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Southeastern celebrates International Education Week Nov. 12-16

Contact: Constance Woods


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will celebrate International Education Week, Nov. 12-16.

     Coordinated by the Department of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, International Education Week is an opportunity for Southeastern as well as colleges and organizations throughout the United States to promote culture and diversity to attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

     Makeitta Darbonne, coordinator of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, said departments and organizations campus-wide will sponsor activities and presentations to celebrate “The Cultural Exchange.” 

     The week kicks off with International Night, a fundraiser sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. Scheduled for the Student Union ballroom, the celebration will include foreign language students showcasing their talents through piano performances, dancing, and singing. Also, a Hammond French club will be on hand to perform Cajun music. Various cultural cuisines and a variety of desserts will be the highlight of the international buffet. General admission is $5.

     International Education Week activities are:

     ▪ Nov. 12 - From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Union mall a Cultural Expo will feature international student organizations and departmental displays.

     ▪ Nov. 13 - The College of Business will sponsor a presentation, “The Role of Hispanic Businesses,” by United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation President Frank Lopez and board of directors Chair Peter Granillo. The presentation will begin at 8 a.m. in Garrett Hall, room 14.

     From noon-1 p.m. the first of several language workshops, designed to teach basics such as greetings, asking for directions, and ordering food at restaurants, will be offered from noon – 1 p.m. The first workshop focuses on Italian.

     Poetry Night will begin at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre featuring Asia, the Association for the Promotion of College Activities’ 2006 Performer of the Year. The poet turns his life struggles with issues such as ridicule and social exile into poetry to help make positive changes. Sponsored by the Lyceum Arts and Lectures Committee, the event is free.

     ▪ Nov. 14 - The language workshops continue with mini-lessons on French and German basics from noon-1 p.m. in Student Union room 223.

     ▪ Nov. 15 - From 1-2 p.m. in Sims Memorial Library’s first floor lobby, students will share their customs, traditions, and cultures and discuss the challenges and joys of being in America in a presentation titled “Through Another’s Eyes: Perspectives from International Students.”

     At 6 p.m., the mix and mingle “Culture Swap” in the Student Union Ballroom will provide an opportunity for students to bring items unique to their culture and to in turn enjoy a taste of what Hammond has to offer with food from local restaurants with international and local cuisines. Admission is free.

     ▪ Nov. 16 - At 7 p.m., the International Student Ministries will sponsor “Cultural Cuisine” at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, 501 W. Dakota. International students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to bring a favorite cultural dish to be sampled.

     ▪ From Nov. 12-16 Sims Memorial Library will host a display of world literature and international flags.

     For more information about International Education Week events, contact the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs at 985-549-3850.

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