Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tom Brenzovich Presents A Traditional Russyn Dinner at Northeastern State University


On April 14th, 2011 the Residence Hall Association (RHA) of Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah Oklahoma will be sponsoring a program, “A Traditional Rusyn Dinner.”  The program will include an introduction into who “The People From No Where” are.  Since it is the Lenten Season, part of the presentation will focus on the Carpatho-Rusyn Easter tradition, the blessing of the Easter basket. 
An Easter basket containing the traditional food items will be available not only for viewing, but also to eat.  Paska, hurdka, kolbasi, chrin and other food items will be available for attendees to eat and enjoy.
RHA is a group of residential students at NSU who plan and host a variety of programs and events for the students. 

As student leaders in the residence halls, they  provide students with a variety of educational, multicultural and social change events and activities throughout the year. Some of their programs include hosting the Unfolding Ceremony for World AIDS Day quilt, providing educational programs related to date rape and sexual assault, hosting a fundraiser dance for Help-in-Crisis (the local women's shelter), alcohol awareness programs, The Last Lecture Series, Martin Luther King Day of Service and Polar Bear Plunge. 

When the tragedy hit Japan, they created the Japanese Wishing Wall and sponsored a Benefit Concert for Japan.  They are a very service orientated group of students who believe that a college education includes more than sitting in a classroom and learning.  To them, it’s about helping their fellow students become responsible citizens in a global society. 

The Traditional Rusyn Dinner will help them accomplish their goals by first, teaching students about a rich culture that few people know or understand and secondly, it will engage and empower the students who attend to become teachers and advocates of the Rusyn culture.  RHA has chosen the Rusyn Culture as the culture they wish to promote to the NSU community.

Please spread the word.   
 Written by: Tom Brenzovich (brenzota@sbcglobal.net)

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