CSU Happenings for Oct. 7-16, 2011

Oct. 7 - Panel Discussion on Civil War in the Valley
Columbus State University Continuing Education presents a panel discussion, "Remembering the War in the Valley, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. Panelists for this free program will include David Williams, author of A Rich Man’s War; Billy Winn, writer and local historian; and staff from the Port Columbus National Civil War Naval Museum. Discussion will cover how the Civil War impacted area soldiers and their families, how a large portion of Columbus was destroyed and how  the military industries boomed around this time to support the production of uniforms, guns, ammunition and more. The audience also will hear details of an interpretive park planned for Columbus/Phenix City to commemorate the Civil War. For more information or to RSVP for the program, go to http://ColumbusState.edu/CE or call 706-507-8070.

Oct. 8 - Astronomy Night
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center stages an Astronomy Night program of stargazing and planet viewing on Monday, Oct. 8 from the center at 701 Front Ave., Columbus. A 7 p.m. planetarium is followed by telescope viewing at 8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

Oct. 9 - Club Sport Tackle Football: CSU vs. UNO
The Columbus State club football squad hosts the University of New Orleans for a game at noon Sunday, Oct. 9 at Doughboy Stadium on Fort Benning. (Official, photo I.D. required for Fort Benning entry.) For more information, contact Campus Recreation at 706-507-8650 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/campusrec.

Oct. 9 - Second Sunday at Oxbow Meadows: 'Greening Your House'
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center presents “Greening Your House” for its next Second Sunday series program at 2 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Local residents Rick and Marquette McKnight will lead the program as they describe their recent eco-friendly home-building project. Participants will be entered into a drawing for green gifts including a programmable thermostat. Admission is $3 and free for kids 3 and younger. For more information, call 706-507-8550 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/oxbow.

Oct. 10-11 - Fall Break
CSU classes will not meet on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 10-11, which is designated as fall break. However, university offices will be open for business.

Oct. 12 - NCAA Soccer: CSU vs. North Georgia
The Lady Cougars will host the North Georgia squad at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Walden Soccer Complex for its annual Kicks for the Cure Game, designed to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research.

Oct. 13 - Honors Program Speaker: Explorer, Conservationist John Hare
The Columbus State Honors Program presents guest speaker John Hare, British explorer and conservationist, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Schuster Student Success Center. A member of the Royal Geographic Society and The Explorers' Club, Hare will give a talk titled “The Mysteries of Lop Nur” – about mummified figures dating from 1500 BC near the ancient Chinese city of Lou Lan. Hare reached the site in 1996, after a hazardous adventure and becoming the first person in recorded history to do so. Earlier that day, Hare will talk to CSU students in Capenters Hall about his recent travel into the remote Gobi desert of China in search of wild Bactrian camels. His evening lecture on main campus is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-507-8771 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/honors.

Oct. 14 - Guest Trumpet, Trombone Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents Jason Bergman on trumpet and Ben McIlwain on trombone – both from the University of Southern Mississippi at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall.The program, featurng works from Persichetti, Bozza and more, is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/music.

Oct. 15 – Oxbow Meadows Joins Help the Hooch
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center is joining Help the Hooch cleanup activities on Saturday, Oct. 15, starting 8 a.m. at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. After the cleanup, participants are invited to the 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Watershed Festival at Golden Park. The festival will include lunch, games, crafts and an Oxbow animal encounter. For more information, call 706-507-8553 or go to http://ColumbusState.edu/oxbow.