Communication class organizes benefit concert for Invisible Children

Union College communication students are putting textbook tactics into practice by organizing a benefit concert for Invisible Children on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church (South 48th St. and Prescott Ave.)

Invisible Children is a nonprofit organization established in 2003 to help the homeless and orphaned children of Uganda. More than 20 years of civil conflict in the country has created a need for educational and economic opportunities among Ugandan youth that Invisible Children hopes to address.

Performing at the concert will be Christian singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson, whose nine albums include "Clear to Venus," "Love & Thunder," and "The Far Country."

The benefit concert is the culmination of months of planning for the nine students in Union College's Event Planning class that met last semester (fall 2007). Most of students in this applied-topic course are upper division communication majors.

"In most classes everything is hypothetical," said James Hilliard, senior from Cedar Rapids Iowa. "For this class we are dealing with real people, real money, and real circumstances. Because of that I have learned a lot."

All details of the events have been planned and coordinated by three student teams. The group developed a passion for helping Invisible Children after viewing a documentary film, produced by the organization about the current situation in Uganda.

"This is a great example of active learning—making a difference while we learn," said Michelle Velazquez Mesnard, associate professor of communication. "I'm so pleased that this learning experience can benefit an organization like Invisible Children."

Tickets can be purchased at the Union College Bookstore or through Tickets cost $10 in advance, $8 for groups of 10 or more, or $12 at the door.

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