African rhythms, Caribbean cuisine, Asian folk dances and colorful native costumes are just a few of the highlights promised by Cameron University’s Seventh Annual International Banquet, hosted by the International Club. This year’s event is set for Friday, October 3, in the McCasland Ballroom, located in the McMahon Centennial Complex on the CU campus. Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner will begin at 6:30. Tickets are $20 per person, $140 for a table of 8, or $15 per student, and can be ordered by calling CU’s International Student Admissions Office at 580-591-8019. Proceeds will be used for an international student scholarship fund. The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, September 29.
The International Banquet is an opportunity for members of the Lawton/Fort Sill, Duncan and surrounding communities to learn about different cultures. Cameron’s international students will provide entertainment rooted in their home countries. Whether it’s a Nepalese folk dance or a Nigerian vocal performance, attendees will be captivated by the entertainers.
Cameron graduate Miracle Akinwale, a native of Nigeria, will share his experiences of earning a college degree thousands of miles away from home. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology in 2011 and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in electrical engineering at the University of South Carolina. While at Cameron, he served as vice president for the Electronics Club and as president of the Cameron University Nigerian Student Association. He also served as a resident assistant.
The International Club will host a silent auction offering a variety of items donated by Cameron’s international students and members of the community. Popular items from previous years include a quilt made from Students of the Caribbean Alliance (SOCA) t-shirts and foreign stamp artwork. This year’s array will once again allow attendees to take home a memento of international culture.
Individuals or companies wishing to donate items for the silent auction or scholarship fund can do so by contacting Clara Lundgren, International Student Admissions Coordinator, at 580-591-8019 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CU’s International Club is open to all students who want to experience international cultures. The club’s mission is to encourage and achieve greater appreciation of different cultures. Members of the club make presentations about their country’s heritage and culture throughout the academic year. This fall, Cameron is home to 235 international students from 44 different countries.
September 18, 2014