CSU Happenings for Aug. 14-21

AUG. 14 - ‘Kids to College’ Rally to Bring Nearly 2,000 Fifth-Graders to CSU
Columbus State’s College of Education and Health Professions will host a 2009 Kids to College Pep Rally from 10-11:30 a.m. Friday in the Lumpkin Center. About 1,900 fifth graders and their teachers representing 23 schools from Fort Benning and the Muscogee, Harris and Talbot county school systems will participate. The event is designed to inspire the students to start thinking about college as they hear from CSU officials and participate in activities such as a soccer shootout with the CSU women’s soccer squad and a spirit competition directed by the CSU cheerleaders.

The students will return to campus later in the school year to participate in innovative exercises directed by CSU teacher education candidates. The fifth-graders also will have an opprortunity to visit CSU’s Coca Cola Space Science Center for an exploration activity and a planetarium show in the Omnisphere Theater. For more information, call 706-568-2470, e-mail johnson_mary@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://coe.colstate.edu/special_projects/kids2college.asp.

AUG. 15 – ‘Day of Service’ Fields Volunteers for Community Projects
In honor of the inauguration of Tim Mescon as CSU president, CSU faculty, staff and students will participate in a Day of Service on Saturday. Working through the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley Volunteer Center, volunteers will board CSU buses starting 8:30 a.m. at the campus intramural field on University Avenue for projects such as clearing a lot for a new Habitat for Humanity house, a baseball field renovation for the North Columbus Boys and Girls Club and planting shrubs at the D.A. Turner YMCA. Buses will transport volunteers back to the intramural fields and Mock Pavilion for a picnic lunch at 1 p.m. Volunteers are signing up for their projects online at http://www.handsonthevalley.org. For more information, call 706-565-3655.

AUG. 16 – Presidential Inauguration and 2009 Freshman Convocation
Columbus State University will stage its annual Freshman Convocation and inaugurate Timothy S. Mescon as the university’s fourth president in a pair of ceremonies starting 3 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. Inauguration speakers will include Mescon’s father, longtime Georgia State University professor Michael Mescon and, representing the University System of Georgia, Board of Regents Chair Bob Hatcher from Macon, Chancellor Erroll B. Davis and Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Susan Herbst.

For the Freshman Convocation, CSU Provost Inessa Levi and Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Gina Sheeks will officially welcome freshmen into the college academic community. The event is open to the public. For more information,go to http://president.colstate.edu/inauguration.php or call 706-568-2030.

AUG. 17 – Fall Semester Classes Begin

AUG. 18-21 - Cougar Kickoff Events Wind Down
As fall classes get under way, CSU students are ending the summer break with water wars, picnics, beach and foam parties, and more. The activities are part of the Aug. 13-21 Cougar Kickoff celebration geared to students and open to faculty and staff. Remaining events include:

• Tuesday: A Wet and Wild Ice Cream Social will involve free ice cream, inflatable games, a dunk tank, water tag and more from 4-7 p.m. at the campus Intramural Field.

• Wednesday: The traditional main campus’ Welcome Back Picnic will involve food, games, giveaways and student organization booths from noon-1:30 p.m. at the clock tower, where a 7-10 p.m. Meet the Greeks event will allow students to get to know the CSU Greek student organizations.

• Thursday: The RiverPark campus Welcome Back Picnic, similar to the previous day’s main campus event, will run 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the open space next to RiverCenter. Later, on main campus, a 3-5 p.m. Water Wars event and a 7-10 p.m. Foam Party will be staged at the clock tower.

• Friday: A Beach Bash at Callaway Gardens will close Cougar Kickoff. The 2-7 p.m. event at Robin Lake Beach will include live music.

For more information, call 706-568-2026 or go to http://studentlife.colstate.edu/cougarkickoff.

AUG. 18 – Reception for ‘CSU: Studio Arts’ Exhibition
Columbus State’s Department of Art will hold a free reception from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 in the Corn Center’s Illges Gallery for its “CSU: Studio Arts” exhibition of artwork in various media, which runs through Sept. 5. The reception is free and will include the participating artists, who are among the art department’s faculty and staff, including gallery technician Jon Lumpkin, Judy Barr Dodds (painting, drawing), Joe Sanders (printmaking), Orion Wertz (painting), Rylan Steele (photography), Hannah Israel (sculpture), Kariann Fuqua (painting, drawing), Michael McFalls (sculpture), Claudia Williams (painting), Yuichiro Komatsu (ceramics) and Elizabeth Roberts McFalls (printmaking).

The Corn Center is located at 6 West 10th Street, Columbus (use the Front Avenue entrance). For more information, call 706-507-8300 or visit http://art.colstate.edu.

AUG. 20 – Guest Trombonist Concert
Paul Pollard and Weston Sprott, trombonists from the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The event, presented by CSU’s Schwob School of Music, is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.