Columbus State University Again Hosts Columbus Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Region’s best student science and engineering projects will be on display

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University will once again host the Columbus Regional Science and Engineering Fair for local middle school and high school students on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at CSU’s Cunningham Center. Judging will be from 6-8 p.m.

This year, approximately 131 middle and high school students from many Columbus schools will be participating. The fair is an opportunity for students to display the results of research projects that they have conducted during the semester. Students learn how to isolate problems and solve them within the framework of organized, logical thought and study.

Science fair projects cover a range of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine and physics. Projects are judged by members of the CSU community and other interested individuals from the region. Winners from the Columbus Regional Fair may go on to compete at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair in Athens from March 31 – April 2.

Projects can be viewed by the general public on Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Cunningham Center, 3100 Gentian Blvd.

The fair is sponsored by CSU’s College of Letters and Sciences. For more information, contact Janet Jamieson at 706-507-8464 or Jamieson_Janet@ColumbusState.edu.

Other event sponsors:

— Columbus State University’s Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
— Muscogee County School District
— Flint Energies
— High Performance Product Engineering LLC
— Perfect Patterns South Inc.
— Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants, Inc.

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Columbus State University To Host Community-Wide Holiday Celebration Called WinterFest

WinterFest

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University is transforming campus into a winter wonderland complete with snow, Santa and a show during the inaugural WinterFest, a community-wide event scheduled for the first evening in December.

WinterFest will be free to attend and is an opportunity for the CSU family and the Columbus community to come together to welcome the holiday season. The event will offer activities for everyone, including families with young children, students, university faculty and staff, CSU alumni and adults.

WinterFest activities will include:

— Holiday performances from more than a dozen local schools and organizations
— Hot chocolate and holiday treats
— Lighting of the campus holiday tree and clock tower
— Photos with Santa and Elsa from “Frozen”
— Holiday craft stations from around the world

“I look forward to watching some great performances from local schoolchildren, and seeing how CSU’s students can help create a fun holiday event on campus,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “My hope is that WinterFest will become a great annual tradition that involves all corners of this community.”

University Police will be at the event collecting donations for Cougars for Causes, a holiday fundraising drive benefitting local area nonprofits. Attendees can participate in the drive by donating a canned good.

WinterFest, co-sponsored by the CSU Alumni Association, is Tuesday, December 1 from 6-9 p.m. around the Thomas Y. Whitley Clock Tower on CSU’s main campus. For more information, visit alumni.columbusstate.edu/winterfest or call 706-507-8730.

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Columbus State Cougars Fail to Defend Doughboy Classic Title

Doughboy Classic

COLUMBUS, Ga. The Columbus State Cougars returned the coveted Doughboy Classic trophy to Fort Benning after Thursday night’s football game.

Three different occasions during the game, Columbus State University’s club football team was within inches of scoring but turned the ball over — twice on interceptions and once on downs. Those missteps meant the Cougars never scored, and ended up losing to the Doughboys 21-0. As a result, the men in black and gold took back the Doughboy Trophy from CSU, which defeated the Doughboys 28-12 last year for the first time since the series began in 2010.

An informal term for infantry men, the “Doughboys” were a community tradition for many years before the Classic began, with Fort Benning fielding teams that included now-legendary coaches and participants, such as the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The tradition eventually died out until five years ago, when Brigadier General Pete Jones restored the team and partnered with community supporter John Hargrove, who brought CSU and its club football team into the mix. The Doughboy Classic is now a way of reminding the community that Columbus, CSU and Fort Benning are interconnected and depend on each other for growth, support and leadership.

“Not only has the university embraced this game, but so has the entire community,” said Lajuan Abraham, a CSU sophomore and the Cougars’ defensive captain.

Club Football Coach Michael Speight promises good times, but he also noted the heated rivalry between the two teams.

“The key for our success is planning and focus,” Speight said before the game. “This will be a very competitive football game. There will be a lot of hard hitting, fast running and, of course, tons of trash talk.”

Kick off was at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 22 at the A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium.

The game included family-friendly activities, tailgating, food and music before the game. Admission was free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://homecoming.columbusstate.edu.

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CSU Students Prepare to Perform 1,000 Random Acts of Kindness in One Hour

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — Twenty-four Columbus State University students from a first-year seminar class are taking to social media to spread kindness on campuses across the nation.

Starting on their own campus, the students aim to perform random acts of kindness for 1,000 students, faculty and staff members in only one hour. Planned acts include opening doors for strangers, handing out bags of candy and carrying books for fellow students. Cody the Cougar will be at the event offering “free hugs.”

The service project, called “Lend A Hand,” will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 22.

Students in the class also aspire to take Lend A Hand viral by challenging their friends at CSU and on other campuses to perform kind acts, document those acts and share their experiences using the hashtag #LendAHand.

“This project has bonded this group of freshman together,” said Kimberly McElveen, course instructor and assistant vice president for student affairs at Columbus State University. “They will remember planning the event, implementing it and forming lifelong friendships that will last the next four years and beyond.”

For more information about Lend A Hand, contact McElveen at 706-507-8730 or
KMcElveen@ColumbusState.edu.

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Probe College Tour Stops at Columbus State University

 

Probe

COLUMBUS, Ga. — More than 60 colleges and universities from across the nation will converge on Columbus State University’s campus for the Probe College Fair, giving local students an opportunity to personally interact with many schools at one time.

“CSU is very pleased to host the Probe College Fair, a truly great opportunity for students and parents in our area to learn more about universities and colleges of interest to them,” said John McElveen, CSU’s assistant vice president for enrollment management. “There is no easier, less costly or more efficient way to get a lot of the information needed to make a more informed choice when selecting a university or college to attend.”

Managed by the Georgia Education Articulation Committee, Probe is an annual college tour program that seeks to stimulate interest in post-secondary education for students in Georgia. Through the tour, students and their families are exposed to a variety of colleges – many that may not be as well known but can offer an outstanding educational experience.

“The purpose of Probe is to help connect Georgia high school students with colleges and universities across the state and country,” said Bill Smith, executive director of Probe. “Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet the college representatives and get their questions answered about each campus, admissions policies, scholarships and financial aid.”

The Probe college tour makes its next stop at Columbus State University on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 6-8 p.m. in CSU’s Cunningham Center. The event is free to attend for anyone interested in going to college.

Students can register in advance for the fair at http://www.gaprobe.org/. While pre-registration is not required, doing so will give each student a unique bar code allowing college representatives to quickly capture their information during the fair. Students can then receive timely information about admissions, scholarships and visitations days from the colleges of their choosing.

In addition to registering, Probe recommends students follow these tips to prepare for the fair:

Do your homework – Students should find out in advance who is attending the college fair and decide on which schools they are most interested in learning about. A full list of the colleges and universities that will be attending CSU’s fair is available here.

Make a list of questions to ask each school – Students should write down three to four questions to ask each college representative.

Have a back-up plan – Students should have a back-up plan in case of illness or conflicting obligations on the day of the fair. Students can send parents in their place. Parents will play a major role in the decision making process, and it is a good idea to get them involved in the initial research process.

For more tips or information about Probe at Columbus State University, contact CSU’s Office of Undergraduate Recruitment at 706-507-8800.

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Economic Impact of RiverPark Campus Estimated to be $21 Million Annually

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A study shows the economic impact of Columbus State University’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus is estimated to be more than $21 million annually.

The analysis was done by professor Ben Blair, the Sarah T. Butler Distinguished University Chair in Business and Finance and Director of the Butler Center for Business and Economic Research in CSU’s Turner College of Business. The report was finalized in spring 2015.

