Creative Arts, New Books, Sports Provide CSU Holiday Gift Possibilities

'Tis the season for holiday shopping, gift giving and supporting the community. Columbus shoppers can accomplish all three this holiday season with numerous gift options made possible by the professional and personal endeavors of Columbus State University faculty.

Change up those jolly old St. Nick tunes this Christmas with a touch of class. Under the direction of Conductor Robert Rumbelow, CSU's Wind Ensemble Program has garnered widespread praise with their latest release 'Wind Legacy,' the latest recording under the Summit label. Performances of CSU's Wind Ensemble Program have been recorded and broadcasted on National Public Radio, Georgia Public Broadcasting, NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, BBC and NHK Japan. Shoppers can find the CD in the classical section of Barnes &Noble, Tower Records and online at summitrecords.com. Rumbelow's new recording, 'Journey,' will be available to the public in April 2004.

Music appreciators will also find further enjoyment by finding tickets in their stockings to one of several upcoming concerts offered by CSU's Schwob School of Music. Faculty artist and cellist Andre Gaskins will perform at the River Center Legacy Hall on Jan. 12 along with guest artist Ping Gao. On Jan. 17-18 at 3 p.m., faculty organist Joseph Golden and guest James Cochran battle it out on stage during CSU's Jordan Organ Series 'the Dueling Organs.' Tickets can be purchased at the River Center Box Office or at FYE music store in Peachtree Mall.

From CSU's Language and Literature department, two faculty have recently published books that will appeal to lovers of history, travel and war. Assistant Professor Noreen Lape wrote the 50-page introduction for the new edition of Mary Austin's 'One-Smoke Stories,' a collection of 19th century folk tales from Native America, Spanish colonial, mestizo, and European American peoples of the Southwest. Lape also is the author of 'West of the Border: The Multicultural Literature of the Western Frontiers,' which was named Outstanding Academic Book by Choice.

Professor Joseph P. McCallus' most recent book, 'Gentleman Soldier: John Clifford Brown and the Philippine-American War,' sheds light on the U.S. annexation of the Philippines and development of the country as an American colony by focusing on journal entries of a veteran who was deployed to the Philippines in 1899. As a pursuant of Philippine studies, McCallus book follows 'American Exiles in the Philippines,' which was published in 1999 by Texas A&M University Press.

For the child that comes out in all of us during the holidays, CSU's Theater department brings 'Miss Nelson is Missing' to the stage under the direction of Associate Professor Brenda May Ito. Based on the famous children's book series, audiences of all ages can choose between afternoon and evening performances on Jan 23-25. Tickets are on sale at the Fine Arts Hall Box Office.

- For sports enthusiasts, consider CSU Cougar basketball tickets. The Peach Belt Conference season action gets into full swing in January; but first, the Dec. 29-30 CSU Holiday Classic features men's and women's action in 8 games over 2 days in the Lumpkin Center. The slate of action kicks off with a Monday (12/29) afternoon men's doubleheader: North Florida vs. Tuskegee at 2 p.m. and Benedict (S.C.) vs. CSU at 4 p.m. The women take the court in the evening with Georgia College and State vs. Tuskegee at 6 p.m. and Central State (Ohio) vs. CSU at 8 p.m. The following day's (12/30) matchups include North Florida vs. Benedict (men) at 1 p.m., Georgia College and State vs. Central State (women) at 3 p.m., Tuskegee vs. CSU (men) at 5:30 p.m. and Tuskegee vs. CSU (women) at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, contact the CSU athletics office at 568-2204.

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