CSU Happenings for July 8-14

JULY 8 – OXBOW MEADOWS TO STAGE ‘INSECTIVAL!’
CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host its eighth annual insect festival, known as “Insectival!” from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8.

Part of Oxbow Meadows’ Second Sunday series, the festival will include a cricket-spitting contest, roach races, insect treats (chocolate-covered crickets, insect lollipops, and seasoned mealworms), fresh honey for sale from the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association, insect exhibits, crafts, games and insect tattoos for children.

Admission is $2 per person and free for ages 3 and under. Oxbow Meadows is located at 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. Call 706-687-4090 for more information or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

JULY 9-12 - ‘SUMMER SPECTACULAR’ SERIES CONTINUES
Kids, ages 4-11, can participate in “Summer Spectacular,” a new summer enrichment program at River Road Elementary School in Columbus, directed by CSU early childhood education students and professors. Parents can sign up their children for $20 per child/per week for any or all sessions, which run 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Thursday.

This series, themed “River Works: Exploring Columbus and the Chattahoochee,” focuses on the river, its history and its benefits to Columbus. Participants will research and write about theme subtopics and bring them to life by creating displays. The series’ final week is July 16-19. For more information or to register for the program, call 706-565-7810.

JULY 9-13 – SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS RESUME
Spaces are available for the following camps, Monday through Friday, presented by CSU Continuing Education:

• Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, England (ages 7-10), Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center, $125: Campers will travel back in time to 1210 and ride with a band of Merry Men while exploring the world of Robin Hood and life in England, and experience a Midsummer Night's Banquet.

• Arts Explorers: Back Then & Bones (grades K-2 and 3-5), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Rankin Arts Center, $125: Campers will learn about ancient civilizations from the Aztecs to the Egyptians, create fossils and uncover never-before-seen creatures and learn dinosaur songs and dance a toga dance.

• Earth, H2O & Beyond (grades 3-4), 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center, $205: Campers will explore the role of water, both here on Earth and in the far reaches of the solar system. Among many activities are rocket and balloon launches. Challenger missions, comet-making and a field trip to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

• Space-O-Rama (grades 1-2), 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center, $205: Participants will walk through the universe, construct and launch rockets, design aliens, build sundials, play space games, experience flight simulators and more.

• Youth Cheerleading Camp (ages 4-14), Lumpkin Center, 9 a.m.-Noon, $85: In its 34th year, this camp will feature cheers, chants, jumps, dances, and conclude Friday morning with a pep rally performance by campers for family and friends. Instruction by CSU cheerleaders will accommodate both individuals and squads.

Another camp, Computer Quest (grades 6-9), is filled. This camp, in CSU’s Center for Commerce and Technology, room 409, will guide participants in creating 3-D movie or 3-D interactive animation and in assembling robots with a LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robotics System.

For more information call 706-568-2023 or go to http://www.conted.colstate.edu.

JULY 10 – CUNNINGHAM CENTER SEMINAR FOR SALES PROFESSIONALS
CSU’s Cunningham Center for Leadership Development will host a seminar titled “Radar On, Antenna Up: Fulfilling Customers’ Unexpected Wishes,” from 12:15-5 p.m. Tuesday. Presented by The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center, the seminar is designed to help employees and managers better serve their clients. The cost is $99 per person and includes lunch or $125 for this event plus the July 13 Quarterly Sales Luncheon. For more information, call 706-568-5101 or go to http://ccld.colstate.edu.

JULY 12-13 – OVERNIGHT FALL ORIENTATION FOR RESIDENCE LIFE STUDENTS
Columbus State University will host an overnight orientation for fall 2007 new students who will reside in university housing, on Thursday and Friday, July 12-13.

Check-in is 9 a.m. Thursday in the carpeted foyer of Fine Arts Hall, and the program will end at 5 p.m. the following day. The orientation will cover student life, collegiate issues and campus services and conclude with advisement and registration. The evening will feature social activities. Participants should bring personal belongings for the overnight stay. Fees are $70 per student and $50 per guest. For questions regarding reservations, call 706-568-2330. For general orientation information, call the Orientation Hotline at 706-568-2180 or visit http://orientation.colstate.edu.

JULY 13 - CUNNINGHAM CENTER QUARTERLY SALES LUNCHEON
CSU’s Cunningham Center for Leadership Development will host a Quarterly Sales Luncheon Series event from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, July 13. This professional development seminar is designed for sales managers and personnel at all levels. The cost is $39 per person, $129 for a yearlong membership or $125 for this event plus the July 10 Ritz Carlton seminar. For more information, call 706-568-5101 or go to http://ccld.colstate.edu.

JULY 14 – ASTRONOMY NIGHT AT PROVIDENCE CANYON STATE PARK
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program on Saturday, July 14 at Providence Canyon State Park. The program will begin at 9 p.m. with a planetarium presentation, followed by planet viewing and stargazing. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-1470.