CSU’s Activ8 Summer Camps Voted Best by Muscogee Moms (and Dads)

COLUMBUS, Ga. — For the fourth time in five years, Columbus State University’s Activ8 Summer Camps were voted the best summer camp program in the 2017 Muscogee Moms Choice Awards.

Activ8 is listed as the “1st Choice” among local summer camps in the seventh annual Choice Awards sponsored by Muscogee Moms, a popular local guide for parents looking for family-friendly events and activities in Columbus, Phenix City, Fort Benning and Opelika. “2nd Choice” went to Brookstone Summer Campus. Camp Viking at St. Anne-Pacelli and Elite Dance Academy also were nominated.

“We are so proud to be voted Columbus’ number one summer camp,” said Susan Wirt, executive director of CSU’s Center for Continuing Education, which runs the Activ8 camps. “Activ8 is our way of encouraging younger community members to be lifelong learners. It’s all hands-on engagement and so much fun that campers don’t even know they are learning. Of course, our plan all along is to bring them to campus, get them excited about CSU, and plant the seed that ‘going to college’ is a great thing to do.”

Activ8 Summer Camps, for children ages 4-18, offer a variety of programs that encourage kids to have fun while learning about technology, mathematics, art, sports, dance, sewing and more. Programs are taught on campus and at CSU’s outreach centers, including the Coca-Cola Space Science Center and Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, and with the Columbus Regional Math Collaborative and the Schwob School of Music. Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, dance, golf, soccer, softball and tennis camps are offered in partnership with CSU Athletics.

Camps begin May 30 and run through August 4, usually from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Before Care (7-9 a.m.) and After Care (4-6 p.m.) are offered on CSU’s main campus to accommodate the schedules of working parents.

For more information, visit continuinged.columbusstate.edu or contact Samantha Gurski at 706-507-8365 or gurski_samantha@columbusstate.edu.

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Columbus State University Presents a Free Afternoon of Storytelling

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Two renowned storytellers stopped by Columbus State University to share in an “Afternoon of Storytelling,” a free event presented by CSU Continuing Education on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center on CSU’s main campus.

Friends and families spent the afternoon with professional storytellers Carol Cain and Doug Davis. Cain, a native of LaGrange, Ga., travels the Southeast to perform her stories at festivals, museums, schools, churches and libraries. In 2011, she was featured on “What’s Your Story,” a workshop broadcast hosted by Donald Davis, an award-winning storyteller and prolific author. Donald Davis’ son, Doug, was the second guest speaker of the afternoon. In addition to storytelling, Doug Davis is a clinical psychologist for a private practice in Raleigh, NC.

“Storytelling is a cherished and traditional form of art practiced around the globe,” said Samantha Gurski, program coordinator for CSU Continuing Education. “This event was an excellent opportunity for families and friends to come together and witness the power of storytelling.”

Admission to an “Afternoon of Storytelling” was free, thanks to generous contributions from Calumet Bank and ServiceMaster Restore.

Cain also is hosting a one-day workshop called “Finding Your Stories” on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. Workshop participants will learn how to uncover and express their own stories of memorable people and places. Registration is $49. Visit bit.ly/FindingYourStories for more information or to register online.

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Cultivating a Culture of High Performance

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACOLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s new Center for Professional Solutions kicked-off service to the corporate community in Columbus with a Lean Six-Sigma Yellow Belt Certification workshop on September 16. The workshop was offered in partnership with Riverwood Associates, an Atlanta-based company that provides operational training and consulting to organizations working to improve performance levels, and was hosted by Synovus.

The Center for Professional Solutions is a new service of Columbus State University’s Division of Continuing Education that focuses on performance improvement through consultation and training to the Columbus, GA region. “We aim to be the primary resource within our region for helping companies identify and close the gap between current and desired performance,” says Susan Wirt, Executive Director for Continuing Education.

The core offerings of the Center for Professional Solutions include Lean Six Sigma, project management, outsourcing contracts, labor issues and risk management, contract law and intellectual property for the business manager. In addition, the center provides information technology and business intelligence consultation and training in partnership with Columbus State’s IT Innovation Center.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGroups from the private and public sector came together for this event at Synovus to learn proven techniques and practical tools for reducing waste, increasing profitability, improving quality and driving overall business improvement.

Lean Six Sigma offers a powerful methodology and set of tools for improving business processes. Many organizations have adopted Lean Six Sigma — manufacturing, service, healthcare and government — to significantly improve their bottom line and customer experience. The Yellow Belt is the first step for those new to Lean Six Sigma. This Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification was the second in a series of workshops that will be offered through this unique partnership.

Peter J. Sherman, Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt with 20+ years of experience, lead this day of training. One goal of this certification is to cultivate a culture of high organizational performance and to provide a high performance workforce with solid skills in problem solving, analytical and critical thinking and decision-making.   Participants, working in teams, learned how to prepare a Voice of the Customer (VOC), map a current state process to identify and quantify gaps, and perform root cause analysis. When asked why Lean Six Sigma is so important, Peter replied, “Organizations are looking for people who can break down problems and solve them quickly and effectively. The skills we learned today are relevant for anyone in today’s workforce.”

“The entire day was insightful,” stated Amanda Lewis, a workshop participant. “The Center for Professional Solutions delivered on quality and professionalism. Peter Sherman from Riverwood Associates created that personal touch by really getting to know us as individuals. There was great synergy in the room that added even more value to the information that was received.” Forty-seven participants benefited from this learning environment charged by the synergies created among the diverse group of participants as they became certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belts. Participants from the private sector included Aflac, Columbus Specialty Hospital, Communicorp, DMI Columbus, Golden Peanut, Kellogg, Panasonic Energy Corporation, Paragon Benefits, OmegaFi, Synovus and Tensar. Those from the public sector included Columbus State University, Columbus Water Works and the Muscogee County School System.

In early December, the Center for Professional Solutions and Riverwood Associates will be offering a Green Belt Certification, the next step in the Lean Six Sigma methodology.  Information about the Green Belt program can be found online at ColumbusState.edu/CE or www.riverwoodassociates.com.

