CSU Happenings for Nov. 7-16

NOV. 7 — Astronomy Night
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage a free Astronomy Night program of stargazing and planet viewing 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at Roosevelt State Park near Pine Mountain. The program is free. For more information, call 706-649-1477 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

NOV. 7 — Guest Tenor Joel Burcham
Tenor Joel Burcham, a University of Colorado voice professor, will perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Burcham, accompanied by CSU faculty pianist Yien Wang, will present a program titled “Love Gained, Love Lost,” featuring Liszt’s Trei Sonetti Di Petrarca, and Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://www.music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 8 — CSU Trombone Ensembles
The CSU Trombone Ensembles, with guest soloist James Lebens, will perform 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The concert will include selections by Eric Clapton, Quincy Jones and others. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://www.music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 10 — Legacy Live! Concert Series
Performance by Szymanowski String Quartet The internationally acclaimed Szymanowski String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. Known for sophisticated programs, the quartet captivates audiences with their versatile repertoire. Join the ensemble, founded in Warswaw in 1995, for a memorable evening with works from the traditional and contemporary chamber music repertoire. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://www.music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 11 - Veterans Day Program
State Rep. Carolyn Hugley, D-Columbus, will speak on 'Honoring our Veterans by our Actions: Lest we Forget the Sacrifices” as part of the university’s Veterans Day Celebration and Remembrance Observance, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 in the Davidson Student Center auditorium. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call CSU's Office of Veterans Affairs at 706-507-8866.

NOV. 12 -- Faculty Lecture on Korean Ethnic Identity in U.S.
Tom Dolan, a professor of political science, will lecture on 'Korean Ethnic Identity in the United States, 1900-1945,' at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 in the Sara D. Spencer Event Hall in the International House. A longtime Navy officer, Dolan completed studies in National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and spent several years in East Asia in intelligence work. His lecture is part of a faculty lecture series from CSU's Department of Political Science and MPA Program called “Twenty Years After the Wall: (Inter)National Identity and the Future of Democracy in the Post-Cold War Era.” The lectures, commemorating this year’s 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, are free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-562-1393.

NOV. 12 — Guest Speaker: ‘Sweet Tea with Greg Mortenson’
Greg Mortenson, the New York Times bestselling co-author of Three Cups of Tea, will give a talk related to the book at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 in Columbus State’s Lumpkin Center. The book is based on Mortenson’s relationship that began in 1993 with a small, impoverished Pakistani village. Mortenson established the village’s first school in return for the community aiding and sheltering him following a failed mountaineering expedition. Mortenson’s effort evolved to the Central Asia Institute, which has established more than 50 schools across rural Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The program, presented by CSU, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and Brookstone School, is free, but a ticket is required for admission. Tickets are available for CSU students and personnel from the Office of Human Resources, Schwob library and the RiverPark campus dean’s office. Tickets for the public are available from Chattahoochee Valley Libraries branches. For more information, e-mail rayfield_stuart@ColumbusState.edu.

NOV. 12 — Lecture: Multimedia Artist Trenton Boyle Hancock
A Houston-based artist whose works are in the collections of nearly a dozen major museums will discuss his work at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 at Carpenters Hall, 4 Ninth St., on CSU's RiverPark campus. Hancock is known for portraying an absurdist narrative of the battle between good and evil across a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, print and the performing arts. His paintings often rework Biblical stories that the artist learned as a child from his family and local church community in Paris, Texas. His work is currently part of an exhibition dubbed 'In the Beginning: Artists Respond to Genesis' at the Contemporary Jewish Art Museum in San Francisco. He was recently part of 'Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger,' an exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. Hancock's presentation is part of the CSU Department of Art's Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series. For more information, call 706-507-8301.

NOV. 13 — Readings by Acclaimed Poet Kevin Prufer
Kevin Prufer, the author of four books of poetry and editor of three anthologies, will deliver two readings Friday, Nov. 13 during a Columbus State visit. The 4 p.m. reading at CSU's McCullers House, 1519 Stark Ave., also offers an opportunity for informal discussion. At 7:30 p.m. that evening, Prufer will offer a more reading at the International House on main campus. Both events are free and open to the the public. Sponsored by Columbus State University's Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, this is a Georgia Poetry Circuit event. Prufer also serves as editor of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing. He has won many awards and is currently a professor of English at the University of Central Missouri.

NOV. 13 — Genesis Gospel Choir's Third Annual Singing for a Cure
Genesis, CSU's student gospel choir, will hold its third annual Singing for a Cure at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 in University Hall on main campus. Featuring solo artists, dancers and mass choirs, the event benefits the John B. Amos Cancer Center. Tickets are $3 and available in advance from choir members and at the door. Guest artists, in addition to Genesis, include Faith Worship Center's Prophetic Arts Dancers and the student choirs from Kendrick and Carver high schools.

NOV. 13-14 — Students Stage Nerdacon Gaming-Entertainment Event
The Campus Nerds, a Columbus State student organization, will stage its fourth annual gaming event, Nerdacon v4, over two days, from 6-11:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 and 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 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
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.

Ongoing Through NOV. 14 — 'Truth in Tension' Exhibition
Columbus State’s Department of Art is hosting “Truth in Tension,” an exhibition of paintings by Jered Sprecher, a Knoxville, Tenn.-based contemporary artist, through Saturday, Nov. 14. The exhibition is can be viewed from noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery, 6 West 10th St., Columbus. Use the Front Avenue entrance. For more information, call 706-507-8300 or visit http://art.colstate.edu.

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, Nov. 16. 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.