Inaugural International Festival a ‘wonderful opportunity’

SHSU will host the inaugural International Festival on April 1 from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom. This is the last event of the International Week, which started on Monday with a keynote address delivered by Faculty Emeritus and founder of the Center of International Studies at St. Louis University.

The International Festival is co-sponsored by the Office of International Programs and the International Student Organization. In addition to most of the international students, international faculty members and local volunteers have been working hard to make the festival a success.

The international students are very excited about being accorded the opportunity to celebrate and showcase their heritage.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the International student body to give our American hosts an opportunity to experience our cultures,” senior Kanako Matsumura, an RTV major, said. “I’m really glad to be a representative for the Japanese students and will do my best to represent my country. I hope the festival is a successful and enjoyable experience for the SHSU students and the local community.”

These sentiments were echoed by Sohna Jaye, an international finance major from the Gambia, who thought that the idea of an international festival was a great idea.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity that SHSU has provided for the International students and faculty,” she said. “I hope the local community comes out in their numbers to enjoy this festival.”

International students and faculty members from over 30 countries will be displaying ethnic foods, cultural demonstrations, performances, traditional clothing and artifacts from their home countries. In addition, other SHSU organizations such as MISS and Sammy the Bearkat will be part of the attractions of the event. There will also be a children’s International Game Center.

Tickets will be sold at the door for 50 cents each to purchase a sample taste from around the world. This will be an opportunity for everyone to travel around the world in just over four hours.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 294-3892. Information is also available through oip@shsu.edu or isoshsu@gmail.com.

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