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Annual International Week celebrates campus diversity

Intrnational Week Food Festival 2010Eat exotic cuisine, watch foreign films, play games, attend festivals and listen to music from some of the nations represented by international students during the April 2-16 International Week: Celebration of World Cultures presented by UNT-International.

Approximately 2,600 international students are enrolled at the university. Above, cooks at the annual food festival.

  • Enter to win $10 in tickets to the April 5 food fest. Send an email to InHouse with “Food Fest” in the subject line by 5 p.m. April 1. Winners will be selected at random from all responses.

A new activity for this year is the April 9 Sakura Formal Masquerade Ball sponsored by two student organizations – the Japanese Culture Organization and Japanese-English Language Exchange Club. The ball will be from 7 to 11 p.m. in the University Union, Syndicate. All are invited to wear masks and formalwear. Student organization members will be accepting donations to benefit people affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Make reservations by April 1 for the annual International Education, Sustainability and Diversity Awards Banquet sponsored by UNT-International, Office of Sustainability and the Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity. The banquet will be from 7 to 9 pm. April 11 in the University Union, Silver Eagle Suite and will feature ethnic food, live entertainment, awards and scholarships.

Speaker will be Javier Mazón, president and managing director of Group Lamerica, a Dallas based Latin American trade organization.Tickets cost $10 for students and $25 for others. Sponsorships for tables of eight are available for purchase for amounts ranging between $2,000 and $250.

  • Reservations must be made by April 1 by contacting Jessica Tomberlin or 940-369-8177.

“Our annual Celebration of World Cultures fills the UNT campus with vibrant colors, sounds, foods and experiences that bring the world to Denton,” says UNT-International Director of Communications Mary Beth Butler. “It’s an opportunity for our entire community to get to know our international population, and for them to share with us at the same time. We are proud of our diverse student body and the number of international students grows each year.”

Other International Week events that are open to the public include:

April 2  

8 a.m. – Premier African Cultural Festival, Music Building, Voertman Concert Hall.

April 4

11:30 a.m. – Native dress and flag processional - The African Ensemble will lead international students in a parade from the International Welcome Center in the Information Science Building to Shrader Pavilion. The international students will carry their national flags and wear native clothing.

Noon – International Week opening ceremony - Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Warren Burggren will be guest speaker. Students will greet the audience in their native languages at Shrader Pavilion.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. – World Cultures Fair and Market - International students and vendors will display and sell native clothing, crafts and jewelry; Willis Library mall.

3-5 p.m. – Reception for International Student Art Exhibit - Exhibit featuring the work of international students will be on display through April 14 in the Union Art Gallery.

April 5  

11 a.m.-1 p.m. – International Food Fair - Food and drinks prepared by international students may be purchased tieh 25 cent tickets; Baptist Student Ministry.

2:30-4 p.m. – Interfaith Interaction - Local religious leaders will be available for a discussion about world religions in an informal and friendly environment; University Union, Silver Eagle Suite.

8 p.m. – Afro-Cuban/Brazilian/Latin Jazz Ensemble - Directed byr Jose Aponte; Music Building, Voertman Concert Hall.

April 6  

3-5 p.m. – Sakura Festival - This traditional Japanese cherry blossom festival will include music, games and displays; University Union, One O’Clock Lounge. Donations for the Japanese Red Cross Society will be accepted.

April 7  

3 p.m. – Japanese film, Always: Sunset of Third Street, about life in post-World War II Japan, as the country grows into a world economic power. Language and Literatures Building, Room 109.

6:30-9 p.m. – World Cultures Performance Festival and Fashion Parade - Students will model costumes from native countries, and pefrorm dance and music; Auditorium Building.

April 9  

7-11 p.m. – Sakura Formal Masquerade Ball - University Union, Syndicate. Donations for the Japanese Red Cross Society will be accepted.

April 11  

7-9 p.m. – International Education, Sustainability and Diversity Awards Banquet - The banquet will be from 7 to 9 pm. April 11 in the University Union, Silver Eagle Suite and will feature ethnic food, live entertainment, awards and scholarships.

Speaker will be Javier Mazón, president and managing director of Group Lamerica, a Dallas based Latin American trade organization. Tickets cost $10 for students and $25 for others. Sponsorships for tables of eight are available for purchase for amounts ranging between $2,000 and $250.

Reservations must be made by April 1 by contacting Jessica Tomberlin or 940-369-8177.

 April 16  

11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Basant Kite Festival - This celebration of spring, observed in Pakistan and other South Asian nations, will feature a cricket match, live music, kite flying and henna painting. Attendees may bring their own kites or purchase one for $5. Location not yet determined.

  • Find a schedule of events.
  • Learn more from the UNT-International Welcome Center at 940-369-8625. 

Below, the parade of nations launches International Week in 2010. (Photos by Michael Clements)

International Week Parade 2010

 

Posted on: Thu 31 March 2011

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