Springer and CSU Merge Missions in Theatrical “Marriage”

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — After a long courtship, the Springer Opera House and Columbus State University have taken their relationship to the next level by creating a more perfect union called the Georgia Repertory Theatre.

In a Memorandum of Understanding signed in December, the CSU Department of Theatre and the 145-year-old State Theatre of Georgia have merged their missions to create a professional theatre company with a focus on artistic excellence and finding jobs for graduates.

“The Georgia Repertory Theatre offers a dynamic new operating model that we expect to have a national impact on the American theatre industry,” said Paul Pierce, producing artistic director of the Springer Opera House. “We are creating a partnership that provides unsurpassed artistic excellence for audiences, astonishing professional advantages for students and an innovative service program for every child in our public schools.”

The goal of the Georgia Repertory Theatre (GRT) is to be “America’s professional teaching theatre,” featuring the nation’s finest stage talent, teachers and blue chip students  and making Columbus a national hotspot for artistic innovation and training, said Pierce.

The concept is modeled along the lines of teaching hospitals, which allow student physicians to work alongside the world’s top doctors before they graduate. The Georgia Repertory will do the same for theatre with CSU students, making them immediately employable in the theatre and film industries.

“Over the years, Columbus has carefully assembled a theatre infrastructure that is virtually unmatched anywhere in the country,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “With the advent of this partnership, I hope we will use these programs and these great facilities to further launch Columbus into the national spotlight.”

“Within two blocks, CSU and the Springer collectively own four state-of-the-art theatres, 250,000 square feet of amazing production and education facilities and employ 34 of the nation’s finest theatre practitioners,” explained CSU Department of Theatre Chair Larry Dooley. “Separately, we are better than average operations. Together, we are among the best in the world. It’s time to rally all of these resources together to make history.”

“It’s all about artistic excellence, audience building and workforce development,” said Richard Baxter, dean of the College of the Arts at CSU. “We want to leverage the investments that have already been made at CSU and the Springer to expand enrollment and make CSU the first choice for America’s best theatre students. Columbus has an opportunity to become a prominent voice in shaping America’s rising creative economy. And that’s our overall goal.”

The bonanza for students is that the GRT will provide new opportunities to collect professional resume credits while still in school and receive job placement counseling that will allow them to graduate with jobs waiting for them in theatre and film.

CSU Theatre and the Springer Opera House have been gradually combining parts of its operations for several years.

“CSU students are serving internships with us, working as stage technicians and stage managers and performing in our shows,” said Pierce. In addition, CSU theatre professors are working as guest artists and designers and teaching classes in our theatre academy. We are also sharing equipment. Simultaneously, Springer staff have been serving as adjunct faculty and guest lecturers in the department. The Georgia Repertory Theatre enterprise dramatically expands a collaboration that has been building organically for several years.”

“CSU is committed to expanding enrollment,” said Baxter. “When Paul Pierce came to us and asked, ‘What can the Springer do to help CSU increase its capacity?’ I knew it was a game-changing moment. Once we put all of our assets on the same table, we quickly realized we were inventing America’s next great theatre company.”

The Georgia Repertory Theatre’s goals include:

— Make Columbus ground zero for top-ranked theatre and film training in America
— Invest in artistic excellence to make GRT a professional theatre with a national profile
— Recruit first-tier professional guest artists for performing and teaching on all stages
— Expand enrollment to make CSU the largest and best theatre department in the South
— Present world premieres of new plays by Georgia playwrights
— Fund a broad range of scholarships, internships and assistantships
— Establish formal paths to employment for students in theatre and film
— Provide subsidized tickets for all students in every school in every district
— Provide free performances for all Title I schools in the Muscogee County School District
— Establish a national audience development conference hosted by GRT
— Create student showcases for agents, producers and directors in Atlanta and New York

“This is not a bricks-and-mortar project,” explained Tom Flournoy, chairman of the Georgia Repertory Theatre’s joint advisory committee. “Columbus’ generous donors have already invested in the finest facilities in America over the past 20 years. Of course, the partnership will require new funding to realize the full scope of this vision, and the community will learn more about that in the future. For the moment, we are going to concentrate on putting these amazing assets to work to transform CSU, the Springer and the theatre industry in the U.S.”

The Georgia Repertory Theatre will feature twin programs working in tandem:

  1. Georgia Repertory Theatre – Springer
    The Spring GRT is a professional theatre with mainstage, studio and children’s theatre, national touring shows and theatre/film training for students K-12. CSU faculty and students will be integrated into all aspects of these professional programs.
  2. Georgia Repertory Theatre – Riverside
    The Riverside GRT is an educational theatre with mainstage, studio and children’s theatre, summer stock, regional touring shows and conservatory education in theatre performance, design, technical skills, arts management and drama education. Springer artists and staff will be integrated into all aspects of these programs.

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CSU Happenings for Aug. 24-Sept. 1

AUG. 24 – Legacy Live Concert: Earl Coleman
Baritone Earl Coleman, CSU’s William and Isabelle Curry faculty chair in voice, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Accompanied by pianist Yien Wang, Coleman will perform classical art songs and arias, music of Broadway and African-American spirituals by composers such as Purcell, Handel, Quilter, Finzi, Rodgers and Sondheim. The spirituals are dedicated to pioneering African-American concert and opera artists. The concert also is part of the Schwob School of Music’s Legacy Live Series. Admission is $20 or $15 with a CSU ID. For tickets, contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

AUG. 26 – Visiting Art Scholar Presentation
Marjorie Vecchio, a widely accomplished art curator, will present “Fluid Titles: Interdisciplinary Curating” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at CSU Theatre on the Park in downtown Columbus. Vecchio, director of the Sheppard Fine Art Gallery at University of Nevada-Reno, is serving on the Columbus State art faculty this fall via the CSU Visiting Artists and Scholars Residency Program established by the Mildred Miller Fort Foundation. As an independent curator, Vecchio has exhibited the works of international artists of various media, age and career level. Her CSU lecture is free. For more information, call 706-507-8300 or visit http://art.colstate.edu.

AUG. 31 – Classical Guitar Performance
Columbus State University Schwob School of Music faculty guitarist Andrew Zohn will perform works of Tansman, Scarlatti, Piazollo, Barrios and others at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

AUG. 31-SEPT. 1 – Blanchard Leadership Forum
Columbus State University will co-host the annual Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, themed “Leadership in Uncertain Times,” Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, 801 Front Ave., Columbus. Speakers will be former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Aflac president and chief operating officer of Aflac U.S. Paul S. Amos II, NBC News correspondent Norah O’Donnell, best-selling author and financial columnist Richard Florida, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy, and Gen. David Petraeus, who oversees the U.S. Central Command after serving 19 months as the commanding general of the multi-national force in Iraq.

The event is organized by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State’s Cunningham Center for Leadership Development as a partnership between CSU, Synovus, TSYS and Jim Blanchard, the retired CEO and chairman of Synovus. The forum costs $349 per person or $199 ($99 as a guest of a full-registered participant) for Monday only and $249 for Tuesday only. Columbus State faculty and staff who register for the forum, will be invited to a VIP reception with Powell and other special guests at 6 p.m. Monday. Online registration is open at http://www.blanchardleadershipforum.com or call 706-568-5101.

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‘CSU Studio Arts’ Exhibition
Columbus State’s Department of Art is featuring artwork in various media by its faculty and staff in “CSU Studio Arts,” an exhibition through Sept. 5 in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery on CSU’s RiverPark campus. Artists are gallery technician Jon Lumpkin, Judy Barr Dodds (painting, drawing), Joe Sanders (printmaking), Orion Wertz (painting), Rylan Steele (photography), Hannah Israel (sculpture), Kariann Fuqua (painting, drawing), Michael McFalls (sculpture), Claudia Williams (painting), Yuichiro Komatsu (ceramics) and Elizabeth Roberts McFalls (printmaking). Gallery admission is free. Fall semester hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday. The Corn Center is located at 6 West 10th Street, Columbus (use the Front Avenue entrance). For more information, call 706-507-8300 or visit http://art.colstate.edu.

