Monday, January 27, 2014

Tri-County Kicks Off Black History Month February 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        1/24/2014
                                                                                                            (By Lisa Garrett)

            PENDLETON --- Tri-County Technical College will recognize the achievements, contributions, and culture of African Americans, as well as celebrate diversity through relevant workshops and presentations during Black History Month.


            February 10 --   "Success: It's an Attitude," 11 a.m. - noon in the Multipurpose Room.  Three successful black panelists will share their insights into thriving in college and in life.  They will discuss what challenges they faced and how they persisted despite obstacles.
Panelists will include:  

            • Herm Allen, an author, coach and educational professional with more than 20 years of student development experience. He is coordinator of Educational Talent Search at Tri-County.

            •  Ashley Isreal, a Clemson University doctoral student in Educational Leadership.  She is also employed as a Student Development Generalist at Tri-County's Easley Campus.

            •  Robert Newton, a Criminal Justice faculty member at Tri-County.

            February 10 - March 3 --  The Anderson Campus will host an exhibit titled "Preserving Rosenwald Schools."  The exhibit illustrates the critical role that Rosenwald School buildings had on the education of African American students in the South from 1912 - 1950's. Five hundred Rosenwald schools were built in South Carolina between 1912 and 1932, including 19 in Anderson County.  A full-scale reproduction of a Rosenwald School, constructed by Tri-County students, sits on the Anderson Campus.

            February 28 --  A dedication and grand opening of the Rosenwald School at the Anderson Campus is set for Friday, February 28, at 11 am.   Anderson Mayor Terrence Roberts and Dr. Beatrice Thompson, executive director of the Westside Community Center, will be the keynote speakers.  The public is invited to join the group in dedicating a full-scale reproduction of a one-teacher Rosenwald School building on the Anderson Campus.  The reproduction building was constructed by Tri-County's building construction students during 2012 - 2013.

            The Office of Student Life and Counseling Services (SLCS) will host four events at the Pendleton Campus during the month of February.  Faculty, staff, students and the community are welcome to attend any or all of the events.

            Events include:
            February 5 --  The Gifted Hand, a life-changing movie based on the true story of Dr. Ben Carson, played by Cuba Gooding, Jr., will be shown from 1:20 - 3:20 p.m. in the Marshall Parker Auditorium. The movie portrays the life of Ben Carson who overcame the obstacles of growing up in a broken home amongst poverty and prejudice and became one of the most influential doctors in the medical field.  Admission is free.      

            February 12 -- The Clemson University Black Graduate Student Association will participate in a panel discussion titled "Empowerment Zone" from 1:20 - 2:20 p.m. in the Marshall Parker Auditorium.  The discussion will bring insight and encouragement on the importance of pursuing graduate studies, tips for success as a graduate student, etc., to students who are interested in (or just curious) about pursuing an advanced degree.  The event is free.   

            February 19 --  Clemson resident Bryant Smith will present "Revisiting Racism; Teaching Differences In Post-Racial America" from 1:20 - 2:20 p.m. in the Marshall Parker Auditorium.  The presentation will focus on and analyze recent events that have sparked controversy in today's society with the intention of teaching attendees the valuable skill of working with and through differences in what has been dubbed "Post-Racial America."

            February 26 -- Bryant Smith will return to present "A Museum, A Lecture, A Story" from 11:30 a.m.  - 2 p.m. in the College Café.   He will focus on G.I. Joe, the first action figure ever created and how one toy helped to remove racial barriers, fight gender stereotypes, and create an entirely new category within the toy industry.

For more information contact Croslena Johnson at 864-646-1568 or



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