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NC A&T State University Choir Tawan Perry Speaker at DCC

The North Carolina A&T State University Choir will be featured at the Gospel Extravaganza during DCC's Black History Month events.

Motivational Speaker and Author Tawan Perry will discuss his guide -  'What College and High School Advisors Don't Tell You About College.

DANVILLE, VA. January 13, 2012 - Danville Community College has planned a variety of events during February to celebrate Black History Month. The events include speakers, health awareness activities, history trivia competition and the annual Gospel Extravaganza.

“This year’s celebration includes something for everybody. We have a full agenda of exciting events,? says Alice Walker, Financial Services Specialist and Coordinator of this year’s Black History Month Planning Committee. “Our planning committee included students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Our goal was to offer a variety of events to appeal to many people.?

The Schedule of Events for DCC’s Black History Month is as follows:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
“Movers and Shakers,? presented by Tawan Perry, the author of the award-winning guide, College Sense: What College and High School Advisors Don't Tell You About College. A former college dean, Perry has established a national reputation as a college completion expert who has the keys to unlock college success. He is the author of five books and has been a guest on countless TV and radio shows including Fox, NBC, and CBS. Perry has an associate degree from Prince George's Community College; bachelor's degree from Morgan State University; and a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Perry's workshops focus on student leadership, college completion, and diversity. Time: 3 – 5 p.m., Location: DCC Student Center.

Friday, February 3, 2012
Gospel Extravaganza, featuring the DCC Gospel Choir, the George Washington High School Concert Choir and North Carolina A&T State University Choir. The NC A&T choir is the official ensemble of the university and the major choral unit for the College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Renowned for its riveting performances and wide and versatile repertoire of classical masterworks, Negro Spirituals, Opera, Light Jazz and Gospel, the University Choir performed a concert in honor of Black History Month at the White House in 2011. The University Choir is under the baton of Maestro Travis W. Alexander, Director of University Choirs and Piano/Organ Professor. He is a Concert Organist, Conductor, Helden Tenor and Pianist who recently completed concert tours of Italy and Great Britain. He is a graduate of the School of Music, Theater and Dance at University of NC at Greensboro. Be prepared for an uplifting celebration of music. Come early to get a good seat. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
“H.A.D. – Health Awareness Day? – There will be blood pressure checks, Sickle Cell Anemia trait testing and other health awareness information available. The Danville Regional Medical Center’s Bloodmobile will also be on site. Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Location: DCC Student Center. If the College is closed or on a delayed schedule because of inclement weather, event will be Thursday, Feb. 16.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
“Man Know Thyself?, a program presented by Sylvia Dean Stanback, who has spent more than 25 years working with under privileged youth and adults in areas of academic and vocational training while working with The Opportunities Industrialization Centers, Inc. (OIC) in Philadelphia, PA. When the OIC programs expanded from its US origins to serve disadvantaged persons in Africa, she spent 4 ½ years working for OIC International in both Eastern and Southern Africa. Stanback is now an instructor with the Upward Bound program at North Carolina A&T State University. She also is a motivational speaker and teacher, who shares with youth and adults knowledge that contributes to the rescue, reconstruction and restoration of African history and culture. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from NC A & T State University and completed post graduate degree and studies at Ohio Christian College, Temple University, Antioch Putney University, University of Southern California and Jamison Bible Institute.

"Know Thyself" refers to the name of Stanback’s book study which she founded while working at Bennett College. She says the inscription was written on the ancient temples of ancient Kemet/Egypt both inside and outside. “The ancient Kemetic people felt it was important for people to know who they were historically and spiritually,? Stanback explains. “The inscriptions actually read, ‘Man Know Thyself’ and was the doctrine of self-knowledge.? Time: 11 a.m., Location: DCC Student Center. If the College is closed or on a delayed schedule because of inclement weather, event will be Thursday, Feb. 23.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Black History Trivia Game includes teams of five from DCC student clubs and organizations competing in a trivia-like contest to see who knows the most about African-American history and culture. Prizes will be awarded to the clubs. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110). If the College is closed or on a delayed schedule because of inclement weather, event will be Thursday, March 1.

Walker said additional events are being planned throughout the year at Danville Community College to celebrate culture and heritage. These include the following upcoming events:

• “Stepping It Up?, Saturday, March 31, 2012; Time: TBA Location: DCC Student Center
• “DCC’s Got Talent? Friday, April 20, 2012; Time: 6:00 p.m., Location: DCC Student Center
• “Poetry Café? Friday, September 28, 2012; Time: 6:00 p.m. Location: DCC Student Center
• “Multicultural Day? Monday, October 15, 2012; Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Location: DCC Student Center.

All of the events are offered free of charge and are open to the public. For more information about the events, and/or to arrange seating for large groups (of 10 or more), please contact Alice Walker, at 434.797.8419 or
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