CSU Happenings for Oct. 16-24

OCT. 16 — Astronomy Night at Space Science Center
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center holds an Astronomy Night program of stargazing and planet viewing Saturday, at the center, 701 Front Ave. The program is free and opens with an 8 p.m. planetarium presentation, followed by telescope viewing at 9 p.m. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

OCT. 16 — Help the Hooch at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center is among the sites for the 12th annual Help the Hooch cleanup event Saturday, Oct. 16 to protect the middle Chattahoochee River basin. For more information about the daylong cleanup, call 706-687-4090. Oxbow Meadows, an outreach center of CSU’s College of Education and Health Professions, is located at 3535 South Lumpkin Road.


OCT. 17 — Voice Studio Performance
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a performance by voice students of faculty artist Michelle DeBruyn 4 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program will feature duets and ensemble pieces ranging from opera to musical theater. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu.

OCT. 18 - International Film Series: Traffic
Columbus State’s Center for International Education will screen the film Traffic 7 p.m. Monday in the International House. With a cast including Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the movie involves multiple story lines depicting the illegal drug trade between Mexico and the United States. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the film earned Academy Awards in 2001 for Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay. The program is free and part of the CIE International Film Series  For more information, call 706-565-4036.


OCT. 18 — Club Football: CSU Hosts Elite Sports Academy

The Columbus State Club Football squad hosts Elite Sports Academy 6 p.m. Monday at Kinnett Stadium, 7601 Schomburg Road. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

OCT. 19 — Founding CEO to Share the Country’s Barbecue Story

Country’s Barbecue founder and CEO Jim Morpeth will discuss the philosophy behind the success and growth of his entrepreneurship in a presentation 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Davidson Student Center auditorium. Morpeth’s CSU appearance is part of the Turner College of Business and Computer Science’s Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. Morpeth opened Country’s Barbecue in 1975 on Mercury Drive in Columbus. He has since opened two more Columbus restaurants, while the business has spread to LaGrange and into Alabama, with locations in Montgomery (two), Prattville, Troy and Auburn. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-562-1674.

OCT. 19 - Announcement of Federally-Funded Computer Science Initiatives Supporting Defense and Commercial Industries  (FOR MEDIA COVERAGE ONLY)
Officials from Columbus State will announce a pair of federally funded projects, 2-3 p.m. Tuesday in the second-floor auditorium of CSU’s Center for Commerce and Technology, representing the start of an anticipated growing number of applied research efforts by the TSYS School of Computer Science in partnership with Fort Benning’s Maneuver Center of Excellence. For more information, call CSU TSYS School of Computer Science professor and chair Wayne Summers, 706-568-5037 or e-mail: summers_wayne@colsate.edu.

OCT. 19 - This I Believe Producer, Editor to Speak
Dan Gediman, executive producer of the nationally aired radio series This I Believe and co-editor of the best-selling book based on the series, will speak about the work 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 in Columbus State University’s University Hall auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.

This I Believe originated as a 1951-1955 CBS Radio program of recorded essays read by famous and everyday people about their core beliefs and motivations. Gediman helped reprise the program on National Public Radio in 2005 and co-edited the related 2006 book This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women. The book also is the basis for a common reading this fall at CSU in all first-year seminar classes and in several English composition classes. Those, and other, CSU students will have an opportunity to ask Gediman about the project in a 3 p.m. workshop after the public lecture. A day earlier, Gediman will give a workshop for CSU faculty on using This I Believe as a teaching text. Sites will be announced for both workshops. For more information, contact Terry Irvin, chair of CSU’s Department of Basic Studies at 706-565-4015 or e-mail irvin_terry@ColumbusState.edu.

OCT. 19 — ‘Degrees of Density’ Exhibition Opens with Reception

Columbus State’s Department of Art presents Degrees of Density: Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles Oct. 19-Nov. 20 in the Corn Center for the Arts' Illges Gallery. A free opening reception for the show is set for  5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 in the gallery. Curator Marilyn Symmes of Rutgers University selected 54 contemporary drawings for the show based on fundamental elements of nature from the Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn, which specializes in contemporary drawings and works on paper. Illges Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.  For more information, call 706-507-8300.

OCT. 20 — CSU Engages Local Fifth-Graders in ‘If I Had a Hammer’ Project

Columbus State’s College of Education and Health Professions engages Johnson Elementary School fifth-graders in an  “If I Had A Hammer” exercise 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hammer House, 1242 Broadway. The program is designed to enhance student learning by providing a hands-on exercise in building a house. The project can be viewed through the site’s storefront window. For more information, contact CSU education professor Spencer Garrard at 706-568-5399 or e-mail: garrard_spencer@ColumbusState.edu.

