CSU Happenings for Feb. 6-15

FEB. 6 – Reception for Visiting Artist-Scholar Pepon Osorio
A reception for artist Pepón Osorio, Columbus State University’s 2009 Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Eminent Scholar in Latin American Studies, is set for 5 p.m. Friday in the Corn Center for Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery. Born in Puerto Rico, the Philadelphia-based Osorio’s work is influenced in part by his experiences as a social worker in the Bronx. He is noted for large-scale installations, designed to inspire awareness of place within communities and class structures. The reception is free and hosted by Friends of Art, an organization supporting CSU’s Department of Art. For more information, call 706-507-8300. The Corn Center is located at 6 West 10th St. in downtown Columbus. Parking is available in the RiverCenter parking garage on Broadway, allowing visitors to enter the Corn Center’s Front Street entrance. To view directions online, go to http://art.colstate.edu/directions.asp.

FEB. 6 – NCAA Tennis: CSU Hosts Tuskegee
Columbus State’s men’s and women’s tennis squads will host Tuskegee University on Friday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

Feb. 7-8 & 14-15 – Bird Walks at Oxbow Meadows: ‘Rusty Blackbird Blitz’
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host weekend ‘Bird Walks’ from 8-9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-8 and 14-15 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. CSU ornithologist Annie Crary will guide these walks themed ‘Rusty Blackbird Blitz’ and focused on finding Rusty Blackbirds. The cost is $4 per person, and the program is designed for adults and children ages 10 and older. Binoculars and bird field guides will be provided. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 7-8 & 14-16 – ‘Great Backyard Bird Count’ Activities at Oxbow Meadows
The Environmental Learning Center at Oxbow Meadows will conduct free training at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-8, for individuals interested in participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Subsequently, the center will become one of several sites across the United States and Canada for the ‘count,’ Feb. 14-16, as bird watchers of all ages participate in the annual event for counting birds to create a real-time snap shot of ‘where the birds are across of North America.’ For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 7 – NCAA Tennis: CSU Hosts Stillman
Columbus State’s men’s and women’s tennis squads will host Stillman College on Saturday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 10 a.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 7 – Visitation Day for Prospective Students, Their Parents
Columbus State will host a Visitation Day for high school students and their parents from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. Activities will begin at the Lumpkin Center as participants can learn about CSU, tour campus, meet current students and speak with professors in their academic field of interest. Call 706-507-8800 or register online.

FEB. 7 – Student Voice Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student voice recital by Anita Purcell at 6 p.m. Saturday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 8 – Trombone Studio Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a Trombone Studio Recital at 4 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 9 – Horn Studio Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a Horn Studio Recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 9 – International Film Series: ‘Moolaade’
Columbus State’s Center for International Education will screen the 2004 African film Moolaade at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9 in the International House at University Avenue and Clearview Circle. Written and directed by Ousmane Sembene, the film is about, and against, the custom of female circumcision. The setting is a small village in Burkina Faso, where a woman draws the ire of village traditionalists by providing moolaade (sanctuary) to young girls seeking to avoid the circumcision ritual. ‘It is a film of politics and anger, and also a film of beauty, humor, and a deep affection for human nature,’ said film critic Roger Ebert. The screening at CSU is free and open the public. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

FEB. 10 – BET’s Jeff Johnson to Speak
Award-winning journalist Jeff Johnson will give a presentation themed ‘365 DAYS: Black History Beyond February’ at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the University Hall auditorium. Johnson, managing editor and chief correspondent for BET’s The Truth with Jeff Johnson, also provides weekly commentary on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and has contributed frequently to MSNBC’s Dayside and Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNN, FOX News Channel, Huffington Post and other media outlets and Internet sites. He earned a 2008 NABJ Salute to Excellence Award for BET’s Life & Death in Darfur, Jeff Johnson Reports series and is one of 30 young leaders selected for the British Council’s Transatlantic 2020 team of Europeans and Americans for a new cross-border dialogue to reinvigorate traditional alliances and mend transatlantic rifts. His presentation at CSU is free and open to the public and sponsored by the university’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

FEB. 10 – Columbus Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Columbus State will host the Columbus Regional Science and Engineering Fair for local students from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Founders Hall at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. The participants — 94 middle school students and 34 high school students – will display their research projects and discuss their work with the judges, including CSU science professors and off-campus professionals. The projects cover biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine and physics. Top finishers will qualify for the 61st Georgia Science and Engineering Fair in April at the University of Georgia. For more information, call Jill Carroll at 706-507-8464 or e-mail carroll_jill@ColumbusState.edu.

FEB. 10 – Pianist Ian Hominick to Perform
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will host a performance by guest pianist Ian Hominick at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Hominick, who has performed across North America and Europe, will perform works by Clementi, Schubert, Ravel and Thalberg, whose music Hominick featured on his acclaimed CD The Piano Music of Sigismund Thalberg. His performances have aired on CBC Radio, Radio-Canada and National Public Radio. Admission prices for his CSU performance are $5; $2 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and free with 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.

FEB. 11 – CSU-North Georgia NCAA Basketball Doubleheader
Columbus State will host North Georgia for a pair of NCAA basketball games on Wednesday in the Lumpkin Center. The women’s contest tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m. Admission prices are $5 for adults; $3 for students/kids (including non-CSU students); and free for ages 5 and under and CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 12 – Guest Artist Lecture
Columbus State’s Department of Art will present a lecture by Auburn art professor Christopher McNulty at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 in Carpenters Hall at 9th Street and Broadway on CSU’s RiverPark campus. McNulty, whose work is part of 34.5 N.W., a Jan. 21-Feb. 21 exhibition in CSU’s Illges Gallery, creates sculptural objects, video and works on paper. He has exhibited his work nationally, including the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Atlanta’s Saltworks Gallery, the Mobile Museum of Art, the Rockford (Ill.) Art Museum and others. His lecture is free. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

FEB. 12 – CSU Philharmonic with Concerto Competition Winners
The CSU Philharmonic Orchestra will perform six concerto movements with the student winners of the 2008-2009 Schwob School of Music Concerto Competition at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The orchestra. conducted by Schwob School Director Fred Cohen, also will perform Verdi’s overture from ‘La forza del destino.’ Admission prices are $5; $2 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and free with 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.

FEB. 12-15 – CSU Theatre to Stage ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’
Columbus State University’s Department of Theatre will present the comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 12-15, and Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21, in the CSU Theatre on the Park Studio. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Written by Martin McDonagh in the tradition of Irish storytelling, the setting is a remote island in 1934 off the coast of Ireland where a Hollywood producer has arrived to make a film and draws ‘Cripple Billy’ from the nearby town of Inishmaan to vie for a role, attracting the attention of the town’s diverse and eccentric citizens. General admission is $15; $13 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni; and free for CSU faculty and staff (limit two) and students (limit one). Contact the box office at 706-507-8444. For more information, call 706-507-8415.