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CSU Happenings for Aug. 14-21

AUG. 14 – ‘Kids to College’ Rally to Bring Nearly 2,000 Fifth-Graders to CSU
Columbus State’s College of Education and Health Professions will host a 2009 Kids to College Pep Rally from 10-11:30 a.m. Friday in the Lumpkin Center. About 1,900 fifth graders and their teachers representing 23 schools from Fort Benning and the Muscogee, Harris and Talbot county school systems will participate. The event is designed to inspire the students to start thinking about college as they hear from CSU officials and participate in activities such as a soccer shootout with the CSU women’s soccer squad and a spirit competition directed by the CSU cheerleaders.

The students will return to campus later in the school year to participate in innovative exercises directed by CSU teacher education candidates. The fifth-graders also will have an opprortunity to visit CSU’s Coca Cola Space Science Center for an exploration activity and a planetarium show in the Omnisphere Theater. For more information, call 706-568-2470, e-mail johnson_mary@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://coe.colstate.edu/special_projects/kids2college.asp.

AUG. 15 – ‘Day of Service’ Fields Volunteers for Community Projects
In honor of the inauguration of Tim Mescon as CSU president, CSU faculty, staff and students will participate in a Day of Service on Saturday. Working through the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley Volunteer Center, volunteers will board CSU buses starting 8:30 a.m. at the campus intramural field on University Avenue for projects such as clearing a lot for a new Habitat for Humanity house, a baseball field renovation for the North Columbus Boys and Girls Club and planting shrubs at the D.A. Turner YMCA. Buses will transport volunteers back to the intramural fields and Mock Pavilion for a picnic lunch at 1 p.m. Volunteers are signing up for their projects online at http://www.handsonthevalley.org. For more information, call 706-565-3655.

AUG. 16 – Presidential Inauguration and 2009 Freshman Convocation
Columbus State University will stage its annual Freshman Convocation and inaugurate Timothy S. Mescon as the university’s fourth president in a pair of ceremonies starting 3 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. Inauguration speakers will include Mescon’s father, longtime Georgia State University professor Michael Mescon and, representing the University System of Georgia, Board of Regents Chair Bob Hatcher from Macon, Chancellor Erroll B. Davis and Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Susan Herbst.

For the Freshman Convocation, CSU Provost Inessa Levi and Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Gina Sheeks will officially welcome freshmen into the college academic community. The event is open to the public. For more information,go to http://president.colstate.edu/inauguration.php or call 706-568-2030.

AUG. 17 – Fall Semester Classes Begin

AUG. 18-21 – Cougar Kickoff Events Wind Down
As fall classes get under way, CSU students are ending the summer break with water wars, picnics, beach and foam parties, and more. The activities are part of the Aug. 13-21 Cougar Kickoff celebration geared to students and open to faculty and staff. Remaining events include:

• Tuesday: A Wet and Wild Ice Cream Social will involve free ice cream, inflatable games, a dunk tank, water tag and more from 4-7 p.m. at the campus Intramural Field.

• Wednesday: The traditional main campus’ Welcome Back Picnic will involve food, games, giveaways and student organization booths from noon-1:30 p.m. at the clock tower, where a 7-10 p.m. Meet the Greeks event will allow students to get to know the CSU Greek student organizations.

• Thursday: The RiverPark campus Welcome Back Picnic, similar to the previous day’s main campus event, will run 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the open space next to RiverCenter. Later, on main campus, a 3-5 p.m. Water Wars event and a 7-10 p.m. Foam Party will be staged at the clock tower.

• Friday: A Beach Bash at Callaway Gardens will close Cougar Kickoff. The 2-7 p.m. event at Robin Lake Beach will include live music.

For more information, call 706-568-2026 or go to http://studentlife.colstate.edu/cougarkickoff.

AUG. 18 – Reception for ‘CSU: Studio Arts’ Exhibition
Columbus State’s Department of Art will hold a free reception from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 in the Corn Center’s Illges Gallery for its “CSU: Studio Arts” exhibition of artwork in various media, which runs through Sept. 5. The reception is free and will include the participating artists, who are among the art department’s faculty and staff, including gallery technician Jon Lumpkin, Judy Barr Dodds (painting, drawing), Joe Sanders (printmaking), Orion Wertz (painting), Rylan Steele (photography), Hannah Israel (sculpture), Kariann Fuqua (painting, drawing), Michael McFalls (sculpture), Claudia Williams (painting), Yuichiro Komatsu (ceramics) and Elizabeth Roberts McFalls (printmaking).

The Corn Center is located at 6 West 10th Street, Columbus (use the Front Avenue entrance). For more information, call 706-507-8300 or visit http://art.colstate.edu.

AUG. 20 – Guest Trombonist Concert
Paul Pollard and Weston Sprott, trombonists from the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The event, presented by CSU’s Schwob School of Music, is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

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CSU Happenings for Aug. 10-17

AUG. 10 – Orientation for Nontraditional, Transfer Students
Columbus State will hold a daylong orientation for new nontraditional students and transfer students on Monday. CSU defines a nontraditional student as someone who has not attended high school or college in the past five years. Check in is 8-9 a.m. in the University Hall lobby. The cost is $42 per student, $17 per guest or family member. For more information, call 706-568-2180 or e-mail orientation@ColumbusState.edu.

AUG. 11-SEPT. 5 – CSU Faculty ‘Studio Arts’ Exhibition
Columbus State’s Department of Art will feature artwork in various media by its faculty and staff starting Tuesday in an exhibition titled “CSU: Studio Arts,” in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery on CSU’s RiverPark Campus. A reception at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 is part of the exhibition that will run through Sept. 5. Gallery admission is free. Fall semester hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday: and 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday. The Corn Center is located at 6 West 10th St., Columbus. (Use the Front Avenue entrance.) For more information, call 706-507-8300 or visit http://art.colstate.edu.

AUG. 13 – Move-In Day to Welcome New Students
In an event that has grown into a Columbus State tradition, faculty, staff and student volunteers will welcome and help move new students into their apartments on main campus as part of CSU Residence Life’s Move-In day on Thursday, Aug. 13. Daylong activities at Courtyard I on University Avenue will begin at 9 a.m. Students at CSU’s RiverPark campus move in Aug. 13-15 by appointment to ease congestion. For more information, contact CSU Director of Residence Life Todd Myrick at 706-568-2026 or myrick_todd@ColumbusState.edu.

AUG. 14 – ‘Kids to College’ Rally to Bring Nearly 2,000 Fifth-Graders to CSU
Columbus State’s College of Education and Health Professions will host a 2009 Kids to College Pep Rally from 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug.14 in the Lumpkin Center. About 1,900 fifth graders and their teachers representing 23 schools from Fort Benning and the Muscogee, Harris and Talbot county school systems will participate. The event is designed to inspire the students to start thinking about college as they hear from CSU officials and participate in activities such as a soccer shootout with the CSU women’s soccer squad and a spirit competition directed by the CSU cheerleaders. For more information, call 706-568-2470, e-mail johnson_mary@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://coe.colstate.edu/special_projects/kids2college.asp.

AUG. 15 – Faculty-Staff ‘Day of Service’ to Impact Community Projects
In honor of the inauguration of Tim Mescon as CSU president, CSU faculty, staff and students will participate in a Day of Service on Saturday, Aug. 15. Working through the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley Volunteer Center, volunteers will board CSU buses starting 8:30 a.m. at the campus intramural field on University Avenue for projects such as clearing a lot for a new Habitat for Humanity house, a baseball field renovation for the North Columbus Boys and Girls Club and planting shrubs at he D.A. Turner YMCA. Buses will transport volunteers back to the intramural fields and Mock Pavilion for a picnic lunch at 1 p.m. Volunteers are signing up for their projects online at http://www.handsonthevalley.org. For more information, call 706-565-3655.

