CSU Happenings for Sept. 25-Oct. 3

Through SEPT. 26 — CSU Theatre Staging Musical Comedy Through Weekend
Columbus State Theatre’s  musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee continues through Sunday 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, 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 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. 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 — Insectival at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Center presents its traditional insect festival, “Insectival,” starting 11 a.m. Saturday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. 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/.

SEPT. 26 — LegacyLive Concert by the Takács String Quartet
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents the Takács String Quartet as part of its LegacyLive concert series 4 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The University of Colorado-based quartet is internationally respected and noted for “playing with a distinctive blend of drama, warmth and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire.” The program features works by Schubert and Haydn. Admission prices are $20 or $15 for CSU faculty and staff and $10 for CSU students. Call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3632. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 27 — CSU Wind Ensemble
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a concert by the CSU Wind Ensemble 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. With new conductor Jamie L. Nix, the ensemble’s season-opening concert is titled “Angels in Architecture” and features works inspired by architecture from composers Balmages, Bach, Wagner and Ticheli. The program also features faculty percussionist Paul Vaillancourt on timpani for Daugherty’s Raise the Roof. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 28 — Banned Books Read-Out
CSU Libraries joins the American Library Association’s national observance of Banned Books Week (Sept. 25-Oct. 2) with a Banned Books Read-Out 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday on the veranda at the Schwob Library main entrance. Columbus State faculty, staff and students will read from their favorite banned books — defined as having been banned or challenged by individuals or groups who want them removed from library shelves or from reading lists. Examples include such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Letter and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The read-out at CSU is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-568-2042.

SEPT. 30 — CSU Philharmonic
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a concert by the CSU Philharmonic 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Bartok’s First Rhapsody, Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun, and Stravinsky’s suite from the Firebird. Paul Hostetter directs the orchestra in his debut performance as CSU’s Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair for Orchestra Activities. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

OCT. 1 and 3 — Club Football Pep Rally and Home Opener
A pep rally at the campus clock tower is slated for 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 in advance of the Columbus State Club Football home opener. The Cougars host South Alabama 2 p.m Sunday, Oct. 3 at Kinnett Stadium, 7601 Schomburg Road. For more information, call 706-568-2273 or go to http://campusrec.colstate.edu/tacklefootball.asp.

OCT. 1 and 3 — NCAA Soccer: Peach Belt-Sunshine State Invitational
The Columbus State women’s soccer squad hosts a showdown between conferences via the Peach Belt-Sunshine State Invitational, Friday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 3 at the Walden Soccer Complex.  A pair of matches each day are
scheduled:
• Friday: North Georgia vs. Florida Tech, 4:30 p.m.
• Friday: CSU vs. Florida Southern, 7 p.m.
• Sunday: North Georgia vs. Florida Southern, 11 a.m.
• Sunday: CSU vs. Florida Tech, 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.

OCT. 1 — Performance Features Saxophone with Electronics
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a perforformance of contemporary music for saxophone with electronics 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The performers will be saxophonist Susan Fancher from Duke University and electronic music specialist Mark Engebretson from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

OCT. 2 — Retired Professor’s Talk Part of Oxbow Meadows Lynn Haven Meeting

Columbus State Professor Emeritus of Biology Flora Clark will give a presentation, “The Beauty of Fall” as CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center hosts the next meeting of the Lynn Haven Wildlife Garden Club. Lynn Haven is part of the Columbus Council of Garden Clubs. The meetings are free and open to anyone age 16 and older. For more information, call 706-687-4090.

OCT. 2 — Faculty ‘Intersection’ Concert
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a cross-media performances involving faculty artists, oboist Susan Tomkeiwicz and audio technologist Matthew McCabe, performing compositions by McCabe for oboe and computer 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. The program, including guest performers from CSU’s art and theatre programs, is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

ONGOING

Visiting Artist Exhibition: ‘Scratching the Surface’
Columbus State’s Department of Art presents “Scratching the Surface,” an exhibition through Friday, 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 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.