CSU Happenings for Feb. 26-March 7

FEB. 26 - Black Applause Banquet
Columbus State will hold its 27th annual Black Applause Banquet on Friday 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 is Travis Chambers, real estate broker for ERA Elite Ventures Realty of Columbus. The event is presented by CSU’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

FEB. 26 - CSU Jazz Band
The CSU Jazz Band will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. The band, directed by professor Alex Pershounin, will perform pieces from a wide range of jazz styles, from classic swing to contemporary fusion. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 27 - Visitation Day for Prospective Students
Columbus State will hold a Visitation Day for prospective students and their parents starting 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Lumpkin Center. Participants will tour the university, view student apartments, get insight from current CSU students, speak with professors, attend a social event with CSU student organizations and dine in the CSU Cougar Café. For more information or to register, go to http://www.colstate.edu/future/tour.asp or call 706-507-8800.

FEB 27-28 - NCAA Baseball: Lynn
Columbus State will host Lynn University at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 and noon Sunday at Ragsdale Field. 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. 27 - NCAA Tennis
The Columbus State men’s and women’s tennis squads will host Armstrong Atlantic State starting 2 p.m. Saturday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www. csucougars.com.

FEB. 27-28 - Guitar Symposium Concerts
The Schwob School of Music will feature performances by internationally acclaimed classical guitarists as part of the 11th annual CSU Guitar Symposium Saturday and Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Saturday’s performances start 8 p.m. and feature Duo Spiritoso (Jeffrey McFadden and CSU’s Andrew Zohn), as well Chilean phenomenon Carlos Perez. Sunday’s performances begin 7:30 p.m. and feature Elliot Frank and Italy’s SoloDuo (Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela). General admission each evening is $20. For tickets, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 28 - NCAA Tennis
The Columbus State men’s and women’s tennis squads will host Flagler starting 10 a.m. Sunday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www. csucougars.com.

MARCH 1 - Ambassador to Discuss U.S. Mission in Afghanistan
Ronald E. Neumann, recently the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, will talk about the U.S. military occupation of that nation in a Hallock Lecture Series program, 7 p.m. Monday, March 1 in Columbus State’s University Hall auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. Neumann recently authored The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan, through which he recounts the problems the U.S. has caused and encountered in the Afghanistan conflict. His insight is from his 2005-2007 service as ambassador to that country and his current role as president of the America Academy of Diplomacy in Washington. For more information, call 706-565-7875.

MARCH 1 - Guest Tenor to Perform
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a performance by guest tenor Adam Kirkpatrick 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Kirkpatrick, a Kennesaw State University faculty member, has performed in operatic roles and concerts nationwide. His CSU performance is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

MARCH 2 - Faculty Lecture: ‘International Education After Cold War’
Associate Professor of History Neal McCrillis will present “International Education in the Aftermath of the Cold War” 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the International House. McCrillis also is CSU’s Mildred Miller Fort Foundation Distinguished Chair and Center for International Education director. His talk is part of the Department of Political Science and MPA Program’s lecture series “Twenty Years After the Wall: (Inter)National Identity and the Future of Democracy in the post-Cold War Era.” The series is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-562-1693.

MARCH 2 - Guest Oboe, Guitar Performance
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a performance by Rebecca Henderson (oboe) and Alan Goldspiel (guitar) 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Henderson, from the University of Texas faculty, has been featured on numerous film scores, including Imax productions Everest and Olympic Glory, as well as feature films and network television miniseries. Goldspiel has performed the world premieres of From Faraway Nearby for guitar duo at Carnegie Hall and Rhapsody for solo guitar at New York’s CAMI Hall. He serves on the University of Montevallo faculty. Their performance at CSU is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

MARCH 3 – Careers Expo
Job and career seekers will have an opportunity to network with employers during Careers Expo 2010 on Wednesday at Columbus State University’s Lumpkin Center. Doors will open to the public from 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 706-507-8760 or go to http: http://career.colstate.edu/careerexpo2010.asp.

MARCH 3 - Poetry reading by Heather Cousins
CSU’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians will host a poetry reading by Heather Cousins of Athens, Ga., 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the McCullers House, 1519 Stark Ave., Columbus. The program is free and open to the public. Cousins, who teaches poetry at the University of Georgia, won the 2009 Kore Press First Book Award for Something in the Potato Room. She also was a finalist in 2009 for The Yalobusha Review Yellowwood Poetry Prize. For more information, call 706-545-4021.

MARCH 3 - Panel to Debate Health Care Reform
The Kappa Epsilon chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., at Columbus State University will hold a forum on national health care reform at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday in the Davidson Student auditorium. The program is free and open to the public. “The Great Healthcare Debate” will include a brief information session followed by a question and answer forum with a panel that includes:

  • Zeph Baker - Candidate for Mayor of Columbus

  • Darryl Holloman – CSU Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

  • Josh Brown - Vice Chair of CSU College Republicans

  • Alex Cole – CSU Student Political Awareness Association member

  • James Hale – Former employee of Blue Cross Blue Shield

Additional panelists will include a local health care professional and Columbus city council member. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

MARCH 6-7 - NCAA Baseball: Urbana
Columbus State will host Urbana College (Ohio) for games 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6 and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 7 at Ragsdale Field. Daily admission is $5 adults, $3 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.

ONGOING - Art Exhibition ‘The Figure of Narrative’
The Columbus State University Department of Art is hosting “The Figure as Narrative: Compelling Allusions” through March 27 in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery. The exhibition features works by Nancy Morgan Barnes, Bo Bartlett, Heidi Brar, Brian Kreydatus, Greig Leach and Nicole McCormick Santiago. Illges Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-507-8300.