CSU Happenings for March 5-13, 2011

March 5 - Expert to Discuss Gulf Oil Spill Aftermath
Columbus State University presents “A Study of the Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill,” a presentation 10 a.m. Saturday in Stanley Hall 209A, by Ken Halanych, coordinator of the Marine Biology Program at Auburn University. Halanych and his colleagues have studied the impact of the Gulf oil spill with a $938,000 grant from the BP-Gulf of Research Initiative. Halanych will discuss the response of organisms to the oil spill, the fate and degradation of the oil and dispersants, the tracking of how oil and dispersants move through the ecosystem and the overall recovery. This free program is presented by CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Columbus Audubon Society and the Lynn Haven Garden Club. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

March 5, 6, 9, 12 - NCAA Tennis at CSU
The Columbus State women’s and men’s tennis squads host the following matches at the Blackmon Tennis Center:
* Saturday: Samford, 10 a.m. Saturday (men)
* Sunday: North Georgia, 1 p.m. Sunday (women and men)
* Wednesday: Southern Indiana, 1 p.m. (men only)
* Saturday, March 12: UNC Pembroke, 4 p.m. (women only)
For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

March 5 - Astronomy Night at Providence Canyon

Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center presents an Astronomy Night session of stargazing and planet viewing 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at Providence Canyon State Park near Lumpkin. The program is free. For more information, including driving directions, go to http://www.ccssc.org or call 706-649-1477.

March 7-11 - Spring Break for CSU Students

Classes are out of session as Columbus State University’s 2011 spring break for students and faculty runs Monday through Friday, March 7-11.

March 10-13 - NCAA Baseball

Columbus State’s baseball squad continues its 2011 season with the following home games at Ragsdale Field:
* March 10-11: Ohio Dominican University, 4 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Friday
* March 12-13: Montevallo University, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday
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 11-12 - CSU Hosts NCAA Rifle Championship

Columbus State University hosts eight schools for the 2011 NCAA Rifle Championship on Friday and Saturday, March 11-12. The event will be held jointly at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning and at the Lumpkin Center on Columbus State’s main campus. The smallbore portion of the competition will be held at the USAMU at Fort Benning starting 8 a.m. Friday. CSU hosts the air rifle portion of the championship starting 8 a.m. Saturday inside the Lumpkin Center. While defending individual champion Jon Hall, and his CSU teammates, did not qualify for this year’s championship, 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 also 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, $5 per adult and $3 per student, for the competition in the Lumpkin Center go on sale beginnning 9 a..m. Thursday from the CSU athletics office. There will be no admission to the USAMU site. 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 - NCAA Women’s Softball

Columbus State’s softball squad hosts Lynn University for games at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Lady Cougar 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 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

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