Uptown Columbus Parade, Chili Cook-Off Among CSU Homecoming Events

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University kicks off a week of homecoming activities Monday, Feb. 11, culminating with a weekend of events catering to alumni and friends.

Among the activities scheduled are a Friday night bonfire and pep rally, a Saturday morning parade through Uptown Columbus, basketball games on Thursday and Saturday, and Saturday tailgating that includes a first-ever chili cook-off with major prizes for the winners.

Alumni who return to campus for the weekend may also want to take in the Miss CSU Scholarship Pageant at 3 p.m. Sunday in University Hall.

The 7 p.m. bonfire and pep rally on Friday will be on main campus’ largest parking lot, adjacent to Plant Operations, just east of the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center at the corner of East Lindsay Drive and College Drive.

On Saturday morning, more than 20 entries will gather in Uptown Columbus to participate in CSU’s 9:30 a.m. homecoming parade along Broadway, from 13th Street to 10th Street.

“Everybody can come out and see what Columbus State is all about,” said homecoming organizer Collins Brown, CSU’s student leadership coordinator.

Floats from the parade will later be on display for judging at the main campus tailgating area.

Friday’s pep rally will support CSU’s women’s and men’s basketball teams, which host Georgia College and State University at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. respectively on Saturday, Feb. 16 at CSU’s Lumpkin Center. CSU’s 2013 homecoming court, featuring five males and five females elected by fellow students, will be presented between the games.

Tailgating leading up to Saturday’s games will begin at 10 a.m. in the large parking lot closest to University Hall, just inside the University Avenue entrance to main campus. (Parking will be available in the adjacent parking deck.)

Judging of the first-ever Cougar Chili Cook-Off, co-sponsored by the Alumni Association and CSU’s Parents Program, will begin at 11 a.m. in the tailgating parking lot. Open to any amateur, requiring no entry fee, the cook-off features three prizes provided by Char-Broil, a division of Columbus-based W.C. Bradley Co.:

  • First place, a four-burner infrared grill valued at $499.
  • Second, a charcoal American Gourmet Smoker valued at $249.
  • Third, a RealTree Grill2Go Portable Grill valued at $170.

For more details on the cook-off, visit ColumbusState.edu/alumni. Sunday’s Miss CSU Scholarship Pageant, a pre-qualifying event for the Miss Georgia and Miss America scholarship pageants, will feature seven student contestants. Pageant emcees will be Mark Immelman, CSU’s men’s golf coach, and Shanna Teal, who was Miss Columbus College 1990. University Hall auditorium doors open at 2 p.m. for the 3 p.m. pageant. Tickets are $5 with a Columbus State ID and $10 for the public. They can be purchased at the door or online at ColumbusState.edu/misscsu.

Also this week:

  • A Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday in Davidson Student Center’s Columbus Room.
  • A National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show at 8 p.m. Saturday in University Hall auditorium. Tickets are $7 for the show featuring the footwork of more than a half-dozen NPHC fraternities and sororities from beyond Columbus State.

Student-focused events leading up to homecoming weekend include several competitions among student groups, a fund-raising “penny drop” to benefit United Way, a drive-in movie night featuring the latest Twilight movie, and a dance.

For more details, as well as a student-produced video celebrating the 2013 homecoming theme, “Roaring from Our Past to the Future,” visit ColumbusState.edu/homecoming.

Also during homecoming week, the women’s and men’s basketball teams host their Augusta State counterparts at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., respectively, on Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Lumpkin Center. Those Valentine’s Day games will also serve as a breast cancer awareness event.

Tickets to any CSU basketball games are $5 for adults, $3 for non-CSU students and free for ages 5 and younger, as well as for CSU students, faculty and staff with ID.

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