ACU to focus on cultural awareness with special week of activities

For Immediate Release
Oct. 27, 2000


Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations
(915) 674-2692

Jamie Milstead, Media Relations Specialist
(915) 673-2620

Abilene Christian University's Student Multicultural Enrichment Department will be sponsor Cultural Awareness Week Oct. 30-Nov. 3.

Each day, a different culture will be celebrated through Chapel, food served in the cafeteria - The Bean - and various activities. Some Chapel songs and prayers will be led in the language of the culture being celebrated.

Monday, Asian and Pacific Islanders will be featured. Dr. Royce Money, ACU president, will start the week by introducing and declaring the week Cultural Awareness Week during Chapel at 11 a.m. in Moody Coliseum on the ACU campus. He also will light a unity candle as part of his introduction. The Bean will be serving Asian food and Master Hong from Master Hong Tae Kwon Doe and Thai Boxing will perform a martial arts demonstration at 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Center on the ACU campus. An Asian culture video will run in the Campus Center throughout the day.

Tuesday, European culture will be featured with each activity focusing on different cultures within Europe. The Chapel speaker, Yann Opsitch, will speak about France. The Bean will serve German food and a video of Riverdance will be shown in the Campus Center throughout the day.

Wednesday's focus will be on South Africa. Sherwin Grottis, senior Bible ministry major from Zimbabwe, will speak in Chapel and the Bean will serve South African food. The Campus Center and Campus Store will be playing South African music throughout the day.

On Thursday, Central and South America will be the focus. Greg Estada, sophomore Bible ministry major from Louisville, Colo., will speak in Chapel. The Bean will serve South American food and a video of Latin American culture will be played in the Campus Center and Campus Store throughout the day.

The Friday theme will be Caribbean. ACU's Steel Drum Band will perform during Chapel, Jamaican food will be served in the Bean and Christian reggae music will be played in the Campus Center and Campus Store throughout the day. At noon, Sherry Miller, local actress, will present Cendrillion, a Caribbean Cinderella story, in the Bean Sprout of the Campus Center on the ACU campus.

A Culture Show Friday at 7 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium concludes the week. The show is sponsored by the International Students' Association and includes 11 different performances with participants from many cultures represented on campus. The show is a mix of cultural dances, songs, skits and instrumental performances. Admission is $3 per person or $5 per couple.


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