CSU Happenings for Jan. 24-Feb. 1

Art Exhibition: ‘Taiwan: From Within the Mist’
CSU’s Department of Art is hosting “Taiwan: From Within the Mist” through Feb. 9 in CSU’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery in downtown Columbus. The exhibition features painting, photography, digital imagery, sculpture, printmaking, video and multimedia installations by 21 Taiwanese artists. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

JAN. 24 - 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Ceremony
CSU will kick off a year-long 50th anniversary celebration Thursday with a ceremony at CSU’s Thomas Y. Whitley Clock Tower. The program will open with a tolling of the clock tower bell at 12:30 p.m. Meanwhile, more than two dozen churches throughout the city plan to ring their bells for two minutes to also mark the beginning of the ceremony. CSU President Frank D. Brown will preside over the ceremony that will recognize graduates of the first class of 1960 and other alumni of the former Shannon Hosiery Mill site, where CSU held its earliest classes from 1958 until 1963. The half-hour program will close with the cutting of two 50th anniversary cakes, and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-568-2030 or go to http://www.colstate.edu/50years.

JAN. 24 – Groundbreaking Ceremony for Schuster Student Success Center
Following the 50th Anniversary Kick Off activities at the clock tower, CSU will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday for the Schuster Student Success Center, which will be built near the University Avenue entrance to the main campus. The center will house CSU’s Student Leadership Program, Honors Program, Career Center, Counseling Center, disability services and administrative offices for student affairs and University College. The public is invited. For more information, call 706-568-2030 or go to http://www.colstate.edu/50years.

JAN. 24 – 50th Anniversary Kickoff Festivities for Faculty, Staff and Students (Not Open to the Public)
Following the 50th Anniversary Kick-Off program at the clock tower, CSU faculty, staff and students will participate in games and activities from 1:30-4 p.m. Thursday in Woodruff Gym. Highlighting the festivities will be a 1950s dress-up competition with the winner announced at 4 p.m. Meanwhile the 1960-1963 alumni will take a bus tour of main campus and the downtown Columbus RiverPark campus. From 5-6:30 p.m., refreshments will be served in the lobby of the Center for Commerce and Technology, plus Jordan and Howard halls. For more information, call 706-568-2030 or go to http://www.colstate.edu/50years.

JAN. 25 – World Bank Consultant to Speak on ‘Environmental Protection and the Developing World’
Philip W. Moeller, a consultant to the World Bank, will give a talk on “Environmental Protection and the Developing World” at 1 p.m. Friday in CSU’s International House at the corner of University Avenue and Clearview Circle. Moeller advises the World Bank on institutional development and change management and monitors social and environmental safeguards for Bank-funded programs. He also has assisted in the independence of Zimbabwe and Namibia, helped reduce the dependence of landlocked central African states on the country of South Africa and has worked on Asian and Central American projects. The program at CSU, sponsored by the Center for International Education, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

JAN. 25 - CSU Alumni Gala Art Exhibition and Auction
The CSU Alumni Association will hold its annual Gala Art Exhibition and Auction on Friday in CSU’s Cunningham Center. The event will begin with a preview at 7 p.m., followed by the auction at 8 p.m. The show will include art in all media and price ranges, provided by Marlin Art, Inc. of New York City. Admission is $10 and includes a door prize drawing, wine and cheese, and hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds will support CSU’s alumni programs. For more information, call 706-568-2280.

JAN. 26 – CSU-UNC Pembroke NCAA Basketball Doubleheader
CSU will host UNC Pembroke for a pair of NCAA basketball games on Saturday, Jan. 26 in the Lumpkin Center. The women’s contest tips off at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4 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.

JAN. 30 – CSU-Georgia College NCAA Basketball Doubleheader
CSU will host Georgia College for a pair of NCAA basketball games on Wednesday, Jan. 30 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.

JAN. 30 – Global Warming Solutions Teach-In
Columbus State University will join more than 1,000 U.S. colleges and university’s in a “Focus the Nation,” teach-in on global warming solutions, starting 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 in Stanley Hall room 203. Participants will view and discuss the “2% Solution” Webcast produced by the National Wildlife Federation and aired by the Earth Day Network. The program will close with student-led round-table discussions about how CSU students can respond to the challenges ahead. The public is invited and admission is free. Focus the Nation is nationwide initiative to engage educators, students and others in discussing solutions for global warming. For more information on Focus the Nation, go to www.focusthenation.org. For more on the program at CSU, call 706-507-8099.

JAN. 31 - Faculty Research Forum
CSU Libraries will host a pair of presentations in a faculty research forum at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 in the Schwob Library. The presentations are “The Zions of Africa: Non-Nicean Christianities of Modern Africa” by Associate Professor of History Joel Tishken and “Computer History Myths Debunked” by Computer Science Professor Wayne Summers. The event is free. For more information, go to http://library.colstate.edu/forums or call 706-568-2247.

JAN. 31 - Feb. 3 - Comedy ‘Fuddy Meers’ at Theatre on the Park
CSU’s Department of Theatre will stage the comedy “Fuddy Meers” Jan. 31-Feb. 3 at CSU Theatre on the Park in downtown Columbus. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The play is based on American playwright David Lindsay-Abaire’s farce about a day in the life of an amnesiac trying to decode her fractured life. Tickets are $15 per adult; $13 apiece for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni; and free for students, faculty and staff with CSU ID. Call 706-507-8444 or go to http://theatre.colstate.edu/tickets.htm.

FEB. 1 - NCAA Tennis: CSU Hosts Tuskegee
CSU’s men’s and women’s tennis squads will host Tuskegee on Friday, Feb. 1 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 www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 1 - CSU Jazz Band with Sam Skelton
The CSU Jazz Band, directed by Shirantha Beddage, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The band will be joined by guest saxophonist Sam Skelton, director of jazz studies at Kennesaw State University and active in the Atlanta music scene for more than a decade. Admission is $5 and free for faculty, staff and students with CSU ID. For tickets, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.