Notable Accomplishments, Activities

Political Science Professor Tom Dolan participated in a June 11-22 counterterrorism studies program in Israel as a 2011-2012 Academic Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Dolan, chair of the Department of Political Science and MPA program, engaged in an intensive series of lectures by academics, diplomats and military officials from India, Israel, Jordan, Turkey and the United States as well as field trips to military, police and immigration facilities throughout Israel. From July 6-24, Dolan is in England directing the CSU in Oxford study abroad program Islam in Europe.

Amanda Rees, an associate professor of geography, is participating in The Historical and Cultural Development of Modern India, a National Endowment of the Arts summer institute July 4-29 in Delhi. Selected by NEA for the program, Rees plans to examine urban development of modern India and popular cultural representations such as Bollywood.

Associate Professor of Physics Zodiac Webster, served as a principal investigator and workshop co-facilitator for the NASA funded Georgians Experience Astronomy Research in Schools. The June 13-July 1 program drew teachers teachers to the campuses of Albany State, Valdosta State, Kennesaw State and the University of Georgia for intensive workshops introducing high-tech astronomy tools for use with high school students.

ROTC cadet Ian MacDonald, a junior political science major, has advanced to the national finals of the 2011 All-Army Combative Tournament July 20-23 at Fort Hood, Texas. MacDonald qualified for the finals after winning four elimination matches as a light heavyweight in the recent Maneuver Center of Excellence Tournament at Fort Benning. The sport, designed at Fort Benning about 10 years ago, is based in grappling and combines kickboxing and mixed martial arts at its most advanced level.

Retaining Talent: Replacing Misconceptions With Evidence-Based Strategies,” co-authored by Assistant Professor of Management Philip Bryant, has drawn the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division’s 2011 Outstanding Practitioner Publication Award as best practitioner-oriented paper published in the previous year. Bryant collaborated with David G. Allen and James M. Vardaman on the piece published in the May 2010 issue of the Academy of Management Perspectives. A committee of respected scholars selected the work, based on the authors’ intent to “bridge a gap between science and practice in this area” and replace “several misconceptions about turnover” with guidelines for retention strategies. Also in this year, Bryant won the Academy of Strategic Management Distinguished Research Award for a paper entitled, “Regulated Change Effects on Boards of Directors: A Look at Agency Theory and Resource Dependency Theory”.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has named Ric Long, professor of counseling, to the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists and its Division of Marriage and Family Therapists. Long also is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He counsels individuals, couples and families and supervises therapists at  the Family Center, a United Way community mental health facility. His presentations, workshops and training programs have been delivered at international, national and state conventions and conferences.

Rita Jones, assistant professor of accounting; her student Jason Beard; and Vicky Langston, chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance and associate professor of economics, were  awarded “Best Faculty/Student Collaboration Paper” at a recent gathering of the Academy of Business Disciplines in Ft. Myers, Fla. During the conference, the trio presented their work, “The Blame Game – Who’s at Fault in the Mortgage Crisis?” which is published by the academy online at Beard recently completed his bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is pursuing a master’s in the same field while working as an auditor for the USDA Office of the Inspector General.

Schwob School of Music student violinists Sylvia Wehrs and Jing Yang are winners of the Concerto Competitions of the Auburn Community Orchestra (Wehrs) and Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra (Yang). Subsequently, Yang will appear as soloist with Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, performing Ravel's Tzigane Concert Rhapsody. Wehr will solo with the Auburn Community Orchestra, performing the Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor. The pair are students of Sergiu Schwartz, the William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Faculty Chair in Violin.

For the fourth time in six years, Columbus State Athletics has won the Peach Belt Conference Commissioner’s Cup as the best overall athletic program in the league. “I am so proud of the job our student-athletes, coaches and staff have done this year to accomplish this feat,” said athletic director Jay Sparks.  “It was a lot of hard work by everyone and a great reward for the department.  I am  glad we could represent our university in such a positive manner.” CSU had three teams, men’s cross country, women’s cross country and women’s soccer, win conference chamionships, while the baseball team and the men’s and women’s tennis teams finished second. Overall, eight of  11 CSU sports programs finished in the top half of the PBC.

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has named Columbus State Head Coach Evan Isaacs as a Wilson ITA Division II men’s Southeast Region Coach of the Year. CSU assistant coach Eva Petschnig earned the same honor in the category for women’s assistant coaches. Petschnig, a former all-American player for Columubus State and coaching for CSU in her second season, helped lead the women's squad to 17-6 record and an NCAA tournament berth and finish Southeast Regional finals. Isaacs, in his 10th year as head coach, directed the CSU men to a 19-5 mark and finish in the NCAA Championship semifinals.

Sungard Higher Education, a global supplier to colleges and universities of the Banner system – the collection of the institution’s central administrative systems and data – has cited CSU’s UITS as among its most innovative users. Columbus State was among 10 finalists among SunGard-served schools worldwide for the  2011 SunGard Higher Education Award for Institutional Performance Award. The recognition was drawn, in part, from UITS  staff  developing a Mobile Apps, real-time connection to the Banner sytem. Tarleton State University in Texas was the winner.

Jasmine Jones, a junior communication major, earned a $5,000 scholarship by capturing the recent the Legacy Chevrolet Spokesperson Scholarship Contest. She will serve as a spokesperson for the dealership for one year, which includes appearing in television and radio commercials. Runner-up Cassie Lee, a senior communication major-business minor,  received a $1,500 scholarship and also will appear in Legacy’s commercials.