Current expenditures by the university on its downtown campus supports 227 jobs annually and provides $11.2 million in labor income annually. Combine that with spending by students who live in CSU housing downtown and the “output” or economic impact of CSU’s RiverPark campus is $21.5 million a year, Blair says.

“The recurring personnel and non-personnel expenditures by the university and the expenditures by students who are housed at the RiverPark campus generate significant on-going impact,” Blair said. “The annual economic impact of $21.5 million is over and above the amount CSU has spent since the early 1990s on building purchases and renovations downtown.”

Columbus and Columbus State University has been recognized for years for their partnerships that have helped revitalize downtown Columbus. Groups from other cities and states frequently visit to see what’s happening here, and in 2011 two nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving Columbus’ downtown area, Uptown Columbus, Inc., and Business Improvement District, recognized the university with its fourth annual Rozier Dewylder Leadership Award, presented annually to an individual or entity that embodies the vision and energy of Dewylder, a Columbus architect credited with launching the revitalization of the area now known as Uptown.

Blair tracked CSU’s efforts to develop a presence in downtown back to a 1995 decision by the Board of Regents to allow the Schwob School of Music to move. The next year CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center opened. Two years later, the university acquired the Rankin building, clearing the way for the first students to live downtown.

Today, more than 450 students live on CSU’s RiverPark campus, which is also home to the university’s College of the Arts. Soon, CSU’s College of Education and Health Professions will also move downtown, bringing an additional 1,800 faculty, staff and students.

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Activities, Renovations Welcome Back CSU Students on Monday

COLUMBUS, Ga — Columbus State University’s fall 2015 semester starts Monday with more than 8,000 students again beginning classes on the university’s main and RiverPark campuses.

By the end of the weekend, about 1,300 students will have moved into on-campus housing, and several major projects will have been completed for their use.

CSU students will find a brand-new cafeteria in the Davidson Student Center. CSU’s dining partner, Aramark, funded a $2.7 million renovation to provide not only updated features and increased capacity, but new dining options, including enclosed patio seating, all-new kitchen equipment, a smoker, double-decker pizza oven and a Mongolian grill.

One of the oldest classroom buildings on campus, Howard Hall, opens again after a yearlong $4 million renovation while neighboring Arnold Hall closes in preparation for a similar makeover. State appropriations funded both projects.

Work will continue throughout fall semester on a new 539-bed first-year housing complex on main campus and a new downtown home for the College of Education and Health Professions. Each project is estimated to cost about $25 million.

In addition to the various renovations taking place across campus, the university has a series of events planned to welcome back students, orient them with campus life and help them connect with each other, the community and CSU faculty and staff.

Upcoming highlights:

— Monday, Aug. 17 (First Day of Classes) –  RiverPark Picnic @ Woodruff Park, 5- 10 p.m.;
— Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Main Campus Picnic and Student Organizations Fair. Clock tower, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.;
— Thursday, Aug. 20 – Freshman Convocation, the formal, ceremonial welcome-back ceremony featuring CSU President Chris Markwood. University Hall Auditorium, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.;
— Thursday, Aug. 20 – Campus Bike Ride and Color Party downtown at Woodruff Park. (Riders meet on the Lumpkin Center lawn), 4:30- 8:30 p.m.; and
— Saturday, Aug. 22 – CSU Day of Service where students and employees fan out through the community to help on various projects. Volunteers meet at the Mock Pavilion (Intramural Field), 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Visit https://students.columbusstate.edu/cougarkickoff/index.php for a full list of student welcome-back activities.

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Columbus State University: New Plans for Old Arnold Hall

COLUMBUS, Ga. — According to the latest blueprints and artist renderings, renovations on one of CSU’s oldest classroom buildings, Arnold Hall, will transform the cramped, outdated building into a modern, adaptive and student-focused facility.

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The building’s new grand entryway will lead students to a staircase that resembles those at Google Headquarters. The larger “Google Steps” will offer students a space to sit, study or mingle between classes. The staircase will lead up to the second floor where CSU’s Department of English and Department of Psychology will be housed.

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Also on the second floor, “huddle rooms” will provide space for students to host study group meetings, tutoring sessions or student-professor conferences. Plans include the installation of LED touchscreen monitors and whiteboards in the rooms to facilitate group learning.

Three large classrooms, computer labs, an auditorium, the Math and Science Learning Center and the University Writing Center will make up the first floor of Arnold Hall.

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The Arnold Hall renovations are made possible by a $4.95 million state appropriation that was signed last year. Work on Arnold Hall will begin immediately following the renovation of Howard Hall, which will open this fall.

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Columbus State Opens a Military Service Center on Main Campus

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Continuing its efforts to better serve the local military community, Columbus State University has created a Military Service Center on main campus for all service members.

Students who are veterans, reservists, National Guard members, active duty service members or in the ROTC may utilize a new dedicated computer lab and lounge that is located in the lower level of University Hall.  A grand opening for the center is scheduled for Thursday, March 5 at 12:30 p.m. and will include David Snow, director of military affairs for the University System of Georgia.

Susan Lovell, director of military enrollment in Columbus State’s Enrollment Services division, said about 15 percent of the university’s existing enrollment is tied to the military.

“We are very proud of our designation as a ‘military-friendly’ school and a yellow-ribbon school,” she said. “We have an office at Fort Benning, staff dedicated to serving the military and many academic-military partnerships. The new Military Service Center is just another way CSU is serving this special population.”

Snow has been encouraging the creation of Military Service Centers throughout the University System of Georgia (USG) and says they add to other USG initiatives that are designed to help military students throughout the state.

For instance, all USG institutions may waive mandatory fees for military students utilizing military tuition assistance programs. Since tuition assistance does not cover fees, this significantly minimizes out-of-pocket costs for military members, Snow said.

“Additionally, the Choice Act of 2014 links public institutions of higher learning’s eligibility for VA educational benefits, namely the Montgomery GI Bill and Post 9/11 GI Bill, to the ability of veterans and ‘covered individuals’ to enroll at in-state rates within 36 months of separation from military service,” Snow said. “Prior to the new law, USG had a waiver for recently separated military, and we already were expanding it to three years. Subsequently, Georgia is one of only two states certified as compliant by the VA. States must be compliant by July 1 to remain eligible for VA educational programs. The Board of Regents’ proactive actions made Georgia a leader on this issue, and I frequently receive calls from other states.”

“Both of these actions are clear examples of USG’s commitment to those who currently serve, have served, and their families,” Snow said.

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CSU Monitoring Ebola Information

healthyColumbus State University is monitoring Ebola information from statewide and national sources. While there is no reason to think Georgia or Columbus is at any risk, CSU administrators and health officials on campus have been talking regularly, sharing information and making contingency plans.

Anyone in the Columbus State University community who has any concerns about the Ebola virus is encouraged to contact the Columbus Health Department (706-321-6300) or CSU’s Student Health Services (Main Campus – 706-507-8620; RiverPark Campus – 706-507-8347). CSU health officials are in frequent contact with state and national officials and have established protocols for monitoring students and recommending to the Dean of Students if any action needs to be taken. If any situation arises at CSU that needs coordinated action, a Centers for Disease Control  response team will take over, and direct local officials to determine what — if any – steps need to be taken on this campus.

