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March 27, 2009
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Talent show proceeds help SU CASA efforts

An upcoming talent show will benefit the children of Centro Infantil Cristiano Nicaragua (CICRIN) orphanage. The event was organized by SU International Club and will take place in Degenstein Theater on Saturday, March 28 at 3:30 p.m.

"All proceeds from the talent show, including donations, will be going to CICRIN, a children's orphanage in Nicaragua," freshman Martha Moncada, a member of SU International said.

CICRIN is the orphanage that students visit while partaking in the winter break service trip, Susquehanna University Central America Service Adventure (SU CASA).

Thuy Pham, junior and president of SU International said that she is looking forward to the event.

"We get to work with many other groups on campus to organize this event," Pham said, "We are very happy to bring different organizations together to show as many talents of Susquehanna students as possible.

"Although there are many talented students on campus, we have few chances to see them perform at the same time," Pham added.

According to Moncada, the talent show will include dance segments, songs and a fashion show.

Group performers at the talent show will include the SU Dance Team, SU Dance Corps, Belly Dance Circle and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Individual performers will include freshmen Geoff Lamb, Janey Carey and Kirsten Knopp, and professor of biology Jack Holt. Members of SU International will also perform two dances.

Work by students from the art department will be on display at the show.

Susquehanna students will also model traditional garments from different countries during a fashion segment of the show.

"I think all acts will be good, but the fashion show could be the special one, just because you don't get to see traditional costumes of different countries every day," Pham said.

Aside from organizing and involving a large group of performers, SU International's goal for this event was to raise money for charity.

"We want to raise enough money for the orphanage, because they are struggling with finances," Jan Michalko, a sophomore member of SU International, said about the event. "One hundred and fifty dollars can sponsor one kid for a whole month.

"Our whole club is about showing different cultures on campus, promoting diversity and raising student awareness of other cultures," Michalko said.

"We hope that this event will give the students an opportunity to see their fellow [peers] showing special skills and feel proud of the school they are attending," Pham said. "More importantly, all of the proceeds will be donated to CIRCIN Orphanage in Nicaragua. We believe that this good cause is an important reason for the students to come to this talent show."

Tickets for the talent show are $1 and will be on sale at the tables in the basement of Degenstein Campus Center. They can also be purchased at the door of the show.

SU International will celebrate World Heritage Day with an event on Saturday, April 18. More information about the event will be available after the talent show.

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