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Oct. 19, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



International dinner highlights SRU’s ‘International Week’


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Food, dance, music, clothes and culture from around the world will be on display at Slippery Rock University as part of the University’s annual International Week Nov. 6-12. The traditional International Dinner, featuring recipes from the student’s home countries, highlights the week.

           The 7 p.m., Nov. 12, dinner in the University Union will feature more than 40 international dishes prepared in University kitchens.

           “We have students who have presented recipes for dishes from India, Korea, Kazakhstan, China, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Ghana in Africa, Uzbekistan, the Ukraine, Bolivia, England, Sweden, Germany, Thailand, Australia and America too,” said Nayan Joyappa, president of SRU’s Internations Club, which sponsors the week’s activities. Joyappa was born in Zambia to Indian parents. He grew up in Kenya but travels on breaks to India to spend time with relatives and friends.

           Nearly 100 of SRU’s international students will be involved in the week’s activities.

           “Students will work with AVI staff in Boozel Dining Hall starting on Thursday before the dinner to make sure the tastes of their home countries are part of, and spotlighted at, the event,” he said.

           Tickets, $12 for SRU students; $22 for the general public; and $8 for children under age 12, are available from the University Union Information Desk or by calling the International Services Office at724.738.2057.

           Only 300 tickets are available and the event is traditionally a sell-out before the date of the diner, Joyappa said.

           The dinner will include entertainment provided by SRU’s international students.

           “We have dance demonstrations from studens from Thailand and Africa and a salsa- merengue demonstration from South America. There will be a singer from Kenya,” Joyappa said. The SRU Dance Crew will perform.

           The week’s free events begin at 7 p.m., Nov. 6, in Morrow Field House with “Sports Night,” during which SRU international students will explain and demonstrate sports popular in their home countries.

           An “International Fashion Show” is at 8 p.m., Nov. 7, in the University Union, featuring the clothes worn in the home countries of SRU students. “More than 20 current students have agreed to be part of the show,” Joyappa said.

           A free, 12:30 p.m., Nov. 8, Coffee House with various beverages, including coffees and teas, from 10 countries will be in the Special Collections Room of Bailey Library. “The international students will show and discuss artifacts, jewelry and ornaments from their home countries,” Joyappa said.

           A Roundtable Discussion offered by a six-member panel of international students will be at 12:30 p.m., Nov 10, in 206 University Union. The students will discuss the politics and customs of their homelands.


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