University. He has been teaching first year composition with Columbus State since 2016. As an undergraduate, Clayton studied abroad with Columbus State as part of the CSU in Mexico program for two consecutive summers, instilling a passion for study abroad and the International Learning Community on campus. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages endorsement as part of his M.A., is one of Clayton’s specialty areas in teaching English as a second language. Other areas of interest include minority, gender, and international studies, particularly related to literature and modern fiction.

Natalia Naman Temesgen, Assistant Professor of English earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University in 2008, and her Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2010.  Her plays have been produced in New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, and Columbus, Georgia.  She has a passion for writing stories (plays, screenplays, and teleplays/webseries) that present seemingly stereotypical individuals or scenarios, then explode and expand the narrow understanding that the audience may have previously held.  Her goal as a writer and a teacher is to help to amplify and clarify the voices of all, and to create a fertile ground for dialogue on which individuals may debate with respect, curiosity and earnestness.  Mrs. Temesgen has taught in different positions in the English and Theatre departments at CSU since 2013, and is eager to continue serving the university in her new position.

 Carey “Scott” Wilkerson, Assistant Professor of English earned his BA and MA from Auburn University, an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, and is a PhD candidate at Georgia State University. He is the author of numerous plays, including Seven Dreams of Falling (Black Box Press) and The Minotaur Trilogy (Otoliths), two poetry collections including Threading Stone (New Plains Press), editor of a poetry anthology Stone River Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems (Negative Capability Press), author of three operetta libretti including Eddie’s Stone Song: Odyssey of the First Pasaquoyan (a collaboration with composer James Ogburn (CSU Schwob Scool of Music), and a forthcoming novel, Ariadne’s Knot (Negative Capability Press.) He is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet. His plays have been produced in Columbus, Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta. This academic year, three new productions of his work will appear here in Columbus, Medford, OR, and Frankfurt, Germany.

Kristen Lilly, Assistant Professor of Mathematics earned her undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics and her Ph.D. in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics, both at Auburn University. While at Auburn, she became interested in applied statistical analysis, and she continued this interest by researching robust variable selection methods for grouped data for her dissertation. In addition, she was an intern as an applied statistician for a medical device company and helped other graduate students with their own statistical analyses in their fields. After graduating, she worked full time as a statistical data analyst for a medical device company before making the switch back to academia. She will join the Department of Mathematics in the fall to support the new Data Science programs.

 

Sheryl Bernardo-Hinesley, Assistant Professor of Spanish earned her B.A. degree in Spanish Language, Literatures, and Cultures, and her M.A. degree in Modern Languages with Concentration in Spanish Literatures, and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington. While pursuing her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she accepted teaching assistantships in the university’s Spanish and Portuguese Program, and a one-year visiting professorship at the Universidad de Oviedo, Spain. Her dissertation project analyzes the variation in the pronominal system of an understudied severely endangered Spanish-lexified, Tagalog-substrate creole variety called Cavite Chabacano spoken in the Manila Bay region of the Philippines. She presents empirical support to theoretical claims on codeswitching as a socially motivated act which may cause language shift. Though her primary area of specialization is in sociolinguistics, her secondary area of research is in second language acquisition investigating the interlanguage representation of Spanish learners whose first language is English.

She joins the Department of Modern and Classical Languages as Assistant Professor of Spanish, where she will teach introductory to advanced courses in Spanish and foreign language teaching methodology, coordinate lower division Spanish courses, and serve as a mentor for the foreign language teacher education students.

 Sonia Rivera, Temporary Lecturer of Spanish earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics Education from Florida State University in 1993 and earned her M.A. in Teaching Foreign Languages/Spanish from University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg in 1997. In 2010, she earned a DEA (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados/ Advanced Studies Diploma) from Universidad de Nebrija Madrid, Spain. She has been an adjunct professor at Columbus State University since 2000. While at CSU, she has taught elementary and intermediate Spanish, Phonetics, Studies in Civilization-Spain, Advanced Grammar and Composition, Literature, Contemporary Film: Spain, Spanish Conversation and Golden Age Theater. For her professional accomplishment, she has written a book titled USO DE LAS TECNOLOGÍAS DE LA COMUNICACIÓN Y LA INFORMACIÓN APLICADAS A LA ENSEÑANZA DE ESPAÑOL COMO LENGUA EXTRANJERA POR LOS DOCENTES DE LAS UNIVERSIDADES PÚBLICAS DE GEORGIA, ESTADOS UNIDOS, Universidad de Nebrija, 2010 ((The use of TICs, Applied to the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language, by the Professors of the Public Universities in GA. USA.).  Her Research/Interest is on Applied Linguistics to the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language.

She received the Excellence in Access Award, Office of Disability Services, Columbus State University, in 2005.

Amber K. Lupo, Temporary Lecturer of Psychology earned her M.A. in Cognitive & Social Processes at Ball State University and her Ph.D in Psychology, with a certificate in Quantitative Methods, at the University of Texas at El Paso under the mentorship of Dr. Michael A. Zárate. Her research tests how social memory and perceptions, such as prejudice and stereotypes, develop and change over time through memory consolidation processes. In a second line of research, she investigates the social-cognitive factors that lead to police brutality. Her dissertation tested how police uniform color impacts civilian perceptions of police hostility and how uniform color influences aggressive police behavior. She has also taught multiple undergraduate courses, including Introduction to Psychology, Statistical Methods, Social Psychology, and Psychology of Personality.

 

John Hanson, Temporary Lecturer of Biology. Dr. John Hanson is proud to be from the great state of Texas.  He earned a BS in Biology and a BS in Environmental Science from Abilene Christian University. He went on to earn a MS (2003) in Biology at Angelo State University where he studied behavioral ecology in woodpeckers, and a PhD (2008) with a focus on Zoology at Texas Tech University. During his PhD he studied evolutionary relationships of Central and South American mice and rats. After teaching at Texas Tech for 2 ½ years, Dr. Hanson worked at a genomics laboratory which he went on to direct and he is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director. Dr. Hanson joined the Biology Department in January 2017 and this fall will be teaching Mammalogy and Principles of Biology.