AUG. 16 – Presidential Inauguration and 2009 Freshman Convocation
Columbus State University will stage its annual Freshman Convocation and inaugurate Timothy S. Mescon as the university’s fourth president in a pair of ceremonies starting 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 in RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. Inauguration speakers will include Mescon’s father, longtime Georgia State University professor Michael Mescon and, representing the University System of Georgia, Board of Regents Chair Bob Hatcher from Macon, Chancellor Erroll B. Davis and Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Susan Herbst.

For the Freshman Convocation, CSU Provost Inessa Levi and Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Gina Sheeks will speak and officially welcome freshmen into the college academic community. The event is open to the public. For more information,go to http://president.colstate.edu/inauguration.php or call 706-568-2030.

AUG. 17 – Fall Semester Classes Begin

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CSU Music Conservatory Fall Registration Registration is open to pre-college and adult students in the community for fall programs at the CSU Music Conservatory, a division of the Schwob School of Music. The conservatory offers individual lessons in piano, guitar, voice, strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. Students, beginners through advanced, are welcome to participate. Lessons take place in the Saunders Center for Music Studies at the RiverCenter. Lesson times are arranged individually. Call 706-641-5124 for more information or enroll at http://conservatory.colstate.edu.

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Columbus State Appoints Interim Dean for New Arts College

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University has appointed Gary Wortley to serve as interim dean of the newly created College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Gary WortleyWortley, right, chief operations officer of Chattahoochee Valley Libraries, will assume the new post July 1 and oversee the effort to create a new academic home for the Schwob School of Music and the departments of Art and Theatre, all housed downtown on CSU’s RiverPark campus.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to be in on the startup of an academic unit focused specifically on the arts,” Wortley said.

Prior to arriving in Columbus in 2006, Wortley was executive director of the Texas Ballet Theater, the resident professional classical ballet company in Dallas-Fort Worth, and spent more than 22 years in various executive management positions with, EDS (Electronic Data Systems Corp). He has also served as an independent consultant in the area of strategic planning for various for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Columbus State President Tim Mescon said Wortley is prepared to guide the university’s move to coalesce and reinforce a trio of distinguished programs. “Gary has an extensive background in business and the arts and will provide exceptional leadership to this exciting new academic unit.”

Wortley said his first steps will involve developing a shared vision and strategy for the new college. “Collaboration and teamwork will be key,” he said. “Ultimately, of course, our goal will be to expand the reach of CSU both nationally and internationally, providing students and the community with access to the best in the fine and performing arts.”

Wortley has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education and flute performance from the University of Texas at Austin and has completed doctoral studies in aesthetic studies and comparative literature at the University of Texas at Dallas. He also studied flute at Boston University and with Jean-Pierre Rampal at the Academie Internationale d’Ete in Nice, France.

Wortley also has performed with the Dallas Symphony and Dallas Ballet orchestras and was principal flutist with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra.

“I strongly believe that the fine and performing arts will continue to play a very strategic role in the growth of CSU and the city of Columbus,” he said.

The College of Fine and Performing Arts is the university’s sixth college, joining the College of Education, D. Abbott Turner College of Business, University College, College of Science and College of Arts and Letters. The three units that will fall under the new College of Fine and Performing Arts have historically been part of the College of Arts and Letters.

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CSU Restructuring Focuses on Arts, Nursing, Departments

COLUMBUS, Ga. — In a continuing effort to increase quality and focus on strengths, Columbus State University’s academic structure now includes a School of Nursing, new departments and plans for a new college devoted to the arts.

Creating a College of the Arts will allow the university to focus a brighter spotlight on three academic departments that are already shining. The college would encompass the Schwob School of Music and the departments of Art and Theatre, all housed downtown on CSU’s RiverPark campus.

An arts consultant was in town this week to help map a strategy for the new college, which should be in place on July 1. The three departments are currently housed in the College of Arts and Letters, so some issues that still need to be settled include governance, budget, staffing and student advising. The College of the Arts will be the university’s sixth college, adding to the College of Education, D. Abbott Turner College of Business, University College, College of Science and College of Arts and Letters.

“Every great strategy has a commensurate structure that allows the organization to accomplish its key objectives,” said Tim Mescon, president of Columbus State University. “This new college, school and departments allow us to create an exciting new structure that makes our goals imminently attainable.”

Turning what was previously a nursing department into a School of Nursing was the natural progression of the program, said College of Science Dean Glenn Stokes. Originally, the university offered a two-year degree in nursing, and the program has grown to become one of the most popular baccalaureate programs on campus.

“As the university grows and puts more emphasis on graduate programs, one of the areas we really want to emphasize is nursing,” Stokes said. “The next logical step for them is a master’s program to meet the community’s needs. The concept of a school is more conducive to having that kind of dual mission of undergraduate and graduate education.”

The three new departments in the College of Science are the Department of Health Science, the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Earth and Space Science.

Each comes about through a reorganization of existing academic units. Stokes said the new departments respond to community and student needs, and also allow each a better opportunity to stand out.

“We’re working toward the development of more nationally recognized programs,” he said. For instance, for the Department of Chemistry to become nationally accredited by the American Chemical Society, it had to be its own department. It was previously part of a department of chemistry and geology. The Department of Chemistry will be chaired by Floyd Jackson.

Geology will be folded into a new Department of Earth and Space Science, which will be chaired by astronomy professor Shawn Cruzen, also the executive director of CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center.

The department will offer a new degree in Earth and space science, approved last week by the Board of Regents.

“Phasing out geology and developing a degree program that encompasses several different areas leverages our assets with the center and our geology program, and forms a bridge the between the two,” Stokes said. “We’re also looking at a degree track for school teachers because they are in such demand.”

Also in demand are health care workers, thus the new Department of Health Sciences, chaired by Tara Redmond. She will lead the department toward national accreditation and the development of a master’s in public health, Stokes said.

And in the College of Education, the Department of Counseling, Educational Leadership and Professional Studies is now the Department of Counseling, Foundations, and Leadership. But a piece of that department and a piece of the Department of Teacher Education were splintered off to create the new department of Physical Education and Exercise Science.

 

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CSU Happenings for July 27-Aug. 3

JULY 27 – ARTS EXPLORERS EXHIBITIONS AT RANKIN
CSU Rankin Arts Center invites visitors to an exhibition at 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 27 of visual art and theater in conjunction with the Arts Explorers summer camp “Broadway” for grades k-2 and 3-5 (both sections are filled). Separately, a 6-8 p.m. exhibition will feature creative work from all Arts Explorers camps this summer. Both programs are free. Call 706-641-4000 for more information.

JULY 30 – ASTRONOMY NIGHT AT CALLAWAY GARDENS
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program Monday at Callaway Gardens. The program will begin at 9 p.m. with a planetarium presentation, followed by planet viewing and stargazing. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

JULY 30-AUG. 3 – ‘STARGAZERS’ SUMMER CAMP
CSU Continuing Education’s summer camp series will conclude with “Stargazers,” for first-and second-graders, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center. Participants will launch rockets, explore the planetarium, operate in-flight simulators, watch Omnisphere Theater movies and laser shows, design aliens and more. To register or for more information, call 706-649-1470 or 706-568-2023.

AUG. 1 – FALL 2007 APPLICATION DEADLINE
Wednesday, Aug. 1 is the final day to apply for fall 2007 enrollment at Columbus State University. For more information, go to http://www.colstate.edu/future/apply or call 706-507-8800.

