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Published on January 24th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Benedict College Announces Its 2015 Black History Month Events

Columbia, SC—Benedict College will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events and activities highlighting and honoring the role and impact of African Americans throughout this country’s history. A full schedule of lectures, musical events, workshops, and programs that focus on the culture of history of the African-American community is scheduled throughout the month of February. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Black History Month is a time set aside to reflect on the history and legacy of African Americans in the United States. In the course of the last three hundred plus years, African Americans have made countless contributions to the fabric of this nation. Their toil, talent, brilliance, and courage are inspiring to current and future generations.

Join the Benedict College Family as we acknowledge the incredible contributions of African Americans to American history. For more information regarding Black History Month events, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (803) 705-4409.

ATTENTION!

HARAMBEE FESTIVAL COMMUNITY CHOIR CONCERT –MARCH 1, 2015

The Invitation:  You are invited to sing on what will be one of the most amazing choirs in South Carolina, featuring Minister Darryl Izzard as resident clinician.  Seats on the choir are available to all who wish to participate, attend the rehearsals, learn from the best, provide a sneak preview at the Harambee Festival on February 28th, and participate in a full concert on March 1st.  (See March 1, 2015 for details on how to sign up.) 

2015 Black History Month Schedule of Events

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1

WORSHIP SERVICE

Reverend Thomas V. Davis, Campus Minister

Theme for the Month: What our Fore Parents Would Tell Us   

Subject: What Am I Doing Here? 

Scripture: Esther 4:14 

Antisdel Chapel          11:00 a.m.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3

ALL COLLEGE ASSEMBLY

TOPIC:  “The State of Black South Carolina” presented by the Columbia Urban League.  The program captures the resulting circumstances of the political, social, and especially economic factors that are intrinsic to South Carolina.  The Urban League’s interpretation of these factors is legendary including the scholarly contributions made by Dr. David H. Swinton. Contact Dean Gerald Smalls in the School of Business and Economics at 803.705.4694 for more details about this symposium.  This program is one in a series of Events commemorating the Twentieth Anniversary of Dr. David H. Swinton as President of Benedict College.

Antisdel Chapel          11:00 a.m.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5

PANEL DISCUSSION

Students and the public are exposed to a panel discussion on the roles of different religions and how they shape the leadership experience of students.  This discussion is followed up with a presentation on theological interpretations from the African American experience.

Topic:  “Historical Significance vs. 21st Century Relevance: Exploring the significance and relevance of faith and religion in the leadership experience of HBCU students.”

This panel presentation will feature religious leaders with diverse perspectives and backgrounds; exploring the modern-day implication and applicability of faith and religion in the leadership experience of college students.  For more information, please contact Ms. Tondaleya Jackson at (803) 705-4726.

Fine Arts Humanities Center Little Theater             11:00 a.m.

B C MOVES-PART I

A Presentation of Healthy Life Styles

This innovative presentation addresses health disparities in our communities and provides real, life information on how to improve health life styles and cooking tips from chefs who will provide cooking demonstrations.  This is to your health!  For more information, call Dr. Paula Shelby, Chair, Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, at (803) 705-4809.

Swinton Campus Center   6:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8

WORSHIP SERVICE

Reverend Thomas V. Davis, Campus Minister

Theme: What our Fore Parents Would Tell Us  

 Topic: Anointed for the Trials

Scripture: Matthew 3:16-17 Matthew 4:1-11

Antisdel Chapel          11:00 a.m.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10

ALL COLLEGE ASSEMBLY

A Twenty-Year Retrospective on the Humanities, History, Arts, Culture and Academic Success

TOPIC:  The Social Sciences and Criminal Justice Department and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences present twenty years in review. Students. HASS alumni, faculty and staff will participate.  This program is one in a series of events commemorating the Twentieth Anniversary of Dr. David H. Swinton as President of Benedict College.  For more information, please contact Dr. Leon Geter, Chair, Social sciences and Criminal Justice Department at (803)  705-4596.

Antisdel Chapel                      11:00 a.m.

