President Mescon's Letter-Focus magazine, Spring 2010

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Columbus State University is a great, engaged institution. With committed faculty, exceptional students, devoted staff and an enviable towngown alliance, our prospects are abundant. Thanks to an extraordinarily generous community and resourceful, creative faculty, the opportunities we offer our students are amazing. Just look at what’s happened recently:

  • Twenty-four students and coaches from our nationally ranked women’s soccer team spent 10 days in our Spencer House in Oxford, England. Team members played three matches in England, completed a 3semester hour course and had the time of their lives. For some players, it was their first flight. This visit helped our Center for International Education set a new record for CSU students and faculty studying and teaching abroad.

  • Dr. Evelyn Blalock represented CSU at the opening of this region’s first-ever Early Headstart Center, a preschool program for children up to age 3 that will have a profound impact on the future of those children and their families.

  • The Internet giant Google developed a Higher Education Roadshow and visited only four universities across the nation, including Columbus State because of our innovative development of Google apps for the Droid.

  • Our Honors Program students have led CSU’s effort to support the Haitian earthquake victims.

  • Our Servant Leadership Program seniors are working diligently on the development of a spectacular playground for children with autism — a first in the region.

  • Our Turner College business students, through United Way’s Volunteers in Tax Assistance Program, helped lowincome Columbus residents receive more than $2.2 million in refunds this tax season.

  • Our Student Government Association and Faculty Senate have endorsed a move to a smokefree campus beginning in the fall, 2010.

  • In less than two years, our exceptional faculty have transformed our online course offerings from a system that required CSU to pay $300,000 a year for course delivery, to today, when our faculty personally oversee more than 400 online courses, generating $2 million in support for CSU faculty, colleges and technology.

  • The College of Letters and Sciences has approved the launch of a flexible bachelor’s degree in liberal arts to support activeduty military and dependents.

  • The Schwob School of Music’s Kaleidoscope program played in April to a packed — and enthralled — RiverCenter audience.

On the other hand, a recent faculty vote indicates that it’s time to acknowledge the need to commit to faculty engagement, involvement and a culture of shared governance. Moving forward, at a measured pace, in a challenged economic period, I am committed to heightened faculty input into a broad array of operational matters that impact the university. We want to focus on healing within and continuing to move CSU in a positive direction. I hope we can all move forward together with students as the center of attention. My goal is for CSU to be as great as it can be, and that will require absolute commitment by the administration, faculty, staff and students.

Thank you for your continued support of this great university.

Tim Mescon, President