West Liberty University celebrates global diversity with its annual Culture Fair to be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14 in the College Union Ballroom. Free and open to the public, it is a perfect way to expand international knowledge.
WLU international students from a variety of countries including Albania, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Japan, Pakistan, Tunisia and Turkmenistan will take part in the fair and share their knowledge. Plus, senior Joshua Taylor will share his thoughts on his summer study-abroad experience to China.
“It’s a great time to meet our international students, see all their colorful, traditional dress and learn more about the world,” said International Student Advisor Dr. Heather Kalb.
The event will provide all visitors an opportunity to talk with the presenters as well as see international flags, pottery and other decorative items that the students will display in an effort to share their culture and country.
WLU Cultural Fair is just one of the events organized by the WLU International Club that assists in planning and sharing events. Club officers are: President Natasha Muhametzyanova of Turkmenistan, Vice President Zarek Wiley of Jacobsburg, Ohio, Marketing Coordinator Maricris Pangilinan of Wheeling and Event Coordinator Mimi Albon of Martinsburg, W.Va.
“College is the time to explore new things and our annual Culture Fair can help students see other countries from a new perspective,” Kalb said.
International students on colleges across the United States are growing in numbers, according to a March 24, 2015 article written by Miriam Jordan and found online at the Wall Street Journal. (http://www.wsj.com/articles/international-students-stream-into-u-s-colleges-1427248801)
Most of WLU’s international students are obligated to return home after their education, and they value the experience in the U.S. as a way to improve their life and the lives of their family.
“It is definitely a win-win situation for our campus, the international viewpoints and sharing that occurs widens everyone’s view and is important to the student experience,” said Mia Szabo, director of International Enrollment Services.