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June 17, 2019

In this post:

  • UITS
  • Create You
  • Bo Bartlett Recognized as Southern Prize State Fellow
  • CSU Leadership Retreat
  • Staff Development Day
  • Budget Matters
  • Dates to Remember
  • On a Personal Note

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone is enjoying the slightly cooler weather we are having. Last week we had a great group of entering first-year students on campus for orientation. What a joy to see their excitement as well as the excitement of their family members and friends. We look forward to welcoming them to our CSU family!

UITS

Ted Laskaris

As you know, we have been looking for a new CIO. I am pleased to announce that Mr. Ted Laskaris will join the CSU team as Interim Chief Information Officer on June 20. Ted has extensive experience in this role as a CIO in the private sector and most recently as Associate Vice President and CIO at Champlain College, Burlington, VT. We look forward to his leadership as he directs the technological vision. He will also lead in the development of a new technology master plan and continued updating of our information security master plan, as well as begin working through the recommendations from the Huron consultants. I believe his skills, personality, and record of achievements make him a perfect fit for CSU.

I want to thank Dr. Linda Hadley, for stepping in to assist in the daily leadership and management of our UITS organization as well Dr. Tina Butcher and Ed Helton for their participation in the Transition Team.

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Ted Laskaris to our CSU family.

Create You

Create You

You have seen "Create You" across campus. As many of you know this is CSU's new brand. It is not just a slogan but is built upon four pillars that are part of the DNA of Columbus State University. The brand pillars are: Cultivating Creativity, Inspiring Collaboration, Reimagining Education, and Expanding Worlds.

We were engaged in actionalizing the pillars at the CSU Leadership Retreat, where approximately 130 folks from around campus spent a day gaining a better understanding of their strengths and preferences in the creative process. We will dig deeper into Create You during Welcome Week in the Fall. As faculty and staff, let us continue to reflect on how we enable and empower students to create and recreate themselves.

Artist Bo Bartlett Recognized as Southern Prize State Fellow

South Arts

Congratulations to Bo Bartlett who has been named the Georgia Fellow for the 2019 Southern Prize. The South Arts State Fellowships and Southern Prize acknowledge, support, and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South.

You may recall that Bo Bartlett's paintings are on display at the Bartlett Center on the RiverPark campus? The Bartlett Center is open daily for students and guests to visit.

Staff Development Day

Staff Development Day

The first annual Staff Development Day was held on Friday, June 7 at the Rec Center. More than 170 employees were in attendance and we received lots of positive feedback. Thank you to everyone involved in making this event such a success.

Budget Matters

Believe it or not, we are beginning preparations for the 2020-21 capital and operating budgets. Frank Hardyman and Provost Bordelon will be meeting with units throughout the summer to discuss unit, program, and operating budget needs.

After the renovation of the Library, we will have essentially completed the projects on the Master Facilities Plan. We will begin working on a new Master Facilities Plan soon, but in the meantime we are touring existing facilities that may be possible renovation projects. Please do not be alarmed if you see me, the Provost and people from facilities roaming through buildings. We are simply getting our bearing on facilities we have, how we use them, and their condition.

Dates to Remember

Summer transitions very quickly to Fall activities. Here are some important dates to remember.

  • ROAR Orientation: June 20/21, 27/28, July 11/12, August 1-2, 9.
  • Camp Prowl: July 18-21, August 1-4.
  • Welcome Week: August 5-9.
  • Classes Begins: August 12

On a Personal Note

I am delighted to announce that Bridget's Mom and Dad will be joining us in Columbus! They have constantly heard how much we love this community and how proud we are of the work you all are doing. Since they are fully retired and had an offer on their house, they have decided to move here to be with us in Columbus.

As a result, we are exploring new options for housing that will accommodate our growing family. So, if you hear that we were spotted visiting Open Houses or see moving trucks in front of the house please know we are only planning to move to a new home in Midtown. I hope the CSU family will join Bridget, Reagan, and me in welcoming Gma and Gpa Blunk to Columbus this fall!

I wish you a wonderful summer!

Thank you for all you do for our students, our community and each other.

Dr. Markwood's signature

President Chris Markwood


 

May 7, 2018

In this post:

  • Graduation Ceremonies
  • Special Graduation Note
  • Great News about Servant Leadership
  • CSU Leadership Retreat
  • Bartlett Center Recognized at Portrait Society of America Gala
  • Office of the Provost Staff Changes
  • College of the Arts
  • Two-Factor Authentication (DUO)
  • Open Office Hours

Good afternoon!

What an exciting time to be at CSU. As we wind down the semester and gear up for summer, there are a few updates and reminders that deserve comment.

