CSU Happenings for June 12-23

JUNE 12-13 & 19-20 – Bibb City Oral History Dramatization and Exhibition
Columbus State University, with the Chattahoochee Shakespeare Company, is staging “Bibb City: Collected Lives from a Mill Town,” an exhibition and oral history dramatization at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 12-13 and 19-20 in the CSU Theatre on the Park Studio. There is no admission price, but donations supporting the Chattahoochee Shakespeare Company will be collected at the door. To access the entire project online, go to http://archives.colstate.edu/digital_collections/. For more information, call 706-507-8403 or e-mail becker_becky@ColumbusState.edu.

JUNE 13 – ‘Build a Bird Nest Box’ Workshop
Kids ages 10 and older and accompanied by an adult are invited to participate in a workshop to build a bird’s nest box at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Columbus State’s Environmental Learning Center at Oxbow Meadows, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus.

Columbus woodworker Scott Samples will direct the workshop. All materials to construct a pre-cut, slab wood pine nest box for a Carolina Wren will be supplied. Participants must bring a Phillips-head screwdriver. In addition, CSU staff will present a program on the life history of the Carolina Wren, advice on where and how to install nest boxes and instructions for participating in the nationwide online “Nest Watch Program.” The workshop will last about an hour and each team will take home an attractive, ready-to-install nest box. The cost per team is $20. Register in advance by calling 706-687-4090. For more information, go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

JUNE 14 – Attracting Hummingbirds, Orioles and Nectar Feeders
Columbus State’s Environmental Learning Center at Oxbow Meadows will present “Attracting Hummingbirds, Orioles and Nectar Feeders to your Yard” on Sunday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. A 1:30 p.m. program for adults will be followed by a 3:30 p.m. session for families with children ages 10 and older. The program will identify how and why more than three dozen types of birds, including hummingbirds and orioles, are attracted to nectar feeders. In addition to adding color, drama and music to a yard, birds that feed on nectar also consume large quantities of insects. The program also will feature garden design and water features that attract the birds and guidelines for selecting and maintaining feeders.

The cost is $10 per person and includes a Perky Pet hummingbird feeder, a Georgia Department of Natural Resources packet of seeds for native plants that attract hummingbirds and a copy of Birdwatching Basics from Leupold & Stevens. Register in advance by calling 706-687-4090. For more information, go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

JUNE 15-16 – Summer Classes Begin; Late Registration, Fee Deadline
Columbus State’s June 15-July 29 summer session of classes will involve a late registration and fee payment deadline on Tuesday, June 16. For more information, call 706-5507-8800 or go to http://registration.colstate.edu.

JUNE 15 - Astronomy Night at Callaway Gardens
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will present an Astronomy Night program 9 p.m. Monday at Callaway Gardens near Pine Mountain as part of a summerlong series. The evening of stargazing and planet viewing at Overlook Pavilion is free. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

JUNE 20 – Astronomy Night at Roosevelt State Park
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program starting 9 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at Roosevelt State Park near Pine Mountain. The program is free. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

JUNE 23 - Fall Orientation for Commuter Students
Columbus State will hold daylong orientation on Tuesday, June 23 for fall 2009 new students who will not reside in university housing. Checkin is 8-9 a.m. in University Hall. Cost per student is $42 and $17 per adult and $11 per child family member. The fees cover materials and meals. Participants have an opportunity to meet other new students, explore campus resources and organizations, learn academic policies and procedures, and distinguish between academic myths and facts. For reservations or more information, call 706-568-2330 or go to http://orientation.colstate.edu/.

ONGOING

Southern Watercolor Exhibition
The 32nd Annual Southern Watercolor Exhibition is open through June 26 in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery on CSU’s downtown RiverPark campus. Columbus State, plus CSU Friends of Art and the Southern Watercolor Society, are co-hosting the event. A portion of the exhibition sales’ proceeds will benefit CSU’s art scholarship fund. Gallery hours are 11a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

Weekend Bird Walks at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Environmental Learning Center at Oxbow Meadows is hosting “Bird Walks” at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. The program is free and designed for adults and children ages 10 and older. Binoculars and bird field guides are provided. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

Kids’ Summer Camps
Throughout the summer, CSU’s Continuing Education division coordinates summer camps on a weekly basis, including its award-winning Activ8 programs for ages 8-14 and 4-7, plus sports camps directed by CSU coaches and athletes and space science camps at CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center. For more information, go to http://conted.colstate.edu or call 706-507-8070.