CSU Happenings for Aug. 13-21, 2011

Aug. 13 - Students’ RiverPark Picnic
Columbus State University’s RiverPark campus students celebrate the forthcoming school year with a RiverPark Picnic on Saturday evening, Aug, 13 at Woodruff Park, along the Chattahoochee River on CSU’s RiverPark Campus. Activities, from 6-9 p.m., include games, food and giveaways. The event is part of Cougar Kickoff, a series of events to welcome students to a new school year. For more information, call 706-568-2273 or go to ColumbusState.edu/cougarkickoff.

Aug. 14 - Grand Opening of ‘Roy’s Brunch’ at CSU
CSU campus dining services presents the grand opening of Roy’s Brunch on Sunday in the Davidson Student Center cafeteria. Open to the public, this new Sunday brunch, named for one its chefs, will take place 10 a.m-2 p.m. each Sunday. The opening day will feature live music by a jazz trio from the Schwob School of Music. The menu will include omelets to order, pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, carved meat, assorted entrees, vegetables, pizza, salad bar, pastries and desserts. The brunch is included with the CSU faculty-staff meal plan or by payment at the door. The cost, including beverage, is $10.95 with CSU ID or $12.95 and $6.95 for kids 5-12. Tips are not necessary. Shuttle service will be available from the lower entrance of the parking garage to Davidson Student Center.

Aug. 14 - Second Sunday at Oxbow Meadows: Homegrown Cooking
Columbus State's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center presents a Second Sunday series program titled “Homegrown Cooking” at 2 p.m. Sunday. Local chef Austin Scott will demonstrate cooking techniques with fresh, local food. Also, Cathy Carter, organizer of Columbus Natural Foods CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), will discuss the significance of supporting local farmers and consuming local food year-round. Admission is $3 is per person and free for kids 3 and younger. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to ColumbusState.edu/oxbow.

Aug. 15 - First Day of Fall Classes; Cougar Kickoff Continues
Columbus State’s first day of fall semester classes is Monday and includes “Ask Me” and personal class tours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., as ROAR (Recruitment, Orientation, Advisement, Registration) staff are available at the clock tower to help students find their first classes and answer campus-related questions from financial aid to dining.  In the evening, a “Late Night Wal-Mart Run,” from 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., will accommodate late school- and dorm-supply shopping, as CSU shuttles students to the store on Whittlesey Boulevard, where items will be specially located and displayed to accommodate the students. These activities are part of Cougar Kickoff, a series of events through Aug. 26 to welcome students to a new school year. Its upcoming programs are:

  • Tuesday: Welcome Back Picnic, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., brings together faculty, staff and students for lunch (noon-2 p.m.),  giveaways, student organization networking, inflatables, and a “CSU T-shirt  exchange” involving CSU apparel from previous years.
  • Tuesday: S.O.S. Services of Schuster, 2:30-4 p.m. in the Schuster Student Success Center lobby, provides students a tour and orientation of the center’s programs and resources.
  • Tuesday: Meet the Greeks, 7-10 p.m., Greek Center lawn, is a student networking opportunity.
  • Wednesday: Taste of Columbus, noon-1:30 p.m., cafeteria patio, introduces students to off-campus grocery and dining options, especially those involving coupons and CSU-student discounts.
  • Wednesday: Job and Vendor Fair Extravaganza, noon-1:30 p.m., Davidson Student Center lounge and Schuster Student Success Center, provides a networking opportunity for students seeking employment and extra income.
  • Thursday: Comedy Night, 7-11 p.m., University Hall auditorium, features Rodney Johnson from the Hilarious Religious Comedy Tour and Corey “Zooman” Miller.
  • Friday: Day of Bowling, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Peach Bowl Lanes, offers two games for the price of one for students with CSU I.D. as Columbus State will provides shuttle bus transportation.
  • Friday: Scavenger Hunt for Fitness, 1-2:30 p.m., Student Recreation Center, involves teams of up to four students competing for a cash prize.
  • Friday: Zumba Bash, 10 a.m.-noon, Student Recreation Center multipurpose room, engages students in the popular dance-fitness workout.
  • Sunday: Freshman Convocation, 4 p.m., University Hall auditorium, involves hundreds of students, families, faculty and staff gathering to welcome freshmen into the college environment. Featured speaker Alex Acton was CSU student government president and 2009 honors graduate. He is completing a master’s degree in communication from  Georgia State University. A reception follows in the Schuster Student Success Center.

For more information, call 706-568-2273 or go to ColumbusState.edu/cougarkickoff.

Aug. 18 - Faculty Voice Recital
Baritone Earl Coleman gives a voice recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Coleman, Columbus State’s William and Isabelle Eminent Faculty Chair in Voice, will perform works of Handel, Schumann and Vaughn Williams, with accompaniment by Schwob School of Music faculty colleagues Yien Wang, piano; Joseph Golden, organ; and  Robert Murray, trumpet. The program is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, email schwobmusic@columbusstate.edu. For more information, visit ColumbusState.edu/music.

Aug. 19-20 - Oxbow Meadow Series Covers Frogs, Bacteria, and Water

Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center hosts a series of wetland habitat programs on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19-20 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. The following events are free and presented by Georgia Adopt-A-Stream:

  • Friday, 1 p.m.: Chemical Monitoring Workshop
  • Friday, 7 p.m.: “Amphibians of the Night.” Tara Muenz, ecologist with the state Department of Natural Resources, gives a talk about frogs and salamanders found in streams and wetlands and leads participants along Oxbow's wetland trail to identify calling frogs. Participants will receive a manual with monitoring protocol and an identification key.
  • Saturday, 9:30 a.m.: Bacteria Monitoring Workshop to cover E. coli.
For more information, call 706-687-4090 or visit ColumbusState.edu/oxbow.