March 21, 2007
The Lancaster Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, will offer students and the community a chance to experience different cultures from around the world during its 5th Annual Multicultural Day Celebration on Wednesday, March 28. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, the free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the East Building Multipurpose Room on the campus at 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike.

"This annual event is a great way to educate our students and the community about the different cultures that exist in our world," said Troy Richardson, Lancaster Campus SGA president. "At the same time, we hope to entertain them with interesting speakers, dance and musical performances, and food samples representing a variety of cultures."

The event will open to the sounds of the Steelpan Combination Band. The Pittsburgh-based band will bring their unique island sound to the college for third time in five years.

David Gonzalez, a reporter for The New York Times, will speak from 11:15 a.m. to noon about his experience covering the different cultures in New York City. Gonzalez has worked for The Times since 1990. Among his many awards, Gonzalez earned Columbia University's Mike Berger Award for his coverage of New York City and its neighborhoods. His story on a baseball game between Cuban President Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez won the feature writing award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in 2001. In October1996, he was listed as one of the nation's 100 most influential Hispanics by the Hispanic Business Magazine.

Foods samples, representing Indian, Asian, African-American and Spanish cultures, will be available for sampling from noon to 12:30 p.m.

The afternoon portion of the program will feature the Egyptian Moon Dance Company performing traditional Egyptian Raqs Sharqi. The program is a blend of traditional and contemporary musical styles, exploring a deep appreciation of Egyptian culture intertwined with dance.

Yueh Pao Ho will lead Chinese traditional arts and craft, including Origami, from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. The final event of the day will be a presentation by Jeff Roane, president of HACC Lancaster's Allies Club, who will speak on the topic of "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness."

For more information on Multicultural Day, call the Lancaster Campus of HACC at 717-358-2966.

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