Below are some valuable resources for the CSU Community:

  • A recent letter from Georgia Department of Public Health to Georgia Educators (pasted below)

GEORGIA EDUCATORS:

As you know, national and international health authorities are working to control a large, ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in several countries in West Africa, with the current epicenter in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. With significant numbers of students from West Africa in Georgia’s universities and colleges, it is necessary to provide guidance and recommendations to the educational community and as the holiday season approaches, students and faculty will travel home and then back to campus.  Public Health relies on the vigilance of a vast array of informed contributors beyond our traditional medical providers to report diseases, and therefore are asking the following of you: 

(1) Be aware of students and their families, faculty and staff members or visitors who have traveled to Ebola‐affected West African countries, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea within the previous 21 days.

(2) Know the signs and symptoms of Ebola, which may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola and include:

      • Fever greater than 101.5°F
      • Severe headache
      • Muscle pain
      • Weakness
      • Diarrhea
      • Vomiting
      • Abdominal pain
      • Unexplained, unusual bleeding or bruising

(3) If someone presents to your campus health clinic with a fever, immediately ask if they have traveled to or come into contact with someone who has traveled to an Ebola affected region.

(4) If you encounter individuals who you believe meet the case definition described in (1) and (2) or (3), immediately separate the individual from contact with others and report it to the Department of Public Health at 1‐866‐PUB‐HLTH or the DPH Epidemiology section at 404‐657‐2588.

(5) Hand washing is still the best, most effective method at your disposal to protect you from the spread of infectious disease.  

DPH strongly encourages each school to review its infection control policies and procedures with faculty and staff.  In addition, DPH recommends reinforcement of healthy germ stopping habits with students.  Please refer to the webpages below for current information related to the Ebola outbreak and for infection prevention tips and flyers related to hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, and other tips to limit the spread of infection.

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html  

http://dph.georgia.gov/infection‐prevention‐tips‐staying‐healthy

Should you have questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Public Health at 1‐866‐PUB‐HLTH or the Epidemiology section at 404‐657‐2588.

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CSU, Alumni Association Honors Graduates and Friends Wednesday During Homecoming Week

Alumni Awards program coverCOLUMBUS — Columbus State University’s Alumni Association will honor four distinguished graduates and two valued alumni associate friends Wednesday evening during the Annual Alumni Awards Program, part of this year’s homecoming festivities.After the recognition program, CSU will honor former Columbus Mayor Robert “Bob” Poydasheff for his community service, support of the university and his contributions to CSU, his community and his country.This year’s alumni recognition program is on Wednesday (10/22) at 6:30 p.m. in the President’s Club at the Lumpkin Center. The event, which is free and open to the public, will honor:•    For Alumni Service, Paul Holmer-Monte, a test consultant on the Clearing and Settlement System for the TSYS Merchant Segment. In 1996, he joined CSU’s Intellectual Partnership Program that began Holmer-Monte’s legacy with the university and with TSYS. In addition to his business pursuits, Holmer-Monte actively contributes to his community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Russell County Child Advocacy Center and as the leader of the Strategic Development and Facilities Committee. Holmer-Monte has served on the Alumni Board for Columbus State University since 2005, served as president of the Alumni Association from August 2012 to October 2013, and is an active Tower Society member. Holmer-Monte is currently assisting CSU to launch the Friends of Honors College Committee which aims to foster unique partnerships that include alumni, parents, and friends of the college.•    For Excellence in Alumni Achievement, Dr. Peter D. Rumm, a special project medical officer in the Division of Orthopedics and formerly the Deputy/Clinical Director of the Divisions of Surgical, Orthopedic, and Restorative Devices, Office of Device Evaluation, and Center for Devices and Radiological Health in the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Rumm has also served as a special advisor to the assistant secretary for health and was a White House level appointee to the National Advisory Committee on Children and Terrorism while he served as a state epidemiologist, chief medical officer, and lead state health officer for Wisconsin. He has received more than 30 military and public health commendations, medals, and has served on over a dozen federal or international committees promoting preparation and awareness for dealing with health issues arising from conflict and natural disasters worldwide. Dr. Rumm graduated magna cum laude from CSU with a Bachelor of Science in 1981. Since then, he has made innumerable contributions to the field of medicine and continues to distinguish himself in the community, the country, and the world for his service.•    As outstanding Young Alumni:o    Jason (Jay) Alexander, a 2001 graduate and the current CEO and president of Alexander Electric Co. After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from Columbus State University, Alexander assumed leadership of one of the country’s largest and most respected electrical contracting companies, which was established by his grandfather in 1948. An active supporter of the arts, charities, youth organizations, and community projects, Alexander is a committed and active community volunteer and serves on the board of directors for various organizations. Alexander has been selected as a presenter for the 2014-2015 D. Abbott Turner College of Business Executive Speaker Series based on his exemplary performance in business and his commitment to the community.o    Gina Sederstrom, a 2011 graduate who now works as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch. After earning her bachelor’s degree in finance and a minor in marketing, she began a business career while also pursuing her passion for service and her willingness to help her community by providing invaluable financial guidance.  Sederstrom also works as both a chartered retirement planning counselor at the College for Financial Planning and a registered financial advisor for the Finance Industry Regulatory Authority. Sederstrom is an active alumna of Columbus State University and is very involved with Young Professionals, the Chamber of Commerce, and Historic Columbus.

•    For Distinguished Military Service, Col. Barry Creed (Ret.).
Creed serves as an exemplary model of selfless leadership in his community as well as his country. Before he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army, Creed served as a police officer and a field training officer in Columbus from 1978 to 1983. During his tenure in the military, Creed contributed his management expertise through various positions within different divisions in the military, including the United States Joint Forces Command, Battalion Commander, Counterdrug Action Officer, Chief of Joint Operations Center, and Operations Officer. He recently served at the Joint Chiefs of Staff-Force Coordination Division, through which he carried out the multi-faceted roles of deputy chief, force analysis branch, and joint staff. Over the course of his career in the United States Army, Creed was awarded two Bronze Star Medals for his wartime service in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2012, Creed was also awarded the Department of Defense’s Joint Meritorious Service Medal. Creed earned both a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and Bachelor of Science in general studies from Columbus State University.

•    For Faculty/Staff Appreciation Award, Derek Olson, lead web developer for University Information & Technology Services department, where he designs, implements, and maintains CSU’s 150+ websites. He provides primary support and training for faculty, staff, and students in the use of CSU’s content management system, allowing departmental personnel the opportunity to edit their websites directly using a graphic user interface. He was instrumental in the ColumbusState.edu domain implementation, as well as every other major website update put into place over the past five years. He has been with CSU since 2009 and has worked as a web developer since 2003, previously employed by a web and publishing firm in Olympia, Washington.

Following the Alumni Association’s program, the university will present “Cougar Madness,” the ceremonial start to the basketball season that also serves as a pep rally of sorts for all CSU Athletics. During this event, Columbus State University will recognize the Honorable Robert S. Poydasheff, former mayor of Columbus and a retired colonel in the U.S. Army, for his “incredible array of contributions to our university, this community and the nation,” said CSU President Tim Meson. Poydasheff served as mayor of Columbus from 2003 through 2006, after serving on Columbus City Council from 1994 through 2002. It was during this time that Columbus State University began to develop its RiverPark campus downtown. Poydasheff has been a longtime supporter of CSU athletics and has been a board member of the CSU Athletic Fund for more than 30 years.

Anyone interested in attending the Alumni Recognition Awards Program and/or Cougar Madness is asked to email alumni@columbusstate.edu. Visit www.ColumbusState.edu/homecoming for a full listing of Homecoming activities during the week.

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SOURCE: Jennifer Joyner, director of CSU’s Office of Alumni Engagement, at 706-507-8956 or by email at jennifer.joyner@columbusstate.edu.

