Week-long Celebration Concludes
By Rachel Judy
November 23, 2010
A student shares about a variety of countries during the cultural display on Nov. 17.
Emphasizing cultural diversity, International Education Week (IEW) was recently celebrated at Regent University. During Nov. 15-19, the Office of International Student Services sponsored a variety of events and activities designed to provide a taste of life around the world.
One of the highlights of the week was a cultural display set up in the Student Services building on Nov. 17. Tables featured food, photos, and items from countries including Mexico, Brazil, India, Japan and Haiti. Visitors were given a "passport" to document their exploration of the different cultures represented by members of the student body.
Culture in the Commons showcased food and other cultural elements. Suites in Regent Commons, undergraduate student housing, featured food and decorations for students to experience. Again, a "passport" was given to students to be stamped as they traveled from room to room.
As part of the IEW celebration, the Regent Ordinary featured a variety of foods from around the world. Each day, diners were offered foods from different countries and regions, including Italy, Greece, the Philippines, Peru and New England.
In celebration of IEW, chapel also featured a testimony from the Rev. Peyton Harris '90 (Divinity) a missionary in Kazakhstan.
Also adding to the week's events were a number of discussions and seminars designed for both American and international students. Prior to a weekly gathering of football fans in the Ordinary, Rev. Roger Cheeks, director of community life at Regent, presented "American Football 101," designed to teach international students the rules of American football.
The panel discussion "When in Rome" featured a group of international students discussing viewpoints on where responsibility should rest to fit into a "host" culture, both as a visitor and as an immigrant. The "Korean Culture & Christianity" seminar, featuring Dr. Young Choi, associate professor of information systems technology, provided insight into Korean culture and vibrant Christianity in Korea.
IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.
Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
Phone: 757.352.4095 Fax: 757.352.4888