Columbus State "In the News" -- June 2010

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Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Local generals: Petraeus ‘right man for the  job’
President Barack Obama made a good choice in selecting Army Gen. David H. Petraeus as commander of the war in Afghanistan, but don’t expect any big changes, retired generals in Columbus said Thursday. “Obviously, Petraeus is a good choice,” said retired Lt. Gen. Carmen Cavezza, executive director of the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development at Columbus State University. “He is kind of the architect of the Iraq thing, which is not resolved yet, but he has made major strides there. I think that is going to work out.” [Accessed June 30, 2010]

The Standard Speaker (Hazleton, Pa.)
Area native's book retraces MacArthur's steps in Philippines
For his latest book, a West Hazleton native retraced the steps taken by Gen. Douglas MacArthur as he liberated the Philippines from Japan in the 1940s. Joseph P. McCallus blended accounts of MacArthur's travels in the eastern Asian island with observations about life there today for "The MacArthur Highway and Other Relics of American Empire in the Philippines." "Because I have been doing research in the Philippines since 1986, I have seen diminishing American presence there. The Philippines had been an American colony," he said. McCallus is a 1972 graduate of West Hazleton High School and now lives in Columbus, Ga., where he teaches English at Columbus State University. This is his third book about the Philippines, he said. "The object of the book was to sort of ascertain what is left of the American influence in the Philippines," he said. [Accessed June 29, 2010]

Rockdale Citizen
Salem’s Miller signs to play at Columbus State
Salem’s Ashley Miller recently signed soccer and honors program scholastic scholarships with Columbus State. Looking on were, front, from left, father Randy Miller, Ashley Miller and mother Lynn Miller; in back, from left, Rockdale Youth Soccer Association coach Steve Speeler, Salem athletics director Jim McBrayer and Salem girls soccer coach Heather Cheek. [Accessed June 29, 2010]
CSU Tennis Teams Ranked in Final National Polls
Columbus, Ga. -- Columbus State tennis coach Evan Isaacs learned of his teams' final rankings on Thursday, following one of the most successful seasons for the Cougar tennis program in school history. The CSU men, national semifinalists, were ranked ninth in the final Division II Intercollegiate Tennis Association men's poll, while the CSU women finished 12th. [Accessed June 11, 2010]

ilead2Serve (Pastoral Institute blog)
Columbus State University to Offer Graduate Program in Servant Leadership
Columbus State University is set to offer a graduate program with a degree track in servant leadership that's both rare and tailored especially for the Columbus area professional community.  The degree track is part of CSU's new Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program, recently approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. [Accessed June 11, 2010]

WLTZ-Channel 38
Batter Up! (video report)
The 2010 season was suppose to be the first baseball season without the Woodbats. That was before the recent purchase by General Manager Andy Willis.  Now, the boys of summer are back for a summer league season. Despite a late start, the Bats have started the year 3-1. Just like recent years, this team is composed of players mostly from Columbus State and CVCC, so many are comfortable with their new home - Ragsdale Field, the home of the CSU Cougars Baseball team. [Accessed June 11, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
1,200 riders with Bicycle Ride Across Georgia head out this morning
Rick Sanderson laughed as he made his way down a hall of the Corn Center for the Visual Arts on the RiverPark campus of Columbus State University downtown. The center is where a number of the 1,200 people participating in the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia spent Tuesday and Wednesday before departing early this morning. Many more slept in multi-colored tents on the grounds. On both sides of the Corn Center hall were inflatable mattresses and sleeping bags. [Accessed June 10, 2010]

Golf Week
Experts will convene to address pace of play
The epidemic of slow play in college golf has brought the game’s decision makers to a slow burn. The Golf Coaches Association of America wants to do something about it. A panel of experts throughout the game will convene this summer and suggest ways to speed up a pace of play that drags well past five hours, often approaching six. “Over the past decade we’ve seen an increasing problem regarding pace of play in college golf,” Mark Crabtree, men’s coach at Louisville and president of the Golf Coaches Association of America, said in a news release. Crabtree and incoming GCAA president Bruce Brockbank will co-chair the committee. Todd Satterfield, who coaches Furman and is on the Rules of Golf Committee, will join coaches ... Mark Immelman (Columbus State) ... [Accessed June 10, 2010]