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New Program at CSU Makes Child Care More Affordable

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University has partnered with the University System of Georgia and a Georgia non-profit to provide students with financial assistance for quality child care, helping reduce a major barrier to college completion.

Columbus State University is one of three institutions participating in Boost, a child care subsidy plan for undergraduate students in their junior or senior years. Created by Quality Care for Children, the program pays up to $125 weekly for child care tuition for children enrolled in Quality Rated day care programs.

“The Boost program is a great opportunity for CSU to better serve our students,” said Lisa Shaw, director of CSU’s Academic Center for Excellence. “I am thrilled and honored to connect students with this program.”

Four student-families and five children benefitted from Boost last semester at the program’s inception. Five additional subsidies were awarded to students this semester. All qualifying students were emailed at the beginning of both semesters and applications were awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The Boost Program took a big financial burden off my family,” said Sasha Hernandaz, a CSU nursing student. “With the help of this grant, I can focus on nursing school like I had originally wanted and not have to worry about working extra hours just to afford day care.”

Boost is a collaborative program between the USG and Quality Care for Children, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization that provides leadership training and resources for child care facilities while also assisting parents in finding affordable, Quality Rated child care.

Quality Rated is Georgia’s system to determine, improve, and communicate the quality of early education and school-age care programs. Similar to rating systems for restaurants and hotels, Quality Rated assigns one, two or three stars to programs that meet or exceed the minimum state requirements.

“We hope to address a need for temporary child care as well, so that students may pursue internships, travel abroad or student teach,” said Shaw. “Ultimately, we want to set these students and their families up for success in and out of the classroom.”

Fall applications for Boost at CSU will open in August. Qualifying students must be Pell Grant-eligible, have completed 60 or more credit hours, are enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours), and have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.

Boost is also available at Clayton State University and Armstrong State University.

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Activities, Renovations Welcome Back CSU Students on Monday

COLUMBUS, Ga — Columbus State University’s fall 2015 semester starts Monday with more than 8,000 students again beginning classes on the university’s main and RiverPark campuses.

By the end of the weekend, about 1,300 students will have moved into on-campus housing, and several major projects will have been completed for their use.

CSU students will find a brand-new cafeteria in the Davidson Student Center. CSU’s dining partner, Aramark, funded a $2.7 million renovation to provide not only updated features and increased capacity, but new dining options, including enclosed patio seating, all-new kitchen equipment, a smoker, double-decker pizza oven and a Mongolian grill.

One of the oldest classroom buildings on campus, Howard Hall, opens again after a yearlong $4 million renovation while neighboring Arnold Hall closes in preparation for a similar makeover. State appropriations funded both projects.

Work will continue throughout fall semester on a new 539-bed first-year housing complex on main campus and a new downtown home for the College of Education and Health Professions. Each project is estimated to cost about $25 million.

In addition to the various renovations taking place across campus, the university has a series of events planned to welcome back students, orient them with campus life and help them connect with each other, the community and CSU faculty and staff.

Upcoming highlights:

— Monday, Aug. 17 (First Day of Classes) –  RiverPark Picnic @ Woodruff Park, 5- 10 p.m.;
— Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Main Campus Picnic and Student Organizations Fair. Clock tower, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.;
— Thursday, Aug. 20 – Freshman Convocation, the formal, ceremonial welcome-back ceremony featuring CSU President Chris Markwood. University Hall Auditorium, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.;
— Thursday, Aug. 20 – Campus Bike Ride and Color Party downtown at Woodruff Park. (Riders meet on the Lumpkin Center lawn), 4:30- 8:30 p.m.; and
— Saturday, Aug. 22 – CSU Day of Service where students and employees fan out through the community to help on various projects. Volunteers meet at the Mock Pavilion (Intramural Field), 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Visit https://students.columbusstate.edu/cougarkickoff/index.php for a full list of student welcome-back activities.

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Five Candidates Selected for the Next CSU President

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University has narrowed its presidential search to five candidates for campus visits beginning in March. Campus was notified this morning, Feb. 25, with a message from search committee chair John Finley (following).

A message from committee chair John Finley:

On behalf of the CSU presidential search committee, I am very pleased to announce the names of our five Presidential Candidates and the schedule for their visits.

Starting next week, the CSU community and stakeholders will have the opportunity to share in the process as the candidates interview with the various administrative leaders, faculty, staff, students and community members of CSU. A procedure for feedback will be established so that your voice is heard.

Each of the five candidates will be making campus visits over the coming weeks according to the following schedule:

MARCH 1-3:
Dr. Randy Hanna, former Chancellor, Florida College System

MARCH 3-5:
Dr. Al Romero, former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

MARCH 8-10:
Dr. Chris Markwood, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX

MARCH 10-12:
Dr. Carl Stockton, Provost and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs, University of Houston-Clear Lake, TX

MARCH 15-17
Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI

Please refer to the website we have set up for this search. It will contain the overall schedule of each visit, the CVs of each candidate, and a feedback section. We are still in the process of securing room space for some of these meetings – details will be available soon on the presidential search website, which is:

http://our5thpresident.columbusstate.edu/

Looking forward to your participation,

John T. Finley, PhD
Chair, CSU Presidential Search Committee
Executive Officer – CSU Faculty Senate
Associate Professor of Business Administration
Turner College of Business
Columbus State University

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CSU Happenings for February 2015


FEBRUARY 10 – Student Leadership Workshop Series: Budgeting

Columbus State’s Office of Student Leadership hosts a workshop on the fundamentals of budgeting for your organization on Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Columbus Room at the Davidson Student Center. For more information, call 706-507-8590 or visit http://students.columbusstate.edu/leadership/.


