CSU Happenings for March 28-April 5

MARCH 28 – Concert by Guitarist David Russell
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a concert by Grammy-winning classical guitarist David Russell at 7:30 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Russell’s CD “Aire Latino” earned a 2005 Grammy in the category of best instrumental soloist in classical music. Admission is $10 and half-price for military personnel, senior citizens and CSU faculty, staff and students. For tickets, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

MARCH 29 – Visitation Day for Prospective Students
The CSU Recruitment Office will hold a visitation day for high school seniors and their parents from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will begin in the Lumpkin Center and activities will include a tour of campus and an opportunity to speak with current CSU students and professors. CSU also offers daily tours 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information or to register, call 706-507-8800 or visit http://www.colstate.edu/Future/tour.asp.

MARCH 29 - Foreign Language Fair-Competition
Columbus University’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages will host its annual Foreign Language Fair from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday on the second floor of the Davidson Student Center. About 200 foreign language students from public and private middle schools and high schools in Muscogee County will compete in vocabulary, written and oral poetry, food, music and various creative projects in Spanish, French, German, Latin, Japanese and Chinese languages. An awards ceremony, announcing first, second and third places in each language and category will conclude the event. For more information, contact Jennifer Robinson at Shaw High School, at jnrobinson@mcsdga.net or call 706-569-3638.

MARCH 30 - Student Violin Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student violin recital by Michelle Cardenas at 6 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

MARCH 31-APRIL 5 - Homecoming 2008 Festivities
CSU’s Homecoming 2008 celebration will run kick off Monday and continue through the week with a series of competitions and and events for students, faculty and staff. Themed “Remember the Cougars: Hittiing Strong 50 Years Long,” festivities will culminate with a Saturday, April 5 baseball doubleheader at Ragsdale Field. Pregame activities will include a hamburger cook off. Between games, the homecoming court will be recognized and competition winners among student organizations will be announced. Weekend activities also will complement CSU’s 50th Anniversary Open House. Preceding events during the week will be highlighted by a Mr. and Miss Housing Pageant (7 p.m. Monday, Davidson Auditorium), Paintball Challenge (7-9 p.m. Tuesday, intramural fields), Dodgeball Tournament (12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Gym Annex), Homecoming Ball (7-11 p.m Columbus Trade Center) and more. For more information, including a complete schedule, go to http://studentlife.colstate.edu/homecoming/schedule.asp or call 706-568-2026.

MARCH 31 – CSU Percussion Ensemble to Perform
The CSU Percussion Ensemble will perform the world premiere of a Nico Muhly composition and other Muhly works at 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Muhly, 26, is CSU’s Carson McCullers Center for Writing and Musicians Resident Composer in Percussion and also has lent his skills as performer, arranger and conductor to other musicians, including Lou Reed and Björk, and has composed a cantata based on Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. Admission is $5 and free with CSU ID. For tickets, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 1 – News Conference to Announce Information Technology Initiative
for the Defense Industry (Media only, more details about news conference coming) CSU will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday to announce an initiative to develop a computer science curriculum at CSU to produce graduates proficient in modeling, simulation and gaming technology for the defense industry, in partnership with Fort Benning and other local partners. The announcement will be made in the Cunningham Center’s Blanchard Hall. For more information, call 706-562-1652.

APRIL 1 - CSU Trombone Choir and Trombone Octet to Perform
The CSU Trombone Choir and Trombone Octet, directed by Schwob School of Music professor Bradley Palmer, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

APRIL 2 - Poetry Reading, Discussion with Michael Meyerhofer
Prize-winning poet Michael Meyerhofer will discuss and read from his works in a pair of programs at CSU on Wednesday: 4 p.m. in the Smith-McCullers House, 1519 Stark Ave., Columbus and 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium (room 237).

Both programs are free and open to the public. A recipient of the National Poetry Review’s Laureate Prize for Poetry, Meyerhofer has authored three prize-winning poetry collections and his work also has appeared in Arts & Letters, Green Mountains Review, Fugue, North American Review, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and others. The programs are free and sponsored by the CSU’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians and the Georgia Poetry Circuit. For more information, call 706-565-4021.

