Unity in Diversity, Spring 2017

From Behind Bars: Lessons on Wellness

Please join us over the common hour at Wiestling on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, as Susan Brubaker, a second year student in the PSUMA PTA program presents: From Behind Bars: Lessons on Wellness

Susan is retired from the State Correctional Department. She worked at the Camp Hill prison system as an instructor with a specialization in health and wellness. Throughout her years in this role, she has gathered, and seeks to share, her many experiences and insights into the world of ‘wellness’. Her presentation (and facilitated activities) will explore the role of ‘Respect, Integrity and Openness’ as it relates to wellness as well as its relationship to our current campus theme of Reflection, Engagement and Action

The Diversity Committee promotes, supports, conceptualizes, and participates in events related to diversity at Penn State Mont Alto and in the local community. During the spring 2017, the Diversity Committee will host four events to create an awareness that people are different from ourselves and that we must understand and appreciate such differences. The events are designed to bring diversity and culture to our doorstep and offer our campus community an opportunity to participate in the same, thereby, also supporting Penn State Mont Alto’s campus theme: Reflect, Act, and Engage.

Each of the “Unity in Diversity” events coincide with a “theme of the month.”

Reggie Wayne Morris Blues Band (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
January 25, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., The Millstream Café ― Grab some lunch and enjoy the music! Reggie Wayne Morris is famous for his unique interpretation of traditional blues. His upbeat, up-tempo, rockin’-style blues pays homage to the moods and grooves of yesterday, but his signature sound and contemporary lyrics have caught the attention of today’s most prestigious music publishers, record companies, and concert promoters. This “Unity in Diversity” event is sponsored by the Diversity Committee and paid for by Student Activities Fees.

Nazu African Dance and Drum Performance (Black History Month)
February 21, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., General Studies Auditorium ― Celebrate Black History Month with this dance company Baltimore-based West African dance and drum ensemble. Artistic Director Nai Zou Olivier was born in Africa, where he danced with the National Ballet of Ivory Coast until 1991. He released a critically acclaimed African dance video in 1998 and travelled internationally to promote it. As the artistic director of Nazu Dance Company, Olivier uses traditional and contemporary forms of West African dance and drum as a vehicle for cultural expression and a medium for personal healing. Members of Nazu and Company represent a cross-section of dancers and drummers who join in an effort to share the cultural richness of West Africa and the Ivory Coast. This “Unity in Diversity” event is sponsored by the Diversity Committee and Student Activities Fees.

Irish Blessing, Irish Music and Dance (Irish/Celtic Heritage)
March 22, 12:00 to 1:10 p.m., The Mill ― Irish blessing is one of the most requested Irish music and dance ensembles on the contemporary world music scene today. Deidre has danced with The chieftains at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Myerhoff symphony Hall in Baltimore, MD, and is a rising fiddle phenomenon, famous for her signature-style melodic phrases, heavily influenced by the “old school” players from Ireland. Every day is St. Patrick’s Day when Irish Blessing takes the stage. You can also make an Irish bracelet and learn about Irish jewelry and Celtic knot patterns. This “Unity in Diversity” event is sponsored by the Diversity Committee and paid for by Student Activities Fees.

The Broto Roy Quartet (Asian-Pacific Heritage)
April 6, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., General Studies Auditorium ― Broto Roy was born in India where his great-grandfather Rajanikanto was one of India’s greatest songwriters. Roy began studying traditional Indian music at the age of 6 and in 1998 he released his debut album, “American Raga,” which has the unique distinction of being played aboard the international Space Station. Mixing traditional Indian rhythms and Indian singing, with elements of modern jazz and rock, Roy’s Quartet played to sold-out crowds and rave reviews. This “Unity in Diversity” event is sponsored by the Diversity Committee and paid for by Student Activities Fees.