WMU News

Annual International Festival is March 19

March 10, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Members of the campus and local communities can "see the world" in a single evening during Western Michigan University's 11th annual International Festival Sunday, March 19.

The event will be from 4 to 8 p.m. in the East Ballroom of the Bernhard Center. It will feature food, performances and displays from more than 20 countries on five continents. Many of WMU's international students will attend, dressed in traditional costumes and serving authentic ethnic foods.

Admission is free and food will be sold for a nominal fee.

"The International Festival is a great opportunity for campus and community members to come together and appreciate the diversity of cultures here at WMU," says Jin Abe, admissions/program specialist in the Office of International Student Services.

Winners of the "Focus on Your World International Photo Contest," coordinated by Study Abroad and the Office of University Relations, will be announced at this year's festival. The winners of that student contest that revolved around international study and travel will be on display at the festival. Winning photos will also be available on the Web Monday morning in WMU News.

This year's festival is being organized by the International Programs Council and the Campus Activities Board with funds from the Student Assessment Fee. Sponsors include the Office of International Student Services, Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs, Division of Student Affairs, Cultural Events Committee, and Graduate Student Advisory Committee.

More information is available from Abe at (616) 387-5865 or from Tracey Moon in the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs at (616) 387-2115.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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