Columbus State "In the News" -- July 2010

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Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Jazz community small, but active in Columbus (Sandra Okamoto column)
Back in 1986, Sid Kamensky, Jan Hyatt and Paul Vander Gheynst put out a call to everyone who loved jazz. They wanted to start the Columbus Jazz Society. I remember going to that first meeting in the ballroom of the Ralston Hotel.... The CJS exists to promote live jazz music as well as promote jazz education. The organization has established an education fund that provides grants to students in the Columbus State University jazz studies program. [Accessed July 29, 2010]

Sam Mitchell intends to help kids succeed through his Dream and Achieve Youth Basketball Camp
NBA assistant coach Sam Mitchell landed a new gig just in time to make a point as he hosts the Dream and Achieve Youth Basketball Camp, beginning Monday. Mitchell, a former Columbus High star and NBA player, had been out of coaching since December 2008, when he was released as the Toronto Raptors head coach. But in June, he was hired as the New Jersey Nets’ top assistant.... The camp opens Monday morning at Columbus State’s Lumpkin Center and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day through Thursday. [Accessed July 28, 2010]

Miss Columbus Pageant celebrates its 50th anniversary
The current franchise of the Miss Columbus Pageant is marking its 50th anniversary this month. The pageant is a preliminary competition for the Miss. Georgia Pageant which celebrated its 66th anniversary in June. Margaret Wilson Thornton won the title of Miss. Columbus in 1959. She became the first runner-up to Miss Georgia later that year. ... Thornton was 18 and attending Columbus College (now Columbus State University) when she won the title of Miss Columbus. [Accessed July 28, 2010]

WTVM-Channel 9
Crunching the numbers: Georgia budget cuts
(video report)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Yet again, State agencies around Georgia have to crunch the numbers. Governor Sonny Perdue is ordering more budget cuts by state agencies because of $375 in federal stimulus money they counted on, but is now tied up in Congress. All agencies have to prepare for at least a 4% decrease in their budget. ... The heads of each state agency in Georgia were not surprised by the announcement that their state allocated funds would be withheld this year. But, John Lester, from Columbus State University said, it does not make it any less frustrating, "All state agencies are dealing with it. We are trying to build for the future of this state and region and we are trying to make sure that building process is never affected." The local university has to create a contingency plan that ranges from a loss of 1.3 to almost 3 million dollars.  This loss is added to the 23% reduction in state allocations that they have faced over the last 2 years [Accessed July 27, 2010]

New York Times
Is Your Student Card a Little Too Smart?
Once upon a time, a student ID was merely a laminated card good for getting into campus buildings and a discount at the movies. But magnetic strips and wireless chips have revolutionized this little piece of plastic, turning it into a one-stop source for security and commerce (with expanded uses that have raised a few eyebrows). Students swipe IDs to open doors, operate washer/dryers, buy stuff, reserve tickets, withdraw cash from an A.T.M., or even say “here” in class.  ... Some official campus IDs come with a Visa or MasterCard emblem in the bottom right-hand corner. At Columbus State, in Georgia, the ID is also a Cougar One debit card. That may make shopping easier, but advocates worry that commercial functions on an academic card could encourage students to incur debt. [Accessed July 27, 2010]

Atlanta Business Chronicle
New Fort Benning biz park to be defense hub
A $72 million business park is being planned near Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga., that could employ more than 1,000 within five years. Development of the 1.4 million-square-foot office park is being fueled by the growth of the adjacent army base. The 184,000-acre Fort Benning is undergoing a $3.5 billion expansion as part of theU.S. Army’s Base Realignment and Closure initiatives. ...Columbus State University, which is a partner in the proposed business park and owns the land, could eventually locate classrooms there. [Accessed July 27, 2010]

Cordele Dispatch
Kennedy signs  (7th item)
Wilcox High graduate Jenna Kennedy becomes only the school's second female athlete to sign  with a college to play golf. She has signed a letter of intent to attend Columbus State University. She is the daughter of George and Patty Kennedy, and her father has been her coach. [Accessed July 27, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Former first lady Laura Bush to speak at Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum
Former first lady Laura Bush will be one of several speakers to take the podium during this year’s Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. Her address will focus on the eight years she and former President George W. Bush lived in the White House. “I think that’s what people are interested in,” Laura Bush said. “I think that’s what they’ll want to know. And plus, I want to just sort of remind people of what those years were like and how consequential they were for our country.” ... It is sponsored by Columbus State University’s Cunningham Center for Leadership Development, Synovus and TSYS. [Accessed July 21, 2010]

