Columbus State "In the News" -- April 2010, earlier

"In the News" offers a selective view of media coverage of Columbus State University. Be aware that links to articles and other coverage by external media may, in time, be deleted or become part of a pay-per-view archives. Report invalid links to More "In the News" items are available from 2010, including July, June and May.

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Real 'guitar hero' composes new piece for CSU Guitar Ensemble (Sandra Okamoto column)
Andrew Zohn is one of the finest guitarists I've ever heard. It's not like I've heard every world-class guitarist, but I've heard my share covering the arts for many years. I do know that Andrew is a world-class guitarist. And that we're lucky to have him at the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music. The Schwob School and the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians asked a true "guitar hero," Sergio Assad, to compose something new for the CSU Guitar Ensemble. [Accessed April 29, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Columbus State University guitar students talk about Sunday's concert
"This is a giant event in guitar studies," said Andrew Zohn, the guitar professor in the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music. The Schwob School and the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians commissioned a piece by Sergio Assad. That piece, "Suite Brasiliera," is written for three guitars. The world premiere will be Sunday. The students performing the piece are Chad Ibison, Arash Noori and Donovan Butez. [Accessed April 29, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Columbus State University students turn oral histories into a performance
Ever walk by someone sitting on the sidewalk surrounded by what looks like their possessions? What about someone in a wheelchair, trying to navigate a crowded corridor? An elderly person trying to reach something on the top shelf of a grocery store? This past semester, Columbus State University theater professor Becky Becker and history and geography professor Amanda Rees’ classes have been working together — and independently — on an oral history performance project. [Accessed April 29, 2010]
Rediscovered Beethoven Piano Trios Receive NY Premieres At Alice Tully Hall
On May 18, 2010 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, The International Beethoven Project presents the New York premieres of three Beethoven chamber works. ... The beloved "Archduke" Piano Trio completes the concert program, which will be performed by The Beethoven Project Trio - an ensemble founded in 2008 that comprises three critically-acclaimed musicians: pianist George Lepauw, violinist Sang Mee Lee and cellist Wendy Warner. ... WENDY WARNER, hailed by Strings magazine for her "youthful, surging playing, natural stage presence and almost frightening technique," has become one of the world's outstanding cellists. ... A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, she is on faculty at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, the Music Institute of Chicago, and the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia. [Accessed April 29, 2010]

The Northport Gazette (Northport, Ala.)
County High’s Davis signs with Columbus State University
NORTHPORT – Dimitri Davis, a 6’3” guard for Tuscaloosa County High School, is taking his basketball skills to a higher level. The senior announced on Monday he would attend Columbus State University in Columbus, GA under new coach Robert Moore. Columbus State is a Division II school. Davis said he had offers from the University of Alabama-Huntsville, Spring Hill College in Mobile, Colgate, Arkansas-Little Rock and several other schools. “I liked the school when I went there in February,” Davis said. “I liked their gym, but when the new coach was hired, he came to visit me, and we had a bond. The school fit me better than the others.” [Accessed April 29, 2010]

Albany Herald
Darton's Wright signs with four-year Columbus State
ALBANY — It was just like Darton. That same feeling — that familiar easy-going, I-belong-here rush washed over Marah Wright. That’s why Wright, who had a brilliant two-year career at Darton, will be playing basketball at Columbus State next season after signing Thursday. Wright, a product of Early County High School, plans to major in sports medicine. She said she had other offers from Albany State, Clark Atlanta and Southern Polytechnic State, but when she made her visit to Columbus State she knew she belonged there.
“They welcomed me with open arms, just like they did when I came to Darton,’’ Wright said. “I chose Columbus State because it’s a better school, good environment and because of the nice people there. I felt like I was at home. It felt the same as when I first came to Darton.’’ [Accessed April 28, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Mescon has improved CSU (letters to the editor)
As a student at Columbus State University, I approve of Dr. Mescon and appreciate his vision for our university. Have I agreed with everything he has done? Of course not. Does he have the best interest of the school at heart? Absolutely. [Accessed April 27, 2010]

