CSU Happenings for Dec. 10-19

Through DEC. 17 - Senior Thesis Exhibition
Columbus State’s Department of Art presents a senior thesis exhibition, Ars Gratoa Artis (Latin for Art for Art’s Sake) by students Taylor Deane and Adam Haney, through Dec. 17 in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Bay Gallery on CSU’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus.Deane's printmaking and photography deals with her personal relationship with her grandmother and memory loss. Haney explores the formal aspects of forms and shapes by using steel and found metals to create geometric designs. A reception takes place 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 in the Gallery. Bay Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

DEC. 10 - Fall Graduation at Civic Center

Columbus State’s fall graduation ceremony takes place 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Columbus Civic Center. The speaker will be Willis J. Potts Jr., chair of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. Potts was appointed to the board in 2006, two years after retiring as vice president and general manager of Temple-Inland Corp. in Rome, Ga. Seating for CSU commencement guests and rehearsal-instructions for graduates begins 4:30 p.m. For information, go to http://ColumbusState.edu/graduation.

DEC. 11 - Multiple Programs include ‘Snakes Alive’ at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center hosts the following programs on Saturday:

* A guided wetlands nature walk focused on birding begins 8 a.m.  Binoculars and field guides are provided. The program is free.
* A birdwatching talk, “Finding Rare Birds in Georgia,” by local expert Walt Chambers is part of a meeting of the Lynn Haven Wildlife Garden Club. The program is free and open to anyone 16 and older.
* Oxbows Animal Coordinator Jason Clark discusses myths and facts surrounding the world’s largest snakes in “Snakes Alive” at 1 p.m.. The program involves live pythons, boas and anacondas. Admission is $3 per person or free for kids 3 and younger.

For more information about CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

DEC. 11 - NCAA Basketball Doubleheader
Columbus State’s women’s and men’ s basketball squads host USC Aiken for games at 1:30 p.m. (women) and 4 p.m. (men) Saturday in the Lumpkin Center. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for students, faculty and staff with CSU ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

DEC. 11 - Gallery Reception for Senior Thesis Exhibition

Columbus State’s Department of Art hosts a reception 6-8 p.m Saturday for its Senior Thesis Exhibition in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Bay Gallery. The exhibition, Ars Gratoa Artis (Art for Art’s Sake) by students Adam Haney and Taylor Deane, runs  Dec. 7-17 in the Bay Gallery on Columbus State’s downtown Columbus RiverPark campus. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

DEC. 15 - Early Registration Fee Payment Deadline
Wednesday, Dec. 15 is Columbus State’s early registration fee payment deadline for spring 2011, For more information, go to http://www.columbusstate.edu/admissions.php or call 706-507-8800.

DEC. 19 - NCAA Men’s Basketball
Columbus State’s men’s basketball squad hosts Hiwassee College (Tenn.) for a 1 p.m. game Sunday, Dec. 19 in the Lumpkin Center. Admission is $5 per person or $3 for ages 12 and younger, and free for students, faculty and staff with CSU ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.