CSU Happenings for Feb. 22-March 1

FEB. 22 – Black Applause Banquet
CSU will hold its 25th annual Black Applause Banquet on Friday in the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. A CSU Black History Month tradition, the event will feature a 6:30 p.m. reception,dinner at 7 p.m., recognitions of outstanding local high school and CSU students and presentation of the Dr. John Townsend Achievement Award to Columbus City Manager Isaiah Hugley. Named in honor of CSU’s first African-American student, the Townsend award recognizes outstanding community and-or professional service and achievement. The keynote speaker will be Columbus attorney Michael Eddings. Admission only with advanced-ticket purchase (5 p.m. Thursday deadline). For more information, call 706-568-2273.

FEB. 22 – Faculty Voice Recital
CSU Schwob School of Music faculty vocalist Melissa Fontaine will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. A soprano, Fontaine has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 23 - High School Students to Compete in Math Tournament
More than 200 students representing 12 high schools in west central Georgia and east central Alabama will compete Saturday in the annual CSU Invitational Mathematics Tournament. Sponsored by the CSU Department of Mathematics, the daylong event will involve a 1-2:30 p.m. ciphering competition, also called “the speed round,” and 3 p.m. awards ceremony. Both are in Stanley Hall, room 203 and open to the public. For more information, call 706-568-2292 or visit http://math.colstate.edu/tournament.

FEB. 23 - Hispanic-Latino Youth College Conference
CSU will host its third annual Hispanic/Latino Youth College Conference from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Walk-in registrations will be accepted at 8 a.m. in the Center for Commerce and Technology main lobby. The event targets Hispanic and Latino prospective college students and their parents to help the students prepare for college. Workshops will cover entrance exam preparation, financial aid, applying for scholarships and more. The event is supported by CSU’s Hispanic Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 706-507-8852.

FEB. 23-24 – NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts Augusta State
The CSU baseball squad will host Augusta State for a three-game series Saturday and Sunday at Ragsdale Field. Game times are 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission per day is $5 for adults, $3 for students (age 5 through college) and free with CSU or Cougar Club member ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 23-24 - Guitar Competition and Symposium
Classical guitarists of all levels and ages will participate in the ninth annual CSU Guitar Competition and Symposium Saturday and Sunday at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, The event will involve guest artist concerts, master classes, lectures, and an international competition with divisions for middle school through professional levels. Admission is free to the events, excluding the featured, evening concerts. “The event has become one of the premier events of its kind in America and is widely recognized in the international guitar community.” said the festival’s founder and director, CSU Assistant Professor Andrew Zohn, For more details on the competition and symposium, go to http://music.colstate.edu/events/guitar or call Zohn at 706-649-7295 or by email at zohn_andrew@ColumbusState.edu.

FEB. 23 - Guitar Symposium Concert to Feature Columbus Symphony
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a concert highlighting its 2008 CSU Guitar Symposium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. Under the baton of conductor George del Gobbo, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra will perform with CSU faculty guitarist and symposium director Andrew Zohn and the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet. For ticket information, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 24 – NCAA Tennis: CSU Hosts Armstrong Atlantic State
CSU’s men’s and women’s tennis squads will host Armstrong Atlantic State on Sunday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches start at 11 a.m.. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to htpp://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 24 – Guitar Competition and Symposium Guest Artist Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a recital by the Rucco-James Duo, as part of the 2008 CSU Guitar Competition and Symposium, at 7 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Pasquale Rucco and Douglas James perform contemporary classical pieces and are internationally recognized authorities in the early Romantic style, with a repertoire featuring early 19th century guitar duo masterpieces. For ticket prices, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 25 – Student Voice Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student voice recital by soprano Jacquelyn Klarenbeek at 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

FEB. 27 – CSU-Augusta State NCAA Basketball Doubleheader
CSU will host Augusta State for a pair of NCAA basketball games on Wednesday 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 htpp://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 27-29 –Conference to Feature Concerts by Southeast Bands
RiverCenter for the Performing Arts will teem with high school, college and community bands from around the Southeast Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 27-29 as CSU, for the first time, hosts the biennial conference for the Southern Division College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and National Band Association. While the National Band Association will bring top high school and community band musicians and conductors, the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) side of the conference will feature the CSU Wind Ensemble and seven other Southeast college bands selected for the conference. Collectively the bands will perform 16 full concerts, all free and open to the public. For more information on the conference, including a full schedule, go to http://www.coastal.edu/cbdnasouth/index.html or call 706-649-7252.

FEB. 27 –CSU Wind Ensemble and Choral Union
An 8:30 p.m. Wednesday concert in Legacy Hall by the CSU Wind Ensemble and CSU Choral Union is among 16 free performances that are part of the Feb. 27-29 biennial conference for the Southern Division College Band Directors National Association and National Band Association. The wind ensemble, conducted by Professor Robert Rumbelow, and the choral union with conductor Constantina Tsolainou, the Paul S. and Jean R. Amos Faculty Chair and Director of Choral Activities, will perform works by David Gillingham (resident composer for the conference), Igor Stravinsky, Johannes Brahms and Karel Husa. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7252 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

MARCH 1 – Middle Grades Science Olympiad at CSU
Teams of students representing schools in the greater Columbus area and west central Georgia will compete in a Division B (Grades 6-9) regional Science Olympiad competition from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 1 in Stanley and Lenoir halls at Columbus State University. Twenty-three different events will include robot and trajectory-related competitions. An awards ceremony will take place at about 4 p.m. Winning teams will advance to a March 29 state finals at Augusta State University. For more information, contact CSU biology professor Ken Gafford at 706-562-1471.

MARCH 1 – Astronomy Night at Roosevelt State Park
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program Saturday, March 1 at Roosevelt State Park near Pine Mountain. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a planetarium presentation followed by planet viewing and stargazing through telescopes. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-1470.