FEB. 13 – Student Violin Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student violin recital by Kristen Wright at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 14 – NCAA Men’s Tennis: CSU Hosts Samford
Columbus State’s men’s tennis squad will host Samford on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 14 – ‘Bees and Beekeeping’ Demonstration at Oxbow Meadows
Jim Harris of the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association will present ‘Bees and Beekeeping’ at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. The program is for adults and children 10 and older (accompanied by an adult). Reservations are required. Donations at the door are requested. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB.14-15 – NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts Philadelphia
Columbus State will host Philadelphia (Pa.) University in a three-game NCAA baseball series Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15 at Ragsdale Field. Game times are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Daily admission prices are $5 for adults; $3 for students/kids (including non-CSU students); and free for age 5 and under and CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

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CSU Happenings for Nov. 14-22

NOV. 14 – Student Piano Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by pianist Kimberly Rice at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 14 – Expert to Speak on Georgia’s Important Bird Areas
Charlie Muise, coordinator of Georgia ‘s Important Bird Area Conservation program, will give a talk at 7 p.m. Friday in Stanley Hall 205. The program will cover the state’s 49 Important Bird Areas, including Fort Benning, which is home to the Bachman’s sparrow and red-cockaded woodpecker. Muise also will talk about factors making a location “important for wild birds.” The event, presented by CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, is free and open to public. For more information, call 706-687-4090.

NOV. 14 and 16 – CSU to Host NCAA Women’s Soccer Regional Games
Columbus State University will host first and second round games in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional finals for women’s soccer on Friday and Sunday at the Walden Soccer Complex on the CSU campus.

Action opens with Georgia College (13-2-4) vs. Catawba (14-4-2) at 7 p.m. Friday. The winner of this match will face top-seeded CSU (19-3-1) at 1 p.m Sunday.

Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for students (age 13 to college w/ID), and $2 for children age 4-12.

Meanwhile in Jefferson City, Tenn., second-seeded Carson Newman will host the other Southeast regional bracket. Winners from both sites will advance to the regional finals and quarterfinal rounds Nov. 21 and 23 in Winter Park, Fla.

For more information, go to http://www.csucougars.com or call 706-568-2204.

NOV. 15 – Reservation Deadline for Nov. 18 ‘Career Planning Event’
Saturday is the deadline to reserve a seat for an upcoming “Career Planning Event” set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 at CSU’s Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center.

The free event is designed for working professionals interested in continuing their education, active duty military and their spouses, prospective graduate students and those interested in a career degree or online, weekend and evening programs. Professors and career-planning pros will discuss all degree options, Financial aid and admissions counselors also will be on hand. To reserve a seat online, go to www.colstate.edu/careerplanning. For more information, call 706-507-8849.

NOV. 15 – Bird Banding Workshop at Oxbow Meadows
CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will stage a bird banding demonstration from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus.

Charlie Muise, coordinator of Georgia’S Important Bird Area conservation program, will put up his mist nets and catch some of Oxbow’s wild birds for “bird in the hand” looks at northern cardinals, Carolina wrens, American goldfinches, mourning doves, downy woodpeckers, red-bellied woodpeckers, tufted titmice, mockingbirds and more. Guests are invited to bring cameras advised to dress for the weather. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children (ages 10 and under). For more information call 706-687-4090.

NOV. 15-16 – NCAA Women’s Basketball: CSU Tip-Off Classic
CSU’s women’s basketball squad will compete with three other teams in the CSU Tip-Off Classic on Saturday and Sunday in the Lumpkin Center. The match-ups are Georgia College and State vs. Mobile College (1 p.m. Saturday), CSU vs. Tougaloo College (3 p.m. Saturday), Georgia College and State vs. Tougaloo College (1 p.m. Sunday) and CSU vs. Mobile College (4 p.m. Sunday). Daily admission prices are $5 for adults; $3 for students/kids (including non-CSU students); and free for ages 5 and under and CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, go to http://www.csucougars.com.

NOV. 15 – Guest Bass Trombone Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a recital by bass trombonist Jonathan Warburton at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Warburton, one of England’s leading bass trombone soloists, will present standard bass trombone repertoire and new works originally written for him. General admission is $10; $7 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and $5 with 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.

NOV. 16 – Student Clarinet Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by clarinetist Andrew Leverette at 3 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 16 – Percussion Ensemble to Perform
The CSU Percussion Ensemble will present its annual fall concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program includes Eric Moe’s “I Have Only One Itching Desire,” based on the drumming from the Jimi Hendrix song “Fire,” a couple of xylophone rags (solos) from the 1920s, featuring soloists Diana Trefi and Kelsey Adams, several world premieres by composer Jim David, including “Locomotive Gerion” for percussion orchestra and solo saxophone, featuring CSU professor Amy Griffiths. The ensemble will close with Frank Zappa’s “The Black Page.”

General admission is $5; $2 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and free with 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.

NOV. 16 – Student Tuba Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student tuba recital by Justin Worley at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 17 – Horn Choir to Perform
The CSU Horn Choir, directed by Kristen Hansen, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

Nov. 18 – ‘Career Planning Event’
CSU will stage a “Career Planning Event” set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. The free event is designed for working professionals interested in continuing their education, active duty military and their spouses, prospective graduate students and those interested in a career degree or online, weekend and evening programs. Professors and career-planning pros will discuss all degree options, Financial aid and admissions counselors also will be on hand. For more information, call 706-507-8849.

NOV. 18 – Classical Guitarist Manuel Barrueco to Perform
Internationally recognized classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The Cuba-born Barrueco has performed in solo concerts and as an orchestral soloist in major concert venues worldwide. His concert at CSU marks his first Columbus appearance and is part of the Schwob School of Music’s “Legacy Live” series. General admission is $20, $17 for CSU faculty and staff and $5 for CSU students. 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.

NOV. 19 – NCAA Basketball: CSU Men’s Home Opener
CSU will host Carver Bible College University at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Lumpkin Center, marking the season’s first home game for the men’s basketball squad. Admission prices are $5 for adults; $3 for students/kids (including non-CSU students); and free for ages 5 and under and CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, go to http://www.csucougars.com.

NOV. 19 – Student Violin Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by violinist Cristina Madruga at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 20 – Music Professor to Open ‘Last Lecture’ Series
CSU music professor Kristen Hansen will give a talk titled “Use More Air” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. The event, which will close with a 7 p.m. reception, is free and open to the public and opens the CSU Student Government Association’s Last Lecture Series.

The series is inspired by, and named after, a famous 2007 speech by the late Randy Pausch. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, the Carnegie Mellon computer science professor conceived and delivered a final lecture, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” which became known as “The Last Lecture,” adapted later into a New York Times best-selling book by the same title. Like Pausch, CSU’s SGA has framed its lecture series around the hypothetical “final talk” concept, based on the question, “What wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?” For more information, call the SGA office at 706-568-2403.