FEBRUARY 10 – NCAA Softball

Columbus State Softball hosts Clark Atlanta University in a doubleheader at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Cougar Field. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/sball/index.


FEBRUARY 10 – “The Battle of Columbus” Spring Lecture Series: Lecture No. 1

Columbus State’s Ivey Center for The Cultural Approach to History will host a spring lecture series titled  “An Historical and Anthropological Perspective of The Battle of Columbus and The Local Experience During The Civil War,” beginning Tuesday, Feb. 10. Today’s lecture, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Center for Commerce and Technology, will feature guest speakers:

  • Jefferson Reed, arms curator for the National Infantry Museum, “Sherman’s Siege of Savannah”
  • Dr. Richard Gardiner, associate professor of history education at Columbus State University, “The Battle of Columbus, Georgia”

For more information, contact Victor Salazar at 706-507-8514 or salazar_victor@columbusstate.edu or visit https://culturalapproach.columbusstate.edu/.


FEBRUARY 11 – Self Defense Class

CSU Police is sponsoring a free self defense class for students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from noon-1 p.m. in the Davidson Student Center (Room 258). To RSVP or for more information, please contact Sgt. Taylor at 706-507-8084 or taylor_tessie@columbusstate.edu.


FEBRUARY 11 – NCAA Baseball

Columbus State Baseball hosts Auburn University at Montgomery at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Ragsdale Field. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/bsb/index.


FEBRUARY 11 – NCAA Women’s Basketball

Columbus State’s Women’s Basketball hosts Montevallo at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 at CSU’s Lumpkin Center. Admission is $5 per adult; all children (12 and under) are free with a paying adult. Admission is free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/wbkb/index.


FEBRUARY 11 – NCAA Men’s Basketball

Columbus State’s Men’s Basketball hosts Montevallo at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 at CSU’s Lumpkin Center. Admission is $5 per adult; all children (12 and under) are free with a paying adult. Admission is free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/mbkb/index.


FEBRUARY 12 – Faculty Artist Series: Michelle DeBruyn, Voice

Join CSU Schwob School of Music faculty artist Michelle DeBruyn and her studio of student vocalists for an evening of contemporary English Art Song, accompanied by Taiwanese guest artist Shih-Hsing Chang on piano at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 in Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://music.columbusstate.edu/.


FEBRUARY 13 – NCAA Men’s Tennis

Columbus State’s Men’s Tennis hosts Stillman College at noon Friday, Feb. 13 at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center on CSU’s main campus. Admission is free. For more information, please call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/mten/index.


FEBRUARY 13 – NCAA Softball

Columbus State Softball hosts Belmont Abbey in a CSU Classic matchup at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 at Cougar Field. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/sball/index.


FEBRUARY 13 – Faculty Chamber Concert

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music hosts a faculty chamber concert on Friday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://music.columbusstate.edu/.


FEBRUARY 14 – NCAA Women’s Tennis

Columbus State’s Women’s Tennis hosts UNC Pembroke at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center on CSU’s main campus. Admission is free. For more information, please call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/wten/index.


FEBRUARY 14 – NCAA Softball

Columbus State Softball hosts Florida Tech in a CSU Classic matchup at noon Saturday, Feb. 14 at Cougar Field. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/sball/index.


FEBRUARY 14 – NCAA Softball

Columbus State Softball hosts Tusculum in a CSU Classic matchup at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at Cougar Field. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/sball/index.


FEBRUARY 15 – NCAA Softball

Columbus State Softball hosts Lincoln Memorial University in a CSU Classic matchup at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 at Cougar Field. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/sball/index.


FEBRUARY 15 – NCAA Women’s Tennis

Columbus State’s Women’s Tennis hosts USC Aiken at noon Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center on CSU’s main campus. Admission is free. For more information, please call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/wten/index.


FEBRUARY 15 – NCAA Softball

Columbus State Softball hosts Belmont Abbey in a CSU Classic matchup at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 at Cougar Field. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/sball/index.


FEBRUARY 15 – NCAA Men’s Tennis

Columbus State’s Men’s Tennis hosts USC Aiken at 12 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center on CSU’s main campus. Admission is free. For more information, please call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/mten/index.


FEBRUARY 15 – Violin Studio Gala Concert

From the studio of professor Sergiu Schwartz, CSU’s Schwob School of Music performs a Valentine’s Day special of romantic works in the violin repertoire in loving memory of Sue Marie Turner. The performance begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15 in Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://music.columbusstate.edu/.


FEBRUARY 17 – NCAA Softball

Columbus State Softball hosts the University of West Alabama in a doubleheader at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Cougar Field. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/sball/index.


FEBRUARY 17 – Dinner and Discussion: “SHADES”

Columbus State’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services will host its inaugural Dinner and Discussion event, SHADES, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 in the Columbus Room. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue on the subject of skin color, various stigmas and issues that are associated with skin color, the process of embracing one’s identity, and breaking the stereotypes faced in our society. For more information, call 706-507-8590 or visit http://diversity.columbusstate.edu/.


FEBRUARY 18 – “Let’s Make a Slave”: The Willie Lynch Letter

CSU’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services will discover how diversity played a role in the infamous Willie Lynch letter that describes “the making of a slave.” Participates will discuss the letter’s effect on society and solutions to such effects during the event on Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 7-9 p.m. at the Center for International Education. For more information, call 706-507-8590 or visit http://diversity.columbusstate.edu/.


FEBRUARY 18 –
David Diamond Reading and Recital Series

Columbus State’s Carson McCullers Center will host the next installment of the David Diamond Reading and Recital Series on Wednesday, Feb 18. at 7:30 p.m. at the center. The event will feature CSU creative writing student Rebecca Martin and the CSU Schwob School of Music Guitar Ensemble. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-565-4021 or visit http://www.mccullerscenter.org/index.php.


