Norwich Community Celebrates International Education Week
In celebration of International Education Week, and to help raise funds for Norwich student volunteers traveling to the Cook Islands in May, the International Student Organization (ISO) and NU VISIONS Abroad sponsored an international fashion show, dinner and dance in Milano Ballroom on November 15.
In an exotic and well-executed program, the Norwich community was invited to share in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of countries near and far. Staff and faculty members and their spouses contributed to the buffet, which featured authentically prepared Korean, Spanish and Greek cuisine, among others. In addition, Little India Restaurant, Thai Orchid Restaurant, and Bridge St. Bakery all donated specialty ethnic foods. While the guests enjoyed their meal, students of many nationalities modeled traditional and contemporary clothing from all corners of the world.
While guests enjoyed dessert and coffee, Monica Caldwell and the MOCA New World Dancers performed two original pieces that drew on the dance traditions of multiple cultures. As an added attraction, Norwich students Anthony Morales and Jamie Fulton captivated the audience with a hot Latin "Salsa" number. The evening culminated with an "after hours" party featuring international hip-hip music provided by Supersounds DJ.
Many months of planning and preparation went into International Education Week, which culminated with the evening gala in Milano. The event was a collaborative effort, organized by and benefiting students in both the ISO and NUVISIONS Abroad, which is sponsoring the Cook Islands project.
According to International Student Advisor Jenifer Atwood Hasenfus, nine Norwich students are taking part in a special Service Learning project on the Cook Islands in May. "They will be teaching Maori Children how to read and write English," Hasenfus said. In addition, a documentary video is being made of the process.
Other events and activities held in honor and celebration of 176 years of International Students at Norwich included a Study Abroad Expo and visits from French, New Zealander and Taiwanese dignitaries. "The fashion show, dinner and dance was a great finale for a successful International Education Week. It was an excellent example of the students putting together a meaningful multicultural event, underscoring the president's goal of internationalizing the campus," said Hasenfus.
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