Notable Accomplishments, Activities of CSU Students, Faculty, Staff

Schwob School of Music freshman pianist Liliya Ugay of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, is the Southern Division winner in the Music Teachers National Association Composition Competition in the Young Artist category. Ugay, a Woodruff Award recipient, studies piano with Alex Kobrin, CSU’s L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano, and composition with professor Fred Cohen. Her winning composition is under consideration for its category’s national award, which will be announced in mid February.

Senior accounting major Stephanie Parrish and senior nursing major Kate Walton have been selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of Women’s 2010 Scholar All-America Soccer Team. The CSU pair are part of the NSCA/Performance Subaru Women's NCAA College Division Third Team, comprised of teams from Division II, Division III and NAIA. Parrish, from Lawrenceville, Ga., recorded 33 points on 13 goals and seven assists, and also was a Daktronics All-Southeast Region, NSCAA All-Region and All-Peach Belt Conference First Team Honoree. Walton, from Stone Mountain, Ga., this season registered 17 points on five goals and seven assists including three assists in a 5-0 win over North Georgia. The Lady Cougars ended the 2010 season with a 19-2-1 mark and reached the NCAA Tournament.

Army Reserve Specialist Allison Hubbart, a junior theatre major, received a 2010 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Army Reserve Components Achievement Award. The award recognizes enlisted soldiers from the Army Reserve in Georgia-based units and the Georgia Army National Guard for exemplary conduct, exemplary drills and training attendance, and leadership instructional ability. Hubbart, also a chaplain’s assistant, joined the Army in 2005, inspired by her brother’s 2003 deployment to Iraq as a U.S. Marine, the AJC reported.

Assistant Professor of History John Ellisor’s The Second Creek War: Interethnic Conflict and Collusion on a Collapsing Frontier has been published by the University of Nebraska Press. Ellisor’s book demonstrates how the federal government’s 1836 relocation of Creek Indians from present-day Alabama to Oklahoma transcended what’s been commonly regarded as a “minor police action.” The work was the subject of Ellisor’s Jan. 18 lecture and book-signing at the Columbus Public Library.

Interim Associate Provost and political science professor Greg Domin has been elected president of the Georgia Political Science Association for 2011. He also participated on a panel entitled Challenges and Opportunities for Mentoring Undergraduate Research: A Faculty Roundtable at the Jan. 6-8 Southern Political Science Association's annual conference in New Orleans.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Joseph Rugutt presented a research poster during the Dec. 1-4 American Chemical Society Conference in New Orleans. The work was titled “Nobel Chemistry in Undergraduate Laboratory: Guided Inquiry Synthesis of Novel Crystalline Monomers for Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization Reactions.”

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, an honor society recognizing high-achieving freshmen and sophomores, has inducted 31 CSU students with a 3.4 or higher GPA and a top 20 percent class ranking. The induction ceremony was held in CSU’s International House. Among the CSU inductees, NSCS CSU-chapter officers are President Claire Cho; Executive Vice President Brittany Butler, Secretary-Treasurer Catherine Powers, Vice President for Community Service Michael Anderson and Vice President of Public Relations Melita Boykin. English professor Carmen Skaggs is the chapter advisor. In a recent community service project, CSU chapter members participated in the regional initiative Operation Fluffy Pillow, collecting sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels for single, junior-enlisted soldiers returning from service overseas.

Gamma Lambda, Columbus State’s 40-member student chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association and Lambda Alpha Epsilon, this fall hosted the LAE Region 5 Conference at the Doubletree Hotel in Columbus. About 100 students from around the Southeast participated in academic testing, crime scene investigation, firearms shooting and physical agility. As hosts, the CSU students were not eligible to participate in the academic or CSI competitions. However, the following Gamma Lambda members, who trained with the International Marksmanship Team at Fort Benning, excelled in the firearms and physical agility events:
Laquita Williams – Physical Agility (36 and older), first
Freddie Connor – Physical Agility (26-35), first
Nick Simmons – Physical Agility (26-35), third
Kim Mahan, Beth White and Bryan Reynolds - Firearms (team), second
Jonathan Knight – Firearms (individual/professional), second
Bryan Reynolds – Firearms (individual/upper division), third, and Physical Agility (25 and younger), second

Marlena Mobley, Residence Life coordinator for Courtyard II, has received the Contribution to Campus Award from the Georgia Residence Hall Organization. The organization also named Residence Life graduate assistant Lindsey Saef as Graduate Student of the Year.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi selected Student Affairs Specialist Bernard McCrary for a $500 Love of Learning Award based on academic and related professional performance. McCrary developed CSU’s Projecting Hope program in conjunction with the University System of Georgia Board of Regents African-American Male Initiative.

CSU Continuing Education’s Activ8 program has been voted the best summer camp by local parents and caregivers in the 2011 Mom’s Choice Awards. The awards, covering service and goods providers for children ranging from health care to retail, are organized and presented by Muscogee Moms, a family resource organization serving the Chattahoochee Valley. Activ8 also has earned the 2009 Georgia Adult Education Association Outstanding Innovative Programming Award. For more information, go to