CSU Happenings for March 12-20, 2011

March 11-12 - CSU Hosts NCAA Rifle Championship
Columbus State University is hosting eight schools for the 2011 NCAA Rifle Championship through Saturday.  Following Friday's smallbore portion of the competition at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, the air rifle portion of the championship starts 8 a.m. Saturday inside the Lumpkin Center. Two of the head coaches of competing teams are from Columbus: the University of Kentucky’s Harry Mullins and Army’s  Ron Wigger. The event marks the first time an NCAA championship takes place on the campus of Columbus State and the first time for any portion of an NCAA sanctioned championship on a military base. Tickets for Saturday are $5 per adult and $3 per student. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

March 12-13 - NCAA Baseball

Columbus State’s baseball squad hosts Montevallo University, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Ragsdale Field. 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.

March 12 –  Guided Nature Walk at Oxbow Meadows

Columbus State staff at the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center lead a leisurely nature walk starting 8 a.m. every second and fourth Saturday along the Oxbow Meadows trails. This free program covers information about the plants, birds and other wildlife along the way. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.ColumbusState.edu/index.php.

March 12, 16, 18  - NCAA Women’s Softball

Columbus State's softball squad is in action for the following dates at Lady Cougar Field:
* Saturday:  Lynn, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
* Wednesday: Auburn-Montgomery 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
* Friday: UNC Pembroke, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
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.

March 12-13 - NCAA Women’s and Men’s Tennis

The CSU men's and women's tennis squads host the following matches at the Blackmon Tennis Center on main campus:
* Saturday: UNC Pembroke, 4 p.m. (women only)
* Sunday: Francis Marion, 11 a.m.
Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

March 13 - Oxbow Meadows Presents ‘Meteorology 101’

Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center presents “Meteorology 101,” a presentation by WRBL television meteorologist Bob Jeswald, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14 at the Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. The program is part of the Second Sunday series at Oxbow Meadows. Admission is: $3 or free for kids 3 and under. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.columbusstate.edu

March 14 - International Film Screening: The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Columbus State’s Center for International Education screens the film The Wind That Shakes the Barley 7 p.m. Monday, March 14 in CSU’s International House at University Avenue and Clearview Circle. This 2006 drama tells the story of two brothers who join the Irish Republican Army to fight for Irish independence from the United Kingdom in the early 20th century. The program is free. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

March 15-16 - CSU Women’s Leadership Conference
Political commentator Meghan McCain headlines a slate of nationally accomplished speakers for the annual Women’s Leadership Conference presented March 15-16 by Columbus State University’s Cunningham Center for Leadership Development. The conference, themed  Take the Lead: innovate. orchestrate. perform., runs 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 3100 Gentian Boulevard. McCain will give a Tuesday luncheon (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) talk titled “Red is the New Black: Putting Women’s Issues into Political Perspective.” Additional speakers will be Monica Hill, vice president of HR, NBC Universal Media Studios; Libby Wagner, president, Libby Wagner & Associates; Faith Johnson, HR consultant (FFJ Consulting) and former HR director for Coca-Cola Africa; Dale Smith Thomas, founder/CEO, Winners by Choice, Inc.; Eva Cooper, assistant director, Cunningham Center for Leadership Development; Marc Olivié, president and CEO, W.C. Bradley Co.; Jenn Lim, chief happiness officer (~CEO), Delivering Happiness; Sharon Lovoy, SPHR, president and Owner, Lovoy's Team Works, Inc.; and Paul Hostetter, CSU’s Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair for Orchestral Activities for CSU’s Schwob School of Music, will lead a special, interactive session 3:30-4:20 p.m. Tuesday. Registration, $349 per person, is open online at http://womensleadershipconference.org

. For more information, contact Rozycki at 706-569-3055, e-mail rozycki_kim@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://cunningham.ColumbusState.edu/womensconference/index.php.

March 15, 17 - Faculty 'Rite of Passage' Lectures
Faculty members recently promoted to the rank of full professor discuss their academic experiences and more in a pair of upcoming Rite of Passage Convocations, noon-1:30 p.m. March 15 and 17 in the Schwob library. The program is presented by CSU's Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. The upcoming presenters are:
* Tuesday: Joseph Golden (music) and Sheri Noviello (nursing)
* Thursday: Thomas Dolan (political science) and Jose Villavicencio (education)
The programs are free. For more information, call 706-568-2042.

March 17 - Environmental Science Faculty Lecture

Columbus State's Department of Environmental Science presents "Reconstructing Pre-Quaternary Paleoclimates," a lecture 12:30 p.m. Thursday by Tracy Hall, a CSU graduate and geology professor from Georgia Highlands College. The program is free and takes place in room 103 of the Lenoir Hall annex. For more information, call 706-507-8092.

March 17 - Environmental Policy Lecture to Cover U.S. Military's Environmental Protection Initiative
John Brent, chief of the environmental management division at Fort Benning, will give a talk, "Encroachment and the Thin Green Line,"  6:30 p.m. Thursday in the CSU Theatre on the Park studio on the university's RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus. The program is part of the Department of Political Science and MPA program's series of environmental policy lectures. Brent's talk is in reference to a recent Rand Corporation study, "The Thin Green Line: An Assessment of the Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative to Buffer Installation Encroachment." The lecture is free. For more information, call 706-507-8700 or 706-562-1697.

March 17 - 'Community Geography' Discussion
Columbus State's Department of History and Geography presents a discussion, "Points, Lines and People: Plotting a Course for Community Geography" led by Syracuse University community geography professor Jonnell Robinson 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the International House at University Avenue and Clearview Circle. The program is free and includes a reception. For more information, call 706-507-8397 or e-mail hawthorne_timothy@ColumbusState.edu

March 19 - Astronomy Night
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center presents an Astronomy Night session of stargazing and planet viewing 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at the center, 701 Front Avenue. A 7 p.m. planetarium presentation is followed by telescope viewing at 8 p.m. The program is free. For more information, go to http://www.ccssc.org or call 706-649-1477.

March 20 - CSU Philharmonic and Choral Union
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents the CSU Philharmonic and Choral Union 4 p.m. Sunday, March 20 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. This concert brings together both ensembles, conducted by Constantina Tsolainou, the Paul S. and Jean R. Amos Distinguished Chair in Music. The program will include Honegger’s Le Roi David. Admission is free. For more information, 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.