OCT. 20 — Gallery Talk with Guest Artist Florence Neal

Columbus State’s Department of Art presents a gallery talk by the founding director of the Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn, Florence Neal, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Degrees of Density: Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles . The program is free. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

OCT. 21 — Mountaineer Bud Allen Speaks at Oxbow Meadows

Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center and the Columbus Audubon Society host a presentation by mountaineer Bud Allen, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Allen, also a commercial real estate developer in Columbus, has climbed some of the highest mountains worldwide. His presentation is free. For more information, call 706-687-4090.

OCT. 21 — Marquetry Artist to Speak
Brooklyn-based artist Alison Elizabeth Taylor, who specializes in the Renaissance craft of marquetry, will discuss her work 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 in Carpenters Hall at the corner of 9th Street and Broadway on CSU’s RiverPark campus. A Selma, Ala., native, Taylor’s contemporary interpretations within a medium based on producing scenes with veneers of wood and other materials has attracted coverage from the likes of the New York Times. Her work has drawn numerous awards and has been shown internationally. The lecture, presented by CSU's Department of Art, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

OCT. 21 — Guest Trombone Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a recital by guest trombonist Brad Edwards 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. Edwards from the University of South Carolina music faculty, will present an evening of trombone solo literature, accompanied by CSU’s collaborative pianist Yien Wang. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

OCT. 21 - Fraternity Members Shave Heads for Breast Cancer Awareness

Columbus State’s Kappa Sigma Fraternity hosts its annual “Shave to Save” fundraiser 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at the Whitley Clock Tower. The fraternity’s members will have their heads shaved, as donations are requested on site and non-member participation is welcome. Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

OCT. 22 — CSU Engages Local Fifth-Graders in ‘If I Had a Hammer’ Project

Columbus State’s College of Education and Health Professions engages Forrest Road Elementary School fifth-graders in an  “If I Had A Hammer” exercise 9-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22 at the Hammer House, 1242 Broadway. The program is designed to enhance student learning by providing a hands-on exercise in building a house. The project can be viewed through the site’s storefront window. For more information, contact CSU education professor Spencer Garrard at 706-568-5399 or e-mail: garrard_spencer@ColumbusState.edu.

OCT. 22 — Voice Studio Performance
Columbus State’s  Schwob School of Music presents a performance by voice students of faculty artist Dian Lawler-Johnson 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. The program will feature selections from the classical and musical theater repertoire. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu.


OCT. 23 — Nature Walk at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center presents a free, guided nature walk to identify plants, birds and other wildlife, beginning 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 on the Oxbow Meadows trails. For more information, call 706-687-4090.


OCT. 23-24 — CSU Parents Weekend

Columbus State hosts students and their families for a second annual Parents Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23-24. A 9-10 a.m. check-in and brunch reception Saturday in the Lumpkin Center lobby, followed by introductory remarks from CSU leaders, kicks off the event. Other Saturday activities include a campus scavenger hunt (11 a.m.-noon), a cookout at the clock tower (noon-2 p.m.) and a RiverPark campus tour (2-5 p.m.) including music and theatre performances. On main campus, additional activities include a parents’ informational session, carnival games, inflatables and student organization booths. Sunday will include a 10 a.m.-noon brunch in the Cougar Cafeteria and Lounge. Ticket prices include $25 per family of five and $5 per additional person. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

OCT. 23 — NCAA Cross Country: Cougar Invitational

The Columbus State men’s and women’s cross country squads compete in the annual Cougar Invitational starting 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at Smiths Station High School. For more information, call 706-568-2204.

OCT. 23 — NCAA Women’s Soccer: CSU Hosts Georgia College and State

The Columbus State women’s soccer squad hosts Georgia College and State 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Walden Soccer Complex. Admission prices are $5 for adults; $3 for students/kids (including non-CSU students); and free for ages 5 and younger and CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204.

OCT. 23 — 'Tricks, Treats and Trails' at Oxbow Meadows

Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center celebrates Halloween with “Tricks, Treats and Trails,” 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Participants can walk a "trick-or-treat trail" on which wildlife actors reveal their roles in the environment and hand out Halloween treats. The event also involves games, crafts  and face painting from CSU's College of Education and Health Professions. Following a 6 p.m. raptor presentation, a 7-8 p.m. astronomy session will involve Coca-Cola Space Science Center staff directing a viewing of the evening sky. Telescopes will be provided. Admission is  $5 or free for age 3 and younger. For more information, call 706-687-4090.

OCT. 24 — Faculty Chamber Series Concert

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a concert by CSU’s faculty chamber orchestra 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program will feature Mozart’s Gran Partita directed by CSU’s new orchestral conductor, Paul Hostetter, the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair for Orchestral Activities. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu.

ONGOING

Rankin Arts Photography Exhibition
Columbus State is hosting a photography exhibition, “First Light,” through Nov. 15 by faculty and students of CSU’s Continuing Education digital photography program. The exhibition is in the Rankin Arts Photography Gallery on the second floor of The Rankin, 104 Broadway. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 4-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. Call 706-641-7144 for more information.