Noteworthy accomplishments ...

CSU Disability Services Coordinator Joy Norman received the Governor’s Commendation for Excellence in Customer Service in a July 23 ceremony at the state Capitol. The award recognizes meritorious actions that enhance the public image of customer service or improve the way customer service is provided in Georgia. Norman was cited for her innovative work in collaborating with the Muscogee County School District to prepare disabled high school students and their parents for enrollment at CSU, which has improved the progression and graduation rates among these students. Norman is one of just three University System of Georgia representatives selected this year for the honor. She also was instrumental in CSU’s Exceptional Service Award earlier this summer from the Columbus Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities. CSU was cited for its “commitment to meeting the needs of students with disabilities insures that all students are offered a quality education.”

The Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities also named Assistant Professor of English Crystal Woods as its Educator of the Year for setting the standard for educators in creating a positive learning environment for students with disabilities. CSU-student nominators noted Woods’ enthusiasm and dedication” for “inspiring” them to do their best.

Junior chemistry major Jonathan Padelford spent eight weeks this summer learning from a leading researcher in his field as part of Florida State University’s Magnet Lab’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Padelford was one of just two undergraduates nationwide competitively selected for the eight-week summer internship program. Mentored by Florida State scientist Ke Han explored science at the extremes of magnetic field, pressure and temperature. He also blogged about the experience (read here: http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/reu/blog2009.html).

Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing Tobias Huning has been inducted in the Lander Athletics Hall of Fame. Born in Wuelfrath, Germany, Huning played singles and doubles on two NCAA Division II championship teams, including the 2000 squad, which broke the record for most consecutive national titles (eight). Huning, who joined the CSU faculty in fall 2008, was a two-time All-American and the 1999 Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year.

Senior English major and filmmaker Danielle Thompson screened her Columbus civil rights era documentary Can Two Walk Together July 26 at the Columbus Library. An oral history project in a Columbus State University literature class nearly two years ago inspired the project. Thompson was assisted by her parents, who have a 30-year broadcasting background, plus CSU instructional technology specialists Garry Cook and Steve Roach. The 90-minute film includes historic footage and testimonials Columbus-area residents who experienced the period. “I interviewed that generation’s activists, teachers, soldiers and everyday citizens who contributed to the movement,” said Thompson, who grew up in Columbus and plans to study filmmaking in graduate school. Thompson also plans to make the film accessible following Sunday’s screening. She’s exploring opportunities for a screening on campus and will make DVD copies available via the CSU history department. View the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h04BWCPtY2Y.

College of Education Assistant Dean and Professor Sallie Averitt Miller presented “Reading Instruction that Works” and conducted a “leadership book study” based on Roger Allen’s Winnie-the-Pooh on Management during the July 9-11 Georgia Reading Association Summer Leadership Conference in Dahlonega. In her latter session, Miller used Allen’s book to illustrate principles such as setting clear objectives, strong leadership, and the need for accurate information, good communication, and other often neglected basic leadership skills. Miller, who also is president of the association, was accompanied by CSU graduate students Shelly Edwards and Laura Garman. Both are Muscogee Reading Association officers. Garman is president, while Edwards is vice president. The CSU trio met with another conference presenter, nationally respected author William Hawthorne, whose novel The Last Pirate is embedded with instructional lessons for middle school students.

“The Urban Challenge: Creating a Service Learning and Leadership Project at a Metropolitan University,” a study co-authored by CSU Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Darryl Holloman is published the July 2009 issue of the Georgia Journal of College Student Affairs. Holloman and Andrew Vigario explored how Rutgers University-Newark created a leadership development program for the millennial student based upon a seven-point leadership model applied in a community engagement context.

CSU men’s golf coach Mark Immelman has been named to the Golf Digest list of 'The Top 20 Golf Instructors Under 40' and also is listed among the top instructors in the state of Georgia by the publication. The list was a part of the magazine's article identifying the game's top 50 Golf Teachers. In addition to his success at the helm of the CSU program, the 2009 Golf Coaches Association Division II National Coach of the Year operates the Mark Immelman Golf Instruction school at Bull Creek Golf Course in Columbus.