CSU Happenings for Sept. 17-25

Sept. 17, 19 — NCAA Women’s Soccer: Hughston Sports Clinic Shootout
The Columbus State women’s soccer squad hosts teams from Tampa, Tusculum, Lander and Carson-Newman for the Hughston Sports Clinic Shootout Friday and Sunday at the Walden Soccer Complex. A pair of matches each day are scheduled:
• Friday: Tampa vs. Tusculum, 4:30 p.m. and CSU vs. Lander, 7 p.m.
• Sunday: Tampa vs. Lander, 11 a.m. and CSU vs. Carson Newman, 1:30 p.m.
Admission prices per day 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.

SEPT. 17 — Multimedia Musical Performance by Guest Artist

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a music and multimedia performance by Mark Snyder 7:30 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Using a laptop, video projector, clarinet, tuba  and accordion, Snyder, a University of North Alabama professor of entertainment industry, creates wordless, multimedia compositions, orchestrated with live instrument processing, prerecorded sounds and video. His compositions have been described as “a fantastic and colorful sonic journey of musical storytelling.” Admission to his CSU performance is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 18 — Urban Cycling Discussion at Oxbow Meadows

Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center and the River Valley Regional Commission present “More Pedal, Less Metal,” a breakfast discussion to promote “urban cycling” in Columbus, 9 a.m. Saturday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Presenters, CSU English professor and cycling enthusiast Pat McHenry and Julio Portillo, RVRC regional community and bicycle-pedestrian planner, will cover route-planning, bike safety, etiquette and other topics. Guests are encouraged to cycle to the program, as Oxbow Meadows is accessible via the RiverWalk. The program is free. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 18 — 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 at the center, 701 Front Ave. The program is free and opens with a 7 p.m. planetarium presentation followed by telescope viewing at 8 p.m. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

SEPT. 20 – International Film Screening: Babel

Columbus State’s Center for International Education screens the 2006 film Babel 7 p.m. Monday in CSU’s International House at Clearview Circle and University Avenue. Starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, the movie won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture and an Oscar Award for Best Original Score. The multi-narrative drama follows stories in Morocco, Mexico, Japan and the United States. The screening at CSU is free. For more information, call 7606-565-4036.

SEPT. 23 — Visiting Scholar Lecture: ‘Identity Crisis: 'Irishness' in the Creative Arts’
Rebecca Pelan, CSU’s Fort Visiting Scholar in European Studies, will give a talk,“Identity Crisis: ‘Irishness’ in the Creative Arts,” 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 in CSU’s International House at University Avenue and Clearview Circle. Pelan, teaching English literature this fall at Columbus State, has lectured since 2006 in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin  She has published extensively on the subject of Irish women’s fiction and drama and feminist-literary politics. Her CSU lecture, free and open to the public, is presented by CSU’s Center for International Education. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

SEPT. 23-24 — Distance Learning Conference

Columbus State hosts “Distance Learning: The ‘Now’ Frontier,”  a distance learning conference, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 23-24 at the Cunningham Center. More than 150 participants — locally and from around the country — will include faculty, researchers and others interested in distance learning and the use of technology in education. Keynote speakers are George Veletsianos, an instructional technology professor at the University of Texas and Nathan Benjamin, a digital course specialist who has worked with Harvard and Columbia universities and clients in the private sector. Register online at http://online.colstate.edu/dlconference or call 706-568-2043. The cost to attend is $45 for the entire conference or $25 per day and covers food and beverages served. CSU faculty and staff can register at no cost. Registration is open until the day of the event.

SEPT. 23-26 – Theatre Stages ‘25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee'
Columbus State Theatre presents the musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Sept. 23-26 on the MainStage at Theatre on the Park on CSU’s downtown Columbus RiverPark campus. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22 or $20 for for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni. CSU students can receive one free ticket while CSU faculty and staff can receive two complimentary tickets. Discounts apply for groups of 10-19 (10 percent) and 20 or more (20 percent). Hours for the CSU Theatre Box Office at 10th Street and Bay Avenue are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, starting Aug. 30, plus one hour prior to each show. For more information, go to http://theatre.colstate.edu/ or call 706-507-8400.

SEPT. 25 – Guided 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, Sept. 25 on the Oxbow Meadows trails. The program runs every second and fourth Saturday of the month. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 25 - CSU Day of Service, Campuswide Picnic
Columbus State faculty, staff and students have an opportunity to represent Columbus State in performing community service as part of a second annual CSU Day of Service set for Saturday, Sept. 25.. Teams of volunteers will begin to gather 8:30 a.m. at the Mock Pavilion, next to the main campus Intramural Field, and board buses for work sites around the community. At noon, the volunteers will begin boarding buses to return to the pavilion for a campuswide picnic. The service work will take place at, or be coordinated by, the Russell County Child Advocacy Center, D.A. Turner YMCA, Teen Advisors, Mission Columbus, Keep Columbus Beautiful, Easter Seals and Habitat for Humanity of Russell County. Participants can select and sign up for a project via the Corporate Event link on the United Way website at http://www.unitedwayofthecv.org/volunteer. The Corporate Code is CSU. First-time participants are required to register by establishing a password before signing up for a work site. For more information, go to http://career.colstate.edu/dayofservice.asp or e-mail Christopher Bryant at bryant_christopher@ColumbusState.edu.

SEPT. 25 — Oxbow Meadows Stages 'Insectival
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Columbus State's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Center presents its traditional insect festival, “Insectival,” starting 11 a.m. Saturday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Rd., Columbus. Activities will include interactive insect displays, games with prizes, insect-themed crafts, face painting, local honey for sale, fried crickets and insect lollipops and a cricket-spitting contest with cash prizes. Plus, experts will be  will be on site for lectures and demonstrations,  including Monarch Butterflies: World Travelers (noon-12:30 p.m.), Backyard Butterflies (12:45-1:15 p..m.), Green  Gardening (1:30-2 p.m.) and Beekeeping 101 (2:15-2:45 p.m.). Admission is $5 per person and free for children 3 and younger. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu/.

ONGOING

Visiting Artist Exhibition: ‘Scratching the Surface’

Columbus State’s Department of Art presents “Scratching the Surface,” an exhibition through Sept. 31 of photography, sculpture and video by visiting artist Jason Lanka, whose work is known for exploring humanity’s place in the
natural world. The free exhibition, in the Corn Center’s Illges Gallery, the exhibition site on CSU’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus, is supported by the Illges Foundation and CSU student activity fees. Admission is free. IIlges 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 or go to http://art.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.