WLTZ-Channel 38
Agreement Eases Transfer of Technical College Students to University
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Technical college students will be able to more easily further their education, thanks to an agreement signed Monday between presidents of Columbus State University, Columbus Technical College and West Georgia Technical College. “As a taxpayer in Georgia, I believe we sit in the same boat,” Columbus State President Tim Mescon said. “We’re providing seamless education for our students. It’s incumbent for us to provide as many options to students as we can.” [Accessed April 27, 2010]

WFDD-88.5 FM (Winston-Salem, N.C. National Public Radio audio report)
Voices and viewpoints
Join 88.5 WFDD and host Denise Franklin for conversations with local residents who are making or have made an impact nationally - or internationally. ... Our first guest on this 8th Anniversary Edition of Voices & Viewpoints speeds around a track on 8 wheels… setting records and winning national titles.Then with ease he sits on a stage earning national awards for classical guitar. This renascence man is 19-year old Kimani Salim Griffin.  As a first grader, he began playing the guitar and a friend’s skating birthday party sparked his interest in in-line skating. Now he’s getting ready to race in In door in line nationals in Lincoln Nebraska in early July. And recently, his music has landed him solo concerts on NPR, at Carnegie Hall and in Italy. He’s now studying music performance at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia. [Accessed April 27, 2010]

Tuscaloosa News
TCHS’ Davis signs scholarship
NORTHPORT | When the Tuscaloosa County High School boys basketball team needed a road win to advance to the Class 6A Northwest Regional, senior Dimitri Davis scored a career-high 35 points in a victory at Jackson-Olin. Davis, a 6-foot-3 guard, signed on Monday to play for Columbus State University, an NCAA Division II school in Georgia. “Words can’t describe it,” Davis said of the scholarship opportunity. “I’m just happy I can get a chance to go play on the next level.[Accessed April 27, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Update: Proponents say Columbus' $23 million Chattahoochee River whitewater project's ready to launch, could be finished by 2012
In an announcement full of wind and waves of applause, proponents Monday proclaimed Columbus will have a 2.5-mile downtown river whitewater course by 2012. ... Citing figures from a Columbus State University study, Uptown Columbus President Richard Bishop said the finished course is expected to create 700 jobs, draw 18,000 visitors — 144,000 of those from out of town — and annually bring in $300,000 in lodging taxes and $1.7 million in sales taxes. [Accessed April 26, 2010]

WTVM-Channel 9
CSU showcases new mobile apps at Google roadshow
COLUMBUS, GA — Columbus State students will be able to swipe their "smart phones" like electronic I.D. cards, thanks to a new application the university's programmers have developed with the help of Google. That "app," or application, was among several unveiled Wednesday at a Google Higher Education Roadshow that CSU and Google hosted for about 70 colleges and university information technology leaders, mostly from the Southeast. "Columbus State has been a great place for both creativity and development," said Gabe Cohen, Product Manager, Google Apps Education. "The students benefit from having IT staff working to build useful mobile applications, rather than maintaining servers all day." [Accessed April 26, 2010]

WTVM-Channel 9
CSU rifle team gets national attention (video report)
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The Daily Citizen (Dalton, Ga.)
Court was her showplace
Baleigh Coley isn’t a showstopper. She runs it. Coley’s ability to manage Northwest Whitfield’s offense, and her willingness to dish to an open teammate rather than take a shot, is one key reason the Lady Bruins went 57-7 the past two seasons and reached the Class 4A state championship game earlier this month.  “One of her strengths as a point guard,” Lady Bruins coach Margaret Stockburger said, “is that she can handle the ball extremely well and find open players. If you’re not ready, she’ll knock you down with a pass.” ... Coley’s career contribution to the Lady Bruins — they were 91-29 in her four years — helped the diminutive point guard to earn a scholarship to Columbus State University. [Accessed April 26, 2010]

