University filled with activity this week

Week's events range from a leadership conference to concert choir | October 29, 2002

As October turns into November, the University is bustling with a wide range of events. Today, Tuesday, Oct. 29, the offices of residence life and multicultural affairs are hosting two informative and interactive diversity programs. The "Let's Talk About Race" events take place at 1:00 p.m. in the 10th floor conference room of Schott Hall and at 7:00 p.m. in Room 330 of the Gallagher Student Center. Christopher Smitherman, a local financial planner, and Rick Nash, a Pennsylvania high school coach, are facilitating the discussion, which offers an introspective look at individual race attitudes. The goal of the discussion is to break down social barriers while opening lines of communication. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the afternoon session. Students are invited to attend the evening session. Food is being served. For more information, e-mail or call 513 745-4217. On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the peace and justice program holds an international coffee hour at 3:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Day House. Several events take place on Friday, Nov. 1, including the Approach Retreat, which challenges students to view their lives from a new perspective and gain insight into their relationship with God and others. It takes place at the Milford Spiritual Center starting at 4:00 p.m. and continues through Sunday, Nov. 3, at 4:00 p.m. For more information, e-mail or call 513 745-3567. Also, the peace and justice program is taking students on an overnight rural plunge to Tell City, Ind., to focus on food and farming issues. The mini service learning program begins at 1:30 p.m. and continues through Saturday, Nov. 2, at 9:00 p.m. Included in the experience is an examination of the effect of genetically engineered seed on farmers, consumers and the environment. Also being discussed is the benefit of small farm agriculture to the environment, the consumer, rural towns and farmers. Along with guided reflections by both farmers and farm advocates, students also help out on the farm. For more information e-mail or call 513 745-3046. The health services administration's graduate chapter and the American College of Healthcare Executives are hosting the third annual Health Services Administration Leadership Conference on Friday as well. The event runs from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Cintas Center. This year's theme, "Building on Our Values, Fulfilling Our Promises," features Gail L. Warden, who is the president and CEO of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, one of the nation's leading vertically integrated health care systems. For more information, e-mail or call 513 745-3716. The concert choir performs its first concert under Thomas Merill at 8:00 p.m. on Friday in the Gallagher Student Center theater. The concert, "With A Poet's Eye," features works by Hindermith, the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, the poetry of Emily Dickenson as set to music by Belgian composer Raymond Schroyens, and many other works that demonstrate a connection between poetry and music. In addition, the vocal chamber ensemble presents "In Manus Tuas," which is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy. For more information, e-mail call 513 745-3801. Jesuits from across the nation will be in the Conaton Board Room in Schmidt Hall on Friday from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. for the Jesuit Philosophical Society meeting. The main topic of discussion is Fideism in Catholicism, with subsequent discussions to be led by various members. After the event, the Jesuit members proceed to the American Catholic Philosophical Society national meeting at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. For more information, e-mail or call 513 745-3668. And, finally, the University's athletic teams begin a full weekend of events on Friday, beginning with the volleyball team taking on Fordham at 7:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center. For a complete list of campus activities, visit the Xavier calendar web site.