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 Former U.S. Ambassador to UN Alan Keyes to Lead Keynote Workshop During 'Unity Week' 




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           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Ambassador Alan Keyes, the conservative author, fiery public speaker and two-timeRepublican presidential hopeful, will headline Slippery Rock University's first "Unity Week" opening Saturday [March 22].

          Keyes will be on campus to present a 7 p.m. March 27 "Leadership and Diversity Workshop" in Swope Music Hall. Area residents and students are invited to hear Keyes bring substance to the important and timely topics of understanding diversity and uniting campuses and communities. There is no charge.

          Unity Week is the first major activity by SRU's newly formed Student Union for Minority Affairs

          The week’s activities:(all events, except where noted are in the University Union):

     March 22: 7 p.m., “Mr. and Miss Unity Pageant”; 10 p.m., Unity Week Kick Off Party.

     March 23: 2 p.m., gospel workshop, featuring Rosita Mathews; 5 p.m., “Gospel Expressions” featuring the University Gospel Choir.

     March 24: 5:30 p.m., “Greek Life is More than Just Stepping”; 7 p.m., “Hip Hop Coffee Shop” discussion time and a “Traditional Item Auction”

     March 25: 11:30 a.m., Send Judah First hosts “Self Expressions”; 6 p.m., “Self-Defense” lecture.

     March 26: 7 p.m., Multi-cultural Fashion Show.

     March 27: 7 p.m., Ambassador Alan Keyes lecture, Swope Music Hall (reception 4 to 6 p.m., University Union.)

     March 28: noon, “Organization and Business Fair”; 7 p.m., “Sissy Show,” Sheehy Theater of Maltby Center;
8 p.m., student/faculty basketball game, Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center; and 9 p.m., “Rock the Arc,” Aebersold Center.

     March 29: 7 p.m., Open Mic Night.

          Keyes, ambassador to the United Nations Social and Economic Council during the Reagan administration, is a leader of the national conservative movement. He soughtthe Republican presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000 and was twice selected as the Republican nominee to the U.S. Senate from Maryland. From 1985 to 1987 served as assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations. He had been scheduled to speak at SRU last March.

          Author of "Masters of the Dream: The Strength and Betrayal of Black America" and "Our Future: Reclaiming America's Moral Destiny," Keyes has also participated in MSNBC’s "Alan Keyes is Making Sense" and hosted radio's nationally syndicated "The Alan Keyes Show: America's Wake Up Call." His doctorate in government affairs was awarded by Harvard University

          Individual events during the week are co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, Office of Minority Student Affairs and Cultural Diversity, the SRU Housing Office, the Association of Residence Hall Students, Student Government Association, the Union Program Board, Black Action Society, Latino Student Organization, Wellness House in Founders Hall, the Office of Admissions, the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center and the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Allies organization.

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