CSU Happenings for Aug. 22-28


AUG. 22 — Freshman Convocation
Columbus State University stages its sixth annual Freshman Convocation 4 p.m. Sunday in University Hall auditorium. The event brings together hundreds of freshmen and their families, plus Columbus State faculty and administrators in academic regalia to welcome the new students to the college-level academic environment. The keynote speaker will be 2008 Muscogee County Teacher of the Year Melissa Wilks. A 2000 CSU graduate, Wilks teaches drama to pre-k through fifth-graders at Wynnton Arts Academy. Other speakers will be CSU President Tim Mescon, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Inessa Levi, chemistry professor and CSU’s 2010 Educator of the Year Floyd Jackson, and Student Government Association President Joshua Burston. A Davidson Student Center reception follows the convocation, which also is part of the university’s Cougar Kickoff series. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

AUG. 23 — Faculty Piano Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a faculty recital by pianist Yien Wang performing works by Schubert, Brahms and Debussy 7:30 p.m. Monday 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.

AUG. 24-28 — Cougar Kickoff Series Concludes
CSU students will close out the university’s 2010 Cougar Kickoff series celebrating the new school year with the following activities Tuesday through Saturday:

• Bike Riding with Mescon, 6:45 p.m. Tuesday,  involves CSU cyclists joining CSU President Tim Mescon in riding the city’s new rails to trails path from RiverPark to main campus. Bicycles and helmets will be provided. Food (5-8:30 p.m.), music and a foam party (6-10 p.m.) on main campus will complement the ride.
• Visiting comics take the stage for Comedy Night, 8-11 p.m. Wednesday in University Hall auditorium.
• Low Down Dirty Shame, 8-9:30 p.m. Thursday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre involves students
performing comedy, parodies, impromptu skits, music and more. Performers will sign up during preceding Cougar Kickoff events.
• Concert at the Intramural Field (University Avenue and Clearview Circle), 6-11 p.m., Friday is headlined by Classic Addict, backed by CSU student performers, food and raffles.
• RiverPark Picnic, 7-10 p.m. Saturday (rescheduled), will  involve a foam pit, water slide, various games, a music DJ, burgers, hot dogs and more.

CSU faculty and staff also are welcome to the activities. For more information, go to http://studentlife.colstate.edu/cougarkickoff or call the Student Life office at 706-568-2273.

AUG. 26 - Legislative Candidate Forum at Cunningham Center

Columbus State hosts a legislative candidate forum 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the university’s Cunningham Center. The event, free and open to the public, is presented by CSU, the Young Professionals of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Society of Human Resource Management. Expected participants are Democrat and Republican candidates for U.S. Senate; U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 and District 3; Governor; Lieutenant Governor; and Columbus Mayor. Prior to the forum, a  5-6:15 p.m. private reception with the candidates includes a limited number of tickets, $30 per person, which can be reserved from the event’s website, http://www.colstate.edu/2010candidateforum, and the link “Make Reservations for Private Reception.” For more information, call Kimberly Mullen at 706-568-2273 or e-mail: mullen_kimberly@ColumbusState.edu.

AUG. 28 — Astronomy Night at Space Science Center

Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center holds an Astronomy Night program of stargazing and planet viewing Saturday, Aug. 28 at the center, 701 Front Ave. The program is free and opens with an 8 p.m. planetarium presentation followed by telescope viewing at 9 p.m. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

ONGOING - Visiting Artist Exhibition: ‘Scratching the Surface’
Columbus State’s Department of Art presents “Scratching the Surface,” an exhibition through Sept. 31 of photography, sculpture and video by visiting artist Jason Lanka, whose work is known for exploring humanity’s place in the natural world. The free exhibition, in the Corn Center’s Illges Gallery, the exhibition site on CSU’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus, is supported by the Illges Foundation and CSU student activity fees. Admission is free. IIlges Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.  For more information, call 706-507-8300 or go to http://art.colstate.edu.