NOV. 20 – Guest Speaker: ‘Art, Entertainment and the Infosphere’
CSU’s Department of Art will host a lecture, “Art, Entertainment and the Infosphere,” by University of Georgia art professor Mark Callahan at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 in Carpenters Hall, 4 West 9th St., on CSU’s RiverPark campus. Callahan is the artistic director of ideas for Creative Exploration, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA. His talk at CSU is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

NOV. 20 – CSU Wind Orchestra to Perform
The CSU Wind Orchestra will perform a variety of original works for the wind band through the 20th Century at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program will include standards such as Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry” and new works such as John Mackey’s “Undertow.” General admission is $5; $2 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and free with 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.

NOV. 21-22 – Annual Conductors Workshop
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will hold its 12th annual Conductors Workshop on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22 at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. The workshop targets conductors of all levels, with limited spots for full participation ($175) and unlimited room for auditors ($90). The clinicians are Gary Green, professor of music and director of bands for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami; H. Robert Reynolds, principal conductor of the wind ensemble at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California; and Robert W. Rumbelow, in his 13th year as conductor and director of wind ensemble activities for CSU’s Schwob School of Music. For more information, call 706-649-7252 or 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu/windensemble/conductors_workshop.asp.

NOV. 21 – Conductors Workshop Concert
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present its 12th annual Conductors Workshop Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. World-renowned conductors Gary Green and H. Robert Reynolds will join CSU’s Robert Rumbelow on the podium with the CSU Wind Ensemble. General admission is $5; $2 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and free with 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.

NOV. 20-23 – CSU Theatre to Stage ‘Boy Gets Girl’
CSU Theatre will stage “Boy Gets Girl,” a psychological chiller about romance gone wrong, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 at CSU Theatre on the Park, Mainstage. The production contains strong language and adult situations. Ticket prices are $15 adults; $13 seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni; and free for CSU faculty and staff (limit two) and CSU students (limit one). For more information, call 706-507-8400 or go to http://theatre.colstate.edu/productions.asp.

NOV. 22 – Astronomy Night
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program of stargazing and planet viewing starting 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 at Roosevelt State Park near Pine Mountain. The program is free. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

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CSU Happenings for May 17-June 2

MAY 17 – ‘Math FUNtastics’ for Kids
CSU’s Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative will stage its third annual Math FUNtastics event from 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday in the Aflac Children’s Room at the main branch of the Columbus Public Library.

Designed for students in grades 1-5, the program will involve three 45-minute sessions of readings from children’s literature followed by a mathematics activity, game or puzzle related to the story. The program is free and participants can take part in any or all of the sessions. For more information, call 706-568-2480.

MAY 26 – CSU to Close for Holiday
CSU classes and offices will be closed on Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.

MAY 27 – Sports Camps to Open
CSU coaches, athletes and others will direct various sports camps for kids during the summer, starting May 27-30:

• Soccer: ages 7-14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., CSU Soccer Complex, $200 or $125 for a morning, half-day session for ages 4-14
• Tennis: ages 5-up, 9 a.m.-noon, Blackmon Tennis Center, $125
• Boys basketball fundamentals: ages 5-up, 9 a.m.-noon, Lumpkin Center, $100

To register or for more information, call 706-507-8070 or go to http://columbus.augusoft.net/.

MAY 30-31 – CSU Theatre to Premiere ‘The Chimes’ at RiverCenter
CSU Theatre will stage the premier of “The Chimes,” an international prize-winning play by Kevin Christopher Snipes, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 30-31 at RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre.

A drama set in a Massachusetts prep school at the outset of World War II, the play earned the most recent Larry Corse Prize for Playwriting, winning the CSU-hosted international competition that drew about 300 entries from 15 countries. Snipes’ plot centers on a group of boys in the school who bond through their love of Shakespeare until the emerging war strains and severs their friendships.

General admission is $10 and $8 for senior citizens, military personnel and CSU alumni and free for CSU faculty, staff and students. For tickets or more information, call 706-507-8444.

JUNE 2 – Continuing Education to Launch ‘Activ8’ Summer Camps
Continuing Education will debut “Activ8,” a series of weekly enrichment camps from June 2-Aug. 1 on CSU’s main campus. Program categories for ages 8-14 are Create-A-Lot, Global, iTech, Scienceologies, Showbiz, Sports/dance, Trendy and UR Life. A separate section of classes will serve ages 5-7. Between the morning and afternoon classes, all Activ8 campers can eat lunches brought from home or purchase a meal during a supervised lunch hour in the Davidson Student Center cafeteria. Also, for a small, added fee, “before care” and “after care” services are available as parents can drop off campers anytime after 7 a.m. and pick them up any time until 6 p.m. For more information or to register, call 706-507-8070 or go to http://www.activ8er.com.

JUNE 2 – Space Camps to Open
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage its annual space camps weekly from June 2-Aug.1 at the center, 701 Front Ave., Columbus. Individual programs are Battlezone, Comet Jumpers, Earth, H2O & Beyond, LightSpeeders, MasterBlasters, RocketBoosters, So You Want to be an Astronaut and Space-O-Rama. For more information, call 706-649-1477 or go to http://www.ccssc.org. To register online, go to http://columbus.augusoft.net/.

JUNE 2-26 – Early Childhood Enrichment Camps: ‘Summer Spectacular 2008’
CSU’s College of Education will host Summer Spectacular 2008, a series of weekly activities themed “Natural History Museum” for ages 4-11, from June 2-26. Participants will research and write about theme subtopics and bring them to life by creating displays. CSU early childhood education students and professors will direct the programs at both River Road and North Columbus elementary schools. Parents can sign up their children for $25 per child, per week for any or all sessions, which run 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, call 706-568-5392.

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CSU Happenings for Sept. 30-Oct. 5

SEPT. 30 and OCT. 1 – Guest Clarinetist to Perform
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a performance by guest clarinetist Eric Mandat at 4 p.m. Sunday and at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Both concerts are free and will take place in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. A leading composer and performer of contemporary clarinet music, Mandat currently serves as a professor of music and distinguished scholar at Southern Illinois University. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

Oct. 1-2 – NCAA Golf: Aflac-Cougar Invitational
CSU’s men’s golf team will host squads from around the Southeast, including the Peach Belt Conference, for the annual Aflac-Cougar Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1-2 at Bull Creek Golf Course in Columbus. Play begins at 8 a.m. both days. For more information, go to http://www.csucougars.com.

OCT. 1-5 – International Crafts Sale Fund-Raiser
CSU’s Center for International Education will celebrate International Education Week with a Thousand Villages Festival Sale Monday through Friday in CSU’s International House at 6 Clearview Circle. The sale will feature handcrafted goods such as jewelry, pottery, stoneware and musical instruments made by artisans from around the world. Sale times are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-3 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. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

OCT. 1 – ‘Come Back, Africa’ Film Screening, Discussion
CSU’s Center for International Education will host a film screening and discussion on “Come Back Africa” at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the International House. Aran MacKinnon, a history professor from the University of West Georgia, will lead the discussion on this 1959 film portraying migrant labor and life in the townships for Africans living in apartheid South Africa. Part of CSU’s International Education Week observance, this program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-565-3636 or 565-4036.

