|William W. Harmon, Ph.D.|
President of Houston Community College - Central
The American Confucius Foundation
request the honor of your presence
Dedication Ceremony of the Confucius Statue
Monday, November 15, 2010 at Eleven O’clock in the Morning
Houston Community College - Central
Midtown Campus - San Jacinto Auditorium Courtyard
1300 Holman/Houston, Texas 77004
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Central College Public Relations
HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE-CENTRAL TO RECEIVE THE FIRST CONFUCIUS STATUE IN THE UNITED STATES
Houston, TX (November 5. 2010) – Houston Community College Central and the American Confucius Foundation (ACF) will co-sponsor a grand inaugural ceremony for the bronze statue of Confucius.
Founded in 2005, the ACF has organized and participated in various Houston events with the goal to promote educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. To achieve this long term goal, they will donate a Confucius statue from the China Confucius Foundation. HCC Central has been selected as the only education institution to receive this honor in the U.S.
Houston is a fast-growing metropolitan area where many ethnic groups, including a large Chinese Community live. HCC Central was selected because the AFC considers it one of the best colleges in the nation. The high enrollment of international students and the unique cultures the students bring to the school and to the community represent the collaboration of HCC Central among its diverse population.
“This partnership will not only strengthen the connection between HCC Central and the Chinese Community, but it also benefits all of our international students by showing that we value all cultural and educational backgrounds,” said Central College President Dr. William W. Harmon.
President of the American Confucius Foundation Loren Shen added, “This will help establish a friendly relationship between HCC Central and Qufu city, the birth place of Confucius. It is our hope to promote cultural exchanges and visits between the two countries.”
The dedication will take place at the HCC Central Midtown Campus in the San Jacinto Auditorium Courtyard Monday, November 15, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will promote Confucius’ educational philosophy of “education for all,” as well as the friendship between the United States and China.
Representatives from the Chinese Confucius Foundation will travel to Houston to participate in welcoming the Confucius statue to its new home at HCC Central. The event will also be celebrated by city and state officials, community members and the HCC family.