CSU Happenings for Dec. 4-12

DEC. 4 - Lunch With Santa at CSU Theatre on the Park
Columbus State University is hosting invited children, ages 3-7, from area day care centers and elementary schools, for the second and final day of “Lunch with Santa” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at CSU Theatre on the Park in downtown Columbus. Prior to a lunch and appearance by Santa, a 12-student CSU theatre cast will perform Santa’s Christmas Tree at 10 and 11 a.m. both days. Proceeds will benefit CSU alumni and theatre scholarship funds. For more information, call Ray Lakes at 706-562-1654.

DEC. 4 - Christmas Flavors from Around the World
CSU’s Columbus Hispanic Association, a student organization also known as CHISPA, invites guests to sample traditional holiday foods of various countries and cultures during “Christmas Flavors from Around the World,” 6:30-9 p.m. Friday in CSU’s International House at 6 Clearview Circle. Admission is $5 and includes eligibility for door prizes. Proceeds will support CHISPA outreach activities, which include promoting higher education to, and mentoring, area Hispanic and Latino students in middle grades through high school. For more information, call 706-507-8572.

DEC. 5 - CSU Jazz Band
The CSU Jazz Band will perform 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Under the direction of Alex Pershounin, the band will perform selections ranging from classic swing to contemporary compositions. The concert is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

DEC. 7 - CSU Guitar Studio
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will feature the CSU Guitar Studio performance 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Directed by Andrew Zohn, CSU student guitarists will perform masterworks from the solo guitar repertoire. The concert is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

DEC. 8 – Winter Commencement at Civic Center
Columbus State will hold its fall graduation ceremony 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Columbus Civic Center. The speaker is state Rep. Richard A. Smith, R-Georgia. For more information, go to http://graduation.colstate.edu/.

DEC. 10 – CSU Trombone and Horn Choir Holiday Concert
The CSU Trombone and Horn Choir will present its annual performance of holiday music 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 in the Grand Lobby of RiverCenter. The program is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

DEC. 10 - Alumni Open House on RiverPark Campus
The Columbus State University Alumni Association will host an open house for CSU alumni,with a guest, to attend a 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 at CSU Theatre on the Park on the RiverPark campus. This festive holiday reception will include music, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Attire is business casual. Cost is $10 per person. RSVP at http//alumni.colstate.edu or call 706-565-4100.

DEC. 12 – NCAA Men’s Basketball
The CSU men’s basketball squad will host Dillard University, 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 in the Lumpkin Center. 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.

DEC. 12 - Lego Robotics Competition
Ten teams from around the Chattahoochee Valley will compete in a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) League event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at Columbus State University’s Cunnigham Center. Kids will compete in this Lego-based research and robotics competition co-sponsored by CSU’s TSYS School of Computer Science and Chick-fil-A. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-568-2410 or e-mail Frank Braski at braski_francis@ColumbusState.edu.

DEC. 12 – Reptile Encounter at Oxbow Meadows
CSU will stage a “Reptile Encounter at Oxbow Meadows” 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Rd., Columbus. CSU reptile expert Jason Clark will present the program, which will feature Georgia’s native reptiles, venomous and non-venomous snakes, alligators and tortoises. Clark will show how to identify venomous snakes and avoid being bitten. Admission is $5 per person. Seating is limited. For more information, call 706-687-4090.