Columbus State Spotlights Academic Excellence with Week's Events

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University will again recognize outstanding scholarship from its students and faculty from April 9-14 during its Academic Week of Excellence.

Beginning with CSU Tower Day, an exhibition of research and creative work from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 in the Schuster and Davidson centers, the week also includes:

  • A Celebration of Student Writing, 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday
  • Scholastic Honors Convocation, 2-4 p.m. Friday
  • Kaleidoscope, the Schwob School of Music's annual showcase concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Tower Day, now in its third year, is CSU's annual showcase of undergraduate research and creative endeavors that is the cornerstone of the Academic Week of Excellence. There will be 165 presenters and 75 projects on display. Students from all disciplines were invited to share their scholarly work.

CSU's Honors Program students organize Tower Day and will help judge presentations for 10 separate awards to be presented three days later, during the Scholastic Honors Convocation.

Among the projects on display will be Thomas Rice's Enhancing Awareness and Understanding by Applying Perceptual Mapping and Public Participation GIS: Safe Routes to School. This project collected student-generated data from Hannan Elementary School fifth-graders to help identify neighborhood problems that compromised safe routes to school. The project involved collecting, mapping, and analyzing data that would help school administrators meet the state's Safe Routes to Schools standards.

Another standout project is Samantha Worthy's Assessment of Heavy Metals in Lake Walter F. George in Alabama and Georgia. This study provided an assessment of metals such as chromium, cadmium, arsenic and lead in 12 water samples. Two rounds of sampling were conducted. Previous testing has shown metal levels in Lake Walter F. George exceed Environmental Protection Agency limits.

For more on the event, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/towerday/.

Celebration of Student Writing

Thursday's fourth annual Celebration of Student Writing will showcase writing-based projects from various disciplines in the Student Recreation Center's multipurpose room.

Resembling a science fair, students and their faculty mentors will display their work and answer questions from guests to demonstrate the significance of writing across disciplines, well beyond required first-year composition classes.

The event also is part of CSU's accreditation-related Quality Enhancement Plan, Writing the Solution.

Student writing being shared culminates their work with QEP faculty fellows Greg Domin, political science; Mary Beth Hendricks, education; Andrée Martin, music; Gary Sprayberry, history; and Scott Wilkerson, English. These professors developed writing projects or enhanced existing projects to foster critical thinking and teach students how a given discipline defines itself.

"We have committed as an institution to improve writing at all levels across campus, and the work showcased at this event shows a unique view into writing," said Angela Green, English professor, QEP specialist and director of the celebration.

"Last year, we had nursing, communication, theatre, English and computer science presentations," Green said. "This year we hope to include some new disciplines to further dispel the idea that writing stops after first-year classes."

The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Green at 706-568-2054 or green_angela1@ColumbusState.edu.

Scholastic Honors Convocation

The Scholastic Honors Convocation on Friday, April 13 in University Hall's auditorium is Columbus State's annual ceremony to recognize its Educator of the Year, Faculty Cup winner (top student honor) and other outstanding faculty and students, recognized by academic discipline. The convocation also honors faculty emeritus designees, Honors Program scholars and closes with a reception in the gallery space adjacent to the auditorium.

"This is a celebration of what we're about, which is academics and academic excellence," said Tom Hackett, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "It's certainly one of the most well-attended events. It's recognition of all the high performers in academics and our faculty members as well."

Kaleidoscope

The music school's event, in RiverCenter's Heard Theatre, also is the only performance of the year involving all of its 240 student musicians. The students include award-winning soloists and comprise award-winning chamber ensembles. They perform in both capacities for the concert.

Participating ensembles include the CSU Philharmonic Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Popular Music Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble and Contemporary Music Ensemble. These groups will play from different locations throughout the theater, allowing one group to immediately begin performing after the preceding group finishes, creating a seamless musical experience for the audience.

For more information about the concert, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://www.ColumbusState.edu/music. General admission is $20. Contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612.

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