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Alumni Association

Letter from the


Hello my fellow Knights,

It is both an honor and a pleasure to reach out to you once more. Boy, how time flies! It seems like only yesterday I, as many of you, was raising a young family, growing in my career and studies, and still finding ways to maintain some reasonable order of sanity.

Where are we today?

I hope that you are enjoying the fruits of your studies from Columbia Southern University and are touting the benefits of both the quality and cost of this education. I, myself, have had many doors opened because of my education and connections made at CSU. In fact, as I write this letter, I am sitting in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, with a client, pursuing work opportunities that would not have been made possible for me if it had not been for my education.

Are you making the most of the knowledge that you gained through your studies?

We cannot allow our efforts to go to waste. The Knight exemplifies chivalry, the concept of honor, kindness and courage. Embodying the CSU Knight is having the ability to honor our alma mater, the willingness to be kind to others and assist them when we are able, and showing the courage to always press forward, believing that what we were taught at Columbia Southern University is going to allow us to fulfill and, in some cases, surpass our goals.

I encourage every one of you to stand up and be proud of what you have achieved as a Columbia Southern University Knight. I challenge you to raise your sword and beacon skyward in order to lead those who are looking for a better way to achieve their goals.

Be honorable in your goal, be kind with your advice and have the courage to look
beyond the obvious.

As always, I remain humbly yours.


Ralph J. Blessing, Alumni Association President
M.S. Occupational Safety and Health, Class of 2007

signature of Ralph Blessing

Be on the lookout for the “Get to Know Your Fellow Knights” post in your alumni chapter Facebook feed on the first Monday of each month. How can you participate? In each alumni chapter’s Facebook page, you will find a link to a questionnaire containing fun, easy questions that will give your fellow Knights a little insight into who you are. It is a great way to break the ice and get chapter members a little more acquainted with one another. Plus, you can win CSU swag! If you are already a member of one of our 17 chapters and

have yet to fill out the “Get to Know Your Fellow Knights” form, we encourage you to do so.

For those who have not yet joined a chapter, we encourage you to get involved. You never know, your fellow Knights could be your neighbors or colleagues! Alumni chapters are open to all graduates with an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from CSU.


To join your local alumni chapter, visit ColumbiaSouthern.edu/Alumni/Alumni-Chapters.


We want to hear from you
Engage with us on social media or send us an email at CSU-Alumni@ColumbiaSouthern.edu

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