WRITER: John Lester, University Relations, 706-507-8725/JLester@

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EPA Awards Grant to Columbus State Student Researchers to Help Design Sustainable Technologies

water researchATLANTA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded two universities in Georgia with the People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) award Thursday. Nationally the grants were awarded to 42 teams of college and university students. The teams will design innovative solutions to sustainable challenges in the developed and developing world.

Columbus State University was one of the two Georgia universities to win an award, garnering $14,559 to create an economic model to estimate the dollar value of different configurations of algal treatment systems.

The research – being conducted by CSU students in business and environmental sciences courses – will produce realistic financial estimates to evaluate the cost-benefits of using algae to treat wastewater and create biofuel. “A thorough sensitivity analysis of the costs and benefits of algal treatment will enable us to identify economic challenges that stand in the way of wide-spread use of this promising technology,” said the proposal, which will be guided by Troy Keller, associate professor of environmental science, and Andres Jauregui, assistant professor of economics.

Former P3 teams awarded these EPA grants have used their winning ideas to form small businesses and non-profit organizations. Environmental Fuel Research, a 2008 P3 winner from Drexel University, incorporated their grease waste-trap biofuel technology into a business enterprise and won a $100,000 EPA Small Business Innovation Research Phase I award this year. This woman-owned startup, headquartered in a historically underutilized business (HUB) zone to encourage economic development, has the potential to revolutionize domestic biodiesel capacity in the United States.

In addition to Columbus State University, the 2014-2015 school year awardees included a project from Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University) called “Achieving increased photovoltaic panel energy collection with cell-strings that track the sun.”

Since 2004, the P3 Program has provided funding to student teams in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, committing over $10 million to cutting-edge, sustainable projects designed by university students. Projects from this year’s teams include a new device for generating electricity from sunlight that could be used on exterior walls of buildings; extending the growing season for farmers by heating greenhouses with biomass; and reducing diesel emissions for vehicles while lowering costs and improving fuel economy.

Funding for the P3 projects is divided into two phases. In the first phase, student teams submit a proposal for a project, and if they are selected, they compete with other Phase I winners at the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C. At the Expo, teams compete for Phase II funding of up to $75,000. This is the 11th year for the EPA P3 Program.

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Source: Troy Keller, associate professor of environmental science, 706-507-8099 or keller_troy@ColumbusState.edu

Writer: John Lester, assistant VP for University Relations, 706-507-8725 or JLester@ColumbusState.edu

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Columbus State University Police Search For Felon on the Run

Clarence HudsonColumbus State University Police Search For Felon on the Run

Columbus, Georgia—The Columbus State University Police Department is looking to the public for any information regarding the whereabouts of Clarence Shanton Hudson. Warrants were issued early this morning after Hudson fled from a traffic stop, leading officers on an extensive foot pursuit.

Around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, CSU Police officers watched a white SUV enter the parking lot of the Super 8 Motel at 2935 Warm Springs Road, not far from the CSU main campus. The vehicle did not stay long and appeared to meet briefly with an unknown individual in the parking lot before leaving the motel.

Officers stopped the vehicle on East Lindsey Drive. The officers stated that the female driver became very nervous, but remained cooperative. Hudson, the passenger gave officers his state identification card, but then fled. As he ran, officers reported that he reached in his pockets and appeared to be throwing out objects, including plastic baggy containing crack cocaine.

Hudson fled through Lindsey Creek and was later spotted by officers in a residential area on Hilton Woods Drive. Officers pursued him through a yard, over several fences and into some thick brush. Hudson was last seen in the wood line along I-185. He is likely to have sustained injuries from the thick brush during the pursuit.

Clarence Shanton Hudson is wanted by the Columbus Police Department for a felony sale of cocaine charge; by the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office for a violation of probation; and now by CSU police for two misdemeanor obstruction charges and one felony possession of cocaine charge.

Anyone with information on Hudson’s whereabouts is asked to help us bring this felon to justice and call (706) 507-8911.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Sgt. Brett Stanelle

CSU Police Investigations Division

Phone: (706) 507-8911

 

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Renovations on Howard Hall Start with ‘Wall-Breaking’ Ceremony

Howard Hall Wall Breaking CeremonyCOLUMBUS, Ga – Columbus State University officials and honored guests donned hard hats and goggles before grabbing sledgehammers Tuesday to ceremonially start the $3.95 million renovation of Howard Hall, CSU’s oldest classroom building.

The target of the sledgehammers was a to-be-destroyed wall carrying a sign that read “Howard Hall, built in 1962.” Columbus State University President Tim Mescon, Rep. Debbie Buckner (D-137), Rep. John Pezold (R-133), Sen. Josh McKoon (R-29), and faculty representative Pat McHenry, associate Dean for the College of Letters and Sciences, each took turns taking chunks out of the old wall in a unique “wall-breaking” ceremony.

Before the demolition began, President Mescon and the legislators reflected on their own experiences in Howard Hall. Buckner pointed out the locations of three separate classrooms where she had once spent time as a student of then-Columbus College.

Money for the renovation of Howard Hall was appropriated last year thanks to the work of Columbus-area legislators and the state Board of Regents. McHenry led a faculty committee that made renovation recommendations to the architects planning Howard’s renovation.

“Our faculty are deeply committed to delivering best-of-class education,” Mescon said. “It takes terrific faculty, engaging pedagogy and curriculum, but it also takes state-of-the-art, contemporary facilities.”

Howard Hall will be transformed into a true contemporary facility by fall 2015. The new building will feature:

  • New technology in each classroom.
  • An elevator.
  • A common area at the building’s entrance with lot of space for seating, gathering, studying, and charging electronics.
  • New, quieter, more efficient heating and cooling systems.
  • Additional bathrooms on the second floor.
  • Higher ceilings and better lighting in all classrooms.
  •  New furniture.
  • New doorways and treatments on the second floor to prevent students from standing in the rain before classes start.
  • Significant aesthetic improvements inside and outside the building

When Howard Hall re-opens, the university will replicate the entire process with a $4.95 million renovation of  Arnold Hall. More changes are coming also. A new lab annex onto LeNior Hall, a new Learning Commons on the library, and the prospect of 500 new freshman beds on main campus led  Mescon to declare this ceremony was “the beginning of a transformation of this great campus.”

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June Happenings 2014

JUNE 5-7 — Suds! The Rocking 60’s Music Soap Opera

CSU’s Department of Theatre presents, Suds! The Rocking 60’s Music Soap Opera, at the Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 West 10th Street. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Suds! is the story of a young woman, and her guardian angels, who come to teach her about finding true love in, of all places, a laundromat. Adult tickets $20, $15 for seniors and active military and $12 children age 12 and under. For more information visit www.columbusstate.edu/theatre.

 

JUNE 6 — Faculty Horn Recital

CSU’s Schwob School of Music, host for this year’s Atlanta Horn Clinic’s Summer Symposium, kicks off the event with a faculty horn recital at 8 p.m. Friday, June 6 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. CSU horn professor Anna Dodd and Richard Deane, from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, will present an evening of horn music, joined by pianist Susan Hoskins. The recital will include works by Brahms, Ketting, Schuller, Hindemith and Wilder.  Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 

JUNE 8 — Atlanta Horn Clinic Solo Competition Finals

CSU’s Schwob School of Music, host for this year’s Atlanta Horn Clinic’s Summer Symposium, will hold the Solo Finals at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 8 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. A select handful of high school and college horn players will collaborate with Susan Hoskins on piano as they compete for prizes in the Atlanta Horn Clinic’s annual Solo Competition. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 

JUNE 9 — Atlanta Horn Clinic Closing Performances

CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host the closing performances of the Atlanta Horn Clinic’s Summer Symposium at 5 p.m. Monday, June 9 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The event will include performances by AHC Solo Competition winners, as well as participant horn quartets and horn choirs. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 

JUNE 9-13 — Space Extravaganza Summer Camp

Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will hold its Space Extravaganza Summer Camp from Monday-Friday, June 9-13 at the center, 701 Front Ave. Camp is from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day. Campers will have a packed week exploring robotics, rocketry, Challenger missions, gaming, comics, astronomy and sci-fi movie-making. For ages 8-12. Fee: $205. Camp registration is underway. Registration can be done online at www.Activ8er.com, or at CSU’s Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center at 4225 University Ave. For more information, call 706-649-1477.

