CSU Happenings for Nov. 22-Dec. 1

NOV. 22-23 - CSU to Close for Thanksgiving
CSU offices will close Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

NOV. 26 – Columbus Brass to Perform
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present the Columbus Brass in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 27 – Student Trumpet Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student trumpet recital by Brandon Norton at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 27 - CSU Blood Drive
Columbus State University and the Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 on the upper level of the Lumpkin Center. For more information, call 706-523-0274.

NOV. 29-30 – Lunch with Santa to Entertain Area Kids
(Not open to the public, coverage welcome) Columbus State University will host about 1,000 children (ages 3-7), their parents and teachers and workers from area day care centers and elementary schools for a “Lunch with Santa” event from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday, Nov. 29-30 in the Davidson Center Auditorium. The event will be staged by the CSU Alumni Association and CSU Department of Theatre.

In addition to a lunch and appearance by Santa, CSU theatre students will perform the play “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.” A pair of performances of the play for will run from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch and the appearance by Santa. Proceeds will benefit the CSU Alumni Association’s scholarship fund. For more information, contact Ray Lakes with the alumni association at 706-562-1654 or theatre professor Brenda May Ito at 706-507-8410.

NOV. 29 – Guest Speaker to Address HIV/AIDS Control Efforts, Issues
Myriam Vuckovic from the faculty of Georgetown University’s International Health Department, will give a talk on “Current Issues and Major Challenges in Global HIV/AIDS Control,” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 in CSU’s International House at 6 Clearview Circle. The event is free and open to the public and part of the university’s World AIDS Day observance. Sponsors are CSU’s University College, Center for International Education, Honors Program and Department of History and Geography. For more information, call 706-565-3634.

NOV. 29 – Writer to Recount Iraq War Experiences
Iraq war veteran Chris LaCasse will discuss and read from his memoir at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 in CSU’s Schwob library. LaCasse served from 2003-2004 in Iraq as a staff sergeant in the Connecticut Army National Guard and his writings of his experiences have been published in several journals and featured on radio. Currently, he is pursuing a master’s degree in literature from the University of Delaware and completing additional projects including a novel and a second memoir about adjusting to life after war. His appearance at CSU is free and open to the public. For more information 706 565-4021.

NOV. 29 – World AIDS Day Film Screening
CSU will screen the 2003 film “Beat the Drum” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 in International House at 6 Clearview Circle. Set in South Africa, the story follows the journey of a boy, newly orphaned by a mysterious disease, from his tribal village to Johannesburg. The program, in observance of World AIDS Day, is free and sponsored by CSU’s University College, Center for International Education, Honors Program and Department of History and Geography. For more information, call 706-565-3634.

NOV. 30 – CSU Jazz Band to Perform
The CSU Jazz Band, directed by professor Shirantha Beddage, will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. The band will perform selections from classic arrangers Bill Holman and Thad Jones, plus re-workings of familiar pieces by Billy Byers, Michael Abene and John Clayton. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 30 – NCAA Men’s Basketball Home Opener
The CSU men’s basketball squad in its first home game of the season will host Carver Bible College at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 in the Lumpkin Center. Daily Admission prices are $5 for adults; $3 for students/kids (including non-CSU students); and free for ages 5 and under and CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to www.csucougars.com.

DEC. 1 - World AIDS Day Benefit to Feature Entertainment, Education
CSU will host a World AIDS Day International Benefit Celebration from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 in Fine Arts Hall. This family-oriented event will feature live music and dance interspersed with educational video presentations. Performers will include the Hardaway High School Band, The Scoundrels and CSU’s Genesis gospel choir and dance exhibitions by CSU students, including and a step performance by Alpha Phi Alpha members. There is no admission fee, however donations will be accepted to benefit the Columbus Health Department’s District Clinical Services division.

Sponsors are CSU’s Eta Sigma Gamma health education professional honor society, the Columbus Health Department, Hardaway High School and the Greater Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church. For more information call 706-568-2283 or 229-977-3711 or e-mail walker_paula@ColumbusState.edu or davis_victoria@ColumbusState.edu.