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Jazz Festival

The 40th annual PSU Jazz Festival will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now at the Pitt State ticket office in the Weede.
This year’s guest artist is Grammy award-winning Bob Mintzer and his LA Big Band.

Sports panel discussion

The Department of Communication will present a sports panel discussion, “Sports Journalism in the Age of New Media,” 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, in 107 Grubbs Hall.
Panelists will discuss the evolution and current state of sports journalism and the challenges presented by the rise of sports talk radio, 24-hour cable sports channels and sports in social media.
A reception will follow.

Novelist to read his works

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series will present novelist Larry Heinemann at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center. The event is free and open to the public. A reception with food will follow, and Heinemann’s books will be available for purchase.
In addition, Heinemann will lead an informal discussion at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at 302 Grubbs Hall.
Best known for writing about the American experience in Vietnam, Heinemann won the 1987 National Book Award for Fiction for his novel “Paco’s Story.” He is a writer in residence at Texas A&M University.
The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the PSU English Department and the Student Fee Council.

Business school program

An information session will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Inaugural Room of Overman Student Center for students interested in the La Rochelle Business School Summer Program in International Business.
Representatives will be available, and details on individual programs and dates are available online at the Pitt State website.
To apply, students may log onto www.pittstate.studioabroad.com/?go=LaRochelle2014summer.

‘A Very Harry Potter Sequel’

Alpha Psi Omega will present “A Very Potter Sequel” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, and Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Grubbs Hall Studio Theatre.
The event is free and open to the public. Donations are requested to help fund CHOICES, Pittsburg’s local emergency homeless shelter.

Chinese spring fest slated

The Chinese Culture Club will hold the Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, on Friday, Jan. 31.
The event will begin with a cultural presentation at 5 p.m. in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center. It will include traditional Chinese dances, fans, songs and instruments.
Participants can also try Chinese calligraphy and other activities with prizes.
Following the program, a traditional Chinese meal will be served in the United Methodist Campus Ministry, 201 E. Williams St. The menu will include shrimp, chicken, tofu, beef, dumplings and soup.
This event is open to the public. Seating is limited and only 150 tickets are available.
Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance in the Office of International Programs and Services, 118 Whitesitt Hall.
For more information, call Chongmin “Marx” Yuan at 620-719-7733 or ycm6161@126.com.

First Aid training classes

The Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing is accepting registration for CPR, First Aid and AED training courses. The school is authorized by the American Heart Association to provide instruction.
Students interested in taking one of the above courses should reserve a space as soon as possible by calling 235-4431 to check class space availability, pay in advance and proceed to pick up their manuals. There is a refundable deposit of $15 for returning student manuals after completion of the class.
Full certification is $45 and re-certification is $25. Those attending re-certification courses must bring a copy of their most recent CPR card upon payment and pickup of student manual.

‘Miss Representation’

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, in Russ Hall 309, the Women’s Studies club will hold a showing of the documentary ‘Miss Representation,’ directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Popcorn and lemonade will be provided.

Colonial Fox new director

The Colonial Fox Theatre foundation announced late on Jan. 29 that Sarah Jensen had been named managing director of the foundation, that exists to renovate and re-open the theatre, located on 407 N. Broadway. For more information, go to www.colonialfox.org.

Phi Sig rush events

Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity will hold two events to recruit new members at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the fraternity house, 1710 S. Broadway, and at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the Student Recreation Center. The fraternity house event will be a video game and poker tournament. For more information, contact Michael Haynes at mhaynes@gus.pittstate.edu.

U.S. Marshal to visit

On Friday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m., in Kelce 121, U.S. Deputy Marshal Shervonne Gallow will speak at the invitation of the Justice Studies Student Association. For more information, contact Jaci Gilchrist at jgilchrist@gus.pittstate.edu.

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