CSU Happenings for May 9-16

MAY 9-10 - Weekend Bird Walks at Oxbow Meadows
The Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center is hosting weekend “Bird Walks” from 8-9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. The program is free and designed for adults and children ages 10 and older. Binoculars and bird field guides are provided. Reservations are required. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

MAY 11 - CSU to Unveil Historical Marker
Columbus State University will celebrate placement of a permanent marker 10 a.m. Monday at the site of its founding, where Columbus College first opened for classes in the former Shannon Hosiery Mill on Talbotton Road near today’s Hannan Magnet Academy. CSU President Tim Mescon will offer brief remarks, and the historical marker will be unveiled. The marker represents the final chapter in CSU’s 50th anniversary celebration, which began in January 2008. For more information, call Bill Sutley at 706-569-2540.

MAY 15 - Closing Receptions for Student Art Exhibitions
Columbus State’s Department of Art will host a pair of receptions for separate student art exhibitions Friday, May 15 on CSU’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus:

• “Birds,” a Master of Science in Education thesis exhibition of paintings by Eric Todd, 5-7 p.m. in the Carpenters Building, 4 Ninth St.
• “Pardon our Progress,” CSU’s senior art exhibition, 6-8 p.m. in the Corn Center for Visual Arts

Viewing hours for both exhibitions are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Pardon our Progress is displayed in the Corn Center’s Illges Gallery, Bay Gallery and Sculpture Garden. Viewing and reception admission is free. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

MAY 16 - Spring Graduation Ceremonies
Columbus State University’s spring commencement is set for Saturday, May 16 with a pair of ceremonies in the Lumpkin Center. Graduates of the colleges of business and science will cross the stage in a 10 a.m. program. A 3 p.m. ceremony will involve graduates from University College and the colleges of arts and letters and education.

This spring’s commencement speakers are Maj. Gen. Michael Barbero, commanding general of Fort Benning, for the morning ceremony and Susan Herbst, executive vice chancellor for the University System of Georgia, in the afternoon.

Seating for guests will begin at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more information, go to http://graduation.colstate.edu.

MAY 16 - Astronomy Night at Providence Canyon
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program of planet viewing and stargazing, 9 p.m. Saturday at Providence Canyon State Park near Lumpkin, Ga. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-1470.