CSU Happenings for Aug. 27-Sept. 1, 2011

Aug. 27 - Astronomy Night
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center stages an Astronomy Night program of stargazing and planet viewing on Saturday, Aug. 27 from the center at 701 Front Ave., Columbus. An 8 a.m. planetarium is followed by telescope viewing at 9 p.m. The program is free. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

Aug. 27 - Nature-Art Program at Oxbow Meadows
Botanical artist Linda Fraser will be available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday to discuss with visitors her exhibition, “A Walk Through the Calendar Year” on display at Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Fraser specializes in colored pencil and watercolor illustrations of plants native to the southeastern United States. The program is free. For more information, contact Jenn Collins at 706-507-8553 or collins_jennifer@columbusstate.edu.

Aug. 29 - Columbus State-Red Cross Blood Drive

Columbus State hosts a Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday in the multipurpose room of the Student Recreation Center on main campus. To schedule a donation, go to http://www.redcrossblood.org and enter “CSU” as the sponsor code.

Aug. 29-30 - Condoleezza Rice Headlines Blanchard Leadership Forum
Columbus State University’s Cunningham Center for Leadership Development hosts the sixth annual Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, themed Innovative Leadership, on Monday and Tuesday Aug. 29-30 at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice headlines the conference. Appearing Monday, she will speak on “How to Turn Adversity into Advantage in Business and in Life” at 8 p.m. Second-day speakers are Patrick Lencioni, business author and  president of The Table Group, Inc.; Gardiner W. Garrard III, founder of Total Technology Ventures in Atlanta; Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets; Johnny Isakson, US Senator, R-Ga.; British best selling author Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity and innovation; and Gen. Robert B. Brown, commander of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning. Registration, $429 per person, will remain open while spaces are available. To register or for more information, call 706-568-5101 or go to JimBlanchardLeadershipForum.com.

Aug. 30-Sept. 24 – Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition
Columbus State’s Department of Art presents works in various media as part of its Faculty and Staff Exhibition, Aug. 30-Sept. 24 in the Corn Center’s Illges Gallery on CSU’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus. Featured artists include Joe Sanders, Elizabeth Robert McFalls, Yuichiro Komatsu, Kariann Fuqua, Orion Wertz, Mike McFalls, Bret Lefler, Rylan Steel, Hannah Israel, Jon Lumpkin and Leslie Shirah. Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; noon-8 p.m. Thursdays; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. The gallery is located at 6 West 10th Street. Enter on Front Avenue. For more information, call 706-507-8300 or go to ColumbusState.edu/art.

Sept. 1 – Faculty Artist Recital

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents faculty artist Alexander Pershounin, director of jazz studies and professor of bass, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The recital of classical and jazz music features double bass as a virtuoso solo voice, as well as works spanning the bass repertoire. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to ColumbusState.edu/music.