CSU Happenings for Jan. 8-16, 2011

JAN. 8 - Nature Walk, Paleontology Talk at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center hosts the following free programs on Saturday:
* A guided wetlands nature walk focused on birding begins 8 a.m.  Binoculars and field guides are provided.
* A presentation on paleontology by CSU professor David Schwimmer at 10 a.m. is part of a meeting of the Lynn Haven Wildlife Garden Club. The program is open to anyone 16 and older.
For more information about CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

JAN.  9 - Raptor Release at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center hosts a raptor release demonstration 2 p.m. Sunday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Experts from the Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn University will present an informational session, followed by a release of rehabilitated birds into the wetland. Admission is $3 or free for kids 3 and younger. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

JAN.  10 - Financial Forecast at Cunningham Center
Rex Macey, chief investment officer at Wilmington Trust’s Atlanta office, will offer his 2011 economic outlook during Columbus State’s annual Financial Forecast Breakfast offered by the Turner College of Business and Computer Science 7:30 a.m. Monday in the Cunningham Center. Supplementing Macey’s comments will be a panel of Columbus-based investment advisers: Mark Husdon, first vice president of SunTrust Bank; Richard Illges, a partner in Greatmark Investment Partners; Robert Nobles, vice president and regional investment manager of Synovus Trust Co.; John A. Shinkle, senior vice president and branch manager of Stifel Nicolaus & Co.; and Murray L. Solomon, registered principal and resident manager of Raymond James Financial Services. For more information, contact Brynn Dillon at dillon_brynn@ColumbusState.edu or 706-568-5370.

JAN.  10 - First Day of Spring 2011 Classes

Spring semester classes begin Monday at Columbus State. Students can add and drop classes through Thursday and have through Friday to pay any associated fees.

JAN. 12 - Haiti Earthquake Memorial Vigil

Columbus State University’s French Club and Department of Modern and Classical Languages will hold a candlelight vigil, universal prayer and moment of silence, Wednesday, Jan. 12 in memory of the victims of the earthquake that struck Haiti on this date one year ago, killing more than 250,000 people and leveling thousands of homes and buildings. The vigil begins 7 p.m., followed by a discussion about Haiti’s ongoing recovery and how to contribute to the effort. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, e-mail CSU French Club President Hannah Vongsavang at  vongsavang_hannah@ColumbusState.edu or contact French language professor Cécile Accilien at 706-507-8452 or accilien_cecile@ColumbusState.edu.

JAN. 13 - MLK Day Observance
Columbus State holds its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 in the Davidson Student Center auditorium. The speaker will be Rev. Richard Washington of St. James AME Church, Columbus. The program is free and open to the public. Call 706-568-2273 for more information.

JAN. 13 - Oxbow Meadows Launches ‘Waste Watchers’ Recycling Drive

Columbus State's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center kicks off a “Waste Watchers” recycling effort  6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13. The program involves a demonstration of an easy-to-follow plan to reduce household carbon emissions based on David Gershon’s book, Low Carbon Diet. Guests are asked to bring a potluck dinner item to share. They also can take home a recycling bin for Muscogee County curbside service and enter a drawing for prizes designed for household waste reduction. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

JAN. 13 - LegacyLive: Cellist Wendy Warner
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a performance by its acclaimed faculty cellist Wendy Warner 7:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 13 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Hailed by Strings magazine for “youthful, surging playing, (and) natural stage presence,” Warner will be joined classical pianist Irina Nuzova for this LegacyLive series concert featuring Beethoven’s cello sonatas. 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. 15, 16 - NCAA Basketball Doubleheaders

The Columbus State men’s and women’s basketball squads host the following opponents Saturday and Sunday,
Jan. 15-16, in the Lumpkin Center:
* UNC Pembroke, 1:30 p.m. (women), 3:30 p.m. (men) Saturday
* Francis Marion, 1:30 p.m. (women), 3:30 p.m. (men) Sunday
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.