CSU Happenings for Oct. 18-25

OCT. 18 - NCAA Women's Soccer
The CSU women’s soccer squad will host Lander for a contest at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at the CSU Soccer Complex. General admission is $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 http://www.csucougars.com.

OCT. 19 - Student Guitar Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by guitarist Kristofor Downs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

OCT. 20-21 - Women’s Leadership Development Conference
The Leadership Institute at Columbus State University’s Cunningham Center for Leadership Development will stage its fourth annual Women’s Leadership Development Conference on Monday and Tuesday. Registration is open through the 11:30 a.m. start of the event on Monday. Addressing the theme “Changes, Challenges, Choices” will be speakers and workshop leaders, including a popular author, local professionals and nationally respected executives with a track record of workplace achievement. Conference highlights include:

• 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday - New York Times bestselling author Marci Shimoff. Topic: “Happy for No Reason: Staying Empowered in the Midst of Change and Challenge”

• 2-2:30 p.m. Monday - Ashley Hatcher, president, Archer Innovations, Inc. Topic: “How To Overcome Challenges in a Changing World Full of Choices”

• 3-3:50 p.m. Tuesday: Barbara Gauthier, WTVM News anchor. Topic: “You Can Come Home Again”

The conference fee is $349. Register online at http://ccld.colstate.edu/register.asp or call 706-568-5101.

OCT. 21- Alcohol Awareness Week Activities at RiverPark
CSU students will participate in a series of Alcohol Awareness programs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday at the university's RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus. At Woodruff Park, CSU theatre students will stage “Intoxicated,” a dramatization about the consequences of drunken driving. A separate series of interactive activities will involve students simulating various stages of intoxication and a videotaped testimonial from an incarcerated DUI offender will be screened in the Theatre on the Park grand lobby. For more information, call 706-507-8333.

OCT. 21 - When Cultures Collide: Presentation at Clock Tower
The series, When Cultures Collide: Dialogues with Native American History and Culture, continues with a presentation, “Should We Celebrate Columbus Day? by activist Gary Whitedeer, at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the CSU clock tower. The program is free. Whitedeer, of Ada, Okla., is an award-winning artist and historic preservationist who has been featured on TBS’s “The Native Americans.” Series sponsors are Friends of Libraries and the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Association, with support from CSU, Columbus Public Library, Pastoral Institute, Columbus Film Society and Columbus Museum. For more information, call 706-565-3633, write to causey_virginia@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://history.colstate.edu/NativeAmericans.asp.

OCT. 21 - When Cultures Collide Forum: Columbus Day Pros and Cons
The series, When Cultures Collide: Dialogues with Native American History and Culture, continues with a forum, “Celebrating Columbus Day: Pros and Cons,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 in the Columbus Public Library. The presenters are Columbus City Councilor Julius Hunter Jr. and Gary Whitedeer, of Ada, Okla., an award-winning artist and historic preservationist who has been featured on TBS’s “The Native Americans.” Series sponsors are Friends of Libraries and the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Association, with support from CSU, Columbus Public Library, Pastoral Institute, Columbus Film Society and Columbus Museum. For more information, call 706-565-3633, write to causey_virginia@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://history.colstate.edu/NativeAmericans.asp.

OCT. 22 - Guest Photography Exhibitions to Open
CSU’s Department of Art will host a pair of photography exhibitions opening Wednesday and running through Nov. 22 in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery. A group exhibition, “Seeing and Knowing,” will feature graduate students representing photography programs in universities around the Southeast: Joshua Greer, Wendy Riley, Matthew Moore, Maury Gortemiller and Xiaotiang Wang. A concurrent solo exhibition by Mark Steinmetz will feature his work, which is noted for capturing a strong sense of displacement and isolation felt by many young Americans.

Gallery admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday: and 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday. The Corn Center is located at 6 West 10th Street in downtown Columbus. Parking is available in the RiverCenter Parking Garage on Broadway, allowing visitors to enter the Corn Center’s Front Street entrance. For more information, call 706-507-8300 or go to http://art.colstate.edu.

