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‘Dream Week’ Urges Discovery of Common Ground Within Diversity


“Dream Week,” Penn College’s annual celebration of the life and values of Martin Luther King Jr., this month provided an opportunity for students and employees to consider their role in a broader community. Nontombi Naomi Tutu, the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, was the keynote speaker for the observance, which also included a downtown Peace Walk, hunger-related service projects and professional development for faculty.

–  Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer,
and Dana R. Suter, coordinator of part-time student employment and career programs

Keynoter Nontombi Naomi Tutu challenges the crowd to share in a common humanity even while acknowledging one another's differences.
Keynoter Nontombi Naomi Tutu challenges the crowd to share in a common humanity even while acknowledging one another’s differences.

Anthony J. Pace (with coffee cup), assistant director of student activities for student organizations and orientation, joins other members of the Penn College community for the Peace Walk.
Anthony J. Pace (with coffee cup), assistant director of student activities for student organizations and orientation, joins other members of the Penn College community for the Peace Walk.

A Penn College Police cruiser helps escort walkers near West Fourth and William streets.
A Penn College Police cruiser helps escort walkers near West Fourth and William streets.

Newly elected Lock Haven City Councilwoman Sara Stringfellow walks with members of Penn College’s Phi Mu Delta fraternity.
Newly elected Lock Haven City Councilwoman Sara Stringfellow walks with members of Penn College’s Phi Mu Delta fraternity.

Walkers file into the Bush Campus Center before fanning out to area nonprofits for service projects.
Walkers file into the Bush Campus Center before fanning out to area nonprofits for service projects.

Commemmorative T-shirts await civic-minded participants.
Commemmorative T-shirts await civic-minded participants.

Paul L. Starkey, Penn College's vice president for academic affairs/provost, reflects upon the positive power of collective cooperation.
Paul L. Starkey, Penn College’s vice president for academic affairs/provost, reflects upon the positive power of collective cooperation.

Signup sheets and maps point volunteers in the direction of their afternoon destinations.
Signup sheets and maps point volunteers in the direction of their afternoon destinations.

In a "thank you" to the day's volunteers, Daryl Kern, program manager of STEP AmeriCorps, characterizes them as the "face of service."
In a “thank you” to the day’s volunteers, Daryl Kern, program manager of STEP AmeriCorps, characterizes them as the “face of service.”

Community service assignments in hand, the Phi Mu Delta brotherhood stands ready to contribute.
Community service assignments in hand, the Phi Mu Delta brotherhood stands ready to contribute.

The group hears from Vanessa Hunter, president of the Beloved Community Council ...
The group hears from Vanessa Hunter, president of the Beloved Community Council …

Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, is joined by Elliott Strickland (left), chief student affairs officer, and Matt P. Branca, director of The College Store.
Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, is joined by Elliott Strickland (left), chief student affairs officer, and Matt P. Branca, director of The College Store.

Tutu signs a copy of her book, "The Words of Desmond Tutu," for Counseling Services' Mary Lee L. Kelly.
Tutu signs a copy of her book, “The Words of Desmond Tutu,” for Counseling Services’ Mary Lee L. Kelly.

Preserving the moment
Preserving the moment

Answering questions from the audience
Answering questions from the audience

On the Wednesday afternoon preceding her speech ...
On the Wednesday afternoon preceding her speech …

... Tutu empowers educators to apply King's legacy in their classrooms and labs.
… Tutu empowers educators to apply King’s legacy in their classrooms and labs.

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