CSU Happenings for Sept. 9-18

SEPT. 9 - Columbus Mayoral Debate
Columbus State hosts a Columbus mayoral debate 7 p.m. Thursday in University Hall auditorium. Candidates scheduled to participate are Wayne Anthony, Zeph Baker, Paul Olson and Teresa Tomlinson. The program is free and co-sponsored by CSU student organizations, the Columbus NAACP and Firm Grip Music Group of Columbus. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

SEPT. 9-12 – Aesop’s Fables on Stage Opens Theatre Season
Columbus State Theatre opens its 2010-2011 season with Aesop’s Fables on Stage Sept. 9-12 on the MainStage at Theatre on the Park on CSU’s downtown Columbus RiverPark campus. Featured fables will include “The Milk Maid and Her Pail,” “The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs,”  “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Lion and the Mouse” and “The Sun and the Wind.” Directed by theatre education professor Brenda May Ito, the CSU student cast and crew will take the production on the road through December to regional schools. Curtain times for the production at Theatre on the Park are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Additional shows are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday and Friday at Theatre on the Park for daycare centers, home-schooled children and small schools.

Ticket prices for the evening and matinee performances are $10 for adults and $5 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. Group discounts also are available. 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. 9 -  Faculty Chamber Concert
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents various faculty artists in a Faculty Chamber Series concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program includes  Antonin Dvorák’s Serenade for Winds in D Minor, Opus 44 conducted by CSU’s new Director of Wind Ensemble Activities Jamie Nix. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, E-mail: schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 10 - Rankin Arts Photography Exhibition Opening Reception
Columbus State will hold an opening reception 7-9 p.m. Friday for a photography exhibition, “First Light,” by faculty and students of CSU’s Continuing Education digital photography program. The reception and exhibition are in the Rankin Arts Photography Gallery on the second floor of The Rankin, 104 Broadway. Admission is free. The exhibition runs through Nov. 15. 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.

SEPT. 10 - Oxbow Meadows Workshop: ‘Amphibians of the Night’

Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Center and Georgia Adopt-A-Stream present an indoor-outdoor workshop, “Amphibians of the Night,” 7:30 p.m., Friday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Rd., Columbus. Tara Muenz, an ecologist for the state Department of Natural Resources, will give an indoor presentation on identifying frogs and salamanders, and will guide a related walk along Oxbow’s wetland trail. The workshop is designed for Adopt-A-Stream volunteers but also is open to general admission and ages 11 and older. Space is limited. Reserve a spot by calling 706-687-4090. Cost to attend is $5. For more information, go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu/.

SEPT. 11 – Guided Nature Walks Resume at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center resumes its free, guided nature walks Saurday, Sept, 11 on the Oxbow Meadows trails. The program runs every second and fourth Saturday of the month starting 8 a.m. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 12 - Guest Oboe Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a recital by guest oboist Kevin Vigneau 4 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Vigneau, a University of New Mexico professor, has performed with orchestras in South Africa, Portugal and around the United States. 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. 13 — Faculty Concert Features Clarinetist Lisa Oberlander

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music  presents a performance featuring faculty clarinetist Lisa Oberlander 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Oberlander and collaborative pianist Yien Wang perform music by Carl Maria von Weber and Schwob School of Music Director Fred Cohen. On Brahms’ Clarinet Trio, Op. 114, she will be accompanied by CSU faculty cellist Wendy Warner. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 14 — Constitution Day Program
Columbus State University will recognize Constitution Day with a commemorative lecture by political science professor Troy Vidal 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium. For more information, call the Department of Political Science and MPA Program office at 706-507-8704.

SEPT. 15 — Guest Trombone Quartet

Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music presents a concert by the guest trombone quartet Stentorian Consort   7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall.The consort is comprised of faculty artists Jonathan Whitaker (University of Alabama), Brent Phillips (Baylor University), and David Begnoche and Barney McCollum (Texas Christian University). Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail
schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 16 — Faculty Lecture: ‘How the Gulf Oil Spill Can Lead to Better Environmental Policymaking’

Columbus State University political science professor Fred Gordon will give a talk, “Triumph Over Tragedy: How the Gulf Oil Spill Can Lead to Better Environmental Policymaking,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 in Studio Theatre at Theatre on the Park on Columbus State’s downtown RiverPark Campus. The lecture is free. For more information, call the Department of Political Science and MPA Program office at 706-507-8704.

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, Sept. 17 and 19 at the Walden Soccer Complex. A pair of matches each day are scheduled:
• Friday: Tampa vs. Tusculum 4:30 p.m.
• Friday: CSU. vs. Lander 7 p.m.
• Sunday: Tampa vs. Lander 11 a.m.
• Sunday: 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, Sept. 17 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Using a laptop, video projector, clarinet, tuba  and accordion, Snyder, a Delta State University professor of music production and technology, 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 — 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, Sept. 18 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.

ONGOING — Visiting Artist Exhibition: ‘Scratching the Surface’

Columbus State’s Department of Art presents “Scratching the Surface,” an exhibition through Sept. 30 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.