FEBRUARY 19 – African American Read-In

Columbus State Libraries and Sigma Tau Delta are sponsoring this year’s African American Read-In on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the forum area of the Simon Schwob Memorial Library on CSU’s main campus. A light lunch will be provided. To participate or for more information, contact Michelle Jones at 706-507-8688 or jones_michelle@columbusstate.edu or visit http://csulibraries.blogspot.com/.


FEBRUARY 19 – SGA Forum

Columbus State’s Student Government Association will host a forum on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the President’s Club at the Lumpkin Center on CSU’s main campus. For more information, call 706-568-2403 or visit http://sga.columbusstate.edu/.


FEBRUARY 19 – Step Afrika

Columbus State’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services invites you to learn more about Step Afrika and the cultural essence of dance on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Davidson Student Center Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-507-8590 or visit http://diversity.columbusstate.edu/.


FEBRUARY 19 – CSU Wind Orchestra

Faculty artists and composers from CSU’s Schwob School of Music join together to feature the works of Ron Nelson, Samuel Hazo, and Joseph Turrin, among others. The concert, titled “Airs and Dances” begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19 in Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://music.columbusstate.edu/.


FEBRUARY 20 – NCAA Baseball

Columbus State Baseball hosts Young Harris at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 at Ragsdale Field. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/bsb/index.


FEBRUARY 21 – Discovery Day

Columbus State’s Discovery Day is set for Saturday, Feb. 21 on CSU’s main campus. Discovery Day offers prospective students and guests the opportunity to tour campus, meet current CSU students, and discuss academic offerings with faculty in a comprehensive, half-day schedule. The event is open to all prospective students, including high school students, transfer students, graduate students, and adults interested in starting or finishing their degrees. For more information, visit http://admissions.columbusstate.edu/tours/index.php#discovery.


FEBRUARY 21 – NCAA Baseball

Columbus State Baseball hosts Young Harris at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at Ragsdale Field. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/bsb/index.


FEBRUARY 21 – Men’s Club Lacrosse

Columbus State’s Men’s Club Lacrosse hosts Morehouse College at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at CSU’s Walden Soccer Complex. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-507-8650 or visit http://campusrec.columbusstate.edu/sports/lacrosse.php.


FEBRUARY 21 – Guest Artist Series: Dennis Edelbrock, Trumpet

CSU’s Schwob School of Music welcomes guest artist Dennis Edelbrock for a 7:30 p.m. trumpet performance on Saturday, Feb. 21 in Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://music.columbusstate.edu/.


FEBRUARY 22 – Columbus Comic Book Show

The Columbus Comic Book Show at Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will feature comic books artists, costumed characters, toys, movies, and exhibits on Sunday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $4. For more information, call 706-649-1477 or visit http://www.ccssc.org/special_events/comic_show.html.


FEBRUARY 22 – NCAA Baseball

Columbus State Baseball hosts Young Harris at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 at Ragsdale Field. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/bsb/index.


FEBRUARY 22 – Mnozil Brass Show

Mnozil Brass visits Columbus State, the Schwob School of Music and the RiverCenter on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. with a brand new show – “Yes! Yes! Yes!” – that blends original compositions with classical favorites, jazz standards, and popular hits. As always, the repertoire is presented with the group’s iconic humor and wit. Admission is $39. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the RiverCenter box office at 706-256-3612 or rivercenter.org.


FEBRUARY 23 –
Lady Cougar Classic (First Round)

Columbus State’s Women’s Golf hoststhe first round of the Lady Cougar Classic on Monday, Feb. 23 at the Country Club of Columbus. For more information, visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/wgolf/index.


FEBRUARY 24 –
Lady Cougar Classic (Second Round)

Columbus State’s women’s golf hosts the second round of the Lady Cougar Classic on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the Country Club of Columbus. For more information, visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/wgolf/index.


FEBRUARY 24 – CSU Day at the Capitol

Columbus State University faculty, staff, and students  will head to the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on Tuesday, Feb. 24 to meet with legislators, senators, and other government officials to talk about what makes CSU a first choice institution. Alumni, friends, and family of the university in the Atlanta area are welcome to attend.


FEBRUARY 25 – NCAA Softball

Columbus State Softball hosts Georgia College in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Cougar Field. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/sball/index.


FEBRUARY 25 – NCAA Women’s Basketball

Columbus State’s Women’s Basketball hosts Clayton State at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 at CSU’s Lumpkin Center. Admission is $5 per adult; all children (12 and under) are free with a paying adult. Admission is free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/wbkb/index.


FEBRUARY 25 – NCAA Men’s Basketball

Columbus State’s Men’s Basketball hosts Clayton State at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 at CSU’s Lumpkin Center. Admission is $5 per adult; all children (12 and under) are free with a paying adult. Admission is free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/mbkb/index.


FEBRUARY 26 – CSU Wind Ensemble

CSU’s Wind Ensemble from the Schwob School of Music will perform the works of John Mackey, Paul Hindemith, Eric Whitacre and others in a concert titled “Road to Nashville,” which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26 in Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. This is the last chance to hear the Wind Ensemble this year. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://music.columbusstate.edu/.


FEBRUARY 27 – iLead: Annual Cougar Leadership Conference

Columbus State’s Office of Student Leadership hosts the 2015 Cougar Leadership Conference with guest speaker Kristen Hadeed on Friday, Feb. 27 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Davidson Student Center on CSU’s main campus. Registration is free. Food will be provided. For more information, call 706-507-8590 or visit http://students.columbusstate.edu/leadership/.


FEBRUARY 27: Faculty Artist Series: “Balancing Act”

CSU’s Schwob School of Music faculty audio technologist and composer Matthew McCabe presents a concert of new music with guest composer Joo Won Park of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Presented in full surround sound, this concert will present the two composers’ works side-by-side and show the full range of musical expression possible using acoustic instruments, technology, and non-musical objects. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://music.columbusstate.edu/.


