Violence prevention seminar to honor slain Andrew College, Columbus State University student Charles Foster Jr.

From staff reportsApril 9, 2013 

In honor of Charles Foster Jr., who was fatally shot New Year's Day at a Columbus nightclub, a seminar about the warning signs of violence will be conducted next week at Andrew College.

The Andrew College Student Life Office will present the Charles Foster Jr. Safety First, Service First Seminar in the Old Main Liddie Murphy Center for the Communication Arts in Cuthbert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Foster, 24, was a Columbus State University student months shy of becoming the first member of his family to graduate from college. He also attended Andrew College from 2007-09 and was a member of the AndrewServes Servant Leadership Program.

He helped organize a Red Cross blood drive at the junior college and raise money for Relay for Life. He tutored children at Randolph Country Elementary School and Quitman County Elementary School, planted flowers to beautify the Andrew campus, helped decorate the college Christmas trees and picked up trash along the adopt-a-mile, according to a news release from Andrew.

Foster also founded a group called Community Support Initiators at Andrew. He established a mission to collect canned goods for families whose members were being treated at a local drug rehabilitation center.

"He led an inspiring life and had a giving heart," Andrew dean of students Sherri Taylor said in the release. "Charles' legacy provides us with the guidance to educate our students how to recognize impending violence and how they can avoid these senseless encounters."LEARN MORE

To learn more about the seminar, call Taylor at 229-732-3137.

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