CSU Happenings for July 30-Aug. 9, 2011

July 30 - Grand Opening at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, in cooperation with Columbus Water Works, celebrates the opening of its new multipurpose facility with a grand opening event 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday on site, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. The 8,000-plus square-foot facility will provide an expanded area for animals, including indoor and outdoor ponds for alligators and turtles and contain an 86-seat auditorium and two classrooms. The grand opening is free and will involve guided tours, animal exhibitions, door prizes and more. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/oxbow.

July 30 - Astronomy Night at Providence Canyon
Columbus State's Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program of stargazing and planet viewing from Providence Canyon State Park near Lumpkin starting 9 p.m. on Saturday. The program is free. For more information, including driving directions, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

Aug. 1, 8 - Astronomy Night at Callaway Gardens
Columbus State's Coca-Cola Space Science Center continues its Monday Astronomy Night series through Aug. 8 at Callaway Gardens near Pine Mountain. The sessions of stargazing and planet viewing are free and begin at 9 p.m. at the Overlook Pavilion. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

Aug. 2 - Fort Benning New Student Orientation
Columbus State holds an orientation for students who will take fall 2011 classes at CSU's Fort Benning Center at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2611 Soldiers Plaza, Fort Benning. New freshman or students with less than 30 credit hours should attend. The session is free. For more information, call 706-568-2180, email orientation@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/orientation.

Aug. 4 - West Point New Student Orientation
Columbus State holds an orientation Thursday for students who will take fall 2011 classes at CSU's West Point Center. Check-in is 5:30 p.m. Advisement and registration will follow the 6-8 p.m. program at at 405 West 8th Street in West Point. New freshman or students with less than 30 credit hours should attend. The cost is $36 per student and $10 per family member. For more information, call 706-568-2180, e-mail orientation@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/orientation.

Aug. 7 - Comic Book Show at Space Science Center
Columbus State's Coca-Cola Space Science Center hosts a Columbus Comic Book Show from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 at the center, 701 Front Ave., Columbus. The event will involve, comics, toys, movies, costumed characters and more. Admission is $4 per person. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

Aug. 8 - Africanized Honey Bees Presentation at Oxbow
Beekeeper Bill Owens discusses facts and myths surrounding Africanized Honey Bees at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8 at Columbus State's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Rd. The program, coordinated by the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association, is free. For more information, call 706-687-4090.

Aug. 9 - Orientation for Transfers and Nontraditional New Students
Columbus State will hold a daylong fall semester orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 9 for students transferring from other schools or new students who have been away from the classroom five or more years. Check-in is 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Davidson Student Center Lobby. The cost is $56 per student and $20 per accompanying family member. For more information, call 706-568-2180, email orientation@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/orientation.