CSU Happenings for Feb. 3-14

FEB. 3 - Science and Engineering Fair: Local Students’ Projects on Display
The public is invited to view science research projects by local middle and high school students 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday at CSU’s Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. The display will be part of Columbus State University’s annual Columbus Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Judging was scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. This year, 84 middle school students and 34 high school students from around Columbus are participating. The projects cover a range of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine and physics. Winners from the Columbus regional fair may go on to compete at the 62nd Georgia Science and Engineering Fair March 31-April 3 at the University of Georgia. For more information, contact Jill Carroll at 706-507-8464 or e-mail carroll_jill@ColumbusState.edu.

FEB. 3 - NCAA Baseball: Cougars’ Season Opener
Columbus State will host West Georgia for 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.

FEB. 3 - NCAA Basketball Doubleheader: Montevallo
The CSU women’s and men’s basketball squads host Montevallo for games at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men) Wednesday in the Lumpkin Center. 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. 3 - CSU to Host Middle Eastern Environmental Experts
Columbus State University will host alumni of a premier environmental teaching and research institution in the Middle East, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, for a presentation and panel discussion on trans-boundary water issues 7 p.m. Wednesday at CSU’s International House. The program is free and open to the public. Arava Institute alumni Roee Elisha and Ghadeer Khoury will join in the discussion that also will involve local experts, including retired Columbus Water Works President Billy Turner, now a CSU scholar-in-residence, and Columbus State environmental science professor Troy Keller. Affiliated with Ben Gurion University on Kibbutz Ketura in Israel’s Arava Valley, the institute prepares future Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders to cooperatively address the region’s environmental challenges, including energy issues and water and air quality. For more information, call 706-568-2061.

FEB. 4-7 - CSU Theatre to Stage A Piece of My Heart
Columbus State University Theatre will stage the drama A Piece of My Heart Feb. 4-7 at CSU Theatre on the Park Mainstage in downtown Columbus. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Directed by Rebecca McGraw, the production tells the story of six women involved in the Vietnam War and how it profoundly affected their lives. The play is based on Keith Walker’s book, A Piece of My Heart, the Stories of 26 American Women Who Served in Vietnam. The play combines stories and songs in portraying the womens’ troubled lives during and after the war. General admission prices are $15 adults; $13 seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni; and free for CSU faculty and staff (limit two) and students (limit one). For more information, call the theatre box office at 706-507-8444 or go to http://theatre.colstate.edu.

FEB. 5 - Alumni Art Auction
The Columbus State Alumni Association will stage its annual Art Auction fundraiser Friday, Feb. 5 at the Cunningham Center. Works including collectible and decorative paintings, sculptures and more can be previewed starting 7 p.m. The auction will begin at 8 p.m. Wine, cheese and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Admission is $10. For more information, call 706-568-2280.

FEB. 5 - NCAA Tennis: Tuskegee
The Columbus State men’s and women’s tennis squads will host Tuskegee starting 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 6 - CSU Philharmonic to Perform Benefit Concert
Schwob School of Music Director Fred Cohen conducts the CSU Philharmonic in the annual Concerto Competition Winners Concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program features three of the Schwob school’s most accomplished student musicians performing works by Adams, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and others. Donations of $10 per person will be requested at the door. Proceeds will provide scholarships for k-12 students enrolled in music lessons at the Schwob Conservatory. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 6 Backyard Bird Count at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center invites guests of all ages to the center 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 6 to participate in a program to prepare for the Great Backyard Bird Count — a four-day event across North America that engages bird watchers in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent and in Hawaii. The staff at Oxbow Meadows will prepare local participants with a PowerPoint presentation followed by a guided trail walk. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. The activity is free. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 8 - International Film Screening: Spirited Away
The Columbus State Center for International Education’s spring 2010 International Film Series opens with the 2001 Japanese animated film Spirited Away 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8 in the Spencer Event Hall at CSU’s International House. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

FEB. 10 - NCAA Tennis: Morehouse
The Columbus State men’s tennis squad will host Morehouse starting 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 11 - NCAA Basketball Doubleheader: Flagler
The CSU women’s and men’s basketball squads host Flagler for games at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men) Thursday, Feb. 11 in the Lumpkin Center. 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. 11 - CSU Wind Orchestra
The CSU Wind Orchestra will perform 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 12 - CSU Horn Choir
The CSU Horn Choir will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Professor Kristen Hansen will direct a program of historical works and newly composed pieces. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 13 - NCAA Tennis: Stillman
The Columbus State men’s and women’s tennis squads will host Stillman starting 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB 13-14 - NCAA Baseball: St. Leo
Columbus State will host St. Leo at 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-14 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. 13 - NCAA Basketball: Homecoming Doubleheader
The CSU women’s and men’s basketball squads host Armstrong Atlantic State for games at 1:30 p.m. (women) and 3:30 p.m. (men) Saturday, Feb. 13 in the Lumpkin Center. The doubleheader is part of CSU’s 2010 homecoming celebration and will include an introduction of the homecoming court between games. Admission prices are $5 for adults; $3 for students/kids (including non-CSU students); and free for ages 5 and under and CSU alumni, students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

For more homecoming information, including the Feb. 8-13 schedule, go to http://studentlife.colstate.edu/homecoming. Alumni-specific events are described at http://alumni.colstate.edu/homecoming2010.asp.

FEB. 13 - Astronomy Night
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will present an Astronomy Night program starting 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at Providence Canyon State Park near Lumpkin. The evening of stargazing and planet viewing at Overlook Pavilion is free. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

FEB. 14 - CSU Voice Studio: Valentine’s Day Performance
Members of the CSU Voice Studio will perform 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Voice students of Earl Coleman will present a program titled 'Afternoon of Love Songs' from the classical art song and musical theatre repertoire in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

ONGOING - Guest Artists’ ‘Cut, Shuffle and Draw’ Exhibition
Columbus State University’s Department of Art is hosting “Cut, Shuffle and Draw” through Feb. 13 as its opening exhibition of 2010 in the Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery on CSU’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus. The show features drawing, sculpture and painting by international and nationally respected artists, including Sang-ah Choi, Scott Anderson, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Kara Walker, Carrie Scanga and sculptor Peter Dudek, who joined CSU last fall as a resident artist and collaborated with several CSU students on works that are part of this exhibition. 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.

ONGOING - Bibb City Exhibition in Schwob Library
CSU’s Schwob Memorial Library is hosting an exhibit, “Bibb City: Collected Lives from a Mill Town,” in its first-floor lobby through Friday, Feb. 26. “Selected topics” courses taught last summer in history-geography, by Amanda Rees, and theatre arts, by Becky Becker, culminated in the exhibit, the recording of millworkers’ oral histories and a June theatrical presentation related to the community that thrived until its textile reels quit spinning in the late 1990s. The current library display tells the history of the area near downtown Columbus in a series of 10 large, illustrated panels. An accompanying kiosk features a 1 hour, 15 minute video of the play students wrote in which they portrayed people who lived and worked in Bibb City. Library hours are 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 1-6 p.m. Saturdays and 2-10 p.m Sundays. For more information, call 706-568-2042.