The current COVID-19 pandemic cannot stop the Columbus State University Cougar spirit, which will be in full force during the university’s Homecoming Week Oct. 19-24. The full schedule of events planned for Cougars past and present rely mainly on virtual gatherings, but there are a few in-person events that follow current public health recommendations, including physical distancing.
The featured event of the week is a Drive-In movie on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Civic Center Parking Lot. The movie, Hocus Pocus, was voted upon by students and alumni. Following the movie will be a fireworks show sponsored by the CSU Alumni Association. This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.
The annual Oktoberfest-inspired CougarFest event is back with a virtual twist. The experts at Maltitude craft beer bottle/can shop will lead attendees through a virtual beer tasting. Locals can drop in Maltitude starting Oct. 19 to purchase their six-pack and pick up their complimentary CougarFest glass for the event. Out-of-town attendees can visit the event registration page for a shopping list. Participants will learn about each beer type, break down flavor profiles and explore the brewing process.
Additional activities include service projects, professional development webinars, happy hours, a virtual talent show for students, virtual tours of Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center and the Bo Bartlett Center, and a virtual Alumni Awards Program on Oct. 23. Alumni, students, and their families are encouraged to view the schedule in advance, as some events require pre-registration.
Visit the CSU website for a list of student events and alumni events.