CSU Happenings for Feb. 11-20, 2011

  Feb. 11-12 - Silent Art Auction Fundraiser at Cunningham Center
Columbus State's Cunningham Center for Leadership Development is holding a silent art auction until 4 p.m. today and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with its March 15-16 Women's Leadership Conference. Proceeds will help defray the conference registration cost for those qualifying for assistance. The auction features 51 works by local women artists, ranging from an original portrait that can be commissioned of your pets or a family member to original oils, watercolors, prints and African art. For more information call 706-568-5101 or go to http://cunningham.columbusstate.edu/index.php.

Feb. 11-13 - NCAA Women's Softball
Columbus State University is presenting 13 NCAA women’s softball games over three days in the Hughston Sports Clinic Classic through Sunday at Lady Cougar Field. See schedule, right. Daily 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.

FEB. 12 - Nature Walk at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center presents a guided nature walk 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. The walk will highlight plants, birds and other wildlife along Oxbow’s wetland trails. Field glasses and field guides are available, or participants are welcome to bring their own. The program is free. For more information, call 706-687-4090.

Feb. 12 - Middle School Students to Compete in Science Olympiad

Columbus State University will host a Science Olympiad regional tournament for area middle school students 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. A 4 p.m. awards ceremony in the Davidson Student Center auditorium follows the competition. For more information, call 706-565-7874, e-mail carroll_jill@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://scienceolympiad.colstate.edu/.

Feb. 12, 16 and 18 - NCAA Tennis
The CSU men's tennis squad hosts Morehouse 1 p.m. Saturday and Georgia Southwestern 2 p.m. Wednesday. The CSU women's squad hosts West Georga 2 p.m. Friday. Admission is free to the matches at the Blackmon Tennis Center. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

Feb. 13 - Primer for Great Backyard Bird Count at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center presents a birding demonstration 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 to prepare “citizen scientists” for the 14th annual Great Backyard Bird Count across North America. Following the demonstration, local birding experts will lead a hike through the wetland trails at Oxbow Meadows. Admission is $3 and free for kids age 3 and under. For more information, call 706-687-4090.

Feb. 13 - CSU Voice Studio Performance
The CSU Voice Studio, comprised of students of professor Earl Coleman, present an afternoon of opera, arts songs and musical theatre selections 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program will include Six Elizabethan Songs by American composer Dominick Argent. Students of Coleman, the Schwob School of Music's William and Isabelle Curry Eminent Scholar Chair in Voice, have won national, state, and local voice competitions. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail: schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

Feb. 15, 20 - NCAA Women's Softball
Columbus State's softball squad is in action for the following home doubleheaders:
* Feb. 15: Carson Newman, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
* Feb. 20: Francis Marion, noon and 2 p.m.
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.

Feb. 16 - NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball
Columbus State's women's and men's basketball squads hosts Clayton State for a doubleheader on Wednesday. Tip-off times are  5:30 p.m. (women), 7:30 p.m. (men). 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.

Feb. 16 - Red Cross Blood Drive
Columbus State's ROTC is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday on the upper mezzanine of the Lumpkin Center. Register online for an appointment. For more information, call 706-568-2058.

Feb. 17 - African-American Read-In
CSU Libraries
celebrates Black History Month with an African-American Read-In 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 in the Schwob Library. Columbus State faculty, staff and students will read from their favorite works by African-American authors. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-568-2042.

Feb. 17 - Environmental Policy Lecture
Columbus State University geology professor William Frazier will give a talk, “A Sea of Troubles: Polluting the Global Ocean,” 6:30 pm. Thursday, Feb. 17 in CSU’s Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium. The program is free and open to the public. The program is part of the Environmental Policy Lecture Series presented by CSU’s Department of Political Science and MPA Program. For more information, call 706-562-1697.

Feb. 17-19 - Carson McCullers Conference, Birthday Celebration
Columbus State's McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians will celebrate the work and life of a Columbus native and iconic author, by staging the Carson McCullers Interdisciplinary Conference and 94th Birthday Celebration Feb. 17-19 in different venues in downtown Columbus. Programs will include lectures and panel discussions by scholars from around the world, a one-woman play by singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega (8 p.m. Friday in The Spring Opera House, Foley Hall) and a closing ceremony, 7 p.m. Saturday, Foley Hall, featuring food plus music by the Jake Leg Stompers. Earlier on Saturday, a "McCullers at Midtown" bus tour will depart the Marriott Hotel parking lot at 1:30 p.m. and include film screenings at Wynnton School. The tour is free. The remainder of the conference and celebration costs $100 per person. For more information, go to http://www.mccullerscenter.org or call 706-565-4021.

Feb. 17 - CSU Wind Orchestra
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents the CSU Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Jamie L. Nix,  in concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program features Gustav Holst’s 2nd Suite in F in celebration of its 100th anniversary. Sean Powell, head of instrumental music education for the Schwob school, will conduct the orchestra through Warren Benson’s The Leaves are Falling, faculty trombonist Bradley Palmer joins the orchestra for Sammy Nestico’s Reflective Mood. and the concert closes with Frank Ticheli’s Blue Shades. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail: schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

Feb. 18 - Legacy Celebration Banquet to Debut
Columbus State University is starting a new tradition of celebrating achievement that promotes CSU’s cultural diversity through its inaugural Legacy Celebration Banquet 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 in the new Student Recreation Center. The program will feature keynote speaker Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., and recognitions of achievement by Hispanic, African-American and international students, and accomplishments related to servant leadership, women’s and GLBTQ causes. Awards recognizing humanitarian and faith-based achievement also will be presented. Admission costs $20 per person or $125 per eight-seat table. For CSU students, the cost is $10 per seat or $60 per table. Tickets can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore or online at http://minority.colstate.edu/legacycelebration.asp. For more information call 706-568-2273.

Feb. 19 - Astronomy Night at Space Science Center
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will hold an Astronomy Night program of stargazing and planet viewing on Saturday, Feb. 19 at the center, 701 Front Ave. The program opens with a 7 p.m. planetarium presentation, followed by telescope viewing at 8 p.m.  For more information, call 706-649-1477 or go to http://www.ccssc.org 

Feb. 19-20 - NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts Barton College
Columbus State's baseball squad hosts Barton College for games at Ragsdale Field starting 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 and noon Sunday, Feb. 20. 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.

Feb. 20 - Faculty Chamber Concert
Columbus State’s Schwob school of music presents a faculty chamber concert titled "Brahms and Schubert Masterworks" 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20. Performers will be Schwob school professors Alexander Kobrin, piano; Sergiu Schwartz, violin; Zoran Jakovcic, viola; Wendy Warner, cello; Alexander Pershounin, bass; and soprano Michelle DeBruyn. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail: schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu

ONGOING - Visiting Artist Exhibitions
Columbus State’s Department of Art is hosting exhibitions through Feb. 26 by recent and current artists in residence at CSU. The concurrent shows are Mark Clare’s “Remote Control,” a mixed-media social commentary inspired by the military, and “In-Out,” works in various mediums by current resident artists Frank Poor and Kristy Deetz, and Deborah Aschheim, whose architectural drawings depicting historic downtown Columbus sites were created during her fall 2010 residency. The London-born Clare, who lives in Ireland, produced his work during his February 2010 CSU residency.  Illges Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday; and  11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, go to http://art.colstate.edu/ or call 706-507-8300.