CSU Happenings for Feb. 27-March 7

FEB. 27-28 - Homecoming Weekend
Themed “Winner Takes All,” Columbus State’s 2009 homecoming celebration concludes with several weekend activities.

• 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.

Admission each of the doublheaders is $5 or 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. For more on homecoming, go to http://studentlife.colstate.edu/homecoming/index.asp or call 706-568-2273.

FEB. 27 - Black Applause Banquet
Columbus State will hold its 26th 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 the Delta Iota Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., 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. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

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, along the trails at Oxbow Meadows park, 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. 27 - Student Organ Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will host its 10th annual CSU Guitar Competition and Symposium on Friday and Saturday 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 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://colstate.edu/events/guitar.

MARCH 1 - Guitar Symposium Concert: Marko Feri & Amadeus Duo
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a classical guitar performances by Marko Feri and Amadeus Duo at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall Amadeus Duo — Canadian Dale Kavanagh and Germany’s Thomas Kirchhoff — have performed together since 1991 and have given more than 750 concerts worldwide. Slovenian Marko Feri is accomplished worldwide as well, with seven CD recordings, performances at prominent music festivals and several international performance competition titles. 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://colstate.edu/events/guitar.

MARCH 2 - Student Tuba, Trumpet Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by Chris White (tuba) and Mathew Graham (trumpet) at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 2 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

MARCH 4 - Careers Expo
About 60 employers representing private companies, state and federal agencies, school districts, non-profit organizations will participate in Careers Expo 2009 from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday in the Lumpkin Center. The event. hosted by CSU’s Career Center, provides career connections for CSU students and alumni, and community job seekers. Attendees should dress professionally and bring resume copies for distribution. For more information, call 706-569-3198 or go to http://career.colstate.edu.

MARCH 4 - NCAA Softball Doubleheader
Columbus State will host UNC Pembroke for an NCAA softball doubleheader on Wednesday at Lady Cougar Field. Game times are 1 p.m. and 3 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.

MARCH 4 - NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts West Georgia
Columbus State will host West Georiga or 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.

MARCH 5 - Student Voice Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student voice recital by Kimberli Render at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

MARCH 5 - CSU Wind Ensemble with Frank Battisti
The CSU Wind Ensemble will perform with guest conductor Frank L. Battisti at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Battisti, a Feb. 23-March 5 artist-in-residence at the Schwob School of Music, is founder and conductor emeritus of the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble. 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.

MARCH 5 – NCAA Tennis: CSU Hosts USC Aiken
Columbus State’s men’s and women’s tennis squads will host USC Aiken on Thursday, March 5 at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

MARCH 6-7 - Saxophone Conference Concerts
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will host two nights of free performances by some of the Southeast’s best saxophonists on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The concerts start at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.both nights. For more information, call 706-649-1486 or go to http://www.2009nasaregion6.com.