AUG. 2 – FALL 2007 EARLY REGISTRATION, FEE PAYMENT DEADLINE
CSU’s early registration and fee payment deadline is Thursday, Aug. 2 for fall classes that begin Aug.16. For more information, call 706-507-8800 or go to http://registration.colstate.edu.

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CSU Happenings for July 21-27

JULY 21 – SCI-FI UNDER THE STARS: STAR TREK II: WRATH OF KHAN
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will screen “Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan” at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 21 on the south lawn outside the center, at 701 Front Ave. The program, part of the Sci-fi Under the Stars series, is free, and guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

JULY 23 – ASTRONOMY NIGHT AT CALLAWAY GARDENS
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program Monday at Callaway Gardens. The program will begin at 9 p.m. with a planetarium presentation, followed by planet viewing and stargazing. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

JULY 23-27 – WEEKLY KIDS’ SUMMER CAMPS CONTINUE
Spaces are available for the following camps presented by CSU Continuing Education:

• South of the Border (ages 7-10), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center, $125: Concluding, the Catch the Summer Express series, this camp explores the land of the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans, and the truth behind the stories of El Dorado, Montezuma, and the Mummy Kings of the Incas. Participants will make a pinata, stage a Cinco de Mayo festival, design costumes, sample food prepared by guest chefs and more.

• Mars Rover (grades 3-4), 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center, $205: Campers will discover the uniqueness of the planets by flying Challenger missions, designing and modeling planetary surfaces, building and launching rockets, visiting the military aviation museum in Warner Robins and more.

Tennis Camp , for ages 5 and up and all skill levels, is filled. Directed by CSU Tennis Coach, Evan Isaacs, and CSU tennis squad members, the camp will run 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Thursday at CSU’s Blackmon Tennis Center.

For more information, call 706-568-2023 or go to http://www.conted.colstate.edu.

JULY 26 – ADULT RE-ENTRY FREE SEMINAR
CSU will host a free seminar featuring information about the university’s Adult Re-Entry Program, from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 26 in room 254 of the Davidson Student Center. The program serves nontraditional students with an adult study skills refresher course. For more information, call 706-565-7849 or go to http://uc.colstate.edu/adult_program.asp.

JULY 27 – ARTS EXPLORERS SUMMER CAMP EXHIBITIONS AT RANKIN
CSU Rankin Arts Center invites visitors to an exhibition at 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 27 of visual and performance art in conjunction with the Arts Explorers summer camp “Broadway” for grades k-2 and 3-5 (both sections are filled). Separately, a 6-8 p.m. exhibition will feature creative work from all Arts Explorers camps this summer. Both programs are free. Call 706-641-4000 for more information.

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CSU Happenings March 23-30

• MARCH 23 – Student Voice Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by mezzo-soprano Becky Chambers at 7:30 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

• MARCH 23 – NCAA Softball: CSU to Host Francis Marion
The CSU women’s softball squad will host Francis Marion, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday at Lady Cougar Field. 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 www.csucougars.com.

• MARCH 24 – CSU Student Group to Stage Interactive Game and Arts Expo
CSU will host an interactive exposition of computer gaming and popular arts, including science fiction, on Saturday at the Davidson Student Center. The event will run 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. as visitors can compete in video game tournaments, costume contests and boffer combat (mock battles with padded swords). Demonstrations will range from video game design and sci-fi movies and anime (Japanese-style animation) to art, poetry, live music and martial arts. Refreshments and hourly door prizes also are on tap.

Dubbed “NerdaCon” by its organizers, the “Campus Nerds” CSU student organization, the event is designed as the largest of its kind in the Columbus area, replacing the Columbus Game and Hobby Expo formerly hosted by CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center, said Matthew Ballard, CSU student and leader of Campus Nerds. “We’re anticipating anywhere from several hundred to 1,000 participants.”

About 20 local businesses are supporting the event, which targets students as well as families. Admission is free. For more information visit www.nerdacon.com or call 706-536-7425.

• MARCH 24-25 – NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts Georgia Southwestern
The CSU baseball squad will host Georgia Southwestern at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Ragsdale Field. 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 visit http://csucougars.com.

• MARCH 24 – Astronomy Night at Space Science Center
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will present Astronomy Night starting 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the center, 701 Front Ave., Columbus. The event, featuring a planetarium presentation followed by planet viewing and stargazing, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

• MARCH 25 – NCAA Tennis: CSU Hosts USC Upstate
CSU’s men’s and women’s tennis squads will host USC Upstate on Sunday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches start at 1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit www.csucougars.com.

• MARCH 25 – Premier Series to Feature Rob Kapilow
Rob Kapilow, a conductor, composer and commentator, will be featured in a CSU Premier Series concert, “What Makes it Great,” at 4 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program is designed to entertain and educate audiences of all ages and will include a performance by the CSU Philharmonic, conducted by Andre Gaskins. Reserved seating is $20 per ticket. Discounts apply for senior citizens, military personnel and CSU students. For tickets, call 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

• MARCH 27- Concert to Feature Prize-Winning Violinists
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present “Bravissimo,” a violin studio gala concert, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

Violinist Sergiu Schwartz, CSU’s William B. and Sue Marie Turner distinguished faculty chair in violin, with his prize-winning students, will perform virtuoso and romantic works from the violin repertoire. The violin studio at CSU includes 18 students from the United States, Canada, Russia, Israel, Mexico, Korean, Dominican Republic and Spain. Many have won awards in national and international competitions.

• MARCH 28 – NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts Valdosta State
The CSU baseball squad will host Valdosta State at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ragsdale Field. 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 www.csucougars.com.

• MARCH 29 – Pianist Eugenio Urrutia to Perform
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a performance by pianist Eugenio Urrutia at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

• MARCH 29-APRIL 1 – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Christens CSU’s New Downtown Theatre
The first theatre production in the new CSU RiverPark art and theatre complex will be staged March 29-April 1 when “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” signals a new era of CSU performances in downtown Columbus. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 29 -31 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1.

The Shakespeare comedy marks the first performance for Theatre on the Park, the 350-seat venue that’s a centerpiece of the new riverfront complex. While the venue will be showcased in full starting in the fall when all the kinks are worked out, theatre-goers can get a first look at the new spaces during the upcoming shows.

Admission prices for this “PG-13” production are $15 per adult, $13 per child, senior citizen, active military and CSU alumni and free for CSU faculty, staff and students. Tickets are available at the Theatre on the Park Box Office or charge by phone at 706-569-3179. The box office is open Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, including parking directions, call 706-507-8400.

• MARCH 30 – Jazz Band with Richard De Rosa to Perform
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a performance by the CSU Jazz Band with New York based drummer, composer and educator Richard De Rosa at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. 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.

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CSU Happenings March 17-24

MARCH 17-18 – NCAA BASEBALL: CSU TO HOST UNC-PEMBROKE
The CSU baseball squad will host UNC Pembroke at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Ragsdale Field. 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://csucougars.com.

MARCH 17 – STUDENT CLARINET RECITAL
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by clarinetist John Inzetta at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

MARCH 17 – ASTRONOMY NIGHT AT FDR STATE PARK
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will present Astronomy Night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain. The event, featuring a presentation, plus planet viewing and stargazing, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

MARCH 18 – STUDENT RECITALS TO FEATURE VARIOUS SPECIALTIES
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by soprano Laura Foster at 4 p.m. Sunday. Later, at 7:30 p.m., Michelle Cheramy (flute), Nathan Cook (cello) and Kristina Szutor (piano) will perform works by by Bach, Feld, Meltzer, Colquhoun and Czerny. Both recitals will take place in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

MARCH 18 – CONCERT TO FEATURE ‘FOUR HORNSMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE’
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a concert by the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse, a visiting horn quartet, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Originating in 1997 as a University of Southern Mississippi student ensemble, this horn quartet performs both standard and classical compositions, as well as humorous pieces, while seeking to expand the boundaries of horn quartet music by incorporating different styles such as choral music, pop, jazz and bagpipes music. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

MARCH 19 – FACULTY HORN RECITAL
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a faculty horn recital by Kristen Hansen at 5:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter room 1714. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

MARCH 20 – WIND SYMPHONY TO PERFORM WITH JOHN BRUCE YEH
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a concert by the CSU Wind Symphony with John Bruce Yeh, a Chicago Symphony clarinetist and international recording artist, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in RiverCenter’s 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.

