CSU Happenings for May 9-15

MAY 9 - Senior Art Exhibition Closing Reception
CSU’s Department of Art will host a closing reception for its annual Senior Thesis Exhibition from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery in downtown Columbus. The reception will feature light refreshments, live music and participating artists on hand to discuss their work. The exhibition, which opened April 30, showcases the graduating seniors’ works encompassing video projection, painting, collage, sculpture, digital media and more. The students in the show are Gretchen Arsenault, Will Basset, Ashley Kittrell, Meghan Guenther, Kelly Huskey, Benay Lewis, Jason McCullough, Christopher Matthew, Rondal Scott, Red Strafford, Nancy Presley and Al Ragin. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

MAY 10 – Spring Graduation Ceremonies
CSU will host a pair of spring 2008 commencement ceremonies on Saturday in the Lumpkin Center. Retiring CSU President Frank Brown, presiding over the final commencements of his 20-year tenure, is the speaker for both ceremonies. A 10 a.m. exercise will recognize graduates from the College of Science and Turner College of Business. At 3 p.m., College of Arts and Letters, College of Education and University College graduates will be recognized.

Seating before the programs will begin at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Guests should arrive early as traffic will be heavy. A live Webcast of graduation ceremonies can be viewed online and also will be shown in a Lumpkin Center classroom. For more information, call 706-507-8800 or go to http://graduation.colstate.edu.

MAY 10 – Astronomy Night
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program on Saturday at the center. The free event will open with an 8 p.m. planetarium program followed by telescope viewing at 9 p.m. The center is located at 701 Front Avenue, Columbus. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

MAY 11 - Oxbow Second Sunday Series: ‘Animal Mothers’
CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will present “Animal Mothers” as its Second Sunday series program for May 11 at 2 p.m. This Mother’s Day-themed program will involve a quiz of different animal mothers, and guests can take home a potted plant. Admission is $2 per person and free for kids under 3. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

MAY 11- CSU to Celebrate Diazes’ Retirement with Benefit Concert
The Schwob School of Music will honor retiring professors Manuel and Betty Anne Diaz, as they each conclude nearly two decades of service, with a Diaz Scholarship Benefit Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program involves three of the Diazes’ children: violist Roberto Diaz, cellist Andres Diaz and violinist Gabriela Diaz, plus pianist Pianist Eugenio Urrutia, a student of Betty Anne Diaz in the mid-1990s. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the newly created Betty Anne and Manuel Diaz Music Scholarship. For tickets ($100 apiece), call 706-649-1986 or e-mail fivecoat_hallie@ColumbusState.edu.

MAY 13 – President’s Recognition Banquet (No tickets available - reservations closed; coverage is welcome)
CSU will stage its annual President’s Recognition Banquet on Tuesday at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, 801 Front Ave., Columbus. The event, billed as a “communitywide celebration” to recognize CSU’s 50th anniversary and pay tribute to retiring President Frank Brown, starts with a 6:30 p.m. reception and dinner at 7 p.m. For more information, call 706-568-2280.

MAY 15 – Best-Selling Author to Kick Off ‘Emerging Leaders’ Series
CSU’s Cunningham Center for Leadership Development will launch an “Emerging Leaders” conference series from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 15. The event will feature a 6-7 p.m. presentation by New York Times bestselling author and People magazine’s “sexiest author” Ben Mezrich.

Mezrich is author of the best-selling Bringing Down the House, an inside story of how MIT students “beat the system” in Las Vegas. The book inspired the recent movie, 21.

Networking, food, drinks and a book-signing by Mezrich will follow his presentation.

The conference targets “emerging leaders” as young, Columbus-area professionals ages 21-40. The cost is $35 per person or $50 per couple. To register, or for more information, call 706-568-5101 or go to http://ccld.colstate.edu/.