CSU Happenings Jan. 26-Feb. 1

Editor's note: Homecoming events listed separately here

JAN. 26 ALUMNI GALA ART EXHIBITION AND AUCTION
The Columbus State University Alumni Association will hold its annual Gala Art Exhibition and Auction on Friday in CSUs Cunningham Center. The event will begin with a preview at 7 p.m., followed by the auction at 8 p.m. The show will include art in all media and price ranges, provided by Marlin Art, Inc., of Deer Park, N.Y. Admission is $5 and includes a door prize drawing, wine and cheese, and hors d'oeuvres. For more information or tickets, call 706-568-2280.

JAN. 27 NCAA BASKETBALL DOUBLEHEADER: CSU VS. NORTH GEORGIA
The CSU mens and womens basketball squads will host North Georgia for games at 2 p.m. (women) and 4 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. 28 - CSU TROMBONE STUDIO RECITAL
CSUs Schwob School of Music will present a Trombone Studio Recital at 4 p.m. Sunday in the RiverCenters Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

JAN. 30 - POETRY WORKSHOP, READING BY SCOTT CAIRNS
CSUs McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians will present a a poetry workshop by acclaimed poet Scott Cairns, at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Smith-McCullers House, 1519 Stark Avenue in Columbus.

Later, at 7:30 p.m., Cairns will present a poetry reading at CSUs International House at 6 Clearview Circle. Both events are free and open to the public.

Cairns is series editor for the prestigious Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry and recipient of National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships. He also has authored six volumes of poems, and his work has appeared in publications such as The Paris Review, Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic and Image: A Journal of Art and Religion. For more information call Cathy Fussell at 706-565-4021 or visit http://www.mccullerscenter.org.

FEB. 1 - VISITING PROFESSOR FROM UGANDA TO LECTURE ON RITES OF PASSAGE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF HUMAN BEINGS
John Wotsuna Khamalwa, an anthropologist from Africa, will give a lecture related to his research into rites of passage and traditional religious beliefs in Uganda, at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1 in CSUs International House at 6 Clearview Circle. The program is free and open to the public.

Wotsuna Khamalwa is a senior lecturer and coordinator of social anthropology at Makerere University in Uganda. He is serving at CSU this spring semester as a visiting professor, teaching the courses People and Cultures of Africa and African Traditional Religions for CSUs African Studies Program.

His visit is sponsored by CSUs College of Science, Department of Sociology and Psychology and Center for International Education. For more information, call 706-568- 2116 or 706-565-4036.

FEB. 1 FACULTY RESEARCH FORUMS TO COVER PREHISTORIC FISH, RELIGIOSITY AND WELL-BEING
CSU Libraries 2007 Faculty Research Forum Series continues with a pair of presentations, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Schwob library. Psychology Professor Harvey Richman and student researcher Alexis Wright will present Religiosity and Well-Being II based on a survey of university students who measured the correlation of high moral and ethical values to life satisfaction.

Separately, geology Professor David Schwimmer will present Search For The Last Fossil: Coelacanth Fish, a prehistoric fish reaching 14 feet in length, once thought to be extinct but found living in modern times. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-568-2042.

FEB. 1 HISTORY SERIES EXAMINES AFRICAN AMERICANS IN JIM CROW COLUMBUS
CSU will host a lecture and panel discussion titled African Americans in Jim Crow Columbus at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1 in the Liberty Theater, 813 8th Ave., Columbus. CSU Assistant Professor of History Gary Sprayberry will analyze the contributions and culture of Columbus black middle class in the age of segregation. Also, local residents Dr. Eddie T. Lindsey and Rev. Ernestine Mathis will share their experiences in Columbus during that era.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, February 3, a related, two-hour bus tour of sites important in Columbus African-American history will depart from the Columbus public library.

Both programs are free and part of the series Red Clay, White Water and Blues, organized by Virginia Causey, CSU associate professor of history. For more information, write Causey at causey_virginia@ColumbusState.edu or call 706-327-5932.

FEB. 1 CONCERT TO FEATURE UNIVERSITY SINGERS, CSU CHORALE
CSUs Schwob School of Music will present a performance by the University Singers and CSU Chorale at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1 in the RiverCenters Legacy Hall. General admission is $5 and free for CSU students and personnel. Tickets are available at the RiverCenter Box Office or by calling 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

FEB. 1-4 - CSU THEATRE TO STAGE THE GRAVEDIGGERS TANGO
CSUs Department of Theatre will stage The Gravediggers Tango, a mystery drama by San Francisco-based playwright and actor Ian Walker, Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 1-4 in Fine Arts Hall. The production is based on the winning entry in the 2005 Larry Corse Prize for Playwriting an international competition hosted by CSUs theatre department.

Thursday-through-Saturday show times are 7:30 p.m. The Sunday performance begins at 2 p.m. General admission is $15 per adult and $13 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni. CSU faculty, staff and students receive one complimentary ticket. For tickets, call the Fine Arts Hall box office at 706-569-3179. For further, information call the theatre department at 706-507-8400.