CSU Happenings for April 24-May 1

APRIL 24 – Main-Campus Ceramics Exhibition Closing Reception
A closing reception for Columbus State art professor Matthew Paul Isaacson’s solo ceramics exhibition, “The Grandiose Numerical Equation,” will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday in the University Hall Experimental Theatre on the Columbus State main campus. The program is free. Gallery hours for exhibition, opening April 3, are noon-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, call the CSU Department of Art at 706-507-8300.

APRIL 24-25 - NCAA Baseball: Georgia Southwestern
The Columbus State baseball squad will host Georgia Southwestern for a series this weekend at Ragsdale Field. Game times are 5 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Daily admission prices are $5 for adults; $3 for students/kids (including non-CSU students); and free for ages 5 and under and CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

APRIL 24 - ‘A Night Around the World’
The CSU student organization, One Cougar World, will host “ a dinner-variety show fundraiser,”A Night Around the World,” at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the International House at University Avenue and Clearview Circle. This formal dinner with entertainment, will feature a fashion show and a presentation and discussion on the issue of child soldiers. Tickets, $20 per person, $30 for a couple and $10 per student, are available at the International House. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Invisible Children, Inc. For more information, contact Adam Johnson at 706-565-4037 or e-mail johnson_adam9@ColumbusState.edu.

APRIL 25 - Student Guitar Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student guitar recital by Russell Strand-Poole at 2 p.m. Saturday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 25 - Prism Concert to Showcase Student Talent
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present its third annual Prism Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. The concert will showcase more than 230 CSU music students in 70 non-stop minutes of large instrumental and vocal ensembles, chamber music and individual performances. Repertoire will range from classical and jazz to theatrical. CSU Professor Emeritus Hal Gibson will be guest conductor. Admission prices are $5; $2 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and free with CSU ID. For tickets, contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 26 - Student Percussion Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by percussionist Patrick Hardin at 2 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 26 - CSU Trombone Octet and Trombone Choir
The CSU Trombone Octet and Trombone Choir will perform a “spring concert” at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The ensembles will be accompanied by CSU percussionists and Professor Joseph Golden on the Jordan Organ. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 27-30 - CSU Theatre One-Act Festival
Columbus State University theatre majors will direct and perform in a series of one-act plays at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Studio Theatre at CSU Theatre on the Park, downtown Columbus. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-507-8415.

APRIL 27 - Faculty Trombone Recital
Schwob School of Music professor Bradley Palmer will perform a trombone recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Palmer and pianist Yien Wang present a program, Major Seconds, featuring the music of Larsson, Peaslee, Brubeck, Tomasi, Grondahl De Meij and others. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 29 - Piano Studio Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a Piano Studio recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 30 - Hallock Lecture Series Speaker to Address Radical Islam
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, founding chairman of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, will return as Columbus State University’s Hallock Lecture Series speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30. He will address “The Battle within the House of Islam: Our national security depends on the outcome.” The program, in Blanchard Hall at CSU’s Cunningham Center, 3100 Gentian Blvd., is free and open to the public. Jasser spoke in spring 2008 for the series, made possible by the Richard R. Hallock Foundation.

Jasser’s organization is a think tank promoting Islam as a religion separate from state and in harmony with the U.S. Constitution. Previously, Jasser served as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy and earned the Meritorious Service Medal in 1999. Since his military service, he has been in the private practice in Phoenix, specializing in internal medicine and nuclear cardiology. The son of Syrian immigrants and a devout Muslim, Jasser has studied Islam and its intersections with American culture and has promoted interfaith work, such as in 2000 when he co-founded the Children of Abraham, a Muslim-Jewish dialogue group in Scottsdale Ariz. For more information, call 706-565-7875.

APRIL 30 - CSU Philharmonic Orchestra
The CSU Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Faculty clarinetist Lisa Oberlander will accompany the orchestra, conducted by Schwob School Director Fred Cohen, for Brahms’ First Symphony, Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto and John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine. Admission prices are $5; $2 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and free with CSU ID. For tickets, contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

MAY 1- Student Saxophone Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by saxophonist Stanley Flanders at 4 p.m. Friday, May 1 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

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Weekend Bird Walks at Oxbow Meadows
The Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center is hosting weekend “Bird Walks” from 8-9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. The program is free and designed for adults and children ages 10 and older. Binoculars and bird field guides are provided. Reservations are required. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.