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Out & About: St. Vincent celebrates Chinese New Year

Dawn Law
| Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
(from right), Meghan Zwickle, of Pittsburgh, and Nataly Smyntek, of Latrobe, paint Peking Opera Masks during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
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(from right), Meghan Zwickle, of Pittsburgh, and Nataly Smyntek, of Latrobe, paint Peking Opera Masks during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
Saint Vincent College students,(from left), Paige Dawson, of Waynesboro, Kyle Upchur, of Dover, DE, and Jessica Gibbs, of Uniontown, enjoy Chinese food during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
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Saint Vincent College students,(from left), Paige Dawson, of Waynesboro, Kyle Upchur, of Dover, DE, and Jessica Gibbs, of Uniontown, enjoy Chinese food during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
Hu Bingtao, (center), teaches the game of 'Jianzi', to Collin Dingman, (L), and Parker Sterlitz, (R),  during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
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Hu Bingtao, (center), teaches the game of 'Jianzi', to Collin Dingman, (L), and Parker Sterlitz, (R), during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
(from left), Leon Zhao shows Gebreyesus Eyosias, 11,and Biruk Eyosias, 9, both of Latrobe, how to use chop sticks during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
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(from left), Leon Zhao shows Gebreyesus Eyosias, 11,and Biruk Eyosias, 9, both of Latrobe, how to use chop sticks during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
Tina Johnson, Associate Professor of History, Saint Vincent College, Doreen Blandino, Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Saint Vincent College, Angela Ying Xiao, Chinese Director, Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, and Fay Xiaoyan Yang, Hanban Master Teacher at Saint Vincent College, gather for a photo at the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Tina Johnson, Associate Professor of History, Saint Vincent College, Doreen Blandino, Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Saint Vincent College, Angela Ying Xiao, Chinese Director, Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, and Fay Xiaoyan Yang, Hanban Master Teacher at Saint Vincent College, gather for a photo at the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
(from left), Aleah Kloc, 6, of North Apollo, and her mother, Janeth Kloc, enjoy Chinese food during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Aleah Kloc, 6, of North Apollo, and her mother, Janeth Kloc, enjoy Chinese food during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
Joey Haugh, 6, of Ford City, works on Chinese paper cutting, during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
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Joey Haugh, 6, of Ford City, works on Chinese paper cutting, during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
Saint Vincent College students, (from left), Ryan Farrell, Kristopher Kell, Alexandra Astle and Cristy Marsh, perform 'Song and Tongue Twister: Chinese', during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Saint Vincent College students, (from left), Ryan Farrell, Kristopher Kell, Alexandra Astle and Cristy Marsh, perform 'Song and Tongue Twister: Chinese', during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
Saint Vincent College students, (from left), Adam Galaski, Lionel Whitcombe and Jessica Ray-Marino, perform 'Mannequin Challenge', during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Saint Vincent College students, (from left), Adam Galaski, Lionel Whitcombe and Jessica Ray-Marino, perform 'Mannequin Challenge', during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
Valley School of Ligonier teacher, Qing Ding, leads students in a performance during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Valley School of Ligonier teacher, Qing Ding, leads students in a performance during the annual Chinese New Year celebration for Year of the Rooster, held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017.

The Year of the Rooster was celebrated Jan. 26 at St. Vincent College in Unity with performances, ping pong and Peking opera mask-making.

“Chinese New Year is a great way to showcase our students' achievements and our teachers' dedication,” said Tina Phillips Johnson, director of Chinese studies at St. Vincent. She organized the event with Doreen Blandino, chairwoman of the modern and classical languages department; Ying Xiao, director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh; and Xiaoyan Yang, a master teacher with the institute.

Students from Valley School of Ligonier, Cardinal Maida Academy in Vandergrift, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and St. Vincent danced and sang and celebrated Chinese culture in the auditorium of the Robert S. Carey Student Center.

A reception followed in the student lounge, where St. Vincent students Adam Galaski, John Rogan, Mycal Pedder, John Wohlin and Kristopher Kell assisted with the buffet of sesame chicken, egg rolls and vegetable lo mein. Kell, a sociology major, is learning the Chinese language because he believes it will be beneficial in a career in business or government.

Joey George, a student at Kiski Area Intermediate School, watched a tea-pouring ceremony and said he enjoys learning the Chinese language from his teacher, Pei Jung Chou.

St. Vincent President Brother Norman Hipps mingled with guests, Spanish professor Juan-Carlos Rivas played ping pong and Clare Gates, an English teacher at St. Joseph High School in Natrona Heights, supervised opera mask-making.

Joey Haugh, 6, with his mom, Kim Haugh, of Ford City, and Collin Dingman, 7, with his mom, Amanda Crissman, of Apollo, learned paper-cutting skills.

Sponsors were the James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center and the University of Pittsburgh Confucius Classroom at St. Vincent.

— Dawn Law

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