Events

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1 - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2018


HARAMBEE FESTIVAL COMMUNITY CHOIR CONCERT -- FEBRUARY 25, 2018
The Invitation:  You are invited to sing with the national award-winning Benedict College Gospel Choir on what will be one of the most amazing choirs in South Carolina. Seats on the choir are available to all who wish to participate, attend the rehearsals, learn from the best, provide a sneak preview at the Harambee Festival on February 24th, and participate in a full concert on February 25th.  (See February 25th for details on how to sign up or call 803.705.4496.) 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1
SCREENING OF THE ACCLAIMED FILM TELL THEM WE ARE RISING
Benedict College will premiere the PBS network acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s Tell Them We Are Rising, an exploration of the history and role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States.  South Carolina ETV has partnered with Firelight Media to sponsor pre-broadcast screening events, geared toward promoting viewership and encouraging community awareness and discussion about the very important role of HBCUs today.  Free and open to the public.
Swinton Campus Center     6:00 p.m.

WORSHIP SERVICE
Reverend Thomas V. Davis, Campus Minister
Subject: “Women Occupied with Jesus or Occupied for Jesus”
Scripture: Luke 10:38-42
Antisdel Chapel          7:00 P.M.
For more information regarding any of the four sermons, please contact the Reverend Thomas V. Davis, Campus Minister, at 803.705.4687.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6
CHAPEL ASSEMBLY
A TRIBUTE TO DR. RUBY W. WATTS, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Benedict College pays tribute to Dr. Ruby W. Watts for 55 years of dedicated and committed service as a student, faculty member, academic administrator, Vice President for Academic Affairs, interim President (twice), and Executive Vice President.  Benedict College and the community say “Thank You!”
Antisdel Chapel      11:00 a.m.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8
WORSHIP SERVICE
Reverend Thomas V. Davis, Campus Minister
Topic: “The Rewards for a Serving Sister”
Scripture: Genesis 24
Antisdel Chapel          7:00 P.M.

THE LATE DR. LISTERVELT MIDDLETON LECTURE SERIES
The Kemetic Institute for Health and Human Development in partnership with Catalyst Mbongi will sponsor the Listervelt Middleton Lecture Series entitled “The African Influence on all Western Religions with a specific emphasis on Christianity”. 

Dr. Middleton, a Benedict College graduate and honorary degree recipient, was one of the foremost scholars who researched and interpreted African history and culture as well as the history of Africans in America. Dr Charles S. Finch, a physician, renowned Egyptian Scholar, and well known author, will present the lecture.  Dr. Finch was a guest on the Listervelt Middleton’s public television program “For the People”.  For additional information, contact Dr. William F. Gunn through the Office of Communication and Marketing at 803.705.4519.
Ponder Fine Arts Little Theater                                7:00 P.M.       

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10
THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY JUBILEE CHOIRS CONCERT: SING THE SONGS OF OUR ANCESTORS
This special program will feature some of the best Jubilee Choirs in the midlands who will provide a musical genre that needs to be preserved.  The choirs will perform the old “march” of procession and sing songs of praise from an earlier era but whose power and messages are both timeless and priceless.  For more information, please contact Dr. Ruby W. Watts at 803.705.4738.
Antisdel Chapel           1:00 P.M.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15
CHAPEL ASSEMBLY
WELCOMING SALUTE TO DR. ROSLYN C. ARTIS. PRESIDENT AND CEO
Benedict College welcomes and salutes its first female president, Dr. Roslyn C. Artis, in an assembly that recognizes her as an innovative, trailblazing, and transformative educator in HBCUs and higher education. The Benedict College family and community will pay tribute to our 14th president. Benedict College and the community say “Welcome” in the tradition of #The BEST of BC!  Dr. Roslyn C. Artis will be the keynote speaker.
Antisdel Chapel   11:00 a.m.

WORSHIP SERVICE
Reverend Thomas V. Davis, Campus Minister
Topic: “Women, For Such A Time As This”
Scripture: Esther 4:14
Antisdel Chapel          7:00 P.M.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16
INTERACTIVE SESSION FOR CHILDREN
LITTLE TYKES’ BLACK HISTORY MONTH STORYFEST
Little Tykes’ Black History Month Story-fest is a library literacy program offered by the Benedict College Library. It is devoted to reading, literacy and storytelling.    Storytellers from the community, education majors, librarians and BC faculty and staff will tell stories, do finger plays, arts and crafts and other African American entertainment doing the two hours.  A paperback book, juice and a health snack will be issued to each child as they exit Story-fest.   Student volunteers will help during all activities taking place around the library’s Mobile Media Center.  For more information, please contact Ms. Louise Smith at 803.705.4499. 
Learning Resources Center Mobile Media Center (LRC lower level Room 104)             9:30 A.M.

