CSU Happenings for Aug. 27-Sept. 6

AUG. 27-28 — Cougar Kickoff Concludes
CSU students will close out the university’s 2010 Cougar Kickoff series celebrating the new school year with the following activities Friday and Saturday:
    • 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), involves 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. 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 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.

AUG. 30 — Faculty Concert Featuring Trumpetist Robert Murray
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a faculty concert featuring trumpetist Rob Murray 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. CSU faculty joining Murray are collaborative pianist Yien Wang, clarinetist Lisa Oberlander, saxophonist Amy Griffiths and percussionist Paul Vaillancourt. The program includes the premier of a new work performed by Murray and his wife, Lauren Murray, an oboist. The couple performs under the name duo Harmonie del Sur.  Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail
schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

AUG. 30-31 — Blanchard Leadership Forum
Columbus State University’s Cunningham Center for Leadership Development co-hosts the annual Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 30-31, 2010 at the Columbus, Georgia Iron Works Convention and Trade Center, 801 Front Ave. Themed “Adaptive Leadership for a Changing World,” the event’s speakers are former First Lady Laura Bush, AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, former president and CEO of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games William Payne, author Malcolm Gladwell, Columbus Bank and Trust President Billy Blanchard and U.S. Army Brigadier Gen. William E. Rapp. The event is sold out. For more information, go to http://ccld.colstate.edu/jblanchard/index.asp or call 706-568-5101.

AUG. 31 — Visiting Scholar Displays, Discusses African Art            
Visiting scholar Shannon Fitzgerald will present “Contemporary African Art and Art of the African Diaspora” 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Carpenters Hall at 9th Street and Broadway on CSU's RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus. The program is free, and parking is available in the RiverPark parking garage. The presentation relates to a fall-semester course Fitzgerald teaches for CSU as a scholar-in-residence for the Department of Art. She arrived from Oklahoma City, where she has worked as an independent writer and curator and recently served as lead mentor for the Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship Program. Fitzgerald's presentation and other programming from the CSU Department of Art is made possible by the support of the Norman S. and Emmy Lou  Illges Foundation, the Fort Foundation, CSU student activity fees and Friends of Art. For more information, call 706-507-8301.

SEPT. 2  — Continuing Education Open House

Continuing Education at Columbus State University hosts an open house 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2 in the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. The event will include door prizes, food, instructors previewing upcoming classes and course demonstrations covering Zumba, ballroom dance. Kathak Indian dance, sewing and more. Guests who register for courses during the open house will receive a 10 percent tuition reduction. The discount does not cover dance conservatory, CompuTaught and Gatlin classes. The open house is free. For more information, call 706-507-8070.

SEPT. 2 — Adult Re-Entry Free Seminar

Columbus State will host an Adult Re-Entry seminar 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2 in the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. The program is free and designed for individuals who have been away from school five or more years and are interested in entering, or returning to, college. For more information, call 706-507-8070.

SEPT. 3, 5 — NCAA Soccer: Cougar Invitational at CSU

Columbus State hosts men’s and women’s soccer squads from six different schools for the Cougar Invitational, Friday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 5 at the university’s Walden Soccer Complex. Four matches are set for each day according to the following schedule:
• Friday: Tampa vs. West Georgia (women) 2 p.m.
• Friday: Tampa vs. Montevallo (men) 4:30 p.m.
• Friday: CSU vs. Newberry (women) 7 p.m.
• Friday: Eckerd vs. Georgia Southwestern (men) 4 p.m.
• Sunday: Tampa vs. Newberry (women) 10 a.m.
• Sunday: Tampa vs. Georgia Southwestern (men) Noon
• Sunday: Montevallo vs. Eckerd (men) 2 p.m.
• Sunday: CSU vs. West Georgia (women) 4 p.m.
Admission prices per day are $5 for adults; $3 for 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.

SEPT. 6 - Columbus State Closes for Holiday

Columbus State will close for Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 6.

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.