CSU Happenings for Dec. 4-13

DEC. 4-5 - Lunch with Santa, Holiday Theatre for Local Kids
Columbus State University is hosting about 1.500 children (ages 3-7), their parents, and teachers and workers from area day care centers and elementary schools for a two-day “Lunch with Santa” event on the second floor of the Davidson Student Center. Activities will run 10 a.m.-1 p..m. both Thursday and Friday.

The kids will interact with Santa and experience a holiday-theme performance by CSU theatre students in the Davidson auditorium. Burger King is providing lunch. The event is staged by Columbus State’s Alumni Association and Department of Theatre, with volunteer support from several student groups. Proceeds from the event will benefit both theatre and alumni scholarship funds.

DEC. 4 - CSU Jazz Band and Jazz Combo
The CSU Jazz Band and Jazz Combo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Professor Shirantha Beddage will direct the ensembles through a program of traditional and contemporary works by Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Maria Schneider and others. General admission is $5; $2 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and free with CSU ID. For tickets, contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

DEC. 5 - Early Registration Fee Payment Deadline
Friday at 5 p.m. is the fee payment deadline for students registered for spring 2009 classes at CSU. For more information, call 706-507-8800 or go to http://registration.colstate.edu.

DEC. 5 - Student Violin Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by violinist Sara Beth Flink at 5 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. 5 - Student ‘Comedy Showcase’
Columbus State’s Student Activities Council will stage a Comedy Showcase at 8 p.m. Friday in the Universiity Hall auditorium. General admission is $3 and free for CSU students. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

DEC. 5 - Senior Acting Recital
Columbus State’s Department of Theatre will present a senior acting recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Theatre and Art Complex’s studio theatre on the RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus. Students Ethan Everett, Katie Truett and Michael Whitten will perform. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-507-8415.

DEC. 5 - Empire Brass Master Class
Empire Brass, noted for a repertoire ranging from Bach and Handel to jazz and Broadway, will present a masterclass at 7:30 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The quintet has performed regularly around North America., Asia and Europe and has a series of best-selling recordings. The program, presented by Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

DEC. 6 - ‘Legacy Live’ Concert: Empire Brass with CSU Vocalists
Columbus States’s Schwob School of Music will present Empire Brass in a “Legacy Live” series concert at 2 p.m. Saturday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is $20. For tickets, including discount information, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For additional information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

DEC. 6 - Student Violin Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by violinist Anjuli Coe at 5 p.m. Saturday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

DEC. 6 - Astronomy Night
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program on Saturday at the center, 701 Front Ave., Columbus. The program will open with a 6 p.m. planetarium presentation, followed by planet viewing and stargazing at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

DEC. 7 - Percussion Studio Recital
Students of Columbus State faculty percussionist Paul Vaillancourt perform solo works for marimba, timpani and percussion at 4 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

DEC. 8 - Guitar Studio Recital
Columbus State student guitarists will perform solo works from 400 years of classical repertoire at 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

DEC. 9 - Lecture: ‘What the New Administration Means to the Constitution’
Columbus State’s political science department and One Columbus will present “What the New (Obama) Aministration Means to the Constitution” from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 in room 237 of the Center for Commerce and Technology on the CSU campus. The lecture closes the four-part series “The Constitution Then and Now: What it Means to Us and Why.” Admission is free. For more information, call Rabbi Max Roth at 706-596-8005.

DEC. 9 - CSU Philharmonic
The CSU Philharmonic will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. Schwob School of Music Director Fred Cohen and Professor Robert Rumbelow will conduct a program that includes Howard Hanson’s “Romantic Symphony,” Borodin’s “Polovetsian Dances” and Dvorak’s “Serenade for Strings.” General admission is $5; $2 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and free with CSU ID. For tickets, contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

DEC. 10 - Water Quality Improvement Workshop
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center and Columbus Water Works will present a “Roaring Branch Watershed” water quality workshop starting 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10 in the Columbus Water Works board room, 1421 Veterans Parkway, Columbus. The program is free and will showcase Columbus Water Works’ real-time water quality monitoring stations on Roaring Branch and at the Lake Oliver drinking water intake. For more information, call 706-687-4090.

DEC. 10 - Student Recitals
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a graduate-student recital by organist James Stanley at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. At 7:30 p.m. the same evening in Studio Theatre, violinist Elizabeth MacCorquodale will give a recital. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

DEC. 11 - 10th and Broadway Clarinet Quartet
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a performance by the student ensemble, the 10th and Broadway Clarinet Quartet, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

DEC. 12 - Horn Choir and Trombone Choir: Holiday Concert
The CSU horn and trombone choirs will perform a holiday concert at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 in RiverCenter’s Grand Lobby. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.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, Dec. 12 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 for 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 Ceremony
Columbus State will hold fall 2008 graduation ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 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 involve 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.