International festival at Western Nov. 14-18

CULLOWHEE – Have you ever wanted to visit the Orient, or maybe even participate in the Olympics? Then you need to “Interact with the World” at Western Carolina University Nov. 14-18. The International Education Week program is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and the International Program Services at Western.

Opening flag ceremony at 2004's festival week.

Opening flag ceremony at 2004’s festival week.

The weeklong celebration will begin with an opening flag ceremony and proclamation reading Monday, Nov. 14, at noon, on the lawn of the A.K. Hinds University Center. Other events will include the Internati-O-lympics, International Library Olympics, student presentations, art and photo contests, food tasting, classroom visits and facts about various cultures and countries represented on campus throughout the week.

The week will also include five special presentations by guest speakers and staff members. Pierre Grabolosa, a student at Western, will give a presentation on the “Cultural Diversity of Spain” Nov. 14 from 8 until 9 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room in the University Center. Lina Krisciokaityte, also a student at Western, will give a presentation on “Lithuania and Its Cultural Heritage” from 8 until 9 p.m. Nov. 15, also in the Multipurpose Room.

Other presentations throughout the week include Danish sculptor Nina Hole, who will hold workshops with students and give demonstrations on the techniques of fire-blown ceramics; a presentation on “ Japan” by Masafumi Takeda accompanied by students; and a presentation by Western’s associate vice chancellor of public relations, Leila Tvedt, on the experiences in an American high school in Vietnam.

The celebration is open to all Western students, faculty and staff free of charge.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Affairs at (828) 227-7234.