Visitation Day Coincides with Climax of CSU Homecoming 2012

homecoming 2012 logoCOLUMBUS, Ga. -- Prospective students and their families coming to Columbus State University for the next Visitation Day on Saturday, Feb. 25 will arrive at the culmination of a week's worth of Homecoming 2012 activities geared to current students.

That Saturday will be busier than usual, thanks to the addition of a first-ever morning homecoming parade through main campus, along with afternoon tailgating, basketball, baseball and softball.


Also new this year is a midweek “drive-in movie” on a main campus parking lot.

In basketball that Saturday, CSU’s women’s and men’s teams will close regular season play with Lumpkin Center games against their Georgia Southwestern counterparts at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. respectively. Following tradition, a student-selected homecoming king and queen will be announced at the half of the men's game, at about 4:15 p.m.

Also that day, CSU’s baseball team hosts Armstrong Atlantic University at 3 p.m. at neighboring Ragsdale Field, and the women’s softball team has home games against West Florida at 3 p.m. and Miles College at 5 p.m., both part of the weekend’s Cougar Classic tournament.

“We’re hoping this will be a time to get students excited about CSU athletics and increase school spirit and pride,” said Greek Life coordinator John Crowe, who worked with a student homecoming committee.

The drive-in movie, featuring 2011's The Three Musketeers, starring Matthew Macfadyen and Milla Jovovich, will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 in parking lots 3 and 3A west of Richards Hall, adjacent to the tennis courts. An outside vendor will provide a 30-foot screen, projector, speakers and an FM transmitter that will allow cars to tune into the soundtrack. Student Life will provide popcorn and other movie fare.

Also on tap, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Davidson Student Center’s auditorium, is a comedy performance featuring two professional comedians, Cocoa Brown and Nema Williams. Their appearance is sponsored by the Student Activities Council.

More traditional events on the agenda include a Friday night pep rally and bonfire and the annual Lumpkin Center basketball game, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, pitting students against a faculty-staff squad organized by Michael Speight, Campus Recreation’s intramural and club sports coordinator. This year's Friday night pep rally, featuring a large bonfire, will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday night in the largest student parking lot, at the intersection of College Drive and Algonquin Drive.

Saturday’s parade organizers welcome floats and other entries by campus organizations. The parade will start at 11 a.m. on Clearview Circle, near the Mock Recreation Pavilion, and conclude outside the Lumpkin Center, where tailgating by students and alumni should start by mid-day.

For more information on homecoming, visit or contact Crowe at or 706-507-8010.

Prospective students can register online for Visitation Day or reserve a place by calling 706-507-8800. The day is designed to give prospective students and their parents a taste of the Columbus State University student experience. They can tour both campuses, meet current students and speak with professors from their areas of interest, check out apartment-style student housing, attend a social event with CSU student organizations and experience campus dining options. Check-in begins at 9 a.m., and Visitation Day will conclude at about 2 p.m., although participants are welcome to remain on campus as CSU's guest for one of the sporting events. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded at each Visitation Day, picked at random from among students who register in advance.

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