MARCH 21 – CSU DAY TO EMPHASIZE UNIVERSITY-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
CSU Day, a springtime tradition in and around Columbus, will continue on Wednesday, March 21. Behind a Columbus City Council proclamation, more than 100 community volunteers will distribute red, white and blue signs displaying “We are Partners with Columbus State University.” First appearing Friday, the signs will come out en masse starting 8 a.m. Wednesday when volunteers fan out from the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center to plant the signs in front of businesses and the homes of donors who have supported CSU and joined the university to strengthen both CSU and the surrounding community.

In its 13th year, CSU Day also highlights the university’s Annual Fund, targeting $1.5 million in 2006-07 to impact scholarships, faculty development, research assistance, technology infrastructure, international education and community outreach. For more information on CSU Day, call 706-562-1596 or visit http://giving.colstate.edu/csu_day.asp.

MARCH 22 – CAREERS EXPO TO FEATURE 100-PLUS EMPLOYERS
The CSU Career Center will host Careers Expo 2007 from 12:30-4 p.m. Thursday, March 22 in the Lumpkin Center. The event will provide an opportunity for career-minded individuals to meet prospective employers, network with corporate executives and potentially find a new career. More than 100 companies and organizations, as well as several school districts, will be on hand. Attendees are advised to dress professionally and bring resume copies for distribution. For more information, call the CSU Career Center at 706-569-3198 or visit http://career.colstate.edu/careersExpo.asp.

MARCH 23 – STUDENT VOICE RECITAL
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by mezzo soprano Becky Chambers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

MARCH 23 – NCAA SOFTBALL: CSU TO HOST FRANCIS MARION
The CSU women’s softball squad will host Francis Marion, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Lady Cougar Field. 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://csucougars.com.

MARCH 24-25 – NCAA BASEBALL: CSU TO HOST GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN
The CSU baseball squad will host Georgia Southwestern at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at Ragsdale Field. 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://csucougars.com.

MARCH 24 – ASTRONOMY NIGHT AT SPACE SCIENCE CENTER
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will present Astronomy Night starting 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the center, 701 Front Ave., Columbus. The event, featuring a planetarium presentation followed by planet viewing and stargazing, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

MARCH 24 – CSU TO STAGE INTERACTIVE GAME AND ARTS EXPO
CSU will host an interactive exposition of computer gaming and popular arts, including science fiction, on Saturday, March 24 at the Davidson Student Center. Admission is free.

The event will run 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. as visitors can compete in video game tournaments, costume contests and boffer combat (mock battles with padded swords). Demonstrations will range from video game design and sci-fi movies and anime (Japanese-style animation) to art, poetry, live music and martial arts. Refreshments and hourly door prizes also are on tap.

Dubbed “NerdaCon” by its organizers, the “Campus Nerds” CSU student organization, the event is designed as the largest of its kind in the Columbus area, replacing the Columbus Game and Hobby Expo formerly hosted by CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center, said Matthew Ballard, CSU student and leader of Campus Nerds. “We’re anticipating anywhere from several hundred to 1,000 participants.”

About 20 local businesses are supporting the event, which targets students as well as families. For more information visit www.nerdacon.com or call 706-536-7425.

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CSU Happenings Oct. 20-27

OCT. 20 – CONCERT TO FEATURE CSU CHAMBER WINDS
The CSU Chamber Winds will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the RiverCenters Legacy Hall. The program will feature an eclectic mix of chamber music, including performances of works by Gustav Holst, Igor Stravinsky, Johann Pezel, W. A. Mozart and Reynaldo Hahn, plus a pair of tangos and a song by contemporary composer Michael Daugherty. General admission is $5 and free for faculty, staff and students with CSU ID. Tickets are available at the RiverCenter Box Office, call 706-256-3612.

OCT. 20 – MIDNIGHT MADNESS TO OPEN CSU BASKETBALL SEASON
The week of Oct. 15 marks the first week that NCAA basketball programs can start practice in preparation for the 2006-07 season, and CSU will celebrate this occasion Friday with Midnight Madness in the Lumpkin Center. The doors open at 9 p.m. and festivities, starting at 9:30 p.m., will include CSU cheer and dance squad performances, introductions of both the CSU mens and womens basketball squads and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

OCT. 21 – VISITATION DAY TARGETS PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS
Columbus State University will hold a visitation day for high school students and parents from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The program begins in the Lumpkin Center and will give prospective students the opportunity to tour campus, meet current CSU students and speak with professors in their area of interest. CSU also provides campus tours for prospective students weekdays at 2 p.m. To make a reservation or for more information on Visitation Day or the daily tour, call 706-568-2035 or visit http://www.colstate.edu/future/tour.asp.

OCT. 23-27 – CSU TO HOLD INTERNATIONAL CRAFTS SALE FUND-RAISER
CSUs Center for International Education will host a Thousand Villages Festival Sale Monday through Friday in CSUs International House at 6 Clearview Circle. The sale will feature handcrafted goods such as jewelry, pottery and musical instruments made by artisans from around the world. Sale times are 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday.

Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit organization that provides an income source for Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. The sale also is part of CSUs observance of International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department and U.S. Department of Education to recognize the global exchange environment between the United States and other countries. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

OCT. 23 – KENYAN FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR TO LECTURE ON AFRICA POLITICS
Political history professor Eric Aseka, a Fulbright Scholar from Kenya, will give a talk on Democratization and Political Leadership in Africa: Gains and Reversals in the Politics of Ugandas Museveni and Kenyas Kibaki, from 1-2 p.m. in CSUs International House at 6 Clearview Circle. Aseka is a visiting professor this fall at Kennesaw State University. The event is part of CSUs International Education Week series and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

OCT. 24 LECTURE TO EXAMINE 1920s-30s LATIN AMERICAN ARTS RENAISSANCE
Music professor Max Lifchitz will present Mestizo Modernism: Revolution and Artistic Expression in Latin America, at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in CSUs International House. Lifchitz, CSUs Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Eminent Scholar in Latin American Studies, will cover the emergence of national styles in artistic expression throughout Latin America in the 1920s and 1930s. Artists took mestizo (mixed native American, European and in some cases African) folk traditions and applied them in poetry (Cesar Vallejo, Peru), paintings (Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Mexico) and music (Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazil). The event, sponsored by CSUs Center for International Education, is part of CSUs International Education Week series and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

OCT. 24 – CSU CAMERATA TO FEATURE CSU-LOCAL ARTISTS COLLABORATION
CSU Camerata, a collaborative Schwob School of Music chamber orchestra featuring students, faculty and area professionals, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the RiverCenters Legacy Hall. This annual performance will include Aaron Coplands Appalachian Spring and John Harbisons Mirabai Songs, featuring CSU vocal faculty member, Michelle DeBruyn. General admission is $5 and free for faculty, staff and students with CSU ID. Tickets are available at the RiverCenter Box Office, call 706-256-3612.

