CSU Happenings for April 9-17

APRIL 9-10 - NCAA Baseball at CSU
The CSU baseball squad will host Armstrong Atlantic State for games 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at Ragsdale Field. Admission is $5 adults, $3 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 9-11 - CSU Staging Musical Comedy Crazy for You
Columbus State’s theatre department and the Schwob School of Music is staging Ken Ludwig’s musical comedy Crazy for You through the weekend at CSU Theatre on the Park in downtown Columbus. Opening Thursday night, the production continues with show times 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The high-energy production involves plot twists and dance numbers set to music by George and Ira Gershwin. Tickets are $20 general admission; $18 seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni; and free for CSU faculty and staff (limit two) and students (limit one). For more information, call the CSU Theatre Box Office at 706-507-8444 or go to http://theatre.colstate.edu.

APRIL 10 - Reptile Fest at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host its annual Reptile Fest 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Activities for all ages will include live reptile displays, a live reptile wagon, reptile games with prizes, reptile crafts, a 40-foot jump house and more. Guests also can register a pet from home in a “Hiss America Pageant” (venomous snakes not allowed) at noon and stay for an interactive “Reptile Encounters” presentation at 2 p.m. by CSU reptile specialist Jason Clark, star of Snakes’Kin, a series to debut April 12 on Animal Planet. Admission is $3 and free for kids age 3 and under. The center is located at 3535 South Lumpkin Road. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

APRIL 10 - Oboe and Bassoon Studio Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music presents an Oboe and Bassoon Studio Recital 6 p.m. Saturday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 11 - Guest Artists: Georgia Brass
CSU's Schwob School of Music will present the Georgia Brass in concert 4 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. The Atlanta-based band’s repertoire is diverse and ranges from the Renaissance and Baroque to the 21st century. Their RiverCenter concert will feature a solo by CSU professor Bradley Palmer as a solo trombonist in Guilmant’s Morceau Symphonique. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 12 - International Film Screening: Cache
Columbus State University’s Center for International Education will screen the 2005 French language film Cache 7 p.m. Monday in the CSU International House Spencer Event Hall. The film is about a French family terrorized by surveillance videos of themselves mysteriously planted at their front doorstep. The program is free. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

APRIL 12 - CSU Guitar and Voice Studio
CSU's Schwob School of Music will present a CSU Guitar and Voice Studio concert event 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 12 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 12 - Snakes'Kin Starring CSU’s Jason Clark to Debut on Animal Planet
Jason Clark, reptile specialist for CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center is the star of the Animal Planet channel’s new reality series Snakes’Kin, debuting 10 p.m. Monday. The program follows the adventures of Clark and his wife, Sarah, operating their family business, Southeastern Reptile Rescue, near Griffin, Ga. The Clarks, licensed for nuisance wildlife removal, reptile adoption and wildlife education, are depicted in the show taking about 20 calls a day to round up copperheads, cottonmouths, rattlesnakes, gators, lizards and iguanas. The show is schedule to air in back-to-back, half-hour episodes at 10 p.m. over consecutive Monday nights, from April 12-26.

APRIL 13 - Guest Pianist Nancy Elton
CSU's Schwob School of Music will present a guest piano recital by Nancy Elton 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. The Atlanta-based Elton has drawn critical acclaim for performances throughout the Southeast and parts of the United States. Her CSU concert is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 13 - CSU Tower Day to Showcase Undergraduate Research, Scholarship
Columbus State undergraduate scholarship, research and experiential learning will be showcased during CSU Tower Day 11a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday at the main campus and RiverPark campus sites. An opening ceremony and poster presentations will take place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Davidson and Schuster centers. Meanwhile, on the RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus, poster presentations also will take place, from noon-1 p.m., followed by a colloquium 1:30-3 p.m. Also, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., guests can take a “Solar Walk” from the Corn Center to the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. Tower Day is being organized by the CSU Honors Program and Honoris Causa. For more information about Tower Day, call the Honors Program office at 706-507-8771 or go to http://honors.colstate.edu/towerday.asp.

