The University will “Celebrate Diversity One Step at a Time” on Tuesday, September 21 with its first Harmony Walk. North Carolina Secretary of Administration Gywnn Swinson is the guest speaker.
Held in conjunction with International Day of Peace, Harmony Walk will be a celebration of diversity and a commitment to making the world a better place through community service, said Robert Canida, event coordinator and director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Minority Affairs.
“The purpose of this day is show collaboration, unity and commitment with our students and the greater community,” Canida said. “We are talking about building and strengthening relationships; we are talking about building communities of diversity and respect.”
Harmony Walk will begin at 3 p.m. at the Amphitheatre at the Water Feature. The walk will take participants across campus to the U.C. lawn accompanied by the new Marching Band, directed by Tracy Wiggins. The Voices of Serenity will perform on the lawn. In the event of rain, the program will be held in the lounge of the U.C.
Keynote speaker Gwynn T. Swinson was named secretary for the North Carolina Department of Administration by Gov. Mike Easley in January 2001.
Swinson is a native of Belhaven, N.C., and earned a Master of Laws degree in 1986 from Duke University. She also received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Antioch College in 1973 and a Juris Doctor degree from Antioch School of Law in 1976.
Prior to her appointment, Swinson served as special deputy attorney general for administration at the U.S. Department of Justice. Before joining Easley’s staff, she was associate dean for admissions and student affairs at Duke Law School.
She was named to the YWCA Academy of Women for her achievements and most recently she named “Carolinian of the Week.” In August 2003, she was one of 25 Triangle women to receive the distinguished Triangle Business Journal Women in Business Award for her leadership in business and her significant achievements and accomplishments in business and community service.
On the University Center lawn will be sign-up boards for many community services projects, Canida said.
“Boards will be erected for student to pledge a commitment to participate in service projects in our community,” he said. “Dove pins will be presented to students who pledge their commitment.”
The following volunteer opportunities will be available for students:
Staff, faculty and students are invited to participate in Harmony Walk. There will be free pizza and drinks for participants. Questions may be directed to the Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs at (910) 522-5790.
Non-profit conference attracts regional audience
On September 11, representatives of non-profit organizations from across Southeastern North Carolina gathered at the U.C. to attend the inaugural Community Concerns Summit.
Joining discussions for part of the day were state Rep. Rick Glazier (Fayetteville, N.C.), Rep. Ronnie Sutton (Pembroke) and Sen. William Purcell (Laurinburg, N.C.). The day opened with a flag ceremony in tribute to “9/11” and fallen soldiers in Iraq, led by Master Sgt. Johnny Torre and ROTC students.
At the summit, a process was begun to identify the most important issues facing non-profit organizations in our 11-county region. Identification of community concerns was just as important as identification of resources to solve those issues. Before the day ended, collaborations were already forming among attendees.
Participants were also invited by Sylvia Pate (Regional Center) to become part of the University’s “Making Place Matter” pilot project to identify community stewardship opportunities and barriers. Carolyn Floyd-Robinson of the Leadership and Service Opportunities Program (LSOP/Student Activities) invited participants to join the University’s community services listserv and become part of the LSOP service network.
Don Wells brought good news that the Duke University Certificate Program for Non-profit Management will partner with UNCP and the Regional Center. The program has a wide variety of affordable classes on aspects of non-profit management. The courses are invaluable in the successful implementation and sustainable activities of non-profit organizations. The Duke program was a sponsor of the summit along with the Center for Sponsored Research and Programs, the Regional Center and the Department of Mass Communications.
Thanks go to many members of the University community, including Dr.
Roger Brown (Academic Affairs) and Dr. Collie Coleman (Outreach). Dr.
Alfred Bryant (Education), Dr. Liz Normandy (Political Science), Pate
and Dr. Bob Reising (ETL) acted as facilitators. Lynda Parlett (Sponsored
Programs), Pate and Dr. Jamie Litty (Mass Communications) helped shape
the summit structure and events. Margie Labadie Sponsored Programs/Art)
was the conference coordinator. Many student volunteers helped make the
day run smoothly.
Game Room holds name and logo contest
You can win $50 in cash if your entry wins either the name-the-Game Room or Game Room logo contest.
The contest is open to all students, faculty and staff. The contest judges are the game room manager, UC director, a commuter student, a residential student, the Staff Council chair and a faculty member.
$50 prizes will be awarded to two winning entrants. All entries must be submitted to the U.C. game room manager by September 22 by 5 p.m. Entries for the name contest should be in the form of a Word document, if possible. Entries for the graphic contest should be drawn, painted or printed on poster board or other comparably sized medium.
All entries will be delivered to the U.C. director on Sept 23. Winning entries become the property of the U.C. and will be used in any manner deemed appropriate. The U.C. reserves the right to reject all entries if none are deemed suitable.
Winners will be announced on September 29.
Science Fair needs additional volunteers this year
The Region Four Science Fair will have a totally new format and schedule this year and needs additional volunteers, according to coordinator Dr. Jose D’Arruda (Chemistry/Physics).
The North Carolina State Science Fair is now affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) (grades 9-12) and the national Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge (grades 5-8). This will allow winners at the elementary (grade five only) and middle school level (grades 6-8) to enter the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge. At least two winners at the high school level will compete at ISEF in May 2005 in Phoenix, Ariz.
“In order for our students to be eligible for these competitions, we will follow their international rules,” Dr. D’Arruda said. “This means we will have all projects from grades 5-12 participating in interviews.”
In order to accomplish this task, the Science Fair will be held on a Saturday, February 12, 2005, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the number of projects will be fewer than last year.
“We will need more judges this year than in the past since all projects judged from grades 5-12 will include student interviews of the student,” he said. “Please let me know if you will be available to judge our Science Fair.”
Please contact Dr. Jose D’Arruda at extension 6423 or at email@example.com.
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