Arts Across Georgia (blog)
Woodruff Salutes Georgia Arts in Education Leaders Program Announces 2009-2010 Honorees
The Woodruff Arts Center is pleased to announce the 2009-2010 Woodruff Salutes Georgia Arts in Education Leaders honorees: ... Brenda May Ito – Professor of Theatre, Columbus State University ... Woodruff Salutes is a program designed to honor teachers, school and arts administrators, community leaders, and volunteers throughout Georgia who have championed and demonstrated the ability of the arts to impact positively the lives and learning of young people. ... Each honoree was chosen because of their exemplary leadership in the use of arts in education and for their impact on the community, state, and discipline they serve. As part of this recognition, honorees will receive $2,500 to contribute to the arts program of their choice. They will also be honored with a reception at their school as well as a culminating reception at the Woodruff Arts Center on May 22, 2010. [Accessed April 26, 2010]

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Dick's World (blog)
Schwob School of Music’s Kaleidoscope Was Brilliant Again
That was great!  It was wonderful!  Marvelous! Those were superlatives that filled the air following the Schwob School of Music’s annual Kaleidoscope Concert at Bill Heard Theater at the RiverCenter.  They were uttered following prolonged, thunderous applause, whistling,  and cheering as the CSU Philharmonic played the finale. [Accessed April 26, 2010]

WTVM-Channel 9
Monday marks one year anniversary of EF2 tornado (w/video)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  One year ago today, April 19, 2009,  Phenix City and Columbus saw an EF2 tornado rip through the Bi-Cities with winds as high as 115 miles per hour. John Lester, spokesman for Columbus State University, says he remembers that Sunday night like it was yesterday.  "It was scary, I mean we obviously have hundreds of students who are living downtown. We were concerned about them and concerned about the downtown we love so much." Columbus State University's downtown campus received a lot of damage. The roof was torn off of the Corn Center and a large section of the ac-board depot was taken out. [Accessed April 20, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Commentary: Robert Moore a good choice for CSU? Nope, a great one!
Robert Moore, huh? Well, of course. Who else? Who better to lead the Columbus State men’s basketball program back to national prominence? Who better to sell the university, not just to top prospective basketball players within a four-hour drive, but to a community that had come to ignore this local treasure? Turns out the best man for the job was right here in town, quietly tucked away at Brookstone. Forget the resume. Disregard the lack of Division I pedigree or eye-popping win-loss record. Robert Moore is more than merely a good choice. He’s the perfect choice. Moore will be the Greg Appleton of basketball. Appleton, you may recall, didn’t have the greatest resume when he was hired to replace Chip Reese in baseball. But all he has done since is win a national championship and more games than any other baseball coach in school history. [Accessed April 12, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Spelling bee, mass hysteria, Greek mythology make up CSU's new theatre season
Columbus State University department of theater held its first season announcement party Thursday night. Faculty and students made the announcement in the Studio Theatre before the opening night performance of “Crazy for You.” [Accessed April 12, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
2010 Oxbow Meadows Reptile Festival (photo gallery)
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Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Schwob School Music Children's Open House (photo gallery)
 [Accessed April 12, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Kappa Sigma Wins Chariot Race at CSU Greek Week (video report)
Kappa Sigma's TJ Hogan and Steve Huddleston took the first place prize in CSU Greek Week Chariot Race. [Accessed April 12, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Delta Zeta Wins Chariot Race at CSU Greek Week (video report)
Delta Zeta's Priscilla Moffat, Tesa Moore, Brittney Griffin, won the Greek Week Chariot Race at Columbus State University. [Accessed April 12, 2010]

