September 27, 2023

May 2017 Alumni in the News

Waldorf University Chooses Head Women’s Soccer Coach
Alexandria Jackson steps into her new role as head coach of the women’s soccer program at Waldorf University. For the past three years, she has served as assistant coach to the Warriors. While serving, she assisted in establishing new records and winning streaks for the team. Previously, a four-year NCAA Division I soccer player at Northwestern State, Jackson continues to share her passions for soccer, leading and coaching the Warriors. She earned her M.S. degree in organizational leadership from Columbia Southern University.

Fire Chief is Honored for Lifetime Achievement
Chief Rick Lasky was presented with the 2017 Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award for his 37 years of courageously serving his communities. Throughout his many years of service, Lasky has lead many programs, including the “Saving our Own” program and “Pride and Ownership” program. He has authored articles, blogs and books regarding fire service. Lasky also serves as radio co-host on a couple of radio programs and occasionally as an on-air analyst for FOX news on fire-related topics. Lasky earned his associates degree in fire science administration from Columbia Southern University.

USPOULTRY Appoints New Director of Human Resources and Safety Programs
The US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) recently announced that Matthew Spencer will serve as the new director of human resources and safety programs. Spencer comes with an extensive health, safety and environmental background from Smithfield Foods. In Spencer’s new role, he will lead his team in the strategic management of worker safety, human resources and employment law programs. Spencer earned his B.S. in occupational safety and health from CSU.

Botetourt Co., NC Appoints New Fire and EMS Chief
Matthew Brit has been appointed as the newest Fire and EMS Chief for Botetourt County in North Carolina. Britt, a 30-year-old firefighter and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has served as a firefighter since he was 17 years old. For the past year and a half, he worked as the coordinator of fire and rescue training for Randolph Community College. Britt earned his M.S. in public administration with a concentration in emergency services management, as well as his B.S. in fire administration from Columbia Southern University.



  1. Lou Hall

    Good Tuesday from Oklahoma all those with degrees from CSU.

    I recently found as a CSU former AA degree graduate that one is not consider an Alumni at either Waldorf university or CSU regarding the 10% learning partner discount even if a person belongs to the Alumni association to say the least this Marine was disappointed but is moving on.

    When I applied at Waldorf recently I found the partnership page listed CSU Alumni however like CSU this only counts if you received a bachelor degree from either for profit school this should be noted up front. I finally found an regionally accredited University that accepted my CSU credits earning a bachelors degree and am grateful, yet these universities are rare.

    Be very wary when you choose or recommend CSU and ensure you will benefit from the courses via future job or personal growth. I experienced recently (DAV job fair in March) that some employers do ask about regionally accredited credentials.

    The staff at both schools are always friendly and helpful which is why I inquired about a Masters at both schools and certificate programs. I was not able to use my GI Bill on master certificates at CSU which apparently are not recognized by the VA. I am however able to use the GI Bill for certificate programs at regionally accredited universities. Once more choose your university wisely and check out G.I. jobs Military friendly Schools list which may help, spending more on a school with a good reputation helps..

    May all of you succeed and enjoy being part of the Blue Knights “Semper Fidelis”

    1. Brittany Gibson

      Dear Mr. Hall,

      Thank you for reaching out. We would be happy to personally answer any questions that you have regarding scholarships, transfer credits, career services or military tuition. For one-on-one assistance, please reach out to a member of our team at or (877) 323-4471.

      Brittany Gibson, Columbia Southern Education Group