Songs, dances, an origami workshop and mendhi (hand tattoo designing) are just a sample of what is in store for visitors to West Virginia Universitys International Festival on Monday, Oct. 16. The multicultural celebration will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Mountainlair ballrooms.

Sponsored by the Office of International Students and Scholars and the International Student Organization, the festival will feature displays with information about 40 different countries, including India, Nepal, Brazil, Ireland and the Philippines.Admission is free, and some table width=100%s will have food to sample and purchase.

The festival is open to WVU faculty, staff, students and members of the Morgantown community. More than 200 school children from Monongalia, Preston and Tucker counties are expected to participate. According to Karen Bird, international student program adviser, WVU has more than 1,200 international students enrolled representing 86 countries.

The International Festival is one of many Diversity Week (Oct. 16-20) events at WVU . For a full schedule, go towww.wvu.edu/%7Esocjust/diversity_week_2006.htm