 

JUNE 10 — Hove Solo Recital

CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a solo recital by Carolyn Hove, an English horn performer, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Hove, a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1988, will be joined by faculty artists Tatiana Muzanova (piano) and Susan Tomkiewicz (oboe). This recital kicks-off the school’s ninth annual English Horn master classes with Carolyn Hove. Master classes will run June 10-14. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 

JUNE 11 — Radical Reptiles

Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host Radical Reptiles from 10-11 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. This activity, recommended for ages 6-up, gives participants an up-close look at Oxbow’s resident reptiles, including snakes, alligators and turtles. Fee: $5 per person. There is no charge for infants. Pre-registration is required by Monday, June 9. For more information, contact Jan Kent at forrestkent_janet@ColumbusState.edu or call 706-507-8550.

 

JUNE 12-14 — Dora the Explorer Live: Dora’s Pirate Adventure

CSU’s Department of Theatre presents, Dora the Explorer Live: Dora’s Pirate Adventure, at the Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 West 10th Street. Show times are 10 a.m. Dora is embarking on a new live musical adventure around Australia along with her best buddy Boots the monkey, and the rest of their friends on a pirate adventure. They’ll need the help of their young fans to get past the Dancing Mountain, the Silly Singing Bridge and more, to catch up to the Pirate Piggies; and remember to watch out for Swiper the fox. Adult tickets $10, $8 for seniors and active military and $5 children age 12 and under. For more information visit www.columbusstate.edu/theatre.

 

JUNE 12-14 — The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

CSU’s Department of Theatre presents, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, at the Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 West 10th Street. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Follow six awkward adolescents through their and hilarious spelling championship quest, as they navigate the tournament’s pressures, the eccentric competitors find a new sense of belonging.  Along the way, they learn there is more to life than winning a trophy. Adult tickets $20, $15 for seniors and active military and $12 children age 12 and under. For more information visit www.columbusstate.edu/theatre.

 

JUNE 13 — Radical Reptiles

Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host Radical Reptiles from 10-11 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, June 13 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. This activity, recommended for ages 6-up, gives participants an up-close look at Oxbow’s resident reptiles, including snakes, alligators and turtles. Fee: $5 per person. There is no charge for infants. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, June 11. For more information, contact Jan Kent at forrestkent_janet@ColumbusState.edu or call 706-507-8550.

 

JUNE 14 — English Horn Mastersclasses Finale

CSU’s Schwob School of Music closes out its ninth annual English Horn master classes with a workshop participants recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Performers will be joined by the Schwob School of Music’s collaborative pianists, Susan Hoskins and Tatiana Muzanova. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 

JUNE 15 — Suds! The Rocking 60’s Music Soap Opera

CSU’s Department of Theatre presents, Suds! The Rocking 60’s Music Soap Opera, at the Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 West 10th Street. Show time is 2 p.m. Suds! is the story of a young woman, and her guardian angels, who come to teach her about finding true love in, of all places, a laundromat.  Adult tickets $20, $15 for seniors and active military and $12 children age 12 and under. For more information visit www.columbusstate.edu/theatre.

 

JUNE 16-20 — Rocket Boosters Camp

Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will hold its Rocket Boosters Summer Camp from Monday-Friday, June 16-20 at the center, 701 Front Ave. Camp times are from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day. Campers will be engaged in space-related activities as they explore robotics, launch rockets, fly jet simulators, watch planetarium shows, complete Challenger missions and create their own aliens. For ages 5-7. Fee: $205. Register online at www.Activ8er.com or at CSU’s Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center at 4225 University Ave. For more information, call 706-649-1477.

 

JUNE 17-21 — Dora the Explorer Live: Dora’s Pirate Adventure

CSU’s Department of Theatre presents, Dora the Explorer Live: Dora’s Pirate Adventure, at the Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 West 10th Street. Show time are 10 a.m. Dora is embarking on a new live musical adventure around Australia along with her best buddy Boots the monkey, and the rest of their friends on a pirate adventure. They’ll need the help of their young fans to get past the Dancing Mountain, the Silly Singing Bridge and more, to catch up to the Pirate Piggies; and remember to watch out for Swiper the fox. Adult tickets $10, $8 for seniors and active military and $5 children age 12 and under. For more information visit www.columbusstate.edu/theatre.

 

JUNE 18 — Radical Reptiles

Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host Radical Reptiles from 10-11 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. This activity, recommended for ages 6-up, gives participants an up-close look at Oxbow’s resident reptiles, including snakes, alligators and turtles. Fee: $5 per person. There is no charge for infants. Pre-registration is required by Monday, June 16. For more information, contact Jan Kent at forrestkent_janet@ColumbusState.edu or call 706-507-8550.

 

JUNE 19 — Suds! The Rocking 60’s Music Soap Opera

CSU’s Department of Theatre presents, Suds! The Rocking 60’s Music Soap Opera, at the Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 West 10th Street. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Suds! is the story of a young woman, and her guardian angels, who come to teach her about finding true love in, of all places, a laundromat.  Adult tickets $20, $15 for seniors and active military and $12 children age 12 and under. For more information visit www.columbusstate.edu/theatre.

 

JUNE 20 — Radical Reptiles

Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host Radical Reptiles from 10-11 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, June 20 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. This activity, recommended for ages 6-up, gives participants an up-close look at Oxbow’s resident reptiles, including snakes, alligators and turtles. Fee: $5 per person. There is no charge for infants. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, June 18. For more information, contact Jan Kent at forrestkent_janet@ColumbusState.edu or call 706-507-8550.

 

JUNE 20-21 — The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

CSU’s Department of Theatre presents, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, at the Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 West 10th Street. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Follow six awkward adolescents through their and hilarious spelling championship quest, as they navigate the tournament’s pressures, the eccentric competitors find a new sense of belonging.  Along the way, they learn there is more to life than winning a trophy. Adult tickets $20, $15 for seniors and active military and $12 children age 12 and under. For more information visit www.columbusstate.edu/theatre.

 

JUNE 22 — The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

CSU’s Department of Theatre presents, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, at the Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 West 10th Street. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Follow six awkward adolescents through their and hilarious spelling championship quest, as they navigate the tournament’s pressures, the eccentric competitors find a new sense of belonging.  Along the way, they learn there is more to life than winning a trophy. Adult tickets $20, $15 for seniors and active military and $12 children age 12 and under. For more information visit www.columbusstate.edu/theatre.

 

JUNE 23-27 — So You Want to Be An Astronaut Camp

Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will hold its So You Want to Be An Astronaut Summer Camp from Monday-Friday, June 23-2727 at the center, 701 Front Ave. Camp times are from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day. Designed to prepare America’s next generation of astronauts, this camp takes participants through an intense experience of exploring robotics, flying Challenger missions and fighter jet simulators, designing aliens, mastering telescopes, gaming, building and launching different types of rockets, and more. For ages 8-10. Fee: $205. Register online at www.Activ8er.com or at CSU’s Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center at 4225 University Ave. For more information, call 706-649-1477.