APRIL 14 – Guest Speaker: ‘Clearly Fun Soap’ Entrepreneur to Share Story
Dawn Dallaire Brooker founder and CEO of Clearly Fun Soap, Inc., will share her story of taking a hobby to a business with sales of $1.8 million at noon Wednesday, April 14 in the Davidson Student Center auditorium. The presentation, sponsored by Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business, is free and open to the public. Dallaire, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2008 Small Business Person of the Year in Georgia, initially made soaps for friends from her Griffin home after buying a soap-making kit. She perfected placing goldfish figurines in clear soap pieces and went into business after attracting the attention of a major wholesaler in Atlanta. Her yearly sales started at $45,000 and climbed to $1.8 million in 2008, the year she also published her book, Being a Woman in Business in a Man’s World. Dallaire, 47, has sold her products in more than 3,000 outlets, including Bath & Body Works, Marshalls and TJMaxx. She and her company also have been featured on QVC, CNBC and CNN. For more information, call 706-562-1674.

APRIL 15 - CSU Day to Honor University Supporters
Columbus State University will celebrate its 16th annual CSU Day on Thursday, April 15. About 100 volunteers will distribute red, white and blue signs displaying “We are Partners with Columbus State University.” The occasion represents a thank-you to contributors to the 2010 Annual Fund, which gives Columbus State flexibility in meeting needs related to student scholarships, faculty support, research assistance, purchases of book collections and equipment, and developing technology infrastructure. Prospective CSU Day volunteers should call 706-565-4100 or e-mail rodgers_april@ColumbusState.edu. In addition to breakfast, volunteers will be served lunch, starting noon at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center.

APRIL 15 - Celebration of Student Writing
Columbus State will host a Celebration of Student Writing noon-2 p.m. Thursday, April 15, on the main floor of the Lumpkin Center. The event is open to the public and will showcase student writing projects across several disciplines. For more information, call English professor Angela Green at 706-568-2054.

APRIL 15 - Play Reading of Letters to a Student Revolutionary
Columbus State’s Center for International Education will present a play reading by CSU theatre students of Letters to a Student Revolutionary 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15 in CSU’s International House Spencer Event Hall. The students perform a reading of Elizabeth Wong’s play that traces a decade-long correspondence and search for true democracy between pen pals —one Chinese, the other Chinese American — which ends abruptly with the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

APRIL 15 - Legacy Live Series: American Brass Quintet
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present the American Brass Quintet in concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Acclaimed as “the high priests of brass” (Newsweek), the quintet performs a diverse program that includes Renaissance masterworks, the brass quintet repertoire and Copperwave, commissioned to the quintet by prize-winning composer Joan Tower. The performance is part of CSU’s Legacy Live concert series. General admission is $20. For tickets, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 16 - Scholastic Honors Convocation
Columbus State will recognize its top faculty and students for 2009-2010 during the annual Scholastic Honors Convocation 2 p.m. Friday, April 16 in University Hall auditorium. For more information, call 706-568-2033.

APRIL 17 - Haiti Relief Forum
Columbus State will present a forum, “Rebuilding Haiti: How You Can Help,” 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 17 in the Mildred L. Terry Public Library, 640 Veterans Parkway, Columbus. The program is part of CSU’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages film and lecture series Haiti in our Backyard. For more information, call 706-507-8451.

APRIL 17 - CSU Wind Ensemble
The CSU Wind Ensemble will perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 17 - Astronomy Night
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center staff lead Astronomy Night programs of stargazing and planet viewing Saturday, April 17 at the center, 701 Front Ave., Columbus. An 8 p.m. planetarium presentation will be followed by telescope viewing at 9 p.m. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

DEADLINE - President’s Recognition Banquet Ticket Purchases
Friday, April 16 is the deadline to purchase tickets ($50 per person) to Columbus State’s 38th annual President’s Recognition Banquet at CSU’s Cunningham Center. The event, Thursday, April 22, begins with a 6:30 p.m. reception followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The top awards will be presented to Marvin Schuster (Frank D. Brown Achievement and Leadership Excellence Award and Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance C. Smith Jr. (2010 T. Y. Whitley Distinguished Alumnus Award). For tickets, call 706-565-4100 or go to the link that's at the top of http://alumni.colstate.edu.

ONGOING - ‘Double Blind’ Exhibition Illustrating Effects of Climate Change
Columbus State’s Department of Art is hosting “Double Blind, an April 6-24 visiting artists’ exhibition illustrating the effects of climate change. The show, in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery, is produced by Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris, both spring 2010 Visiting Artists in Residence at CSU and founders of the Canary Project, a Brooklyn-based studio of artists and contributing writers and scientists dedicated to documenting climate change and its effects in order to energize a commitment to solutions. The exhibition includes cloaked, large-scale photographs of impacted landscapes, some of which will be displayed on billboards around Columbus. Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-507-8300.