OCT. 25 EXHIBITION TO CELEBRATE WORLD CULTURES
CSUs Center for International Education will stage a Celebrate Your Country contest and exhibition from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 in the Fine Arts Hall foyer. This artistic showcase by CSUs international students will feature original works, from artwork to dance, representing the students home countries. The event is part of CSUs International Education Week series and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

OCT. 26 – PIANIST JON KIMURA PARKER TO OPEN PREMIER SERIES
Pianist Jon Kimura Parker will open the Schwob School of Musics 2006-07 Premier Series of concerts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 in the RiverCenters Legacy Hall. Parker returns to CSU as the Dr. E. Stephen Purdom Distinguished Visiting Artist. In this first of two performances, he will perform pieces by Di Liberto, Schumann and Schubert, and an arrangement of themes from The Wizard of Oz, prepared especially for Parker by William Hirtz and based on the film score by Harold Arlen and Herbert Stothart. Reserved seating is $20 or a $100 for a season ticket package. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

OCT. 27 EVENT TO SHOWCASE WORLD DANCE RHYTHMS
CSUs Center for International Education will present So You Think You Can Dance: Rhythms of the World, from 7-9 p.m. in the Davidson Student Center game room. The program will feature CSUs international students demonstrating traditional dances that originate from regions including Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The event is part of CSUs International Education Week series and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

OCT. 27 – FREE RECITAL TO FEATURE VOCALIST MICHELLE DEBRUYN
CSU voice professor Michelle DeBruyn will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 in the RiverCenters Legacy Hall. DeBruyn, a soprano, will be accompanied by pianist and CSU faculty colleague Betty Anne Diaz. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

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CSU Happenings July 28-Aug. 3

JULY 28 – RANKIN ARTS EXPLORERS OPEN HOUSE
Columbus State Universitys Rankin Arts Center will stage its annual Arts Extravaganza Open House, 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 28 in the Rankin Building, second floor, 1004 Broadway, Columbus. The event is free and open to the public.

This art show includes drawings, paintings, and fantastic 3-D works of art created by children in the K-5 grade levels, who participated in the 2006 Arts Explorers summer camps. This years theme was Picture Yourself at the Rankin Arts Center with campers exploring the themes, techniques and inspirations of master artists Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Butch Anthony, Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold and Andy Warhol. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 706-641-4000.

JULY 31-AUG. 3 – TENNIS TO CLOSE OUT SUMMER CAMP SERIES
Columbus State University tennis coach Evan Isaacs and CSU players will direct participants, ages 4-18, in a tennis camp covering fundamentals such as backhand and forehand swings, and incorporating various drills and match play. The camp will run 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday at CSUs Blackmon Tennis Center. The fee is $100 per person, per camp. For more information, call 706-568-2317.

AUG. 1 – FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR FALL SEMESTER
Tuesday, Aug. 1 is the final application deadline for fall semester classes at Columbus State University. For more information, call 706-568-2035 or visit http://www.colstate.edu/future.

AUG. 3 – DEADLINE FOR FALL SEMESTER FEE PAYMENTS, EARLY REGISTRATION
Students enrolling in Columbus State University classes for fall 2006 must pay tuition and fees by the end of Thursday, Aug, 3. This deadline also applies for the early registration period. A final, late-registration date is Aug. 15. For more information, call 706-568-2035 or visit http://www.colstate.edu/future.

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CSU Happenings July 24-28

JULY 24-28 – SUMMER CAMPS FINAL WEEK
Programs featuring astronomy, the arts and sports represent the final, full week of Columbus State University Continuing Educations 2006 summer camps. An extra tennis camp session will run July 31-Aug. 4. For more information on the camps listed below, including how to register, contact CSU Continuing Education at 706-568-2023 or visit http://conted.colstate.edu. To contact the Rankin Arts Center, call 706-641-4000.

  • Stargazers — CSUs Coca-Cola Space Science Center will host Stargazers, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Participants in grades 1-2 will launch rockets, experience the space centers recently upgraded planetarium, fly simulated missions in the Challenger Learning Center, design aliens and more. The fee is $205 per child.
  • Tennis Camp (Monday-Thursday) — CSU tennis coach Evan Isaacs and CSU players will direct participants, ages 4-18, in a camp covering fundamentals such as backhand and forehand swings, and incorporating various drills and match play. The camp will run 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday at CSUs Blackmon Tennis Center. An additional tennis camp has been added to run the following week, July 31-Aug. 4. The fee is $100 per person, per camp.
  • Soccer Camp (Monday-Thursday): CSU Soccer Camp will include fundamentals, match-related skills training and competitive team play for participants, ages 5-14. Directed by CSU womens soccer coach Jay Entlich and his players, the camp will run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ($175 fee), with a 9 a.m. to noon half-day option ($100 fee) Monday through Thursday at the CSU Soccer Complex.
  • Arts Explorers — Andy Warhol: CSUs Rankin Arts Center concludes its Arts Explorers series with Andy Warhol, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Rankin Building, second floor, 1004 Broadway, Columbus. Campers grouped according to K-2 and 3-5 grade levels, will study Warhol as an artist and create works in his spirit through pop-out portraits from clay constructions, time-capsule building and mask-making. The fee is $125 per person.
  • The Artist Series Camp: CSUs Rankin Arts Center will host The Artist Series Camp for participants in grades 5-7, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Rankin Building, second floor, 1004 Broadway, Columbus. Inspired by various world-famous artists, participants will create art work through a variety of materials and methods. The fee is $75 per person.

JULY 28 – RANKIN ARTS EXPLORERS OPEN HOUSE TO FEATURE YOUNG ARTISTS
Columbus State Universitys Rankin Arts Center will stage an Arts Extravaganza Open House, 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 28 in the Rankin Building, second floor, 1004 Broadway, Columbus. The event is free and open to the public and will feature art work by K-5-grade-level participants of the Rankin Centers Arts Explorers summer camp series. In separate camps, the students studied and created in the spirit of artists including Butch Anthony, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold and Andy Warhol. For more information, call 706-641-4000.

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CSU Hosts Final Month of Summer Camps

COLUMBUS, Ga. – July marks the final month of Columbus State University Continuing Education summer camps for 2006.

The Rankin Arts Center Arts Explorers series highlights a menu of offerings that will change weekly through the month. Kids from grades K-5 will emulate legendary artists Romare Bearden (July 10-14), Faith Ringgold (July 17-21) and Andy Warhol (July 24-28) as they create their own works. For example, Bearden campers will use collage techniques, construct Africa-inspired masks and collaborate on a mural via printmaking.

Elsewhere, campers will Crank Up the Volume at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center as they explore movement through the fast-paced motion of jazz (July 10-14). Also, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (July17-21) will showcase the business of banking, as campers ages 7-10 tour behind the scenes of a local bank and learn how financial institutions turn clients pennies into dollars.

Among camps at CSUs Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Spaceland will show the uniqueness of the planets. Campers, from grades 3-4, will fly Challenger missions, design and model planetary surfaces, build and launch rockets and visit a military aviation museum.

CSU sports camps round out the July offerings. Due to popular demand, a tennis camp has been added to run July 31-Aug. 3. Also, in addition to soccer and basketball programs, the 33rd annual Cheerleading Camp (July 10-14) for ages 4-14 will feature guidance from CSU coach Jimbo Davis and his cheerleaders, one of the nation’s top Division II programs with several Peach Belt Conference titles and national championships.

For more information including how to register, contact CSU Continuing at 706-568-2023 or visit http://conted.colstate.edu. To contact the Rankin Arts Center, call 706-641-4000.