For 40 years, the Columbus State Division of Continuing Education has served as the center for lifelong learning by providing innovative educational training and personal enrichment opportunities for students, businesses and community partners in Columbus, Georgia area.

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Columbus State Earns Prestigious IACET Accreditation

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University Continuing Education has been awarded “authorized provider” accreditation by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, recognizing a thorough review by IACET.

“Columbus State’s Continuing Education is proud of the value we add to the community through such adult training programs as Medical Coding/Billing, Real Estate and Project Management,” said Susan Wirt, executive director of CSU Continuing Education. “Our new partnership with IACET puts us in a worldwide network of organizations that have been vetted by third-party experts to ensure the highest possible standards — a demonstration of our commitment to lifelong learning and excellence in all of our programs. We are very pleased to join such a prestigious organization and be listed on their website.”

The accreditation period extends for five years and includes all programs offered or created during that time.

To earn authorized provider accreditation, CSU Continuing Education completed a rigorous application process, including a review by an IACET site visitor, and successfully demonstrated adherence to IACET standards addressing the design, development, administration and evaluation of its programs.

“We are pleased to welcome Columbus State as our newest authorized provider organization,” said Michael Todd Shinholster, IACET president, founder-principal consultant of Culture Bridge and an international business lecturer at Kennesaw State University. “Columbus State University Continuing Education joins nearly 650 organizations around the globe that have had their programs vetted by third-party experts in continuing education to ensure the highest possible standards are met.”

The new status allows Columbus State to use the IACET name and its authorized provider logo on promotional course material. Additionally, CSU Continuing Education is now linked to the IACET website and is recognized as offering the highest quality continuing education and training programs.

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Columbus State Reaching out to Thousands via Classes, Camps

COLUMBUS, Ga. Continuing Education at Columbus State University enjoyed a healthy surge in participation during 2011-2012, with enrollment in its 800-plus courses and programs up 9 percent.

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In all, 7,397 people registered in 816 Continuing Education classes during the year ending June 30. The non-credit classes focusing on personal and professional development run the gamut, from children’s summer camps to certification programs in career areas such as Medical Coding and Billing, Paralegal Studies and Project Management.

Enrollment in professional certificate programs rose nearly 10 percent in the past year.

“Many people are either unemployed or under-employed and need to update their skills without investing an enormous amount of time.” said Susan Wirt, CSU’s executive director of Continuing Education since 2003.  “Professional certificate programs are an affordable and efficient way to gain credentials to be ready for the job market or get a better job.”

Certificate programs that meet certain criteria are particularly attractive to military families, thanks to a Department of Defense program to fund participation in “portable” certificate programs by spouses of active-duty military personnel. Certificates require multiple courses in a given topic area, followed, in some cases, by testing to ensure proficiency.

A self-supporting division of Columbus State, Continuing Education has a full-time staff of nine, supplemented by more than 50 part-time instructors. “We spend a significant amount of time determining the needs of the community and developing programs to meet those needs,” Wirt said.

Classes are held seven days a week, mostly at two locations. The Rankin Arts Center, on CSU’s RiverPark Campus in Uptown Columbus, houses the Rankin Arts Photography Center, which is home to a new Digital Photography Certificate program that’s helped Continuing Education enjoy 164 percent growth in digital photography classes since their introduction in 2009. The Rankin is also home to the CSU Dance Conservatory, which is a partnership between Columbus Ballet and Continuing Education.

Other classes are held at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center for Continuing Education on the southwest corner of main campus

sewingSummer is a particularly busy time for Continuing Education, mostly thanks to the Activ8 camp program that serves kids from age 4 through their teen years. Summer camp enrollment has risen 43 percent from Activ8’s birth in 2008 to 2011, and Continuing Education is on track to set a new record in 2012.

“We love the energy that the camps bring to the Turner center this time of year,” said Wirt, whose office is there.  “The children get a sense they are attending `college,’ and we want them to all be future college students.”

In 2009, Activ8 won the Georgia Adult Education Association’s annual award for Outstanding, Innovative Program. Most CSU summer camps fall under the Activ8 umbrella that covers everything from artistic crafts to a more serious introduction to computer programming. All CSU summer camps, including those offered by Athletics, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Oxbows Meadow Environmental Learning Center and the Math Collaborative, are detailed in the Activ8 catalog published each February, plus at Activ8er.com.

In 2011, CSU Continuing Education established the Empowered Youth of Columbus program, an arts-based, after-school program for at-risk youth. Initially funded by CSU and Columbus’ Crime Prevention Board, EYC will expand dramatically over the next five years, thanks to a $2.25 million Georgia Department of Education grant announced in mid-July. The grant will allow Continuing Education to hire more “teaching artists” to use the arts to help children with core subjects such as math and science.

“We are so proud to have received this grant and know that it will change the lives of at-risk children throughout Columbus,” Wirt said.

Another growing outreach program offered by Continuing Education is its English Language Institute, which was established in 2002 to help prospective CSU students whose native language was not English, as well as local residents. Today, ELI’s services extend beyond the university, by offering English as a Second Language classes at Fort Benning and also by hosting large groups of international students who visit Columbus and learn English via “immersion experiences.”

Learn about CSU’s Continuing Education classes, certificates, camps and more at http://ColumbusState.edu/continuinged.

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Columbus State University Offering an Array of Summer Camp Activities

COLUMBUS, Ga. Columbus State’s robust slate of summer activities continues to grow. Along with that increase has been an increase in demand as well. This year features additional options for youth camps and class participants offered through CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center and the College of Education and Health Professions.

Camp Oxbow and Summer Spectacular 2012, both running through June, will complement the June-July camps covering space science, athletics, mathematics, ballet and the wide-ranging Activ8 activities — all coordinated through CSU Continuing Education.

Summer Spectacular

There has been a spectacular response to this long-running activity. It is already sold out. The spectacular, directed by CSU teacher education students and faculty, runs in weekly sessions, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 4-28, at Gentian Elementary School.

“We’ve had more register for our camps this year than ever before,” said program director Jan Burcham, CSU’s Moselle Worsley Fletcher Distinguished Chair in Teacher Education. “We are very happy about that.”

The program, which started in 2005, offers families an alternative, fun learning opportunity, while CSU teacher education students gain valuable field experience and more freedom in their approach to curriculum and teaching styles.

