CSU Happenings for Aug. 28-Sept. 5

AUG. 28 - Greek Sorority to Host Step Show, Benefit
Columbus State’s Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., will host a “Yard Show” — a step show and unity event for Greek organizations featuring student performances — from 7-10 p.m. Friday in the Woodruff Gym. The event is open to the public. General admission is $3, or $1 with a donated children’s book to benefit Operation Big Bookbag, which provides books and school materials for underprivileged kids. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

AUG. 29 - Student Variety Show and Benefit
Columbus State students will perform in a “King of Pop Variety Show” as a tribute to Michael Jackson from 4-7 p.m. Saturday in the Davidson Student Center auditorium. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., is hosting the event, which is open to the public. Admission is $2 with a portion of proceeds going to the James B. Woods program, an initiative of the fraternity that provides gifts to local special education programs. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

AUG. 31 – Classical Guitar Performance
Columbus State University Schwob School of Music faculty guitarist Andrew Zohn will perform works of Tansman, Scarlatti, Piazollo, Barrios and others at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

AUG. 31-SEPT. 1 – Blanchard Leadership Forum
Columbus State University will co-host the annual Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, themed “Leadership in Uncertain Times,” Monday and Tuesday at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, 801 Front Ave., Columbus. Speakers will be former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Aflac President and Chief Operating Officer of Aflac U.S. Paul S. Amos II, NBC News correspondent Norah O’Donnell, best-selling author and financial columnist Richard Florida, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy, and Gen. David Petraeus, who oversees the U.S. Central Command after serving 19 months as the commanding general of the multi-national force in Iraq.

The event is organized by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State’s Cunningham Center for Leadership Development as a partnership between CSU, Synovus, TSYS and Jim Blanchard, the retired CEO and chairman of Synovus. The forum costs $349 per person, or $199 ($99 as a guest of a full-registered participant) for Monday only and $249 for Tuesday only. Columbus State faculty and staff who register for the forum will be invited to a VIP reception with Powell and other special guests at 6 p.m. Monday. Online registration is open at http://www.blanchardleadershipforum.com or call 706-568-5101.

SEPT. 2 - Campus Blood Drive
Columbus State will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m.-4 p.m Wednesday in the Lumpkin Center. For more information or to register, go to http://www.givelife.org.

SEPT. 4 & 6 - Cougar Invitational to Open Home Soccer Season
The Columbus State women’s soccer team will host Chowan University (Tenn.), the University of Tampa and Tusculum College (Tenn.) in the Cougar Invitational on Friday and Sunday, Sept. 4 and 6 at the Walden Soccer Complex.

The matches are CSU-Chowan at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tampa-Chowan at 11 a.m. Sunday and CSU-Tusculum at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Daily admission prices 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.

ONGOING

‘CSU Studio Arts’ Exhibition
Columbus State’s Department of Art is featuring artwork in various media by its faculty and staff in “CSU Studio Arts,” an exhibition through Saturday, Sept. 5 in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery on CSU’s RiverPark campus. Artists are 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). Gallery admission is free. Fall semester hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday. 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.