SC State University Celebrates International Awareness Month

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Division of Academic Affairs at SC State University will sponsor International Awareness Month throughout the month of November with the theme: “Our World, Our Environment.” 

While there will be several events throughout the month, the main ceremony will kick-off on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. with a “Parade of Nations” – a procession with the flags of the various countries represented by our students, faculty and staff.  The parade will begin in front of the KO W.G. Donma Administration Building and proceed to the K.W. Green Student Center Plaza. 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 with a musical performance using steel pans, instruments invented in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

The procession will be led by the Marching 101 Band drumline.  The parade will culminate in a ceremony promoting International Awareness in the 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 month’s activities will also include a Foreign Film Festival hosted at the I.P. Stanback Museum whose exhibition, “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges,” is still on display.  Additionally, an international forum will feature business students who participated in two short-term international business study tours during summer 2010.  The students, who traveled to Japan, Korea and Europe will present a slide show with photographs of their tours and talk about their experiences abroad.

For more information, contact Dr. Learie Luke, associate professor of history, at (803) 533-3615 or