CSU Happenings for Jan. 21-29, 2011

Through JAN. 23 – CSU Theatre Stages Charlotte’s Web
Columbus State University Theatre’s family production Charlotte’s Web, opening Thursday, runs through the weekend at Theatre on the Park, Mainstage on CSU’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus. The play is adapted from E.B. White’s classic story about a friendship between Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 adults; $5 senior citizens, children and CSU alumni; and free for CSU faculty and staff (limit two) and CSU students (limit one). The production also will tour regional schools through April. For more information, go to http://theatre.colstate.edu or call the theatre box office at 706-507-8444.

JAN. 22 - NCAA Basketball Doubleheader
The Columbus State men’s and women’s basketball squads host Georgia Southwestern Saturday in the Lumpkin Center. Tip-off times are 1:30 p.m. (women) and 3:30 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.

JAN. 22 - Nature Walk at Oxbow Meadows

CSU Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center staff members guide a nature walk along Oxbow's trails starting 8 a.m. every second and fourth Saturday. The walk covers plants, birds and other wildlife. Guests can bring field guides and binoculars, or the learning center can provide both. The program is free. The center is located at 3535 South Lumpkin Road. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

JAN. 23 - Guest Voice Recital

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a voice recital by tenor soloist Stephen Cary from the faculty at the University of Alabama 4 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. The program includes selections by composers Moreno, Strauss and Puccini. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

JAN. 24 - 'Nature of Books' Book Club Meeting at Oxbow
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center hosts a meeting of its “Nature of Books” book club  6 p.m. Monday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. The free program, led by Oxbow staff, will focus on author Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

JAN. 24 - Guest Poet to Present Pair of Programs
Columbus State’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians hosts poet Cleopatra Mathis, winner of several national awards, for a pair of programs Monday. With five published poetry books, Mathis will discuss her work 4 p.m. at the McCullers house, 1519 Stark Ave., and give a reading 7:30 p.m. in the Schwob library on main campus. The Louisiana native's work also has been published in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review and The Southern Review among others. Her work has drawn National Endowment of the Arts grants, two Pushcart prizes an award from the Academy of American Poets and other honors. Her CSU presentations are co-sponsored by the Georgia Poetry Circuit and free and open the public. For more information, call 706-565-4021.

JAN. 24 - LegacyLive: St. Louis Brass

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a concert by the St. Louis Brass Quintet 7:30 p.m. Monday,  Jan. 24 in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. The quintet is known for quirky, imaginative presentations of contemporary and traditional brass music. The performance is part of the Schwob 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 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

JAN. 27 - Faculty Research Forum
CSU Libraries hosts presentations about classroom technology and the origins the of the modern library in a Faculty Research Forum 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 in the Schwob Library. Assistant Professor of History Daniel Gullo, who holds a University of Chicago doctorate in medieval European history, will present “The Fragmentary World of the the Post-Medieval Book: A Bonaventure Fragment from the Library of Joan Jeroni Besora.” Separately, science education professors Zdeslav Hrepic and Kimberly Shaw will present “Open Policy for Wireless Computers in Classrooms: Lessons from CSU Implementation.” Hrepic’s and Shaw’s recent study revealed CSU students in an introductory physics class who consistently used laptops with interaction software to enhance or supplement their classroom notes outperformed their counterparts in the same class. The forum is free and includes refreshments served at noon. For more information, call 706-568-2042 or go to http://library.colstate.edu/forums/index.asp.

JAN. 27 - Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a performance by the Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. The orchestra, form Louisiana State University, is a research and performance ensemble dedicated to group music-making through real-time computational technologies and digital media. The performance will incorporate three musical instruments and three laptop computers. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

JAN. 27 - Space Science Center Members Reception, Guest Speaker Commemorate Challenger Mission

Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center commemorates the 25th anniversary of NASA’s tragic Challenger mission with a Thursday, Jan. 27 reception and presentation featuring Col. Al Worden, a command module pilot for 1971’s Apollo 15, NASA’s fourth manned mission to the moon. A  5:30-7:30 p.m. reception is open to CCSSC members and those who purchase an annual membership by Wednesday, Jan. 26. Reception participants can stay for a 7:30 p.m. presentation by Worden. Remaining, limited seating will be open to non-members who pick up a free ticket from the center, 701 Front Ave., beginning Monday, on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on the programs and about annual membership levels that start at $40, call 706-649-1477 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

JAN. 28 - Apollo 15 Astronaut to Give Commemorative Lecture on Main Campus
Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden will give a free public lecture at noon Friday, Jan. 28 in Columbus State University’s University Hall auditorium. Presented by CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the program commemorates the Challenger mission tragedy on Jan. 28, 1986, which took the lives of seven crew members. Worden was part of NASA’s fourth manned lunar mission, which place in 1971. He logged 295 hours in space before retiring from NASA in 1975. He has since worked as an aerospace engineering executive and currently serves as vice president of BF Goodrich Aerospace in Ohio. For more information, call 706-649-1477 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

Earlier that day, the winning local school from a Challenger commemorative patch-design contest will be announced in a  9-9:30 a.m. ceremony at the space science center, 701 Front Ave. Also at the center, media will have exclusive access to Worden for interviews from 9:30-10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Mary Johnson, assistant director of the center, at 706-649-1486 or e-mail mary@ccssc.org.

JAN. 28 – Art Auction Fundraiser
The Columbus State University Alumni Association stages its annual art auction fundraiser Friday, Jan. 28 at CSU’s Cunningham Center, 3100 Gentian Blvd. Collectible and decorative paintings and more can be previewed starting  7 p.m. The auction begins 8 p.m. Wine, cheese and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Admission is $15 per person. For more information, call 706-565-4100.

JAN. 29 - Guest Classical Guitar Recital
Internationally acclaimed guitarist Carlos Pérez from Chile performs a solo recital 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. The performance commences Perez’s position as the CSU’s spring 2011 Amos Eminent Scholar in Latin American Studies. According to Classical Guitar Magazine, U.K., Pérez is a “master guitarist with true star quality.” His CSU performance is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

ONGOING - Visiting Artist Exhibitions

Columbus State’s Department of Art is hosting exhibitions through Feb. 26 by recent and current artists in residence at CSU. The concurrent shows are Mark Clare’s “Remote Control,” a mixed-media social commentary inspired by the military, and “In-Out,” works in various mediums by current resident artists Frank Poor and Kristy Deetz, and Deborah Aschheim, whose architectural drawings depicting historic downtown Columbus sites were created during her fall 2010 residency. The London-born Clare, who lives in Ireland, produced his work during his February 2010 CSU residency.  Illges Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, go to http://art.colstate.edu/ or call 706-507-8300.