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This release prepared by the Office of Public Relations and Marketing.
Rebecca Eidson, Director, 646-1507,
Lisa Garrett, Public Relations Associate, 646-1506,

Tri-County Kicks Off Black History Month with Art Exhibit


(By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON ---Tri-County Technical College will recognize the achievements, contributions, and culture of African Americans, as well as celebrate diversity through relevant workshops and presentations during Black History Month.
The Offices of Student Life and Counseling Services (SLCS) and Access and Equity will host six events during the month of February.  Faculty, staff, students and the community are welcome to attend any or all of the events.
Among the presenters will be LaKishia Dinkins, an admissions counselor in the College’s Student Affairs Division.  She will be exhibiting some of her African-American artwork Tuesday, February 2, from 5 – 6:15 p.m. and again on Wednesday, February 3, from 12: 20 – 2:20 in the Café.     

She’s been painting for about 15 years and spends her off time creating artwork in various mediums.  “My artwork is about life. It embodies life stories, culture, landscapes, and stills.”  She has exhibited at Denny’s corporate office in Spartanburg and at the Kilgore-Lewis House in Greenville. “Happiness inspires me,” she said, adding that she works on her craft every day.  “My works are never finished,” she said.

Other events include:
February 8  -
ASurvival 101 Diversity Workshop” for students will be held from 12:20 – 2:20 p.m. in the IBDC.  Idella Glen, co-owner of Enduring Ties, will lead this fun, interactive workshop for students which gives tips on building relationships and understanding others from different cultural backgrounds. Each session provides insight on various aspects of culture (i.e. language and communication, dress and appearance, time management, etc.) to enhance students’ confidence for working and living successfully in a global society.
February 9 – A “Diversity Exchange Chat Session” will be held from 5 – 6 p.m. in the Faculty Staff Lounge.  The chat session is open to all students who want to come together to exchange positive ideas, participate in discussion and share information that enhances personal growth and success.  The topic will be communication. 
February 17 -- Clemson resident Bryant Smith will present “Toy Story” from 12:20 – 2:20 p.m. in the Auditorium.  He will focus on G.I. Joe, the first action figure ever created.  It was the first to accurately depict and document the African American soldiers’ participation in the United States military.  He will present his unique collection as he discusses history and pop culture.
February 24
– Students can test their knowledge of Black History Month.  Quizzes will be available in the SLCS office (112 Miller Hall) on that day only.  Prizes will be awarded.