6th Annual Multicultural Fair To Be Held At Cleveland State On April 6

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cleveland State Community College will be hosting the sixth annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the courtyard outside the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium. There will be an African Traditional Dress Fashion Show and Native Tongues Welcome during the Opening Ceremony at 10 a.m. with a Parade of Nations to follow at 10:15 a.m. The fair is designed to celebrate different cultures living in Bradley County. Admission to the fair is free and the community is invited to attend this event.

Cleveland State Community College was awarded an Access and Diversity Grant that totaled $66,325 and is a three-year program enhancement grant that will be used to support CSCC’s annual Multicultural fair. This grant will enable additional educational programs and displays to be presented on various cultures. It will also involve expanding the fair to include more exhibits, guest presentations, additional food, and more interactive educational presentations with audience participation.

“The Multicultural Fair has been a very successful spring event at Cleveland State for the past few years, and we hope this year will be even more successful, stated Jana Pankey, assistant professor of the Human Services/Social Work program and project director. “Cleveland is becoming more diverse, and this is a great way to learn about different cultures and celebrate diversity.”

The fair will feature a colorful parade of nations, culturally based entertainment, and diverse food catered from Food Is Good (FIG) of Cleveland, international studies information, booths featuring different nationalities, children’s games and activities, various civic and social service organization displays, performances by Filipino dancers, St. Therese Spanish Youth Dancers, the Cleveland Community Jazz Band, Cleveland State Chorus, and Vocal Rhapsody.

New to the fair this year will be an Amateur Cultural Photography Contest. This contest is open to students, members of the community, youth, faculty, and staff.  Each contestant can submit up to three photographs, one per category. There are five categories: Americana, Beyond our Borders, People to People, Budding Artists for those 17 and under, and Faculty and Staff. The entry deadline is Wednesday, April 3 and entries will be displayed at the CSCC Multicultural Fair on April 6 for judging by fair attendees. For a complete list of contest rules or to view submissions online, please visit csccphoto.wordpress.com.

“Everyone interprets culture in a unique way, and we thought a photography contest would be a great opportunity to demonstrate that,” stated Becca Tedesco, library assistant. “It's a chance for people to be creative and share pictures from their travels, family vacations, community events, daily activities, or any other scenario they can think of. The entries will be on display at the fair, so anyone who attends will be able to vote for their favorites!”

Dr. Carl Hite, CSCC president, said, “We are always excited about our Multicultural Fair. The college realizes the importance of our students and their various cultures, and this event is the opportunity to bring all of these different cultures together.”

For more information on the upcoming CSCC Multicultural Fair, please contact Jana Pankey at 423 478-6230 or 423 473-2438.

 


University Hosts Award-Winning Author Janisse Ray

Award-winning author, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray will give a talk on the UTC campus about heirloom seeds, agrodiversity and the future of food. The event is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center. This program is presented by the Tennessee Valley chapter of Wild Ones and UTC Department of Biological and Environmental ... (click for more)

Dalton State Program Gives Non Students Chance To Further Their Education

Lynda Shenefield had an idea for a book.  But she needed help. Shenefield had no idea how to get her book published.  Then she saw a news release about an epublishing course offered at Dalton State, and thought that would be the perfect opportunity to learn what she needed to know.  At 63, Ms. Shenefield didn’t want to go through the process of enrolling as a student ... (click for more)

DA Looking Into Issue Of County Commission Candidate's Campaign Sending Filled-Out Request For Absentee Ballot To Elderly Voters

The District Attorney's Office has been provided with documents that a County Commission candidate's campaign sent filled-out requests for absentee ballots to elderly voters. Kerry Steelman, election administrator, said there have been four instances in which such requests came from the Elect John Brooks campaign. He said state law says in Section 2-6-202:  (3) A person ... (click for more)

Graham Says County School-City Lawsuit Settlement "Stinks," But County Commission Approves It

The County Commission on Wednesday approved a settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Hamilton County Schools against the city of Chattanooga, though several commissioners said they were not happy with the deal and Commissioner Joe Graham said it "stinks." Commissioner Graham was the lone no vote. He was joined by Commissioner Tim Boyd in a failed effort to defer it a week. ... (click for more)

The Truth From Weston’s Sister - And Response (2)

I try not to read the negative articles and opinions about my older brother. Growing up around politics, I learned a long time ago that thick skin is not only necessary, it’s paramount. But this time, the lies and the rumors and the inaccurate information has gone too far. It’s too ridiculous for me to ignore. So let’s clear a few things up: Weston and I do not “come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oscar Brock’s True Passion

I don’t pay much attention to the Hamilton County School Board. Once the moon and the stars aligned behind Superintendent Rick Smith, you hear very little, if anything, from the nine-member council that oversees an annual budget of almost $400 million and employs 4,480 people. So chew this for a minute: approximately 2,000 of those people are not teachers. Yes, there are 78 principals ... (click for more)