Please join us for MLK Day January 15, 2018. All MLK events are free and open to the public.
Community is the thread that connects every event in our MLK celebration. Events throughout the day encourage everyone at SU and Winchester to contribute to the betterment of the world and the local community, with the understanding that good work that benefits even one person, truly benefits us all.
Climb into the ball pit in the Brandt Student Center main hallway for a ballsy conversation with an old friend or with someone that you may never have met before! During a weeklong celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., talk about difficult topics to connect outside of your comfort zone. Check out our inspiration from Soul Pancake on Youtube to see what our ball pit will be like! The Ball Pit is open during Brandt Student Center hours from Monday, January 15 to Friday, January 19. Community members, students, faculty and staff are welcome. For more information, contact email@example.com.
In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, write your dreams and hopes for yourself, your community, your nation or your world and share them in Spaces to Dream locations across Shenandoah’s campus. Post-its and pens will be provided. Spaces to Dream will be located at the Brandt Student Center, Goodson Chapel Lobby, Allen Dining Hall, Health Professions Building, Fairfax and Scholar Plaza from 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19. Community members, students, faculty and staff are welcome. For more information, contact The Mosaic Center for Diversity firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 15, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
The Center for Public Service & Scholarship is partnering with The United Way to recruit both Shenandoah students and community members to help package and distribute informational material bags to the families in the North End of Winchester on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Packaging will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.at the Our Health Building, 329 N. Cameron St., Winchester, VA. Distribution on foot will immediately follow packing, concluding by 12:00PM at various locations/neighborhoods in the North End. The Center for Public Service & Scholarship is partnering with The United Way to recruit both Shenandoah students and community members to help package and distribute informational material bags to the families in the North End of Winchester on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This service project honors the memory of Dr. King by recognizing his belief that “everybody can be great…because everybody can serve.” This is a free event open to the community, students, faculty, and staff. Those who wish to participate must sign up via the United Way Service Sign Up Form. For more information, please contact Dr. Karen Schultz, Director of the Center for Public Service and Scholarship, at email@example.com.
January 15, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Volunteering at a preschool is one of the most fun and rewarding ways to get involved in helping the youngest members of our community! The Winchester Day Preschool is hosting any Shenandoah students, faculty or staff or Winchester community members that are eager to interact and read to preschoolers. This volunteering opportunity will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at their downtown Winchester location (133 Lincoln Street, Winchester, VA 22601). Those who wish to participate must sign up via the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Sign Up Form. For more information, visit the Center for Public Service and Scholarship in Gregory Hall, room 157 with additional questions.
January 15, 11:00 am-3:30 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day food packaging will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Shingleton Gymnasium. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, and to show that his legacy has continued on–despite an attempt to stop it, Spiritual Life will be packaging 50,000 meals to feed those in need around our country and in our world. Community members, students, staff and faculty are invited to sign up for one of two shifts, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Meals are distributed in America and around the world to those experiencing hunger. Those who wish to participate must sign up via the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Sign Up Form. For more information, visit www.riseagainsthunger.org or contact Spiritual Life at 540/535-3546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 15, 11:00 am-1:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Immerse yourself in the “Atmosphere of Hate,” felt by African-Americans as they engaged in nonviolent protest to challenge segregation by sitting at a whites-only lunch counter in the late 1950s. This three-minute virtual reality experience applies the technology and expertise of the Shenandoah Center for Immersive Learning (SCIL) to a concept and script crafted by junior history major John Orros for his Shenandoah University U.S. history class focusing on the Civil Rights Era. As soon as you don the virtual reality viewer, you’ll feel as if you’re sitting with a group of young African-Americans as they work to integrate a lunch counter, against the jeers and verbal abuse of white patrons. “VR is something that has fascinated me ever since I first learned about it,” said Oross, who used film footage of 1960 sit-ins as his source material.