 

JUNE 24-28 — Dora the Explorer Live: Dora’s Pirate Adventure

CSU’s Department of Theatre presents, Dora the Explorer Live: Dora’s Pirate Adventure, at the Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 West 10th Street. Show time are 10 a.m. Dora is embarking on a new live musical adventure around Australia along with her best buddy Boots the monkey, and the rest of their friends on a pirate adventure. They’ll need the help of their young fans to get past the Dancing Mountain, the Silly Singing Bridge and more, to catch up to the Pirate Piggies; and remember to watch out for Swiper the fox. Adult tickets $10, $8 for seniors and active military and $5 children age 12 and under. For more information visit www.columbusstate.edu/theatre.

 

JUNE 25 — Radical Reptiles

Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host Radical Reptiles from 10-11 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. This activity, recommended for ages 6-up, gives participants an up-close look at Oxbow’s resident reptiles, including snakes, alligators and turtles. Fee: $5 per person. There is no charge for infants. Pre-registration is required by Monday, June 23. For more information, contact Jan Kent at forrestkent_janet@ColumbusState.edu or call 706-507-8550.

 

JUNE 26 — Suds! The Rocking 60’s Music Soap Opera

CSU’s Department of Theatre presents, Suds! The Rocking 60’s Music Soap Opera, at the Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 West 10th Street. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Suds! is the story of a young woman, and her guardian angels, who come to teach her about finding true love in, of all places, a laundromat.  Adult tickets $20, $15 for seniors and active military and $12 children age 12 and under. For more information visit www.columbusstate.edu/theatre.

 

JUNE 27 — Radical Reptiles

Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host Radical Reptiles from 10-11 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, June 27 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. This activity, recommended for ages 6-up, gives participants an up-close look at Oxbow’s resident reptiles, including snakes, alligators and turtles. Fee: $5 per person. There is no charge for infants. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, June 25. For more information, contact Jan Kent at forrestkent_janet@ColumbusState.edu or call 706-507-8550.

 

JUNE 27-28 — The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

CSU’s Department of Theatre presents, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, at the Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 West 10th Street. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Follow six awkward adolescents through their and hilarious spelling championship quest, as they navigate the tournament’s pressures, the eccentric competitors find a new sense of belonging.  Along the way, they learn there is more to life than winning a trophy. Adult tickets $20, $15 for seniors and active military and $12 children age 12 and under. For more information visit www.columbusstate.edu/theatre.

 

JUNE 29 — Dora the Explorer Live: Dora’s Pirate Adventure

CSU’s Department of Theatre presents, Dora the Explorer Live: Dora’s Pirate Adventure, at the Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 West 10th Street. Show time are 2 p.m. Dora is embarking on a new live musical adventure around Australia along with her best buddy Boots the monkey, and the rest of their friends on a pirate adventure. They’ll need the help of their young fans to get past the Dancing Mountain, the Silly Singing Bridge and more, to catch up to the Pirate Piggies; and remember to watch out for Swiper the fox. Adult tickets $10, $8 for seniors and active military and $5 children age 12 and under. For more information visit www.columbusstate.edu/theatre.

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$4.95 Million Approved to Renovate CSU’s Arnold Hall

COLUMBUS, Ga. — When Gov. Nathan Deal signed the state’s fiscal year 2015 budget last week, final approval was realized for $4.95 million to renovate Arnold Hall, one of Columbus State’s oldest classroom buildings.

Work on Arnold Hall will begin immediately following upcoming renovation of Howard Hall that’s the result of a $3.95 million state appropriation last year. Howard Hall should close in June and reopen for the fall 2015 semester.

“We are tremendously thankful to the governor, our legislative delegation and the Board of Regents for helping us realize almost $10 million over the last few years for much-needed upgrades to the academic core of our campus,” said Columbus State University President Tim Mescon. “We are following the recommendations of our master plan and trying hard to fund projects with private support that will complement these renovations.”

Renovating Arnold Hall was recommended by the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents, but final inclusion of this and other minor capital projects was remanded to the legislature for a final recommendation. University officials worked with Columbus-area lawmakers to have the project added to the final budget. Rep. Richard Smith, Rep. Calvin Smyre, Rep. Debbie Buckner, Rep. Carolyn Hugley, Rep. John Pezold, Sen. Ed Harbison and Sen. Josh McKoon all supported the project.

Deal is expected to mention the project when he speaks at Columbus State’s commencement on Monday.

Both renovation projects are part of a long-range plan to revitalize the academic core of Columbus State University’s main campus. With support from Sasaki Associates, a nationally respected planning and design firm, the university envisions a series of projects to enhance CSU’s main campus by improving the quality of the physical and academic environment. Improvements have evolved through careful analysis of university space with a focus on adaptive reuse of outdated and inefficient space not reflective of a contemporary, student-focused, engaged university.

Planners realized that Arnold Hall is cramped, its classrooms are outdated and the building contains limited student support relative to the intensity of its use as a classroom building. Additionally, it is not handicap accessible.

The university is trying to upgrade Arnold and nearby buildings to meet the needs of today’s students and to meet the feel, usability and look created by newer facilities built on campus exclusively with private funds, Mescon said.

“Just as we did with Howard Hall, I’m asking the provost to convene a faculty-led committee to guide the work that will be done on Arnold Hall so we can best meet the needs of our current faculty members and the demands of our future students,” Mescon said.

“Hopefully, next year we will have good news about our next planned project — a major laboratory addition to LeNoir Hall and a new learning commons addition to the main library,” Mescon said. “We’re working feverishly to raise private money to meet the state’s demand that we bank some money locally before a capital project of that size will be considered.”

The fiscal year 2015 budget, which takes effect with the start of the fiscal year on July 1, also includes the largest single-year increase in k-12 funding in seven years and money for some merit and/merit pay increases.

The FY 2015 budget expects the economic growth Georgia has seen since emerging from the Great Recession to accelerate and includes an estimated revenue increase of 3 percent, or $602.5 million, over the amended FY 2014 budget. It also expands affordable access to quality higher education by providing $22.5 million for a 3 percent increase in the award amount for HOPE scholarships and grants.

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140 Faculty, Staff Recognized for Service to CSU

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Nearly 140 Columbus State faculty and staff were honored April 16 at the university’s annual Retiree Recognition and Service Awards ceremony.

Rita J. Watts, director of accounting services for CSU, had the most service of all the honorees, with 35 years. Nancy D. Marino, director of administrative services for CSU’s College of the Arts, was recognized for 25 years of service to CSU.

Recognized by CSU Human Resources, the ceremony’s organizer, for 20 years of service were Michael Baltimore, professor of counseling; Anna Bagley Brooks, university comptroller; J. Alyce Cook, associate professor of modern and classical Languages; Tom Dolan, professor of political science; Dorinda L Dowis, professor of criminal justice; Patricia Louise Garrett, associate director of financial aid; Alvin Harris, desktop services professional for University Information and Technology Services; Amanda Hawkins, associate professor of nursing; Johnny Ho, professor of management and marketing; Teresa Irvin, professor of basic studies; Otto Land, UITS technical support specialist; Loretta Marshall, UITS information security administrator; Joseph McCallus, professor of English; Edwin Schevey, UITS telecommunications support specialist; Paula Simko, Academic Center for Excellence academic advisor-retention specialist; Rebecca Tew, Student Health Center director; Neal Thomson, professor of management and marketing; and Jeffrey Zuiderveen, professor of biology.

