CSU Happenings Jan. 13-18

JAN. 13 NCAA BASKETBALL DOUBLEHEADER: CSU VS. USC AIKEN
The Columbus State University mens and womens basketball squads will host USC Aiken for games at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men) Saturday in the Lumpkin Center. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students (age 5 through college) and free with CSU or Cougar Club member ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://cougarsports.colstate.edu.

JAN. 14 - OXBOW MEADOWS TO FEATURE MUSSELS OF GEORGIA
CSUs Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will present Mussels of Georgia as its nest Second Sunday Series program, at 2 p.m. Sunday. The program, presented by with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist Sandy Abbott, will cover what mussels are, where they live, how they reproduce and why their populations are declining. Admission is $2 per person and free for kids under 3. Oxbow Meadows is located at 3535 South Lumpkin Rd., Columbus. For more information, call 706-687-4090.

JAN. 15 - CSU TO CLOSE FOR HOLIDAY
CSU will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr., Day.

JAN. 16 JAZZ CONCERT TO FEATURE SAXOPHONE SHIRANTHA BEDDAGE
CSUs Schwob School of Music will present a concert featuring CSU Jazz Studies Director Shirantha Beddage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the RiverCenters Studio Theatre. Beddage, on saxophone with a quartet, will perform original music on the eve of the release of his debut album, Roots and Branches. The quartet will include Michael Stryker, a Western Illinois University faculty pianist; and drummer Jared Schonig and bassist Ryan Kotler both from New York City. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

JAN. 17 NCAA BASKETBALL DOUBLEHEADER: CSU VS. CLAYTON STATE
The CSU mens and womens basketball squads will host Clayton State for games at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men) Wednesday in the Lumpkin Center. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students (age 5 through college) and free with CSU or Cougar Club member ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://cougarsports.colstate.edu.

JAN. 18 - RESEARCH FORUM TO EXPLORE WIZARD OF OZ CHARACTER
DISABILITIES AND NEW SCIENCE
CSU Libraries will open its spring 2007 Faculty Research Forum Series with a pair of presentations, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 in the Schwob library. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-568-2042.

English professor Josh Eyler and adjunct instructor Gretchen Nevins will present Figuring Disability in L. Frank Baums The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Their research, from a book-in-progress, concludes the characters searching for a brain (Scarecrow), heart (Tin Woodman) and courage (Cowardly Lion) helps the storys young readers learn difficult lessons about empathy.

The second presentation, Science, Kind of New is by computer science professor Rodrigo Obando. His research is based on his conversations with noted physicist and computer scientist Stephen Wolfram and Wolframs book A New Kind of Science. The new science concept is non-mathematical and based on using computer programs called Cellular Automata that model designs found in nature, ranging from tree branches and leopard spots to weather systems. Ultimately, this new kind of thinking might provide alternatives to evolution in explaining how different forms of life emerged.

JAN. 18 CHILDRENS THEATRE PRODUCTION WHY MOSQUITOES BUZZ TO OPEN
CSUs Department of Theatre will stage Why Mosquitoes Buzz, Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 18-21 in the Davidson Student Center auditorium. The production is based on a Nigerian folktale about a mosquito that upsets an entire animal kingdom. Show times are Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 apiece for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni. CSU faculty, staff and students receive one free ticket per production.

Through Jan. 31: NOMINATION PERIOD CONTINUES FOR WHITLEY, TOWNSEND AWARDS

WHITLEY AWARD HONORS OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS
CSU continues to accept nominations for the Thomas Y. Whitley Distinguished Alumnus Award, named after CSUs first president. The deadline is Jan 31. A nomination form is available online at http://ua.colstate.edu/WhitleyForm.pdf , or may be picked up from the Alumni Relations office in Richards Hall on CSUs main campus.

The recipient will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of the CSU president, chairman of the CSU Foundation Board of Trustees, executive officer of the Faculty Senate and the immediate past recipient of the award. Linda Hadley, dean of CSUs D. Abbott Turner College of Business and a 1980 graduate. The award will be presented April 12, 2007, at the annual Presidents Recognition Banquet. Nominations may be mailed to: Chairman, Selection Committee, Alumni Office, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31907-5645. For more information, call Ray Lakes, executive director of the CSU Alumni Association, at 706-568-2280, or write him at lakes_ray@ColumbusState.edu.

TOWNSEND AWARD: A BLACK HISTORY MONTH TRADITION
Also through Jan. 31, CSU is accepting nominations for the Dr. John Townsend Achievement Award, named in honor of the first African-American student at CSU. The award recognizes an individual or organization from Columbus, Phenix City, Fort Benning or surrounding area that has made a positive and noteworthy contribution to the community or achieved distinction for outstanding professional or personal service. The award will be presented at CSUs annual Black Applause Banquet on Feb. 23 at CSUs Cunningham Center.

Nominations can be made online at http://ua.colstate.edu/public_relations/townsend_2007.htm or by calling Bernard McCrary at 706-568-2273 or by sending him e-mail to mccrary_collins@ColumbusState.edu.