SC State Celebrates International Awareness Month during November 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

SC State University administrators, faculty, staff and students will join together in celebrating cultural diversity during International Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Navigating Towards the Global Horizon.”

International Awareness Month will begin with a Parade of Nations’ international flag procession on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m. The flags will be carried by SC State’s international students and faculty members, students from Felton Laboratory School and the V.J. Mendinghall Jr. Academy in Orangeburg, S.C., who will entertain participants with a musical performance using steel pans and instruments invented in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

The parade, which will be led by SC State’s Marching 101 Band Drumline, will begin at the front of SC State’s campus beside the KO W.G. Donma Administration Building. The parade will end at the K.W. Green Student Center Plaza.

Immediately following the parade, Dr. Joyce Blackwell, vice president of Academic Affairs, will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the International Awareness Month Program in the K.W. Green Student Center’s Bulldog Lounge.

During the ceremony, the International Awareness Appreciation Award will be presented to a faculty or staff member who has eagerly promoted international awareness at SC State. Additionally, the International Student of the Year Award will be presented to an international student who has gone beyond the call of duty in their contributions to the University and their host country, the United States.

The activities for International Awareness Month will also include: a foreign film festival, an international food festival, an exhibit of international art captioned “Art of the World” in the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, a brainbowl competition featuring questions about the international community, as well as a forum featuring SC State business students who recently traveled to China.

For more information on International Awareness Month contact Dr. Learie Luke, co-chairperson of the International Program Committee and interim associate vice president for Faculty and Programs, at (803) 516-4974, or email