Multicultural Week Events at SAU


Multicultural Week Events at SAU Library

Please join us March 29th – April 5th as we celebrate Multicultural Week at St. Ambrose University. Throughout the week we’ll take a thorough look at life and customs in diverse areas of the globe through performances, games, and events. Here’s what you have to look forward to:

Throughout the Week

Art Exhibit March 29th – April 5th, SAU Library

This exhibit showcases the Cooks Point Neighborhood. Stop by the SAU Library to enjoy displays representing this historic point in SAU and Davenport’s History.

“Around the World in a Snapshot” – Photo Contest Join our faculty, staff and students as they take us around the world through their lenses. Photos will be on exhibit in the Library throughout the week. Winners will be announced by mid-April.

Dr. Gwin’s Irish Social Dance Class

All are welcome to Irish Social Dance lessons on Tuesday April 1st at 9:25 am – 10:15 am and Thursday April 3rd from 9:15 am -10:15 am.

Multicultural Displays

Stop by the lobby of any St. Ambrose residence hall to enjoy displays representing different multicultural and international showcases. Sponsored by Residence Life.

Saturday, March 29th


Freeman Pollard Scholarship Day

9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Rogalski Center Ballroom

Fall 2008 first – year and transfer undergraduate minority students are encouraged to learn more about this scholarship and the opportunities at St. Ambrose. Dr. Pollard was a St. Ambrose political science professor and civil rights activist. Sponsored by the Admissions Office

Sunday, March 30th

Bee Global Festival 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Rogalski Center This should be an afternoon of cultural diversity fun for families and people of all ages. This international celebration includes: Music and dance demonstrations, food from around the world, children’s activities and crafts, martial arts, and international displays and much more. Adults $2.00, SAU Students and Children under 12 are FREE! Open to the Public. Sponsored by BeeGlobal.

Multicultural Week Masses 6:30 pm, Christ the King Chapel All are welcome at this celebration of diversity and multiculturalism. The Mass will include performances and interpretation of hymns from different cultures. Sponsored by Campus Ministry.

Monday, March 31st

Cultural Wear Day All are welcome to wear anything multicultural on this day. Look around campus to see and identify different wear from many different international cultures

Brown Bag Presentation– “Not the Ugly American: How to happily live, work and adjust to life overseas.” 11:15 am -1:00 pm, Gottlieb Lounge Come join in the discussion as a group of U.S. Americans share their experiences with living and working in a foreign culture. The discussion will cover living overseas as a dependent youth, a student, and a working professional. Learn what helps and what hinders a person’s adjustment to life overseas. Sponsored by Student Activities.

Spanish Open House: “Semester in the Andes on the Road” – Emily Chesser 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Spanish House- 2138 Gaines Street  Join the residents of the Spanish House as they open their doors and share their experience of living in the first ever language house on campus.  Also, don’t miss out on Emily Chesser’s presentation about her Study Abroad experience in Ecuador while she takes us “On the Road” with the Semester in the Andes. Food and drink will be served. Sponsored by Student Activities.

 The Fashion Show 7:00 pm -9:00 pm, Rogalski Center Ballroom Come to a showcase of Fashion to celebrate Multicultural week. MACA presents, “The Fashion Show” featuring SAU students and faculty who will be modeling the trendiest modern fashions and fashions of Multicultural attire. Sponsored by Minority Affairs Community Action and Student Activities.

Tuesday, April 1st

Brown Bag Presentation -The Cultural Conundrum: “How an expatriate American overcomes cultural barriers and stereotypes while living and working in Madrid Spain” 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Gottlieb Lounge Heather Pederson is a Midwesterner at heart, graduated from Western Michigan University in 2001 and moved to the Quad Cities with her husband Ed, who works for John Deere. She also spearheaded a multinational project called Serve the City (Sirve a la Ciudad), which brought together organizations and individuals interested in Serving the needs of the poverty stricken in Madrid. Sponsored by the Career Center.