The Columbus State students will guide children in designing activities and selecting transportation topics to explore in multi-age classrooms. The approach corresponds to Piaget’s theory of cognitive development — to help participants improve their thinking skills, become more independent and improve their self-esteem.

The cost per child is $100 for the entire camp (four weeks) or $30 per week. Spaces are limited and will be filled based on order of registration. For more information or registration forms, go to http://ColumbusState.edu/COEHP/summer_spectacular.php or call 706-569-2888.

Camp Oxbow

Camp Oxbow, which is themed, “Leave No Child Inside,” is actually two separate camps at CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.

Wild About Animals, June 18-22, explores the center’s surrounding wetlands. While catching insects and bird watching, the participants will meet live animals that call the wetlands home. Crafts and games will teach the importance of clean water.

Naturally Artistic, July 16-20, involves participants in photographing wildlife, creating pottery with Georgia clays and more. Results from a group project will be displayed at the center, while the students take home some of their work as well.

Registration fees per child are $159 for Wild About Animals and $179 for Naturally Artistic. CSU faculty and staff receive a $50 discount per camp for their children.

For more information, contact Janet Forrest Kent at 706-507-8555 or forrestkent_janet@ColumbusState.edu.

Registration Open for Activ8, Other Youth Camps

Families also can register their children, ages 4-14, for summer camps comprising CSU’s award-winning Activ8 program.

Activ8’s various enrichment and sports camps opened May 29 and run weekly through August 3. Upon registration, parents and kids can build their own schedules according to separate age groups: 4-7, 8-11 and 11-14.

“Many of the camps this year filled up pretty early,” Kristin Barker, Senior Marketing Manager Continuing Education, said.  “We’ve seen a good increase. The camps have definitely gotten more popular.”

The program, with activities covering sports, dance, technology, arts and more, has earned statewide recognition and recently was a Muscogee Moms Award winner as the area’s top summer camp program.

For more information, call CSU Continuing Education 706-507-8070 or go to http://activ8er.com or www.ColumbusState.edu/CE for an online catalog and registration information.

The websites include information about other Columbus State summer camps offered through Athletics, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the CSU Dance Conservatory and the Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative.

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Columbus State, Crime Prevention Board Present Artwork by At-Risk Youth

COLUMBUS, Ga. —Columbus State University and the city’s Crime Prevention Board are staging a reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 that opens the Empowered Youth of Columbus Fall 2011 Student Art Show.

 

The public is invited to attend the reception in CSU’s Rankin Arts Photography Center, 1004 Broadway (10th Street and Broadway, seconnd floor). Refreshments will be served.

Joyce Hethcox, photo studentsEmpowered Youth of Columbus is an after school arts program that was created as a result of a partnership between the City of Columbus Crime Prevention Board and CSU’s Department of Continuing Education. EYC brings professional mentors and teaching artists to local community groups and schools and provides professional arts training to their youth.

“Studies have shown that the positive effects of arts education on at-risk youth are far reaching,” said Susan Wirt, CSU Continuing Education director. “The arts engage disaffected students on several levels, so we’re offering nontraditional ways to fight the social and academic issues that can lead to criminal behavior.”

EYC began last spring as a pilot program in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus, offering two classes initially. This fall, the program  expanded to also work with the city’s Parks & Recreation Department, the Muscogee County School District and the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

“We’ve gotten an extremely enthusiastic response from a wide variety of community organizations who want programming for their at-risk youth,” Wirt said. “That tells us that Columbus is hungry for ways to engage kids and immerse them in programs of substance.”

Teachers in the program are local arts professionals, ranging from painters to theater directors to musicians.

“I learn as much from them as they do from me,” said Joyce Hethcox, who teaches photography and collage for Empowered Youth of Columbus. “They’ve got a very unique eye on the world, which is obvious in their artwork.”

The reception features photography and collage work by the students, as well as a performance of a 10-minute play written and performed by EYC drama students.

“It’s been very cool to write our own play,” said drama participant Dajanae Tarver. “I thought I’d miss hanging out with my friends, but I get more excited coming to drama.”

For more information on the Empowered Youth of Columbus program and other partnership possibilities, contact Anne Thibault at 706.507.8437 or thibault_anne@columbusstate.edu. The public is also invited to view photos and other artwork created by Empowered Youth of Columbus participants that will be on limited display from Dec. 8-16 and Jan. 10-20 in the Rankin Arts Photography Center. Call Thibault for information on gallery hours.

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Summer Spectacular, Camp Oxbow Add to CSU Summer Camp Choices

COLUMBUS, Ga. – New offerings through the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center and the College of Education and Health Professions have expanded youth summer camps options through Columbus State University.

Camp Oxbow and Summer Spectacular 2011, both through June, will complement the June-July camps covering space science, athletics, mathematics, ballet and the wide-ranging Activ8 activities – all coordinated through CSU Continuing Education. 

Summer Spectacular

CSU teacher education students and faculty will direct Summer Spectacular in weekly sessions, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 6-30, at North Columbus Elementary School.

Themed “On the Move: Road, Water, Rail, Air, and Space Transportation,” activities will immerse participants, ages 4-11, in an “educational, innovative experience while providing tons of fun,” said CSU education professor Jan Burcham, director of the program.

The program, which started in 2005, offers families an alternative, fun learning opportunity, while CSU teacher education students gain valuable field experience and more freedom in their approach to curriculum and teaching styles.

The Columbus State students will guide children in designing activities and selecting transportation topics to explore in multi-age classrooms. The approach corresponds to Piaget’s theory of cognitive development – to help participants improve their thinking skills, become more independent and improve their self-esteem.

“The curriculum is driven by the children’s interest in the subject matter,” said Burcham. “Our focus is on teaching the whole child, not just on delivering content. When giving the children the opportunity to learn new things they are interested in, they are able to do so much more than expected.”

The cost per child is $100 for the entire camp (four weeks) or $30 per week. Spaces are limited and will be filled based on order of registration. For more information or registration forms, go to http://ColumbusState.edu/COEHP/summer_spectacular.php or call 706-569-2888.

