President's Letter: Springtime Yields Exciting Activity

     From Focus magazine, Spring 2012 >>

Those of you who follow my blog  know that Lauren and I are passionate advocates for all there is to do at our university. A recent weekend was devoted to celebrating the 95th birthday of the acclaimed writer and Columbus resident, Carson McCullers. A huge crowd gathered at Carson’s childhood home on Stark Avenue, now CSU’s McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, and then spent the weekend at a number of events devoted to this iconic author.

At the same time, a large number of Columbus State University faculty gathered at Fort Benning, the Maneuver Center for Excellence, at a meeting convened by Maj. Gen. Bob Brown to continue exploring ways to connect our faculty and students with a range of research needs at Fort Benning. At a fall conference hosted by the university at the Cunningham Center, we began a process of investigating the Army’s training doctrine and feel that CSU and our faculty are uniquely positioned to work very closely with Fort Benning on a variety of important initiatives.

Over spring break, our university had students and faculty around the globe engaged in unique study-abroad experiences. We continue to emphasize the flatness of our world to our students, who will benefit mightily from these programs. The Board of Regents approved a special international fee for CSU that creates a substantial annual fund to subsidize these activities for increasing numbers of students. Alumni will find great adaptive reuse of legacy buildings on our campus. Woodruff Gymnasium, for the first time in almost 50 years, has been air-conditioned, turf installed and is now available for expanded uses. Next door, our other traditional gymnasium has been converted to two, state-of-the-art tiered lecture halls that we desperately needed to expand our course delivery options.

The Schwob Memorial Library is undergoing extensive renovation and now remains open until 2 a.m. Monday-Thursday while our shuttles between main campus and RiverPark Campus run until 3 a.m. This spring, your university hosts six Peach Belt Conference championships. That’s life on a university campus in 2012!

Please help me welcome our new provost and vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Tom Hackett. Tom is a distinguished faculty member, former department chair and led the development of our doctoral program in educational leadership. His father, Paul, was a wonderful professor of classics, Latin and Greek for 20 years at our university, and his son is a freshman at CSU. Tom is an exceptional colleague who brings great vision and experience to the Office of the Provost.