International cuisine and special campus events will mark the observance of International Week April 7-11 at the University of the Incarnate Word.
The University Program Council is primary sponsor for the weeks events along with the help and co-sponsorship of Campus Ministry, ESL and the Office of International Students/Study Abroad, said Nadika Aluwihare, the UPCs international awareness director.
Besides Aluwihare, a committee planning the event is made up of Julia Conrath, Nathan Nagashima, Marion Salaun, Yusra Benhalim, Annabelle, Zach Wortham, Marisa Dovalina, Julie Engel, Juan Frachi, Linda Cavazos and Stephanie Mata.
We as a group have come up with several events for this week, Aluwihare said. We believe these events would help the international students get more involved in activities on campus and help all students learn and make them more aware about the diverse cultures here at UIW. We hope to achieve this while providing fun and entertaining activities.
One of the key elements in the planning is getting Sodexo to serve food from a different continent each day of the week in the campus cafeterias. The food fare schedule is Monday, April 7, South American; Tuesday, April 8, Asian; Wednesday, April 9, European; Thursday, April 10, African
Other scheduled events include:
Monday, April 7: A panel discussion in Marian Hall, with a topic of study abroad/diversity. International students will discus what they have gone through by coming to the United States. And American students will hear about the virtues of studying and learning in foreign cultures. Time 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 8: A Kari lagan dance troupe will perform during the lunch hour in Marian Hall cafeteria. A hypnotist will perform that evening in Marion Hall Ballroom. Time 6 p.m. 9 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9: International Idol, an international talent show in the evening in Marian Hall Ballroom, categories will include, but not be limited to voice, dance, music, fashion, instrument, comedy, lip sync. Faculty members will serve as judges. Time 6 p.m. 10 p.m.
Prizes will be given as follows: 1st - $150, 2nd - $125 and 3rd 100. these will be overall prizes. No prizes will be given for each category, the categories are there so we can give people an idea of what they can do. There are sign up sheets and official rules available at the student center and at the ICC
Thursday, April 10: International Movie Night. We are in the process of getting Alliance Francaise to screen a French movie on campus. In Dubuis Hall lounge. Time 6 p.m. 9 p.m.