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Wednesday Memo
April 15, 2015


• “Chinese Immigration to the South in the Late 19th/Early 20th Century” will be the topic of discussion at a presentation to be held Thursday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the Merchants and Planters Bank Auditorium in Comer Hall. Dian Dong, a graduate of The Juilliard School, and H. T. Chen, director of the Chen Dance Center, will present this lecture focusing on the role played by Chinese immigrants in the building of America; specifically the American South. Dong and Chen read extensively and conducted oral histories with those settled in the Southern states prior to WWII, and will share their findings and methods in the lecture session, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session. For more information, contact Deborah Lowry at or at 9-665-6182. This event is open to the public.

• A master dance class by H. T. Chen and Dancers from the Chen Dance Center will take place on the UM campus Thursday, April 16, from 11 a.m.-noon in Palmer Hall Auditorium. H. T. Chen’s master classwork emphasizes a bold and weighty dance aesthetic drawing on both traditional Chinese movements and American modern dance. Participating students will also explore the planar organization of traditional movements, which are the foundation of all folk and classical forms of Chinese dance. The class will include use of traditional stage props, such as the graceful Chinese dance ribbons, as well as the long poles used in Chinese opera. Instruction is free, but space is limited. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Deborah Lowry at or at 9-665-6182. This event is open to the public.

• UM’s 2014-2015 Retiree Reception will take place Thursday, April 16, at 2 p.m. in the Reynolds Hall Foyer. Retirees are Ruth Bishop, Cynthia Carlisle, Glenda Conway, Pat Ebrahimi, James Echols, Barry Ewing, Lynn Frazier, Marsha Littleton, Carolyn Miller-Kirby, Maria Parker and Sue Pickett. Please join us in honoring them and their service to the University.

• A used book sale is underway at Carmichael Library. Book prices are $1 per hardback and 50 cents per paperback. Cash and checks will be accepted. The sale area is located on the first floor of the library in the area behind the reference desk. The sale will run through Friday, April 24.

• Plots are now available in the UM Organic Community Garden. Each plot is 10' x 10' with walking space around all sides. Organic fertilizer has already been added to each plot. Plots are available for six months of growing, from April-October, at a cost of $10 per plot or $5 and 5 volunteer hours. For those who wish to donate the food they grow, it will be accepted by Shelby Emergency Assistance (SEA). Since June 2011, the UM Organic Community Garden, UM Environmental Club, ES 300 Summer Harvest class* and community volunteers have donated more than 4,000 pounds of vegetables grown in the Garden’s donation plot to SEA. For more information or to rent a plot, contact Jill Wicknick at * ES 300 Summer Harvest will be taught during Summer II and is open to all students.

• The Montevallo branch of AAUW will host a reception and awards ceremony for recipients of the AAUW Senior Awards and other AAUW awards and scholarships Thursday, April 23, at 6 p.m. in the Reynolds Hall Foyer.


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