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ALL TOPICS TAGGED: Alumni

January 17, 2019

CSU, NVFC Mark 10 Years of Scholarship Awards

Columbia Southern University (CSU) and the National Volunteer Fire Council began a partnership 10 years ago to provide educational benefits to fire and emergency service personnel. In addition to a discount to CSU for NVFC members and their families, each year two NVFC members are awarded a scholarship to attend CSU. Since 2009, this scholarship has helped many NVFC members launch their careers and further their position in the fire and emergency services. 

December 11, 2018

Fire Chief and Alumnus Robert Jackson Awarded VFW Gold Medal

Robert Jackson is passionate about fire service and being a first responder. Twenty years ago, he was beginning his career as a green firefighter; he has since served as fire chief for the City of Daleville, Alabama, and today works as a firefighter EMT and hazmat technician at Ft. Rucker Fire and Emergency Services. He also works with local emergency management as a disaster volunteer coordinator. Because of his passion and strides in the industry, as well as his dedication to honoring veterans, Jackson was awarded the Emergency Services Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Firefighter of the Year through the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Department of Alabama.

November 1, 2018

Toya Simon Weathers Storms, Shares Triumphant Experiences

Toya Simon knows a thing or two about weathering storms. A native of the Virgin Islands and one of nine children, Simon was determined to doggedly pursue an education and earn her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance. Working her way through school was no easy task as she chose not to apply for student loans, but rather fund her courses one at a time.

September 10, 2018

Ironwoman Diana Woolf Races for PTSD Awareness

In April 2018, Diana Woolf, a 47-year-old fire service veteran from Highland Hills, Ohio and graduate of Columbia Southern University, competed in an Ironman triathlon dressed in full turnout gear, something no woman has ever done before her. Her reason? To raise awareness and funding to help firefighters cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. Studies have found that anywhere between approximately 7 percent and 37 percent of the nation’s more than one million firefighters meet the criteria for a current diagnosis of PTSD.

August 23, 2018

Increasing Your Interview Impact [Webinar]

Interviewing can be one of the most nerve-wracking aspects of the job search process. What do you wear? How should you act? What is the most important thing to say? What should you not say? Join Columbia Southern University for a webinar discussion and Q&A session on “Increasing Your Interview Impact.” Elizabeth Mimms, CSU career services coordinator, reviews the four P’s to help you present your best self in your next job interview.

August 21, 2018

6 Steps for a Successful Career Transition After the Military [Webinar]

For many military families, transitioning into a civilian career can be overwhelming and exhausting. The webinar and Q&A session, “6 Steps for a Successful Career Transition After the Military” by Elizabeth Mimms, CSU career services coordinator, reviews six steps for seeking civilian employment. 

August 14, 2018

How to Make a Sizzlin’ LinkedIn Profile [Webinar]

If you’re like the millions of working professionals who use social media, you are acutely aware of the vast amount of content that’s shared, liked, posted and commented on every day. Creating a social media profile that stands out from the crowd is especially important for those who are using social media as a tool to facilitate their next career move. Join Columbia Southern University for an on demand webinar discussion and Q&A session on “How to Make a Sizzlin’ LinkedIn Profile.”

August 7, 2018

What Does Your Cover Letter Say About You?

If your resume is the conversation, then your cover letter is your handshake. A lot can be communicated by a handshake, right? The same is true of your cover letter. When applying for a job, the thing people most often fret over is the resume. Yes, it should be perfect and tailored to the job to which you are applying, but it is only a piece of your application puzzle. In order to really give a sense of who you are and the value you will add to the department or company you wish to work for, your cover letter needs to be thorough and specific.

July 3, 2018

What's the Difference Between Business Casual and Business Professional? [Infographic]

Like it or not, most employers say it takes less than a second for a candidate to make a first impression. Use this guide to ensure you’re making the best first impression possible, setting the course for a stellar interview. Before your interview, ask the hiring manager whether you should dress business casual or business professional. If they are unsure or you don’t have time to ask, err on the side of caution and choose business professional. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed, and the interviewers will most likely appreciate you taking the time to look extra polished. 
 

June 28, 2018

Alumni Stories: Firefighter Turned Risk Control Specialist Shares Passion for Safety

When you find your passion, it can be a beautiful thing. Take David Combs, a risk control specialist with a Pensacola, Florida, insurance company. He’s a man who is doing what he likes and helping to protect lives in the process—something he has done since his days as a firefighter.