The 28th Annual Benedict College Black History Teleconference President’s Dinner

The 28th Annual Benedict College Black History Teleconference President’s Dinner will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. Dinner tickets are $75 per person; reserved tables for 10 are $750.  This program is one in a series of events commemorating the Twentieth Anniversary of Dr. David H. Swinton as President of Benedict College.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Vareva Harris at (803) 705-4616.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11

TELECONFERENCE

The 28th Annual Benedict College Black History Teleconference

The 28th Annual Benedict College Black History Teleconference will be held live on the campus of Benedict College at 11 a.m. in the David H. Swinton Campus Center. This year commemorates the national theme “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.”

Confirmed guest panelists are Dr. David H. Swinton, President & CEO of Benedict College, Mr. James T. McLawhorn, President & CEO of Columbia Urban League, Dr. Bobby Donaldson, Associate Professor of History Studies at University of South Carolina, Ms. Joann Hill, Chief of the Office of Business Development for the United States Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), and Mrs. Martha Scott Smith, Public Affairs Director at AT&T. It will be offered to school districts, colleges, universities, and public television stations nationwide through the satellite on February 11, 2015.  The program airs on South Carolina Educational Television Network (SCETV) on February 22, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

This program is one in a series of events commemorating the Twentieth Anniversary of Dr. David H. Swinton as President of Benedict College. Mrs. Vareva Harris, Associate Vice President for Governmental Sponsored Programs, Governmental Affairs and Major Gifts, is the Executive Producer and can be reached at (803) 705-4616 for more information.

Benedict College Campus      11:00 a.m.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Public Safety Town Hall Meeting:  Maintaining A Safe and Secure Community-Part I

Members of the Benedict College family and community are invited to a riveting session on contemporary events in our society, namely the relationship between law enforcement and the African American community.  In view of recent events, the Social Sciences and Criminal Justice Department brings together law enforcement officials, community leaders, social and ecumenical experts, and our faculty, staff, and students to make recommendations on how to improve relationships between law enforcement, other governing bodies and the African American community. “What To Do” informational cards will be distributed at the meeting. For more information please call Dr. Leon Geter at (803) 705-4596.

Swinton Campus Center      6:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13

BENEDICT COLLEGE ANNUAL CAREER FAIR (CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE COMMUNITY DURING ECONOMICALLY CHALLENGING TIMES)

The Career Fair features recruiters from over 40 major companies across the nation searching for personnel to fill professional positions, corporate, as well as federal, state, and local government agencies.  Students will be able to meet face-to-face with recruiters and submit resumes on location.  For additional information, call Mrs. Karen Rutherford at (803) 705-4671.

Swinton Campus Center                    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14

THE SECOND ANNUAL JUBILEE CHOIR WORKSHOP AND CONCERT: SING THE SONGS OF OUR ANCESTORS

This special program will feature some of the best Jubilee Choirs in the midlands who will provide a musical genre that needs to be preserved.  The choirs will perform the old “march” of procession and sing songs of praise from an earlier era but whose power and messages are both timeless and priceless.  For more information, please contact Dr. Ruby W. Watts at (803) 705-4738.

Antisdel Chapel           3:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15

WORSHIP SERVICE

Reverend Thomas V. Davis, Campus Minister

Theme: What our Fore Parents Would Tell Us  

Topic: What Do We Want! “Unity”

Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-6

Antisdel Chapel          11:00 a.m.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17

ALL COLLEGE ASSEMBLY

TOPIC:  RACISM, HEALTH & HUMAN RIGHTS  

Dr. Maria Ines Da Silva Barbosa will discuss the role of the Pan-American Health Organization and the World Health Organization’s efforts in bringing racial equality in health services and the organizations’ efforts to increase efficiency in the use of scarce resources in disenfranchised, underserved communities.  This interactive presentation will be followed by a brief question and answer session, and Dr. Norma L. Jackson, Director of the Benedict College Office of International Programs, will conclude the program with special presentations and closing remarks. It should be noted that the OIP Black History Month All College Assembly will serve as a United Nations Academic Impact Initiative activity, and the printed program shall bear the United Nations Academic Impact logo.  This program is one in a series of Events commemorating the Twentieth Anniversary of Dr. David H. Swinton as President of Benedict College.  For more information, please contact, Dr. Norma L. Jackson at 705.4527.

