President's Letter: Help Us Reconnect, Applaud Your Successes

 From Focus magazine, Fall 2013

For the past few years, the Turner College of Business has hosted a Business Plan Competition that awards — thanks to our sponsors — total cash prizes of $10,000 to high school and college student winners who present an outstanding plan for a viable start-up company.

This year’s competition awards ceremony will be headlined by Richard Smith, chairman and CEO of Realogy Holdings, a corporate giant with business holdings that include companies with household names, such as Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Coldwell Banker Commercial and ERA Realty.

More importantly for us, Richard is one of our alumni. He earned his degree in 1975, and his commitment to help out with this entrepreneurship effort in the Turner College is exactly the kind of engagement we are seeking from all our alumni.

As you can see in this issue of Focus, Columbus State University is making a concerted and aggressive effort to reconnect, re-energize and reignite our 32,000 alumni. We want to hear from you. Career and family milestones, academic successes and important events in your lives are important to us. Over the past 55 years, our university has helped shape the future and careers of so many across the globe. Tracking your success and connecting you with current students and recent alumni is an integral role of the university.

To bolster that effort, we are creating a student alumni association to foster spirit, tradition and pride throughout the university. Our objective is to provide activities and programs to CSU students who can assist in their development as leaders, scholars and future alumni. The student alumni association will provide a seamless integration between current students and alumni by connecting them to current alumni activities and helping them prepare for the challenges of the world beyond the Columbus State campus environment. We’re also taking a look at how we create more opportunities for Columbus-area alumni to reconnect with Columbus State, and how we can bring our stories to areas outside the region, where significant numbers of alumni live.

This issue of Focus captures so many great and wonderful initiatives, accomplishments and aspirations at Columbus State University. I look forward to your reading the news and connecting with us in a manner that is easiest for you. Stay tuned to hear more about what we’re doing. More importantly, please consider coming back to visit.