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April 14, 2000

UW-RF Sets Annual Diversity Celebration

Nancy Guse
UW-RF News Bureau

Diversity experiences that range from a flamenco dance troupe to a lecture on the Holocaust are among the many presentations that will highlight the day-long diversity day at UW-River Falls.

The UW-RF Unity in the Community Celebration is set for April 26. This year's theme, "Changing Times and Opening Minds" focuses on learning about and accepting each other's backgrounds and differences.

Aleisha Troendle, a junior conservation major from North St. Paul who is chairing the event, said, "Unity in the Community provides educational opportunities for students, faculty and the community to experience different religion, races and ethnicity."

Over 80 student organizations will participate in Unity in the Community along with local and metropolitan high schools, junior high and grade schools.

All events are free and open to the public.

Kaye Schendel, adviser for the diversity awareness community, said, "It is designed to celebrate cultural diversity and recognize our diverse heritage."

Opening ceremonies will kick off the celebration at 9 a.m. in the Falcon's Nest, Hagestad Student Center, with programming following from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They include (all events are in Hagestad unless otherwise stated):

•10 a.m. Hans Meyer with childrens music, outside mall area; a Turning Point speaker, St Croix Room; Bill Miller, Native American speaker, Presidents Room; Dazey Mae, speaker, Regents Room; Tim Scott, speaking on "The HolocaustÉIts Relevance Today" in the International Room.

•11 a.m. "Shalita and Dancers" will perform African music and dance, outside mall area; Lindsey Becker, speaker, St. Croix Room; artist Harold Hensen, speaker, Presidents Room; Habitat for Humanity presentation and Tim Scott will give another presentation on "The HolocaustÉ Its relevance Today" in the International Room.

•Noon: "Michael Hauser and Dancers" will perform flamenco dance and music on the outside mall area.

•1 p.m. "Dunequin Trio" will perform Irish music, outside mall area; Turning Point speaker, St Croix Room; Asian/American Student Association presentation, Presidents Room; Gay Straight Alliance presentation, Regents Room.

•2 p.m. "Stoney Savannah" will perform Caribbean music, outside mall area; Struggle for Respect reading, St. Croix Room; and Psi Chi presentation, Presidents Room.

•3 p.m. Brian Wickland will perform Bluegrass music, outside mall area.

•4 p.m. There will be a campus picnic and music by "Framing Amy," outside mall area.

For more information, call 715/425-4911.

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