APRIL 2 - Asian Night Celebration
CSU’s Center for International Education and the International Network will stage an “Asian Night Celebration at 6 p.m. Wednesday in CSU’s International House at University Avenue and Clearview Circle. The program will involve demonstrations of traditional Asian dress, foods, and calligraphy and origami. Participants will include visiting Kiryu, Japan high school students, who are touring the region as guests of CSU, Aflac and City of Columbus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

APRIL 2 -Trombone ‘Quatour du Sud’ Concert
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a concert by Quatuor du Sud (Quartet of the South) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 in RiverCenter’sLegacy Hall. The quartet includes professors Bradley Palmer (CSU), Demondrae Thurman (University of Alabama) Doug Bristol (Alabama State) and freelance bass trombonist Jeff Koonce. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

APRIL 3 - NCAA Softball Doubleheader: CSU to Host Albany State
The CSU softball squad will host Albany State for games at 3:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at Lady Cougar Field. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students (age 5 through college) and free with CSU or Cougar Club member ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

APRIL 3 – CSU Nursing Reunion-Anniversary
CSU’s Department of Nursing is inviting all former and current students and faculty members to a reunion and celebration of the department’s 40th anniversary from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in the Cunningham Center’s Blanchard Hall. For more information, call 706-565-3649.

APRIL 3 - History Forum to Explore Chattahoochee River
CSU environmental science professor Roger Brown will present “Environmental History of the Chattahoochee River” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at the W.C. Bradley Company, 1017 Front Avenue, Columbus. The program is free and part of CSU’s Red Clay, Whitewater and Blues series of local history forums. On Saturday, April 5 a related 10 a.m.-noon bus tour will depart from behind the Columbus Trade and Convention Center. For more information, call 706-568-2263 or go to http://history.colstate.edu/Program.asp.

APRIL 3 - CSU Percussion Studio Recital
CSU”s Schwob School of Music will present a CSU Percussion Studio recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

APRIL 3-6 - CSU Theatre to Stage ‘Blood Wedding’
CSU Theatre will stage ‘Blood Wedding” April 3-6 at CSU Theatre on the Park in downtown Columbus. Show times are 7:30 p.m Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The play, written by Federico Garcia Lorca in 1932 and set in Spain, explores the intertwining of social status with marriage and features poetry, music and imagery of Spanish culture. The production involves a 22-member cast directed by professor Becky Becker and Spanish-classical guitar accompaniment by Robert Sharpe. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni and free for students, faculty and staff with CSU ID. Call 706-507-8444 or go to http://theatre.colstate.edu/tickets.htm.

APRIL 4 – Children’s Performance by Atlanta Drumline
The Atlanta Drumline will give a performance, designed for young children as a “music and movement” experience, from 10-11 a.m. Friday, April 4 in the Lumpkin Center. Hosted by CSU’s Child Care Resource and Referral Center of West Georgia, the event is part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration and CSU’s observance of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Week of the Young Child (officially April 8-13).

The Atlanta Drumline includes some of Atlanta’s most talented young percussionists and was featured in the 2002 movie Drumline and events such as Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Hawks home games. The audience at will be comprised of 2,000-2,500 children from local head start programs, elementary schools and area child care centers. Admission also is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-569-3109.

APRIL 4 - NCAA Softball Doubleheader: CSU to Host Lander
The CSU softball squad will host Lander for games at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, April 4 at Lady Cougar Field. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students (age 5 through college) and free with CSU or Cougar Club member ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

APRIL 4 - Free Concert by Swingin’ Medallions; Fireworks Display
CSU will present a free concert by the Swingin’ Medallions at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4 at the Thomas Y.Whitley Clock Tower. A fireworks display over the clock tower will close the program, which is part of CSU’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. For more information, call 706-568-2030 or go to http://www.colstate.edu/50years.