WLTZ-Channel 38
Air Rifle Camp (video report)
Kids between the ages of 7-18 are taking part in the Air Rifle Camp this week. The (Columbus State University) camp is designed for young people interested in competitive shooting and those wishing to improve their skills. [Accessed July 19, 2010]

Alpharetta CVB First in State to Receive Accreditation
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the first CVB in the state to be awarded the status of Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (GACVB) Destination Marketing Organization Accreditation. A brand-new program established in January through a partnership between GACVB and Columbus State University's Cunningham Center for Leadership Development provides official Accreditation to destination marketing organizations (DMO) throughout the state in an effort to make evident to stakeholders these organizations and the people who lead them have attained a well-defined set of standards recognized in the industry. [Accessed July 16, 2010]

Teach Our Children (Kansas-based blog, w/video)
Julie Ballenger, Ph.D., (Fort Hays State University) Alumni Achievement Award Winner
Julie A. Ballenger, Ellerslie, Ga., graduated from FHSU with a Master of Science degree in botany in 1988. She earned her BA in biology from Central College, Pella, Iowa, in 1983 and her Ph.D. in botany from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1992. She has studied in Mexico, the Bahamas, London, Panama, Peru, Botswana, Ecuador, Belize, Australia and New Zealand. She is a professor in the Department of Biology of Columbus State University. [Accessed July 14, 2010]

University Business
Columbus State University's Economic Impact Jumps 11%, Totaling $235 Million
A new report shows Columbus State University's economic impact jumped nearly 11 percent in fiscal 2009, reaching $235 million as part of the public university system's $12.7 billion economic impact on the state's economy. [Accessed July 13, 2010]

WRBL-Channel 3
CSU to Host 2011 NCAA Rifle Championships (w/video)
Columbus, Ga. – Columbus State University’s inaugural rifle season garnered wide attention in 2010 when shooter Jonathan Hall won the NCAA individual national championship. The program now will gain attention on a much bigger scale. The NCAA has awarded hosting rights for the 2011 NCAA National Rifle Championship to Columbus State University. The event will be held jointly at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) at Fort Benning and at the Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center on the Columbus State campus. The event will take place the week of March 9-12, 2011, with the small-bore competition at USAMU and the air-rifle competition at the Lumpkin Center. [Accessed July 13, 2010]

iTunes Preview
iPad Training Sessions
Podcast Description: Dr. Michael Baltimore introduces you to the iPad and its many applications both in and outside of the classroom. (Content developed by Baltimore, of CSU's College of Education and Health Professions, featured on channel of iTunes.) [Accessed July 9, 2010]

WTVM-Channel 9
CSU economic impact jumps 11%, totaling $235 million
COLUMBUS, GA - A new report shows Columbus State University's economic impact jumped nearly 11 percent in fiscal 2009, reaching $235 million as part of the public university system's $12.7 billion economic impact on the state's economy. The report demonstrates the growth of higher education's contributions to the state's economic prosperity, including the Chattahoochee River Valley. For instance, all 35 University System of Georgia institutions generated nearly 3 percent of the state's jobs during the study period, from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009. Related: WXTX video report on CSU Economic Impact [Accessed July 9, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Columbus State to host 2011 NCAA rifle championships
If winning an NCAA individual championship last season in the program’s first year put the Columbus State riflery program on the map, Tuesday’s announcement that the school would host the national championship in March placed it among the country’s most visible. “Having this event here brings our program up along with some of the schools that have had teams for 25 or 30 years, so this is very exciting for us,” CSU riflery coach Mike Green said. “We’re working very hard to make sure this is going to be a phenomenal experience for all the people involved.” [Accessed July 7, 2010]

