CSU Happenings for Dec. 7-17

DEC. 7 - Christmas Flavors From Around the World
The CSU Hispanic Association (CHISPA) will host its second annual Christmas Flavors from Around the World event from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday in the International House at 6 Clearview Circle. Guests can sample cuisine from Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Germany, El Salvador and other nations and register for door prizes including movie tickets and restaurant gift certificates. The event also will feature a performance by the CSU Euphonium Tuba Choir. Admission is $5 at the door and in advance by contacting Paola Machado, recruiter and CHISPA adviser at 706-507-8852 or e-mail chispa@ColumbusState.edu. Proceeds support the Muscogee County School District’s English as a Second Language program.

DEC. 8 – Baseball Camp
CSU Athletics will host a baseball camp for ages 14-18 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Ragsdale Field on the CSU campus. A team of coaches headed by CSU baseball head coach Greg Appleton will provide pitching and hitting instruction. The cost is $80 per person. For more information, call the CSU baseball office at 706-568-2444.

DEC. 8 – NCAA Basketball Doubleheader to Culminate Toy Collection Drive
An NCAA basketball doubleheader in the Lumpkin Center on Saturday will feature the CSU women’s squad playing Fort Valley State at 2 p.m., followed by the CSU men and West Florida at 4 p.m. The games also will culminate the CSU Student Athlete Advisory Committee’s Toys for Tots campaign. The committee is collecting toy donations from drop locations at the Lumpkin Center, Howard Hall, Davidson Student Center the Schwob Library. Game 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. 9 – Second Sunday Series at Oxbow: ‘Holiday Decorations’
CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will feature Natural Holiday Decorations as its Second Sunday series program topic for Sunday, Dec. 9. The program begins at 2 p.m. and will include take-home tree decorations made from pine cones, acorns, feathers and other natural sources. Admission is $2 per person and free for ages 3 and under. The center is located at 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

DEC. 15 – Fall Graduation Ceremony
CSU will hold its fall 2007 graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in the Lumpkin Center. The featured speaker will be Patrick “Pat” Pittard, a member of the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents. The ceremony also will feature an honorary degree presentation to Thomas Buck Jr., a senior member of the CSU Foundation Board of Trustees. Seating for guests will begin at 8:30 a.m. and shuttles will be available to transport guests from main campus parking lots. The CSU Bookstore will have items available for purchase before the ceremony on the second floor lobby of the Lumpkin Center. For more information, call 706-568-2030.

DEC. 17 – New Student Orientation
CSU will hold an orientation on Monday, Dec. 17 for all new students accepted to the university for spring 2008. Check-in is at 8 a.m. in the Davidson Student Center. The program will begin at 9 a.m., covering campus resources, organizations, academic policies and procedures. Fees are $35 per student and $15 per guest. For more information, call 706-568-2273 or go to http://orientation.colstate.edu.