Camp Oxbow

“Leave No Child Inside” is the theme for Camp Oxbow, which is actually three separate camps from June 6-24 at CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.

“The camps will cover different approaches to exploring nature and are designed to immerse rising third- through eighth-graders in topics they would study at school, but with the added experience of Oxbow Meadows’ gardens and hiking trails,” said camp director Lisa Randolph.

Wetland Wonders, June 6-10, explores the center’s surrounding wetlands. While catching insects and bird watching, the participants will meet live animals that call the wetlands home. Crafts and games will teach the importance of clean water.

Green Guardians runs June 13-17 and concentrates on the protection and preservation of the natural environment. Campers will play games and make crafts, helping them discover ways to minimize impact on the environment. Participants also will meet rare and endangered species that inhabit Oxbow and finish the week with an eco-friendly group project.

Naturally Artistic, June 20-24, involves participants in photographing wildlife, creating pottery with Georgia clays and more. Results from a group project will be displayed at the center, while the students take home some of their work as well.

“Studies show that getting kids outside immersed in nature can help alleviate health problems such as childhood obesity,” said Randolph, also the lead teacher and interim assistant director for the learning center. “The mission of Oxbow Meadows is to increase awareness of local ecology, which can lead to the improvement of CRCT scores. Our goal for Camp Oxbow is to make sure that it’s educational and entertaining.”

Registration fees per child are $195 for Wetland Wonders and Green Guardians and $215 for Naturally Artistic. CSU faculty and staff receive a $50 discount per camp for their children.

For more information, contact Randolph at 706-687-4090 or randolph_lisa@columbusstate.edu.

Registration Open for Activ8, Other Youth Camps

Families also can register their children, ages 4-14, for summer camps comprising CSU’s award-winning Activ8 program.

Activ8’s various enrichment and sports camps open May 23 and run weekly through July 29. Upon registration, parents and kids can build their own schedules according to separate age groups: 4-7, 8-11 and 12-14.

The program, with activities covering sports, dance, technology, arts and more, has earned statewide recognition and recently was a Muscogee Moms Award winner as the area’s top summer camp program.

For more information, call CSU Continuing Education 706-507-8070 or go to http://activ8er.com or www.ColumbusState.edu/CE for an online catalog and registration information.

The websites include information about other Columbus State summer camps offered through Athletics, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the CSU Dance Conservatory and the Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative.

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Registration Open for Columbus State’s Activ8 Summer Camps

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Families seeking summer activities for their 4-to-14-year-olds can register for summer camps comprising Columbus State University’s award-winning Activ8 program.

Activ8’s various enrichment and sports camps open May 23 and run weekly through July 29. Registration by April 15 includes a 5 percent discount. Upon registration, kids, with their parents, can build their own schedules according to separate age groups: 4-7, 8-11, and 12-14.

The camps are designed to create fun learning experiences without the pressure of homework, tests or quizzes. Categories include:

•    Brain Training: Hands-on experiments and other creative projects
•    Create-a-lot: Arts and crafts
•    iTech: Computer skill building, including game design
•    Just 4 U: Insight to better living, now and later
•    Scienceologies: More hands-on experiments and fun projects
•    Showbiz: Singing, dancing, acting, modeling and performing
•    Sports and Dance: Various athletics and dance camps

Camps are scheduled according to morning (9 a.m.-noon) and afternoon (1-4 p.m.) blocks. Before-care service will be available starting 7 a.m. and aftercare is available until 6 p.m.

Activ8 has earned statewide recognition and recently was a Muscogee Moms Award winner as the area’s top summer camp program. For more information, call CSU Continuing Education 706-507-8070 or go to http://activ8er.com or http://conted.colstate.edu/ for an online catalog and registration information.

The websites include information about other Columbus State summer camps offered through Athletics, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the CSU Dance Conservatory and the Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative.

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‘First Light’ Reflects Expanded Continuing Education Program

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Columbus State University Continuing Education Photography Program has grown from just a few classes in 2004 to more than 20 classes offered throughout the year.

The growth is on display through Nov. 15 in  the digital photography exhibition “First Light,” by the program’s students and instructors, in the Rankin Arts Photography Gallery 1004 Broadway, second floor, on CSU’s downtown Columbus RiverPark campus.  

Kenny GrayWith eight instructors, the Photography Program currently serves 101 students and includes a certificate track. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of digital photography, how to use a digital SLR camera, bridal portraiture, applying Adobe Photoshop software and more.

The two-year-old certificate program involves a required class, “Photography Fundamentals,” plus five electives and a portfolio presentation. “We awarded three (certificates) the first year and eight this past year,” said Kenny Gray, coordinator of the program and curator of the exhibit.

Gray said the program, overall, allows for students to gain practical, hands-on knowledge and to focus on the techniques that can lead to personal success.

Gray said photography has advanced thanks to the invention of good pigment printers and integration of computer software, especially Adobe Photoshop, which empowers photographers. “You have so much more control over prints — control that you could never have in the darkroom,” he said.

Through the First Light exhibition, students have taken advantage of the opportunity to not only show their work, but also to experience participating in a juried art show for fine art photography — apart from photography applied to snapshots, scrapbooking and commercial work.

First Light includes over 40 works of digital photography as fine art. “There is one print that is gelatin silver, and everything else is a pigment ink print,” Gray said. “I was able to find something in their work that I felt was really strong, and explain to them why their pieces transcend (the non-fine art forms of photography) they had been doing.”

In addition to coordinating the Photography Program, Gray is organizing a photography club, Photopia (http://photopiagroup.wordpress.com), that will meet 7-9 p.m.the first Monday of each month at the Rankin Arts Photography Gallery.

Gallery hours for First Light are 4-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday and by appointment. For more information, go to the Photography Program website, http://conted.colstate.edu/photography_home.php, or call
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CSU Taps Columbus Ballet Co-Founder as Director

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University has turned to a familiar figure to coordinate its dance conservatory programs and lead the Columbus Ballet.

Maria HirschMaria Hirsch, right, of Columbus emerged from a nationwide search to be appointed to both roles by CSU’s Continuing Education division, which operates the dance conservatory and ballet at the Rankin Arts Center in downtown Columbus.

