CSU Happenings for Oct. 19-27

OCT. 19 – Midnight Madness to Open Basketball Season
CSU will celebrate the beginning of practices for the 2007-2008 basketball season with Midnight Madness on Friday in the Lumpkin Center. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and festivities begin at 9 p.m. and include a CSU faculty-student basketball game, cheerleader squad performances, introductions of both the CSU men’s and women’s basketball squads and more. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsors are CSU’s Student Activities Council, Student Athletic Advisory Committee and Athletic Department. A portion of the event is funded with student activity fees. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

OCT. 20 - ‘Sci-Fi Con’ at Space Science Center
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will host “Sci-Fi Con,” from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday. The event will feature an appearance by actor Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers), who will sign autographs. Other activities will involve sci-fi-fantasy costuming, Star Wars characters, Star Trek and Buffy roleplaying games, fan club activity, video game tournaments, costume contests, food, prizes, laser shows, solar and night telescope viewing, cyber fighters, model and air rockets for kids, and toy, game, comic and collectibles vendors. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

OCT. 20 - CSU Jazz Band to Perform
The CSU Jazz Band will perform at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Directed by professor Shirantha Beddage, the band’s repertoire ranges from contemporary jazz to traditional selections by pioneers such as Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

OCT. 21 - Guest Flutist Carl Hall to Perform
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a concert by guest flutist Carl Hall at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Hall serves on the Emory University music faculty and performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

OCT. 22 - Expert to Discuss U.S.-China ‘Energy Security and Climate Change’
Political scientist Jean Garrison from the University of Wyoming will give a talk on “Energy Security as a Climate Change Issue: The Cases of China and the United States” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 in CSU’s International House at 6 Clearview Circle. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsors are CSU’s Department of Biology, Department of History and Geography and Department of Political Science.

Garrison will offer a broad set of regional, economic and environmental contexts to the notion that the United States’ energy security dialogue should focus on the scarcity of oil and the threat posed by China’s recent efforts to buy up energy reserves around the world. Garrison contends “this narrow security focus misses the larger development and environmental issues that are linked to a country’s energy security policy.” For more information, call 706-565-3634 or 706-568-2263.

OCT. 22 - CSU Chamber Orchestra to Perform
The CSU Chamber Orchestra, conducted by George del Gobbo, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

OCT. 25 - CSU Chamber Winds to Perform
The CSU Chamber Winds, conducted by Professor Robert Rumbelow, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The diverse program will feature brass, percussion and mixed ensemble performances, and Darius Milhaud’s “La Creation du Monde.” Admission is $5 and free for faculty, staff and students with CSU ID. For tickets, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

OCT. 25 – Planned Giving Forums Include Free ‘Lunch and Learn’ Session
CSU will host a “lunch and learn” planned giving forum for individuals and families at noon Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development. The event will feature a keynote presentation, “Giving the Younger Generation a Voice: What Works … And What Doesn’t,” by Kathryn Miree, a nationally known author and expert on nonprofit gift planning and administration topics. This session includes lunch and is free with a reservation in advance by calling 706-569-2500. Miree, president of Kathryn W. Miree & Associates, Inc., also will lead an 8:30 a.m. session the same day for professional advisors, on “Planning in a Time of Change: Insights and Ideas.” In addition to CSU, forum sponsors are Brookstone School, Columbus Museum, St. Francis Foundation and Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley.

OCT. 26 - Faculty Voice Recital Set
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a recital featuring faculty soprano Michelle DeBruyn at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. DeBruyn will perform an evening of solo literature with piano accompaniment by faculty colleague Betty Anne Diaz on songs and arias by Beach, Haydn, Mozart, Poulenc and Wolf. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

Oct. 27 - CSU Clarinet Quartet to Perform
A CSU clarinet ensemble, the 10th and Broadway Quartet, will perform at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The quartet — comprised of Schwob School of Music students John Inzetta, Andy Hudson, Jason Thorne and Steven Naimark — will perform pieces by James Waterson, Alfred Uhl, Jorge Montilla and a premiere of Eric Mandat's “Peg and Hole Collide.” Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

OCT. 27 - ‘Halloween Spooktakular’ for Kids
CSU’s Student Government Association and the Columbus Business Improvement District will present “Halloween Spooktakular” from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 in downtown Columbus. Entertainment will include a costume contest and various game-activity stations throughout the 1000-1100 block of Broadway. About 18 CSU student organizations each will operate stations with attractions offering a safe, fun Halloween activity for families with children up to age 12. For more information, call 706-568-2403 or 706-568-2273.