CSU Happenings for August 5-31, 2012

August 5 – Comic Book Show
Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center Summer Comic Book Show will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 at the CCSSC, 701 Front Ave., featuring comic book vendors, costumed characters, Omnisphere shows, exhibits and more. Admission is $4. For more information, contact Dutch Cummings at 706-649-1477 or dutch@ccssc.org

August 7 – Master Naturalist Course Begins at Oxbow
For the first time in Columbus, CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will offer classes leading to Georgia Master Naturalist certification, beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug.  7. This is an adult environmental education course developed by the University of Georgia for people who want to learn more about natural resources and the environment. This series of eight classes at the center, 3535 Lumpkin Road, combines lectures with outside, hands-on learning. The topic of the Aug. 7 class is, “What is a Master Naturalist/Reptiles.” Class size is limited to 20 participants. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/bqvapsu. Registration cost is $250, which includes badge, shirt, resource CD, field trips, state fee and printed materials. For more information, call 706-507-8550.

August 9 – Late Registration for Classes
This the last day to register for the fall semester at Columbus State.

August 10 – Amphibian Monitoring at Oxbow
Citizen scientists will receive the tools and training necessary to monitor amphibians during Amphibian Monitoring at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10 at Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 Lumpkin Road. An ecologist with the Department of Natural Resources will lead an indoor presentation highlighting frogs and salamanders found in our streams and wetlands. Then participants will be led along Oxbow's wetlands trail, identifying calling frogs and examining any that are found. Participants will receive a manual with monitoring protocol and a color ID key. For more information, call 706-507-8550.

August 11 – Cougar Kickoff — Welcome Back Picnic
As part of Cougar Kickoff 2012, Columbus State students living in Uptown Columbus will be welcomed back to campus with the RiverPark Picnic from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at Woodruff Park in front of the Riverside Theatre Complex. There will be games, music, free food, a water slide, inflatable Twister and a dunking tank.

August 12 – Second Sunday: On the Right Track
Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will hold its Second Sunday event at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at the center, 3535 Lumpkin Road. This month’s topic is “On the Right Track.” Oxbow's naturalist, Jan Forrest Kent, will offer a lesson on identifying the tracks of local wildlife. Then, participants will seeing animal tracks firsthand as they venture out for a hike on the center’s wetlands trail. Cost is $3. For more information, call 706-507-8550. 

August 13 – First Day of Classes
This is the first day of fall semester classes. 

August 13 – Cougar Kickoff — First Class: A Crash Course on College Life
As part of Cougar Kickoff 2012, Columbus State’s Theta Betas chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will host First Class: A Crash Course on College Life at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13 in Davidson Student Center’s Columbus Room. Topics of discussion for students will include campus re­sources, choosing classes, study habits, Columbus nightlife, dining habits, relation­ships and student organizations. Light refreshments will be provided.

August 14 – Cougar Kickoff — Movie Night: The Avengers
As part of Cougar Kickoff 2012, Columbus State will have Movie Night at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 on CSU’s Intramural Field. As soon as night approaches, Marvel’s The Avengers, will be shown for students. Popcorn, drinks and other free giveaways will be provided. In case of rain, the movie will be shown in the Student Recreation Center’s Multi-Purpose Room.

August 15 – Cougar Kickoff — Meet the Greeks
Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? As part of Cougar Kickoff 2012, the Greek community of Columbus State University will tell new students what Greek life is all about during Meet the Greeks at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the Greek Center and Clock Tower. Interested students can stop by the Greek Center for free food, music, mechanical bull rides and giveaways while meeting mem­bers of CSU’s Interfraternity Council, National Panhellenic Council, and National Pan-Hellenic Council.

August 16 – Cougar Kickoff — Shameless!
As part of Cougar Kickoff 2012, Columbus State will host Shameless! at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 in the Riverside Theatre’s Studio Theatre. Fifteen students will be on stage to perform a song, skit, monologue or showcase other talent. Students interested in performing can show up early and sign up.

August 19 – Ladies’ Night Out Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will hold a Ladies Night recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug.19 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Schwob faculty artists Michelle DeBruyn, soprano, and Yien Wang, piano, will present a recital consisting of pieces written by female composers, including songs from each era in several different languages. Men are welcome to attend. The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

August 31 – Women’s Soccer
Columbus State's women’s soccer team opens its 2012 season against Florida Southern at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 with the CSU Collegiate Invitational at the Walden Soccer Complex.

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