OCT. 2, 4 – CSU Libraries to Stage Banned Books Read-Outs
CSU Libraries will sponsor its third annual Banned Books Read-Outs in front of the Schwob Library on Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 2 and 4, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. CSU faculty members will read selections from their favorite “banned” books, including “The Invisible Man” and “Ulysses and the World According to Garp.” The read-outs are designed to demonstrate the faculty’s concern with censorship issues and let students know that this is a university that supports intellectual and cultural diversity through the free exchange of ideas. Punch and cookies also will be served. The read-outs are free and open to the public and in conjunction with the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week. For more information, call 706-562-1494.

OCT. 2 – Visiting Professor to Lecture on Beirut Violence Aftermath
As part of CSU’s International Education Week observance, visiting sociology professor Klas Borell will give a lecture titled “Terror and Everyday Life in Beirut: Precautions and Normalization” at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in CSU’s International House. The presentation will be based on Borell’s case study of Beirut, Lebanon residents’ reactions and ways of coping in the aftermath of the wave of terror that engulfed the city during the summer of 2006.

CSU’s Center for International Education is hosting Borell from Mid-Sweden University in Ostersund as the 2007-2008 Mildred Miller Fort Foundation Visiting Scholar in European Studies. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

OCT. 3 – ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
International Dance Showcase As part of International Education Week, international students at CSU will host an interactive dance extravaganza,“So You Think You Can Dance: Rhythms of the World,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Davidson Student Center game room. The students will demonstrate both traditional and modern dances from their home countries, and audience members will be invited to the floor to demonstrate their own skills as the program closes. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

OCT. 3 – NCAA Soccer: CSU to Host Armstrong Atlantic State
The CSU women’s soccer squad will face Armstrong Atlantic State University at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the CSU Soccer Complex. Admission prices are $5 for adults; $3 for students/kids (including non-CSU students); and free for ages five and under and CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, go to http://www.csucougars.com.

OCT. 4 – Student Voice Recital
Student soprano Anita Purcell will give a voice recital at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

OCT. 4 – Faculty Art Exhibition Lecture
CSU’s Department of Art will present a faculty lecture by Assistant Professor Michele McCrillis, who specializes in contemporary painting and sculpture, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 in the the Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts on CSU’s RiverPark Campus. Admission is free. The event is in conjunction with CSU’s 2007 Faculty Art Exhibition. Gallery hours are 11 am.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-5 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.

OCT. 4 – Visiting Scholar to Present ‘Indians in the Chattahoochee Valley’
CSU’s Department of History and Geography will open its second Red Clay White Water and Blues interpretive history series with “Indians in the Chattahoochee Valley” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at Wynnton Elementary School. The program is free and open to the public and will be presented by Richard Grounds, a Yuchi Indian who teaches anthropology at the University of Tulsa and directs the Yuchi Language Project, an attempt to preserve the language among younger Yuchis.

For more information, contact program director Dr. Virginia Causey at causey_virginia@ColumbusState.edu or 706-565-3633.

OCT. 4 – CSU Philharmonic Concert
The CSU Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. General admission is $5 and free for faculty, staff and students with CSU ID. Call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612, or for more information, call 706-649-7287 or visit http://music.colstate.edu.

OCT. 4, 5 – ‘Fall MathFest’ for Area K-12 Teachers
The Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative at CSU will hold its annual Fall Mathfest for area K-12 teachers, plus CSU education majors and faculty, on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4-5 at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center.

On Thursday, a 6-8 p.m. dinner and workshop will include keynote speaker Doug Brumbaugh, an author and professor, recently retired from the University of Central Florida. The cost is $10 per person. On Friday, Brumbaugh will present a morning workshop, “Problem Solving,” followed by sessions specific to elementary, middle high school grade levels. The Friday programs are free to CSU faculty and students, and educators at schools affiliated with the CSU’s math collaborative. To register or for more information, call 706-568-2480.

OCT. 4-7 – CSU Theatre: ‘Musical Comedy Murders of 1940’
CSU’s Department of Theatre will present John Bishop’s “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” Thursday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 7 at CSU Theatre on the Park, on the RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $15 adults; $13 senior citizens, children, active military and CSU alumni; and free (one per production) for students, faculty and staff with CSU ID. Season tickets are available, while single tickets for this opening production go on sale from the Theatre on the Park Box Office, on the corner of 10th Street and Bay Avenue. Box office hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and one hour before curtain. For more information, call 706-507-8444 or go to http://theatre.colstate.edu/tickets.htm.

OCT. 5 – Guest Speaker to Discuss Africa’s ‘Civilizational’ Conflicts
Guest speaker and political scientist Nurudeen Akinyemi will present “Africa in the World and the World in Africa” at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 in CSU’s International House. A political science professor from Kennesaw State’s Center for African & African Diaspora Studies, Akinyemi will discuss the recent history of conflicts between different African groups and the effect of European colonialism on these conflicts. He’ll also discuss whether the African Union and other similar initiatives will fail because of the contrasting “civilizational identities” of Africans.

The event is part of CSU’s International Education Week observance and is free and open to the public. `For more information call 706-565-4036 or go to http://cie.colstate.edu/wwb.asp.

OCT. 5 – International Games and Food Festival
As part of International Education Week, CSU students will stage an “International Games and Food Festival,” beginning 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at the campus intramural field and pavilion, next to the International House at Clearview Circle. Guests can watch demonstration games including soccer and cricket and sample traditional foods various countries around the world. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

OCT. 5 – Lecture on Columbus History by John Lupold
Retired CSU history professor John Lupold will present ‘The Peopling of Columbus: An Illustrated Short History’ from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 on the Schwob library first floor. Following the presentation, attendees can visit the CSU Archives, located on the library’s third floor. The Archives will be open until 9 p.m. Sponsors are the CSU Archives and the Muscogee Genealogical Society. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2247.

OCT. 5 – Student Voice Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a recital by baritone Trey McLaughlin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

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CSU Happenings May 10-18

MAY 10-14 – NCAA SOFTBALL REGIONAL AT SOUTH COMMONS
Columbus State University is hosting the 2007 NCAA South Atlantic Regional for softball, Thursday through Tuesday at South Commons Stadium. The CSU squad, with a 50-2 record, is the top-ranked team in Division II entering the tournament and is competing with seven other teams. For full coverage of the event, including game results and match-ups, go to http://www.csucougars.com.

MAY 11 – ROTC COMMISSIONING CEREMONY
CSU’s Military Science Department will hold its annual Senior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps commissioning ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday in the Davidson Student Center auditorium. ROTC students who are graduating this spring from CSU will be commissioned as U.S. Army second lieutenants. For more information, call the military science department at 706-568-2058.

