As part of Black History Month, the AACRC kicks off its 12th annual Kuamka Week on Jan. 29. Kuamka is Swahili for “In the beginning.” The Kuamka Extravaganza is themed, “Unlocking the Vision Within.”
KUAMKA WEEK 2011
Miss Kuamka Candidates: Sophia Calloway, Tahlisha Daniels, Fevean Keflom, Divine Kizer & Diana Welch
Mr. Kuamka Candidates: Anthony Bolton, Chris Hamm, Keenen Maull, Nloh Masango-Dibo & Andrew Mukisa
Saturday, Jan. 29
6-9 p.m., Fun Factory Skating Rink – Kuamka Skating Party
The Kuamka Skating Party officially kicks off the week of exciting events. Admission is five dollars and includes skate rental. Sign up for transportation in the AACRC by Friday at noon.
Monday, Jan. 31
Meet Mr. & Ms. Kuamka
7 p.m., MainStreet Cinema, located in UC’s Tangeman University Center (TUC)
Come out to meet the UC student candidates who could be crowned Mr. and Ms. Kuamka. The candidates will answer questions on a myriad of topics from a panel of judges and will be critiqued on poise and the clarity of their responses.
Tuesday, Feb. 1
7 p.m., Great Hall, TUC – Kuamka Talent Show
The Kuamka Talent Show will showcase the Mr. and Ms. Kuamka candidates’ artistic abilities through song, dramatic interpretation, dance and more.
Wed, Feb. 2
2:00pm-Lincoln Crawford Nursing Home
Join us for the opportunity to visit with our elders in the Lincoln Crawford Nursing Home through games and fellowship. Transportation will depart from the AACRC at 1:30pm. Sign-up if you are interested.
Thursday, Feb. 3
Noon, AACRC: 400 Strong Initiative Kickoff Ceremony
The 400 Strong Initiative through the AACRC is a 30-day pledge to begin a process of personal excellence and community uplift. The goal is to heighten the cultural, political, spiritual and social consciousness of black students. Students take a pledge and are given a button to be worn throughout the month and academic year.
5 p.m., AACRC – Forum: The State of Education
The state of education is an issue that concerns the nation and the African-American community. The public forum will feature a panel of professionals in education. The event is free and open to the public.
Friday, Feb 4
Kuamka Pride Day
Come get a free Kuamka 2011 t-shirt on Thursday at the AACRC (first come, first serve). Please wear your shirt on Friday to show your pride.
Saturday, Feb. 5
7 p.m., Great Hall – Kuamka Extravaganza 2011: Red, Black, Green and Gold Ball
Kuamka Week ends with this celebration involving semi-formal or African-themed attire. The extravaganza will feature the Rites of Passage program for the AACRC Transitions students, a first-year experience program geared toward building student success and retention. The event will also feature the Kujifunza academic ceremony and the coronation and crowning of Mr. and Ms. Kuamka. Mr. and Ms. Kuamka will serve as the key ambassadors for the African American Cultural & Resource Center and will develop platforms for programming during their reign.
Free tickets available in the AACRC, come get yours today. Semi-formal or African Garb attire /Dinner will be served