Week’s events bring the world to the Hill

Nov. 17, 2014

From rugby to Polynesian dance, foreign films to international cuisine, International Education Week will offer students opportunities to expand their global horizons.

Dr. Sarah Beth Mallory, Associate Provost for General Education and Global Engagement, said the college is joining other schools, colleges and universities around the world for the observance.

“For the past several years, we’ve had International Week during the first week in March,” she said. “This year, we decided to add another focus week to coincide with the celebration at colleges and universities worldwide.”

She said it is another way to highlight the college’s focus on Global Engagement.

The week officially began Thursday morning with a presentation by Jordan Donaldson, an international student from Ireland. He discussed the history and rules of rugby. Later that afternoon, the students of the International Club and the International Learning Community hosted a kickoff event at Sunny Gables Alumni House.

The week’s Favorite Foreign Flicks Film Series will feature movies at 7 p.m. in The Boopie in Turner Hall. The schedule includes “Slumdog Millionaire” (India) tonight, “Undertaking Betty” (Wales) on Sunday, “Populaire” (France) on Monday, “Just Do It” (Korea) on Tuesday, “Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog” (Japan) on Wednesday and “The Hairdresser” (Germany) on Thursday.

Katie Mosley, Director of Student Involvement and Service, said students will need only one thing for the movie nights.

“All they have to do is bring their blankets,” she said. “We’ll provide the snacks.”

At noon on Monday, Intermediate Korean students will be giving out personalized Korean New Year cards on the library plaza.

Tuesday will feature two cultural enrichment events at 11:15 a.m. Dr. John T. West, a former official with U.S. Public Health and a medical missionary, will talk about his experiences in Vietnam and Zaire in the 1960s during his presentation, “An American Doctor in Asia and Africa,” in the Bailey Room.

Also at 11:15 a.m., Lewis Library associates will discuss travel planning in their talk, “Around the World in 60 Minutes” in the library’s Corn Auditorium.  Librarians will describe some of the resources available to help participants prepare for an international trip. The session also will include a section about best practices for photography and video.

The week’s celebration will conclude Thursday with “The World’s Fair: Come Sample the World!” at 11:15 a.m. in Dickson Assembly Room.  Activities/displays will include French cheese tasting, Japanese origami, Korean horoscope and tea tasting, Mexican lottery, Berlin Wall and 25 Years of Peace and Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Society.

Students will be given a card that will help them earn one cultural enrichment credit. They must visit six events, where their cards will be marked.

At noon, pick-up rugby games will be played on the Residential Quad, with teams coached by Jordan Donaldson, Dr. Arya Alami and Dean Marc Shook.

Dr. Mallory said she is excited about the myriad activities during the week.

“This will be a time of fellowship and learning, as our international students and faculty bring us insights from their homes and cultures,” she said. “Interesting food and activities are treats that all of us will enjoy.”

For more information, contact Dr. Mallory at smallory@lagrange.edu or by calling (706) 880-8315.

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