CSU Happenings for Dec. 2-11

DEC. 2 - CSU Wind Ensemble
The CSU Wind Ensemble performs a concert themed “Indestructible Spirit,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program, with faculty conductor Jamie Nix and faculty trumpetist Robert Murray, includes works by Kabalevsky, Walczyk and Puts. The concert also includes Steven Bryant’s Ecstatic Waters, which incorporates a computerized blend of acoustic and electronic sounds. The program is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu.

DEC. 3 - Holiday Concert
The Schwob School of Music's CSU Trombone Choir and CSU Horn Choir perform holiday music 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 in RiverCenter’s Grand Lobby. The program is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu.

DEC. 3 - Guest Percussion-Clarinet Duo

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents New York-based artists Tom Kolor (percussion) and Jean Kopperud (clarinet and bass clarinet) in a performance 7:30 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. The program is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu.

DEC. 4 - Double Reed Day Features Oboe-Bassoon Massed Choir

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents Double Reed Day 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. The program, follows an afternoon of master classes and reprises a tradition from 18th-century London as CSU and guest oboe and bassoon players perform in a massed choir. The program is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu.

DEC. 4 -  More Pedal, Less Metal at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center provides breakfast, hot chocolate, free cycling giveaways and a bike maintenance presentation starting 10 a.m. Saturday for cyclists arriving at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, for this gathering. For more information, call 706-657-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

DEC. 5 - CSU Chorale and Philharmonic Perform Holiday Program

The CSU Choral Union and members of the CSU Philharmonic present the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Constantina Tsolainou, CSU’s Paul S. and Jean R. Amos Distinguished Chair in Music conducts as the program includes alumni soloists and guest artists. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

DEC. 6 - CSU Guitar Studio

Schwob School of Music student guitarists will perform a CSU Guitar Studio concert 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

DEC. 7-17 - Senior Thesis Exhibition

Columbus State’s Department of Art presents a senior thesis exhibition, Ars Gratia Artis (Latin for Art for Art’s Sake) by students Taylor Deane and Adam Haney, Dec. 7-17 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. 7 - NCAA Men’s Basketball

Columbus State’s men’ s basketball squad hosts Alabama-Huntsville 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7  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. 9 - Bass Trombonist James Markey

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a performance by James Markey, bass trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, 7:30 p..m. Thursday, Dec. 9 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. CSU Collaborative Pianist Yien Wang and the CSU Trombone Octet will join the performance, which completes Markey’s CSU residency that involved recording with the CSU Trombone Ensemble and mentoring trombone students. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

DEC. 10 - Fall Graduation at Civic Center

Columbus State’s fall graduation ceremony takes place 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 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 Meadow
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Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center hosts the following programs on Saturday, Dec. 11:
* 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.
* Oxbow 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, Dec. 11 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, Dec. 11 for its Senior Thesis Exhibition in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Bay Gallery. The exhibition, Ars Gratia 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.