The University of Arkansas -Monticello International Club, which formed earlier this semester, held a cultural display in the Adams Room of Harris Hall April 11 – 13. The event allowed students, faculty and staff of the International Club to display personal and cultural items from their respective countries.
The program included displays from Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Nepal, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Philippines, St. Vincent, Azerbaijan, Israel, Brazil and Great Britain. The displays contained post cards, pictures, magazines and newspapers, figurines, clothing, among other items. The display from the Philippines even included snacks from the country.
“The students had the best time setting up the displays and sharing their cultures with others,” said International Club Adviser Mary Whiting. “We’ve had visitors from on campus and from in town, and we received a lot of compliments (on the displays).”
According to Whiting, this is the first time the club has held a cultural display. The event had 175 visitors, including students, faculty, staff and visitors from outside of the campus community.
“I think this is a wonderful exhibit that helps us better understand our international students and their cultures,” Provost David Ray said while viewing the displays.
Visitors to the cultural display had the opportunity to register to win one of five door prizes, which consisted of UAM memorabilia. The winners include, Samantha Green, Christine Bryant, Susan Brewer, Leah Tutt and Isabel Bacon. Winners can pick up their prizes Monday, April 16 in the Office of Admissions on the first floor of Harris Hall.
Whiting said educating the campus and local communities about the international community at UAM is one of the club’s main goals. She also said that there has been an increased interest for international students to study in the US, as well as UAM.
“I’m hoping to see the International Club grow more and hold more events,” Whiting said.
Fore more information about the International Club, contact Whiting by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 870-460-1026.
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ŠThe Voice 2007
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