CSU Happenings Feb. 16-24

FEB. 16 - CSU PROGRAMS TO SHOWCASE AFRICA
John Wotsuna Khamalwa, Columbus State Universitys visiting professor of African Studies, from Makerere University in Uganda, will lecture on AIDS Modern Medicines and Traditional Cures at 6 p.m. Friday in the Davidson Student Center auditorium. Following the lecture, guests can sample traditional African food and watch a dance and fashion show featuring CSU students from Africa. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsors are CSUs African Studies Program, the Center for International Education, the Department of Psychology and Sociology, and the Department of Language and Literature. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-565-3579.

FEB. 17 STUDENT PERCUSSION RECITAL
CSUs Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by percussionist Daniel Bowden at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, in the RiverCenters Studio Theatre. General admission is free. Call 706-649-7287 for more information.

FEB. 17 - CSU TO HOST SCIENCE OLYMPIAD
CSU will host the 2007 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament, with 23 science, engineering, and technology events, from 9:15 a.m through 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Stanley and Lenoir halls. A 3:30 p.m. awards ceremony will be held in the Lumpkin Center.

The competition (B Division, Grades 6-9) will feature about 160 students in teams representing schools through Columbus and from metro Atlanta.The event is designed to promote student interest in science and to improve the quality of k-12 science education.

More specifically, the event promotes teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students and serves to elevate science education and learning to a level of enthusiasm and support normally reserved for varsity sports.

For more information, contact event director Kenneth Gafford at 706-562-1471 or gafford_kenneth@ColumbusState.edu.

FEB. 18 JAZZ CONCERT: AN EVENING WITH THE DUKE
CSUs Schwob School of Music will present a concert by the CSU Jazz Band, Jazz Combo and Faculty Jazz Ensemble at 4 p.m. Sunday in the RiverCenters Studio Theatre. The concert is themed An Evening With the Duke, as a tribute to the music of Duke Ellington. The program will feature Ellingtons both popular and lesser-known works, and a number of recently transcribed works from original Ellington recordings. General admission is $5 and free for CSU students and personnel. Tickets are available at the RiverCenter Box Office or by calling 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

FEB. 18 - CSU TO HOST CARSON MCCULLERS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
CSU invites the public to celebrate the birthday of one of the most influential American writers of the 20th Century. A 90th birthday party for Carson McCullers (1917-67) is set for 1-5 p.m. Sunday at her childhood home, The Smith McCullers House, at 1519 Stark Ave., Columbus. Admission is free.

In the backyard, festivities will include cupcakes, live music and an exhibition by folk artist Butch Anthony. Inside the house, at the top of each hour, New York stage director Lauren Rosen will perform her dramatic adaptation of McCullers short story Wunderkind. Admission to the performance is free, but because seating is limited, tickets are required. To request tickets, e-mail mccullerscenter@ColumbusState.edu.The event is sponsored by CSUs Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians. For more information, call 706-565-4021 or go to http://www.mccullerscenter.org.

FEB. 19 HORN STUDIO RECITAL
CSUs Schwob School of Music will present a Horn Studio Recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 in the RiverCenters Studio Theatre. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

FEB. 20 MINNIJEAN BROWN TRICKEY TO PRESENT RETURN TO LITTLE ROCK
Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of nine African-American students (known as the Little Rock Nine) who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957, is the keynote speaker for CSUs Black History Month celebration. Trickeys presentation, Return to Little Rock is set for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Fine Arts Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

FEB. 22 CSU WIND ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM
CSUs Schwob School of Music will present a performance by the CSU Philharmonic at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 in the RiverCenters Legacy Hall. The program will feature new works by Michael Colgrass and Sam Hazo, the only work composed for band by Respighi, a new transcription of a Vaughan Williams classic and Vincent Persichetti's Symphony. General admission is $5 and free for CSU students and personnel. Tickets are available at the RiverCenter Box Office or by calling 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

FEB. 23 CSU TO HOST BLACK APPLAUSE BANQUET
CSU will hold its 24th annual Black Applause Banquet on Friday, Feb. 23 in CSUs Cunningham Center. A 6:30 p.m. reception will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The event will feature recognitions of outstanding local high school and CSU students and the presentation of the Dr. John Townsend Achievement Award to a local individual or service group, in honor of Townsend, the first African American to enroll at CSU. The keynote speaker will be Bismarck Myrick, former U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho and Republic of Liberia. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

FEB. 23 STUDENT SAXOPHONE RECITAL
CSUs Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by saxophonist Robert Grogan at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 in the RiverCenters Legacy Hall. General admission is free. Call 706-649-7287 for more information.

