CSU Happenings for Feb. 20-28

FEB. 20-21 – Closing Weekend for CSU Theatre's 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'
Columbus State University's Department of Theatre will stage The Cripple of Inishmaan at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in CSU Theatre on the Park Studio. 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. Friday morning, the show was sold out. Contact the box office at 706-507-8444 for more information.

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 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. 21-22 - Tree Identification Workshops at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will present 'This Bud's For You: February Tree Identification' at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. CSU's Environmental Learning Center staff 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. 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. 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. For more information, call 706-507-8464 or e-mail carroll_jill@ColumbusState.edu.

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.

FEB. 23-28 - Homecoming Week Activities
Themed 'Winner Takes All,' Columbus State's 2009 homecoming celebration will involve several activities Monday through Saturday:

• Monday: 'Ultimate Gaming Experience' (Combat Zone Laser Tag, in the Gym Annex) and (Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 gaming in the Davidson Student Center lounge), 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; night-student appreciation (food and giveaways), 5:45-7:30 p.m., Howard Hall and Center for Commerce and Technology; student flag (in Lumpkin Center) and faculty-staff office-door (around campus) competition entries on display; 'Mr. & Miss Housing Pageant,' 7 p.m., Davidson auditorium

• Tuesday: Homecoming lunch (including trivia contest and giveaways), 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Davidson cafeteria; RiverPark campus night-student appreciation, 5:45-7:30 p.m.; Intramural basketball All-Star Night (includes slam dunk,three-point shooting contests), 7 p.m., Woodruff Gym

• Wednesday: Dodgeball tournament, (open to faculty-staff, as well as students), 12:30 p.m. (sign up at 12:15 p.m.), Gym Annex; 'Find the Cougar' competition (student organizations compete)

• Thursday: Golf cart parade, 12:30-1 p.m., clock tower-through-main campus route; Homecoming Ball, 8 p.m.-midnight, Cunningham Center

• Friday: Bonfire and pep rally (music DJ, giveaways, team introductions, cheerleader performance), 7-9 p.m., parking lot behind the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center

• Saturday: Tailgating/hamburger cook-off, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Lumpkin Center parking lot; softball doubleheader: CSU vs. Francis Marion, noon, Lady Cougar Field; baseball doubleheader: CSU vs. West Florida, 1 p.m., Ragsdale Field; basketball doubleheader: CSU vs. UNC Pembroke, 2 p.m. (women), 4 p.m. (men), Lumpkin Center.

• Between basketball games: homecoming court introductions and homecoming week competition results

• CSU alumni game day activities (call 706-568-2280 for more information): campus tour, 1 p.m., from Lumpkin Center; children's activities in designated area, 2-5:30 p.m., Lumpkin Center; alumni and Silver C Society reception (honoring class of 1984), between basketball games in President's room

For more on homecoming week, go to http://studentlife.colstate.edu/homecoming/index.asp or call 706-568-2273.

FEB. 23 - Violin Studio Gala Concert
Columbus State's Schwob School of Music will present 'Bravissimo,' a violin studio gala concert, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. Sergiu Schwartz, the William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Faculty Chair in Violin, will be joined by award winning CSU violin students in a concert of romantic and virtuoso works from the violin repertoire. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 24 - NCAA Softball: CSU Hosts Georgia Southwestern
Columbus State will host Georgia Southwestern for a NCAA softball doubleheader on Tuesday Feb. 24 at Lady Cougar Field. Game times are 3 p.m. and 5 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. 25 - NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts Albany State
Columbus State will host Albany State for a NCAA baseball game at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 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. 26 – NCAA Men's Tennis: CSU Hosts Morehouse
Columbus State's men's tennis squad will host Morehouse on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches start at 1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 26 - Choral Concert
Columbus State's Schwob School of Music will present a concert by the Chamber Singers and Concert Chorale at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. Graduate student Terrance Green will conduct a program of works by Pergolesi, Faure, Durufle, Thompson and Barber. 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. 27 - Black Applause Banquet
Columbus State will hold its 26th annual Black Applause Banquet on Friday, Feb. 27 in the Cunningham Center's Blanchard Hall. A 6:30 p.m. reception will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. A CSU Black History Month tradition, the event will feature recognitions of outstanding local high school and CSU students and the presentation of the Dr. John Townsend Achievement Award to a local individual or service group, in honor of Townsend, the first African American to enroll at CSU. The keynote speaker will be state Sen. Emanuel Jones, president-owner of Legacy Chevrolet in Columbus. The event is presented by CSU's Office of Diversity Programs and Services. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

FEB. 27 - Student Organ Recital
Columbus State's Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by organist Helen Wiley at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 28 - Bird Walk at Oxbow Meadows Columbus State's Oxbow Meadows
Environmental Learning Center will host a 'Bird Walk' from 8-9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 along the trails at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. 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. 28-March 1 - International Guitar Competition and Symposium
Columbus State's Schwob School of Music will host its 10th annual CSU Guitar Competition and Symposium on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1 at RiverCenter. Classical guitarists of all levels, and from around the world, will gather for guest artist concerts, masterclasses, lectures and an international competition with divisions for middle school and professional levels. For more information, go to http://music.colstate.edu/events/guitar or contact Andrew Zohn at 706-649-7295 or by e-mail at zohn_andrew@ColumbusState.edu.

FEB. 28 - Guitar Symposium Concert by Duo Spiritoso and SoloDuo
Columbus State's Schwob School of Music will present classical guitar performances by Duo Spiritoso and SoloDuo Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. The concert is part of the 10th annual CSU Guitar Competition and Symposium.

Duo Spiritoso's Jeffrey McFadden and Andrew Zohn have performed together since 2004, drawing reviews, such as from Guitar Magazine: 'Their shared musical sensibilities, technical prowess and unwavering standards provided a performance that was at once audacious, dynamic, moving and powerful.' Zohn, a Schwob school faculty artist, is the symposium's founding director. SoloDuo features Italy's Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli, who have performed worldwide since 2000. Admission is $20. For ticket information,call contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information on the symposium, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu/events/guitar.