CSU Happenings for Sept. 5-14

SEPT. 5 and 7 - Women’s NCAA Soccer: Cougar Invitational
CSU’s women’s soccer squad will open its home season by hosting the Cougar Invitational, with matches on Friday and Sunday at the CSU Soccer Complex,including:

• Friday: Clayton State vs. Florida Tech, 4 p.m.; Georgia College and State vs. Tusculum, 6 p.m.; and Tampa vs. CSU, 8 p.m.
• Sunday: Tampa vs. Tusculum, 11 a.m. and Florida Tech vs. CSU, 1:30 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.

SEPT. 6 - Genealogy Program: ‘What is Family Search Indexing ...’
The Muscogee Genealogical Society will present “What is Family Search Indexing and How It Can Be Used – You Can Make a Difference” at 3 p.m. Saturday in the third-floor classroom of CSU’s Schwob Library. The event is free and will focus on a major genealogical digitization and indexing project that is under way at FamilySearch.org, a non-profit service sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The project reflects on the gathering and preserving of genealogical records worldwide by Mormons for more than 100 years. The program will be presented by Rosemarie Nickles, senior tech for the church’s Family History Department in Salt Lake City. Call 706-322-3175 for more information.

SEPT. 7 - Student Trombone Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by trombonist Andrew Shelton at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 8 - International Film Series: ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’
CSU’s Center for International Education will screen “Little Mosque on the Prairie” at 7 p.m. Monday in the International House’s Sara D. Spencer Event Hall. The 2007 satire focuses on a Muslim community in Canada. The event is free and will open the center’s fall 2008 film Series. For more information, call 706-565-4036 or go to http://cie.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 8-9 - Blanchard Leadership Forum
Online registration remains open at http://www.blanchardleadershipforum.com/ through Sunday, Sept. 7 for the 2008 Blanchard Leadership Forum on Monday and Tuesday at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.

Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Tom Friedman and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich headline a slate of well-known speakers. The forum’s theme, “Leadership in a Flat World,” is taken from Friedman’s 2005 best-selling book analyzing the progress of globalization, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.

Now in its third year, the forum is directed by retired Synovus CEO and Chairman of the Board Jim Blanchard and presented by Synovus and CSU’s Cunningham Center for Leadership Development.

Blanchard Forum presentation schedule:

• Newt Gingrich, “21st Century Leadership: Moving From the World that Fails to the World that Works,”, 1 p.m. Monday followed by 2 p.m. book signing
• Jim Blanchard, “Vision,” 2:30 p.m. Monday
• Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, “Creating a Culture of Preparedness,” 3 p.m. Monday
• Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Sears Ward, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday • Business Author Daniel Pink, “A Whole New Mind,” 10 a.m. Tuesday
• Leadership expert-author John Maxwell, “The Five Levels of Leadership,” 11 a.m. Tuesday
• Tom Friedman,“Hot, Flat and Crowded,” 1 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a 2 p.m. book signing (includes Maxwell and Pink).

The forum opens at 11 a.m. Monday, followed by lunch at noon and includes an optional evening outdoor concert on Broadway in downtown Columbus. The following day opens with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast and includes lunch at noon. The cost is $299 for the entire forum or $199 per day. For more information, call 706-568-5101.

SEPT. 11-14 - ‘Cows Don’t Fly ...” to Open Theatre Season
CSU Theatre will open its 2008-2009 season with Cows Don’t Fly and Other Known Facts from Sept. 11-14 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 will direct 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.”

The cast will offer a sneak preview in a Barnes and Noble Booksellers’ Family Fun Night program at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 at the Columbus Park Crossing store. Tickets for the Sept. 11-14 performances on CSU’s RiverPark campus 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. 14 - Oxbow Program: ‘Turtles: Heroes in a Half-Shell’
CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will present “Turtles: Heroes in a Half-Shell” from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. 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.

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, Sept. 14 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.