Hirsch’s full title is program coordinator for

the CSU Dance Conservatory and executive and artistic director of the Columbus Ballet, which she co-founded with Beth Griffin in 1995 and served as interim director last year.

Her interim title was officially removed Aug. 2, ahead of key activities including an open house for the conservatory, the opening of fall classes and auditions for the annual holiday Nutcracker production.

Hirsch has trained with Ballet de San Juan in Puerto Rico, the Lincoln Center’s School of American Ballet in New York, Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet and with the New York City Ballet.

She worked as a special education teacher for the Muscogee County School District between her initial 1995-2005 stint with the Columbus Ballet and return last year as interim director.

Hirsch is directing CSU Dance Conservatory’s Open House from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, followed by the auditions Saturday, Aug. 28 for the Nutcracker production. Both activities will take place in the Rankin Arts Center, 1004 Broadway.

Dance conservatory classes begin Monday, Aug. 16, and the Nutcracker Production is slated for Dec. 11-12 in RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre.

For more information, go to http://ballet.colstate.edu/ or call 706-641-4000.

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Early Registration Available for CSU Activ8 Summer Programs

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Parents are invited to register their children early for Columbus State University’s Continuing Education’s award-winning Activ8 summer enrichment programs for ages 4-14. The programs will run June 1-July 30. Registration by April 15 includes a 5 percent discount.

CSU debuted Activ8 in 2008, and the program earned the 2009 Georgia Adult Education Association Outstanding Innovative Programming Award.

Participants can build their own weekly schedules from eight or more morning and afternoon classes under the categories 3 R’s, Create-A-Lot, Global, iTech, Scienceologies, Showbiz, Sports/dance, Trendy and UR Life.

The main Activ8 program is broken down into classes for age groups 8-11 and 11-14. There also is a program for 4-7-year olds at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center.

Between the morning and afternoon classes, all Activ8 campers can eat lunches brought from home during a supervised lunch hour in the university’s main campus cafeteria. The program also includes a “before care” option so children can be dropped off anytime after 7 a.m. and an “after care” option so children can stay on campus until 6 p.m.

For more information and to register, call 706-507-8070 and request an Activ8 catalog or go online to http://www.activ8er.com/.

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Columbus State Summer Camp Program Draws Statewide Award

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A Columbus State University kids’ summer camp program that allows participants to build their own schedules from various activities, has been cited as most innovative among continuing education programs statewide.

The Activ8 program, created and coordinated by Columbus State’s Continuing Education division, is the choice for this year’s Georgia Adult Education Association Outstanding Innovative Programming Award.

This award recognizes unusual, creative or innovative programs based on criteria including innovation, planning, delivery, audience impact and content value.

The association presented the award to Continuing Education Director Susan Wirt during its recent annual meeting in Macon.

GAEA Vice President for Member Services Janice Reynolds, who chaired the awards committee, said exceptional research and preparation went into Activ8.

“(The Continuing Education staff) did focus groups with kids and parents throughout the community, which gave the kids an opportunity to provide input for the content and naming of the program, “ she said. “This gave the kids and community a sense of ownership and helped to dramatically increase summer camp participation.”

Activ8, which debuted in 2008, consists of enrichment and sports camps for ages 8-14. Participants can build their own weekly schedules from 10 or more morning and afternoon classes under the categories 3 R’s, Create-A-Lot, Global, iTech, Scienceologies, Showbiz, Sports/dance, Trendy and UR Life.

A separate section of classes are designated for ages 4-7. Between the morning and afternoon classes, all Activ8 campers can eat lunches brought from home or purchase a meal during a supervised lunch hour in the university’s main campus cafeteria.

“By spreading the activities among different sites, the kids get a campuswide experience and added motivation to set goals for college,” said Reynolds, also a program development specialist for Georgia Southern University.

Columbus State’s 2009 Activ8 programs begin June 1. Go to http://activ8er.com/ for more information.

For information on all summer camps, including sports camps directed by CSU coaches and athletes, ballet classes at the Rankin Arts Center and space science camps at CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center, go to http://conted.colstate.edu or call 706-507-8070.

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CSU to Debut ‘Activ8’ Summer Camp Program

COLUMBUS, Ga. – CSU Continuing Education has revamped its core of summer camp offerings to give ages 5-14 a widened variety of classes with flexible scheduling options.

The new format, named “Activ8,” is designed as a “blend of stress-free enrichment and sports camps that offer hands-on learning, as well as convenience for parents,” said Continuing Education Marketing Manager Kristin Barker.

Activ8 is featured in Continuing Education’s newly released summer catalog, which is now available by calling 706-507-8070 or visiting http://conted.colstate.edu.

From June 2-Aug. 1 (omitting the week of July 4), most of the classes will run 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and accommodate a new schedule every week. “Kids can pick from 10 or more classes each morning and afternoon to build a schedule they will be excited about all summer,” Barker said. “This is the most comprehensive camp program that Continuing Education has offered to date.”

The nucleus of Activ8 offerings is broken down for ages 8-11 and 11-14 in a variety of categories:

• 3 R’s makes reading, writing, and arithmetic fun through offerings that include as Brain Training, Journal Writing and Problem Solving Investigators.

• Create-a-lot provides arts and crafts options through classes such as Candle Making, Anime and Multi-Cultural Arts.

• Global will involve exploration of ancient societies such as Egypt and Rome (Ancient World); historical elections and court trials (Politics and Law) and the evolution of military strategies (“Wars of the World”); Spanish language and culture (Spanish Stars); espionage (World of Spies); music (World Beats) and geography (Where am I).

• iTech will build computer skills through classes covering game design, digital art, Web site design and more.

• ‘Scienceologies’ stresses hands-on learning through experiments and other fun projects ranging from nature (Arctic Survival”) and human anatomy (Bones and Blood) to engineering (Monster Machines) and meteorology (Weather Forecast).

• ‘Showbiz’ will explore performance art on stage or on the screen in classes such as Act it Out, Behind the Scenes, Game Show, Mime Theater and Movie Critic. The program will culminate with a major performance by participants at the end of the summer called Studio A8.

