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Contact: Christine Payton March 23, 2011
(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 28.

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 80 countries attend UL Lafayette.

Many activities are planned around the “Building a Global Community” theme and are scheduled throughout the week starting with a kickoff party on March 28. 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 noon to 1 p.m. in the Cypress Room, Student Union.

Other International Week 2011 events include:

March 29
• 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 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Art Gallery of the Student Union.

March 30
• Phi Beta Delta will present a discussion on how social media, such as Facebook, SMS texting and YouTube, is capable of shaping and projecting local democratic actions and protests into regional and global movements. The panel discussion will begin at 5 p.m. in Oliver Hall, room 112.
• 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 31
• International studnets from different countries will compete in a scholarship pageant for the title of Miss International. The winner will represent the International Student Council in the upcoming year and will be in charge of all community services the council is involved in. This event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

April 1
• An international soccer match will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bourgeois Park.

April 2
• 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 can be purchased in advance at the Office of International Affairs or at the door for 48.

All events, with the exception of the International Dinner and Ball, are free and open to the community. For more information about International Week 2011, 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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