Columbus State Expands Alumni Weekend Lineup
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State University and its Alumni Association have organized a third annual Alumni Weekend full of fellowship, fun and fireworks for Friday-Saturday, Oct. 11-12, followed by the 10th annual Cougar Classic Golf Tournament on Monday, Oct. 14.
The weekend kicks off Friday evening at a new Uptown Columbus venue, The Living Room. The Friday Night Free for All event brings together alumni and current faculty for light hors d'oeuvres and beverages.
"The kickoff to the weekend is widely attended by a variety of alumni," said Jennifer Joyner, CSU's Alumni Relations director. "They really enjoy meeting current faculty and deans of their respective colleges. It is going to be a casual and relaxed evening in one of the hottest locations for fun in Uptown Columbus."
This year, the CSU Alumni Association Annual Meeting will be held the morning of Saturday, Oct. 12, before the Alumni Recognition Luncheon. Previously, this was a separate event, usually held in May. At the Alumni Recognition Luncheon, outstanding alumni will be honored in four distinct categories. Additionally, CSU graduates and attendees going back 50 years or more will be inducted into the Emeritus Alumni Society. This special group enjoys reminiscing about the early years of Columbus College.
The Evening on the Top was such a big hit at Alumni Weekend 2012, the Alumni Association has brought it back on Saturday night.
"Imagine a picnic-like atmosphere on top of a decorated parking garage in Uptown Columbus with great river views while listening to fun bands guaranteed to get you up and dancing," Joyner said.
The Grapevine Band is back by popular demand and another act, the Andy Luker Experience, has been added to cater to younger alumni. Between performances, the CSU Alumni Association will light up the sky with a fireworks show sponsored by the W.C. Bradley Co.
"We have really kicked it up a notch this year, hoping to appeal to alumni of all ages while making it affordable for everyone to enjoy," said Sommer Bundy, events chair and secretary-elect of the alumni association. "These events are geared for family fun, and we are looking forward to having the most successful alumni event CSU has ever held."
All proceeds from Monday's Cougar Classic Golf Tournament, teeing off at 8:30 a.m. at the Country Club of Columbus, will go to support CSU's athletics programs.
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