Shenandoah University acting students, staff and local community members, including local high school students, act out the scene, which sparks immediate reactions for anyone who steps through the virtual reality portal. “I want people to understand the fear, anger and anxiety that the protesters felt while doing these sit-ins,” Oross said. “I felt trapped the first time I watched it,” said Joanne Ruscella, Executive Director of the Institute of Interactive Performance, which is an external partner to SCIL. She also experienced a pervasive feeling of being attacked. “I think it’s amazing,” said Cody Pugsley, SCIL technology director. “Every time I notice something different.” He also noted that he did feel as if he was being berated along with the peaceful protesters. “VR can help with the study of history in many ways but, I feel the most important way it can enhance the study is to give people an emotional connection to a particular event as well as an intellectual connection,” Oross said. Through this experience, “I think we’re finding out why this immersive technology is going to be so important to the future of education,” said SCIL Executive Director J.J. Ruscella. And, it’s revealing Shenandoah’s particular take on the technology’s use. “We’re focusing on humanity inside of these virtual worlds.” SCIL’s technology and guidance is available to all majors at the university, and the members community at large are also invited to contact SCIL to see if it can help craft similarly meaningful learning experiences. SCIL can help make such ideas a (virtual) reality.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brandt Student Center
5 p.m. at the The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 181 Kernstown Commons Blvd, Winchester
For more information about SCIL and its capabilities, contact J.J. Ruscella at email@example.com.
January 15, 1:00-2:00 pm
Learn more about the service opportunities in our local Winchester community by joining the Executive Director of Our Health, Sharen Gromling, for a comprehensive tour of the Our Health campus in downtown Winchester. Our Health provides leadership to its 78 partner agencies in grants writing and administration, training and technical assistance to nonprofit boards and staff, and administrative and financial management support. It is home to twenty-one campus partners, offering a convenient location in Winchester to better serve the needs of the local community as well as the students, faculty and staff of Shenandoah University. During the tour, community members, students, faculty and staff will be given an exclusive view of daily operations from organizations such as the United Way of NSV, Sinclair Health Clinic, Literacy Volunteers and many more. The tour will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the Our Health Campus. Transportation will be available at 12:45 p.m. in front of the Brandt Student Center and will return around 2:15 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Karen Schultz, Director of the Center for Public Service and Scholarship at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 15, 1:00-4:00 pm
Winchester community members and Shenandoah University students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to interact with youth ages 6 to 18 courtesy of The Kids Clubs of Northern Shenandoah Valley from 1 to 4 p.m. The main activity will be assisting the youth with stuffing drawstring bags for the homeless population. This volunteer opportunity is available for up to 20 community members, students, faculty and staff and is held at their downtown location (2400 Roosevelt Blvd, Winchester, VA 22601). Those who wish to participate must sign up via the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Sign Up Form. For more information, contact the Kids Club Program Director, Bridgette Peterson at email@example.com.
January 15, 1:00-2:30 pm
Put yourself in the shoes of those who have come before us in our Winchester community and join Jonathan A. Noyalas for a caravan tour highlighting the African Americans’ Civil War in Winchester! This caravan tour, conducted by director of SU’s McCormick Civil War Institute Jonathan A. Noyalas, will visit a series of sites in Winchester which provide a compelling examination into the lives, experiences, tribulations, and the uncertain nature of “freedom” for Winchester’s African American population during the city’s and nation’s most tumultuous period—the American Civil War. Stops on the tour will include Camp Hill, Hawthorne, General Robert H. Milroy’s headquarters and Orrick Cemetery. Community members, students, faculty and staff who wish to participate will meet in front of the Brandt Student Center. The tour will leave the Brandt Student Center promptly at 1 p.m. and will return back to campus at 2:30 p.m. Those who wish to participate must sign up via the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Sign Up Form. For more information, contact Jonathan Noyalas, firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 15, 3:30-5:00 pm
Remember and reflect upon a long-hidden past, by joining the Mosaic Center for Diversity for the documentary film, AN OUTRAGE, about lynching in the American South. Filmed on-location at lynching sites in six states and bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants, community activists and scholars, this unusual historical documentary seeks to educate even as it serves as a hub for action to remember and reflect upon a long-hidden past. After the 30 minute documentary, filmmakers Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren will lead discussion and Q & A. Community members, students, faculty and staff will leave with a call to action and have the opportunity to engage in concrete civic engagement. AN OUTRAGE begins at 3:30 p.m. in Goodson Chapel / Recital Hall and is followed by a performance by Harambee Gospel Choir, refreshments and the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Service of Remembrance. Fore more information about AN OUTRAGE, visit the AN OUTRAGE website. For more information about this event, contact The Mosaic Center for Diversity email@example.com.
January 15, 5-5:30 pm
In Goodson Chapel / Recital Hall, enjoy the music of Harambee Gospel Choir, which aims to promote spiritual growth and encourage diversity through gospel music, from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Choir members strive to create an atmosphere of fellowship and fun through song. In this community, we all have the opportunity to interact with others from every walk of life, and while these differences can sometimes cause separation, Harambee Gospel Choir chooses to utilize this diversity as a point of unity. Refreshments will be provided by the Office of Academic Affairs in the lobby at this time. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or DeLyn Celec directly at email@example.com.