MAY 11 – SENIOR ART EXHIBITION RECEPTION
CSU’s Department of Art will stage a senior art exhibition reception from 7-9 p.m. Friday in the Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts on CSU’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus. Admission is free. The exhibition, “Fairy Tales and Hate,” features the works of graduating CSU seniors Christie Cannon, Antonio Hardy, Janet Hammock and Roman Richards II in the mediums of oil paintings, graphic novels and computer graphics. The reception also will feature a concurrent RiverPark campus exhibition, “Laser Level,” in the Carpenter’s Hall gallery by students from the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art.

Gallery hours for both exhibitions are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday through May 28. For driving directions, go to http://www.colstate.edu/maps/riverpark.asp. For more information, call the art department at 706-507-8300.

MAY 12 – SPRING GRADUATION CEREMONIES
CSU’s spring 2007 commencement ceremonies are set for 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12 in the Lumpkin Center. For more information, call 706-568-2037 or go to http://graduation.colstate.edu.

MAY 13 – OXBOW MEADOWS TO CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY
CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will present “Animal Mothers” as its Second Sunday Series program at 2 p.m. Sunday. This Mother’s Day program will examine motherhood in the animal kingdom and provide take-home potted plants. Admission is $2 per person and free for kids under age 3. Oxbow Meadows is located at 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

MAY 14 – MAY SESSION CLASSES BEGIN
CSU’s summer term opens Monday, with May session classes that will run through June 1.

MAY 18 – EXTENDED DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR JUNE SESSION CLASSES
CSU is extending to Friday, May 18 the admissions deadline for June session classes. The classes, from June 11 to July 26, feature courses in more than 60 subject areas. For more information, call 706-568-2035 locally or 866-264-2035 toll-free to speak with an Enrollment Services representative, or go to http://www.colstate.edu/future.

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CSU Happenings Feb. 2-8

FEB. 2-3 HOMECOMING WEEKEND FESTIVITIES
Friday: Homecoming Bonfire and Pep Rally The traditional homecoming bonfire and pep rally is set for 7-9 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center, The event is free and open to the public and will feature music provided by a disc jockey, the CSU cheerleading squad and food and drinks including hot dogs.

Friday: Alumni Old Timers Basketball Game Former CSU basketball players and their families will gather in the Lumpkin Center for a CSU Old Timers basketball game beginning 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Saturday: Chili Cook-Off and Tailgating Competition (Not open to public) Student organizations will compete in the tailgating competition, with setup from 9-10 a.m. Concurrently, faculty, staff and alumni will participate, in addition to students, in the chili cook-off. Judging for both competitions, in the Davidson Student Center parking lot, will be from 1:20-1:45 p.m.

Saturday: Alumni Brunch and Silver C Induction (Not open to public) CSU alumni ($8 per person) are invited to a brunch and Silver C Induction ceremony for members of CSUs class of 1982 starting 10 a.m. in the Elizabeth Bradley Turner. A tour of the CSU RiverPark campus will follow. Alumni should call 706-568-2280 to reserve a space.

Saturday: Cougar Baseball Doubleheader The CSU baseball squad will host West Alabama for a pair of games at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 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://cougarsports.colstate.edu.

Saturday: Cougar Basketball Doubleheader The Columbus State University mens and womens basketball squads will host Francis Marion with tip-off times at 2 p.m. (women) and 4 p.m. (men). Between games, an alumni networking reception will be held on the upper deck of the Lumpkin Center, and the mens game will feature a halftime crowning of CSUs 2007 homecoming court. 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.

Saturday: CSU Homecoming: NCAA Tennis Columbus State Universitys mens and womens tennis squads will host Tuskegee on Saturday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://cougarsports.colstate.edu.

FEB. 2-4 CSU THEATRE CONTINUES THE GRAVEDIGGERS TANGO
CSU Theatres The Gravediggers Tango, a mystery drama by San Francisco-based playwright and actor Ian Walker, continues through Sunday in Fine Arts Hall. The production, which opened Thursday, is based on the winning entry in the 2005 Larry Corse Prize for Playwriting an international competition hosted by CSUs theatre department. Walkers play centers on Patrick Trick Bulifant, a scrappy, wayward youth who is desperately in need of cash and has been hired to exhume a handful of graves that are being protected by Lazlo the caretaker. An ensuing battle of wills brings several secrets to light.

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.

FEB. 5 NCAA TENNIS: CSU TO HOST FREED-HARDEMAN
Columbus State Universitys mens and womens tennis squads will host Freed-Hardeman on Monday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://cougarsports.colstate.edu.

FEB. 5 – GUEST SPEAKER: DEAD SEA SCROLLS EXPERT SHALOM PAUL
The CSU Honors Program will host a presentation on the Dead Sea Scrolls by guest speaker Shalom Paul at 7 p.m. Monday in the Fine Arts Hall auditorium. Paul chairs the Bible Department at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and is chairman of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation. His lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-565-3677.

FEB. 5 INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES TO FEATURE MOSTLY MARTHA
CSUs Center for International Education will screen the German film Mostly Martha (2002) at 7 p.m. Monday, in the International House at 6 Clearview Circle. The event is part of the spring 2007 international film series themed Food in Film. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

FEB. 6-7 – COLUMBUS REGIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR
Columbus State University will host the annual Columbus Regional Science and Education Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. Local high school students will compete in the event. Entries will be displayed for public viewing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. An awards ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, call 706-568-2061.

FEB. 7 – WIND SYMPHONY CONCERT
The CSU Wind Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the RiverCenters Legacy Hall. This one-hour concert will feature compositions by Percy Grainger, Frank Ticheli, John Corigliano, David Gillingham and Donald Grantham. 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. 8 – FACULTY RESEARCH FORUMS TO EXAMINE IRISH ENVIRONMENTAL ART PROJECT AND WOMENS ROLES IN AFRICAN-CARIBBEAN MARRIAGE THROUGH LITERATURE
CSU Libraries 2007 Faculty Research Forum Series continues with a pair of presentations, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Schwob library. French language professor Cecile Accilien will present Diasporic Bonds: Representations of Women in Marriage in African and Caribbean Francophone Literatures. Separately Mara Scrupe, CSUs Rothschild endowed chair of art, will present Fota Lichens Project an art and environmental survey project exhibited by Scrupe in 2005-06 at Irelands historic Fota Arboretum among other Irish venues. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-568-2042.

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CSU Happenings, May 11-15

MAY 11-15 CSU HOSTS NCAA SOFTBALL REGIONAL
Columbus State University is hosting the NCAA Division II Softball South Atlantic Regional, Thursday through Sunday at Lady Cougar Field.

CSU, with a 38-13 record, is the regions top seeded team and faces Queens University of Charlotte, 33-22, at 7 p.m. to conclude Thursdays opening slate of match-ups. The earlier games will feature Wingate and Carson Newman at 11 a.m., Georgia College and State and Armstrong Atlantic State at 1:30 p.m., and Lenoir-Rhyne and USC Upstate at 4:30 p.m..

The double-elimination tournament resumes with four games on both Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays games are at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sundays second game will determine the championship unless an extra game is necessary. In that case, the championship game will be played at noon Monday. The winner will advance to the finals May 18-22 in Salem, Va.

