Cougar Kickoff Returns for First-Ever Spring Celebration

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Cougar Kickoff, a weeklong series of recreational and informational programs designed to welcome new students and reacquaint returnees with campus, will commence for the first time at the beginning of a spring semester at Columbus State University.

Traditionally a fall-only event, Cougar Kickoff incorporates activities and representatives from across CSU’s two campuses, including the Student Activities Council, the Office of Diversity Programs and Services, Residence Life, Greek Life, the Office of Community Outreach, and CSU Athletics.

“Student demand for more spring activities and falling school spirit in the spring convinced us of the need to offer a second Cougar Kickoff,” said Britney Kelley, advisor for Greek Life & Leadership in the Office of Student Life and Development. “We want to afford spring students with the same opportunities that fall students are provided.”

Cougar Kickoff begins on Jan. 12 with the Welcome Back Event and Student Organization Fair and continues throughout the week until Sunday’s “Downtown Dub” Step Party, featuring DJ Nuk from Atlanta, Georgia.

Students will be privy to a special musical performance at “The Skin I’m In” event on Thursday, Jan. 15, featuring CSU’s Interim President Tom Hackett on lead guitar, VP for University Advancement Alan Medders on bass, and several other university administrators and faculty members with musical prowess. Student performers and artists will also be at the event to showcase their backgrounds, culture, heritage, and identities that, together, make Columbus State University a unique place to live, work, and learn.

The Spring 2015 Cougar Kickoff agenda includes: (NOTE: Unless denoted with an asterisk, these events are NOT open to the public, but media coverage is welcome.)

  • Monday, Jan. 12: Welcome Back Event and Student Organization Fair, 11 a.m-1 p.m., Student Recreation Center Multipurpose Room

  • Monday, Jan. 12: Movie Night, 7-10 p.m., University Hall

  • Tuesday, Jan. 13: COUGARTHON Teaser, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Davidson Student Center Lounge

  • Tuesday, Jan. 13: “Leader-Ship in a Bottle”: A Student Leadership Workshop, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Columbus Room

  • Tuesday, Jan. 13: Cougar Night, 7-9 p.m., Hollywood Connection

  • Wednesday, Jan. 14: Cougar Kickoff Gives Back, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Davidson Student Center Lounge

  • Wednesday, Jan. 14: CSU Basketball doubleheader*, 5:30 p.m., Lumpkin Center

  • Thursday, Jan. 15: “The Skin I’m In,” 7:30-10 p.m., Davidson Student Center Lounge

  • Friday, Jan. 16: Meet the Greeks, 7-10 p.m., Student Recreation Center Multipurpose Room

  • Sunday, Jan. 18: Downtown Dub, 6-9 p.m., Black Box Theatre in the Riverside Theatre Complex

For more information about Cougar Kickoff, call 706-507-8590 or visit