Month: February 2014

Black History Year

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson announced that the second week of February would be “Negro History Week”; this week encompassed the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

In 1976, the President of the United States announced that Black History Week would turn into Black History Month by saying that Americans should “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

I challenge the community to turn Black History Month into Black History Year. We should not let a day go by without appreciating the accomplishments of black Americans in United States history. We should not let a day go by without appreciating the accomplishments of all minorities in United States history. This amazing country was not built solely by one major ethnic group, but by women, and people of all ethnicities, and we are doing ourselves a disservice if we do not recognize the hard work of all of our ancestors.

In the following video is a Spoken Word performance. Modern day spoken word was born out of the Civil Rights Movement and is a form of expression. I hope you enjoy!

Pittsburgh Bound!

Storrs, CT – The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life staff and 20 student leaders will be traveling to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (February 27-March 2) for the annual Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) Annual Conference.

NGLA’s annual conference is an event that features more than 900 guests from our region.  Students, campus based professionals, national fraternity and sorority professionals and volunteers, as well as vendors and speakers attend this event full of educational opportunities.  In addition to keynote speakers, showcase speakers, and a variety of educational program blocks that attendees select to attend, there is a store featuring Greek merchandise, an opportunity to sit with brothers and sisters from the region at the affiliation luncheon, and a Friday evening opportunity to attend dinner with our own delegation before returning to the hotel for NGLA planned entertainment.  The weekend culminates in the closing banquet on Saturday evening during which the NGLA Awards are presented.

This is the first time in a  few years that NGLA has not been in Hartford and we look forward to a 10 hour bus ride with some of our fraternal friends at Quinnipiac University. There will be lots of lessons learned and memories made.

Stencil Art

Over the years, I have become very fascinated with various types of art. Music, street art, and spray paint are just a few of my interests. During my senior year in high school, I began experimenting with stencil art as a hobby. As time has passed, I have developed myself as a hobbyist and artist. What began as a razor blaze cutting through cardboard has turned into a pass-time that I use to express my interests and give gifts to friends and family. Below are a few images of pieces that I have made since I first began. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the process at juan.gonzalez@uconn.edu!

10 layers of stencils
10 layers for an OBEY Peace Sign

Obey Peace Sign
Obey Peace Sign
Orchid for my Mom on Mother's Day
Orchid for my Mom on Mother’s Day
MF Doom Piece for a Brother
MF Doom Piece for a Brother
UConn, Huskies!
New Jonathan Piece