January 15, 5:30-6:30 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Service of Remembrance begins at 5:30 p.m. in Goodson Chapel / Recital Hall. 2018 marks the 50th year since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Spiritual Life will be celebrating his words during their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Service of Remembrance. Join Spiritual Life between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy during this special 50th anniversary chapel service. During this service, Spiritual Life will reflect on video clips of his speeches and sermons, perform a musical/spoken word interpretation of excerpts from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” sing songs Martin Luther King, Jr. himself sang in protest of racial injustice and present other artistic interpretations of his powerful message. Community members, students, faculty and staff are welcome. For more information, contact Spiritual Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 15, 6:30-7:30 pm
Interested in making a difference through providing balanced meals to those in need? By collecting surplus food from the on-campus dining facility and developing partnerships with local social service agencies, the student-led organization, SU Campus Kitchen, turns unused food into healthy meals for those in need. On Monday, Jan. 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Campus Kitchens will be hosting their weekly meal packaging in the Allen Dining Hall in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Week.Those who wish to participate must sign up via the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Sign Up Form. For more information, contact Gabrielle Casey at email@example.com or follow CKSU on Facebook.
January 16, 18, & 19, 9:00 am-12:00 pm & 1:00-4:00 pm
Volunteers are an important part of every department at the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in Winchester, and there are numerous opportunities to serve. Community members, students, faculty and staff are able to sign up for shifts which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, Thursday, Jan. 18 and Friday, Jan. 19 during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Week. Hands on activity with the animals, animal care, cleaning cages, sweeping, and interacting with the staff, is among the many activities that will take place during each shift. Participants are required to wear work pants and closed toe shoes. This volunteering opportunity will be held at their Winchester location (111 Featherbed Ln, Winchester, VA 22601). For more information, contact Gaitlin Ives at 540/662-8618 (ex. 409).
January 16, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Register to Vote is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Brandt Student Center. In order to change the world, you have to be involved in choosing its leaders. Make your voice heard by registering to vote! Stop by and register to vote, update your voting information or simply check to see if you are registered. In 2016, millions of Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. Updating your voter registration is the surest way to ensure a trouble-free experience at the polls. For more information, contact the Center for Public Service and Scholarship by stopping by Gregory Hall, Room 157 or by calling 540-665-4696.
January 17, 3:00-4:30 pm
As members of the Shenandoah and Winchester community, it is vital that community members, students, faculty and staff contribute to a culturally inclusive campus environment. Join the Mosaic Center for Diversity for a workshop about Navigating Intercultural Understanding on Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Brandt Student Center, Room 118. This workshop will introduce participants to intercultural concepts and tools. Upon completion, participants will be understand layers of culture, self reflect on their own perceptions and assumptions and leave with resources they can implement into their work. Space is limited to 15 participants per workshop. Please RSVP on the Navigating Intercultural Understanding Sign Up Form by Tuesday, Jan. 16. Contact Maggie McCampbell Lien firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A Joyous Daybreak: “Reflections On Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., And Emancipation’s Centennial”
January 17, 7:00-8:00 pm
Did you know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leaned on Lincoln’s legacy and the memory of the Emancipation Proclamation during the height of the Civil Rights Movement? Join Jonathan Noyalas at 7 p.m. in Hester Auditorium for a free lecture, open to community members, students, faculty and staff, to learn more about how and why. By the time Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August of 1963, the nation still struggled to realize the full promise of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. This presentation, delivered by noted Civil War era historian and director of the University’s McCormick Civil War Institute, will examine the various ways Dr. King leaned on Lincoln’s legacy and the ways in which the Emancipation’s memory sparked fierce debate during the Civil War’s centennial—the height of the Civil Rights’ movement. For more information, contact Jonathan Noyalas at email@example.com.
January 18, 6:00-8:00 pm
Does the meaning of monuments remain static over time or does their meaning evolve over time? What challenges do monuments present and how do we address those challenges in a meaningful way? Join the Mosaic Center for Diversity and the Director of the McCormick Civil War Institute, Jonathan Noyalas, for a Dinner Dialogue at 6 p.m. as Jonathan leads us in a discussion about confederate monuments, landmarks, and memorials. Sign up by Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner is provided free for students. For more information, contact the Mosaic Center at email@example.com.