October 4, 2023

CSU appreciates military, police; fire chiefs conference set

Dear CSU Students and Alumni,
May was another busy month here at CSU with various projects underway, all with the intent of improving academic and student support services. I am happy to report that our “Blackboard Learn” environment has been upgraded to Version 9 Service Pack 11.

The upgrade contains a fresh new look for Blackboard and includes new features that will help to enhance the student experience and improve academic and course development processes. More improvement initiatives are on the horizon.President's Office

In May, we celebrated Military Appreciation Month and National Police Week to honor those who serve and protect our communities and nation. CSU is honored to be a part of the lives of so many who sacrifice so much in performance of their duties while striving to get an education.

With our military in mind, CSU recently hosted the “Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership” training in coordination with the Veterans Affairs. The training was geared towards the military member’s transition into civilian life and how, as educators, we might assist them more. I am thrilled that we were able to provide such important training.

As we move forward into the summer, CSU has several events ahead to include:

  • CSU will again be co-presenting the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs Conference here in Orange Beach, Ala., on June 16-19. Our staff has worked hard with AAFC leaders to create an enriching and informative event that will address the topic of leadership. Dave Carroll, a great social media advocate, will present the keynote address. This is another exciting venture between CSU and the fire service community.
  • CSU’s next Alumni Reception will be held on July 13 in Dallas. These receptions are open to alumni and current students. For more information, call 800-977-8449 ext. 1840. If you are in the area, I hope you can attend.

In closing, I would like to recognize a CSU graduate, Carolyn Nation, who was recently featured on Aviation & Missile Command news network. The video features the 70-year-old doing cartwheels and earning her master’s degree with CSU. She encourages others to not allow age to be a deterrent from doing what you want. Check out the heart-warming video here.

Thank you for choosing CSU and enjoy your summer!


Robert Mayes