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Office of Residence Life sponsors Dream Week Jan. 23-28

January 18, 2011

Kelly Homan Rodoski
(315) 443-3784

Syracuse University’s Office of Residence Life and Division of Student Affairs will sponsor Dream Week 2011, “Dare to Remember Everything About the Man,” from Jan. 23-28 on the SU campus.

All of the Dream Week events are free and are open to the SU and greater Syracuse communities. For more information on these events, contact Michelle Singletary at 443-3637 or

Dream Week events include:

Sunday, Jan. 23—26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. This annual event will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome and feature keynote speaker Kirt Wilson, associate professor of communication arts and sciences at the Pennsylvania State University and an African American scholar; the presentation of the 2011 Unsung Heroes Awards; and entertainment. A dinner will precede the program at 5:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased by calling Hendricks Chapel at (315) 553-5044.

Monday, Jan. 24—Field of Dreams. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to write their dreams on flags that will then be “planted” in the green space between the Schine Student Center and Newhouse 1. The flags will be planted on Monday, Jan. 24, and will remain visible for the entire week. Tabling, where flags will be available for individuals to write down their dreams, will take place in the Schine Student Center and the Goldstein Student Center on South Campus during the week of Jan. 18.

Tuesday, Jan. 25—Capturing the Dream: Art Display and Book Signing Reception. This art display, held in the Schine Student Center’s Panasci Lounge from 5-6:30 p.m., will feature the work of students from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Edward Smith elementary schools in Syracuse. The artists’ pieces will relate to the life, legacy and dream of Dr. King. London Ladd, illustrator of the children’s book, “March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World” (Scholastic Press. 2008) by Christine King-Ferris, and “Oprah: The Littlest Speaker” (Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, 2010) by Carole Boston Weatherford, will be signing copies of both books. The first 25 students to arrive will receive a free copy of one of Ladd’s illustrated books. A reception will follow.

gilliamWednesday, Jan. 26—Keynote address by Dorothy Butler Gilliam (left). Gilliam, a highly respected columnist for The Washington Post during the 1960s and from 1972 until her retirement in 2003, will speak in Maxwell Auditorium at 7 p.m. Gilliam was the only black woman journalist covering the Civil Rights movement during the 1960s. She was the president of the 2,400 member National Association of Black Journalists and has served as chair of the Institute for Journalism Education, a national organization that promotes opportunities for minority students in journalism.

Thursday, Jan. 27—Poetry Night. Come listen or share your poetry with the Syracuse community at this event, which will begin in Watson Theatre at 7 p.m. Performances by Verbal Blend, from the Office of Multicultural Affairs, also be a part of this evening.

Friday, Jan. 28—MLK Campus Day of Service. Dr. King said, “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” Come to the Schine Student Center, Rooms 304A, B and C between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to make cards for the elderly, coloring books for local children and much more with other campus and community members (including local schoolchildren). This event is co-sponsored by the Civic Engagement and Diversity Committees of the Office of Residence Life.

Performance Showcase and Greek Scroll Competition—This showcase, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the Sky Barn on South Campus, will display the talents of various SU clubs/organizations and is a cultural exchange that gives performers the opportunity to express the dream. Tickets will be on sale at the Schine Box Office, 443-4517, beginning Monday, Jan. 24.

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