From Japanese flower arranging to Ukrainian folk songs, West Virginia University will celebrate diversity at its 20th annual International Festival Monday (Oct. 15).
The free festival, sponsored by the Office of International Students and Scholars, will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Mountainlair ballrooms and coincides with Diversity Week activities on campus.
We are very much a �€~worldcampus,said Karen Bird, a student program adviser who is coordinating the event.We have student groups from Africa to Vietnam. In all, our international students come from more than 90 countries. Thats pretty amazing when you think about it.
Look for exhibits from the Turkish American Dialogue Club and Muslim Student Association. Other groups from Russia, Liechtenstein, Egypt, Malaysia and many more spots on the globe will host displays, too.
See performances and demonstrations that showcase tae kwon do and belly dancing. Sample food from cultures around the world, and enjoy live entertainment that includes traditional songs from Brazil, Nigeria and other countries.
More than 500 youngsters from the regions elementary schools and middle schools are expected to attend in the morning, Bird said, for a visit thats just as educational as it is fun.
The campus travelers will be givenpassportswith questions about the festivals different displays. A special passport stamp will be awarded for each correct answer at each booth.
Its a great way to introduce our international community to West Virginias community-at-large,Bird said.The worlds a big place, and a lot of it is right here in Morgantown at WVU .
The festival is open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of International Students and Scholars at 304-293-3519.
Diversity Week this year also ties in with Homecoming and the inauguration of President Mike Garrison. For a complete schedule of Diversity Week activities, visithttp://www.wvu.edu/~socjust/Diversity/diversity_week_2007.htm.
The Office of International Students and Scholars is located in Elizabeth Moore Hall on WVU s Downtown campus. It offers various cross-cultural programs, activities and services for the Universitys global community and maintains International House, a residence hall for undergraduate students.