Peace Walk seeks to unite campus, community

The multicultural coalition ALANA on Sunday, Sept. 19, will sponsor a Peace Walk for the first time, kicking off its 24th annual Student Leadership Conference.

Walkers will gather at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall in downtown Oswego and stride to the college’s academic quad after brief community/campus ceremonies.

Maggie Rivera, Natifa Adolphus and Quindell Williams discuss ALANA Week plans.The walk will commemorate the 1963 March on Washington and symbolize unity, not only among ALANA’s constituent groups, but also among all races and citizens of the campus and community, said co-organizer Quindell Williams, director of marketing for the Black Student Union.

“We want to unite the campus and promote a better relationship with the city of Oswego,” said Williams, a senior broadcasting major. The walk builds on this year’s conference theme, “One Love, One Life,” he said.

The Peace Walk will end with a mini-play coordinated by junior Natifa Adolphus, president of the Gospel Choir, as students act out the significance of the walk. An ecumenical service with the choir and Praise Dancers will follow at 2 p.m. in Room 114 of the Campus Center.

“This (walk) is to gain the momentum and keep the energy going all week,” said Williams, who worked closely on organizing it with senior Damaris Dunn, BSU’s director of programming; Cathy Santos, a city councilor who also is associate provost for multicultural opportunities and programs; and Maggie Rivera, student involvement coordinator at the Point.

Week of events

The ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) conference will present a host of educational, social, entertainment—and some tasty—events Sept. 19 to 25.

Keynote speaker Oveous Maximus, a rapid-fire spoken-word poet, will appear at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in the Hewitt Union ballroom. The event is free and the public is welcome, but the performance will require a ticket.

Rivera said that among 15 possible keynoters, Maximus drew strong support with the energy of his YouTube videos from the Apollo Theatre in New York. “His message is about what’s happening in our lives, taking our negatives and making them positives—and how to advocate for positive change,” she said.

“Sabor y Memoria” (“Flavor and Memory”), an Artswego performing arts series concert celebrating the romance and sentiment of food, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in Waterman Theatre of Tyler Hall. It will feature Sol y Canto, a nationally touring pan-Latin ensemble, and New York City-based Sweet Plantain.

This ticketed event includes a pre-concert dessert reception, with treats of five nations and a recipe booklet from at least 10 countries or ethnicities represented by ALANA. Beforehand, founders of Sol y Canto Rosi and Brian Amador will speak at the ALANA dinner.

A combination ticket for the dinner, dessert reception and concert costs $30 ($25 for seniors and SUNY Oswego faculty and staff; $13 for students). Tickets for the concert only are $15 ($12 for seniors and SUNY Oswego faculty and staff; $7 for students).

In other conference highlights, the popular ALANA Fashion Show—at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in Waterman Theatre—will include a tribute to Haiti, Chile and Indonesia this year. And a Sunday showing of the movie “The Great Debaters,” starring Denzel Washington, will set the stage for Oswego’s own second annual “Great Debaters” competition of the Oswego Debate Society at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in Room 114 of the Campus Center.

For a complete listing of ALANA events, visit

For tickets for Maximus’ talk as well as the concert and dinner, call 312-2141 or visit

ALANA plans—Maggie Rivera, left, student involvement coordinator, joins Natifa Adolphus, center, president of Gospel Choir, and Quindell Williams, marketing director for the Black Student Union, to talk about plans for the 24th annual ALANA Student Leadership Conference, Sept. 19 to 25.

(Posted: Sep 13, 2010)