“A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer” 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Rogalski Center Ballroom These readings about Violence against Women around the world are intended for mature audiences and the proceeds of these events will be donated to local agencies that work to stop violence against women. These writings are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic and beautiful. But above all, together they create a true and profound portrait of this issue’s effect on every one of us. Sponsored by the Women Studies Honor Society.

Wednesday, April 2nd

Multicultural Week Lunch 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, Cosgrove Hall dining room Join us for an international feast of cuisines from around the world. Sponsored by Sodexho.

Brown Bag Presentation-“Living in the U.S. is easy, isn’t it?” 11:15 am – 1:00 pm, Gottlieb Lounge Look at the U.S. culture from the other side through the eyes of those who have come here from other countries. Students, faculty and professionals will share their experiences learning to live and cope with the U.S. norms and expectations. Sponsored by Student Activities.

Film Fest: “BILLY ELLIOT” 10:45 am – 12:45pm, Library Media Room Against the will of his father young Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) exchanges his boxing gloves for ballet slippers. When he gets the chance to audition for the Royal Ballet School he must decide whether or not he can defy his macho father’s (Gary Lewis) wishes. This historical drama takes place in England during the tumultuous miners’ strike of 1984. Sponsored by the SAU Library and Minority Affairs.

Stortytelling: Beverly Heintz 4:00 pm – 4:30pm, Library Atrium Davenport storyteller, Beverly Heintz, will perform a multicultural creation story about how the earth and man came to be. Sponsored by the SAU Library and Minority Affairs.

Wednesday Night Mass 9:15 pm, Christ the King Chapel Students will celebrate a multicultural mass, followed by Fun and Fellowship in Christ the King chapel. Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Student Government Association.

Thursday, April 3rd

Film Fest: “Mad Hot Ballroom” 12:00 pm-2:00 pm, Rogalski Center Ballroom; with an introduction by Sister Joan. There is a program in many New York City schools that requires students to take ten weeks of ballroom dancing. This inspiring documentary follows 11 year olds from three schools in the toughest and most culturally diverse neighborhoods in NYC. These kids must overcome awkwardness with the opposite sex, a lack of self-confidence and their tempting surroundings to create a new path for themselves. Sponsored by the SAU Library and Minority Affairs.

Incognito “One Man = Race, Diversity, Identity” 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Rogalski Center Ballroom A solo performance written and performed by Michael Fosberg, is a solo theatrical presentation about race, diversity, identity, family history, & finding a father. It answers the complicated and often perplexing questions about self discovery, in a life-altering journey. Sponsored by CAB and Student Activities.

Friday, April 4th

Multicultural Bagel Friday 7:30 am – 10:30 am, Gottlieb Lounge All are welcome to join in on a multicultural breakfast, with entrées from many cultures around the world. Sponsored by CARS and Student Activities.

Film Fest: “Shall We Dance”  10:45 am-12:45 pm, Library Media Room Set in modern day Japan, a middle-age businessman with a wife and teenage daughter is smitten by a dance instructor. To get close to the elusive woman, he signs up for a beginner’s dance class and becomes quite adept in the art of waltz. Meanwhile, his wife suspects he’s having an affair and puts a detective on his heels. English subtitles. Sponsored by the SAU Library and Minority Affairs.

Saturday, April 5th

Cheesecake Connection 5:30 pm, Front lawn of the St. Ambrose Library Join fellow students, faculty, staff, and community to enjoy free cheesecake on the lawn in front of the St. Ambrose Library as you learn about the possibilities of microcredit and its potential to empower skilled women. Free will donations will be accepted to benefit ECHOPPE, a non-profit microcredit organization, providing small loans, education, hope and support for women in Togo and Benin of West Africa to encourage independence through entrepreneurship initiatives. Sponsored by Residence Life.

All Multicultural Week Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Anyone who needs special accommodations to attend an event should contact Ryan Saddler in the Services for Students with Disabilities Office at 333-6275.


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