Sparks Will Fly at Alumni Weekend Oct. 11-12

 From Focus magazine, Fall 2013

The Office of Alumni Relations. in conjunction with the Special Events Committee of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, is planning an exciting Alumni Weekend full of fellowship, fun and fireworks for Oct. 11-12,

The weekend kicks off on Friday evening at a new venue in Uptown Columbus, The Living Room. The Friday Night Free for All is always a fun night where alumni and current faculty gather for light hors d'oeuvres and beverages in a unique location, said Jennifer Joyner, Alumni Relations director.

"The kickoff to the weekend is widely attended by a variety of alumni. They really enjoy meeting current faculty and deans of their respective colleges," she said. "It is going to be a casual and relaxed evening in one of the hottest locations for fun in Uptown Columbus."

A change this year is that the CSU Alumni Association Annual Meeting will be held the morning of Saturday, Oct. 12, prior to the Alumni Recognition Luncheon. Previously, this was a separate event, usually held in May. At the Alumni Recognition Luncheon, outstanding alumni will be honored in four distinct categories. Additionally, CSU graduates and attendees going back 50 years or more will be inducted into the Emeritus Alumni Society. This special group of alumni enjoys getting together and reminiscing about the early years of Columbus College.

The Evening on the Top was such a big hit at Alumni Weekend 2012, the Alumni Association has brought it back on Saturday, Oct. 12.

"Imagine a picnic-like atmosphere on top of a decorated parking garage in Uptown Columbus with great river views while listening to fun bands guaranteed to get you up and dancing," Joyner said.

The Grapevine Band is back by popular demand and another act, the Andy Luker Experience, has been added to cater to younger alumni. Between performances, the CSU Alumni Association will light up the sky with a fireworks show sponsored by the W.C. Bradley Co.

"We have really kicked it up a notch this year, hoping to appeal to alumni of all ages while making it affordable for everyone to enjoy," said Sommer Bundy, events chair and secretary-elect of the alumni association. "These events are geared for family fun, and we are looking forward to having the most successful alumni event CSU has ever held! We hope everyone makes plans to attend at least one event."

Paul Holmer-Monte, president of the CSU Alumni Association, said: "I can't wait for Alumni Weekend this year, from the Friday Night Free for All to Saturday's Evening on the Top. I know I will be having tons of fun and reconnecting with other alumni at the same time. This is guaranteed to be the CSU alumni event that you do not want to miss."

For more information, visit http://myCSU.Columbus State.edu or call Jennifer Joyner at 706-507-8956.

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