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Synovus Center Theater to get Facelift during Summer Semester

The Operations division at CSU announced recently that a number of facilities initiatives aimed at enhancing the overall campus experience will occur during summer semester.  Among these initiatives, the Synovus Center Theater is set to receive some improvements over the summer.  According to CSU Assistant Vice President Steve Morse, CSU Operations will be installing a new dimming system to enhance the lighting control and overall experience in the theater.  The Synovus Center Theater is located on the second floor of the Synovus Center on CSU’s main campus, which is home to CSU’s Turner College of Business & Technology.  It is often used for guest speakers, awards ceremonies, and student orientations, among other events and occasions.  CSU Operations have taken great care in planning and scheduling this project in order to minimize any disruptions to summer activities. 
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Spring 2023 Graduation Marks Firsts and Lasts

Four graduation-related events were held at Columbus State University on May 11 and 12 to celebrate the 948 CSU students who comprise the university’s Spring 2023 graduating class.  As many as 494 graduates identified themselves as first-generation college students, while this spring’s graduating class range in age from 18 to 70 years old.  More than 88% (835 students) of the spring class hails from Georgia, with the remainder representing 21 other states and territories.  Nearly 4% (35 students) of the spring class represents 20 different countries, with the highest concentration hailing from India.  Among the graduates were 21 active-duty servicemen and servicewomen (2% of all graduates), and 38 military veterans (4% of all graduates).  This spring’s class of graduates included 294 institutional scholarship recipients, 395 HOPE Scholarship recipients, 38 athletic scholarship recipients and 158 external scholarship recipients.  These awards total more than $8 million.  This spring’s c

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The “Dogs of the Dow” is a value investing strategy that selects 10 stocks from the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the basis of dividend yield.   According to ongoing research by Turner College finance professor Brett Cotten , Turner College student Autumn Wilson and Alan Tidwell of the University of Alabama, this strategy became popular during the 1980s and continues to enjoy a similar popularity today.   The new study by Cotten and his coauthors examines a recent variation of the Dogs of the Dow strategy that is referred to as the “S&P Sector Dividend Dogs.” This new strategy variant applies the Dogs of the Dow to the S&P 500 by selecting the five highest dividend yielding companies from each of the 11 sectors in the index.   Preliminary findings from raw returns suggest that Sector Dividend Dogs outperformed the S&P 500 in 12 of the 18 years analyzed.   On an annual basis, Sector Dividend Dogs earned an average raw return that was about 7.7 percentage points higher tha

Heidi Walker Wins Cougar Business Pitch 2023

Turner College MBA student Heidi Walker was the big winner of Cougar Business Pitch 2023 . The business that she pitched is called Mommy & Me Toys, Inc., which is a children's toy company that creates children's toys that spark faith and harness the power of play.   One product line offered by the company, “My Pray and Play Pal,” is a doll that says one of four special prayers once its hand is pressed.  With the win, Walker received a $3,000 grant to grow her business.  Even though the win came with a monetary prize, Walker indicated to Turner Business that the chance to simply participate in the competition was invaluable.  According to Walker, “I not only enjoyed participating in the Cougar Business Pitch Competition, I learned a lot of valuable information on how to raise capital for my business and how to start getting potential customers interested in my company's product.”  Turner Business  thanks Kirk Heriot , professor of management and holder of the Crowley


The Violet and Thomas Buck Jr. Endowment A number of stories at Turner Business have mentioned the Turner College’s Violet and Thomas Buck Jr. Endowed Chair of Economics.  The current holder of the Buck Chair is Turner College economics professor Frank Mixon .  Established by Thomas in March of 2008, the Buck Endowed Chair is named for Violet and her husband Thomas, both loyal friends and benefactors of education who made significant contributions to the Turner College and to Columbus State University.  Born in 1917 in Columbus, Thomas was a graduate of Industrial High School in 1934 and attended Georgia Military College.  He began working at a young age with his father. At one time he was President of the Buck Bottling Company, Buck Ice and Coal Company, Eelbeck Milling Company, Buck Realty, Inc. and Buck Development Company.  Thomas was very active in civic affairs in Columbus.  He was a president of Columbus YMCA, Columbus Rotary Club, Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia B

Laurie Aiken Wins 2023 Olice Embry Award

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