Fifteen employees who are retiring or had retired during the 2013-2014 school year also were honored. All had more than a decade of service to CSU. The recognized retirees, their titles or work areas and their term of service to CSU are Raymond Bray, building maintenance painter, 11 years; Lougene Brown, associate vice president for business and finance, 24 years; Rick Cravens, assistant director of campus recreation for adventure and intramural recreation,  28 years; Benjamin Crowley, Plant Operations, 11 years; Joe Francavilla, professor of English, 27 years; Joan Holder, art department administrative assistant, 15 years; Kay Jenkins, UITS, 28 years; Charlie Jones, Campus Services, 18 years; Rita Jones, Accounting and Finance, 11 years; Jay Kimbrough, Academic Center for Excellence, 17 years; Richard Long, professor of counseling and educational leadership, 23 years; Milwood Motley, associate professor of biology, 25 years; Maurice Shalishali, Accounting and Finance, 16 years; Vicky Thomas, Library, 31 years; and David Woolbright, Computer Science, 40 years.

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CSU Happenings for April 2014

APRIL 2 — NCAA Softball
Columbus State’s softball squad continues its 2014 season against Albany State at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 at Cougar Field. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://CSUCougars.com/sports/sball/.

APRIL 2 — Violin Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a violin recital by Valeriya Nedviga at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Nedviga, a student of faculty artist Sergiu Schwartz, will perform in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the graduate Artist Diploma certificate. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 3 — Baritone Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a baritone recital by Rashad Jones at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Jones, a student of faculty artist Dian Lawler-Johnson, will perform in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Music Education. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 3 — Soprano Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a soprano recital by Victoria Leggett at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Leggett, a student of faculty artist Kimberly Cone, will perform in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Music Performance. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 4 — CSU Contemporary Ensemble
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host the final concert of the year by its contemporary ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theater. The concert will feature works by three composers:  Stefan Wolpe’s classic Quartet for trumpet, piano, tenor saxophone and percussion; Edison Denisov’s Ode for clarinet, piano and percussion; and Eric Moe’s Eight Point Turn for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, viola, contrabass, percussion and piano. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 5 — CSU Tennis
Columbus State’s women’s and men’s tennis teams hosts Armstrong State at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center. Admission is free.

APRIL 5 — Wilderness First Aid at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will be the site for the first day of a two-day Wilderness First Aid course from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. The course, hosted by Outside World Outfitters of Columbus, will provide hands-on training designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. The two-day course, held rain or shine, must be attended both days to merit  certification. Fee: $175 per person (includes CPR certification). Bring your own snacks, lunch and beverage. To register, call 706-322-4200 or email chris@theoutsideworld.net.

 APRIL 6 — Clarinet Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a clarinet recital by Lindsey Baker at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Baker, a student of faculty artist Lisa Oberlander, will perform in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Music Performance. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 6 — Percussion Ensemble
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a performance by its Percussion Ensemble for its annual spring concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The concert will feature a wide variety of pieces from the traditional repertoire to world premieres of contemporary works. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 6 — Baritone Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a baritone recital by Sean Meara at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 6 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Meara, a student of faculty artist Michelle DeBruyn, will perform in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Music Performance. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 6 — Mezzo-Soprano Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a mezzo-soprano recital by Jeanette Luna at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Luna, a student of faculty artist Dian Lawler-Johnson, will perform in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Music Performance. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 7 — Horn Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a horn recital by Johan Warburton at 6 p.m. Monday, April 7 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Warburton, a student of faculty artist Anna Dodd, will perform in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Music Performance. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 7 — Piano Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a piano recital by Tatiana Muzanova at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 7 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Muzanova, a student of faculty artist Alexander Kobrin, will perform in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master in Piano Performance. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 6 — CSU Tennis
Columbus State’s women’s and men’s tennis teams hosts Flagler at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 6 at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center. Admission is free.

APRIL 6 — Wilderness First Aid at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will be the site for the second day of a two-day Wilderness First Aid course from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 5 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. The course, hosted by Outside World Outfitters of Columbus, will provide hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. . The two-day course, held rain or shine, must be attended both days to merit  certification. Fee: $175 per person (includes CPR certification). Bring your own snacks, lunch and beverage. To register, call 706-322-4200 or email chris@theoutsideworld.net.

APRIL 9 — CSU Tennis
Columbus State’s women’s tennis team hosts Montevallo at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center. Admission is free.

APRIL 9 — Horn Studio Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a Horn Studio recital at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 9 — Trumpet Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a trumpet recital by James Wozniak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Wozniak, a student of faculty artist Robert Murray, will perform in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Music Performance degree. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 10 — CSU Jazz Ensemble
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a performance by the CSU Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The 17-piece ensemble, under the direction of Kevin Whalen, director of jazz studies, will perform swing selections, including music from the libraries of Count Basie, Thad Jones and Stan Kenton. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

APRIL 11 — NCAA Softball
Columbus State’s softball squad plays a Military Appreciation Day twinbill against Albany State at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, April 11 at Cougar Field. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://CSUCougars.com/sports/sball/.

APRIL 12 — Kaleidoscope Concert
As part of Artbeat 2014, Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will host Kaleidoscope at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 in RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. This annual concert  showcases all 240 student-musicians at the Schwob School of Music in a fast-paced 70-minute concert that spans a wide range of musical styles. Admission $20-$30. For more information, call 706-256-3612 or visit http://RiverCenter.org.

APRIL 12 — Webelos Conservation Program at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center continues its Scout Programs with its Webelos Conservation Program from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 12 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Fee: $20. For more information, call 706-507-8550 or email Kelsey Champagne at champagne_kelsey@ColumbusState.edu to register. Registration is due the day before each program.

APRIL 12 — Insect Study (A Merit Badge Program) at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center continues its Scout Programs with its Insect Study (A Merit Badge Program) from 9 a.m.-noon, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Fee: $20. For more information, call 706-507-8550 or email Kelsey Champagne at champagne_kelsey@ColumbusState.edu  to register. Registration is due the day before each program.

APRIL 13 — Guitar and Flute Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a guitar and flute recital by members of the Guitar and Flute Studios at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. They will perform selections spanning five centuries. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 13 — Double Reed Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a double reed studio recital at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 13 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. They will perform selections for oboe and bassoon from the studios of faculty artists Susan Tomkiewicz and Ron Wirt. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 13 — NCAA Softball
Columbus State’s softball squad plays a Senior Day twinbill against Young Harris at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13 at Cougar Field. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://CSUCougars.com/sports/sball/.

APRIL 15 — Soprano Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a soprano recital by Yuliya Ugay at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Ugay, a student of faculty artist Michelle DeBruyn, will perform in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Music Performance degree. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music. 

APRIL 16 — NCAA Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad plays Albany State at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 at Ragsdale Field. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://CSUCougars.com.

APRIL 16 — Student Chamber Concert
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a Student Chamber Music concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

APRIL 17 — President’s Recognition Dinner
The Columbus State University Alumni Association and the Columbus State University Foundation will host the President’s Recognition Dinner on Thursday, April 17 at CSU’s Cunningham Center, 3100 Gentian Blvd. Dinner is at 7 p.m., preceded by a 6:30 p.m. reception. CSU’s top annual awards will be presented, along with honorary alumni memberships. Reservations are requested by April 11. Cost: $60 per person. For more information, call 706-507-8957.

APRIL 17 — Wind Orchestra Finale
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host the final concert of the year for its Wind Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The performance will feature a variety of musical styles and sounds. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 18 — NCAA Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad plays a doubleheader against USC-Aiken with games at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, April 18 at Ragsdale Field. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://CSUCougars.com.

