Presidential Inauguration Plans Include Day of Service

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University will officially inaugurate its fourth president on Sunday Aug. 16, and the celebration will begin not with pomp and circumstance, but with paintbrushes and rakes.

Presidential inaugurations typically involve many activities and much fanfare. For this ceremony, however, Timothy S. Mescon — who officially started Aug. 1, 2008 — suggested that students, faculty and staff be invited to participate in a Day of Service to the community.

Working through the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley Volunteer Center, Columbus State is encouraging faculty, staff and students to sign up for their choice of a variety of projects for the morning of Saturday, Aug. 15. CSU buses will be available to take people to the project sites, leaving the main campus intramural field at 9 a.m.

Projects include clearing a site for a new Habitat for Humanity House, renovating a baseball field for the North Columbus Boys and Girls Club and planting shrubs at the D.A. Turner YMCA.

“We’re excited that Dr. Mescon is demonstrating wonderful leadership by engaging CSU faculty, staff and students in a day of volunteer service,” said Scott Ferguson, president of United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. “He understands the needs in our community and knows that volunteers are instrumental in helping meet those needs.”

Shortly after noon, buses will return to the intramural field, where all service day participants are invited to a picnic lunch sponsored by Aramark.

The Presidential Inauguration and 2009 Freshman Convocation will begin at 3 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 16 with a procession of the faculty and delegates from other universities into the Bill Heard Theatre at the RiverCenter for Performing Arts. Mescon’s father, longtime Georgia State University professor Michael Mescon, will be one of the speakers for the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.

Other speakers include Board of Regents Chair Bob Hatcher from Macon, and Chancellor Erroll B. Davis and Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Susan Herbst, of the University System of Georgia.

For the Freshman Convocation portion of the ceremony, Provost Inessa Levi and Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Gina Sheeks will officially welcome freshmen into the college academic community.