International Festival Reflects Wide Range of Cultures

CULLOWHEE ? Western Carolina University recently celebrated cultural diversity during its Annual International Festival held, on the front lawn of the A.K. Hinds University Center. For the past 22 years, WCU has worked closely with international students and local businesses to promote multiculturalism at the university and surrounding communities. The celebration, designed to give the campus and area residents exposure to some of the heritage of WCU’s international students, included transcontinental cuisine, entertainment, information booths and contests. Awards for best booth and food were presented, including prizes for the winners of the Sixth Annual International Quiz. Winners of the “open division” of the international quiz were Ted Coyle, first place; Rich Harvey, second place; Peter Koch, third place; Will Peebles, fourth place; and Susan Kask, fifth place. Winners of the high school and middle school division of the quiz were Jose Maldonado of Cullowhee Valley School, first place; Kristin Bradley of Smoky Mountain High School, second place; and Charles Holt of Cullowhee Valley School, third place. Several booths, which were operated by international students and local vendors, provided culinary delights and information about various countries. Community sponsors were City Lights, Goody’s, Lulu’s Restaurant, Golden China Restaurant, Papa’s Pizza, Cheang Restaurant, Ryan’s, Krismart, Mad Batter, Blue Squirrel Cafe, Pizza Hut, Colima’s, A+Education Services, In Your Ear, Alan’s of Sylva and Sylva Rotary Club. University sponsors included the Division of Continuing Education and Summer School, International Programs and Services, International Club, Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Student Affairs and Student Government Association. For more information about this event, contact Richard Cameron in WCU’s Office of Student Affairs at (828) 227-7234. # # #

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