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Six Recognized as Part of CSU’s Annual Alumni Weekend

Six Columbus State University graduates were to be honored Saturday at the Alumni Recognition Luncheon that’s a featured event of CSU’s third annual Alumni Weekend.

“We’re proud of the work our graduates are doing, whether it’s being involved as an active volunteer, helping Columbus State in some manner, or whether it’s in their professional life and how their work contributes to society far beyond our campuses,” said Jennifer Joyner, Alumni Relations director.

Saturday’s honorees and their awards are:

·         Torrey Wiley, Alumni Service Award. Wiley, a 1996 graduate, has been a longtime volunteer, serving CSU and other worthy causes in the Columbus area. Wiley, a senior representative for Pfizer, Inc., has been an active CSU Day volunteer since graduating, helping boost donations to the university’s Annual Fund, which was recently renamed the CSU Fund. He’s a board member of the CSU Alumni Association and an active alumnus adviser for the CSU chapter of his Kappa Sigma fraternity, serving as president of its alumni group. Beyond CSU, he’s been an active supporter of Animal Ark Rescue, a local no-kill shelter, enlisting his fraternity to help clean and restore shelter facilities. Wiley lives in Columbus with his wife, Laura, and their new baby boy, Robert Forest.


·         Dr. Josh Lane, Excellence in Alumni Achievement Award. After earning degrees from Penn State, Mercer University’s School of Medicine and the Medical College of Georgia, Lane returned to school at CSU, where he earned an MBA, which he credits with helping grow Lane Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, which he established with his wife, Dr. Tanda Lane. The author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles for scientific journals, Josh Lane continues to give back to CSU by serving on the university’s Theatre Angels Steering Committee. He and his wife live in Columbus with their two children: Alexa, 3, and Max, 5 months.

·         Michael Waite, Young Alumnus Award. Waite, who earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from CSU in 2001 before going on for an Emory University MBA, joined Bentall Kennedy, one of North America’s largest real estate investment advisers, in 2012. As vice president of finance, Waite’s responsible for all aspects of Bentall Kennedy’s portfolio accounting and client reporting in the U.S. Earlier, Waite spent four years with Cascade Investment, LLC, the private investment holding company of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, where he supervised accounting for an investment portfolio worth more than $60 billion. Waite, who lives in the Seattle area, is also an active board member of the local King County United Way.

·         Dr. Leo Moore, Young Alumnus Award. After earning his CSU biology degree in 2007, Moore went on to earn his medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in 2011, and he’s now an internal medicine resident at Yale University’s School of Medicine. In July, he will start his work as a clinical scholar in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship Program, one of the most prestigious fellowships awarded to physicians. Moore’s returned to campus several times, first as a featured speaker for the World AIDS Day observance he initiated as a student. He’s also actively involved in the work of CSU’s new Competitive Premedical Studies Program.

·         Norris Wiley, Distinguished Alumnus in Military Service Award. Wiley, who earned his BBA in 2012, actually became a CSU student after serving his country and being recognized for his sacrifices in battle. As an Army sergeant, Wiley was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor and Purple Heart for his actions as a scout for his brigade in Iraq. He suffered massive back and leg injuries during an ambush in Baghdad, but he was able to identify his attackers and was the first scout to return fire, preventing more casualties. Wiley, who lives in Australia with his wife and daughter, now works as a business analyst for Woododnga Institute of Technical and Further Education, a provider of post-secondary vocational education and training courses.

·         Steven Roach, CSU Alumni Association Faculty/Staff Appreciation Award. Roach, a distance learning and media production specialist, has been an active supporter of the association, creating an annual graduation video that’s shown during commencement ceremonies on behalf of the association. A university employee since 1992, he’s helped install most of the multimedia equipment found in some of CSU’s older building. A former generator mechanic in the U.S. Army, Roach returned to school as a CSU employee, earning a communication degree in 1998.

Saturday’s luncheon was part of a busy weekend of activities, which this year stretch to Monday, when the 10th annual Cougar Classic Golf Tournament, benefitting CSU athletic programs, will be held at the Country Club of Columbus. On Saturday night, alumni organizers are staging an expanded Evening on the Top event that features two bands, dancing, fireworks and more atop a Front Street parking garage that’s transformed for the event. For more information, visit

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