LU-Belleville Celebrates Diversity during International Week, October 8-12
October 8, 2012
During the week of Oct. 8-12, Lindenwood University-Belleville will host its first-ever International Week festivities, celebrating the ethnic diversity within its student body and offering opportunities for learning across cultures.
“The purpose of International Week is to expose our students to other cultures to which they may previously have never been introduced,” said Jenny Baudendistel, student activities coordinator. “This goes back to our University’s mission statement and our goal of assisting in the development of the whole student and helping them become educated, responsible citizens of a global community. International Week lets the students know that there is a wide world out there, filled with cultures and traditions much different from what they have ever experienced before. Don’t be afraid to go out and explore it!”
Monday, Oct. 8, will begin with an International Food Festival featuring finger foods from 12 different countries. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to stop by the Welcome Center from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. to get a taste. Likewise, the campus dining hall is accepting recipe submissions from all members of the campus community and will be preparing internationally diverse meals throughout the week.
Also on Monday, students are invited to participate in a game of internationally themed trivia in the Auditorium on a real game show set. The Student Activities office is offering up to $200 in cash prizes. The game begins at 6:30 p.m.
For students interested in study abroad opportunities through Lindenwood, an informational session will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. in room M205.
Similarly, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, current LU-Belleville international students will get the opportunity to learn more about living in the U.S., such as how to retain a social security number. This informational session will be held at 3 p.m. in room M205.
The fun continues on Thursday, Oct. 11, with a martial arts demonstration at 6 p.m. in the Senator Alan J. Dixon Student Center, as well as a Salsa dancing demonstration and lesson at 6:30 p.m. in the Dixon Center.
Friday, Oct. 12, will conclude as faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to wear clothing the represents their own cultural heritage. Traditional Mexican dancing will also be held in the Dixon Center at noon.
“We look forward to getting the entire campus community involved in the festivities and plan to make International Week a yearly tradition at LU-Belleville,” said Baudendistel.
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