CSU Happenings for Feb. 26-March 6, 2011

Through March 4 - 'Memory Mapping’ Exhibition by Students of Visiting Artist
Columbus State’s Department of Art is hosting an exhibition through Friday, March 4 in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Bay Gallery by CSU students who studied earlier this semester under visiting artist Frank Poor.  A sculptor from the Rhode Island College faculty, Poor participated this spring in the art department’s Visiting Artists in Residency Program. He taught the multimedia special topics course, “Memory Mapping,” which focused on connecting memory to object-making. Bay Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

Feb. 26 - Guided Nature Walk at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State staff at the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center lead a leisurely nature walk starting 8 a.m. every second and fourth Saturday along the Oxbow Meadows trails. This free program covers information about the plants, birds and other wildlife along the way. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.ColumbusState.edu/index.php.

Feb. 26 - Visitation Day for Prospective Students

Columbus State University will showcase its new recreation center and homecoming festivities for visiting high school students and their parents during Visitation Day on Saturday. Check-in is 9 a.m. in the new Student Recreation Center. Guests will take campus tours, get insight from current students and faculty and, as a bonus, receive free admission to CSU’s Homecoming 2011 basketball doubleheader that afternoon in the Lumpkin Center. In addition to Visitation Day, individual tours are available for prospective students and parents weekdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. The tours, by reservation, start at University Hall and cover both RiverPark and main campuses. Reservations for both Visitation Day and daily tours can be made online (http://www.colstate.edu/future/tour.asp) or by calling 706-507-8800.

Feb. 26 - Walk Georgia Kickoff Celebration at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will help kick off the March 6-April 30 Walk Georgia campaign by hosting a celebration starting noon Saturday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Rd., Columbus. This free program will include a pep rally led by local celebrities; warm-up exercises directed by experts from the CSU Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science; and a family-oriented bike ride led by the River Valley Regional Commission. For more information on the kick off, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.ColumbusState.edu/index.php.

Feb. 26
- Homecoming Gameday
Columbus State's 2011 Homecoming culminates with CSU hosting Montevallo University for a basketball doubleheader in the Lumpkin Center. Tailgating begins at 11 a.m. on the green space at the new recreation center. Inside the Lumpkin Center, tip-off times are 1:30 p.m. (women) and 4:30 p.m. (men). Halftime of the men’s game will feature homecoming court introductions. Between the games, CSU alumni are welcome to a “tweener” social of free food and beverages. Students will close homecoming Saturday evening with a Black and White Formal starting 7 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center. The ball is free for each student and one guest. For more information, call 706 507-8013, e-mail hembree_tinsley@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://studentlife.colstate.edu/homecoming/.

Feb. 26-27 - NCAA Women's Softball
Columbus State’s softball squad is in action for the following home dates at Lady Cougar Field:
* Saturday, Feb. 26 - Lincoln Memorial, noon and Young Harris, 4 p.m.   
* Sunday, Feb. 27 - Benedict, 3 p.m. and 5 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. 26-27 NCAA Baseball
Columbus State’s baseball squad hosts Delta State for games at 1 p.m, and 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 and 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 at Ragsdale Field. Admission per day 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. 26 - Guitar Symposium Concert

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents classical guitar performances by CSU professor Andrew Zohn and the Newman-Oltman Duo from New York  8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The concert is part of CSU's 12th annual Guitar Symposium, two days of performances, master classes, lectures and competition among guitarists from around the world. General admission to the evening concert is $20. For more information go to music.colstate.edu/events/guitar or call 706-649-7225.

Feb. 27 - Space Science Center Hosts Comic Book Show

Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will showcase comics and related collectibles, movies and more as part of a Columbus Comic Book Show 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 at the center, 701 Front Ave. Admission is $4 per person. For more information, call 706-649-1477 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

Feb. 27 - Guitar Symposium Concert

The Schwob School of Music closes its annual CSU Guitar Symposium with classical guitar performances by Xuefei Yang from China and Jan Bartlema from the Netherlands 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. General admission is $20. For more information, go to music.colstate.edu/events/guitar, or call 706-649-7225.

Feb. 28 - Guest Clarinet Duo
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a concert by the visiting clarinetists Robert Spring and Jana Starling 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The duo, from Arizona State University, has performed around the country and for international audiences. Their CSU concert is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail: schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

Feb. 28-March 1 - NCAA Women’s Golf: Lady Cougar Collegiate Classic

Columbus State’s women’s golf team hosts the 2011 Lady Cougar Collegiate Classic Monday and Tuesday at Country Club of Columbus. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

March 2 - NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts West Georgia

Columbus State’s baseball squad hosts West Georgia 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at Ragsdale Field. Admission prices are $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.

March 2 – LegacyLive Concert: Brooklyn Rider String Quartet
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a concert by the Brooklyn Rider String Quartet 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Billed as “genre defying,” the quartet is noted for an eclectic repertoire and performance style that has attracted acclaim from critics of classical, rock and world music. NPR has credited Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” Their CSU performance is part of the Schowb school’s LegacyLive concert series. Tickets are $20 or $15 for CSU faculty and staff and $10 for CSU students. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

March 3 - CSU Jazz Ensembles
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a concert by its jazz ensembles 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program will include a variety of jazz styles performed by the CSU Jazz Band and jazz combos under the direction of  professor Alexander Pershounin. Admission is free. For more information, please call 706-649-7225, Email: schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu

March 5 - Expert to Discuss Gulf Oil Spill Aftermath
Columbus State University presents "A Study of the Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill," a presentation 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5 in Stanley Hall 209A, by Ken Halanych, coordinator of the Marine Biology Program at Auburn University. Halanych and his colleagues have studied the impact of the Gulf oil spill with a $938,000 grant from the BP-Gulf of Research Initiative. Halanych will discuss the response of organisms to the oil spill, the fate and degradation of the oil and dispersants, the tracking of how oil and dispersants move through the ecosystem and the overall recovery. This free program is presented by CSU's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center,  Columbus Audubon Society and Lynn Haven Garden Club. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

March 5-6 - NCAA Tennis at CSU
The Columbus State women’s and men’s tennis squads host the following matches at the Blackmon Tennis Center:
* Saturday, March 5: Samford, 10 a.m. Saturday (men)
* Sunday, March 6: North Georgia, 1 p.m. Sunday (women and men)
For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

March 5 - Astronomy Night at Providence Canyon

Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center presents an Astronomy Night session of stargazing and planet viewing 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at Providence Canyon State Park near Lumpkin. The program is free. For more information, including driving directions, go to http://www.ccssc.org or call 706-649-1477.