WLTZ-Channel 38
Lady Cougars Basketball Camp (video report)
For three days this week, girls between the ages of 7 through 14 years old came together at the Lumpkin Center at Columbus State University. Running the camp is CSU Head Coach Jonathan Norton who with the help of his coaching staff, taught some of the skills and fundamentals that the players use on the court. [Accessed June 10, 2010]

The Dahlonega Nugget
Day camp offers hands-on learning
Starting June 21, children in Dahlonega and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to participate in Kids on Campus, a new summer day camp program offered by North Georgia College & State University. ... Kids on Campus is based on a similar program offered by Columbus State University which offers a series of learning-focused, themed day camps. [Accessed June 10, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Military history gets a lift (John House column)
Columbus State University has been supporting the local community for many years. Now, thanks to a $2 million donation by the Richard R. Hallock Foundation, CSU will have the resources to begin work on a Military History program. With the synergy provided by the National Infantry Museum, the Donovan Research Library on Fort Benning, the National Civil War Naval Museum and the National Armor and Cavalry Museum planned for Fort Benning, the military history resources in this area will be hard to match. [Accessed June 8, 2010]

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WTVM-Channel 9

CSU math initiative targets high school girls
COLUMBUS, GA - This summer, Columbus State University's Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative will engage area high school girls in connecting math to the professional world and becoming role models for younger students. The project, named Math CIRCLES (Community and Industry Role-models Creating Learning Experiences), will involve 20 rising juniors and seniors. [Accessed June 7, 2010]

WTVM-Channel 9
Muscogee Co. teachers learn to cope with changes at BPI
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Some Muscogee County teachers filled Hall Auditorium on the campus of Columbus State University Monday morning for the 2010 Best Practices Institute.  Dave Weber, one of three keynote speakers, captured the audience attention immediately mixing a message of change with humor. [Accessed June 7, 2010]

Georgia Trend
Columbus: Success Brings Success
The rumble coming from the south side of Columbus – to the tune of $2 million a day in construction work at Fort Benning – makes it seem as though the city is humming like a jet getting ready for takeoff. And indeed it is. …. Columbus State has established a doctoral degree in education, and President Tim Mescon notes that enrollment for 2009 was up 3 percent over the previous year. “More importantly, our January 2010 enrollment versus a year ago was up over 5 percent. That means we’re doing a better job of retaining existing students, which is a very important objective.”  CSU recently opened a campus in West Point in conjunction with Kia, which has enrolled 150 students; and on the south side of Columbus, CSU will develop 170 acres adjacent to Fort Benning for Benning Technology Park.  The park, to be built in conjunction with Senoia Development, will eventually house a CSU academic presence next to Fort Benning, says Mescon, as well as a number of military and defense contractors. The project is tied to $2 million in congressional earmarks this year, most going toward gaming and simulation development in CSU’s TSYS School of Computer Science.  “It all ties in to work with the TSYS School,” says Mescon. “We’re really looking to attract multinational defense and military contractors, who will now see Columbus as a critical location to expand operations.” [Accessed June 4, 2010]

YouTube (New on ColumbusStateU)
Columbus State introduces new men's basketball coach
Reporters and Columbus State University boosters gathered Friday, April 9, 2010 for a Lumpkin Center news conference to learn that Robert Moore, a former assistant to Herbert Greene, had been appointed the school's sixth men's basketball coach. These are highlights of his remarks. [Accessed June 2, 2010]

