SVSU celebrates international studies


Last week, several on-campus offices and organizations put on events to celebrate International Education Week.

The week of special events was kicked off on Monday, Nov. 5, with a Coffee House Series event that focused on international studies. It featured special cultural performances, calligraphy and Chinese Chess.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the International Student Club put on the week’s most popular event: The International Food Festival.

The food festival took place in the Marketplace from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. International students had set up food stations according to their countries and dished out appetizers, entrées and desserts from their culture.

The line for the festival wrapped all the way around the Marketplace. The international cuisine was enjoyed by students and parents as well as community members and elementary school groups.

“This is something we enjoy doing,” said President of the African Student Union Henrietta Nwokeabia. “It’s our home and culture. We like people to enjoy it.”

At the end of the night was a trivia night from 9 to 10 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge. There were four different trivia games, and the winner of each received a $5 Starbucks gift card. The winners were Natasha Riegle, Dipak Chapagain and Ai Hsiao, who won twice. Pizza and water were also provided.

“I was extremely impressed with the amount of knowledge all the students had,” said Study Abroad Peer Advisor Megan Schmidt. “They knew a lot about all aspects of other cultures, including singers, country flags, languages spoken in countries and fun facts about those countries.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, students set up cultural immersion tables from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. outside of the library with crafts and cultural information.

The Traveling Tap also took place that night from 5 to 6 p.m. at Pierce Road Bar and Grill. The Traveling Tap is a new speaker series organized by the Office of International and Advanced Studies that plans to bring SVSU faculty, staff and possibly even some international students to speak at local bars, restaurants and breweries.

This was the first Traveling Tap event, titled “Off the Beaten Path,” and it featured Kathryn Scott, the associate director of the Office for International and Advances Studies and director of the English Language Program, who talked about her recent trip to Sudan as an educational ambassador.

Thursday, Nov. 8, saw more cultural immersion tables set in the Brown Hall concourse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A staff-led discussion panel of favorite pictures and places they had traveled also took place in the Alumni Lounge from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The week of international events and culture concluded with a showing of “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” that evening at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the TSAR as part of Valley Nights’ movie night.