Southeast Plans Black History Month Activities

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 19, 2006ᾰSoutheast Missouri State University will continue the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration with events surrounding Black History Month in February.  The events are designed to commemorate the heritage of African-Americans.  A number of activities, presentations and discussions are planned, including:

Jan. 25 Moderated discussion and screening of the 2003 HBO film “Boycott.”7:30 to 10 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom-Party Room. Co-sponsored by the Perspectives Association of Minority Communicators (PAMC) and the Office of Minority Student Programs.Movie begins at 8 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.Contact: Mr. Rashaun Henry or Mr. Trent Ball (573) 986-6135

Jan. 26 Passing the Torch of Unity7-9 p.m. in the University Center, BallroomSponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration CommitteeFeatured Speaker:  Leon Williams, director of Intercultural Programs at Buena Vista UniversityThis event is a presentation, entitled “Shattered Dreams,” in which Williams assumes the persona of Dr. King and challenges audiences to address the question of responsibility to the community.  The presentation will include a small group discussion and interaction with Williams.Contact: Ms. Lori Lynn (573) 651-5120

Feb. 1

Book Club Meeting7-9 p.m., University Center, University RoomSponsored by the Office of Minority Student ProgramsThis event is a moderated discussion about books and topical issues relevant to minority students. The event is free and open to the public.Contact: Mr. Trent Ball (573) 986-6135 or Mr. Alan Byrd (573) 651-5942

Feb. 2

“Health Issues Affecting the African American Community” Presentation6-8 p.m., University Center, Indian RoomSponsored by the Office of Minority Student ProgramsThis event is a presentation and moderated discussion on the health issues affecting the African American community.  The event is free and open to the public.Contact: Mr. Trent Ball (573) 986-6135

Feb. 7 Book Club Meeting7-9 p.m., University Center, University RoomSponsored by the Office of Minority Student ProgramsThis event is a moderated discussion about books and topical issues relevant to minority students. The event is free and open to the public.Contact: Mr. Trent Ball (573) 986-6135 or Mr. Alan Byrd (573) 651-5942

Feb. 15 Open Forum and Student Summit7-9 p.m., University Center, Program LoungeCo-sponsored by the Office of Minority Student Programs and the Collegiate 100This is an opportunity for students to dialog with University faculty and staff regarding the campus climate and the responsibilities, challenges, changes and assumptions about becoming a leader. The event is free and open to the public.Contact:  Mr. Trent Ball (573) 986-6135

Feb. 16

Minority Career Exploration Dinner5-6 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m.  University Center BallroomCo-sponsored by Career Linkages and the Office of Minority Student ProgramsThe Minority Career Exploration Dinner provides the opportunity for students to meet with alumni of Southeast and discuss several career paths.  Mentoring and networking activities, such as panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions, will complete the evening.  The event is free and open to minority student, faculty and staff by invitation only.  Contact: Ms. Wendy Blocker (573) 651-2583

Feb. 17-19 Black Movie Weekend6-10 p.m., University Center, Center for Student Involvement, Room 204Sponsored by the Office of Minority Student ProgramsThis event is a weekend-long showcase of African American cinema over the past several decades. The event is free and open to the public.Contact: Mr. Trent Ball (573) 986-6135

Feb. 23 Ronald E. McNair Scholars Banquet5-10 p.m., University Center Ballroom-Party RoomSponsored by the Ronald E. McNair Scholars ProgramRonald E. McNair Scholars Banquet honors both the McNair Scholars and their respective faculty members for their hard work and dedication to the program.  The seniors scholars will display both oral and poster presentations representative of their intensive research efforts.  The event is by invitation only.Contact: Ms. Juanita Kahle (573) 986-6117

Feb. 25 TRIO /Southeast Showcase11 a.m. to 7 p.m., University Center, fourth floorCo-sponsored by the Educational Access Programs and the Office of AdmissionsThis collaborative event will offer workshops and seminars for pre-college and college students and staff.  This event celebrates over 15 years of TRIO at Southeast.  The event is open to the public.  No cost to the first 50 students who register.Contact:  Mr. Trent Ball (573) 986-6135 or Mr. Alan Byrd (573) 651-5942

Feb. 27 Quiz Bowl7-9 p.m., University Center, Indian RoomSponsored by the Office of Minority Student ProgramsThis contest will test your knowledge of African-American history and culture.  Prizes will be awarded. The event is free and open to the public.  Contact: Mr. Trent Ball (573) 986-6135

February and March 2005 8th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read-a-thonLocal Schools and Head Start, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.University students and volunteers present multi-cultural readings and activities to children (pre-kindergarten to 8th grade) in February and March.  Readings will consist of  multi-cultural literature on historical Americans and their contributions to the development of our great nation.Contact: Dr. Marcia Brown-Haims (573) 651-2188 or Ms. Joyce Renaud (573) 651-2499

For more information about Southeast’s Black History Month activities, please visit www.semo.edu/mlk.