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Contact: Christine Payton Feb. 23, 2007
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
UL Lafayette students will be introduced to the different cultures represented on campus as the International Student Council kicks off International Week on March 5.

The week provides all students the opportunity to learn about other cultures and to experience the pride each student takes in his own country and traditions. More than 600 students from 90 countries attend UL Lafayette.

A host of activities revolving around the “International Rendez-vous” theme are scheduled throughout the week starting with a kickoff party on March 5. This event is the official opening of International Week. Colorful flags, energized students, food from around the world, prizes and music will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Student Union porch. At noon, the Dean of Students, director of the Office of International Affairs and the International Student Council will address the students.

Other International Week 2007 events include:

March 5

• Miss International Pageant. Women from different countries compete in a scholarship pageant for the title of Miss International Students at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. The winner will represent the International Student Council in the Miss UL Lafayette Pageant.

March 6

• The International Student Council will have an International Awareness table in the Student Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The ISC Executive Board will be distributing flyers and brochures and discussing current issues affecting the world.

• Phi Beta Delta, the international honors society, and the Office of International Affairs will be addressing the Middle East and U.S. relations in a panel discussion at 5 p.m. in the Evangeline Room of the Student Union.

March 7

• International associations on campus will show off their cultures through a display of artifacts, posters, books and postcards in a hallway display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union. In addition, students will dance, show handwriting in different languages and paint faces.

• Student organizations will cook typical desserts from their cities and countries during Dessert Night at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

March 8

• “The Battle of the Minds” is a trivia game where student organizations participate with teams of 5 members which compete for a grand prize. Questions will be about international history, geography, politics, sports, economy and general culture. The game show will start at 4 p.m. in the Art Gallery of the Student Union.

• Phi Beta Delta, the international honor society, will show a movie in the Bayou Bijou in the Student Union at 3 p.m. The proceeds from this movie will go towards Ted Kibby’s Honors Scholarship given each year to an international student.

March 9

• The Office of International Affairs and the International Student Council will host “Where on Earth is That?” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union. This exposition pinpoints 20 small countries around the world.

• Entertainment Night starts at 7 p.m. in the Student Union. This event features students who demonstrate the different facets of themselves and their cultures. Student dance, sing, act, perform martial arts, play musical instruments, model, recite poetry during this event.

March 10

• The International Dinner and Ball is an event that delights the palates of all participants. Students cook specialties from their countries and serve them buffet style. Formal attire or traditional clothing are required for the dinner and ball which is set for 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Tickets at the door are $7.

All events, with the exception of the International Dinner and Ball, are free and open to the community. For more information about International Week 2007, call 482-6819 or email oia@louisiana.edu

Document last revised Friday, February 23, 2007 10:51 AM

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