International students celebrate cultures for college

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By Sergio Medina

The International Students Association will host an International Day Celebration 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center.


The event serves to promote international students at this college and their cultures and is part of International Education Week Nov. 18-22.

The event is open to students and employees.

A parade of nations composed of 34 international students will precede the celebration at 9:30 a.m. The procession will start north of Oppenheimer Academic Center and will end in Loftin.

“People will be carrying flags of the countries that are represented here at Alamo Colleges,” Dr. Tom Cox, chair of languages and sponsor of the association, said Nov. 14.

Patrice Ballard, coordinator of international student services, said Nov. 14 the most prominent nationalities among international students at this college are Vietnamese, Mexican and Indian.

“The 30-plus (flags) are representing the students that we have here, who are international students,” she said.

One hundred and 10 international students are enrolled at this college.

The celebration will open with a panel of international students sharing their personal and academic experiences.

This college’s mariachi group will perform for 30 minutes about noon, Ballard said.

The event also will include activities such as food tables where the association will provide tastes of foreign foods as well as a showcase of popular international music.

“So yeah, it’s going to be table presentations where students will share a little bit of their culture with those coming into the Fiesta Room,” Ballard said.

Food trucks from Fat Tummy Empanadas and King Mediterranean will also be present in the mall west of Moody Learning Center.

Some of the students and staff in the association will dress traditional clothing related to their culture, and attendees are encouraged to do the same, Ballard said.


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