CSU Happenings for Sept. 25-Oct. 4

SEPT. 25 - Jordan Organ International Competition Final Round Performances for the final round of Columbus State’s second Jordan Organ International Competition are free and open to the public and will take place from 2-9 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. In one of the world’s premier organ competitions, competitors from around the globe are performing and being judged by a panel of leading international concert organists and teachers. First place is $30,000 for the competition made possible by the Jordan family and the Jordan Foundation. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://jic.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 26 - ‘Kicks for the Cure’ Soccer Event to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness The CSU Women’s Soccer program will raise breast cancer awareness by staging an upcoming Peach Belt Conference match as a “Kick for the Cure” game. The event features the CSU-USC-Aiken match set for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Walden Soccer Complex. CSU will sport white uniforms with pink trim while the USCA Pacers will wear pink, and the Peach Belt Conference will provide pink soccer balls for the contest.

The Kicks for the Cure game will raise money and awareness of breast cancer in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Rather than charging admission to the event, CSU asks spectators to make a donation at the gate. Literature on breast cancer awareness will be given out during the event. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

SEPT. 26 - Astronomy Night Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will host an Astronomy Night program of stargazing and planet viewing on Saturday at the center, 701 Front Ave., Columbus. A 7 p.m. planetarium presentation will precede telescope viewing at 8 p.m. The program is free. For more information, call 706-649-4900 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

SEPT. 27 - Trombone Masterclass and Recital by Jay Evans Alabama Symphony Orchestra principal trombonist Jay Evans will give a masterclass (1 p.m.) and recital (4 p.m.) Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Both programs are free and open to the public. The recital will feature Evans and pianist Joanna Sobkowska performing music of Mendelssohn, Brahms, Hindemith and others. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

SEPT 29, OCT. 1 - Banned Books Read-Outs CSU Libraries will commemorate Banned Books Week (Sept. 26-Oct. 3) with a pair of “Banned Book Read-Outs,” 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Schwob library. In both programs, Columbus State faculty and staff will read from their favorite banned books — defined as having been banned and-or challenged by individuals or groups who want them removed from library shelves or from reading lists. Examples include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Letter and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. For more information, contact English Professor Josh Eyler at 706-568-2054 or eyler_joshua@ColumbusState.edu.

OCT. 1 – International Learning Community Lecture Guest speaker Adrienne Hurley of McGill University’s (Quebec) Department of East Asian Studies will present “What Some Japanese Kids Are Dying to Tell Us,” 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 in the CSU International House’s Sara D. Spencer Event Hall. The program, part of the International Learning Community speaker series, is free. For more information, call 706-565-4036 or go to http://cie.colstate.edu.

OCT. 1 - Guest Speaker to Discuss Leadership Tactics in the U.S. House of Representatives Emory University political scientist Randall Strahan will give a lecture based on his book Leading Representatives: the Agency of Leaders in the Politics of the U.S. House at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 in the Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium. Strahan’s 2007 book includes an examination of how colorful and prominent speakers of the House -- Henry Clay, Thomas Reed, and Newt Gingrich — advanced changes inside Congress and in national policy. Sponsored by Columbus State’s Political Science Department, the lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-568-2027.

OCT. 1 - Free Seminar for College Re-Entry Program Columbus State will present a free seminar, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center, to provide information on its College Readiness Program, which serves as a study skills refresher course for nontraditional students. The program is designed to review and update reading, writing and math skills for individuals who have been out of school for five or more years. The course also includes a brief orientation to CSU. Those who successfully complete the course receive one semester hour of degree credit upon enrolling at CSU. For more information, go to http://conted.colstate.edu or call 706-507-8070.

OCT. 1-4 – CSU Theatre to Stage A Streetcar Named Desire Columbus State Theatre will stage A Streetcar Named Desire, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 1-3 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 at CSU Theatre on the Park Mainstage in downtown Columbus. Professor Larry McDonald directs a CSU student cast in Tennessee Williams’ 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Ticket prices are $15 per adult; $13 per senior citizen, child, active military and CSU alumni; and free with CSU ID (faculty-staff limit two, students limit one). Call the CSU Theatre Box Office at 706-507-8444 or go to http://theatre.colstate.edu.

OCT. 2 – Slaughterhouse Five Reading Marathon to Close Banned Books Week As part of Banned Books Week, Columbus State will stage a marathon reading of Slaughterhouse Five from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 in front of the Schwob library. CSU students will take turns reading from Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-war science fiction novel. Baked goods and t-shirts commemorating Banned Books Week will be sold. The event, presented by Sigma Tau Delta, is free. For more information, call 706-568-2054.

OCT. 4 – Club Sports Tackle Football: CSU Hosts South Alabama Columbus State will host South Alabama in a club sports tackle football game at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 at Kinnett Stadium, 7610 Schomburg Road, Columbus. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2273 or go to http://campusrec.colstate.edu/clubsports.asp.

OCT. 4 - CSU Philharmonic Concert The CSU Philharmonic will perform 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Schwob School of Music Director Fred Cohen will conduct a program that includes the overture to The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 and the premiere of a piano concerto composed by Cohen, dedicated to Schwob School benefactor Maxine Schiffman and performed by CSU faculty pianist Gila Goldstein. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.