CSU Happenings for Nov. 14-21

NOV. 14 — Closing Day of Nerdacon Gaming-Entertainment Event
The Campus Nerds, a Columbus State student organization, will host the second evening of its fourth annual gaming event, Nerdacon v4, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday in Davidson Student Center. Campus Nerds bills its event as the area’s largest sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga and popular arts convention. Activities will include panel rooms, vendors, video game tournaments, martial arts demonstrations, role-playing game demonstrations, collectible card tournaments, anime-movie viewing rooms, a maid café, guest speakers and live music. The event is free. For more information, go to http://www.nerdacon.com.

NOV. 14 — NCAA Women’s Basketball Exhibition Game
CSU's Lady Cougars kick off their 2009-2010 season with a non-conference exhibition game, hosting Huntingdon College at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Lumpkin Center. No admission will be charged for the exhibition game. For more information, visit http://www.csucougars.com.

NOV. 16 — Schuster Student Success Center Dedication
Join Columbus State University as it celebrates the completion of its newest building, the Schuster Student Success Center, located at the University Avenue entrance to main campus, at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Devoted to developing future generations of leaders, the Schuster Center is named for Schuster Enterprises Chairman Marvin Schuster and the Schuster family in recognition of a generous gift to the university’s capital campaign and for dedicated leadership, commitment and support for the university over the last two decades. The $9 million, 37,700-square foot building will also free up space in the neighboring Davidson Student Center for more student activities and programs.

NOV. 16 — International Film Screening: Children of Heaven
Columbus State’s Center for International Education will screen the 1997 Iranian film Children of Heaven 7 p.m. Monday in the Spencer Event Hall at CSU’s International House. The program is free and part of CSU’s celebration of International Education Week. The film by Majid Majidi, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, is about a brother and sister and their adventures involving a lost pair of shoes. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

NOV. 18 — Cougar Madness to Kick Off Basketball Season
To kick off the 2009-2010 basketball season, Columbus State University athletics and student affairs are collaborating to present Cougar Madness, a basketball pep rally and a night of fun starting 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Lumpkin Center. Players for the men’s and women’s teams will be introduced; the CSU Dance team will perform; and faculty and staff members will supplement the action with their own basketball game and by adding their own members to the university’s cheerleading squad. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-568-2204.

NOV. 19 — Financial Times’ Richard Waters to Speak on Media Globalization
Financial Times West Coast Bureau Chief Richard Waters will speak on “The Death of Traditional News: How Technologies are Globalizing the Media” 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in the CSU International House’s Spencer Event Hall. The program is free and part of CSU’s celebration of International Education Week. Waters oversees all FT coverage of the West Coast, Silicon Valley and global technology industry. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

NOV. 19 — Dinner, Talent Show Fundraiser: ‘A Night Around the World’
Columbus State will host a dinner and talent show fundraiser, “A Night Around the World,” starting 7 p.m. Thursday in the Spencer Event Hall. The event will feature student performances and food representing cultures around the world. Tickets, $20 or $10 per student, are limited and can be purchased in advance from CSU’s International House at Clearview Circle and University Avenue or by calling 706-565-4036. Proceeds will benefit CSU international programs and Heifer International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending world hunger. The event also is part of CSU’s International Education Week celebration.

NOV. 19 — Art Sale and Open House
Columbus State’s Department of Art will host a Studio Open House and Student Art Sale 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts on the RiverPark Campus at Front Avenue and Dillingham Street. Ceramics, photographs, prints, paintings, jewelry and more on sale in time for the holidays. The event will include refreshments and live music from the CSU Jazz Band. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

NOV. 19-22 — CSU Theatre to Stage Cloud Nine
Columbus State Theatre will stage British playwright Caryl Churchill’s comedy Cloud Nine 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 19-21 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 at CSU Theatre on the Park Mainstage in downtown Columbus. Directed by professor Becky Becker, the play’s first act satirizes the late-19th century British Empire and the repressive nature of the Victorian family. The second act shows what could happen when the restrictions of both the genre of comedy and Victorian ideology are loosened in a more permissive society. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni and free for CSU faculty-staff (limit two) and students (limit one). For more information, call the theatre box office at 706-507-8444.

NOV. 19 — CSU Wind Orchestra
The CSU Wind Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program will feature concert band works by composers such as Vincent Persichetti, Gustav Holst and Warren Benson. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 20 — International Food, Entertainment, Fashion Programs
Columbus State will close its International Education Week celebration with a pair of programs on Friday. An “International Fun and Food Fest” is slated for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the International House at the corner of University Avenue and Clearview Circle. At 6 p.m., an “International Fashion and Dance Review” in the Cougar Lounge on the Davidson Student Center’s second floor. These programs are free. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

NOV. 20 — CSU Wind Orchestra and Choral Union
The CSU Wind Orchestra and Choral Union will perform 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall as part of the Schwob School of Music’s 13th Annual Conductors Workshop. Wind Ensemble guest conductors Allan McMurray (University of Colorado) and Mark Scatterday (Eastman School of Music) will join Robert Rumbelow for a program featuring works by Grainger, Schuman, Laurisden, and the world premiere of a major composition by Christopher Theofanidis. Vocal soloists for the Theofanidis piece are soprano Michelle DeBruyn, tenor Andrew Skoog and baritone David Grogan. The concert is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail: schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 21 — NCAA Co-Ed Rifle Competition: Thanksgiving Classic
Columbus State’s NCAA Division I Co-Ed Rifle squad will host and compete in the inaugural Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Fort Benning’s Army Marksmanship Unit. The competition begins 9 a.m. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

NOV. 21 — Visitation Day for Prospective Students
Columbus State will hold a Visitation Day for prospective students and their parents starting 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Lumpkin Center. Participants will tour the university, view apartment-style dorms, get insight from current CSU students, speak with professors, attend a social event with CSU student organizations and dine in the CSU Cougar Café. For more information or to register, go to http://www.visit.colstate.edu or call 706-507-8800.

NOV. 21 — Astronomy Night
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will host a free Astronomy Night program Saturday, Nov. 21 at the center, 701 Front Ave. A planetarium presentation at 5 p.m. is followed by stargazing and planet viewing at 6 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.ccssc.org or call 706-649-1470.