African rhythms, Caribbean cuisine, Asian folk dances and colorful native costumes are just a few of the highlights promised by Cameron University’s Eighth Annual International Banquet, hosted by the International Club. This year’s event is set for Friday, October 2, 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 for students, 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 Friday, September 25.
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 dance or a traditional song from Saint Kitts and Nevis, attendees will be captivated by the entertainers.
Cameron graduate Vinetta Buchanan, a native of Guyana, will share her experiences of earning a college degree thousands of miles away from home. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Languages in 2009 and her Master’s in Education in 2011. As a Cameron student, she served as the Secretary and President of the International Club. Buchanan is currently an Academic Affairs Specialist in the Office of Academic Affairs at Cameron University.
In addition, the International Club will host a silent auction offering a variety of items donated by Cameron’s international students and members of the community. 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, Coordinator of International Admissions, 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 225 international students from 40 different countries.
September 15, 2015