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Dean’s Welcome Our cover story is about the grand opening of the new addition to LeNoir Hall that will be known as the Saunders Center for Laboratory Sciences. Many thanks to our state legislators for their continued support of CSU initiatives. In addition to the support of our legislators, this project could Dr. Dennis Rome, not have happened COLS Dean. without the generosity of our private donors (see listing on page 10). A special thank you to the family of Gerald B. and Charlotte A. Saunders and our College Leadership Council member Kay Saunders for their generous donation to name the new addition. The new addition and the renovation of LeNoir Hall create a spirit of discovery. Higher education as we know it is ever evolving; specifically, there is a great need to meet the rapidly growing demands of science and technological careers in the global marketplace. Hence, this new facility will equip our students with the skills needed to meet these demands, and more importantly, to meet the demands of the most sought-after jobs in the region. In addition, the new center and its equipment will support students by: • Preparing them for upcoming technological innovations • Enhancing their problem-solving skills • Increasing their understanding of scientific concepts • Engaging them in real-world applications • Instilling creativity and innovation • Teaching teamwork, collaboration, and communication • Fostering a love of learning Innovative features of the Saunders Center include: integrated prep rooms to enable the set-up of labs without having to move equipment between the prep room and the classroom; ceiling-mounted hoods (vents to pull fumes from dissection specimens) for each table to greatly improve students’ experiences during dissections; movable tables to provide versatile lab setups; and designated storage for students’ personal items for security and safety. These and other improvements will contribute significantly to the success of our students. Thank you to our alumni and friends for all of your contributions and support. 2

Alumni News Alumnus Award Recognition This year, the CSU Alumni Association presented Mr. Thomas McKenna (B.A. Political Science ’88) with the Excellence in Alumni Achievement Award, which honors prominent alumni with records of exceptional career or personal achievement. The award was presented at the annual Alumni Awards Recognition Luncheon during homecoming. Mr. McKenna earned a Juris Doctor from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He joined Aflac’s Legal department in 1993. Since then, he has assumed progressively responsible management positions, including Deputy General Counsel in 2006 and his most recent role as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel in January 2012. In this position, he manages and directs the operations of the Aflac U.S. Legal division. In addition, he coordinates legal functions with Compliance and Governmental Relations, Internal Operations, Marketing, Claims and IT; maintains programs designed to reduce or eliminate legal risks for company operations; and provides legal counsel to management on a broad range of topics.

Tom McKenna (B.A. Political Science ’88), recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Alumni Achievement Award, stands with Alumni Association board member, David Hay (B.S. Business ’73), Alumni Association President, Ben Thames (B.B.A. Business ’97), and CSU President Chris Markwood.

Letters & Sciences Today Writer – Barbara Hunt (Hunt_Barbara@ColumbusState.edu) Editor & Circulation Coordinator – Jill Carroll (Carroll_Jill@ColumbusState.edu) Design & Layout – Shelby Kellin

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