CSU Students Return to Campus, Cougar Kickoff

COLUMBUS, Ga. --- Columbus State University students returned to campus Monday, August 15. In addition to a new student housing complex and renovated classroom building, a full slate of activities and events designed to celebrate the start of the new academic year awaited their return.

“Cougar Kickoff events make the campus feel alive,” said Bailey Woodward, student co-chair for Cougar Kickoff. “There’s a community feel that reminds me why I fell in love with the students, faculty and campus.”

Events planned as part of the Cougar Kickoff series include:

Monday, August 15

-- Interfaith Fair, community faith organizations, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., clock tower
-- Big Kid for a Day, inflatables and popsicles for students, 5 - 7 p.m., intramural field

Tuesday, August 16

-- Volunteer Fair, a showcase of volunteer opportunities for students, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., clock tower
-- Chill with the President, frozen yogurt with CSU President Chris Markwood, 2 - 3 p.m., clock tower

Wednesday, August 17

-- Main Campus Picnic and Registered Student Organization Fair, CSU’s largest Cougar Kickoff event, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., clock tower

Thursday, August 18

-- CSU Bike Ride, campus-wide ride from main campus to downtown Columbus, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., meet at Lumpkin Center
-- Color Party and RiverPark Picnic, a colorful cookout on CSU’s RiverPark campus, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Woodruff Park

Friday, August 19

-- Taste of Columbus, a sampling of local cuisine and Columbus attractions, 4 - 7 p.m., Lumpkin Center
-- Meet the Greeks, all about Greek Life at CSU, 7 - 10 p.m., Lumpkin Center

Saturday, August 20

-- CSU Day of Service, service projects across the Chattahoochee Valley, starting at 8 a.m.