BENEDICT COLLEGE ANNUAL CAREER FAIR (CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR BENEDICT COLLEGE STUDENTS DURING ECONOMICALLY CHALLENGING TIMES)
The Career Fair features recruiters from over 40 major companies across the nation searching for personnel to fill professional positions, corporate, as well as federal, state, and local government agencies.  Students will be able to meet face-to-face with recruiters and submit resumes on location.  For additional information, call Ms. Sonya Johnson at 803.705.4815.
Swinton Campus Center                     10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17
COLLEGE-WIDE READING DAY
Increase your knowledge of African American history and culture.  READ!!!!  On this day read and appreciate the fundamental roles that unsung heroes have played in sustaining African Americans in an epic struggle for equality and justice.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
CHAPEL ASSEMBLY
A SALUTE TO “WOMEN IN OUR LIVES”
This scintillating assembly, composed of outstanding women on the Benedict College campus and in our communities, tell their stories and share their bonds of professionalism, intellectualism and sisterhood.  This same assembly will also “recognize the phenomenal women in our lives to include our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, wives, who lead extraordinary lives under extraordinary conditions.
ATTENTION:  Please invite your phenomenal woman to this assembly to be recognized.
Antisdel Chapel         11:00 a.m.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22
CHAPEL ASSEMBLY
The Office of International Programs will present keynote speaker Ms. Paola Andrea Mosquera, Diplomat and Second Secretary of International Relations with the Embassy of Colombia in Trinidad and Tobago and Benedict College alumnus to share her unique experiences as a young, female diplomat within a traditionally male-dominated profession.  Secretary Mosquera will also highlight challenging issues which she confronts within her current assignment such as human trafficking in Trinidad.  This interactive presentation will be followed by a brief question and answer session, and International Programs Director, Dr. Norma L. Jackson, will conclude the program with special presentations and closing remarks.
Antisdel Chapel                      11:00 a.m.

WORSHIP SERVICE
Reverend Thomas V. Davis, Campus Minister
Subject: “The Influence of Godly Women”
Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-17
Antisdel Chapel          7:00 P.M.

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THE HARAMBEE FESTIVAL OPENS: FRIDAY NIGHT UNDER THE LIGHTS TALENT SHOWCASE
The Harambee Festival opens under the lights with a talent showcase of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community participants. Great talent will be on display as a precursor to what is coming on Saturday. Benedict College has talent and we invite you to showcase yours. The event is open to all.  For further information and to audition, please call Dr. Paula Shelby at 803.705.4809 or Dr. Leon Geter at 803.705.4596.
Swinton Campus Center                                 6:00 P.M.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24
THE TWENTY-NINTH ANNUAL HARAMBEE FESTIVAL

The Harambee Festival is one of the largest College-sponsored festivals in the nation.  It is an annual event for the entire family that has plenty of food, music, fun, art, and those hard-to-find merchandise items in the Shopping Village.   There is a separate Food Village. Free health screenings and the other festival events are listed below. For additional information, please contact Mr. Myron Davis at 803.705.4409.

The KIJIJI Children’s Village will feature scientific experiments, virtual classrooms, educational enrichment, and dance lessons.  Other events include bounce houses outside for the children.  For more information, please call Ms. Tondaleya Jackson at 803.705.4479.

Live stage performances are scheduled throughout the day to include the national award winning Benedict College Gospel Choir, a sneak preview by the Harambee Festival Community Choir, various other jazz, R&B, and gospel choirs, praise dancers, an international performance, and much more.  For more information, please contact Ms. Cassandra Williams at 803.705.4486.

Dancing in the College’s Dance Studio - Put on your dancing shoes, get some exercise, and have some fun!!  Everyone is invited from children to adults.  For more information, please call Dr. Paula Shelby at 803.705.4809.

The Women’s Village.  Just for Women!  This is your time to learn more about issues important to you while being pampered and messaged.  This village appeals to the mind, body and heart.  For more information, please call Ms. Jacqueline Williams at 803.705.7984.

Caregivers Workshop.  Are you a caregiver who needs more information about how to be more efficient in this roleDo you need helpful tips to sustain you?  Do you need to know where to go for help?  Attend this workshop and get answers to these questions and more!
For more information, please contact Mrs. Brenda Clark at 803.705.

Bake Contest and Auction-Enter your favorite dessert in the bake contest and win $$$. The public will have an opportunity to participate in the auction of these desserts.  So much fun!!!

