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BCC Awareness Week Begins Today

The week's events will include videos, open houses, interest meetings and time to interact with the center's new director.

Although students are encouraged to visit the BCC at any time, officials hope this week's events will attract new students on campus and those who know little about the organization.

"Students tend to be a little hesitant to just stop by," said Lorie Clark, BCC information and communications specialist. "This week is a chance for them to just drop in, grab some food and hang out."

All the events will take place at the BCC's offices in the front of the Student Union.

Each day will include a showing of a BCC video that discusses the center and its activities during the last year and a half. The video also addresses some of the common misconceptions in the University community about the center and highlights the BCC's collaboration with faculty and students.

The awareness week also will give students the opportunity to formally meet Joseph Jordan, the new BCC director.

Jordan took the helm Aug. 13, leaving his job at Atlanta's Auburn Avenue Research Library to replace interim director Harry Amana.

Although the BCC begins its open house with the video at noon today, the week officially kicks off at 2 p.m. with an interest meeting for the Cross-Cultural Communications Institute, a BCC project. "Everything we do is intended to cross whatever boundaries exist," Jordan said. "This group gives us a chance to explore why these boundaries exist. Communication gives us access to the boundaries to expel and eliminate them."

Tuesday's events include interest meetings for the Hekima Reading List and Sauti Mpya, an annual literary magazine.

The Hekima Reading List is an informal book club that meets to read and discuss a list of books determined by members in early fall. Sauti Mpya is produced by the BCC to offer students opportunities in working on magazine production.

Tuesday's events will culminate with a black graduate student open house at 4 p.m.

Food for Tuesday's events will be donated by Durham's The Know Bookstore, which is the first black bookstore in North Carolina.

James Jackson of The Know Bookstore said the store's staff feels it is important to be involved in this week's activities because the store has a good relationship with the BCC.

An interest meeting for the Communiversity Youth Programs will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Union 205. A second interest meeting for the programs, which aim to link college students with community youth, will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at the same location.

Jordan called this program a "legacy of Dr. Stone and her sense and sensibilities of social responsibilities."

"This is a chance for students to get involved in community work, especially to work with children and young people," Jordan said.

On Wednesday, Salute to Higher Education -- a radio program on Raleigh's K97.5 -- will be broadcasting from the BCC starting at 1:30 p.m. The week's events culminate at 1 p.m. Friday with a pizza party for freshmen.

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