FEB. 23 PERCUSSIONIST MICHAEL LIPSEY TO PERFORM
CSUs Schwob School of Music will present a concert by percussionist Michael Lipsey at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 in the RiverCenters Studio Theatre. Lipsey directs the percussion program and New Music Ensemble at the Aaron Copland School of Music at City University of New York Queens College. As a freelance musician in New York City, he has performed with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and BBC Symphony, the flagship orchestra of the British Broadcasting Corp. among others. General admission is free. Call 706-649-7287 for more information.

FEB. 24 CSU TO HOST HISPANIC-LATINO YOUTH COLLEGE CONFERENCE
CSU will stage a Hispanic/Latino Youth College Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Center for Commerce and Technology. Supported by The Celia and Marcos Scholarship Fund, the event will feature workshops and a college fair, and targets Hispanic and Latino high school students and families, with information covering college admission and applying for scholarships. The event is free. For more information, contact Paola Machado at 706-569-2408 or by e-mail at machado_paola@ColumbusState.edu.

FEB. 24-25 ANNUAL GUITAR SYMPOSIUM TO FEATURE COMPETITION, RECITALS
CSUs Schwob School of Music will stage its 8th annual Guitar Symposium on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24-25 at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Designed for classical guitarists of all levels and ages, events will include lectures, master classes and competitions for elementary through college levels. The event opens Saturday with registration from 8-10 a.m.

The event also will feature a recital by classical guitarists Andrew Zohn and Marc Teicholz at 8 p.m. Saturday, followed by David Rogers and Judicael Perroy at 7 p.m. Sunday. Both performances will be in Legacy Hall. Tickets from the RiverCenter Box Office are $15 each evening and free for CSU students and personnel. Call the box office at 706-256-3612 for more information.

The overall symposium fee is $60 and covers admission to all events and competition entry. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

FEB. 24 NCAA BASKETBALL: CSU TO HOST ARMSTRONG ATLANTIC STATE
The CSU mens and womens basketball squads will host Armstrong Atlantic State for games at noon (women) and 2:30 p.m. (men) Saturday, Feb. 24 in the Lumpkin Center.

CSU's women's basketball program will get a rare opportunity when its final 2007 home game at the Lumpkin Center, against Armstrong Atlantic State, will be televised nationally by College Sports Television (CSTV). The live telecast comes as a result of the NCAA's efforts to promote Division II sports using its partnership with CSTV.

CSTV has done weekly television and broadband Internet telecasts of selected Division II games throughout the season and has experienced great success. The telecast from Columbus will be a full-blown live production like the Lumpkin Center has not seen before. Other televised events have been carried by smaller, regional networks and have used local production companies to help with the production, but this one will be different. A full production unit and uplink truck will arrive on the CSU campus early that Saturday morning and will prepare for the telecast much the way any Division I or professional event would be handled on networks like ESPN, ABC, etc.

'This is a great opportunity for our campus and our community,' said CSU Athletic Director Herbert Greene. 'The NCAA has put a lot of emphasis on helping Division II athletics get more national attention and we are honored they chose our school as a venue for one of these broadcasts.'

CSTV is available in the Columbus area on Knology and Mediacom digital cable services, provided users have subscribed to the 'Sports Paks' offered by each. The telecast will also be available on Dish Network (DishFamily or America's Top 200 and above packages) and on DirecTV's Premier Package.

This will mark the third time television has come to the Lumpkin Center for either live or tape-delayed telecasts. Previously the Peach Belt Conference Tournament championship games were televised by College Sports Southeast (CSS) in 2002 and 2003.

For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://csucougars.com.

FEB. 24 NCAA SOFTBALL: CSU TO HOST USC AIKEN
The CSU womens softball squad will host USC Aiken for a pair of games, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at Lady Cougar Field. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students (age 5 through college) and free with CSU or Cougar Club member ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://csucougars.com.

FEB. 24 NCAA TENNIS: CSU TO HOST CLAYTON STATE
CSUs mens and womens tennis squads will host Clayton State on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://csucougars.com.