The ALANA Student Leadership Conference has begun once again this year. A time of the year which many upper classmen look forward to and incoming freshman and transfer students learn to love. Let’s all hold hands and sing Cumbaya under the ALANA Umbrella. There are many informational, educational, and social programs done during this week. Let’s review what has taken place and some of the events we can look forward to in the upcoming days.

This past Sunday on September 19th ALANA had its first ever Unity and Peace Walk. The walk began at 10:00 am and was designed to bring together students from diverse backgrounds in the Oswego community with the hope of building lasting relationships amongst ourselves and with Oswego residents. The Peace Walk was done in celebration of the March on Washington which was held on August 28th, 1963.

Monday September 20th : Faculty-Staff-Students- Alana Staff/ Presenters Reception. The presenters were Howard Gordon, the President’s Office & ALANA Staff. The event was from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Point and its purpose was to welcome new and returning students as well as wish everyone good luck on a successful academic year.

Tuesday September 21st: “Day of Expression” was hosted by Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the Caribbean Student Association from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Campus Center. Students, Faculty and Staff were welcomed to present any poetry, readings, music, and or dance they desired.

Thursday September 23rd: Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam presented by the Black Student Union and Muslim Student Association. Located in 133 Campus Center from 2:20 to 3:40 p.m.
B.S.U. will collaborate with M.S.A. in the efforts to enlighten and clarify the history of the Nation of Islam and the influence it had on Civil Rights leaders, in particular, Malcolm X. The presenters will address the beliefs of the Nation of Islam, its influence in civil rights, and the ways in which other Islamic groups are influenced by these beliefs.

Friday September 24th: “Celebrating the Roots of Latin Rhythms”
The Presenter is Pan-Latin Music Ensemble Sol y Canto, Rosi and Brian Amador. Time 12:40 to 1:35 p.m. and will be located in Waterman Theatre, Tyler Hall.
This workshop invites the audience to explore the roots of Latin American music by combining performance, engaging lecture, and ample audience participation. We’ll explore how indigenous, African, and European cultures influenced Latin American music. The members of Sol y Canto will also teach basic Latin dance rhythms including the Dominican merengue, the Caribbean salsa, and the Colombian Cumbia.

Workshop: African American Women & HIV/AIDS: “What’s the scoop?”
Presenter: Dr. Bonita Hampton, Department of Curriculum & Instruction. The time will be12:40 to 1:35 p.m. in room 133 Campus Center.
Dr. Bonita Hampton will address the HIV/ AIDS epidemic among African-American women.

“ALANA FASHION SHOW” will be hosted and presented by all ALANA Organizations and Sponsored by the Student Association Programming Board. This event will be from 7 to 11 p.m. in Waterman Theatre, Tyler Hall.
A celebration of cultural fashion. Students, faculty, staff and their families will model in traditional cultural fashion trends. A scene paying tribute to Haiti, Chile, and Indonesia will be incorporated. Come enjoy amazing performances and a great tribute to these wonderful countries. I assure you that you don’t want to miss this event!

Saturday, September 25th: Workshop: Pros and Cons of Globalization
Presenters: International Student Association 11 a.m. to noon in 133 Campus Center. This will be an informative presentation about the pros and cons of globalization and a discussion about potential solutions.

ALANA Dessert Reception (ticketed event)
Presenters: Monico Soto, Patricia Clark & ALANA Organizations in Waterman Lobby, Tyler Hall.
ALANA Concert Presenters: Sol y Canto & Sweet Plantain String Quartet. Located in Waterman Theatre, Tyler Hall
Ticket prices for Dinner-Dessert-Concert are as follows:
ALANA COMBO* (dinner, dessert reception & concert)
• Students: $13
• Seniors, Faculty, Staff: $25
• General Public: $30
• Students: $7
• Seniors, Faculty, Staff: $12
• General Public: $15
• Tickets are available at Campus Center Box Office, 315-312-3073
• Tickets are available at Tyler Box Office, 315-312-2141


Hello Everyone,

It has been a wonderful start to my senior year and I am very excited about everything thus far. Classes are going great, there are many extra-curricular activities to get involved in, and there is also a new addition to residential life which we call the Village. The classes which interest me the most this semester are Compensation Management and Employment Law. The information I have learned in these classes are very beneficial in and outside of the classroom. I am also looking into possible law schools and trying to decide what area of law I would be most interested in pursuing. Employment Law has been on my mind of late and only time will tell if that is the path I want to take.

As far as extra-curricular activities go there are many meetings and programs conducted throughout the week by ALANA organizations. In just the short time we have been back to school there has been several successful programs on topics ranging from The History Of Labor Day, The History of The Young Lord’s, and social events such as the Triple A Block Party, and the ALANA soccer tournament. The brothers of the Sigma Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and I also have some very informative and educational programs which we plan on having in the near future.

I am very excited to share my thoughts with you all, my reflections, information about campus events, and pretty much anything that crosses my mind. Hopefully this experience will be as great for you as it is for me. Feel free to say hello If you see me walking by in the campus center, in the residence hall, or If you happen to see me lifting my usual 950 pounds in the gym (yea right). Once again welcome to my domain, thank you for your time, and feel free to leave any comments.

ALANA Peace and Unity Walk!

EVENT: “Peace and Unity Walk”

DATE: Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, 9:30 a.m. gathering, 10:15 a.m. walk

PURPOSE: The African, Latino, Asian, and Native American coalition’s (ALANA) “Peace & Unity Walk” aims to build positive and lasting relationships (personal/professional) among college students (of multicultural backgrounds) at SUNY Oswego and the Oswego community.

TIME: We will gather Sunday, September 19, 2010 at approximately 9:15-10am.
Speakers will address the crowd from 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

The walk will start at 10:15 a.m. and will end at 11 a.m.

ROUTE: The walk will begin at Oswego’s City Hall (W. 1st St) and will end at SUNY Oswego’s Campus Quad. The walk will be the length of Route 104 West (Bridge St.), up the hill, either Rte. 104 or Washington Blvd., as designated by the city.

WHO: Will include the SUNY Oswego College campus (students, faculty, administrators, etc), Oswego community members and any others.

(Oswego, N.Y.) – People of all backgrounds and ages are invited to assemble in Oswego on September 19 for a peace and unity walk. The walk, put on by the SUNY Oswego African, Latino, Asian and Native American coalition (ALANA), is designed to foster lasting relationships across multicultural boundaries. The march will start at the Oswego City Hall on West First Street and will end at the SUNY Oswego academic quad. All are invited to come celebrate diversity in Oswego during this powerful walk for peace and unity. For more information contact the Black Student Union (BSU) at SUNY Oswego: bsu@oswego.edu.

Contact information: Quindell Williams at bsu@oswego.edu for information on the event. At event: 315-278-8951.