APRIL 18 — Violin Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a violin recital by Elzbieta Tokarska at 6 p.m. Friday, April 18 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Tokarska, a student of faculty artist Sergiu Schwartz, will perform in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Music Performance degree. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 19 — NCAA Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad plays USC-Aiken at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at Ragsdale Field. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://CSUCougars.com.

APRIL 21 — Guitar Performance
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a guitar concert by Aniello Desiderio at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 21 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 22 — Film, Discussion: The Loving Story
CSU’s Department of History and Geography will screen the film The Loving Story at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road. The final film in the Created Equal Initiative Film Series, this 2011 Emmy-nominated documentary chronicles the struggles of a couple, arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage, which led to a landmark Supreme Court decision allowing such unions. Audience members will have a chance to discuss the film after the screening. Free. For more information, call 706-507-8387 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/history. 

APRIL 23 — NCAA Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad plays Valdosta State at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 at Ragsdale Field. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://CSUCougars.com.

APRIL 24 — Wind Ensemble Honors Col. Hal Gibson
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a special performance of its Wind Ensemble as it closes its 2013-2014 season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. With this performance, it will honor CSU Director of Bands Emeritus Col. Hal Gibson  as he celebrates his 90th birthday on stage. The University Singers will also perform. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 24 — Curry to Speak at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center hosts Sustainability Lecture Series No. 2 at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Judith Curry, chair and professor of Georgia Tech’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is the guest speaker for the second lecture in Oxbow’s Sustainability Lecture Series. Curry will speak on the many topics of climate change, including the science of climate change, impacts in the Southeast, carbon reduction challenges, and available options to reduce our vulnerability to extreme events. Free. For more information, call 706-507-8550.

APRIL 26 — ReptileFest at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center hosts its annual 13th annual ReptileFest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. This year’s Reptile Fest will feature a live reptile show, the Hiss America Costume Contest, and a “behind the scenes” look at all of Oxbow’s resident reptiles.  New this year is that, instead of participants bringing their reptiles, participants will be the reptiles. Come dressed as your favorite reptile for a chance to win prizes. Fee: $5 for the event (contestants also pay the $5 fee). Oxbow’s parking lot typically fills quickly for this event, but shuttle transportation will be available from the overflow parking area. For more information, call 706-507-8550.

APRIL 26 — Piano Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a piano recital by the Piano Studio at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Alexander Kobrin, CSU’s L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano, will perform. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

 APRIL 27 — Guitar Chamber Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a guitar chamber recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Students from the Guitar Studio will perform works for two, three, and four guitars, as well as violin and guitar, and guitar with a mixed ensemble. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

APRIL 28 — Louis Spatian Leads CSU Philharmonic Finale
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host the final performance of the season of the CSU Philharmonic at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Highlighting the performance will be composer Louis Spatian, winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

APRIL 30 — CSU Popular Music Ensemble, with Neal Lucas
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a performance of its Popular Music Ensemble at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 at The Loft (1032 Broadway). The concert, featuring local blues legend Neal Lucas, will feature the ensemble’s exploration of songs by Robert Johnson, Tom Waits, the Allman Brothers, John Black, the Black Keys, Ruthie Foster and more. There also will be performance by some of Columbus’ finest blues, R&B, soul and funk musicians. Admission is free with no age limitation. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

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CSU Cancels Classes, Closes Until Friday; Theatre Show Still On

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Theatre opening show should still go on.

Columbus, GA –Columbus State University is closed and classes are cancelled for Thursday (1/30) because of poor road conditions and continuing predictions of inclement weather.

CSU Police report that parking lots and roads around campus are icy and dangerous. Weather predictions indicate that conditions should not improve until well into the day on Thursday. Officials expect the campus to open for regular business operations on Friday Jan. 31.

Campus Services workers have been working all day to help make sidewalks and some streets safer for students trying to walk to campus dining facilities, which will remain open in Davidson and in the Rankin downtown.  Campus shuttles will not be running.

CSU Theatre officials are expecting road conditions to improve enough to allow them to open, as scheduled, their production of STOP KISS in the university theatre (inside the Riverside Theatre Complex downtown) at 7:30 pm on Thursday. Shows are also scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 pm on Sunday.

 

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CSU Happenings for January 2014

JAN. 9 — ROAR Program
CSU’s ROAR (Recruitment, Orientation, Advisement, Registration) Program takes place Thursday, Jan. 9 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Freshmen, non-traditional and transfer students should look at their respective programs and register at http://ColumbusState.edu/orientation.

JAN. 10 — NCAA Basketball
Columbus State’s women’s basketball team plays Francis Marion at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 at the Lumpkin Center. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://CSUCougars.com/sports/wbkb.

JAN. 10 — NCAA Basketball
Columbus State’s men’s basketball team plays Francis Marion at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 at the Lumpkin Center. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://CSUCougars.com/sports/mbkb

JAN. 12 — NCAA Basketball
Columbus State’s women’s basketball team plays UNC-Pembroke at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10 at the Lumpkin Center. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://CSUCougars.com/sports/wbkb.

JAN. 12 — NCAA Basketball
Columbus State’s men’s basketball team plays UNC-Pembroke at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Lumpkin Center. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://CSUCougars.com/sports/mbkb

JAN. 13 — Classes Resume
Classes for Spring Semester 2014 begin today.

JAN. 16-19 — CSU Theatre: The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi

This adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling story of the same name involves a bird that discovers a young mongoose in her garden and the bird’s efforts with her muskrat friend to run the mongoose off. Performances at Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 W. 10th St., are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 16-18; also at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19. For tickets, call the box office from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 706-507-8444. For more information, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/theatre.

JAN. 18 — NCAA Basketball
Columbus State’s women’s basketball team plays Armstrong Atlantic at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Lumpkin Center. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://CSUCougars.com/sports/wbkb.

JAN. 18 — NCAA Basketball
Columbus State’s men’s basketball team plays Armstrong Atlantic at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Lumpkin Center. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://CSUCougars.com/sports/mbkb

 

JAN. 18 — Soprano Student Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music hosts a student recital at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The concert will feature soprano Samantha Dubois, a student of faculty artist Michelle DeBruyn. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

JAN. 19 — 4 Hands, 4 Feet
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents 4 Hands, 4 Feet, an organ concert by Atlanta-based artists Raymond and Elizabeth Chenault at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

JAN. 20 — MLK Holiday: No Classes; Offices Closed
All CSU offices on both campuses will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

JAN. 20 — NCAA Basketball
Columbus State’s women’s basketball team plays Flagler College at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at the Lumpkin Center. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://CSUCougars.com/sports/wbkb.

JAN. 20 — NCAA Basketball
Columbus State’s men’s basketball team plays Flagler College at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at the Lumpkin Center. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://CSUCougars.com/sports/mbkb

JAN. 23 — Zoran Dukić Concert
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a concert by Croatian classical guitarist Zoran Dukić at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Duki ć, who won more competitions than any other guitarist from 1990-1997, will play his first-ever concert in Columbus. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

JAN. 26 — PianoMania
CSU’s Schwob School of Music presents its PianoMania Scholarship Benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Alexander Kobrin, L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano, and the piano studio of the Schwob School of Music, will be in concert in celebration of the piano, featuring original music arranged for this event. Admission is $25. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.
JAN. 27 — Tomkiewicz and Wirt Concert
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a concert by faculty artists Susan Tomkiewicz (piano) and Ron Wirt (bassoon) at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

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