CSU Happenings for Oct. 9-17

OCT. 9 — 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. 9 — Sci-Fi Convention at Space Science Center
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center hosts its third annual Columbus Sci-Fi Convention and Toy Show 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 at the center, 701 Front Ave. The featured guest is actor Daniel Logan, who portrayed the young Boba Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and does the voice of the same character in The Clone Wars animated series. Admission is $5 per person and includes all activities and a free autograph from Logan, who also will participate in a question-and-answer session. Additionally, vendors will showcase sci-fi collectibles and comic books, and the local Star Trek club and costuming guilds from the 501st and Rebel Legion will participate. Plus, characters appearing in costume will cover Star Wars, Alien vs. Predator, Johnny Depp characters and more. The event also will include a costuming panel discussion, planetarium shows in the full-dome Omnisphere Theater, video game tournaments and food. For more information, call 706-649-1477.

OCT. 11-12 — Fall Break for Students: No Classes
Classes will not be in session Monday and Tuesday as Columbus State observes its annual fall break for students. CSU offices will be open for business.

OCT. 11 —  Club Football: CSU Hosts Faulkner

The Columbus State Club Football squad hosts Faulkner University (Ala.) 6 p.m. Monday at Kinnett Stadium, 7601 Schomburg Road. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

OCT. 14 — Environmental Policy Talk: ‘Toxic Rock’

Georgia Power’s environmental affairs manager, Darahyl Dennis, will give a talk, “Toxic Rock: What is it? Why it is Important,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 in the Studio Theatre at Theatre on the Park on CSU’s RiverPark campus. The program is part of a series of environmental policy lectures presented by CSU’s Department of Political Science and MPA Program. Before joining Georgia Power in 1977, Dennis earned a CSU bachelor’s degree in biology in 1974 and worked for national and state science and health agencies, publishing articles on such topics as wastewater treatment and regulatory compliance. His lecture is free. For more information, call 706-507-8704.

OCT. 14 — CSU Hosts Counterinsurgency Expert for Hallock Lecture

Military historian Conrad Crane will give a talk on U.S. counterinsurgency strategy as part of Columbus State’s Hallock Lecture Series, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Cunningham Center. Crane, who directs the U. S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., has titled his presentation “Exorcising Old Demons and Discovering New Ones: Using History to Make History in American Counterinsurgency.” The topic can be traced to Crane’s role as lead author of the Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency field manual, published in 2006 as the first Army or Marines manual in 20 years devoted to counterinsurgency operations. Crane is retired as an Army colonel with 26 years of military service that concluded with nine years as a history professor for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Admission to his CSU lecture is free. The Department of History and Geography is organizing the program in a series funded by the Richard R. Hallock Foundation. For more information, call 706-507-8350.      details >>

OCT. 14 - LegacyLive Concert by Classical Guitarist Andrew Zohn
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents faculty guitarist Andrew Zohn in concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Zohn has performed on four continents, including recent venues in Italy, Slovenia, Canada and Poland. His program, part of the Schwob School's LegacyLive concert series, will range from baroque masterworks of Scarlatti and Telemann to modern compositions of Piazolla and Cardoso. LegacyLive admission prices are $20, $15 for faculty and staff, and $10 for students. For more information, call 706-649-7225, or e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu..

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, Oct. 16 at the center, 701 Front Ave., Columbus. 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, Oct. 17 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, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

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.