Office of Public Affairs
Sept. 5, 2001
CONTACT: Roosevelt Muhammad, 312-3203
DIVERSITY, LEADERSHIP KEY AT ALANA CONFERENCE
OSWEGO -- Keynote speakers, performances and workshops on teamwork are among the activities planned for the 15th annual ALANA Student Leadership Conference at SUNY Oswego, Sept. 20 to 23.
Sponsored by the college's African, Latino, Asian and Native American student groups and the SUNY Oswego Leadership Educational Activities Development Center, the conference's focus is to help attendees become leaders within a multicultural environment.
Award-winning teacher and visual artist Randy Williams and SUNY Oswego Executive Assistant to the President Howard Gordon will welcome attendees at an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Tyler Art Gallery. Williams is one of six creators featured in the Upstate Invitational running at the gallery.
Native American singer-songwriter Joanne Shenandoah will present an admission-free "informance" -- a performance that invites audience questions and interaction -- at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the Hewitt Union formal lounge. Called "the most critically acclaimed Native American singer of her time" by the Associated Press, Shenandoah appears courtesy of the Student Association Programming Board and the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered locally by Arts and Culture for Oswego County.
Shenandoah will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre. General admission is $12. For ticket information, call 312-2141.
Oliver King, the African-American keynote speaker, will discuss "Obstacles that Minorities Have Gone Through to Get to Where They Are Today." Speaking at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at The Forum in Hewitt Union, King is a renowned presenter with a message of improving the state of children, education and the community.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in Bell Auditorium in Hewitt Union, Asian keynote speaker Dr. Luoluo Hong will address "The Date That Lasts a Lifetime: Men and Women as Partners Preventing Rape." Sponsored by the Asian Student Association and LifeStyles Center, Hong tackles serious issues facing students today.
Performance artist, actor and poet Caridad de la Luz, the Latino keynote speaker, will speak at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in The Forum in Hewitt Union.
The public can also attend leadership lectures by Roosevelt Muhammad, assistant dean of students for the LEAD Center; check out "African-American and Latino Stories: Painted Narratives by Frank Diaz Escalet" and the Upstate Invitational at Tyler Art Gallery; receive dance lessons from the troupe El Ritmo Latino; purchase merchandise from a variety of vendors; attend a multicultural food workshop; and hear comedy and dance to music at the ALANA Jam 2001.
For more information, call ALANA at 312-5420.
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