Honorees Named at Columbus State Alumni Recognition Luncheon

Avery, Bundy, Harrison, KnapeCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Four Columbus State alumni and one key university staffer were honored Saturday at CSU’s annual Alumni Recognition Luncheon.


The luncheon was a featured event during Alumni Weekend 2012, which attracted scores of alumni and their families to events on both main and RiverPark campuses. Honored at the Oct. 13 luncheon outside CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center were:

  • Heather A. Avery, who won the Young Alumni Award. Avery, who earned both a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2000 and a master’s degree in applied computer science in 2005 from Columbus State, is a senior strategic consultant for Aflac’s chief administrative officer. Before this recent promotion, she was Aflac’s senior manager of Business Analytics, managing that unit’s daily operations and developing the annual department business plan, ensuring that Business Analytics goals aligned with corporate strategic goals. She also earned an MBA from Auburn University in 2010.
  • Sommer D. Bundy, who won the Alumni Service Award. Bundy, who earned a bachelor’s in business administration from CSU in 2005, has been a committed Columbus State volunteer since graduation. A former Miss CSU, she’s served on the Miss CSU Scholarship Pageant board and eventually became the pageant’s executive director, coordinating the pageant and preparing winners to become campus hostesses and compete in the Miss Georgia pageant. She’s also served on and chaired the CSU Day Committee, recruiting corporate donors to the university and delivering CSU Day signs. She currently serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, recently agreeing to chair its Events Committee, which helps plan and coordinate Alumni Weekend, the President’s Recognition Dinner and other annual events. Bundy also holds an MBA from Troy University.
  • Jason F. Harrison, who won the Excellence in Alumni Achievement Award. Harrison, who earned his bachelor’s in biology from Columbus State in 2000, was a nontraditional undergraduate, working as a radiology technician at The Medical Center while at CSU. His skill as a student researcher won recognition, including the Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society Award for his senior research project. Harrison went on to complete his Ph.D. in basic medical sciences in 2005 at the University of South Alabama. After working with children dying from brain cancer, Harrison pursued an M.D. from the University of South Alabama and received his degree in 2009. Currently, he’s a resident neurosurgeon at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.
  • Marine Capt. Charles E. Anklam III, named the Distinguished Alumnus in Military Service. Anklam, who earned an MPA from Columbus State in 2008, enlisted in the Marines in 1994. After months of training and two meritorious promotions, Anklam deployed in 1996 with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and participated in evacuation operations in Albania. Anklam later graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with an A.A. in liberal arts in 1999 and from the University of Florida with a B.A. in sociology in 2002. While at Florida, Anklam joined the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.  From March to July 2004, Anklam went on to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom II, after which he re-deployed to Iraq for service in Operation Iraqi Freedom III. Anklam made his way to Fort Benning in June 2006 when he came to serve as the Marine liaison officer. During this time, he also attended graduate school at CSU. Anklam now serves as the Marine officer instructor and associate professor for Purdue University’s Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps.
  • Jay A. Knape, who won the CSU Alumni Association Faculty/Staff Appreciation Award. Knape currently serves as senior manager of web content services for CSU’s University Information and Technology Services. This past year, following the CSU Alumni Association’s financial commitment to start a new alumni online community and web page design through a company called iModules, Knape worked closely with Alumni Relations on this project. Knape’s dedication helped Alumni Relations work through the process of web design, set-up and technical issues, making possible the launch of the new myCSU online community using iModules software. Knape is an alumnus, as well, receiving his master’s in applied computer science from CSU in 2008. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas.

The next Alumni Weekend has been set for Oct. 11-12, 2013. Alumni Relations will seek nominations athttp://ColumbusState.edu/alumni for awards to be given at that weekend’s Alumni Recognition Luncheon during the months leading up to that event.

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Editors: High-resolution original photos for each honoree can be accessed by name, below. (Anklam was unable to attend; no photo was immediately available.)

Heather A. Avery, Sommer D. Bundy, Jason F. Harrison, Jay A. Knape