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Contact: Christine Payton Feb. 26, 2009
(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 2.

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 92 countries attend UL Lafayette.

Many activities are planned around the “iWorld” theme and are scheduled throughout the week starting with a kickoff party on March 2. 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.

Other International Week 2009 events include:

March 2

• 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 3

• 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.
• Game Show: Battle of the Minds will pit student organizations against one another to compete for a grand prize. Questions in this trivia game will address international history, geography, politics, sports, economy and general culture. It will be held at 4 p.m. in the Evangeline Room of the Student Union.

March 4

• A panel discussion sponsored by the Diversity Advisory Council and the Office of International Affairs will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Forum. Moderator for the discussion is Dr. Isa Camyar of the Political Science Department and panelists are Dr. Magdy Bayoumi with the Center for Advanced Computer Studies, Dr. Afef Fekih with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Dr. Ali Ghalambor with the Petroleum Engineering Department.
• Entertainment Night starts at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. 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 5

• International students will be in the Student Union hallway with displays and ways to help the United Nations Peacekeeping Troops from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Phi Beta Delta, the international honor society, will show a movie in Moody Hall, room 103 at 5 p.m. The proceeds from this movie will go towards Ted Kibby’s Honors Scholarship given each year to an international student.

March 7

• 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


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,000 students. It's a public institution that awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes - Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns - compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

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