Other Activities:

Bounce Houses
Classic Car and Bike Show (contact Mr. Kenntrail Grooms at (803) 705-4708 or Ms. Loretta Charles at (803) 705-4823

Health Screenings at the Harambee Festival –Benedict College Health Center- Mather Hall

Prostate Cancer Screening        
Diabetes Screening

These free health screenings are made available by the Benedict College Health Center, Palmetto Health Community Services, the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department of Benedict College and Dr. Stewart Darby.  For additional information call Ms. Melinda McCray at 803.296.3461, Dr. I. Emenike at 803.705.4436, or Nurse Daphne New at 803.705.4882.

Health screenings, art exhibits, and workshops are free, open to the public, and proceed throughout the day during the HARAMBEE Festival. 

Free Admission.   Call (803) 705-4409 for additional information and to register as a merchandise vendor.   
Mays Human Resources Center Arena        9:30 A.M. - 5:30 P.M

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25
HARAMBEE FESTIVAL COMMUNITY CHOIR CONCERT
The Invitation:  You are invited to sing on what will be one of the most amazing choirs in South Carolina.  Seats on the choir are available to all who wish to participate, attend the rehearsals, learn from the best, provide a sneak preview at the Harambee Festival on February 24th, and participate in a full concert on February 25.

Students, faculty, staff and singers from churches, groups, chorales, or individuals from the community are invited to join with the national award-winning Benedict College Gospel Choir to form one of the most talented choirs in South Carolina.  Seats on the choir are available to all who participant in the rehearsals.
 
The choir will be directed by Minister David R. Curry, former director of the Stellar Award winning Mississippi Mass Choir assisted by local clinicians Mr. Keshawn Thomas, Mr. Kenny Smith and Ms. Regina Skeeters.

To sign up to sing on the choir and receive additional information call 803.705.4486 or 803.705.4409 or go to www.benedict.edu/harambeeTHERE IS NO COST TO PARTICIPATE!   

Admission to the concert is free; however, contributions will be accepted for the Harambee Festival Endowed Scholarship.  This scholarship will help deserving students receive an education in years to come.
Antisdel Chapel          4:00 P.M.

THERE IS NO ADMISSION CHARGE FOR ANY OF THESE EVENTS.  PLEASE COME OUT AND ENJOY THE WEEK-END CELEBRATION!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
CHAPEL ASSEMBLY
THE BENEDICT COLLEGE SCHOOL OF HONORS INDUCTION CEREMONY
The School of Honors hosts its annual Induction Ceremony to celebrate the continuing extraordinary academic achievements of our students, highlighting the female intelligentsia of women of color. It will examine The Role of African American Females in Leadership Positions in Higher Education:  Mentoring their Male Students and providing Leadership Among their Male Counterparts. For more information, please call Ms. Laura Postell at 803.705.4752.
Antisdel Chapel     11:00 A.M.

GLOBAL VILLAGE AT BENEDICT COLLEGE
2018 GLOBAL VILLAGE EXPERIENCE AT BENEDICT COLLEGE
The Office of International Programs (OIP) in conjunction with the International Students Association (ISA) will sponsor the 2018 Global Village at Benedict College on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 3-6 p.m. in Ballrooms A & B of the David H. Swinton Campus Center.  The Global Village experience is designed to celebrate the ethnic, cultural, linguistic and geographic diversity, and internationalization of students, faculty and staff unique to Benedict College. 

International students will create innovative displays and interactive mediums to showcase and educate attendees about their respective countries of origin.  The global village will also feature music, dance, fashion, artifacts and cuisine from around the world, and attendees will witness cross-cultural dialogue taking place in multiple languages such as English, Spanish, French, Swahili, Dutch, Portuguese, Amharic, Nepali, Arabic, and Mandarin just to name a few, which reflects the multi-lingual and multi-ethnic environment at Benedict College.  For more information, please contact Dr. Norma Jackson, International Programs Director, at 803.705.4527 
Swinton Campus Center Ballrooms A & B                                                   2:00-5:00 P.M.​

WORKSHOP
RESUME WRITING AND ESSAY WRITING FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL
PERSONAL STATEMENT WORKSHOP
Take a workshop in resume writing and essay writing for graduate school personal statement. Learn techniques and rules of resume writing; use a formula for an employment application letter; and learn how to continue to assess and revise employment application writing for career goals and skills enhancement.

Each personal statement for graduate school must have an organizing “hook.”  Become involved in a variety of activities dealing with portraying a vivid and honest portrayal of the essay writer.  Editing ideas about the purpose of graduate school personal statement; opening of the essay; what questions to address in the essay; and length of essay will be shared with the essay writer.  If you are planning to apply to graduate school, this workshop will be of benefit to you.  For further information, please contact Dr. Malqueen Richardson at 803.705.4654.
Lower Level of the Library, Learning Resources Center Room 112                      5:00 P.M.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 8:00am to Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 11:00pm

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