The entire July summer camp schedule:

ARTS EXPLORERS (RANKIN ARTS CENTERS)

  • July 10-14, Romare Bearden, grades K-2 and 3-5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $125
  • July 17-21, Faith Ringgold, grades K-2 and 3-5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $125
  • July 24-28, Andy Warhol, grades K-2 and 3-5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $125

RANKIN ARTS CENTER (ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS)

  • July 8-Aug. 26 (Saturdays), Juggling 101, ages 12-adult, 10-11 a.m., $49
  • July 10-28, Musical Theatre II, grades 5-7, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $125
  • July 10-14, Culture, Craft, and Tradition, grades 5-7, 1:30-4:30 p.m. $75
  • July 10-31 (Mondays), Expressions for Teens II, ages 13-19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $85
  • July 17-21, Taking Up Space, grades 5-7, 1:30-4:30 p.m., $75
  • July 24-28, The Artist Series, grades 5-7, 1:30-4:30 p.m., $75

TURNER CENTER CAMPS (Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center)

  • July 10- August 9 (Mondays and Wednesdays), Drivers Education, ages 13-19, 6-9 p.m., $225
  • July 10-14, Crank Up the Volume, ages 7-10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $125
  • July 17-21, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? ages 7-10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $125

CSU SPORTS CAMPS

  • July 10-14, Cheerleading Camp, ages 4-14, 9 a.m.-noon, Lumpkin Center, $85
  • July 17-20, Herbert Greene Basketball Camp, ages 4-18, 9 a.m.-noon, Lumpkin Center, $100
  • July 17-19, (Basketball) Shooters Camp, ages 14-18, 6-9 p.m., Lumpkin Center, $85
  • July 24-27, Soccer Camp, ages 5-14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CSU Soccer Complex, $175 or $100 for 9 a.m.-noon half-day option.
  • July 31-Aug. 3, Tennis Camp, ages 4-18, 9 a.m.-noon, Blackmon Tennis Center, $100

COCA-COLA SPACE SCIENCE CENTER CAMPS

  • July 3-7, So You Want to be an Astronaut? grades 3-4, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $205
  • July 10-14, Space Arts, grades 3-5, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $205
  • July 17- 21, Spaceland, grades 3-4, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $205
  • July 24-28, Stargazers, grades 1-2, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $205
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CSU Happenings June 23-30

JUNE 23 – NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION FOR FALL SEMESTER
Columbus State University will hold orientation Friday, June 23 for new students enrolling for fall 2006 who have recently graduated from high school and will not be living in university housing. Check-in will be 8-9 a.m. at Fine Arts Hall. Programs begin at 9 a.m. in the Fine Arts Hall auditorium and will conclude about 3 p.m. The cost is $35 per student and $15 per guest with advance registration. An extra $25 will be charged for same-day registration on site. Fees cover meals, all supplies and materials. For questions regarding orientation reservations, call 706-568-2330. For general orientation information, contact the Orientation Hotline at 706-568-2180 or visit http://orientation.colstate.edu/index.htm

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JUNE 23 – RANKIN SUMMER CAMP MUSICAL TO FEATURE YOUNG ARTISTS
Columbus State Universitys Rankin Arts Center will stage a performance that culminates three weeks of its Musical Theatre Camp, 11:30 a.m. Friday in the RiverCenters Studio Theatre. Camp participants, students from grades 2-4, will perform To Bee or Not to Bee, a musical about following your instincts and dreams and becoming who you are meant to be. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-641-4000.

JUNE 26-30 – SUMMER CAMPS TO COVER GARDENING, DANCE, SPACE SCIENCE AND PRIMITIVE EARTH SKILLS
The next set of CSU Continuing Education summer camps, listed below, will run Monday through Friday. For more information, visit http://conted.colstate.edu or call 706-568-2023. To contact CSUs Rankin Arts Center, call 706-641-4000.

  • SPACE-O-RAMA (grades 1-2) 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Coca-Cola Space Science Center, $205. Staged by CSUs Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Space-O-Rama targets future scientists with activities that include constructing and launching rockets, designing aliens, building sundials and more.
  • EARTH SKILLS: BACK TO BASICS (grades 6-7) 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $175. Campers will discover the past while acquiring skills used by Native Americans of the Southeastern United States. Instructor Russell Cutts will demonstrate how to identify edible plants, use stone-age cookery, create art projects and more.
  • BACKYARDS AND BEANSTALKS (ages 7-10) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center, $125. Campers will learn about growing plants, then plan a garden from the ground up. Experts from the county extension office will direct the camp.
  • CSU DANCE CAMP (ages 4-14) 9 a.m.-noon. Lumpkin Center movement room, $85. Coach Jimbo Davis and members of the CSU Dance Team, one of the Souths top Division II programs, will direct this seventh annual camp. Various styles of dance will be covered. Participants will perform in a Friday grand finale for family and friends.

JUNE 29-30 – NEW STUDENT, RESIDENCE LIFE ORIENTATION
Columbus State University will hold orientation Thursday and Friday, June 29-30 required for new students enrolling for fall 2006 and who will live at Courtyard I. The program also is open to students who will live in Residence Life housing to be part of CSUs RiverPark campus. Check-in will be noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29 in the Lumpkin Center, with the program beginning at 2:30 p.m. iat Fine Arts Hall. The orientation will include an overnight stay in campus housing and conclude about 3 p.m. Friday, June 30.

The cost is $60 per student and $40 per guest with advance registration. An extra $25 will be charged for same-day registration on site. Fees cover meals, all supplies and materials. Participants are required to pay a $325 housing deposit before attending this orientation. For questions regarding orientation reservations, call 706-568-2330. For questions regarding general orientation information, contact the Orientation Hotline at 706-568-2180 or visit http://orientation.colstate.edu/index.htm.

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CSU Happenings June 19-23

JUNE 19-23 – SUMMER CAMPS TO COVER ARTS, MATH AND SCIENCE
Columbus State University Continuing Education will stage a new set of summer camps, listed below, Monday through Friday (except where noted otherwise). For more information, visit http://conted.colstate.edu or call 706-568-2023. To contact CSUs Rankin Arts Center, call 706-641-4000.

  • Arts Explorers: Leonardo da Vinci (grades K-2) (grades 3-5) 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Rankin Arts Center, $125 Participants will study Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, and subsequently create their own three-dimensional inventions and their own version of the Mona Lisa. The campers also will write music in code and formulate their own human pretend machines.
  • Thunder, Lightning and other Scary Stuff (grades 3-4) 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CSUs Coca-Cola Space Science Center, 701 Front Ave., Columbus, $205 Participants will learn about hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes and more from a television meteorologist, as well as visit CNN headquarters in Atlanta. Call 706-649-1470 for more information.
  • POWER: The Sights and Sounds of Mathematics (grades 6-8, boys only) 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center, $160 Participants will learn mathematics while creating various artistic projects. Activities will include tessellating patterns and kaleidoscopes. The camp is designed and coordinated by CSUs Columbus Regional Math Collaborative. For more information, call 706-568-2480.
  • Columbus Ballet Conservatory: Creative Movement (ages 4-5) and Pre-Ballet (ages 6-7) 9:15-10 a.m. Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, June 19-Aug. 1, Rankin Arts Center (various schedule and fee options).
  • Kindermusik Adventures at CSUs Rankin Arts Center, $90 per camp: Peek-A-Boo I Love You Section B (newborn-1.5 years) 9:15-10 a.m., Zoo Train Section B (ages 1.5-3) 10:15-11 a.m., On the Road Section B (ages 3-5) 11:15 a.m.-noon, Around the World Section B (ages 4-7) 1-2 p.m., Sign & Sing Section A2 (6 months-3 years) 2:15-3 p.m.

JUNE 23 NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION FOR FALL SEMESTER
Columbus State University will hold an orientation on Friday, June 23 for new students enrolling for fall 2006 who have recently graduated from high school and will not be living in university housing. Check-in will be 8-9 a.m. in Fine Arts Hall. Programs begin at 9 a.m. in the Fine Arts Hall auditorium and will conclude approximately 3 p.m. The cost is $35 per student and $15 per guest with advance registration. An extra $25 will be charged for same-day registration on site. Fees cover meals, all supplies and materials. For questions regarding orientation reservations, call 706-568-2330. For general orientation information, contact the Orientation Hotline at 706-568-2180 or visit http://orientation.colstate.edu/index.htm.

