CSU Happenings Dec. 22-Jan. 4

Dec. 22 (noon) CSU TO CLOSE FOR HOLIDAYS
Columbus State University will close for the holidays beginning noon Friday and through Monday, Jan. 1. The university will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Dec. 29-30 NCAA BASKETBALL: CSU HOLIDAY CLASSIC
The CSU Holiday Classic will feature eight mens and womens basketball games in the Lumpkin Center on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 29-30. The schedule is:

Friday Georgia College and State vs. Tuskegee (women), 1 p.m.
CSU vs. Tusculum (women), 3 p.m.
North Carolina Central vs. North Georgia (men), 5:30 p.m.
CSU vs. St. Augustines (men) 7:30 p.m.

Saturday Georgia College and State vs. Tusculum (women) 1 p.m.
CSU vs. Tuskegee (women) 3 p.m.
St. Augustines vs. North Georgia (men) 5:30 p.m.
CSU vs. NC Central (men) 7:30 p.m.

Admission per day is $5 for adults, $3 for students and children, and free with CSU or Cougar Club member ID, For more information, visit http://cougarsports.colstate.edu.

Jan. 2-31 CSU TO ACCEPT TOWNSEND AWARD NOMINATIONS
Columbus State University will accept nominations from the public beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2 for the Dr. John Townsend Achievement Award, named in honor of Townsend as the first African-American student to enroll at CSU. The award recognizes a person, organization or group from Columbus, Phenix City, Fort Benning, or surrounding areas that has made a positive and noteworthy contribution to the community, or achieved distinction for outstanding professional or personal service. In addition to meeting the above criteria, the nominee must also exemplify high moral character and be held in high esteem by the local community.

Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 31. The award will be presented at CSUs annual Black Applause Banquet on Feb. 23 at CSUs Cunningham Center. For more information nomination forms or to purchase banquet tickets ($25 per person), contact Bernard McCrary at 706-568-2273, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, beginning Jan. 2.

Jan. 3 NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
Columbus State University will stage an orientation on Wednesday, Jan 3 for all new students entering CSU in spring 2007. Check in is at 8 a.m. on the Davidson Student Center second floor. The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Davidson auditorium, followed by advising and class registration. Spring classes will begin Monday, Jan. 8.

Orientation fees with advance registration are $35 per student and $15 per guest. On-site registration will cost an additional $25. For additional information, visit http://orientation.colstate.edu or call the orientation hotline at 706-568-2180.

Jan. 4 - LATE REGISTRATION AND FEE PAYMENT DEADLINE
Thursday, Jan. 4 is the final day for late registration, and the fee payment deadline for late registration, for spring semester classes at CSU. For more information, visit http://registration.colstate.edu or call 706-568-2237.

Jan. 4 HISTORY SERIES TO CONTINUE WITH THE RIVER
Local experts will present The River, a forum about the Chattahoochee River, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at the Columbus Museum. The panel will be comprised of John Turner, a local businessman who advocates breaching two dams and returning the Chattahoochee River to its natural state; Bill Edwards, of Chattahoochee RiverWatch Inc.; and Billy Turner, director of Columbus Water Works. The event is free and the fourth in a series of eight programs titled Red Clay, White Water and Blues, organized by CSU history professor Virginia Causey. For more information, call 706-327-5932.