President’s Message | September 2019

Published on September 16th, 2019

Dear students and alumni,

Fall is a favorite season of mine. Not only is it a welcomed shift from the heat of summer, but it signifies our most exciting event of the year: Commencement.

This is an electrifying time for everyone at CSU. Each October, we welcome hundreds of graduates and their families to beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama, to celebrate a milestone that many have waited decades to achieve. I have been working at CSU for 17 years and I never tire of hearing your unique stories of triumph and success. Understanding your struggles, your challenges and obstacles are what drives us to do what we do.

This year, we have planned Commencement activities that are as unique as the graduates themselves. In fact, we had a graduate from every single U.S. state during last year’s ceremony, and we expect the same next month.

As a university that serves our military men and women and their families, we are proud to host a service project this year to benefit the USO. This year’s service project will take place during open house on Oct. 17. We are pleased to welcome Lisa Leslie, 4-time Olympic gold medalist and 3-time WNBA MVP, as our keynote speaker this year. You may find all the details about Commencement on our website.

I am excited to announce that CSU has partnered with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) to offer pre-exam training through examCORE. This will be available for safety, health, and environmental practitioners through our Department of Continuing Education. Our partnership with BCSP and this new pre-exam training is a welcomed addition to CSU’s unmatched offerings. For more information, visit

While some students are preparing for graduation this fall, many people are considering enrolling in their first course. Whether you are a returning student, first-time student, Learning Partner, or first responder, there are a number of scholarships available to you during this time of year. Learn more and apply on our website.

During a changing season, it’s easy to jump right into what’s next. I hope you take some time to reflect on the accomplishments you have already achieved and the goals you have for the future. Whether you are just starting your college journey or have earned several degrees from CSU, the fact that you are investing in your education means you have already achieved success.

Ken Styron

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