CSU Happenings for Dec. 12-20

Dec. 12-19 - Spring 2009 Registration Re-Opened
Columbus State University has re-opened the spring 2009 registration process for graduate students until 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19. The process will open to all students from Dec. 17-19. Late registration for all students will run Jan. 5-16. For more information, go to http://registration.colstate.edu/.

DEC. 12 - Student French Horn Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student French horn recital by Heather Roland and Elisha Thompson at 7:30 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

DEC. 13 - Expert to Discuss Endangered Birds at Fort Benning
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host a program about endangered birds at Fort Benning, from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Columbus. Biologist Kristina Witter, will discuss her efforts as part of a project that monitors and manages Fort Benning’s red-cockaded woodpecker population. The program is free and oriented toward adults. For more information, call 706-687-4090, e-mail elc_programs@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

DEC. 13 – Fall Graduation
Columbus State will hold fall 2008 graduation ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday in the Lumpkin Center. Seating for guests will begin at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. respectively. The early ceremony will involve degree recipients from the College of Arts and Letters, Turner College of Business and University College. The featured speaker is University System of Georgia Board of Regents Chair Richard Tucker. Maxine Schiffman, a Schwob School of Music benefactor, will receive an honorary degree. The afternoon ceremony will feature state Sen. Seth Harp, R-Midland, speaking to degree recipients from the College of Education and College of Science. For more information, go to http://graduation.colstate.edu/ or call 706-568-2030.

For the first time, Columbus State will produce and make available DVDs of the graduation ceremonies. Copies will be sold through the university’s Center for Quality Teaching and Learning. For more information, call 706-565-3645 or go to http://graduation.colstate.edu/.

DEC. 14 - Oxbow Meadows Workshop: ‘Attracting Winter Birds’
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will present a Second Sunday series workshop, “Attracting Winter Birds,” on Sunday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. A 2 p.m. session for all ages will be followed by a 3:30 p.m. session for adults. The program will debunk myths about birdfeeding and demonstrate how to attract different species for watching and feeding while minimizing visits by squirrels, rodents and starlings. The program also will show how to cut cost through seed and feeder selection and how to protect feeding stations. Admission is $5 adults and $2 children (10 and under). For more information, call 706-687-4090, e-mail: elc_programs@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

DEC. 16 – New Student Orientation
Columbus State will hold an orientation on Tuesday for all new students accepted to the university for spring 2009. Check-in is 8 a.m. on the second floor of the Davidson Student Center. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and cover campus resources and organizations and academic policies and procedures. Fees are $40 per student and $15 per guest. For more information, call 706-568-2273 or go to http://orientation.colstate.edu.

DEC. 18-20 – NCAA Men’s Basketball: CSU Holiday Classic
The Columbus State men’s basketball squad will compete with two other teams in the CSU Holiday Classic, Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 18-20, at the Lumpkin Center. The matchups are Mars Hill vs. Montevallo, 7 p.m. Thursday; CSU vs. Mars Hill, 7 p.m. Friday; and CSU vs. Montevallo, 4 p.m Saturday. 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.