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MARCH 2016: NEWSLETTER

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BASEBALL & DIPLOMACYSporting events and activities are becoming an increasingly important diplomatic tool to strengthen relationships between the U.S. and foreign nations. Look for Joyce Fu's story on her experience in the next issue of LUMOS!

The Tampa Bay Rays played a landmark game against the Cuban national team in Havana March 22 with Presidents Barack Obama & Raul Castro in attendance.

Luminari board member Joyce Fu traveled with the MLB to Cuba during President Obama's historic visit.

Jimmy Buffet performs a concert following the game in which the Rays defeated the Cuban national team 4-1.

2016 LUMINARI AWARD WINNERS 

Meet Emily Smith, an 8th grader from Propel McKeesport, and Hao "Brock" Nguyen, an 11th grader from Sto-Rox High School (Hao is an ESL student) to find out why these two outstanding local students were selected, among many of their peers, as our 2016 Luminari Award winners. Emily hopes the experience will help her be a better role model while Hao believes the camp will help prepare him for college... read more
We are pleased to announce ALEX BARNDOLLAR is the winner of our "Share Your Story" Writing Contest for March. Alex, a college student at Robert Morris University, is majoring in corporate communications but has a passion for screen writing and film. Read his essay "The Right Thing."
THE RIGHT THING
by Alex Barndollar

All I'd been doing was minding my own business, reading a book in Barnes & Noble when an older man sat down next to me. He was black, mid-sixties. Bundled up from the cold, he carried a cane in one hand. Reaching over to shake my hand, he introduced himself as Joe. A minute of silence had gone by when he started crying... read more
Our next contest begins April 1: SHARE YOUR STORY for a chance to win!
AMBASSADOR ALUM: Tyler Baum
by Beth Dolinar, Luminari Coordinator

It may seem like a reach for an 18-year-old man to say he hopes to someday be elected to national political office, but then again, you don't know Tyler Baum.
Tyler is a cyber-school senior from Lawrence, Pa, an ambitious and somewhat serious young man who has the academic chops to have been granted early acceptance to study
... read more
WHAT'S THAT SOUND? The Sistrum
by Beth Dolinar, Luminari Coordinator

And so we offer our second in a series of unusual and unique musical instruments: the sistrum. Do you remember that box of rhythm instruments you played in grade school music class? If you had been an ancient Egyptian grade schooler, you would have found a sistrum in that box ...  read more
LUMINARI programs are made possible by the generous support of our SPONSORS & PATRONS
We are extremely grateful for their belief in our mission and continued support!
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In case you missed it, our friend Chef Randy Cinski, Owner of Randita's, shared her delicious Vegan Shepherd's Pie recipe.

About Luminari 
Luminari is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization founded to foster activites that broaden minds, inspire innovations and promote community engagement.

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