CSU Happenings for June 23-29

JUNE 23 – SCI-FI UNDER THE STARS: ‘THE LAST STARFIGHTER
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will screen “The Last Starfighter” at 8 p.m. Saturday on the south lawn outside the center, at 701 Front Avenue. The 1984 science fiction adventure film is about a video-gaming boy who finds himself recruited as a gunner for an alien defense force. The program, part of the Sci-fi Under the Stars series, is free as guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

JUNE 25-28 - ‘ELITE SOCCER CAMP’ TO INCLUDE OVERNIGHT OPTION
CSU will debut an “Elite Soccer Camp” for boys and girls, ages 12-18, from 9 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the CSU Soccer Complex. The total cost is $325 for participants who will stay overnight in student apartments on campus. Commuters can participate for $250.

The camp will focus on strength and conditioning, speed and agility and advanced tactics and decision-making. Additionally, a recruiting seminar will help campers better understand the college recruiting process. For additional information, contact camp director and CSU women’s soccer coach Jay Entlich at 706-568-2446.

JUNE 25-29 – MORE SUMMER CAMPS TO COVER SPACE SCIENCE, EARTH SKILLS
Spaces are available for the following camps, Monday through Friday, presented by CSU Continuing Education:

• Comet Jumpers (grades 1-2) 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Coca-Cola Space Science Center, $205: Campers will explore the planetarium, fly flight simulators, play space games, learn how to use a telescope, launch model rockets, design and build aliens and more. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

• Earth Skills: Back to Basics (grades 6-7), 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, $225: Campers will discover the past while learning the skills used by Native Americans of the Southeast. Directed by local writer and educator Russell Cutts, participants will explore themes focusing on biology and the importance of preserving natural resources while living off the land.

THE FOLLOWING JUNE 25-29 CAMPS ARE FILLED:

• Treasure Island (ages 7-10), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center: Part of the “Catch the Summer Express” series, this camp leads participants through history. Campers will learn about golden age of pirates centuries ago as they bake “gold nuggets” in the galley and surf the Web to research pirates in order to create and publish “wanted posters,” and create a sea chantey to recite or sing.

• Mission Technology (grades 5-8) 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Center for Commerce and Technology: CSU computer science professors will direct participants who create games and movies, while learning about the new program from MIT called “Scratch” (http://scratch.mit.edu/) that guides students in creating interactive stories, games, music and art.

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

JUNE 25 – ‘SUMMER SPECTACULAR’ SERIES TO OPEN
Beginning Monday, kids, ages 4-11, will 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.

This four-week series, themed “River Works: Exploring Columbus and the Chattahoochee,” will focus on the river, its history and its benefits to Columbus. Subtopics will include the Chattahoochee as a transportation way, the plants and animals it supports, related environmental issues, and the benefits ranging from recreation to the generation of electricity. Participants will research and write about theme subtopics and bring them to life by creating displays — such as a scaled down riverboat or an 8-foot-long alligator.

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. For more information or to register for the program, call 706-565-7810.

Note to editors: The second-through-fourth weeks (July 2-19) of the program will provide increasing photo opportunities as the children’s creative projects accumulate for display.

JUNE 25 – ASTRONOMY NIGHT AT CALLAWAY GARDENS
Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program Monday at Callaway Gardens. 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.

JUNE 28-29 – OVERNIGHT FALL ORIENTATION FOR NEW RESIDENCE LIFE STUDENTS
CSU will host an overnight orientation for fall 2007 new students who will reside in university housing on Thursday and Friday, June 28-29.

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.