• ‘Sports and Dance’ will feature classes Ballet and Theatrical Dance and Jazz, Funk and Hip Hop, plus Multi Sports, which involves flag football, dodgeball, soccer, ultimate frisbee and more.

• ‘Trendy’ will feature “whatever’s popular today” through classes ranging from Card Sharks and Fashion Designer to Jump on Board (board games) and Lord of the Rings (a study-discussion of the film trilogy).

• ‘Ur Life’ focuses on life skills in classes ranging from “Career Exploration” and “Family Pets” “to Pre-Driver’s Ed, “Real World” and more.

Separately, Activ8’s program for ages 5-7 will explore world cultures through various arts and crafts projects and science experiments in classes themed according to different global regions.

Between the morning and afternoon classes, all Activ8 campers can eat lunches brought from home or purchase a meal during a supervised lunch hour in the Davidson Student Center cafeteria.

Another new feature, for a small, added fee, is “before care” and “after care” services. Parents can drop off campers anytime after 7 a.m. and pick them up any time until 6 p.m.

Separate from Activ8, CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center and the Athletics Department both will offer their traditional set of camps, and the Columbus Ballet Conservatory will present several new camps at the Rankin Arts Center in downtown Columbus.

These offerings also are detailed in the summer 2008 catalog.

More information also can be obtained at http://www.Activ8er.com.

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Continuing Education Launches Post-Holidays Fitness Blitz

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University Continuing Education has developed a program to encourage the community to start off the New Year by getting serious about shaping and sculpting a “new improved self.”

The program, “Fitness Blitz,” will run Monday through Friday, between Jan. 7-18 and feature a variety of evening fitness classes directed by experienced instructors. Participants can register for single classes or sign up for one or two weeks. The Friday sessions will focus on dance and feature sub-sessions of instruction, followed by an hour for dance and socializing.

“The real benefit will be the individual attention that participants receive and the opportunity to find out which type of exercise program best suits their individual lifestyles,” said Continuing Education Marketing Manager Kristin Barker. “Getting to sample the classes before making a commitment will allow participants to get involved with a program they can stick with throughout their lives.”

The following Fitness Blitz programs will be held in the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center:

Week 1
• Monday, Jan. 7: Gentle Yoga with Tracy Dean, 6-7 p.m.
• Tuesday, Jan. 8: Body Sculpting with Tracy Wooldridge, 6-7 p.m.
• Wednesday, Jan. 9: Pilates with Edith Shulman, 6-7 p.m.
• Thursday, Jan. 10: Turbo Mix with Jeanette Wisenall, 6-7 p.m.
• Friday, Jan. 11: Salsa Class with Pedro Rodriguez (6-7 p.m.) followed by Salsa Dance with Pedro (7-8 p.m.)

Week 2
• Monday, Jan. 14: T’ai Chi with Phil Chan, 6-7 p.m.
• Tuesday, Jan. 15: Intervals with Jeanette Wisenall, 6-7 p.m.
• Wednesday, Jan. 16: Power Yoga with Tracy Dean, 6-7 p.m.
• Thursday, Jan. 17: Body Beautiful Yoga with Tracy Wooldridge, 6-7 p.m.
• Friday, Jan. 18: Turn Out and Tone Up with Edith Shulman (6-7 p.m.), Merengue Class with Pedro (7-8 p.m.) and Merengue Dance with Pedro (8-9 p.m.)

Tuition options are $10 per Monday-Thursday fitness class, $15 per Friday dance program (entire evening), $49 for a full week or $95 for two full weeks.
To register, or for more information, call 706-568-2023 or go to http://conted.colstate.edu.

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Kids’ Summer Camp Options Abundant at CSU

COLUMBUS, Ga.—Memorial Day weekend is a summer gateway that leaves many parents faced with the age-old quest of occupying their child’s time with fun activities that also keep the mind active.

For families with summer-agenda space to fill, CSU Continuing Education is targeting different age groups with more than 60 camps.

Camps will be available through early August and focus on science, math, environment, computers, languages, the arts, and several sports.

Spaces are available for programs next week (May 29-June 1), including basketball fundamentals and tennis (ages 5 and up for both), soccer (ages 5-14) and Land of the Pharaohs (ages 7-10). Meanwhile, the Art Explorers “Beach Party” camp (grades 3-5), also next week and at the Rankin Arts Center is near capacity.

Other camps near capacity include:

• Sci-Fi Movie Makers (Grades 3-6), June 18-22
• So You Want to be an Astronaut (grades 3-5), June 11-15 and July 16-20
• Medieval Times, June 18-22
• Treasure Island, June 25-29

The latter two programs, and Land of the Pharaohs, are part of a new adventure series titled “Catch the Summer Express” for ages 7-10 at the Turner Center. Participants in these camps will experience life in different times and places. Imagine stepping into a storybook to explore Sherwood Forest in the time of Robin Hood and meet other characters from his world. Other camps in this series include Mystical Isles of Mythology (June 11-15) which will feature ancient Greece and Rome, and South of the Border (July 23-27) which will explore the lives of the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans. Campers will stage their own Cinco de Mayo festival and experience food prepared by guest chefs, among various activities.

A new set of technology offerings at CSU’s Center for Commerce and Technology includes Mission Technology (June 11-15 or June 25-29) that will guide participants (grades 5-8) in creating interactive stories, games, music and art on the computer. Also, Computer Quest (July 9-13), covers 3-D interactive animation and robotics for campers, grades 6-9. This camp also is nearing enrollment capacity.

Camps already full include several from the Rankin’s Art Explorers series for kindergarten-grade 2 campers: Beach Party (May 29-June 1) Books (June 4-8) and Bugs (June 11-15).

Also filled is Fashion Girlz (June 18-22); however space remains for Fashion Modelz (June 18-22) for ages 10-19. Both, at the Turner Center, also are new offerings. The latter will feature New York fashion modeling tips, runway choreography and the photo shoot, and is geared toward mainstream, plus-sized, and even male models.

Such debut offerings complement traditional favorites staged at the Turner Center and by CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative and the Athletics Department.

CSU’s summer camp selection even caters to newborns (and up to age 5), with a set of July 23-27 Kindermusik programs.

For more information, go to http://www.conted.colstate.edu or call Continuing Education at 706-568-2023.