Admission costs $7 per adult and $5 per student per session (two games). For more information, visit http://athletics.colstate.edu or call 706-568-2204.

MAY 13 CSU TO STAGE GRADUATION IN SEPARATE CEREMONIES
Columbus State University will hold graduation ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday in the Lumpkin Center. CSU will designate about 300 degree recipients to each ceremony dividing the ceremonies by individual colleges. The College of Science and D. Abbott Turner College of Business will participate in the 10 a.m. ceremony. The College of Arts and Letters, College of Education and University College will send its graduates to the 4 p.m. ceremony.

The morning speaker will be James Woodward, chancellor emeritus of the University of North Carolina Charlotte W.C. Bradley Company Chairman of the Board and CEO Stephen Butler will deliver the afternoon commencement address. Seating for guests will begin at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Shuttles will be available to transport guests from parking lots throughout campus. For more information, visit http://graduation.colstate.edu.

MAY 14 OXBOW MEADOWS TO SHOWCASE HUMMINGBIRDS
Columbus State Universitys Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will present Hooray for Hummingbirds as its next Second Sunday series program, at 2 p.m. Sunday. The program will repeat at 3 p.m. Admission is $2 per person and free for children ages four and under. Oxbow Meadows is located at 3535 S. Lumpkin Rd., Columbus. For more information, call 706-687-4090.

MAY 15 LATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE, MAY CLASSES BEGIN
Summer classes at Columbus State University will open with a 14-day May session beginning Monday, May 15. The day also marks the registration deadline for the May classes. A seven-week June/July summer session will open June 8. For more information, call 706-568-2035 or visit http://registration.colstate.edu.

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CSU Happenings May 5-13

MAY 5-6 – CSU TO HOST NCAA WOMENS TENNIS REGIONAL FINALS
For the third straight year, Columbus State University is hosting a portion of the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Womens Tennis Regional. Matches will be held Friday and Saturday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. The action gets underway at noon on Friday with USC Upstate battling USC Aiken. CSU will follow at 3:30 p.m., taking on Erskine College.

The winners of the two matches will meet at noon Saturday for the right to advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships in Kansas City. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://athletics.colstate.edu.

MAY 13 – CSU TO HOLD SEPARATE GRADUATION CEREMONIES
Columbus State University will honor about 300 degree recipients each during separate graduation ceremonies, at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in the Lumpkin Center. The College of Science and D. Abbott Turner College of Business will participate in the 10 a.m. ceremony. The College of Arts and Letters, College of Education and University College will recognize its graduates during the 4 p.m. ceremony.

W.C. Bradley Company Chairman of the Board and CEO Stephen Butler will deliver the morning commencement address. The afternoon speaker will be James Woodward, chancellor emeritus of the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

Seating for guests will begin at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively. Guests are advised to arrive early, as traffic will be heavy. Shuttles will be available to transport guests from the parking lots.

The CSU Bookstore will sell commemorative items on the second-floor lobby of the Lumpkin Center before the ceremonies.

For more information, visit http://graduation.colstate.edu.

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CSU Happenings Feb. 17-25

Feb. 17 AFRICAN NIGHT TO FEATURE TRADITIONAL FOOD, FASHION, MUSIC AND MORE
Columbus State Universitys African Students Organization will stage African Night at 7 p.m. Friday in the Davidson Centers second-floor lounge. CSU students from Africa will demonstrate cultural traditions through music, dance, fashion, food and more. The event is part of African Week at CSU and the universitys Black History Month observance. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

FEB. 18 REGIONAL STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN SCIENCE OLYMPIAD
Middle and high school science students from the greater Columbus area and Georgia at large will compete in a regional, Division B (grades 6-9) Science Olympiad competition Saturday at Columbus State University. The event opens with registration at 7:30 a.m. in Arnold 104. Competition displays and judging will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at various campus locations. The day will conclude with a 4 p.m. awards ceremony in the Lumpkin Center.

Among the 24 presentations are Mystery Architecture (8:45 a.m. Lumpkin Center), Food Chemistry (11:15 a.m. Lenoir 310) and Balloon Race (12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Woodruff Gym). Winning teams will advance to a March 25 state finals at Augusta State University. The Science Olympiad 2006 national finals will be May 19-20 at Indiana University. For more information, contact Professor Zodiac Webster at 706-568-2332, Professor Kenneth Gafford at 706-562-1471 or visit the Web site, which includes a complete schedule, at http://scienceolympiad.colstate.edu.

FEB. 18-19 GUITAR SYMPOSIUM FOR ALL AGES, SKILL LEVELS
Columbus State Universitys Schwob School of Music will stage its 7th annual Guitar Symposium on Saturday and Sunday at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Designed for classical guitarists of all levels and ages, events will include lectures, masterclasses, artist recitals and a competition for elementary through college levels. Registration ($60 per person) will take place from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. For more information, call 706-649-7295.

FEB. 18 GUITAR SYMPOSIUM RECITAL: DUO SPIRITOSO
Columbus State Universitys Schwob School of Music will present a classical guitar recital by Duo Spiritoso (Jeff McFadden and CSU Professor Andrew Zohn) at 8 p.m. Saturday in the RiverCenters Legacy Hall. The event is part of the 7th annual CSU Guitar Symposium. General admission is $10. For tickets or more information, call 706-256-3600.

FEB. 19 GUITAR SYMPOSIUM RECITAL: STEPHEN ROBINSON, KLANSIC & LONCAR
Columbus State Universitys Schwob School of Music will present a classical guitar recital by Stephen Robinson, Klansic and Loncar at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 in the RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The event is part of the 7th annual CSU Guitar Symposium. General admission is $10. For tickets or more information, call 706-256-3600.

FEB. 20-25 CSU STAGES HOMECOMING FESTIVITIES
Columbus State University will stage Homecoming 2006 with a Mardi Gras-related theme Cougar Gras: Unmask Your Pride. The following activities are scheduled including programs open to the public (noted as such):

  • MONDAY Student Banner Competition: Banners displayed in Lumpkin Center, judging on Friday; Faculty & Staff Door/Office Decorating Competition; and the Mr. & Mrs. Courtyard Pageant, 7 p.m. Davidson auditorium (free and open the public).
  • TUESDAY Intramural All-Star Basketball Game, 7 p.m. Woodruff Gym (free and open to the public).
  • WEDNESDAY Dodgeball Tournament, 12:30 p.m. Woodruff Gym.; Find The Cougar Competition, 6 p.m. Lumpkin Center; Movie Night, Coach Carter, 8 p.m. Davidson auditorium.
  • THURSDAY Masked Homecoming Ball, 8 p.m.-midnight. Bradley Theatre.
  • FRIDAY Tailgating Decoration Competition, 3-6:45 p.m. Lot No. 7 (behind Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center); Bonfire and Pep Rally, 7 p.m. Lot No. 7 (free and open to the public).
  • SATURDAY CSU vs. UNC Pembroke basketball doubleheader, 11 a.m. (women) and 1 p.m. (men) Lumpkin Center. General admission is $5, $3 for students (age 5 through college) and free for military personnel and CSU students, faculty and staff, with appropriate ID.

