International cultures celebrated on campus
March 24, 2010
International cultures flavored Corban’s way of life during the week of February 26–March 4, including the Campus Dining menu. The International Fair debuted, featuring the stories, country displays and favorite cuisine, among other shows of culture, of the College’s international students. The fair, organized and facilitated by these students, aimed to educate Corban students about the nations represented by its populace.
“The world has come to us, Corban,” said International Student Support liaison Jeff Benjamin, as he addressed the students during a bilingual worship service. “We have the opportunity to share God’s love in this community and with the world.”
This year the College has welcomed more than triple the number of international students over prior years, after a large group of students from Papua, Indonesia, came last fall. Other nations represented during the fair included Mexico, Brazil, Albania, Greece, Ukraine, Guinea, Niger, Cameroon and China.
The inaugural fair was, Benjamin said, “well-received.”
Each day of the fair highlighted an event, such as a dance night representing Greek, Guinean, and Indonesian customs or an Indonesian film feature with English subtitles.
One evening, Campus Dining by ARAMARK prepared international festival dishes with the assistance and guidance of the students whose recipes were represented. Ndole, the national dish of Cameroon, and feijoada, the national dish of Brazil, were just two of five selections to try, and that did not include the flan and the traditional, Mexican honey cake offered for dessert. Director of Food Service Tamra Taylor had emailed patrons, “We will not have our usual hamburgers, etc., but invite you to try a little of each of the new items.”
International Fair concluded with a special service, Prayer for the Nations. Benjamin said, “Those who attended interceded for five countries, and we shared scriptures expressing God’s heart for the nations.”
He continued, “We look forward to putting on a 2nd annual International Fair. If anyone would like to give suggestions, we would welcome them to make next year even more enjoyable by all.”
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By Jenny Hirschfelder, Staff Writer, Office of Marketing & Communications
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