June 25, 2018

Tim Neubauer Named 2018 Outstanding Safety Professional

Columbia Southern University recently awarded its annual Outstanding Safety Professional of the Year Award to Tim Neubauer of Henderson, North Carolina. Neubauer holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health from CSU and is currently pursuing a master’s degree.
 

May 3, 2018

Military Spotlight: Knight Pens Book on Military Leadership

Daryl Hogan is first sergeant in the US Air Force, currently living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After completing his bachelor’s degree in fire science and his master’s in organizational leadership from CSU, Daryl says, “My education at CSU definitely provided the foundation that helped propel me to the top of the enlisted structure in the military, the top 1 percent.”

March 20, 2018

CSU Knight and Fire Captain Vincent Harris Awarded $3.7 Million Federal Grant for Henry County Fire Department

After earning his associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees from CSU and an additional associate and bachelor’s degree from Waldorf University, Vincent Harris knew he needed to put his education to good use. After climbing the ranks at the Henry County Fire Department in Georgia, where he now serves as captain, he decided to learn how to write grants.

February 26, 2018

Helmet is one of Many Hats for Nina Taylor: Mother, Fire Officer, Teacher and Businesswoman

Nina Taylor wears many hats. One of those hats is a firefighter’s helmet at Station 14 of the Birmingham (Alabama) Fire & Rescue Service Department. As a lieutenant and 15-year veteran of the department, Taylor relishes helping the citizens of Birmingham and her fellow firefighters.

January 29, 2018

Alumni Stories: Mobile, Ala., Fire Chief Embraces Role as Protector

Some jobs are just filled with unpredictable days. Just ask fire Chief Mark Sealy. Sealy has been with the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department for 26 years. During that time, he and his fellow firefighters have witnessed many exciting challenges to their work.

January 23, 2018

Air Force Instructor to Complete Sixth College Degree at Age 60

When Hugh Poe retired from the Air Force in 2006, the last thing he saw himself doing was going back to school. Hugh earned his first degree in 1978, an associate in business, followed by two additional associate degrees in 2005—one in fire science and the other in technology. When he retired from the Air Force, Hugh was 46 years old, married with children and continuing a great career as a firefighter instructor for the U.S. Air Force.

January 16, 2018

We Asked Top Fire Alums to Share Their Best Rookie Advice: Here’s What They Said

Starting a new job can be daunting for anyone. Learning rules, regulations, station procedures and policies can be quite a challenge for a newbie. To help rookie firefighters and officers, Columbia Southern University reached out to several fire officer graduates to get their tips for success. Here are a few of our favorites.
 
 

December 21, 2017

Alumni Stories: Mai Trang Thanh Appointed President of Honeywell Thailand

CSU graduates are making strides also across the globe. Mai Trang Thanh was recently appointed president of Honeywell Thailand. This new step in her career expands her previous role as president of Honeywell Indochina including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

December 7, 2017

Alumni Stories: The Rowlands Make Education a Family Affair

Whether they want to earn a degree while their children are in college or complete a degree they’ve already started, the idea of establishing a legacy of education within their family is becoming more common among today’s adult learners. For the Rowland family of Karns City, Pennsylvania, this is exactly what happened. They had no idea their family would catch the education bug just a few years ago.

November 29, 2017

Bridging the Gap: Dan Hughes Steps Up To Safety

In 2017, when Parsons Corporation began the application process for the team of employees they would be taking to the country of Panama to sponsor a bridge-building project, Dan Hughes became interested. He has worked in emergency response and safety throughout his career and has always been interested in humanitarian work.
 

November 3, 2017

Alumni Stories: Daniel Tyk Enjoys a Good Challenge

Daniel Tyk is no stranger to a full schedule. The Wisconsin resident recently completed his emergency medical services administration degree while working at the North Shore Fire/Rescue department as the EMS manager, lieutenant, and community relations and public information officer.

September 1, 2017

8 Ways Career Services Can Help You Land Your Dream Job

For many, landing their dream job might seem like a distant goal. CSU’s Career Service Department helps you identify your career goals and break them down into small, actionable steps. With a broad range of services available, Career Services is a valuable (and free) tool for students and alumni to use.

July 25, 2017

Alumni Stories: Brent Jennings

For Brent Jennings, choosing to earn his Master of Public Administration was not an immediate decision. After high school, Jennings entered the construction industry, graduating from a top-notch plumbing and pipe fitting apprenticeship.
 

July 25, 2017

Alumni Stories: Stephen Dopp

Stephen Dopp earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from CSU in 2015. Once a financial services employee, Dopp found himself in a situation familiar to many adult learners: he was at a dead-end in his career.