Graduation Changes

Graduation

This year we celebrate the largest graduating class in CSU history! 1,088 students will participate in graduation ceremonies in May.

Due to the numbers, there will be four graduation ceremonies. All will be held in the Lumpkin Center as well as a separate Graduate Hooding Ceremony in University Hall.

This is the new schedule so please pay attention to make sure that you attend the correct one!

  • Thursday, May 16, 6:00 p.m. -- Graduate Hooding Ceremony, University Hall
  • Friday, May 17, 3:00 p.m. -- College of Education and Health Professions - Nursing, Kinesiology, Health Science, and Health & PE
  • Friday, May 17, 6:00 p.m. -- College of Education and Health Professions - Teaching, Leadership, and Counseling
  • Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. -- College of the Arts, College of Business
  • Saturday, May 18, 2:00 p.m. -- College of Letters and Science

Special Graduation Note

We have been encouraged by the USG to increase security at big events like graduation. One step we are taking this year to improve the safety and security of our graduates and their families is bag checks. There will be plenty of signage publicity and notice about this new procedure. Graduates, families, and faculty are encouraged to arrive early and not to bring large bags.

Great News about Servant Leadership

We are pleased today to announce that The Coca-Cola Foundation has made a $1 million investment in support of our shared desire to establish The William B. Turner Center for Servant Leadership at Columbus State University.

I believe this result to be a remarkable gesture and tribute to Mr. Bill Turner and the respect and admiration the members of Coca-Cola and The Coca-Cola Foundation have for him. I am so pleased that this part of his legacy will now exist in perpetuity through the Servant Leadership Center at Columbus State University.

The Servant Leadership Center will enable the undergraduate Servant Leadership program to continue with a robust academic and service curriculum. The Center will also provide for integrating our Servant Leadership Core Value into staff and faculty enrichment and leadership development programs.

Thank you to The Coca-Cola Foundation for this generous gift and thank you to the Turner Family for supporting our Servant Leadership Center by allowing us to attach Mr. Turner's name.

CSU Leadership Retreat

The annual CSU Leadership Retreat is Thursday, May 23 in the Cunningham Center.

What kind of creative thinker are you? Are you a Clarifier, Ideator, Developer, or Implementer? On May 23 you'll find out. All attendees will have the opportunity to take the FourSight assessment prior to the retreat. Innovation sustains growth. But what sustains growth. The FourSight Creative Thinking System supports the people side of innovation, giving people the mindset and toolset they need to recognize opportunities generate possibilities, develop solutions and implement them.

Have you seen "Create You" on a university van driving around town or on a poster? This is our new brand. At the retreat we will explore ways we can integrate the brand in how we think about academic excellence, staff services, and recruiting. This will be an active discussion. We are asking you for your interpretations and ideas.

Bartlett Center Recognized at Portrait Society of America Gala

Bo Bartlett Center

At the 21st Portrait Society of America Gala on Saturday, April 27 in Atlanta, the Bo Bartlett Center was awarded the Excellence in Fine Arts Education Award in recognition of its outstanding community outreach education programs. It was a memorable night for CSU and the Center. Congratulations!

Office of the Provost Staff Changes

The Office of the Provost will undergo several staff changes this summer, as we offer farewell wishes to soon-to-be retirees and give a warm welcome to new colleagues. Please be aware of the following staff changes.

Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education

James "Patrick" McHenry

Dr. James "Patrick" McHenry will step into the permanent role of Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education effective July 1. Dr. McHenry currently serves as the Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies and has dedicated many great years to CSU.

 

Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Distance Learning

It is with mixed feelings that I announce the retirement of Dr. Ellen Roberts effective August 1, 2019. Dr. Roberts served as the Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Distance Learning, as well as the Director of CSU's Graduate School.

Margie Yates

To ensure a smooth transition, Dr. Margie Yates will serve as the Interim Associate Provost and Director of the Graduate School effective August 1. We will soon begin the search for the permanent position, with advertisements for the role set to begin in the fall semester.

 

Vice Provost

In another bitter sweet announcement, Dr. Tina Butcher will retire on July 1. Dr. Butcher served as the Vice Provost at CSU and has been instrumental in a number of projects including the Quality Enhancement Plan, Momentum Year Initiative, and Comprehensive Administrative Review.

Tim Howard

Dr. Tim Howard, CSU's Associate Dean for the College of Letters and Sciences, will step in as the new Vice Provost. As such, he will serve as the CSU liaison to USG and SACSCOC.

 

Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Academic Innovation

Ronald Williams

Dr. Ronald Williams will be joining us as the Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Academic Innovation effective July 1. Dr. Williams comes to CSU from Western Illinois University, where he served as the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Student Affairs.