FEBRUARY 27 – NCAA Baseball

Columbus State Baseball hosts North Georgia at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at Ragsdale Field. Admission is free For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/bsb/index.


FEBRUARY 28 – NCAA Baseball

Columbus State Baseball hosts North Georgia in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at Ragsdale Field. Admission is free For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/bsb/index.


FEBRUARY 28 – NCAA Women’s Tennis

Columbus State’s Women’s Tennis hosts North Georgia at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center on CSU’s main campus. Admission is free. For more information, please call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/wten/index.


FEBRUARY 28 – NCAA Men’s Tennis

Columbus State’s Men’s Tennis hosts North Georgia at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center on CSU’s main campus. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://www.csucougars.com/sports/mten/index.


FEBRUARY 28 – 16th Annual Guitar Symposium

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents the 16th Annual CSU Guitar Symposium, featuring the internationally acclaimed Sharpe Zohn Guitar Duo and the Chilean Virtuoso Carlos

Perez on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. in Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Admission is $20. To purchase tickets, visit the RiverCenter box office (706-256-3612 or rivercenter.org). For more information, visit http://music.columbusstate.edu/.

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AT&T Contributes to New UTeach Tutoring Initiative

(L-R) College of Education and Health Professions Interim Dean Deidre Greer, AT&T representative Terry Smith, Provost Tom Hackett, Earth and Space Sciences professor and UTeach Columbus Science Co-Director Kimberly Shaw, and Interim Associate Dean for the College of Education and Health Professions and UTeach Columbus Education Co-Director Deborah Gober stand to honor the new STEM tutoring initiative at Columbus State University with a $2,000 donation from AT&T.

(L-R) College of Education and Health Professions Interim Dean Deidre Greer, AT&T representative Terry Smith, Provost Tom Hackett, Earth and Space Sciences professor and UTeach Columbus Science Co-Director Kimberly Shaw, and Interim Associate Dean for the College of Education and Health Professions and UTeach Columbus Education Co-Director Deborah Gober stand to honor the new STEM tutoring initiative at Columbus State University with a $2,000 donation from AT&T.

COLUMBUS, Ga – AT&T representative Terry Smith today presented a $2,000 check from AT&T to Columbus State University’s UTeach program to support a STEM tutoring initiative for at-risk high school students in Columbus. This funding will enable CSU UTeach students to provide 200 hours of free tutoring in math and science to high school students in need. Five local high schools are classified as Title I schools and will benefit from targeted tutoring for students. Title I is designated for schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families.

The STEM tutoring initiative aims to improve graduation rates for local high school students and enhance their college and career readiness. The program will also enhance the work experience of UTeach students at CSU. Best practices training provided by the UTeach program ensures that UTeach students are highly qualified to teach critical math and science concepts to high school students.

AT&T has previously contributed $125,000 to support UTeach Columbus and CSU’s STEM Honors Camp.

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Lumpkin Center Court to be Named After Cougar Legend Herbert Greene

Columbus – In honor of his 28 years of service as athletic director and men’s basketball coach, Columbus State University Director of Athletics Todd Reeser has announced the court of the Frank G. Lumpkin, Jr. Center will be named the Herbert Greene Court. Greene will be honored during the CSU basketball doubleheader against Francis Marion on January 3, 2015.

“Coach Herbert Greene’s name has become synonymous with the growth and success of Columbus State University Athletics over the years,” said Reeser. “His successful coaching record while at CSU is well-documented, and his leadership of the overall athletic program during his tenure at CSU allowed our sport programs to flourish then, and now.

“It is our honor to recognize his legacy and impact on CSU Athletics by dedicating the Herbert Greene Court.”

“Herbert Greene is an integral part of Columbus State’s history and the legacy of Cougar athletics,” said Columbus State University President Tim Mescon. “I’m pleased the Lumpkin Center will have a permanent reminder of his contributions.”

A 2008 inductee into the CSU Athletic Hall of Fame, Greene served as Columbus State’s men’s basketball coach from 1981-2006 and its athletic director from 1986-2009.

“I’m very honored and humbled,” commented Greene. “This would never have been possible without the great players and great assistant coaches I had. They made me a lot better coach, and the success that we had was because we worked together as a team and we loved CSU.”

“When I came here in 1981, I thought it would be just a brief stop in the road, but I fell in love with CSU and the people of Columbus. It’s the best thing that ever happened in my career and I loved every minute of it. I appreciate Todd Reeser and what he did to help make this possible, and of course before Todd, there was Jay Sparks, and I certainly appreciate what he did. I still get great pleasure out of watching and cheering for all the teams out there, and it’s still a big part of my life.”

Greene, the school’s all-time leader in wins, amassed a 481-240 record during his 25 years. He led the Cougars to four Peach Belt Conference regular season titles and nine NCAA Tournament appearances. His teams recorded 11 seasons of at least 20 wins and five others with 19.

In the postseason, Greene compiled a 29-9 record in PBC Tournament play, winning six of the 15 tournaments he coached in. No other school has won more than four titles.

“Coach Herbert Greene has been more than a mentor to me,” said current CSU head basketball coach Robert Moore, who served as Greene’s assistant for six years. “He is truly my best friend and seeing his name on the Lumpkin Center floor will motivate me to not take his legacy for granted. I will strive and work to make the Columbus State men’s basketball program one of the best in the country.”