CE ELI Blog (CSU's English Language Institute blog)
Columbus State University Welcomes Guests from Colombia, China, and Japan
Summer Immersion Excursion groups will begin arriving on July 15th, and we are so excited! It is a hard-fought victory to navigate the many obstacles necessary to get these groups of internationals into the country. Ours is a worthy cause; we push education because it enlightens and enriches. Experiences like the ones we are able to provide these Immersion Excursion groups open eyes and open doors to a future they may not have dreamt of before. They get a taste of all we have to offer at Columbus State, in Columbus and in Atlanta. Three groups are scheduled to visit Columbus State University in this summer’s excursion program. The groups are from Uniminuto in Colombia, Shanghai University of Engineering Science in China, and Teikyo University in Japan. [Accessed July 7, 2010]

(Military Technologies blog)
Senate Approves 2010 National Defense Authorization Act
U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Veterans’’ Affairs Committee, praised the Senate’s passage last night of the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, an annual bill that authorizes funding for our servicemen and women and their families, critical military construction projects at Georgia bases, as well as Georgia-made weapons systems. ... The bill includes the following provisions sponsored by Sen. Chambliss: ... Cognitive Map-Based Modeling and Simulation for Tactical Decision Support – $4 million – Intended for Columbus State University – This supports a partnership between Columbus State University (CSU) and the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) which aims to explore cognitive map-based modeling and simulation to support tactical decision-making by military planners in training and operational scenarios. [Accessed July 7, 2010]

Dayton Daily News (Ohio)
Forward transfers from WSU to Georgia school
Paul Darkwa, a 6-foot-7 forward who came to Wright State after serving eight years in the Navy but played sparingly as a 27-year-old freshman, will transfer to Columbus (Ga.) State University, WSU announced Friday, July 2. Darkwa’s departure opens a scholarship that WSU coach Billy Donlon said the Raiders hope to fill by the fall. “It was certainly a mutual decision,” Donlon said of Darkwa, a Ghana, Africa, native who attended high school in California and averaged five minutes per game in 26 appearances last season. Related from WHIO-TV:  [Accessed July 2, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Columbus State men's basketball: Former Jordan High School star Steve Peterson among six additional players to sign with CSU first-year coach Robert Moore
Columbus State men’s basketball coach Robert Moore announced the addition of six more players, including former Jordan star Steve Peterson, to his first signing class at CSU on Wednesday. Peterson, Paul Darkwa, Darius McKnight, Jonathan Murphy, Issac Joyner and Philip Spotswood bring Moore’s total to nine signees for the 2010-11 season.[Accessed July 1, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Police enforcing new truck route ordinance
Truck traffic on some Columbus streets may be a little lighter with enforcement of the city’s new truck route ordinance. ... Under the ordinance approved on Feb. 23 by Columbus Council, truck route signs with weight restrictions were posted on streets throughout the city.  ...  The new ordinance would keep most trucks from traveling through the Columbus State University campus downtown. Rus Drew, police chief of Columbus State University, said truckers seem to be complying with the law. “From everything we have observed, it looks like pretty good compliance with truck traffic downtown,” Drew said. “We haven’t see any significant issues with it.” [Accessed July 1, 2010]

Want to Play at Wimbledon? Check Out These Top Tennis Colleges

If you are a tennis fan, then you’re probably in your glory this time of year. From the French Open to Wimbledon to the U.S. Open, summer is packed with fierce tennis competition. ... Tennis talent can pop up anywhere, of course, but it helps if you go to a school known for its court competitors. ...  Here are the top 10 schools for men’s and women’s tennis in the NCAA Divisions I and II. Are you heading off to one of them in the fall? ... Men’s Division II ... Columbus State University ... [Accessed July 1, 2010]
Richmond Artist Greig Leach to Unveil Opening Day Painting
RICHMOND, VA - The Richmond Flying Squirrels, a Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, announce the exclusive world-wide unveiling of an opening day painting, "Go Nuts" by internationally recognized Richmond artist Greig Leach. ... Mr. Leach is a past Fellow of VMFA, has served as a visiting artist to the American Academy in Rome, Italy, in 2009 and artist-in-residence to Columbus State University, Corn Center for the Visual Arts. [Accessed July 1, 2010]
70 CSU Athletes Named to 2009-10 PBC Presidential Honor Roll
Columbus, Ga. -- Columbus State was well represented in the annual Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll listings released last week by the conference office in Augusta. 70 Cougar athletes were listed on the honor roll, joining over 1,000 other athletes from the 12 other PBC institutions. The Presidential Honor Roll recognizes all student-athletes at the 13 PBC member institutions who had a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the academic year. [Accessed July 1, 2010]