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CSU Hosts Final Month of Summer Camps

COLUMBUS, Ga. – July marks the final month of Columbus State University Continuing Education summer camps for 2006.

The Rankin Arts Center Arts Explorers series highlights a menu of offerings that will change weekly through the month. Kids from grades K-5 will emulate legendary artists Romare Bearden (July 10-14), Faith Ringgold (July 17-21) and Andy Warhol (July 24-28) as they create their own works. For example, Bearden campers will use collage techniques, construct Africa-inspired masks and collaborate on a mural via printmaking.

Elsewhere, campers will Crank Up the Volume at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center as they explore movement through the fast-paced motion of jazz (July 10-14). Also, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (July17-21) will showcase the business of banking, as campers ages 7-10 tour behind the scenes of a local bank and learn how financial institutions turn clients pennies into dollars.

Among camps at CSUs Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Spaceland will show the uniqueness of the planets. Campers, from grades 3-4, will fly Challenger missions, design and model planetary surfaces, build and launch rockets and visit a military aviation museum.

CSU sports camps round out the July offerings. Due to popular demand, a tennis camp has been added to run July 31-Aug. 3. Also, in addition to soccer and basketball programs, the 33rd annual Cheerleading Camp (July 10-14) for ages 4-14 will feature guidance from CSU coach Jimbo Davis and his cheerleaders, one of the nation’s top Division II programs with several Peach Belt Conference titles and national championships.

For more information including how to register, contact CSU Continuing at 706-568-2023 or visit http://conted.colstate.edu. To contact the Rankin Arts Center, call 706-641-4000.

The entire July summer camp schedule:

ARTS EXPLORERS (RANKIN ARTS CENTERS)

  • July 10-14, Romare Bearden, grades K-2 and 3-5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $125
  • July 17-21, Faith Ringgold, grades K-2 and 3-5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $125
  • July 24-28, Andy Warhol, grades K-2 and 3-5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $125

RANKIN ARTS CENTER (ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS)

  • July 8-Aug. 26 (Saturdays), Juggling 101, ages 12-adult, 10-11 a.m., $49
  • July 10-28, Musical Theatre II, grades 5-7, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $125
  • July 10-14, Culture, Craft, and Tradition, grades 5-7, 1:30-4:30 p.m. $75
  • July 10-31 (Mondays), Expressions for Teens II, ages 13-19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $85
  • July 17-21, Taking Up Space, grades 5-7, 1:30-4:30 p.m., $75
  • July 24-28, The Artist Series, grades 5-7, 1:30-4:30 p.m., $75

TURNER CENTER CAMPS (Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center)

  • July 10- August 9 (Mondays and Wednesdays), Drivers Education, ages 13-19, 6-9 p.m., $225
  • July 10-14, Crank Up the Volume, ages 7-10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $125
  • July 17-21, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? ages 7-10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $125

CSU SPORTS CAMPS

  • July 10-14, Cheerleading Camp, ages 4-14, 9 a.m.-noon, Lumpkin Center, $85
  • July 17-20, Herbert Greene Basketball Camp, ages 4-18, 9 a.m.-noon, Lumpkin Center, $100
  • July 17-19, (Basketball) Shooters Camp, ages 14-18, 6-9 p.m., Lumpkin Center, $85
  • July 24-27, Soccer Camp, ages 5-14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CSU Soccer Complex, $175 or $100 for 9 a.m.-noon half-day option.
  • July 31-Aug. 3, Tennis Camp, ages 4-18, 9 a.m.-noon, Blackmon Tennis Center, $100

COCA-COLA SPACE SCIENCE CENTER CAMPS

  • July 3-7, So You Want to be an Astronaut? grades 3-4, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $205
  • July 10-14, Space Arts, grades 3-5, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $205
  • July 17- 21, Spaceland, grades 3-4, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $205
  • July 24-28, Stargazers, grades 1-2, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $205
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Summer Camps at CSU

The following CSU summer camps will be held through Friday. An entire listing of camps can be found online at http://conted.colstate.edu/ or by calling call 568-2023:

CHEERLEADING CAMP
Columbus State University will hold its 32nd annual cheerleading camp, for ages 4-14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Friday, July 15 at the Lumpkin Center. The fee per person is $85. For more information call 568-2317.

SPACE-O-RAMA
Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center presents the summer camp Space-O-Rama, (grades 1-2) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the space science center at 701 Front Ave., Columbus. The camp examines the universe and includes constructing and launching rockets, designing aliens, building sundials, playing space games and more. The fee per person is $185. For more information call 649-1470.

THUNDER, LIGHTNING AND OTHER SCARY STUFF
Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center presents Thunder, Lightning and other Scary Stuff (grades 3-4) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the space science center at 701 Front Ave., Columbus. The camp examines extreme storms such as hurricanes, tsunamis and tornados, and includes a visit to CNN headquarters in Atlanta and an opportunity to work with a television meteorologist. The fee per person is $185. For more information call 649-1470.

ARTS EXPLORERS: APPALACHIAN
Columbus State University’s Rankin Arts Center continues its summer Arts Explorers series with Appalachian from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Rankin Center, 1004 Broadway, Columbus. Separate sections accommodate ages 5-7 and 8-10. The fee per person is $125 per section. For more information call 641-4000.

FUN CAMPS: CSI COLUMBUS, GAMES GALORE
Columbus State University Summer Fun Camps will continue from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. CSI Columbus (ages 5-8) is a junior police school with age-appropriate exercises including forensics and crime investigations. Meanwhile, Games Galore (ages 9-12) covers various aspects of games, from designing and skill development to competition. The fee person for each camp is $175. For more information call 568-2023.

JULY 18-22 – FOLLOWING WEEKS SUMMER CAMPS

ARTS EXPLORERS: NEW YORK: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Rankin Center, 1004 Broadway, Columbus. Separate sections accommodate ages 5-7 and 8-10. $125 fee per person. For more information call 641-4000.

FUN CAMPS: MOVIES, MUSIC & MORE; WILD ABOUT WILDLIFE: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Movies, Music and More (ages 5-8, $175 fee per person). Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center focuses on the behind-the-scenes aspects of movie and music production. Meanwhile, Wild About Wildlife (ages 8-11, $200 fee per person) explores the wildlife at CSUs Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. For more information call 568-2023.

