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Garrett Week celebrates diversity with events

Garrett Week gives minority students an opportunity to showcase their academic abilities, culture and talent, based on the foundations Romeo B. Garrett laid at Bradley University, the Black Student Alliance President Anthena Gore said.
Garrett Week started Monday and ends Saturday.
The week started in 1977 to honor the achievements of Garrett, the first black professor at Bradley. All events are free and open to all students.
Dr. Romeo B. Garrett Leadership Awards Program
Minority students who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher could attend the Garrett Leadership Awards program. The 2009 Garrett Leadership Awards Program was in the Michel Student Center Ballroom Monday.
Awards for leadership as well as academic achievement were given to students. Tobias Q. Brown, CEO of TaiQuin Enterprises and author of “It’s Easier Than You Think,” was the guest speaker at the awards.
Minority Networking Event
The Minority Networking event was hosted in Lydia’s Lounge on Wednesday.
“This was a meet and greet type thing to get students more comfortable,” Robert Cazy, assistant director of the Smith Career Center, said.
Various businesses mingled with students to reveal hidden jobs, what is involved with certain careers and what jobs are available. State Farm sponsored the event, and other businesses that also attended included Caterpillar.
Jane Linnenburger, executive director of the Smith Career Center, said the event was made to be informal to make students comfortable.
“It has helped the students develop poise,” Linnenburger said.
“Forty-five minutes after it [the event] has ended, there’s still conversations going on between employers and students.”
Guest Speaker Joan Wallace
Joan Wallace was the guest speaker in Lydia’s Lounge Thursday. She earned a bachelor of arts in social work at Bradley in 1958. Wallace was the first black student to live in the dorms at Bradley.
During the Jimmy Carter administration in 1977, Wallace was nominated to be the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture. She also worked as a diplomat during George Bush’s presidency.
Apollo Night: Nothin’ 2 Do Live
Chicago sketch comedians Lance Allen and Jason Ritchey will perform their show Nothin’ 2 Do and host Apollo Night tonight in the Michel Student Center Ballroom. The night is a contest for students to showcase their talents. Audience members pick the winner, who will win a grand prize of $200.
Tabula Rasa Fashion Show
Tabula Rasa is Latin for “blank slate.” The Tabula Rasa Fashion show   is at 8 p.m. Saturday. in the Michel Student Center Ballroom.
The show is one of the biggest productions hosted by BSA. Clothing stores featured include Express, Pink Sugar and The West Englewood Dynasty (TWED).
Last year, students and staff from the art department helped design outfits.
“We work for months on these events and we hardly see a mix of people in attendance,” Gore said. “We would like for any and everyone to come out just to watch the shows so we can continue to add to the quality and variety of programming on campus.”