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CSU Happenings June 2-10

JUNE 2-4 CSU TO STAGE AINT MISBEHAVIN
Columbus State Universitys Schwob School of Music will stage the musical, Aint Misbehavin Friday through Sunday in the RiverCenters Studio Theatre. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday. The production is based on the music of legendary jazz pianist/composer Thomas Fats Waller and will feature a cast of CSU students enrolled in the music schools Opera/Musical Theatre class. Music professor Joseph Golden is artistic director, theatre professor Brenda May Ito is stage director and choreographer, and music professor Deborah Jacobs is assistant director.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, with discounts for seniors and military personnel. For tickets, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information on the production, call 706-649-7225.

JUNE 5-9 – CSU SUMMER CAMPS CONTINUE
Columbus State University Continuing Education will stage a new set of summer camps, listed below, Monday through Friday (except where noted otherwise). For more information, visit http://conted.colstate.edu or call 706-568-2023. To contact the Rankin Arts Center, call 706-641-4000.

  • Rocket Boosters (grades 1-2) 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Coca-Cola Space Science Center, $205
  • So You Want to be an Astronaut (grades 3-4) Section A 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Coca-Cola Space Science Center, $205
  • FUN-damentals of Golf (ages 6-18) 8:30-11:30 a.m. Bull Creek Golf Course, $225 (June 5-8)
  • Arts Explorers: ‘Butch Anthony’ (grades K-2 and 3-5) 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Rankin Arts Center, $125 (Campers will transform ‘trash into treasure’ in the style of Alabama folk artist Butch Anthony)
  • Baseball Camp Section B (ages 9-13) 9 a.m.-noon. Ragsdale Field, $125
  • Arts Explorers: Musical Theatre Camp I (grades 2-4) 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Rankin Arts Center, $125 (June 5-23)
  • Spanish Language Camp (ages 5-8) Section A: 10:30 a.m.-noon. Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center, $79
  • Summer Ballet Classes (various levels, and schedule and fee options) The Columbus Ballet Conservatory, Rankin Arts Center (June 5-16)
  • Kindermusik Adventures, Rankin Arts Center, $90 per section Peek-A-Boo I Love You Section A (newborn-1.5 years) 9:15-10 a.m. Zoo Train Section A (ages 1.5-3) 10:15-11 a.m. On the Road Section A (ages 3-5) 11:15 a.m.-noon. Around the World Section A (ages 4-7) 1-2 p.m. Sign & Sing Section A1 (6 months-3 years) 2:15-3 p.m.

JUNE 6 NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION FOR SUMMER SESSION
Columbus State University will host an orientation for new students on Tuesday. This program is for all new students enrolled for CSUs summer session that begins June 8. Check-in for the orientation begins at 8 a.m. in the Davidson Center Game Room. The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. The cost is $35 per student and $15 per guest with advance registration. An extra $25 will be charged for same-day registration on site. Fees cover meals, all supplies and materials. For questions regarding reservations, call 706-568-2330. For general orientation, call the Orientation Hotline at 706-568-2180 or visit http://orientation.colstate.edu/index.htm.

JUNE 7 SUMMER SESSION LATE REGISTRATION AND FEE DEADLINE
Wednesday, June 7 is the final day to register and pay for CSU summer session classes that start June 8 and continue through July 26. For more information, call 706-568-2035 or visit http://registration.colstate.edu.

JUNE 10 SPACE SCIENCE CENTER TO CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY
Columbus State Universitys Coca-Cola Space Science Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary with various activities and attractions from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at the center, located at 701 Front Ave., Columbus.

Highlighting the celebration, former NASA astronaut Brian Duffy will give presentations describing space travel at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Omnisphere Theater. He also will sign autographs after each presentation. Duffy served with NASA from 1985-2001 and currently is an executive with Lockheed Martin Corp. The anniversary celebration will feature other interactive learning activities and demonstrations, and a 4:45 p.m. cake-cutting ceremony, followed by planetarium laser shows and an Astronomy Night session.

Admission to the celebration is free. For more information, call 706-649-4900.

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CSU Happenings: Summer Camps Open

MAY 22-26 – ARTS EXPLORERS CAMP: PABLO PICASSO
Columbus State Universitys Rankin Arts Center will host a Pablo Picasso summer camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday. Participants, grouped by grades K-2 and 3-5, will create three-dimensional puzzles, explore mask-making and construct cubist sculptures. The fee is $125. The Rankin Arts Center is located at 1000 Broadway, Columbus. For more information, call 706-641-4000 or 568-2023.

MAY 22-26 – SUMMER FUN CAMP: SHORT STORIES & TALL TALES
Columbus State University Continuing Education will host a Short Stories & Tall Tales summer camp for ages 7-10, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. Participants will listen to, act out and retell various stories; and learn to create their own entertaining tales. The fee is $125. For more information, call 706-568-2023.

Summer Camps Overview
Columbus State University Continuing Education, Centers for Excellence and Athletics are collaborating to offer a wide variety of camps and classes 46 offerings for children, newborns to teens.

The programs, weekly from May 22 through July 28, will feature weeklong, half and full-day sessions. Campers can experience being a Rocketbooster (June 5-9) or Comet Jumper (June 12-16) in science camps at CSUs Coca-Cola Space Science Center; experience nature and wildlife at Oxbow Meadows or discover math with a twist of fun through CSUs Columbus Regional Math Collaborative. All three centers also will collaborate in one mega camp: XTreme Teams: Where Science, Mathematics, and Technology Make a Splash! (June 12-23).

Soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis and golf camps offer opportunities for trying a new sport or for fine-tuning skills. Also, the 33rd annual Cheerleading Camp (July 10-14) provides an alternative, as do dance camps with The Columbus Ballet or CSU Dance Team.

Music, art, and theatre camps at the Rankin Arts Center in uptown Columbus are another option. The Arts Explorers will explore visual arts in the mornings and dance, music, and theatre each afternoon.

Meanwhile, camps at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center will include CSI Columbus (May 30-June 2) and CSI Mystery (July 10-14) for kids who are interested in forensics and clue finding; Backyards & Beanstalks (June 26-30) for those who love playing in the garden; Crank up the Volume (July 10-14) allowing campers to explore dance through jazz; and Food Mania (July 24-28) to pique the interest of kids who enjoy creating art that is completely edible.

For more information or to request a summer catalog, visit http://conted.colstate.edu or call 706-568-2023. To contact the Rankin Arts Center, visit http://rankinarts.colstate.edu or call 706-641-4000.

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CSU And The Columbus Ballet Team Up

Columbus State University and The Columbus Ballet are announcing a new partnership that will give the ballet company a new home in the CSU Rankin Arts Center in Uptown Columbus.

The agreement establishes The Columbus Ballet as the Dance Artists in Residence at the Rankin Arts Center. In addition, The Columbus Ballet will bring its students to the arts center for classes where the ballet can use newly renovated facilities to provide professional-quality training in classical ballet for the serious dance student.

‘Partnering with CSU will open the door for greater outreach throughout the region,’ Marie Hirsch, artistic director of The Columbus Ballet. ‘We will also be able to bring internationally known dancers to participate in workshops for the community.’

The mission statements of both The Columbus Ballet and the Rankin Arts Center are similar in that they strive for the highest educational opportunities and cultural growth for the region. Directors of both organizations said a partnership allows each to better accomplish their goals.

‘I’ve been here 17 years and seen how the arts have grown in this area,’ Hirsh said. ‘The talent is here in Columbus and the passion and desire for classical ballet has grown since The Columbus Ballet was founded in 1995. There is great potential for classical ballet to continue to grow.’

The Columbus Ballet will continue to provide professional grade ballet productions in Columbus. Classical ballet classes will start in the fall at the Rankin Arts Center, on the second floor of CSU’s Rankin building at the corner of 10th Street and Broadway.

For more information, contact Susan Wirt at the Rankin Arts Center (706) 641-4000 or Maria Hirsch at The Columbus Ballet (706) 221-6000.

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