November 5, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU celebrates Internations Week
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University will observe Internations Week with a host of activities featuring SRU international students. The celebration culminates with the annual International Dinner at 7 p.m., Nov. 13.
More than 90 international students are currently enrolled at SRU. They come from Japan, China, Sri Lanka, the Congo, Ireland, England, Nigeria, Thailand, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Aruba, Jamaica and a host of other nations.
“We believe having international students on campus is a win-win situation,” said Pamela Frigot, director of SRU’s International Services Office. “Students from other nations have the chance to learn about America and its customs firsthand, and our traditional students have the opportunity to meet, socialize and learn about the customs of those from other countries.”
SRU’s Internations Week opens Sunday with a 7 p.m. “Sports Night” in Morrow Field House. Sports, such as cricket, that are popular in other countries will be explained. Those attending will have opportunities to join in the games.
A “Fashion Show,” depicting native dress from other nations is at 8 p.m. Monday in the University Union. A “Showcase and Coffeehouse” is planned for 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday in the Special Collections Room of Bailey Library. International students will show items from their homelands and share coffees from around the world.
A roundtable discussion of “Drugs, Politics and Prostitution” is planned for 12:30-2 p.m. Nov. 11 in Room 206 of the University Union with panelists offering views related to their home country and comparisons with such problems in the U.S.
The International Dinner will offer more than 40 dishes, prepared from family recipes submitted by international students. The buffet is in the University Union.
Seating is limited to 300 and the event is often a sell out. Tickets, $20 for the general public, $10 for SRU students, and $6 for children under age 12, are on sale at the Office of International Services, 114 Carruth Rizza Hall.
As part of the event, international students will present entertainment indicative of their homeland.
“This is a project that our international students always look forward to,” Frigot said. “This dinner gives our international students the opportunity to share information about their home countries not only with our students, local and regional residents, but also with fellow international students. They also share some of the customs through entertainment. We have five or six performances lined up, including a traditional dance from Thailand and a vocal performance from Kenya.”
International students and the staff from AVI Fresh Inc., the campus contract food vendor, prepare the food.
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