CSU Happenings for Oct. 23-31

OCT. 23 - Honors Program Yard Sale
Columbus State’s Honors Program is holding a yard sale fund-raiser 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the CSU International House at University Avenue and Clearview Circle. For more information, call 706-507-8771.

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 on the Oxbow Meadows trails. For more information, call 706-687-4090.

OCT. 23-24 — CSU Parents Weekend and Visitation Day

Columbus State hosts students and their families for a second annual Parents Weekend, Saturday and Sunday. The event coincides with Visitation Day for prospective students and their families. Both programs open with a  9-10 a.m. check-in and brunch reception Saturday in the Lumpkin Center, followed by introductory remarks from CSU leaders. 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.) that includes fine arts performances. Afterward, a variety concert on Woodruff Park begins at  7p.m. On main campus, additional activities include a parents’ informational session, carnival games, inflatables and student organization booths. Shuttle service will run between campuses. Parents Weekend participation costs $25 for families of up to five members and $5 per additional member, and covers a breakfast and lunch Saturday and breakfast Sunday. Wristbands will distinguish these participants from the Visitation Day guests, who will register at no cost and be able to purchase food and refreshments from the Cougar Cafeteria. For more information about Parents Weekend, call 706-568-2180. For more about Visitation Day, call 706-507-8800.

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 at Smiths Station High School. For more information, go to http://csucougars.com or 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 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 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 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.

OCT. 25 — ‘The Nature of Books’ Meeting at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center staff members lead a review of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a book credited with sparking an environmental movement, 6 p.m. Monday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. The program is free and part of Oxbow’s book club meeting series, “Nature of Books.” For more information, call 706-687-4090.

OCT. 25 — CSU Bass Ensemble

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a concert by the CSU Bass Ensemble 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter's Legacy Hall. The ensemble performs under the direction of faculty artist Alexander Pershounin.  Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu.

OCT. 25-26 — Community Input Welcome for Artist’s ‘River Project’
Columbus State artist-in-residence Florence Neal invites community members to share stories associated with the Chattahoochee River and its environs from 9 a.m.-noon Monday and Tuesday at her worksite along the river on Woodruff Park. The stories will be recorded, and a selection of them incorporated in Neal’s “The River Project,” which will depict the Chattahoochee, from bridge to bridge and Georgia to Alabama, on a 24-by-8-foot linoleum block print. Neal, a Columbus native and Brooklyn gallery owner, will work on the project and record stories from inside CSU’s Corn Center in case of inclement weather either morning. For more information, call the Department of Art at 706-507-8300.

OCT. 27 —  ‘If I Had a Hammer’ Project Involves Hannan Elementary

Columbus State’s College of Education and Health Professions engages Hannan 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. 28 -  Club Football: CSU Visits Fort Benning

The Columbus State Club Football squad will face the Army’s 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team  6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fort Benning’s Doughboy Stadium. The game is part of Soldier and Family Appreciation Day activities at Fort Benning starting 3 p.m. and including food, games, music and entertainment  Free CSU shuttles to the game will depart from the north side of the Davidson Student Center starting 4 p.m. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

OCT. 28 — Guest Speaker to Share Insight from the Congo

Columbus State’s Center for International Education presents “Community Responses to ‘State Weakness’ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” a lecture by Morehouse College professor Laura Seay, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 in the International House at University Avenue and Clearview Circle. Seay, a political scientist, has visited and researched frequently in central Africa since 1996. She has been reporting on social instability in the Congo and issues related to central Africa through her blog, which is frequently syndicated by journalism outlets such as the Christian Science Monitor. Her CSU lecture is free. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

OCT. 29 — Early Jazz-Ragtime Pianist Terry Waldo

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a performance by pianist Terry Waldo, critically acclaimed as America’s leading presenter of ragtime and early jazz, 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu.

OCT. 30 — CSU Philharmonic and Choral Ensembles
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a performance by the CSU Philharmonic, Chamber Singers, Concert Chorale and Choral Union, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 in RiverCenter’s Heard Theatre. The program will commemorate All Saints,’ All Soul’s and Veterans Day with Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem. General admission is $5, with discounts for CSU faculty, staff and students. For tickets, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu.

OCT. 30 — NCAA Women’s Soccer: CSU vs. Flagler

The Columbus State Women’s Soccer squad hosts Flagler College (Fla.) 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 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. 31 — CSU Percussion Ensemble
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents the CSU Percussion Ensemble in concert 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. An eclectic program directed by professor Paul Vaillancourt will include works by Gillingham, Maslanka, Davidovsky, Hatzis and Australian composer Nigel Westlake's score to the silent film The Invisible Men. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu.

ONGOING

‘Degrees of Density’ Exhibition
Columbus State’s Department of Art presents Degrees of Density: Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles through Nov. 20 in the Corn Center for the Arts' Illges 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. The Kentler gallery is owned and operated by Columbus native Florence Neal. 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

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.