CSU Day 2013 Adds Baseball, Tailgating to Appreciation Efforts

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State celebrates its 19th annual CSU Day on Wednesday, April 24 — a day when the university traditionally recognizes businesses and individuals who generously support the university.

This year, though, there will be some new twists. The day's festivities will culminate with a 6 p.m. home baseball game against Georgia rival Valdosta State at Ragsdale Field, with an emphasis on tailgating with fellow supporters starting an hour before the game. There will also be special CSU Day-related activities throughout the game.

Also this year for the first time, donors will receive a special window decal featuring the CSU logo and the text, "Supporter 2012-2013." Moving from yard signs to window decals recognizes skyrocketing interest in CSU's annual giving efforts, including interest from far beyond the Columbus area, making distribution of the decals a more practical form of recognition.

CSU Day window decal"We look at it as an enhancement because of the growing numbers of alumni and supporters to the Annual Fund — a way to show the expanding nature of stewardship of CSU Day," said Brett Evans, Columbus State's director of annual giving. "As more of our alumni and supporters outside the Columbus region participate through the Annual Fund each year, we must be sure to acknowledge their support in a meaningful way."

Annual Fund gifts help support student scholarships, faculty development, international education, community outreach programs and more.

Russ Carreker returns for a second consecutive year as volunteer Annual Fund chair.

"I am convinced that all of this support grows out of a great pride that people have for CSU and the knowledge that a gift to CSU is a great investment in a student's future and in the betterment of Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley region," Carreker said. "It is truly humbling to get to be involved with that kind of success."

For more information on CSU Day 2013, contact Evans at evans_brett@ColumbusState.edu or 706-507-8434.

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