North Platte Bulletin (Nebraska)
Former Knights Williams, Joyner sign letters of intent
Dorian Williams and Isaac Joyner are the latest members of the North Platte Community College Knights mens' basketball team to sign National Letters of Intent for next season. ... Joyner, a 6-3 wing player from Atlanta, Ga., has signed to play for Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga. He averaged 4.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game with 25 total assists. [Accessed June 2, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Columbus State sprinter Shan Crawford of Smiths Station finishes fifth at NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Columbus State women’s track athlete Shan Crawford ran to a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter dash and into CSU sports history Saturday at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Charlotte, N.C. Crawford and CSU men’s track athlete Meshak Koyiaki became the first CSU athletes to qualify for the national competition in the program’s first season, and Crawford became the first to place at the national level with her 11.96-second dash. ... Crawford had set a new personal-best time in the event in Thursday’s preliminaries, where she ran it in 11.74 seconds and had the second-best overall time of any heat. But cool weather, winds and rain rolled into the area Friday and continued Saturday, and Crawford said her time in the finals suffered as a result. [Accessed June 1, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Early College Academy of Columbus holds first graduation
Sage Coleman will graduate high school today, but she’s already a college sophomore. Coleman was a student at the Early College Academy of Columbus, where the students enroll at Columbus State University and earn credit for college courses while still in high school. The school will hold commencement ceremonies for its “legacy” class of 63 seniors today at the Columbus Civic Center. “It’s exciting,” said Coleman, who will continue at CSU in the fall. “We get to tell our children we were the first to graduate from our school.” [Accessed June 1, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Speaker, local leaders discuss ways to alleviate poverty
Poverty — defining it, its many facets and possible solutions — was the centerpiece topic Thursday at the Cunningham Center for Leadership at Columbus State University. The third annual Poverty Symposium, sponsored by Enrichment Services Program, featured keynote speaker Stephen Smith. A professor of economics and international affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, Smith is the author of three books including “Ending Global Poverty: A Guide to What Works.” “Ending poverty is possible,” said Smith, whose work focuses on economic development. “It’s possible but not inevitable.” [Accessed June 1, 2010]

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Gift of $2 million will help establish CSU military history program
A $2 million gift from the Richard R. Hallock Foundation has laid the groundwork for Columbus State University to establish a military history program on its campus. The gift, which was announced today, will be used to create the Col. Richard R. Hallock Distinguished University Chair in Military History. According to a release: "The holder of the new position will be a nationally renowned scholar who can help develop a military history program at Columbus State while teaching, fostering student research and working with local organizations that can contribute to the learning process." Related: Video report from WLTZ-Channel 38 [Accessed June 1, 2010]

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia gets credit in movie credits
Stay seated for the credits for the movie "Killers" next weekend and you'll see why Georgia Films officials love Hollywood these days. The state's logo appears at the end of the Ashton Kutcher-Katherine Heigl comedy, shot last year in Atlanta. "A lot of people actually do sit through the credits for things like extras, bloopers," said Stefanie Paupeck, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, which oversees the film division. "It's basically a ‘Made in Georgia' tag." It's a branding effort that lasts only seconds, but officials said it has helped film investment in the state grow from $70 million in 2004 to $770 million in 2009. ... Tim Mescon, president of Columbus State University and a branding expert, said few people stick around to see any credits, much less the very last one. But he understands the motivation. With every state in the country and Canada offering film production incentives, it's imperative to find a way to stand out. [Accessed June 1, 2010]

Accessed June 1, 2010

The Bayonet (Fort Benning)
‘Mailed Foot’ battalion command changes
During a change of command ceremony May 26, LTC Lance Oskey took command of 2nd Battalion, 54th Infantry Regiment, from LTC Dean Weiler. The “Mailed Foot” battalion is charged with training Infantrymen. COL Terrence McKenrick, 192nd Infantry Brigade commander and reviewing officer for the ceremony, said Weiler brought lessons learned from the battlefield to produce 8,000 competent, confident, adaptive and combat-ready Infantrymen during his two years as battalion commander. Weiler’s next job is the professor of military science at Columbus State University. Leaving the battalion is a very “bitter experience,” Weiler said, but change is good for the organization and the battalion is in good hands with the Oskeys. [Accessed June 1, 2010]