University News – January 1

Express enrollment week set at Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus will conduct an express enrollment week at its campus, 4475 Central Ave.

Beginning Tuesday, students may meet with an Ivy Tech representative to receive assistance in completing the necessary enrollment steps for the spring semester, which include completing an assessment, meeting with an adviser and registering for classes.

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College professor receives promotion

A Columbus native working as a college professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio was recently promoted.

Christie Lynn Blizard was promoted to associate professor in the School of Liberal and Fine Arts at the university. She is the daughter of Susie and Norm Blizard, who live in Columbus.

Blizard, who graduated from Columbus North High School in 1997, earned a bachelor’s degree from IUPUI in 2001 and then earned a master of fine arts degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta in 2004.

She previously taught at Georgia State, the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio and Texas Tech University before accepting a position at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Columbus native earns degree

A Columbus native was among more than 1,300 students who were named as candidates for degrees at the University of Kansas this fall.

Ursula Ariscel Conley plans to earn a master’s degree in education. Degrees are officially conferred in January, according to the university.

Student performs in Christmas concert

Abigail Beerwart recently performed in “Messiah, Prince of Peace,” the 2017 Christmas festival concert at Wheaton College.

Beerwart, of Columbus, sang soprano with the concert choir.

Wheaton College, located in Wheaton, Illinois, is a coeducational Christian liberal arts college.

Three named to dean’s list

Three individuals from Columbus were named to the dean’s list at Belmont University for the fall semester.

Samantha Binnie, Sierra Lax and Alexandra Leddy were among those who achieved the distinction, according to the university. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

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