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March 14, 2014

Wallace State to host St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Monday, March 17

CULLMAN — Wallace State Community College has some Irish fun planned for St. Patrick’s Day on Monday, March 17. The college is using the day as a Learning Community event, in conjunction with the Diversity Committee, to present a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, recognizing Irish American Heritage Month at the Culinary Arts/Banquet Hall building.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Learning Community students will be introduced to old Irish folklore, proverbs, songs, fairy tales, superstitions and the meaning behind Catholicism and the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration, exploring the impact of Irish immigrants on American culture. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in an Irish historical treasure hunt and Irish American Heritage Month trivia, answering items such as naming three famous Irish people or the colors of the Irish flag.

Wallace State’s Visual Arts Communication students are working on items to display at the event, featuring themes related to Irish culture.

“It’s not going to be all about leprechauns and lucky charms. We want to educate students and use the day as a learning tool,” said Wallace State’s Stacey Brunner, a member of the Diversity Committee. “We have a lot of learning activities planned, but we hope to make it very interactive and entertaining.”

Wallace State students can join a limerick contest and learn how to dance an Irish jig at the celebration. Additionally, a costume contest will take place at noon along with a booth set up for face painting and tattooing.

The Learning Communities’ activities will wrap up at 10:45 a.m., and Wallace State’s Culinary Arts program will then serve a St. Patrick’s-Day themed lunch, serving corned beef sandwiches with slaw and Swiss cheese, Irish redskin potato salad and Mint St. Patty’s Shakes. The lunch will be $6 and begin at 11 a.m.

Other snacks and refreshments will also be available like green Kool-Aid and green cookies.

A Wallace State Learning Community (LC) is a group of students (usually one 9:30 a.m. course) who participate in organized group-learning outside of the classroom. Students in a Learning Community, or LC, attend “community” events together. LC students share common experiences centered on their academics and community, achieve a deeper understanding of their course’s subject matter, build relationships with one another, and learn together. In a Learning Community, students connect with their Wallace State community, faculty, and peers by attending or virtually-attending campus and community events together, and processing their experiences as part of their class.

For more information about Wallace State, visit wallacestate.edu.

 

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