     

For more information, contact the Student Life office at 706-568-2273.

FEB. 21 PROFESSORS TO DISCUSS RITE OF PASSAGE
CSU Libraries will present a series of Rite of Passage lectures, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Simon Schwob Memorial Library (first floor). Presentations, individually, by professors Maurice Shalishali (economics), Julie Ballenger (biology) and Joseph McCallus (English) will showcase their expertise relevant to their recent promotions to the rank of full professor. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-568-2080.

FEB. 21 WIND SYMPHONY
Columbus State Universitys Schwob School of Music will present a concert by CSUs Wind Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. General admission is $5. For tickets or more information, call 706-256-3600.

FEB. 21-22 NCAA BASEBALL: CSU HOSTS DELTA STATE
The Columbus State University baseball squad will host Delta State for games at 4 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday at Ragsdale Field. General admission is $5, $3 for students (age 5 through college) and free for military personnel and CSU students, faculty and staff, with appropriate ID. For more information, call (706) 568-2204 or visit http://athletics.colstate.edu..

FEB. 21-22 CSU TO HOST NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR, PUBLIC LECTURE WEDNESDAY
Columbus State University will host Jason Kamras, the 2005 National Teacher of the Year, on Tuesday and Wednesday for activities at CSU and off campus. Kamras is a mathematics teacher at John Philip Sousa Middle School in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, Kamras will tour CSUs College of Education and participate in a series of programs with the Muscogee County School District, Fort Benning Department of Defense Schools and Phi Delta Kappa honor society. On Wednesday, Kamras will attend a breakfast with CSU student teachers and give a brief presentation before a public lecture at 10 a.m. in the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. Kamras will conclude the day and his visit to Columbus with lunch and a presentation to the Downtown Rotary Club. For more information, call 706-568-2212.

FEB. 23 NCAA WOMENS TENNIS: CSU HOSTS ALBANY STATE
The Columbus State University womens tennis squad will host Albany State University at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Admission is free. For more information, call (706) 568-2204 or visit http://athletics.colstate.edu.

FEB. 23 CSU PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM
Columbus State Universitys Schwob School of Music will present a concert by CSUs Philharmonic Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in the RiverCenters Legacy Hall. General admission is $5. For tickets or more information, call 706-256-3600.

FEB. 24 BLACK APPLAUSE BANQUET TO FEATURE TOWNSEND AWARD TO TAX COMMISSIONER LULA HUFF
Columbus State University will hold its 23rd annual Black Applause Banquet on Friday, Feb. 24 in CSUs Cunningham Center. A 6:30 p.m. reception will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The event will feature recognitions of top local high school and CSU students and the presentation of the Dr. John Townsend Achievement Award to Muscogee County Tax Commissioner Lula Huff, in honor of Townsend, the first African-American student to enroll at CSU. The keynote speaker will be Richard Holmes, a CSU graduate and Georgia Powers senior vice president of metro Atlanta region and diversity/corporate relations. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 706-568-2273 or 568-2023.

FEB. 25 NCAA BASKETBALL: CSU HOMECOMING
The Columbus State University mens and womens basketball squads will host UNC Pembroke for a homecoming-day doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Lumpkin Center. Tip off times are 11 a.m. (women) and 1 p.m. (men). General admission is $5, $3 for students (age 5 through college) and free for military personnel and CSU students, faculty and staff, with appropriate ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit http://athletics.colstate.edu.

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Regional Students to Compete in Science Olympiad at CSU

Middle and high school science students from the greater Columbus area and Georgia at large will compete in a regional, Division B (grades 6-9) Science Olympiad competition on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Columbus State University.

The event opens with registration at 7:30 a.m. in Arnold 104. Competiton displays and judging will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at various campus locations. The day will conclude with a 4 p.m. awards ceremony in the Lumpkin Center.

The overall mission of the Science Olympiad is to promote student interest in science and to improve the quality of k-12 science education throughout the nation.

More specifically, the event promotes teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students and serves to elevate science education and learning to a level of enthusiasm and support normally reserved for varsity sports, said CSU physics Professor Zodiac Webster, regional co-director for the event with CSU faculty colleagues Noella DCruz, Anil Banerjee, and Kenneth Gafford.

Additional CSU professors will supervise events and act as judges. CSU student volunteers will work with events individually, as well as the Science Olympiad as a whole.

Among the 24 presentations are Mystery Architecture (8:45 a.m. Lumpkin Center), Food Chemistry (11:15 a.m. Lenoir 310) and Balloon Race (12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Woodruff Gym).

Winning teams will advance to a March 25 state finals at Augusta State University. The Science Olympiad 2006 national finals will be May 19-20 at Indiana University.

For more information, contact Webster at 706-568-2332, Gafford at 706-562-1471 or visit the Web site, which includes a complete schedule, at http://scienceolympiad.colstate.edu.

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CSU Happenings Feb. 3-9

FEB. 3 NCAA SOFTBALL: CSU HOSTS VALDOSTA STATE
The Columbus State University Lady Cougar softball team will host Valdosta State for a doubleheader on Friday at Lady Cougar Field. Game times are 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. General admission is $5, $3 for students (age 5 through college) and free for military personnel and CSU students, faculty and staff, with appropriate ID. For more information, call (706) 568-2204 or visit http://athletics.colstate.edu.

FEB. 4 VISITATION DAY FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS, PARENTS
The Columbus State University Admissions Office will hold a Visitation Day for high school seniors and their parents on Saturday, Feb. 4. The event, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, will begin in Fine Arts Hall. The program allows prospective students to tour campus, meet current CSU students and speak with professors in their area of interest. For more information or to register, call (706) 568-2035 or 1-866-264-2035; or, register online at http://admissions.colstate.edu/new_schedtourform.asp.

FEB. 4 COLUMBUS ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION AT OXBOW MEADOWS
Columbus State Universitys Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host a Columbus Arbor Day Celebration, from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 4. The event is free. For more information, call (706) 687-4090 or visit http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 6 – CIE FILM SERIES: WHALE RIDER
Columbus State Universitys Center for International Education will screen the 2003 New Zealand film Whale Rider at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 in CSUs International House. The film intersects myth and tradition with an exploration of modern values as a 12-year-old Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny of becoming a tribal leader a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize. Geography professor Amanda Rees will introduce the film. The event, free and open to the public, is the second in CIEs spring 2006 series titled Indigenous Australia and New Zealand. For more information, call (706) 565-4036.

FEB. 6 NCAA BASKETBALL: CSU HOSTS CLAYTON STATE
The Columbus State University mens and womens basketball squads will host Clayton State University for a doubleheader Monday, Feb. 6 in the Lumpkin Center. Tip off times are 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men). General admission is $5, $3 for students (age 5 through college) and free for military personnel and CSU students, faculty and staff, with appropriate ID. For more information, call (706) 568-2204 or visit http://athletics.colstate.edu.