The News-Gazette (Urbana-Champaign, Ill.)
New UI band director ambitious about fundraising
CHAMPAIGN – For only the fifth time in history, the University of Illinois has a new director of bands – one who has to juggle work with another university for a few months, while starting a massive fundraising initiative. Robert Rumbelow was hired to lead the nation's largest college band a year ago while on sabbatical from Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music in Columbus, Ga. So he still owes that university a few months of work. But he's in the process of moving here, and his family will join him in June. Meanwhile, Rumbelow is preparing an ambitious fundraising program to help the UI regain a long-held national top ranking. No less a figure than John Philip Sousa once called the program "the best in the nation." ... [Accessed April 12, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Company opens local center to test, develop warfighter technologies
U.S. defense contractor Raytheon Company has opened a new Columbus center that will test and develop new warfighter technologies and help train soldiers for combat. City and company officials debuted Thursday the Soldier Works Warrior Integration Center, a 10,000-square-foot facility located at 7206 Schomburg Road. Raytheon officials said the new facility should help Fort Benning as it merges with the U.S. Army Armor School — formerly located at Fort Knox, Ky. — and the Infantry School within the Maneuver Center of Excellence. It should also allow for more efficiency and closer collaboration with Raytheon’s primary customers, they said. ... Raymer said he plans to collaborate with the U.S. Army Soldier Battle Lab at Fort Benning. Also being discussed is a possible partnership with Columbus State University to develop a computer modeling and simulation program. [Accessed April 5, 2010]

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The Bayonet (Fort Benning)
Students plan for college with monthly CYSS field trips
Instead of class periods, crowded hallways and a cafeteria lunch, 54 students from Faith Middle School spent a day exploring the world of higher learning Friday during a road trip to Columbus State University. “It’s all spaced out,” said 14-year-old Jewel Caruso, after touring the many buildings on campus. “You can talk with your friends between classes. You can have more freedom.” Jewel hopes to be a cardiothoracic surgeon some day and plans to go to college to make her dream a reality. That’s why she signed up for the road trip, a new opportunity this school year thanks to Child, Youth & School Services. “I wanted to see how the campus works and what you do in college, what classes you take and what majors there are — just to know the university in general,” Jewel said. “It’s important to know that now so in high school (I) can start preparing.”.... The trip to CSU was the third of five road trips with CYSS this semester. ...  “Basically, what we’re trying to do is expose the students to college life,” said Connie Carter, CYSS liaison officer in charge of the program. “It ignites that spark. It plants a seed (to) say, ‘This is possible
for me.’ ” [Accessed April 2, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Game is still fun (Richard Hyatt column)
When the coach blessed the meal, the shortstop, the left fielder and the right fielder bowed their heads. Forty years after they played for him the ballplayers still show reverence for Charles Ragsdale’s values and influence and the importance a single baseball season played in all their lives. Stories they tell of Columbus College’s first baseball season make them laugh ... how somebody hid the pants to Johnny Kirkland’s uniform before a game ... how Andy Robinson collided with the only fencepost standing in left field ... how members of the golf team peppered Dennis Neal with golf balls during a game. Stories they tell about today aren’t so funny ... how a former teammate has needed two liver transplants ... how another player’s wife is suffering from cancer ... how two teammates have passed away. For this unlikely group, the 1970 baseball season was magical. That they won 26 out of 33 games is only part of it. The memories of building a baseball program from the foundation up and the friendships they made along the way are more important than the victories. [Accessed March 26, 2010]

University Business
Websites Gone Mobile: More institutions exploring—and succeeding with—mobile web

It’s 2010. Do you know where your mobile web visitors are? If your college or university hasn’t managed yet to provide an online presence for this growing section of its target audience, it should probably have been named a New Year’s resolution. The days where desktop computers—or even their little brothers the laptops and netbooks—were the only important devices in web town are over. The year of the mobile web has finally dawned upon us, and there is no turning back. ...In the latest technology survey Columbus State University (Ga.) does every year with its students, more than 70 percent indicated preferring to use a cell or smart phone to communicate with the university regarding their student information. “We wanted to have a way to reduce the long lines that result prior to each term within our enrollment management area,” recalls Bob Diveley, executive director of operations and infrastructure for CSU Information and Technology Services. [Accessed Feb. 8, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Edward Zaboroskie, CSU theater student, wins regional acting award; heads to Washington, D.C., for finals:
Edward Zaboroskie, a Columbus State University junior theater student, won the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 4 Irene Ryan acting competition. His partner is Ansley Selman. The two young actors will go to Washington, D.C., on April 18 for the finals. This is the second year in a row that a CSU theater student has won the regional award. The Irene Ryan acting competition is named for the actor best known as Granny in "The Beverly Hillbillies." It's the highest collegiate acting award in the country. [Accessed Feb. 8, 2010]