CSU Happenings Feb. 23-March 1

FEB. 23 CSU TO HONOR LONNIE JACKSON AT BLACK APPLAUSE BANQUET
Columbus State University will honor Lonnie Jackson for his dedication to community service, during the 24th annual Black Applause Banquet on Friday 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 Award in honor of Townsend, the first African-American to enroll at CSU. The 2007 Townsend Award recipient is Jackson, who died in September 2006. His daughter, Lonya Jackson-Sarden will accept the award on behalf of Combined Communities of Southeast Columbus, the service organization founded by Lonnie Jackson.

The keynote speaker will be Bismarck Myrick, former U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho and Republic of Liberia. Tickets, $25, must be purchased in advance, by 5 p.m. Thursday. Call 706-568-2273 for more information.

FEB. 23 STUDENT SAXOPHONE RECITAL
CSUs Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by saxophonist Robert Grogan at 6 p.m. Friday 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 in the RiverCenters Studio Theatre. Lipsey directs the percussion program and New Music Ensemble at the Aaron Copland School of Music at The 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 NCAA BASKETBALL: FREE ADMISSION WITH FOOD DONATION
CSU will host Armstrong Atlantic State at noon (women) and 2:30 p.m. (men) Saturday for a basketball doubleheader in the Lumpkin Center. General admission is $5 or free with a donation of at least two nonperishable food items for Columbus Valley Rescue Mission.

CSTV (College Sports TV) will televise the womens game nationally, and CSU will honor retiring, longtime Peach Belt Conference commissioner Marvin Vanover, and will declare Marvin Vanover Day in the Lumpkin Center. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 24 NCAA SOFTBALL: CSU TO HOST USC AIKEN
The undefeated CSU womens softball squad will host USC Aiken for a pair of games, starting 9 a.m. Saturday 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 www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 24 NCAA WOMENS TENNIS: CSU TO HOST CLAYTON STATE
Columbus State Universitys womens tennis squad 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 www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 24 GUITAR SYMPOSIUM RECITAL: ANDREW ZOHN AND MARC TEICHOLZ
CSUs Schwob School of Music will present a recital by classical guitarists Andrew Zohn and Marc Teicholz at 8 p.m. Saturday in RiverCenters Legacy Hall. The concert closes the opening day of CSUs 8th annual Guitar Symposium, directed by Zohn, a CSU assistant professor. General admission to the concert is $15 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. 25 GUITAR SYMPOSIUM RECITAL: DAVID ROGERS AND JUDICAEL PERROY
The closing concert of the CSU Guitar Symposium will feature a baroque lute performance by American David Rogers, and a solo performance by the award-winning French guitarist Judicael Perroy. The concert is set for 7 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenters Legacy Hall. General admission is $15 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. 26 - STUDENT VOICE RECITAL
CSUs Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by soprano Hannah Massie at 6 p.m. Monday in the RiverCenters Legacy Hall. General admission is free. Call 706-649-7287 for more information.

FEB. 27 ARTIST BLACKSMITH TO GIVE LECTURE, DEMONSTRATION
CSUs Department of Art will host a lecture and demonstration by visiting artist blacksmith Maegan Crowley, starting 4:45 p.m. Tuesday in critique room 1 at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts, inside the new art and theatre complex in downtown Columbus. Based in Colorado, Crowley creates sculpture and architectural and decorative ironwork. She exhibits her work nationally and has studied under former Columbus resident Elizabeth Brim at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. Admission to Crowleys program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-507-8307.

FEB. 28 - CSU TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE
CSU will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday on the second floor of the Lumpkin Center. Prospective donors can make an appointment online at www.givelife.org. For more information, call 1-800-448-3543.

FEB. 28 NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR TO SPEAK AT CSU
Kimberly Oliver, the 2006 National Teacher of the Year, will speak at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 in CSUs Fine Arts Hall auditorium. The event, hosted by CSUs College of Education, is free and open to the public. Oliver is a kindergarten teacher for Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md. For more information, call 706-568-2212.

MARCH 1 - HISTORY SERIES PROGRAM TO FEATURE MA RAINEY
CSUs interpretive history series Red Clay, White Water and Blues continues with a program on the life and legacy of Ma Rainey at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1 in the WC Bradley Corporate Museum on Front Avenue in Columbus. Florene Dawkins, head of Friends of Ma Rainey, will discuss the preservation of the Ma Rainey House and its recent opening as a blues museum. Local folklorist Fred Fussell will speak on Raineys life and legacy.

A related Saturday, March 3 bus trip, starting 10 a.m., will explore Heritage Corner in downtown Columbus and stop for visits at the Springer Opera House and the Ma Rainey House. For more information, call 706-565-3633 or visit http://history.colstate.edu/Program.asp.