OCT. 22 - National Save A Life Tour to Visit CSU
The national Save a Life Tour will target CSU students with its multi-million dollar, drinking and driving simulator from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday in the Davidson Student Center. The simulator, along with giant posters and high intensity videos rolling on huge monitors, will be set up in the second-floor Cougar Lounge. The event is sponsored by the Student Activities Council as part of the university’s observance of the national Alcohol Awareness Week. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

OCT. 22 - Domestic Violence Awareness Speaker Events
CSU’s Women’s Issues Advisory Council and Hope Harbour Columbus Alliance for Battered Women, Inc., will present a pair of domestic violence awareness speaker programs on Wednesday. Hope Harbour Board President Sally Haskins will give a presentation at 10:30 a.m. in the Columbus Public Library. Later on campus, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. the Davidson Student Center, room 256, CSU political science majors Kristin Strickland and Wayne Grisby will discuss domestic violence against college women, plus Hope Harbour Assistant Director Valencia Evans will speak about the problem of domestic violence in society as a whole. The programs are free. For more information, call 706-568-5089.

OCT. 23 - Poetry Workshop, Reading
Columbus State University's Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians will feature award-winning poet Ann Fisher-Wirth in a pair of events on Thursday, Oct. 23. A 4 p.m. poetry workshop at the Smith-McCullers House at 1519 Stark Ave., will be followed by a 6:30 p.m. poetry reading in CSU’s Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium. Both programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-565-4021.

Fisher-Wirth, a University of Mississippi faculty member, has won awards from the Salem College Center for Women Writers and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, as well as a poetry fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission. Her poems have appeared in literary magazines, including Connecticut Review, Georgia Review and Kenyon Review.

OCT. 23 - Gallery Talk and Reception
Photographer Mark Steinmetz, noted for documentary-style black and white portraits, will give a gallery talk starting 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23 in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery. The presentation is part of a 5-7 p.m. reception in conjunction with his solo reception as well the concurrent “Seeing and Knowing” group photography exhibition. The event, hosted by CSU’s Department of Art, is free. Photographing mainly in Tennessee, Georgia, and Louisiana, Steinmetz is noted for capturing a strong sense of displacement and isolation felt by many young Americans. His photographs form part of the collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography. The Corn Center is located at 6 West 10th Street in downtown Columbus. Parking is available in the RiverCenter Parking Garage on Broadway, allowing visitors to enter the Corn Center’s Front Street entrance. For more information, contact the CSU Department of Art at 706-507-8300.

OCT. 23 - When Cultures Collide: Lecture
The series When Cultures Collide: Dialogues with Native American History and Culture, continues with a lecture, “Spanish Soldiers, English Traders and the Formation of the Creek Confederacy,” by University of West Georgia anthropology professor Thomas Foster at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 in the Columbus Museum. The program is free. Series sponsors are Friends of CSU Libraries and the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Association, with support from CSU, Columbus Public Library, Pastoral Institute, Columbus Film Society and Columbus Museum. For more information, call 706-565-3633, write to causey_virginia@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://history.colstate.edu/NativeAmericans.asp.

OCT. 23 – Midnight Madness to Open Basketball Season
CSU will celebrate the opening of a new NCAA basketball season with a Midnight Madness event from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct, 23 in the Lumpkin Center. Activities will open with a hot dog cookout in the parking lot and include cheer and dance squad performances, faculty-staff and student contests, T-shirt giveaways and men’s and women’s basketball squad introductions. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-568-2204.

OCT. 24, 25 and 31 - Students to Stage Haunted House
The CSU student organization Campus Nerds will stage separate haunted house attractions, one for teens and adults ($5 per person) and the other for kids ages 12 and under ($1 per person) from 7 p.m.-midnight on Friday, Saturday, and the following Saturday, Oct. 24, 25 and 31 in Davidson Student Center. For more information, contact Ryan at 706-329-9028 and leave a message if no answer.

OCT. 25 - NCAA Women's Soccer
The CSU women’s soccer squad will host USC Aiken for a match at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the CSU Soccer Complex. General admission is $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 http://www.csucougars.com.

OCT. 25 - CSU Theatre: Oral History
Performance on Westville’s Founding A Columbus State University theatre ensemble will reveal the story behind the founding of the living history museum at Westville, Ga., in a pair of oral history performances on Saturday, Oct. 25. “Westville: Collected Lives in History” will be performed at 2 p.m. on-site at Westville Village, about 38 miles south of Columbus, followed by a 7:30 p.m. show at CSU’s International House at University Avenue and Clearview Circle. Admission is free, although there is a gate fee, ranging from $4-10, for entrance to Westville. For more information, call 706-507-8403.

OCT. 25 - New York Philharmonic
Trumpetist to Perform with Wind Ensemble New York Philharmonic Principal Trumpetist Phil Smith will perform with the CSU Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program will include works by Williams, Pascuzzi and the premiere of a composition by Schwob School of Music Director Fred Cohen. General admission is $5; $2 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and free with CSU ID. For tickets, contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.