CSU Happenings for April 25-May 3

APRIL 25 – Retired Commander to Recount Vietnam Prison Raid
Retired Maj. Dan Turner will recount the 1970 Son Tay raid to rescue POWs in North Vietnam in a presentation from 9-10 a.m. Friday in the Stanley Hall auditorium. Turner commanded the Redwine Security Group, a joint squad from the Army Green Berets and Air Force Special Operations, which executed the raid only to find the POWs had been moved. However, subsequent events proved the audacity and precision of the mission stunned the North Vietnamese, who implemented immediate changes in the treatment of their captives. Turner, who works with the Human Research and Engineering Directorate Field Office on Fort Benning, earned the Silver Star for the mission. His presentation at CSU is free and presented by the university’s ROTC program. For more information, call Lt. Col. Mark Ridley at 706-568-2455.

APRIL 25 – College of Education to Host Family Entertainment Fund-Raiser
CSU’s College of Education will stage an inaugural “Spring Fling” from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Mock Pavilion and intramural fields at University Avenue and Clearview Circle. The event targets families and will feature air rockets and solar telescope viewing, a dunking booth, speed croquet, big slides, a football throw, basketball shootout, karaoke, face painting, a silent auction and more. Hand stamps for unlimited participation are $10 per person or $50 for a family pack. Non-participants are welcome at no charge, and food and drinks will be sold. The event benefits the College of Education’s annual fund. For more information, contact Lisa Shaw at 706-568-2191.

APRIL 25 - ‘Georgia Movie Academy’ Event (Not open to public; media coverage welcome)
CSU will host the 2008 Georgia Movie Academy, an Oscars-style event featuring the films of area school-age videographers, from 5-9:30 p.m. Friday in the Cunningham Center. CNN Headline News anchor Robin Meade will be the keynote speaker for the event, which features the viewing of top-rated videos created by teams of 3-8 students, led by teacher coaches trained at CSU through the state-funded Educational Technology Training Center. CSU’s Center for Quality Teaching and Learning hosts ETTC movie-making training for teachers each fall in its computer lab facilities on the third floor of the Cunningham Center. Best Picture awards will be presented at the invitation-only event in four age divisions. Honorable mention efforts will also be recognized. For more information, call Larry Moore, director of the ETTC at CSU, at 706-568-5063 or e-mail moore_larry2@ColumbusState.edu.

APRIL 25 - Tango Night
The CSU Hispanic Association will present “Tango Night” — performances and mini-lessons — by Tango Argentino of Georgia from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 25 in the International House at Clearview Circle and University Avenue. The program is free. For more information, contact Paola Machado at 706-507-8852 or machado_paola@ColumbusState.edu.

APRIL 25 – ‘Poetry Slam’ at McCullers House
The CSU Writing Center will host its second annual “Wham Bam Poetry Slam” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25 in the Carson McCullers House at 1519 Stark Ave., Columbus. CSU students will compete in the event, which is free and open to the public. For more information, go to http://writingcenterslam.blogspot.com or call 706-565-2483.

APRIL 25-28 – Music Student Recitals
The Schwob School of Music will present student recitals Friday through Monday:

• Friday: Soo-Hyun Han, (5 p.m.) and Gwendolyn Reid, mezzo-soprano, (7:30 p.m.), Studio Theatre
• Saturday: Whitney Millican, violin (7:30 p.m.), Legacy Hall
• Sunday: Steven Naimark, clarinet (1:30 p.m.) and Hannah Massie, soprano (7:30 p.m.), Legacy Hall
• Monday: Becky Chambers, soprano (6 p.m.) and Mark Dermer, tenor (7:30 p.m.), Legacy Hall

Admission to each recital is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

APRIL 26 – Annual CSU Student Colloquium
The CSU Honors Program will stage its annual CSU Student Colloquium from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, on the second and third floors of the Center for Commerce and Technology. Presentations throughout the day will feature the best of CSU-student research and creative projects over the past year. The event is free, open to the public and sponsored by the CSU Honors Program. For more information, call 706-565-3677.

APRIL 28-30 – Public Forums for CSU Presidential Candidates
The remaining three of seven candidates to become CSU’s next president will appear on campus for individual public forums at 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium:

Monday: Katherine S. “Kate” Conway-Turner, provost and vice president of academic affairs, State University of New York at Geneseo
Tuesday: Jane T. Upshaw, chancellor, University of South Carolina Beaufort
Wednesday: Patrick J. Schloss, president, Northern State University (Aberdeen, S.D.)

For biographies of the candidates and updates on the CSU presidential search, check online at http://www.colstate.edu/presidentialsearch.

APRIL 30-MAY 10 - Senior Art Exhibition
CSU’s Department of Art will present its annual Senior Thesis Exhibition from April 30 -May 10 in the Bay Gallery of CSU’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Columbus. The exhibition will showcase graduating seniors’ works encompassing various media including video projection, painting, collage, sculpture and digital media. The students in the show are Gretchen Arsenault, Will Basset, Ashley Kittrell, Meghan Guenther, Kelly Huskey, Benay Lewis, Jason McCullough, Christopher Matthew, Rondal Scott, Red Strafford, Nancy Presley and Al Ragin.

A closing reception, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the gallery, will feature light refreshments, live music and participating artists on hand to discuss their work. The exhibition and reception are free. Viewing hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

MAY 1 - CSU History Forum: ‘Phenix City: Fact and Fiction’
CSU’s Red Clay, White Water and Blues programs on local history will conclude its 2007-2008 series with “Phenix City: Fact and Faction” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1 at the Phenix City Amphitheater on the Chattahoochee River. Mystery writer Ace Atkins, author of “Wicked City,” a fictionalized account of Phenix City’s gangster days, will talk about the process of turning historical facts about Phenix City’s colorful history into fiction. Local speakers also will share their experiences from that era.

Also, CSU history professor Virginia Causey will lead a bus tour of sites related to Phenix City’s history, departing 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3 from the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road. The 45-passenger bus will fill on a first-come, first-seated basis for those without reservations. The programs are free. For more information or to reserve a bus seat, call 706-568-2263.

MAY 3 - ‘Spring Bird Walk’ at Oxbow Meadows
CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host the final of three “Spring Bird Walks” from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, May 3. Experienced birders will guide the walk around Oxbow Meadows at 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. The program also will include discussion on bird watching and effective bird feeders for home. The program is geared to families with children ages 7and up. Participants should arrive by 8:45 a.m. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Admission is $4 per person. Call 706-687-4090 to register or for more information.