SC State observes International Awareness Month

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The SC State University Office of International and National Student Exchange Programs (OINSEP) announces its calendar of events for November, which the university observes as International Awareness Month. With the theme “Pathway to Global Alliance,” the major highlights of the month-long series of programs include a passport fair, a study abroad fair, a foreign film festival and an international showcase program featuring the culture of Nigeria.

Showcasing the breadth of global diversity on the campus, SC State’s signature Parade of Nations will take place on Nov. 14 at 12:30 p.m. The university’s international students will proudly display their countries’ flags during the parade, led by the Marching 101 drum line.  An African dance showcase performed by UJIMAA will follow in the Plaza of the K.W. Green Student Center. The performance will lead into the formal Opening Ceremony for International Awareness Month.

A new feature this year is the must-see Global Cultural Items Display, which features cultural items from across the globe acquired by university faculty and staff from either their native countries or from vacation destinations.

“The International Awareness Month’s activities constitute a rich array of programs created by the efforts of many faculty, staff and students across the campus,” says Dr. Learie Luke, director of OINSEP.  “We use the programming to help expose the campus and the Orangeburg community to the beauty of diversity, and to show that, though land and water may separate us, we all share commonalties.”

This year, the Office of International Programs is emphasizing Latin America and Spanish-speaking territories. Rosemarie Doucette, a former SC State Spanish and French instructor, will serve as the keynote speaker at the Opening Ceremony. Doucette, who holds a master of divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary, tutors in writing and English as a Second Language  at the seminary. She served as a pastoral intern at the San Miguel Lutheran Church, a Mexican immigrant congregation in Fort Worth, TX.  Besides providing regular worship services, her work included visiting members of the church and of the local Hispanic community, providing them care and services that would otherwise be unavailable to them.  Among the services she provided,  Doucette translated various documents, ranging from rental agreements, paperwork from employers, documents from the children’s schools and even paperwork in Spanish – still inaccessible to the non-literate.  Her vocational goal is to serve in a church that can be a bridge between communities separated by language and cultural differences.

The month’s activities also included an international travel forum featuring study-abroad students who traveled to China and Puerto Rico as well as ROTC cadets who traveled to Korea during the summer, which was held on Nov. 6.

The campus community and the Orangeburg community are invited to attend and enjoy this festival of cultures.  OINSEP also encourages everyone to visit the exhibition in the I.P. Stanback Museum entitled: “Africa Revisited: The Art of Power and Identity,” which will continue on display through March 2014.

The university will recognize International Awareness Month with the following events and activities:

Nov. 4
3:30 p.m.

Foreign Film Festival –“City of God”

Barbara Vaughan Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center

Nov.  5
5:10 p.m.

Foreign Film Festival –“Brazil a Racial Paradise?”

Maceo Nance Hall, Room 112

Nov. 6
2:00 p.m.

Students International Travel Forum

Third floor Development Room, Belcher Hall

Nov. 7
6 p.m.

Reception for the exhibitions: Civil Rights: Then, Now and When…?” and “Africa Revisited: the Art of Power and Identity”

I. P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium

Nov. 8
2 p.m.

Foreign Film Festival – “When the Mountains Tremble”

Turner Hall D Wing, Room 332

Nov. 11 
3 p.m.

Chinese Language Experience Spotlight and Movie: “The King of Masks”

I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium

Nov. 12
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Passport Fair and Study Abroad Fair

K.W. Green Student Center

Nov. 13
2 p.m.

Foreign Film Festival – “Mexico & Peru: The Black Grandma in the Closet”

Turner Hall D Wing, Room 332

Nov. 14
12:30 p.m.

Parade of Nations Flag Procession

Will begin at the entrance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium

Nov. 14
12:50 p.m.

UJIMAA Dance Troupe’s African Dance Performance

Plaza, K. W. Green Student Center

Nov. 14
1 p.m.

Formal Opening Ceremony of International Awareness Month

Bulldog Lounge, K.W. Green Student Center

Nov. 18
3 p.m.

Afro-Latino Cultural Showcase

Barbara Vaughan Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center

Nov. 18-22

International Cuisine Week (international dishes added to the menu)

Washington Dining Hall

Nov. 19
11:00 a.m.

Foreign Film Festival – “The Devil Came on Horseback”

Turner Hall D Wing, Room 324

Nov. 19
3:30 p.m.

International Showcase – Nigeria

Barbara Vaughan Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center

Nov. 20
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Global Cultural Items Display

K. W. Green Student Center

Nov. 21

"Ghosts of Cité Soleil"

Turner Hall D Wing, Room 324

Nov.  22
1 p.m.

International Extravaganza

Felton Lab School Gymnasium

For more information, please contact Kathlyn Stephenson at (803) 813-1144, email:; Irran Duncan at (803) 536-7903, email:; or Dr. Learie Luke, Director of OINSEP, at (803) 533-3615, email: