Cameron University International Club hosts Fifth Annual International Banquet

African rhythms, Caribbean cuisine, Asian folk dances and colorful native costumes are just a few of the highlights promised by Cameron University’s Fifth Annual International Banquet, hosted by the International Club. This year’s event is set for Friday, October 5, 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 Monday, October 1.

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.

2011 Cameron graduate Antoine Ehouman, a native of Cote D’Ivoire, will share his experiences of earning a college degree thousands of miles away from home. After earning a Bachelor of Science in agriculture, Ehouman joined the staff of Smithfield Premium Genetics in Pampa, Texas, as a project manager trainee. He plans to return to his homeland someday to operate a farm and to teach his countrymen how to raise their own agricultural products.

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. Popular items from previous years include brilliantly colored Nigerian apparel, an African percussion instrument made from a gourd and Chinese good luck tokens. 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 Marcella Gustafson, International Student Admissions Coordinator, at 591-8019 or via email at mgustafson@cameron.edu.

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 approximately 300 international students from 52 different countries.

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September 21, 2012

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