Feb. 7 CSU FACULTY RITE OF PASSAGE LECTURES
CSU Libraries will present a pair of Rite of Passage faculty lectures at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the Schwob Memorial Library. The speakers, separately, will be College of Education dean and professor Tina Butcher and biology professor Jeffrey Zuiderveen. The Rite of Passage lecture series is designed to showcase the expertise of CSU faculty recently promoted to the rank of full professor. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (706) 568-2080.

FEB. 7 AFRICAN-AMERICAN POETRY READ-IN
Columbus State University will participate in the National African-American Poetry Read-In on Tuesday. Staged by CSU English students taking the course Introduction to Poetry, the program will run 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Davidson Center Columbus Room. Admission is free and open to the public.

Resembling an open-mike poetry reading, participants, including faculty and students, will recite from published works in five-minute intervals. The event is sponsored across the United States by the National Council of Teachers of English and at CSU by the Student Activities Council. For more information, call (706) 565-3682 or 568-2273.

FEB. 7 RECEPTION FOR FOLK ARTIST BUTCH ANTHONY
Columbus State Universitys Department of Art will host a reception for Butch Anthony, a folk artist from Seale, Ala., at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Fine Arts Hall Gallery. The reception is part of Anthonys Museum of Wonder exhibition through March 9 in the Fine Arts Hall Gallery. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Fine Arts Hall Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call (706) 568-2047.

FEB. 7 AN EVENING WITH JOSEPH ALESSI
Joseph Alessi, regarded as among the worlds foremost trombonists, will perform with the CSU Wind Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the RiverCenters Legacy Hall. Alessi, the principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic, is regarded as the Yo-Yo Ma of the trombone, said CSU professor and Wind Symphony conductor Robert Rumbelow.

Alessi will be in residence at CSUs Schwob School of Music for the entire week, giving classes and recording a CD with the Wind Symphony. For the concert, general admission is $10 and free for CSU faculty, staff and students. For tickets, call (706) 256-3600. For more information on the concert and Alessis residency, call (706) 649-7252.

FEB. 8 BRITISH MARINE SCIENTIST TO LECTURE ON DEEP OCEAN LIFE
Chris German, a lead researcher for the Southampton (England) Oceanography Centre, will give a presentation on deep-ocean life at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 in CSUs Coca-Cola Space Science Centers Omnisphere Theater. The program, titled Oasis for Deep-Ocean Life: Hydrothermal Exploration On Earth And Beyond, is free and open to the public. Earlier in the day, German will give a talk titled Excitement at Slow-Spreading Ridges: The Case of Rainbow Hydrothermal Vents, to CSU students and faculty at 12:30 p.m. in Stanley 209.

Cited in 2002 by Queen Elizabeth II for his services in marine science, German is expert in geo-biochemical processes at hydrothermal vents. The vents are geysers on the seafloor and continuously spews super-hot, mineral-rich water that helps support a diverse community of organisms. Germans appearance is sponsored by Ridge2000 (a National Science Foundation research effort), the CSU Honors program and the CSU Department of Chemistry and Geology. For more information, call (706) 568-2075.

FEB. 8-9 COLUMBUS REGIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR
Columbus State University will host the annual Columbus Regional Science and Education Fair on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 8-9 at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. Local high school students will compete in the event. Entries will be displayed for public viewing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. An awards assembly will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. For more information, call (706) 568-2061.

FEB. 9 CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY FRED GRAY TO LECTURE ON ROSA PARKS
Civil rights attorney Fred Gray, who represented Rosa Parks, will deliver the keynote lecture for Columbus State Universitys 2006 Black History Month observance. Gray will speak on the legacy of Parks at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 in the Fine Arts Hall auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. In his distinguished career, Gray also was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s first civil rights lawyer and he represented plaintiffs from the Tuskegee syphilis study. Gray remains a practicing attorney in Tuskegee, Ala. as senior partner with the firm of Gray, Langford, Sapp, McGowan, Gray & Nathanson. For more information on Grays visit to CSU, call (706) 568-2030.

 

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Development Authority Garners $500,000 Grant for Technology Center at CSU

The Valley Partnership Joint Development Authority has received a $500,000 grant from OneGeorgia Authority for the creation of the Columbus Regional Technology Center to be housed on the Columbus State University Campus.

The Center is estimated to incubate eight entrepreneurial companies creating up to 720 new jobs in the next ten years. The total estimated project cost is $2.9 million dollars.

An important element of this project is the public-private partnerships that include the Valley Partnership Joint Development Authority, Columbus State University, OneGeorgia Authority, University System of Georgia, Columbus Consolidated Government, Georgia Institute of Technology, Columbus Water Works, Development Authority of Columbus and the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Construction dates are set for the first quarter in 2003.

I am excited to see the Columbus Regional Technology Center become a reality; this grant helps us move forward. said Bob Gilson, chair of the Development Authority of Columbus and the first chair of the incubator project. We hired Georgia Tech to do an incubator feasibility study in 2001. We have come a long way and our partnerships have contributed to this success. I cant wait to see the completed building. This is a regional project that will impact all of the communities in our Valley Partnership. As businesses emerge from the center, they will need new locations and more employees. Subsequently, all of our communities will be successful.

The Columbus Regional Technology Center (High Tech Incubator Initiative) will provide start-up companies with discounted lease rates for office space, as well as, aid in accessing capital and venture capital funding. It will also help in business plan coaching and consulting, market research resources and networking opportunities with service providers such as legal, human resources and financial services. The facility will share common administrative services, such as the phone system, fax and photocopier. It will be accessible to co-op students and University faculty. The center will also provide graduates with consulting to permanent business locations within the Valley Partnership region.

I have served as a volunteer for economic development for more than 30 years here at the Chamber, said Jimmy Yancey, chair of the Columbus State University Capital Campaign. As such, I truly believe that this project will be one of the keys for our future success in economic development. As a member of the Board of Regents for our University System, it greatly pleases me to see the cooperation and collaboration of several universities working together in such a unique way.

The Columbus Regional Technology Centers mission is to accelerate the development of technology enterprises and increase technology-related entrepreneurial activity in the region by providing an environment that will nurture startup and young technology-based companies.

The Columbus Regional Technology Center will:
Promote creation of technology jobs
Nurture and assist startup companies with high-growth potential that specialize in some phase of technology so that they can become successful stand-alone operations within a specifically-defined period
Provide incubator clients with facilities, networking opportunities and linkage to local service providers
Provide locations, space and assistance to technology companies seeking to establish a market presence in the Southeastern United States.

 

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Contact: Michael S. Dunbar
Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 706-327-1566
E-mail: mdunbar@columbusgachamber.com

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John Lester
Columbus State University
Phone: (706) 568-2030
E-mail: lester_john@ColumbusState.edu

 

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