September 27, 2023

Alumni in the News | November 2016

CSU Student Earns First Law Enforcement Award
Tawanna Jefferson was recently awarded the Outstanding Law Enforcement Professional Award by Columbia Southern University. The award was established to recognize professionals for their commitment to safety and professionalism, as well as their accomplishments in the law enforcement industry. Jefferson, a current student, works with homeland security and is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in this field. Additionally, she makes time to serve as a disaster response volunteer with the American Red Cross.

Columbia Southern University Awards First Outstanding Fire Service Professional
Wesley Murphy was awarded the Outstanding Fire Service Professional Award by CSU. The award was established to honor CSU fire service students and alumni for their commitment to safety, professionalism, and their accomplishments in the industry. Murphy is currently an engineer with the North Charleston Fire Department. Along with serving as an instructor, Murphy participates in many volunteer opportunities in and around his South Carolina community.

North Carolina Captain Receives Prestigious Honor
Captain Patrick Jacobs was awarded the Advanced Deputy Law Enforcement Certificate by the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission. This award was established to recognize leaders in law enforcement with professional training and educational achievements. Jacobs is a chief detective in the criminal investigations division with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office. He earned his B.S. in organizational leadership from Columbia Southern University.

Orlando Fire Chief Serves as Interim City Manager
Fire Chief Stephen “Skip” Kerkhof of Mount Dora Fire Department stepped into the city manager role for the month of September. A registered nurse, Kerkhof is also a trained firefighter and paramedic. At one point in his career, he worked all of these roles simultaneously. He earned his master’s degree in business administration from CSU.

Columbia Southern University Alumnus Running for Petersburg, VA City Council
Marlow A. Jones, Sr. is running to serve on the Petersburg, Virginia City Council in 2017. He currently serves as the assistant fire marshal and is a 16-year veteran with the Petersburg Fire Department. Jones earned his B.S. in occupational safety and health with a concentration in fire science administration from Columbia Southern University.

Montana Native Promotes Local History
Gennifer Sauter is serving as the executive director of the Conrad Mansion Museum in Montana. Although Sauter has lived and travelled all over through her service with the Air Force, she was born in Missoula, Montana. Sauter enjoys being able to share the rich history of the earliest Conrad settlers. She earned her B.S. in business administration from Columbia Southern University.