By Valerie Morris

Students from countries around the world gathered in the College Commons Nov. 9 for the annual International Dinner. The dinner served to kick off International Education Week, which runs Nov. 12-16. Students from countries including Indonesia, Iran, Nigeria, China and France enjoyed food, music and dancing, hosted by Student Senate.

International students enjoy dancing after dinner was served Nov. 9. Drew Scofield / The Collegian

“It was really great!” said Yhosila Deew, an international business major from Indonesia, of the event. “It was so much fun. We don’t always get to see each other during the day because our schedules are pretty tight.”

Student Abidemi Williams also enjoyed the event, saying “dance and food! That’s what I love.”

Dr. Roy Church, president of LCCC, spoke to the students and faculty during the event. “You rub shoulders with our students, you are in classrooms with our students, you socialize with our students, who are expanded because they know you,” said Church.

The guests had dinner, followed by entertainment from Cuban singer Dunia and violin music provided by Gu Cheng. After the performances, the students joined in an icebreaker, and then danced to songs such as the Electric Slide and Gangnam Style. In between, Student Senate President Kionna McIntosh encouraged them to perform karaoke.

The event was ‘really cool, but different’ for Laurent Gibert, a business major from France.

“It has been a different experience, being here,” said Gibert of his time at LCCC. “I wouldn’t have imagined it would be so awesome.”

According to Church, a commitment was made in 1995 to internationalize the college by reaching out to universities worldwide. LCCC has formed partnerships with 12 universities internationally since that commitment was made. Annouska Remmert, director of International Education, has been key in connecting with other institutions to expand LCCC’s reach across the globe.

McIntosh, who acted as mistress of ceremonies during the dinner, summed up the dinner by encouraging the students to celebrate the differences they have.

“There are so many different talents, and so many different cultures that we should feel blessed to share them,” said McIntosh.