CSU Happenings for Feb. 6-15

FEB. 6 - Reception for Visiting Artist-Scholar Pepon Osorio
A reception for artist Pepón Osorio, Columbus State University's 2009 Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Eminent Scholar in Latin American Studies, is set for 5 p.m. Friday in the Corn Center for Visual Arts' Illges Gallery. Born in Puerto Rico, the Philadelphia-based Osorio's work is influenced in part by his experiences as a social worker in the Bronx. He is noted for large-scale installations, designed to inspire awareness of place within communities and class structures. The reception is free and hosted by Friends of Art, an organization supporting CSU's Department of Art. For more information, call 706-507-8300. The Corn Center is located at 6 West 10th St. in downtown Columbus. Parking is available in the RiverCenter parking garage on Broadway, allowing visitors to enter the Corn Center's Front Street entrance. To view directions online, go to http://art.colstate.edu/directions.asp.

FEB. 6 – NCAA Tennis: CSU Hosts Tuskegee
Columbus State's men's and women's tennis squads will host Tuskegee University on Friday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

Feb. 7-8 & 14-15 - Bird Walks at Oxbow Meadows: 'Rusty Blackbird Blitz'
Columbus State's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host weekend 'Bird Walks' from 8-9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-8 and 14-15 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. CSU ornithologist Annie Crary will guide these walks themed 'Rusty Blackbird Blitz' and focused on finding Rusty Blackbirds. The cost is $4 per person, and the program is designed for adults and children ages 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. 7-8 & 14-16 - 'Great Backyard Bird Count' Activities at Oxbow Meadows
The Environmental Learning Center at Oxbow Meadows will conduct free training at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-8, for individuals interested in participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Subsequently, the center will become one of several sites across the United States and Canada for the 'count,' Feb. 14-16, as bird watchers of all ages participate in the annual event for counting birds to create a real-time snap shot of 'where the birds are across of North America.' For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 7 – NCAA Tennis: CSU Hosts Stillman
Columbus State's men's and women's tennis squads will host Stillman College on Saturday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 10 a.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 7 - Visitation Day for Prospective Students, Their Parents
Columbus State will host a Visitation Day for high school students and their parents from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. Activities will begin at the Lumpkin Center as participants can learn about CSU, tour campus, meet current students and speak with professors in their academic field of interest. Call 706-507-8800 or register online.

FEB. 7 - Student Voice Recital
Columbus State's Schwob School of Music will present a student voice recital by Anita Purcell at 6 p.m. Saturday in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 8 - Trombone Studio Recital
Columbus State's Schwob School of Music will present a Trombone Studio Recital at 4 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 9 - Horn Studio Recital
Columbus State's Schwob School of Music will present a Horn Studio Recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 9 - International Film Series: 'Moolaade'
Columbus State's Center for International Education will screen the 2004 African film Moolaade at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9 in the International House at University Avenue and Clearview Circle. Written and directed by Ousmane Sembene, the film is about, and against, the custom of female circumcision. The setting is a small village in Burkina Faso, where a woman draws the ire of village traditionalists by providing moolaade (sanctuary) to young girls seeking to avoid the circumcision ritual. 'It is a film of politics and anger, and also a film of beauty, humor, and a deep affection for human nature,' said film critic Roger Ebert. The screening at CSU is free and open the public. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

FEB. 10 - BET's Jeff Johnson to Speak
Award-winning journalist Jeff Johnson will give a presentation themed '365 DAYS: Black History Beyond February' at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the University Hall auditorium. Johnson, managing editor and chief correspondent for BET's The Truth with Jeff Johnson, also provides weekly commentary on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and has contributed frequently to MSNBC's Dayside and Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNN, FOX News Channel, Huffington Post and other media outlets and Internet sites. He earned a 2008 NABJ Salute to Excellence Award for BET's Life & Death in Darfur, Jeff Johnson Reports series and is one of 30 young leaders selected for the British Council's Transatlantic 2020 team of Europeans and Americans for a new cross-border dialogue to reinvigorate traditional alliances and mend transatlantic rifts. His presentation at CSU is free and open to the public and sponsored by the university's Office of Diversity Programs and Services. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

FEB. 10 - Columbus Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Columbus State will host the Columbus Regional Science and Engineering Fair for local students from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Founders Hall at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. The participants — 94 middle school students and 34 high school students – will display their research projects and discuss their work with the judges, including CSU science professors and off-campus professionals. The projects cover biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine and physics. Top finishers will qualify for the 61st Georgia Science and Engineering Fair in April at the University of Georgia. For more information, call Jill Carroll at 706-507-8464 or e-mail carroll_jill@ColumbusState.edu.

FEB. 10 - Pianist Ian Hominick to Perform
Columbus State's Schwob School of Music will host a performance by guest pianist Ian Hominick at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. Hominick, who has performed across North America and Europe, will perform works by Clementi, Schubert, Ravel and Thalberg, whose music Hominick featured on his acclaimed CD The Piano Music of Sigismund Thalberg. His performances have aired on CBC Radio, Radio-Canada and National Public Radio. Admission prices for his CSU performance 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.

FEB. 11 – CSU-North Georgia NCAA Basketball Doubleheader
Columbus State will host North Georgia 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 http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 12 - Guest Artist Lecture
Columbus State's Department of Art will present a lecture by Auburn art professor Christopher McNulty at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 in Carpenters Hall at 9th Street and Broadway on CSU's RiverPark campus. McNulty, whose work is part of 34.5 N.W., a Jan. 21-Feb. 21 exhibition in CSU's Illges Gallery, creates sculptural objects, video and works on paper. He has exhibited his work nationally, including the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Atlanta's Saltworks Gallery, the Mobile Museum of Art, the Rockford (Ill.) Art Museum and others. His lecture is free. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

FEB. 12 - CSU Philharmonic with Concerto Competition Winners
The CSU Philharmonic Orchestra will perform six concerto movements with the student winners of the 2008-2009 Schwob School of Music Concerto Competition at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. The orchestra. conducted by Schwob School Director Fred Cohen, also will perform Verdi's overture from 'La forza del destino.' 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.

FEB. 12-15 - CSU Theatre to Stage 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'
Columbus State University's Department of Theatre will present the comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 12-15, and Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21, in the CSU Theatre on the Park Studio. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Written by Martin McDonagh in the tradition of Irish storytelling, the setting is a remote island in 1934 off the coast of Ireland where a Hollywood producer has arrived to make a film and draws 'Cripple Billy' from the nearby town of Inishmaan to vie for a role, attracting the attention of the town's diverse and eccentric citizens. General admission is $15; $13 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni; and free for CSU faculty and staff (limit two) and students (limit one). Contact the box office at 706-507-8444. For more information, call 706-507-8415.

FEB. 13 - Student Violin Recital
Columbus State's Schwob School of Music will present a student violin recital by Kristen Wright at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 in RiverCenter's Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 14 – NCAA Men's Tennis: CSU Hosts Samford
Columbus State's men's tennis squad will host Samford on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 14 - 'Bees and Beekeeping' Demonstration at Oxbow Meadows
Jim Harris of the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association will present 'Bees and Beekeeping' at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at CSU's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. The program is for adults and children 10 and older (accompanied by an adult). Reservations are required. Donations at the door are requested. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB.14-15 - NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts Philadelphia
Columbus State will host Philadelphia (Pa.) University in a three-game NCAA baseball series Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15 at Ragsdale Field. Game times are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Daily 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.