As the athletic director, Greene elevated Columbus State to one of the finest overall athletic programs in the country. During his 23-year tenure, Columbus State captured 48 conference championships and five national championships.Former CSU Basketball coach Herbert Greene

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CSU’s Kirkland Makes ESPN With Dunk During Saturday’s Game

Columbus State University’s DeAngelo Kirkland made ESPN with his monster dunk Saturday while the Cougars men’s basketball team was picking up its fourth straight win, defeating Armstrong 86-58 in the Peach Belt Conference opener for both teams. http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12025112

One Cougar fan even saw the play on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays: http://instagram.com/p/wkyYK1E1An/

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CSU Monitoring Ebola Information

healthyColumbus State University is monitoring Ebola information from statewide and national sources. While there is no reason to think Georgia or Columbus is at any risk, CSU administrators and health officials on campus have been talking regularly, sharing information and making contingency plans.

Anyone in the Columbus State University community who has any concerns about the Ebola virus is encouraged to contact the Columbus Health Department (706-321-6300) or CSU’s Student Health Services (Main Campus – 706-507-8620; RiverPark Campus – 706-507-8347). CSU health officials are in frequent contact with state and national officials and have established protocols for monitoring students and recommending to the Dean of Students if any action needs to be taken. If any situation arises at CSU that needs coordinated action, a Centers for Disease Control  response team will take over, and direct local officials to determine what — if any – steps need to be taken on this campus.

Below are some valuable resources for the CSU Community:

  • A recent letter from Georgia Department of Public Health to Georgia Educators (pasted below)

GEORGIA EDUCATORS:

As you know, national and international health authorities are working to control a large, ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in several countries in West Africa, with the current epicenter in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. With significant numbers of students from West Africa in Georgia’s universities and colleges, it is necessary to provide guidance and recommendations to the educational community and as the holiday season approaches, students and faculty will travel home and then back to campus.  Public Health relies on the vigilance of a vast array of informed contributors beyond our traditional medical providers to report diseases, and therefore are asking the following of you: 

(1) Be aware of students and their families, faculty and staff members or visitors who have traveled to Ebola‐affected West African countries, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea within the previous 21 days.

(2) Know the signs and symptoms of Ebola, which may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola and include:

      • Fever greater than 101.5°F
      • Severe headache
      • Muscle pain
      • Weakness
      • Diarrhea
      • Vomiting
      • Abdominal pain
      • Unexplained, unusual bleeding or bruising

(3) If someone presents to your campus health clinic with a fever, immediately ask if they have traveled to or come into contact with someone who has traveled to an Ebola affected region.

(4) If you encounter individuals who you believe meet the case definition described in (1) and (2) or (3), immediately separate the individual from contact with others and report it to the Department of Public Health at 1‐866‐PUB‐HLTH or the DPH Epidemiology section at 404‐657‐2588.

(5) Hand washing is still the best, most effective method at your disposal to protect you from the spread of infectious disease.  

DPH strongly encourages each school to review its infection control policies and procedures with faculty and staff.  In addition, DPH recommends reinforcement of healthy germ stopping habits with students.  Please refer to the webpages below for current information related to the Ebola outbreak and for infection prevention tips and flyers related to hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, and other tips to limit the spread of infection.

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html  

http://dph.georgia.gov/infection‐prevention‐tips‐staying‐healthy

Should you have questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Public Health at 1‐866‐PUB‐HLTH or the Epidemiology section at 404‐657‐2588.

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Columbus State University Police Search For Felon on the Run

Clarence HudsonColumbus State University Police Search For Felon on the Run

Columbus, Georgia—The Columbus State University Police Department is looking to the public for any information regarding the whereabouts of Clarence Shanton Hudson. Warrants were issued early this morning after Hudson fled from a traffic stop, leading officers on an extensive foot pursuit.

Around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, CSU Police officers watched a white SUV enter the parking lot of the Super 8 Motel at 2935 Warm Springs Road, not far from the CSU main campus. The vehicle did not stay long and appeared to meet briefly with an unknown individual in the parking lot before leaving the motel.

Officers stopped the vehicle on East Lindsey Drive. The officers stated that the female driver became very nervous, but remained cooperative. Hudson, the passenger gave officers his state identification card, but then fled. As he ran, officers reported that he reached in his pockets and appeared to be throwing out objects, including plastic baggy containing crack cocaine.

Hudson fled through Lindsey Creek and was later spotted by officers in a residential area on Hilton Woods Drive. Officers pursued him through a yard, over several fences and into some thick brush. Hudson was last seen in the wood line along I-185. He is likely to have sustained injuries from the thick brush during the pursuit.

Clarence Shanton Hudson is wanted by the Columbus Police Department for a felony sale of cocaine charge; by the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office for a violation of probation; and now by CSU police for two misdemeanor obstruction charges and one felony possession of cocaine charge.

Anyone with information on Hudson’s whereabouts is asked to help us bring this felon to justice and call (706) 507-8911.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Sgt. Brett Stanelle

CSU Police Investigations Division

Phone: (706) 507-8911

 

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Communication Professor Part of Media Roundtable on Media Relations Crises in Ferguson, NFL

McCollough_ChristopherCOLUMBUS, Ga. – Christopher McCollough, a Columbus State University assistant professor of communication, will take part in a roundtable of journalists from local and national news organizations who will discuss the recent media relations problems facing local police in Ferguson, MO in the wake of an unarmed shooting and the NFL regarding their domestic violence policies, respectively.

The roundtable takes place Tuesday night in Schuster 130 on CSU’s campus, and is sponsored by the Columbus-Metro Association of Black Journalists, a new chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, and will include Washington Post political reporter Wesley Lowery, Former ESPN Senior Editor Keith Reed, Clear Channel Program Director Derrick “Lil D” Greene, WTVM’s Barbara Gauthier, and Davis Broadcasting’s Michael Soul. McCollough will serve as a crisis communication expert, offering a best practices perspective on how organizations such as the Ferguson Police Department and NFL should approach their crisis situations with the media and the public. The roundtable is open to all CSU students, as well as the public.

McCollough said of the media roundtable, “I am excited to join such an experienced group of professionals in discussing current events in a critical light that can be useful to local government, civic organizations, and even private companies. My students ought to see this as an opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business about dealing with crisis situations and media relations at the local and national level.”