BUILDING YOUR FIRST PC: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (grades 4-5). Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. Participants learn to build a basic computer, while learning about and assembling components such as the processor, motherboard and disk drive. $225 fee per person. For more information call 568-2023.

ROBOTICS: 9 a.m.-noon (grades 6-9). Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. Participants learn about robot building. $195 fee per person. For more information call 568-2023.

SPANISH LANGUAGE: 3:30-5 p.m. (ages 6-8). Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. Separate, week-long sections July 18-22 and July 25-29. $79 fee per person per section. For more information call 568-2023.

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Noted Forensics Author To Teach Online

Columbus State Universitys continuing education division will launch Demystifying Forensic Science: A Writer’s Guide, an online writing course revealing how forensic scientists unravel the complexities of criminal cases. This course, with a $79 fee, will be taught by Phillip Jones, a former science and medicine instructor who has published more than 100 articles that blend science, law and history.

The course represents the first time CSU has offered a course that will give students great insight into forensic science as a writing tool.

Jones, who holds both a doctorate and a law degree, has written both fiction and nonfiction works about the scientific side of criminal investigations. His six-week course surveys the scientific procedures that investigators use to uncover clues from a pathologists traditional autopsy methods to a cyber-sleuths tricks for coaxing incriminating data from a computer. My course helps writers slash the time they spend researching forensic science so that they can better concentrate on developing plot and characters, said Jones.

Participants may choose from sections beginning on the dates Feb. 16, March 16, April 20 or May 18. The course may be worked on from the convenience of home or office, and at any time of the day or night.

Students will explore methods for processing a crime scene, how to glean information from bloodstain patterns, controversies in DNA profiling, analysis of arson evidence and explosive residues, headline-grabbing cases cracked by forensic accountants, fingerprints, ear prints, brain fingerprinting and forensic scrutiny of firearm evidence. Well also discuss some misconceptions about forensic science that you often find in films and novels the type of errors that all good writers will want to avoid, said Jones.

Throughout the course, students will meet the major players of a criminal investigation: the first responder, the lead investigator, and the crime scene experts just the sort of people who make great characters. Well also explore the history of forensic science and forensic pioneers who have provided models for detectives in fiction, Jones said.

Jones has earned a certificate in forensics and has published articles on forensic science and historically prominent criminal investigators in Forensic Nurse Magazine, The Strand Magazine, The Forensic Center Newsletter, Today’s Science, Forensic Magazine, and Law and Order Magazine, as well as a mystery story in Futuristic. His writings in forensic science earned him associate membership with the Mystery Writers of America.

To register for the course or for more information, contact CSU Continuing Education at 568-2023 or visit the Web site at www.ed2go.com/colstate.

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Contact: Kristin Barker, 568-2023; barker_kristin@ColumbusState.edu

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CSU Offers A Variety of Summer Camps For Area Youth

* ‘Fun Things To Do With Bones, Stones & Sticks: Native American Primitive Skills for grades 5-6 will run 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Instructor Russell Cutts is a writer and educator who draws deeply from his years of studying and the hands-on practicing of earth skills, the art and science of sustainable engagement between human beings and the environment. The campers will discover the past and learn the skills used by the Native Americans of the southeastern United States. They will identify edible plants, use stone age cookery, create art projects, play games and more. CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center is located at 3535 South Lumpkin Rd., Columbus.

Contact: Jill Whiting, 687-4090; E-mail: whiting_jill@ColumbusState.edu

* New Women’s Soccer Coach To Conduct Soccer Camp. While CSU prepares to launch its inaugural NCAA women’s soccer season in August, coach Jay Entlich will direct a Monday-Thursday (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) soccer camp for area youth of all skill levels, ages 4-16 at the CSU soccer field. Entlich has served as head coach of the Carolina Courage of the WUSA Womans Soccer League and assistant coach at the University of Mississippi. The camp will cover fundamentals, match-related skills training, tactical awareness training,and competitive group and team play. Registration is still open. Half-day camp (9a.m.-noon) for ages 4-6 costs $70 and includes a T-shirt. The full-day price is $140 .

Contact: Jay Entlich at 464-6341 or 568-2446; E-mail: entlich_jay@ColumbusState.edu

* CSU head golf coach Mark Immelman will direct a youth golf camp at Bull Creek Golf Course. The camp will cover driving, iron play, chipping, bunker play and putting. Activities also will cover rules and correct etiquette. The camp will be split: 2-5 p.m. Monday-Friday for ages 13-18 and 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday for ages 6-12.

Contact: Mark Immelman at 565-4329; E-mail: immelman_mark@ColumbusState.edu

* Math Collaborative: ‘ Power Camp’ For Boys Directed by CSU’s Columbus Regional Math Collaborative, campers will collect and analyze environmental data and make predictions about the ecological impact of the tourist industry on a particular habitat. Daily activities will link statistics and probability to sports and games of chance. The camp, for boys in grades 6-8, will be held 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Elizabeth

Bradley Turner Center. Contact: Ann Assad, 568-2480; E-mail: assad_ann@ColumbusState.edu

* Math Collaborative: PREP PRIME: The Amazing JourneyFocuses On Hi-Tech Learning Participants, from grades 9-10 will utilize technologically-advanced electronic data collection devices such as temperature, sound motion, and turbidity probes. Spreadsheet, computer simulations, dynamic geometry software, and graphing calculators will be used to make connections between data, math, and science. During the course of the week, campers will be involved in team-building activities, and small and large group activities. The camp will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center.

Contact: Terri Abrams, 568-2480; E-mail: abrams_terri@ColumbusState.edu

* Space Camp: So You Want To Be An Astronaut Kids, in grades 3-4, will experience astronaut training, plus a simulated mission to the Moon and a visit to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The camp will run 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center.

Contact: Scott Norman, 649-1470; E-mail: snorman@ccssc.org

A wide variety of camps and classes are also ongoing at the Continuing Education offices at Columbus State University and at the Rankin Arts Center in Uptown Columbus. Please http://conted.colstate.edu/ for complete details.

 

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