CSU Happenings for Feb. 12-22

FEB. 12-15 & 20-21 - CSU Theatre Staging 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'
Columbus State University's Department of Theatre is staging the comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan this weekend and the following weekend, Feb. 20-21, in the Studio at CSU Theatre on the Park. Curtain times both weekends are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 15). Written by Martin McDonagh in the tradition of Irish storytelling. the plot's setting is a remote island in 1934 off the coast of Ireland where a Hollywood producer has arrived to make a film and draws 'Cripple Billy' from the nearby town of Inishmaan to vie for a role, and the town's diverse and eccentric citizens watch ravenously to see what happens. General admission is $15; $13 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni; and free for CSU faculty and staff (limit 2) and students (limit one). Contact the box office at 706-507-8444. For more information, call 706-507-8415.

FEB. 13 - Student Violin Recital
Columbus State's Schwob School of Music will present a student violin recital by Kristen Wright at 7 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter's Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

Feb. 14-15 - Bird Walks at Oxbow Meadows: 'Rusty Blackbird Blitz'
Columbus State's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host weekend 'Bird Walks' from 8-9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. CSU ornithologist Annie Crary will guide these walks themed 'Rusty Blackbird Blitz' and focused on finding Rusty Blackbirds. The cost is $4 per person, and the program is structured for adults and children 10 and older. Binoculars and bird field guides will be provided. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 14-16 - 'Great Backyard Bird Count' at Oxbow Meadows
The Environmental Learning Center at Oxbow Meadows will be one of several sites for the 'Great Backyard Bird Count' from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday through Monday across the United States and Canada. Bird watchers of all ages can participate in this annual effort to count birds to create a real-time snap shot of 'where the birds are across of North America.' The data helps researchers understand bird population trends,which is critical for effective conservation. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 14 - 'Bees and Beekeeping' Demonstration at Oxbow Meadows
Jim Harris of the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association will present 'Bees and Beekeeping' at 10 a.m. Saturday at Columbus State's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. The program is structured for adults and children 10 and older. Reservations are required. Donations at the door are requested. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 14 - NCAA Men's Tennis: CSU Hosts Samford
Columbus State's men's tennis squad will host Samford on Saturday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB.14-15 - NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts Philadelphia
Columbus State will host Philadelphia (Penn.) University in a three-game NCAA baseball series Saturday and Sunday at Ragsdale Field. Game times are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Daily 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.

FEB. 16 & 21-22 - Tree Identification Workshops at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will stage 'This Bud's For You: February Tree Identification' at 3 p.m. Monday, plus 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21-22. Experts from the Georgia Forestry Commission and Trees Columbus (Monday), plus CSU's Environmental Learning Center staff (Feb. 21-22) will show how to identify a tree when its branches are bare by applying the '3-B's' of winter tree identification: bark, branching and buds. The workshops also will explore winter fruit, seeds and twigs.

The programs are structured for adults and children 10 and older at $4 per person. Reservations are required. Call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 16 – CSU-GCSU NCAA Basketball Doubleheader
Columbus State will host Georgia College and State University for an NCAA basketball doubleheader on Monday in the Lumpkin Center. The women's contest tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m. 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.

FEB. 16 - Concert to Feature Works of Guest Composer Derek Bermel
The CSU Percussion Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra and faculty artists Lisa Oberlander (clarinet), Andre Gaskins (cello) and Brad Palmer (trombone) will perform a concert featuring the works of guest composer Derek Bermel at 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. Bermell, a 2009 composer-in-residence with CSU's McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, is a composer, clarinetist and conductor noted for incorporating various facets of world music, funk and jazz into classical music. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the prestigious Rome Prize. Admission prices are $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.

FEB. 17 - Student Cello Recital
Columbus State's Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by cellist Jack Musick at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in RiverCenter's Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 18 - NCAA Softball: CSU Home Opener
Columbus State will host West Florida for an NCAA softball doubleheader on Wednesday at Lady Cougar Field. Game times are 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. 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.

FEB. 18 - NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts Montevallo
Columbus State will host Montevallo for an NCAA baseball game at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Ragsdale Field. 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.

FEB. 19 - CSU Wind Orchestra
The CSU Wind Orchestra,conducted by assistant professor Sean Powell, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. Admission prices are $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.

FEB. 20 – NCAA Women's Tennis: CSU Hosts Clayton State
Columbus State's women's tennis squad will host Clayton State on Friday, Feb. 20 at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 20 - Guest Clarinetist David Singer
Columbus State's Schwob School of Music will present a performance featuring guest clarinetist David Singer at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. Singer, co-principal clarinetist of New York City's Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and chair of the Woodwind Department at Montclair State University (N.J.), will perform with CSU faculty artists Gila Goldstein (piano), Andre Gaskins (cello) and Sergiu Schwartz (violin). The program will include works by Poulenc, Cohen, Brahms and Bartok. Admission prices are $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.

FEB. 21 - Schwob School of Music's Children's Open House
Columbus State's Schwob School of Music will stage a children's open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Saunders Center for Music Studies in RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. CSU music students will present games and an 'Instrument Petting Zoo,' where kids can touch, see and hear various instruments. Also, the CSU Philharmonic will perform children's classics between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The event is free and intended for children ages 4-14, accompanied by a parent. For more information, call 706-649-7225.

FEB. 21 - Science Olympiad for Middle Grades
Columbus State will host a 2009 Science Olympiad regional tournament for area middle school students from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, February 21. Competitions will take place in Lenoir and Stanley halls, plus Woodruff Gym. A 4 p.m. awards ceremony will take place in the University Hall auditorium. CSU faculty members and students will supervise 23 events involving biology, computers, chemistry and physics. Directed by Columbus State chemistry professor Anil Banerjee, with assistant director and biology professor Katey Sellers, the competition will involve 14 teams from 12 middle schools, including eight Columbus-area schools.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Science Olympiad, which aims to improve the quality of science education and provide recognition for those who excel in science. For more information, contact Jill Carroll at 706-507-8464 or carroll_jill@ColumbusState.edu, or go to http://scienceolympiad.colstate.edu. During the competition, media and other guests seeking information, can receive assistance at Clearview II, behind Lenoir Hall, across Clearview Circle.

FEB. 21 – CSU-USC Aiken NCAA Basketball Doubleheader
Columbus State will host USC Aiken for a pair of NCAA basketball games on Saturday, Feb. 21 in the Lumpkin Center. The women's contest tips off at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4 p.m. Admission prices are $5 for adults; $3 for students/kids (including non-CSU students); and free for age 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.

FEB. 21 – Astronomy Night at Roosevelt State Park
CSU's Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program of stargazing and planet viewing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

FEB. 22 - Faculty Voice Recital by Constantina Tsolainou
Columbus State's Schwob School of Music will present a faculty voice recital by Constantina Tsolainou at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. Tsolainou, the Paul S. and Jean R. Amos Faculty Chair in Music and Director of Choral Activities, will perform a program titled Love Songs, Folk Songs, and Hums with works by Strauss, Canteloube, Sargon and Jeffers. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 22 - Guest Euphonium Recital
Columbus State's Schwob School of Music will present a guest euphonium recital by Demondrae Thurman at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 in RiverCenter's Studio Theatre. Thurman, a low brass professor at the University of Alabama, will perform a program for euphonium and piano. Admission prices are $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.