Antisdel Chapel          11:00 a.m.

GLOBAL VILLAGE AT BENEDICT COLLEGE

The 2015 Global Village will showcase the ethnic, cultural, linguistic and geographical diversity represented at Benedict College.  International and domestic students unite to present a collaborative Global Village which will feature exhibitors, music, dance, attire, art work, fashion, and other artifacts from around the world.  Faculty, staff, students, and community members are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the Global Village.  For more information, please contact Dr. Norma Jackson at (803) 705-4527

Swinton Campus Center                    2:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19

Crime Victims Town Hall Meeting:  Supporting Every Victim, Every Time -PART II

Members of the Benedict College family and community are invited to a riveting session on contemporary events in our society, namely the status of crime victims in our community.  In view of recent events, the Social Science and Criminal Justice brings together law enforcement officials, community leaders, social and ecumenical experts, and our faculty, staff and students to make recommendations on how to speak out on this issue and be silent no more. A crime victim safety card will be distributed at the meeting. For more information please call Dr. Tyrone Geter at (803) 705-4596.

Swinton Campus Center        6:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21

COLLEGE-WIDE READING DAY

Increase your knowledge of African American history and culture.  READ!!!!  On this day read and appreciate the fundamental roles that unsung heroes have played in sustaining African Americans in an epic struggle for equality and justice.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22

WORSHIP SERVICE

Reverend Thomas V. Davis, Campus Minister

Theme: What our Fore Parents Would Tell Us  

Subject: Fore Parent’s Guide to Victorious Living

Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6

Antisdel Chapel          11:00 a.m.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24

ALL COLLEGE ASSEMBLY

THE BENEDICT COLLEGE SCHOOL OF HONORS INDUCTION CEREMONY

The School of Honors hosts its annual Induction Ceremony to celebrate the continuing extraordinary academic abilities of our students.  Dr. Harry Singleton, Professor of Religion, will be the keynote speaker. This program is one in a series of Events commemorating the Twentieth Anniversary of Dr. David H. Swinton as President of Benedict College.

For more information, please call Ms. Laura Postell at (803)705-4349.

Antisdel Chapel     11:00 a.m.

WORKSHOP

RESUME WRITING AND ESSAY WRITING FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL

PERSONAL STATEMENT WORKSHOP

Take a workshop in resume writing and essay writing for graduate school personal statement. Learn techniques and rules of resume writing; use a formula for an employment application letter; and learn how to continue to assess and revise employment application writing for career goals and skills enhancement.

Each personal statement for graduate school must have an organizing “hook.”  Become involved in a variety of activities dealing with portraying a vivid and honest portrayal of the essay writer.  Editing ideas about the purpose of graduate school personal statement; opening of the essay; what questions to address in the essay; and length of essay will be shared with the essay writer.  If you are planning to apply to graduate school, this workshop will be of benefit to you.  For further information, please contact Dr. Malqueen Richardson at (803) 705-4654.

Lower Level of the Library, Learning Resources Center, Suite 123           5:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25

BOOK DISCUSSION (Read and discuss African American History)

A discussion of popular African American contemporary novels as well as non-fiction historical works will be covered.  A description of each book, questions, discussion topics, and author biographies will assist the group in having a stimulating and interesting discussion.  For more information, please call Mrs. Bridget Sledge at (803) 705-4690 or (803) 705-4793. 

N.A. Jenkins Board Room     12 NOON

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26

B C MOVES- Part II

Exercise and Dance Session

This session follows-up the earlier informational session on health life styles with an actual session in which the proper exercise and dance methods are taught.  So get up and MOVE.

This is to your health!  For more information, call Dr. Paula Shelby, Chair, Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department at (803) 705-4809.

Swinton Campus Center                    6:00 p.m.

 

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