McCollough, a native of Virginia, earned both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in communication from Virginia Tech. He earned his PhD in Mass Communication and Public Affairs at LSU in 2012, specializing in public relations, political communication, and media relations. At CSU, McCollough helps coordinate the curriculum in CSU’s public relations degree concentration.

CSU’s Department of Communication, based in the Carpenters Building on CSU’s RiverPark campus, also offers conventional Bachelor of Arts degree tracks in mass media and communication studies, as well as an online three-year B.A. in communication with a civic leadership focus.

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Columbus State University’s Department of Communication Brings TV Legend to Inform and Entertain Students and Public

Kaufman_Monica01 COLUMBUS, Ga. – Monica Kaufman Pearson, a 45-year veteran of television, radio, and print, recently visited the Department of Communication and Uptown Columbus on a two-day trip as the honored guest of the department’s inaugural Speaker Series event. Members of the community, students, and local media professionals were as informed as they were entertained by Pearson.

At the speaker series event, Pearson used a mix of humor and life lessons in the River Center’s Studio Theatre before a packed house of CSU students, faculty, and members of the community as she talked about current events, best practices in journalism, and the critical role media plays in creating a civically engaged society. Her message was clear: If the public doesn’t pay attention to the news, they don’t understand just how directly the actions of others can impact their lives.

Kaufman_Monica02Even in a busy schedule that also included a talk on media relations with the Columbus Rotary Club, Pearson found an afternoon to impart knowledge and experience to Communication students at CSU in a master class. The topic of the day was, “lessons learned in the field” through which Kaufman offered advice to a group of aspiring media professionals on media relations, journalism, and her role as a pioneer in the television news industry, being the first female African American anchor on television in the southeast region.

Dr. Danna Gibson, Chair of the Department of Communication, said of the Speaker Series, “Our goal in providing a speaker series to the public is to help further two missions of our department. First, to provide students with an education that makes them effective professionals and strong leaders in the civic life of their community. Second, our department strives to enhance the quality of civic life in our city of Columbus.”

CSU’s Department of Communication, based in the Carpenters Building on CSU’s RiverPark campus, also offers conventional Bachelor of Arts degree tracks in mass media and communication studies, as well as an online three-year B.A. in communication with a civic leadership focus.

After 37 years as a news anchor and reporter with WSB-TV Atlanta, Pearson retired in 2012. She now hosts a weekly radio show on KISS 104.1 FM, writes a column, “Monica Matters” for Southern Seasons Magazine, continues her Closeups interviews on www.wsbtv.com/monica and teaches at Atlanta Metropolitan State College.

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Columbus State University Participating in “Go Back. Move Ahead.” Campaign

New plan makes returning to college easier for 1.1 million Georgians

ATLANTA (July 29, 2014) — Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Commissioner Ron Jackson announced Georgia’s “Go Back. Move Ahead.” campaign today.  The campaign, which Columbus State University embraces, will encourage many of the more than one million Georgians who have completed some college to return and finish their degrees.

“In order for Georgia to remain economically competitive, we must have an educated work force, and focusing on college completion is one way we intend to do that,” said Gov. Deal. “’Go Back. Move Ahead.’ provides resources for prospective students and makes it easy for any Georgian who has started college to go back to school and earn a degree or certificate.”

Go Back. Move Ahead._02“Go Back. Move Ahead.” is a part of Gov. Deal’s “Complete College Georgia” initiative, which launched in 2011. It is projected that by 2020, more than 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require a college certificate or degree. Presently, however, only 42 percent of the state’s young adults have earned a college credential — creating a need for an additional 250,000 graduates.

The University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia serve more than 300,000 students each year and are a major component of Georgia’s economy. Gov. Deal and higher education administrators recognize that the state must do more to make it easier for Georgia adults to return to school and complete their degrees. This group includes approximately 1.1 million working-age adults, or 22 percent of the state’s population, who attended college for some time but did not finish.

Columbus State University has long had an office dedicated to helping welcome back any students who have been out of high school for a few years.

“We are excited that the State is launching the ‘Go Back, Move Ahead’ initiative to entice adult learners to further their education,” said Dustin Worsley,  Columbus State’s Square One: Adult Re-Entry Coordinator. “This initiative will add to the programs and services that CSU already offers to adult learners, and will enhance CSU’s status as an adult-friendly institution.”

The initiative will offer Georgians a simpler enrollment process, more flexible ways to transfer earned college credits, additional course schedule options and a personal academic advisor. Options for returning to college in Georgia include enrolling on campus, taking classes at a satellite location or using the online options available at many of Georgia’s public institutions.

The USG and TCSG are collaborating on the effort, which will include unprecedented public outreach to every part of Georgia.  A significant media buy will purchase billboards, radio, video, print, and online digital media. There will also be grassroots community outreach and operational improvements at key campuses to make it easier for Georgia adults to return to college and earn their degrees. Interested students can be connected to a college representative online at www.gobackmoveahead.org or by calling 1-844-GOBACKNOW. Anyone interested in returning to college at Columbus State University can call the Square One: Adult Re-Entry Coordinator at 706-507-8785.

Go Back. Move Ahead._03“Many Georgians choose not to return to college because they believe it is too difficult, too expensive or simply inconvenient,” said Gov. Deal. “I have challenged our University System to make it easier for these Georgians to go back, and I’m pleased with the response. Regardless of individuals’ personal or financial situations, we are committed to making it possible to go back, move ahead and make college work.”

For more information about Complete College Georgia and the “Go Back. Move Ahead.” campaign, visit www.gobackmoveahead.org.

For more information about opportunities at Columbus State University for adult learners to go back to college, contact:

Dustin Worsley
Assistant Director/
Square One: Adult Re-Entry Coordinator
Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)
706-507-8785
adultlearner.columbusstate.edu

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Columbus State University Police Unveil Revamped Bike Squad

CSU Police Bike Squad officers visit with students during a summer orientation session.

