CSU Soccer Team Travels Abroad – Jake Hall – Sports Information


The CSU Lady Cougar soccer team departed for England earlier this week as part of a study abroad program. They will take classes while seeing the many historical sites that England provides. They will record each step of their trip, and give a presentation on what they learned and experienced while over there.

The exciting part me, as a fan and a writer for the Saber, is that while in England they will play matches against three women’s English professional teams. This is a first for our institution, so I am very excited to watch. You can keep up with their trip here.

As part of both the Saber and the Sports Information Department I attended their press conference to get interviews. WTVM, WRBL, CSU TV, and the CSU podcast team were all there. I got the interviews of two players, the soccer coach, and CSU President Dr. Tim Mescon. It should be a neat story to write.

Another big story that I am keeping my eye on currently is CSU Athletic Director Jay Sparks stepped down from his position to take the job as the new coach of the Francis Marion lady basketball team. It was quite sudden and unexpected, but I am happy for Coach Sparks. He was friend and a reliable source of information. I conducted multiple interviews for multiple articles with him, and he always took time to sit down with the Saber. I hate to see him go, but it will be exciting to see the athletic program grow with a new vision at the forefront. For those wondering why Coach Sparks would leave his position as AD to return to the sidelines, it is as they say: once a coach, always a coach.


98.3 The Beat – Jyotsna Scales – Time to Get Busy

 I am interning with ClearChannel Radio in Columbus, GA which consists of 98.3 the Beat, Sunny 100, Magic 101.3, Rock 103, South 106.1, NewsRadio 540 AM, 1270 Southern Gospel, and 1460 Funny. I look at this internship to be a great opportunity to work with experienced communication experts. Everyone around the radio station loves what they do and take great pride in informing the community. During my first week, I learned the basics of radio. For example, their is a 60 minute clock of organized radio. You have your 15 minute intervals where there would commercial breaks and advertisement. I never knew there was such an organized way of doing radio. I thought of radio like the every average person you just press buttons and everything is done automatically.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I arrive to the radio station to learn and observe how radio works. I am specifically working with 98.3 the beat radio station with Derrick Greene also known as “Lil D”. Derrick Greene is a very experienced radio personality and also the Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel in Columbus, GA.

I never thought of interning for a radio station before but an acquaintance told me about it. I figured as a Communication major with a Public Relations track why not learn everything with communication since it is so general. Next week I will be learning how to work the board and computers for the radio. I am very blessed and can’t wait to learn all the new things about radio.


Dana Coburn- At The Rankin

Lately at The Rankin we have been dealing with meetings, paperwork, and brainstorming on ways that our venues can be different than they have been in the past. Even though I work solely at the Rankin, our office deals with three different venues; The Rankin Gardens and Atrium, University Hall, and the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center.  The three venues are all equally important and utilized for different types of events.

In order to ensure  that our venues are running properly and being maintained the way that Columbus State University expects it to, we have tours with just the marketing executive to see what is great and what can me improved. Since I work directly under the marketing director, I was able to join in on one of these tours. Last week we toured University Hall. The improvements made at this venue have been helpful to the University. More people are wanting to hold their luncheons and different meetings in this venue, and we could not be happier. It is very spacious and now up to date with decorations, furniture and technology equipment.

We were very pleased with the tour and cannot wait for more businesses and organizations to experience the new and improved facility. In order to ensure that these venues stay the way they are now, we must continue to re invent the  way we market, sale, and expose our venues. This section of work is fun and interesting to me. I also am able to use my skills that I have been learning in the classroom, and make sure this is the line of work that I am aspiring to meet a part of is right for me.