Homecoming 2020

All week long

Alumni Day of Service
Virtual

Alumni across the country are invited to participate in an act of service to their community throughout Homecoming week. Sign up to complete a project in your hometown and receive a CSU Day of Service t-shirt. Alumni pick their own projects and show your community that Cougars Care! Some project ideas are picking up trash in a local park, making a donation to a local agency, or even cutting a neighbor's grass. Registration is open now until October 9th. Register here.

CSU Gives

This is your opportunity to be part of a celebration of student success and support the area that is meaningful to you! This is also your opportunity to give and receive special CSU swag in celebration of Homecoming Week. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks and get ready to celebrate CSU with fellow alumni and friends.

CSU Homecoming Virtual 5K sponsored by Campus Recreation
Join CSU Campus Recreation during the week of Homecoming for a virtual 5K. Join the virtual run here! Contact Campus Recreation at (706) 507-8658 for more information.

 

Monday, October 19

Homecoming Live with Oxbow Meadows
12:00PM | Virtual

Join us for a Homecoming spectacular live meet and greet with the animals of CSU Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. Follow the link to watch LIVE on October 19th at noon. The wildlife is waiting!

Virtual Pasafest
7:00PM | Facebook

Deep in the pines of rural Marion County, roughly 40 miles southeast of Columbus, GA, lies the 7-acre "Mock-Precolumbian Psychedelic Wonderland," Pasaquan. A place like no other, this art environment has a thousand feet of elaborately decorated winding cement walls, pagodas, a kiva, vibrantly colored totem poles, and the main building featuring a large oratory. Thirty years in the making, from 1957 to 1986, Pasaquan is the creation of St. EOM (Eddie Owens Martin). It is more than a place—it is a philosophy that unites people of all backgrounds and beliefs at the intersection of the past, present, and future, an art environment like nothing ever seen, and the product of a series of visions that St. EOM had during a severe illness. In 2016, after a complete multi-million dollar restoration by the Kohler Foundation, Columbus State University became the stewards of the site. Their priority is to preserve, maintain, provide access to, and assist in the interpretation of Pasaquan. CSU aspires to give visitors a unique insight into the intuitive, artistic process by engaging them through diverse programming, interdisciplinary workshops, lectures, seminars, retreats, and performances.  Pasafest is a Pasaquoyan music and art festival usually held on the grounds of Pasaquan, but this year, because of the pandemic, it is being held virtually, and some of it will be shared during the CSU Homecoming celebrations. Following the tradition of St. EOM's life, Pasafest celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of Southern arts and culture. This year many of the visual artists have virtual representation on our website and our social media pages, while nine of the performing artist were invited to perform socially distanced sets at the site. Some of the recordings for those sets are being made into a limited-edition, multi-colored vinyl LP titled "A Circle of Atoms; The Pasaquan Sessions 2020." This record should be released in January and is a collaboration between Pasaquan, CSU's Schwob School of Music, and Institute 193. 

 

Tuesday, October 20

The Company You Keep: Developing a People First Culture hosted by the Leadership Institute
12:00PM | Virtual

Employee engagement has taken on a new meaning as our lives have transformed into a virtual reality. How can you build, influence and sustain employee engagement during a time when you find it hard to be engaged yourself? Get the Zoom link here

Synovus Alumni & Student Mixer
6PM | Virtual

Join CSU Synovus alumni and students for a casual networking event sponsored by the Alumni Association. Attendees will be broken out in small groups for easier conversations. This event is ideal for students who are interested in learning more about Synovus and their various divisions. Register here.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21

Whose Generation is it Anyway? hosted by the Leadership Institute
12:00PM | Virtual

Whether you're in the class of 1962 or 2020, CSU's generations of alumni are plenty! During this session, we will discuss the characteristics of five generations and ways to bridge generational gaps in our families, on our jobs, and within our CSU community. Get the Zoom link here.

Bo Bartlett Center Tour
6:00PM | Facebook

Tune in the Alumni Association Facebook page for a series of videos led by Bo Bartlett himself. The Bo Bartlett Center is an 18,425 square foot interactive gallery space, housed on the River Park campus of Columbus State University. The red brick, former textile warehouse turned gallery space, designed by AIA award-winning architect, Tom Kundig, sits on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Bartlett’s hometown, Columbus, Georgia. 'Like' the Alumni Association and Bo Bartlett Center on Facebook to learn more!

College of Letters & Sciences Virtual Happy Hour
6:00PM | Zoom

We are so excited to announce a Virtual Happy Hour with the Dean of the College of Letters and Science. Please join alumni, faculty, staff, and friends for a quarantini and an evening of laughter and friendship. Let's catch up! Bring your favorite beverage, Mocktail, your plus one, your best stories, and your game face for some bingo fun. Register here.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

Senior Toast
12:30 PM | Virtual

This virtual celebratory toast recognizes soon to be graduates and their accomplishments! Join us online as we toast to your futures. This event is for December 2020 graduates only. Complimentary champagne flutes will be issued to attendees. Register here.

 

Honors College Mixology
6:00 PM | Virtual

Join the Honors College and The Center for Servant Leadership for a Virtual Happy Hour as we catch up and learn how to make some fun mixed drinks. Please register here and we will email you with the ingredients for our drinks and the zoom link. We look forward to seeing everyone! 

 

Webinar: What Does It Meme?!
6:00 PM | Virtual

These days, communicating with memes can be considered an essential skill. Memes are units of cultural information that pair visual elements with relatable quips and can be used to engage employees, customers, and students.  While it's relatively easy to search for a relevant meme that already exists, learning how to generate your own can be more frustrating, but more impactful. CSU Continuing & Professional Education and the Alumni Association are here to make sure your skills stay up-to-date! Join us for a fun, virtual tutorial on how to create memes using free resources. Get the tools and tips you need to get your creative juices flowing and design an engaging meme that works for you. Register here.

 

Virtual CougarFest
7:00 PM | Virtual

Join our friends from Maltitude for a virtual beer tasting. Local attendees can drop in Maltitude starting October 19th to purchase their 6-pack and pick up their complimentary CougarFest glass for the event. Out of town attendees, visit the event registration page for a shopping list! The guys will walk us through each beer type and break down flavor profiles and the brewing process. Register here.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

2020 Alumni Recognition Awards Program & Lunch
12:00 PM | Virtual

Join us as we celebrate and honor CSU alumni who are doing great things in their community. CSU and the Alumni Association will present it's highest recognition: Thomas Y. Whitley Distinguished Alumni Award and the Frank D. Brown Achievement and Leadership Excellence Award. Other awards will be given in the following categories: Alumni Service, Young Alumnus, and Distinguished Alumnus in Military/Public Service. Find a list of this year's winners here. Watch the virtual event at here.

Drive-In Movie & Fireworks
Gates open at 6:30PM Movie Begins at 7:30PM | Columbus Civic Center

Join Columbus State University and its alumni for a drive-in movie night featuring Hocus Pocus. This event is free and open to the public. Stay after the movie for a fireworks show sponsored by the CSU Alumni Association. Registration is required, register here

 

Stay tuned, more information will be added periodically. All Homecoming festivities and their formats are subject to change at any time due to COVID-19. The most up to date information will be shared via email and on our social media channels. Register for each event for the latest information.

 

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