APRIL 4 - CSU Jazz Band to Perform Music of Count Basie
The CSU Jazz Band, directed by professor Shirantha Beddage, will perform selections that were part of pianist and bandleader Count Basie’s repertoire at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is $5 and free with CSU ID. For tickets, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 4 - Student Piano Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by pianist Shelley Millican at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

APRIL 5 – 5K Race and One Mile Fun Run
The Columbus State University Alumni Association will stage a 5K race and one-mile fun run starting 8 a.m. Saturday, April 5. The event is part of CSU’s 50th anniversary celebration and opens with the fun run open to ages 19 and under. The 5K race is open to competitors 14 and older with competitive age divisions up to 70 and over. The course begins at the Lumpkin Center, travels around campus and ends at the Thomas Y. Whitley Clock Tower. Trophies will be awarded to the overall and age group winners, medallions go to second and third-place finishers and all participants receive a commemorative T-shirt. Registration fees prior to March 29 are $20 and $15 for CSU students. Same-day fees are $25 and $20 for ages 12 and under.

An entry form is online at: http://www.colstate.edu/50years/RoadRace.pdf. For more information, call CSU Alumni Affairs at 706-568-2280 or Race Director Alice Pate at 706-565-3637.

APRIL 5 - ‘Spring Bird Walk’ at Oxbow Meadows
CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host the second of three “Spring Bird Walks” from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, April 5. Experienced birders will guide the walk around Oxbow Meadows at 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. The program also will include discussion on bird watching and effective bird feeders for home. The program is geared to families with children ages seven and up. Participants should arrive by 8:45 a.m. Binoculars and field guides will be provided, or guests can bring their own gear. Admission is $4 per person. Register by phone at 706-687-4090.

APRIL 5 – Pet Show at Intramural Field
CSU’s Pre-Veterinary Medicine Association will stage a pet show at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Mock Pavilion and adjacent intramural field (University Avenue and Clearview Circle). Registration begins at 9 a.m. as pet owners can enter any 6-month-or-older pet on a leash with proof of rabies shots. A $1 per pet entry fee covers supplies and prizes and benefits the association, which is part of the College of Science. For more information, call 706-568-2056.

APRIL 5 - 50th Anniversary Open House-Homecoming Festivities
CSU will stage various activities for the community throughout Saturday, April 5 as part of a 50th anniversary open house and homecoming festivities. The events include:

• One-mile fun run and 5K road race (see above)
• CSU Staff Council craft fair (at clock tower) and U.S. Army Expo (Richards Hall parking lot), all day
• Pre-Veterinary Medical Association pet show, 9-11 a.m. Intramural Field (at University Avenue and Clearview Circle)
• “History of CSU” forum with faculty panelists, 11:30 a.m., Davidson Student Center auditorium
• Fort Benning Silver Wings parachute team demonstration, 1 p.m. Ragsdale Field (followed by Cougar baseball games)
• “Block Party on Broadway” and RiverPark Campus (downtown Columbus) Open House featuring the Corn Center for the Visual Arts, Theatre on the Park and Schwob School of Music, begins at 4 p.m.

For more information, call 706-568-2030 or go to http://www.colstate.edu/50years.

APRIL 5 - NCAA Baseball: Homecoming Baseball Doubleheader
The CSU baseball squad will host Lander for games at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at Ragsdale Field. The games are part of CSU’s Homecoming 2008 festivities. Admission is $5 per for adults, $3 for students (age 5 through college) and free with CSU or Cougar Club member ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

APRIL 5 - Blood Wedding Companion Lecture and ‘Picnic on the Park’
CSU Spanish language professor Jose Barroco-Castro will give a talk titled “Lorca’s Theory of Duende, Flamenco Culture and Poetics” at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at CSU Theatre on The Park in downtown Columbus. The program, free and open to the public, is a companion lecture to the CSU Theatre production of Federico Garcia Lorca’s ‘Blood Wedding.” Curtain time that evening is 7:30 p.m., and, guests are welcome to join a “Picnic on the Park” between programs by bringing their own food for dinner and conversation outside the theatre in the upper lobby. Barroso-Castro, a native of Spain, will provide insight on both Spanish culture and the playwright Lorca, who wrote Blood Wedding in 1932, just four years before he was killed in the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. For more information, call 706-507-8444.

APRIL 5 – Astronomy Night at Providence Canyon
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at Providence Canyon State Park. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-1470.