Gettysburg College dean honored by Dr. King Celebration Committee

Gettysburg College Associate Dean of Intercultural Advancement Sylvia Asante will be honored during Jan. 17's community celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Asante will receive the Celebration Committee's Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Dream Award, sponsored by the YWCA of Gettysburg & Adams County and the United Way of Adams County.

The 29th annual celebration will take place Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at Gettysburg Area High School on Old Harrisburg Road.

Asante's "work for equality and diversity makes our community a better place, a place where diversity is valued and whose efforts bring us closer to 'Living the Dream,'" the Celebration Committee said in a news release.

Asante has been the director of the Meals and More Program for the last three summers at the Prince of Peace Episcopal Church in Gettysburg. The program aids children who are hungry, homeless, abused or neglected. "Her very life is one of total giving," said the committee's news release. "She lives what she believes and she believes that all people are valuable and deserving of dignity and respect."

Asante was profiled in area media, including the Hanover Evening Sun.

The event will include performances by the B.O.M.B. Squad dancers of Gettysburg College, Biglerville High School Jazz Band, Gettysburg High School Choir, and Susquehanna Gospel Choir from Harrisburg. Pastor Victor Johnson, Brownsville Church of God, Fayetteville will speak. He is also a Senior Division Leader for Schindler Elevation Corporation in Gettysburg.

The event raises money for post-high-school scholarships for low-income youth and adults through the Adams County Career Aid Project.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With a student body of approximately 2,500, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Contact: Jim Hale, online content editor

Posted: Fri, 16 Jan 2009

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