College of the Arts

The search for the next College of the Arts dean is continuing.

The search committee members spent countless hours vetting suitable candidates for the position. Dr. Linda Hadley is commended for the expert guidance she has provided as search committee chair. Serving as a Dean at CSU fills a critical role in advancing our academic programs. The committee will continue its charge to find the right person to fill this role.

The search will resume over the summer with possible candidates invited to campus this fall. We will continue to collaborate with AGB Search in this endeavor.

Dr. Larry Dooley will return to Chair of the Theatre Department effective August 1. An Interim Dean will be selected and announced soon.

Two-Factor Authentication (DUO)

On April 30, CSU employees were required to use Duo, a two-factor authentication solution, when accessing OneUSG Connect or PeopleSoft Financials.

Two-factor authentication is a method of confirming your identity using two separate elements: 1) Something you know (your OneCSU username and password), and 2) something you have (your mobile device). The service provides multiple options for the additional authentication method, including push notifications through a smartphone app, passcodes delivered through the app, text messages, or phone calls.

Two-factor authentication is required and actively used by the University System of Georgia and member institutions. It adds a second layer of secure authentication before an application can be accessed, helping to protect your personal information. This second factor of authentication is separate and independent from your username and password and prevents sensitive applications from being accessed even if your username and password are compromised.

To ensure uninterrupted access to these systems, it is strongly recommended that you self-enroll in Duo before by visiting duo.columbusstate.edu. If you have any questions, please contact the CSU HelpDesk, 706-507-8199 or helpdesk@columbusstate.edu; visit uits.columbusstate.edu/duo; or view this informational video for additional information.

Thank you to all who joined us this morning as we celebrated excellence! What a joy to be part of an amazing campus with so many outstanding professionals. I know that the end of the semester can be stressful as faculty have exams to give and grading to complete while staff members are working to close out the fiscal year and gear up for summer and fall activities. But in the midst of all of the hustle I encourage you to take a moment to recognize the excellence in those around you.

Open Office Hours

My next open office hours are on Wednesday, May 8, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. in my office on the RiverPark campus.

I hope you are as proud as I am to be part of such an exciting campus that is making an impact on the lives of our students, their families, and our region.

Thank you for all you do for our students, our community and each other.

Chris Markwood Signature

President Chris Markwood


April 8, 2018

In this post:

  • Annual Budget Hearing
  • WD Feeney
  • Legislative Session
  • Graduation Changes
  • Coach Anita Howard
  • Campaign Update and Celebration
  • Congratulations
  • Open Office Hours

Good afternoon!

It is hard to believe that April is upon us and moving fast!

Annual Budget Hearing

Last week was an important week for CSU. On Tuesday, I led a group including the Provost, Dr. Helton, and Frank Hardyman to Atlanta for our annual budget hearing in front of the Chancellor and about a 10 System staff members.

I am pleased to say that the hearing went very well as we were 1) able to lay out our vision as outlined in our strategic plan to continue our focus on becoming more student centered and relentless focused on student success; 2) to expand our partnerships and to "double down" on developing curricular programs that serve and advance the economic development and workforce needs of this region and out state; and 3) to proclaim the mantel of creativity and innovation that so richly describes who we are as a campus and community.

We received encouragement to continue our focus on strategic enrollment growth and creative scheduling such as Jan Term, student success initiatives such as momentum year and PROWL, innovate new programs such as Cyber Security, Film Production, Robotics, and Health related fields, as well as continued expansion of the partnership with the Muskogee County School District. We are at the forefront of many of the System's initiatives and that is where we need to stay!

WD Feeney

WD Feeney

As many of you know, the campus and community arrived on Thursday to the devastating news of the loss of W.D. (William Feeney). W.D. was killed by a dump truck while crossing 11th street earlier that morning. CSU police are assisting city and state officials in the investigation.

I know that we are all heartbroken by this tragedy. I have spoken with his mother to communicate our condolences and relay how much he meant to the CSU family. There will be several opportunities for those wishing to participate in celebrating his life. Crosspoint Church will hold a service tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. There will also be a student-organized vigil at CSU's clock tower on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

Legislative Session

Legislative Sesison

The 2019 legislative session has come to a close. We await the governor's actions on many items, including the budget. If approved, there is plenty of good news for the University System of Georgia and Columbus State University.

First, the budget approved but the legislature fully funds the funding formula for higher education including funds for enrollment growth throughout the System. Since the formula is calculated two cycles ago, that could be good news for CSU as we were up in credit hour production that year.

Second, the budget includes approximately $600,000 for completion of the Schwob Library furniture, fixtures, equipment. These funds will complete the renovations currently funded and being designed.

