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Out & About: Chinese New Year party at St. Vincent College

Shirley McMarlin
| Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
(from left), Yiyan Hong, and his wife Eugina, of Johnstown, enjoy a cup of Chinese tea at the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
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(from left), Yiyan Hong, and his wife Eugina, of Johnstown, enjoy a cup of Chinese tea at the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Yali Chen, a Chinese teacher of Cardinal Maida Academy, plays the Cucurbit Flute, at the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Yali Chen, a Chinese teacher of Cardinal Maida Academy, plays the Cucurbit Flute, at the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Piper Anke, 9, a fourth-grade student at Valley School of Ligonier, performs with her classmates, at the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Piper Anke, 9, a fourth-grade student at Valley School of Ligonier, performs with her classmates, at the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Event chairs, Doreen Blandino, (L), Chair, Department for Modern and Classical Languages, St. Vincent College, and Tina Phillips Johnson, (R), Associate Professor of History and Director of Chinese Studies, St. Vincent College, joins, Ying Xiao, Chinese Director, University of Pittsburgh Confucius Institute and visiting Professor of Chinese at St. Vincent College, for a Chinese Tea Ceremony, during the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
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Event chairs, Doreen Blandino, (L), Chair, Department for Modern and Classical Languages, St. Vincent College, and Tina Phillips Johnson, (R), Associate Professor of History and Director of Chinese Studies, St. Vincent College, joins, Ying Xiao, Chinese Director, University of Pittsburgh Confucius Institute and visiting Professor of Chinese at St. Vincent College, for a Chinese Tea Ceremony, during the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Confucius Institute Chinese teachers, sing 'Blossom of Hanyu Flower', at the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
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Confucius Institute Chinese teachers, sing 'Blossom of Hanyu Flower', at the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Robin Penatzer, of Ebensburg, shows her name she wrote in Chinese Calligraphy, during the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
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Robin Penatzer, of Ebensburg, shows her name she wrote in Chinese Calligraphy, during the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Sasha Hainan, (L), 12, of Derry, colors a Peking Opera Mask, during the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Sasha Hainan, (L), 12, of Derry, colors a Peking Opera Mask, during the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Fourth grade students from Valley School of Ligonier, (from right), Lucas Orsatti, Ayden Kokoszka and Cole Brunton, perform TAI-CHI Kong Fu Fans Song 'Five Chinese Zodiacs, at the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Fourth grade students from Valley School of Ligonier, (from right), Lucas Orsatti, Ayden Kokoszka and Cole Brunton, perform TAI-CHI Kong Fu Fans Song 'Five Chinese Zodiacs, at the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Weiyi Tu, a tenth-grade student at Latrobe Senior High School, performs Tai-Chi, at the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Weiyi Tu, a tenth-grade student at Latrobe Senior High School, performs Tai-Chi, at the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
St. Vincent College students, (from left), Kiana Carr, of Baltimore, MD, and Danielle Hathaway, of Middletown, NJ, master the use of chop sticks, during the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
St. Vincent College students, (from left), Kiana Carr, of Baltimore, MD, and Danielle Hathaway, of Middletown, NJ, master the use of chop sticks, during the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Mengyi Yu, (L), of Johnstown, teaches the art of Chinese Paper-cutting, to Caleb George, 9, of Leechburg, during the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Mengyi Yu, (L), of Johnstown, teaches the art of Chinese Paper-cutting, to Caleb George, 9, of Leechburg, during the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Guests make Peking Opera Masks and learn Chinese Calligraphy, during the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Guests make Peking Opera Masks and learn Chinese Calligraphy, during the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Gavin Ma, of Ebensburg, enjoys a variety of Chinese food at the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Gavin Ma, of Ebensburg, enjoys a variety of Chinese food at the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Fourth grade students from Valley School of Ligonier, (from right), Lucas Orsatti, Ayden Kokoszka and Cole Brunton, perform TAI-CHI Kong Fu Fans Song 'Five Chinese Zodiacs, at the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Fourth grade students from Valley School of Ligonier, (from right), Lucas Orsatti, Ayden Kokoszka and Cole Brunton, perform TAI-CHI Kong Fu Fans Song 'Five Chinese Zodiacs, at the Chinese New Year celebration, hosted by St. Vincent College James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, held in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.

The year of the monkey scampered in with a Feb. 4 Chinese New Year party in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity.

Sponsored by the college's James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, the celebration included performances of Chinese music, dance and poetry, followed by a buffet meal and cultural activities and demonstrations.

Entertainment program hosts were students Rudy Tatar of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Katherine Torisky of St. Vincent, who introduced each act in Chinese and English.

Among program highlights were three fourth-grade boys from Valley School of Ligonier channeling Bruce Lee in the “Kong Fu Fans Song,” a graceful tai chi routine by Greater Latrobe sophomore Weiyi Tu, and a romantic duet by Pitt-Greensburg students Jared Coleman and Holly Lin portraying Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, the Chinese Romeo and Juliet.

The audience responded enthusiastically to “Blossom of Hanyu Flower,” an upbeat anthem sung by six teachers from the University of Pittsburgh's Confucius Institute.

After the show, the party moved from the auditorium to the student center, where the line for spring rolls, pot stickers, sesame chicken, noodles with vegetables, almond cookies and tea never seemed to end.

When appetites finally were sated, attendees moved to the activity tables to observe a tea ceremony demonstration, or monkey around with 3-D paper cutting, calligraphy, pictogram riddles, Peking opera mask coloring, chopsticks competition and “funny hacky sack,” which looked sort of like a badminton shuttlecock with a tail of colorful feathers.

Program organizers were Tina Johnson, director of the China Studies Center, and Doreen Blandino, a St. Vincent professor of modern and classical languages.

Seen: Brother Norman Hipps, SuzanneEnglish, Clair Ward, Jodee Harris, Tara McHugh with Bridget, Marko and Silvina Orsatti, Joyce Lynn, Midge Stein, Jim and Lee Ann Ross, Tom and Kelly Tatone withJuliet and Cricket, the Rev. Rene Kollar andJuan Carlos and Maria Rivas with Erik.

Also, Yiyan and Eugina Hong with Samantha, Melanie and Celina; Brian Talarico with Mark, Emily, Ben, Essie and John; Jim and Suzanne Andrews; and Michael and Michelle Bendik with Malena, Michaelangelo, Malin and Marymargaret.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750 or smcmarlin@tribweb.com.

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