Office of Multicultural Affairs director, 308.865.8127
A number of the University of Nebraska at Kearney students will soon have the chance to compete in a game that is based on the popular television show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” However, all of the multiple choice questions will be on a single topic — African American history.
The event, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and being held as part of African American Heritage Month, will take place Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room.
“It’s ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ without the million dollars,” said Dr. Bryan Samuel, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. However, students will have the opportunity to win valuable prizes– iPODS, $200 book scholarships from the Antelope Bookstore and Follett’s bookstore, and gift certificates from Applebee’s and Old Chicago restaurants.
Nearly 40 students have registered for a chance to participate. The format is very similar to the television show in that 12 of the registered students will be chosen by lottery to participate, and those selected will perform a challenge to determine who plays the actual game. The same lifelines that are featured on the television show, such as phone-a-friend, 50/50 and an audience poll, will be offered to contestants.
All of the questions will involve African American history, including civil rights, science, medicine and inventions. A committee met weekly at the Office of Multicultural Affairs to create questions for the event. The game show will last for two hours, which will give time for multiple participants to compete for the grand prize.