Columbus State Celebrates Homecoming Feb. 21-26

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Student competitions, musical entertainment, giveaways, a bonfire-pep rally, an NCAA basketball doubleheader and more is slated for Columbus State University’s Feb. 21-26 Homecoming 2011 celebration.  

“We’re approaching homecoming at its roots this year by simply emphasizing school spirit.” said Greek Life and Student Engagement Director Tinsley Hembree, who’s directing the celebration. “So we really want to get everyone  involved and active in the events.”

The public can join the festivities on gameday Saturday as homecoming culminates with CSU hosting Montevallo University from Alabama for a basketball doubleheader in the Lumpkin Center. Tailgating begins at 11 a.m. on the green space at the new recreation center. Inside the Lumpkin Center, tipoff times are 1:30 p.m. (women) and 4:30 p.m. (men). Halftime of the men’s game will feature homecoming court introductions. Between the games, CSU alumni are welcome to a “tweener” social of free food and beverages. 

As many as about 200 high school students, plus their parents, also will be among gameday attendees, as CSU hosts a Visitation Day for prospective students.

For CSU students, the university kicks off festivities on Monday with giveaways, prize drawings and more in separate, simultaneous, noon-2 p.m. programs in the Davidson Student Center’s Cougar Lounge on main campus and at Woodruff Park on CSU’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus.

Later on Monday, a student couple will be crowned Mr. and Miss CSU Housing in a 7 p.m. pageant sponsored by Residence Life in the Davidson Student Center auditorium.

A “CSU spirit lunch,” from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday in Davidson Student Center will involve a raffle and giveaways, including commemorative T-shirts. That evening, a 7 p.m. intramural basketball showcase in the Student Recreation Center is on tap with an intramural all-star basketball game, plus slam-dunk, three-point shooting and two-ball competitions involving CSU intramural athletes.

On Wednesday, a high-energy pop-rock act, Rivers Monroe, will perform at 7 p.m. in the Lumpkin Center. The event is part of a Coca-Cola concert series featuring up-and-coming artists. The Philadelphia quintet has recorded a pair of full-length albums – sample them at http://riversmonroe.com -- and is halfway through a tour of performances at NASCAR and NHAR races, military bases and college campuses. Their music has been featured on NHL and NASCAR telecasts and will be part of a forthcoming NASCAR 2011 video game. Their CSU concert is free for Columbus State students and will include free shirts, hats, music and other giveaways.

Student organizations will compete Thursday in a campuswide scavenger hunt, Find the Cougar, starting 6 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center.

Student groups will reconvene noon Friday at the clock tower to “Paint the Campus Red, Blue and White.” The activity involves colored chalk, instead of paint, as the students design murals on campus walkways.

That evening, an 8 p.m. bonfire and pep rally are scheduled at the Courtyard I volleyball court along University Avenue.

Students will follow gameday and close homecoming Saturday evening with a Black and White Formal starting at 7 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center. The ball is free for each student and one guest.

For more details about Homecoming 2011, contact the Greek Life and Student Engagement office at 706 507-8013, or e-mail hembree_tinsley@ColumbusState.edu.