CSU Police Bike Squad officers visit with students during a summer orientation session.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Thanks to an infusion of new and refurbished bicycles, Columbus State University’s Police Department recently revived its Bike Squad, which now patrols both main and RiverPark campuses.

A select group of four University Police officers comprise the specially trained Bike Squad. Training includes advanced riding skills, negotiating stairs and other obstacles, offensive and defensive riding tactics and bicycle maintenance. Beyond both campuses, officers regularly patrol nearby areas popular with pedestrians and bicyclists such as the Riverwalk and the Columbus Fall Line Trace Rails-to-Trails path.

“I enjoy the opportunity to ride and think that it provides for interaction with the campus community on a whole new level,” said Christina Hester, a Bike Squad officer.

Several new bikes were recently purchased, old bikes were serviced and all were customized to fit officers who ride them. CSU Police enjoyed support from Columbus’ cycling community, even receiving a donated bike from The Bike Shop of Columbus.

Bike officers at CSU have demonstrated their value as a rapid response resource both for normal campus incidents and special events. A bicycle’s versatility makes it a valuable tool for police as it allows an officer to access areas of campus where a patrol car may not easily go. Bike officers perform the same tasks as other police officers, often focusing on pedestrian safety, enforcing bicycle and pedestrian laws, monitoring traffic in congested areas and observing targeted areas of campus.

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Todd Reeser Selected Columbus State University Athletics Director

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University announced today it has hired Todd Reeser as its new athletics director.

Reeser is currently executive senior associate athletics director for development and sports services at Georgia State. He replaces Jay Sparks, who left in April after 25 years at CSU — the past six as athletic director — to become the head women’s basketball coach at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C.

“Over the course of the selection process, Todd Reeser emerged as the perfect candidate to take Columbus State athletics to the next level,” said Tim Mescon, CSU president. “His 25 years of extensive leadership and management experience will greatly benefit Cougar intercollegiate athletics.”

Reeser joined Georgia State’s staff as senior associate director of athletics for development in 2009. Before GSU, Reeser spent four years at the University of Central Florida as its associate athletic director for development.

Reeser has also been as assistant athletics director and director of major gifts at his alma mater, Illinois State (1997-2005); and director of athletics development and assistant athletics director at Drake (1988-97),

Reeser began his athletics administration career as an intern at Southern Illinois (1986-87), and one year as assistant director of promotions and development at Illinois State (1987-88) before going to Drake in November 1988.

A Chenoa, Ill., native, Reeser captained the baseball team at Illinois State, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in general finance in 1985. He received his master’s in sports administration from St. Thomas in 1986.

He and his wife, Janet, have three children: Tanner, Thad and Cassidy.

Johnny Williams, former athletics director at Troy University and former University of Alabama senior associate athletic director for external operations, served as CSU’s interim athletic director since Sparks’ departure.

Reeser is slated to start at CSU Aug. 1.

A faculty-led committee conducted a nationwide search to find the right person to lead Cougar Athletics. Member of the committee are Jan Burcham, chairman of teacher education department; Aaron Sanders, professor of English; Michael Johnson, CSU internal auditor; Laurence Marsh, professor of business; Russ Carreker, CSU Foundation trustee; Chip Reese, dean of students; Glenn Stokes, professor of biology and faculty athletic representative; and Tom Helton, vice president of business and finance. More than 80 people applied, and three finalists visited campus this week.

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Homecoming Moving to Fall for Enhanced Experiences

Cover of Spring 2014 Focus magazine, tiltedEditor’s Note: This first appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of Focus, Columbus State University’s twice-a-year magazine. (This schedule reflects a move in the Doughboy Bowl game date and location decided after print publication by CSU and Fort Benning.)

Homecoming, traditionally held in February at Columbus State, is moving to the fall and combining with Alumni Weekend for festivities on Oct.
20-25.

“It is going to be the biggest and most comprehensive homecoming CSU has ever had, involving  alumni, students, faculty, staff and the community at large,” said Jennifer Joyner, director of alumni relations.

“The entire university has taken a look at what activities could be combined and enhanced to bring everyone a wonderful week  and weekend of engaging events.”

Party Nation, an Atlanta-based band, will keep homecoming participants dancing Saturday, Oct. 25, continuing Alumni Weekend's popular Evening on the Top tradition of food and fun atop a Front Street parking garage that's transformed for the event. The band plays a wide range of music, including class rock, Motown, disco, '80s and contemporary Top 40.

Party Nation, an Atlanta-based band, will keep homecoming participants dancing Saturday, Oct. 25, continuing Alumni Weekend’s popular Evening on the Top tradition of food and fun atop a Front Street parking garage that’s transformed for the event. The band plays a wide range of music, including class rock, Motown, disco, ’80s and contemporary Top 40.

The preliminary schedule includes:

Thursday, Oct. 23

6 p.m. – Alumni Recognition Awards, celebrating alumni achievement in five categories: outstanding  service to CSU, the community, career, military and distinguished young alumni.

Time TBA – Doughboy Classic at Fort Benning’s historic Doughboy Stadium, featuring CSU’s club tackle football team vs. the Fort Benning Doughboys.

Friday, Oct. 24

6 p.m. – Homecoming Parade down Broadway

 7 p.m. – Live concert as part of the Uptown Columbus Outdoor Concert Series

Saturday, Oct. 25

7:30 a.m. – Columbus State ROTC’s Cougar Madness 5K Run

10:30 a.m. – Tailgating

7 p.m. – Evening on the Top, a popular Alumni Weekend event for three years, featuring Atlanta’s
Party Nation band and fireworks over the Chattahoochee River.

Joyner said more information on homecoming would be released closer to the October events, and some plans are subject to
change. For more information on homecoming plans, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/alumni.

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