2013march4journaldraft1.qxp:03-24-08 CAL U JOURNAL.qxd 2/25/13 2:52 PM Page 1 California University Volume 15, Number 6 mArCH 4, 2013 Read the JouRnal online: www.calu.edu/news/the-journal Poet Brings ‘New Voice’ from Ghana C Newsboys will perform at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Convocation Center. Newsboys Concert Tickets On Sale Now T ickets are on sale now for a concert by the Christian pop-rock band Newsboys, performing at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Convocation Center. Grammy Award nominees and five-time winners of the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award, Newsboys have five gold albums to their credit and 28 No. 1 radio hits. Their 2010 album, Born Again, reached No. 4 on the overall Billboard chart. In addition to Newsboys’ top hits, the playlist for the concert at Cal U will include songs from the band’s current album of rock-driven worship anthems, God’s Not Dead, including “Your Love Never Fails,” which has been No. 1 for six weeks in a row at Hot AC radio. Appearing with Newsboys is the Nashville-based singer/songwriter Britt Nicole, a Grammy Award nominee for her 2012 album, Gold. The artist says her danceable, pop-inspired songs “send a potent yet joyful message of self-worth” to her growing cadre of fans. Opening acts are All Things New and the duo Campbell. “We’ve had country and bluegrass performers at Cal U, along with urban comedians and even a magician,” said Mike Silva, general manager of the Convocation Center. “Christian rock is a popular genre, and one that we expect to do well in this region.” General admission tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the show. For $77, guests can enjoy a special Newsboys’ VIP Experience with priority check-in, an exclusive autograph session, a Q&A event with the band and limited edition merchandise. The tour is sponsored by Compassion International, a charity devoted to lifting children out of poverty. Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, or at the Convocation Center Box Office, open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parking will be available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance. For more information, including music videos and links to ticket information, visit www.calu.edu. elebrating the oral tradition of Africa’s singer-poets, internationally acclaimed poet and educator Kofi Anyidoho will read from his work at 7 p.m. March 14 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre. Anyidoho, of Ghana, is a UNESCO resource poet for cultural and linguistic diversity in education. A sought-after international speaker, he is renowned for powerful live performances that address contemporary culture while honoring the spoken-word tradition of his family’s Ewe ethnic group. “He is the new voice of Africa,” said Dr. Mohamed Yamba, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Kofi Anyidoho is the first African poet, author and educator to visit Cal U as part of the College of Liberal Arts’ globalization effort.” Before his evening performance, the poet will engage in a full day of educational activities, including class sessions with English majors. Anyidoho has published six collections of poetry and a bilingual children’s play in English and the Ewe language. His Ewe-language recordings include GhanaNya, a dialogue between Anyidoho and the voice of his late mother, who also was an Ewe poet and cantor. He has received numerous awards for his poetry, including the Langston Hughes Prize, the BBC Arts and Africa Poetry Award, the Valco Fund Literary Award and the Fania Kruger Fellowship for Poetry of Social Vision. Among his collections are Elegy for the Revolution, Ancestral Logic and Caribbean Blues, Praise Song for the Land and The Place We Call Home and Other Poems. Some of his books will be available at the reading. Poet and educator Kofi Anyidoho Educated in Ghana and the United States, Anyidoho earned a Ph.D. at the University of Texas. Today he is a literature professor at the University of Ghana at Legon, in the capital city of Accra, and the first occupant of the university’s Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies. At the University of Ghana, Anyidoho also has served as head of the English Department, interim director of the School of Performing Arts and director of the African Institute on Humanities of the CODESRIA, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. Anyidoho’s appearance at Cal U is sponsored by the President’s Office; the Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs; the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Education and Human Services, and the Eberly College of Science and Technology; the School of Graduate Studies and Research; and the English Department. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. Athletes’ Total GPA Sets School Record C al U’s varsity athletes have scored another stellar academic semester. For the 13th consecutive semester, the varsity athletic programs compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or higher. In fact, 31 student-athletes boasted a perfect 4.0 GPA last fall. Overall, the Vulcans posted a cumulative GPA of 3.187, making last semester’s overall average the highest in school history. “Our student-athletes continue to shine in the classroom,” said Dr. Karen Hjerpe, Cal U’s interim athletic director. “Attaining the highest cumulative GPA in our history shows the commitment of the students to their academic programs — and the hard work of our academic support staff, coaches and faculty is integral to their success.” A total of 209 student-athletes, representing all fall, winter and spring sports, were named to the Fall 2012 edition of the Cal — Continued on page 3 Kayla Fransko, an allconference senior defender on the women’s soccer team, is one of 31 Cal U studentathletes who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA last fall.