Third, the budget includes a 2 percent merit pool for state employees. These funds will be part of a pool of funds that supervisors will have to recommended merit increases, based on performance, to CSU employees. Remember, that Georgia does not award or allow across the board pay increases so it is expected that recommended increases be between 0 and 4 percent.

Also, many of our CSU employees are funded on other types of funds, fees, auxiliaries, etc. The rules for merit reviews remains the same, but any dollars used must come from the budget where the employees is regularly paid. Supervisors should work closely with Frank Hardymon if they have any questions.

Graduation Changes

Graduation

This year we celebrate the largest graduating class in CSU history! 1,088 students will participate in graduation ceremonies in May.

Due to the numbers, there will be 4 graduation ceremonies. All will be held in the Lumpkin Center. This is the new schedule.

  • Thursday, May 16, 6:00 -- Hooding Ceremony, University Hall
  • Friday, May 17, 3:00 -- College of Education and Health Professions - Nursing, Kinesiology, Health Science, and Health & PE
  • Friday, May 17, 6:00 -- College of Education and Health Professions - Teaching, Leadership, and Counseling
  • Saturday, May 18, 10:00 -- College of the Arts, College of Business
  • Saturday, May 18, 2:00 -- College of Letters and Science

We have been encouraged by the USG to increase security at big events like graduation. One step we are taking this year to improve the safety and security of our graduates and their families, is bag checks. There will be plenty of signage publicity, and notice about this new procedure. Graduates and families are encouraged to arrive on time and not to bring large bags.

Coach Anita Howard

Anita Howard

Campaign Update and Celebration

Our First Choice Capital Campaign is coming to an end, and we are very excited to announce we have surpassed our goal of $100 million, raising approximately $120 million in cash, pledges, planned gifts, property and related income. This achievement was made possible by the generosity of over 8,000 alumni and community donors.

Philanthropic gifts come in all shapes and sizes, and each one has a unique story tied to the donor or recipient. One recent gift and story I’d like to share is the new Lady Cougars Softball Scholarship Endowment established by CSU alumni, Jamie and Grady Lee.

This new scholarship was started in the spirit of celebrating the important role athletic programs play in connecting student athletes to prosperous lives through education. Jamie, a former Lady Cougar, credits her success at CSU to the scholarship support and character development she experienced as a teammate on the softball field. The opportunity to give back to their alma mater brings Grady and Jamie great joy as they deepen their involvement at CSU, and lift up current and future generations of student athletes through philanthropy.

We will celebrate our comprehensive philanthropic achievement with a big, inclusive Celebration of Support gala on Thursday, April 18 at the RiverMill Event Center. We will recognize and honor members of our donor societies: Tower Society, 1958 Society, President’s Society, Shannon Society and Legacy Society.

I personally want to thank our campaign chair Phil Tomlinson, the Board of Trustees, the entire campaign cabinet, and you for working so hard to make this celebration of success possible.

Congratulations

CSU Students Present Chemistry Tool for Visually Impaired at Georgia InVenture

Georgia InVenture

Mary Harrell and Hannah Turner, computer science students at CSU, created an aid to assist visually impaired students in chemistry labs. Their tool, ChemAid, uses QR codes to provide learners with informational webpages that explain various lab equipment through auditory descriptions and enlarged text.

Harrell and Turner recently pitched ChemAid at the first annual Georgia InVenture Prize Initiative. Hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the two-day competition highlighted student entrepreneurs across the state. Attendees had an opportunity to attend workshops tour NCR's headquarters, and network at a demo fair and receptions.

CSU eSports Team Named Runner Up in PBC Championship

e-sports team

Columbus State University's eSports team recently won second place in the 2019 Peach Belt Conference League of Legends Championship.

The team traveled to Lander State University on March 29-30 to face off in a tournament between the top eight teams in the conference. After defeating Lander and the University of North Carolina Pembroke, the team was ultimately defeated by the University of South Carolina Aiken in the finals. The stepped away with the runner up spot in the conference's second ever championship.

CSU Cybersecurity Team Places 2nd at Competition

cybersecurity team

Columbus State University's cybersecurity team recently placed 2nd out of 31 teams at the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Qualifiers.

The team consisted of co-captains James Ericsson and Tyler Staut, as well as team members Brandon Corn, Matthew Bowen, Eloghosa Obasuyi, Justin Sewell, Matthew Warner-McKinley, and Christopher Wilson.

Open Office Hours

Wednesday, April 10, 9 a.m. at the main campus.

Thank you for all you do for our students, our community and each other.

Chris Markwood Signature

President Chris Markwood


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