CSU Happenings for Sept. 11-19

SEPT. 11 - Sept. 11 Remembrance
CSU’s Student Activities Council will stage a ceremony in remembrance of the attacks of Sept. 11 and its victims and survivors, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Thomas Y. Whitley Clock Tower. The program, themed “Turning Tragedy into Triumph: A Reflection of our Nation (Seven Years Strong),” will open with an ROTC color guard presentation and national anthem performance, followed by remarks by Student Government Association President David Owens and political science professors Tom Dolan and John Van Doorn. Afterward, seven students, symbolizing 7 years, will offer personal reflections on the tragedy and initiate a candlelight vigil and moment of silence. A student’s recital of a “tribute poem” will close the program. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

SEPT. 11-14 - ‘Cows Don’t Fly ...” Opens Theatre Season
CSU Theatre will open its 2008-2009 season with Cows Don’t Fly and Other Known Facts Thursday through Sunday at CSU Theatre on the Park, Mainstage. Curtain times for this first of two CSU Family Series productions are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Professor Brenda May Ito directs a CSU-student cast of four actors playing 19 roles in an adaptation of three children’s stories by author Paul Brett Johnson: “The Cow Who Wouldn’t Come Down,” “The Pig Who Ran a Red Light” and “The Goose Who Went Off in a Huff.”

Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office. Prices are $10 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens, children, active military personnel and CSU alumni, and free (limit two) with CSU ID. For more information, including details on season ticket packages, call 706-507-8400 or go to http://theatre.colstate.edu/productions.asp.

SEPT. 13 - Mountain Climber Bud Allen to speak at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus adventurer R. M. Bud Allen, who has climbed the highest mountains on five continents, will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Rd., Columbus. The lecture, “Lessons from the Mountains,” will be part of the Lynn Haven Garden Club Meeting.

Allen’s climbing feats have included Elbrus in Europe (Russian Caucuses), Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt. Vinson in Antarctica and Denali in Alaska. He also is a master diver, avid skier, aerobatic pilot and has been a commercial real estate developer in Columbus for more than 20 years. Admission is free, but space is limited. Call 706-687-4090 to reserve a seat.

SEPT. 14 - Oxbow Meadows: ‘Terrific Turtles’
CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will present “Terrific Turtles” as its next Second Sunday series program, from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. This family program will explore the differences between water and land turtles and highlight Georgia’s state reptile, the threatened gopher tortoise, including its habitat, how they dig burrows up to 6 feet deep and 40 feet long, and why they are critical to the survival of hundreds of other animals that use their burrows for shelter. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children (13 and under). Space is limited. Guests may reserve a seat in advance by calling 706-687-4090. For more information, go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 14 - Faculty Saxophone Recital, Discussion
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a faculty recital by saxophonist Amy Griffiths at 4 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Accompanied by pianist Tracy Xian, Griffiths will perform and discuss three Handel sonatas. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 15 - Guest Speaker: Artist and Critical Writer Buzz Spector
Artist and critical writer Buzz Spector will present “Shelf Life: the art of Buzz Spector,” at 6 p.m. Monday in Carpenters Hall, at Broadway and 9th Street in downtown Columbus. The program is free. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

Spector, a professor at Cornell University (N.Y.) will talk about his artwork, which makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory and perception. He has shown his work in museums and galleries including the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. His most recent installation project, “Big Red C,” staged at Cornell’s Architecture, Art and Planning facility, featured a book structure composed entirely of volumes written by Cornell faculty, staff and students.

SEPT. 16 - Oxbow Meadows Building to Close Temporarily
CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will close its main building from Sept. 16-Oct. 6 as workers install a new floor. However, the center’s grounds, featuring bird and turtle displays and a walking trail, will remain open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Oxbow Meadows is located at 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 19 and 21 - NCAA Women’s Soccer: PBC vs. Gulf South Invitational
CSU’s women’s soccer squad will host a Peach Belt Conference vs. Gulf South Conference Invitational on Friday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 21, at the CSU Soccer Complex:

• Friday: Georgia Southwestern vs. West Georgia, 5 p.m.
• Friday: CSU vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday: CSU vs. West Georgia, 1 p.m.
• Sunday: Georgia Southwestern vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 3 p.m.

Daily admission prices are $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.