Tyler Junior College

21st annual International Day set April 19

Published Tuesday, 5th April 2011

21st annual International Day set April 19

Tyler Junior College’s annual International Day, set Tuesday, April 19, will feature an eclectic mix of music and presentations from many cultures.

Free food, music, dance, exhibits and arts and crafts from around the world will be on hand for Tyler Junior College’s 21st annual International Day, set for 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Apache Rooms of Rogers Student Center on the TJC main campus.

Admission is free.

This marks TJC’s 21st International Day, said Dr. Manoucher Khosrowshahi, TJC government professor and International Day organizer.

Guest of honor will be TJC President Dr. Mike Metke, who has taken several international trips and initiated new programs at the college level.

"Dr. Metke’s service project in Costa Rica is an exemplary travel/study project to advance global education and build bridges among countries," Khosrowshahi said. "His visit to Turkey in 2010 resulted in establishing faculty and student exchange program between TJC and Selcuk University in Turkey."

Metke served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica from 1966-68, completing projects that included a schoolhouse, road, soccer team and fund-raising and he returned to the region in 1983, 1987, 1999 and 2004 to confirm lifestyle improvements.

He gives special attention to International Education at the college’s strategic planning to prepare TJC students for the future, Khosrowshahi said.

Represented during International Day activities will be more than 50 countries, including Australia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Chile, China, Costa Rico, Egypt, England, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey and Yugoslavia.

Exhibits will also include such educational topics as the Literacy Council of Tyler, Native Americans, Mercy Ships of Texas, Black Art, and the Public Health District.

Tyler Museum of Art and TJC students have planned many activities for kids at the Children’s Corner.

Irish step-dancers will perform, and other entertainment will include music and dance from America, Ireland, the Middle East, Mexico, Latin America, Africa and Turkey.

A fashion show will feature native dress from countries such as China, Egypt, India, Gambia, Morocco, Lebanon and Thailand.

Samples of food and drink from around the world will be available, as well as from Brookshire’s, CiCi’s Pizza and Coca Cola.

For more information on International Day activities, contact Khosrowshahi at mkho@tjc.edu or by calling 903 510 2279.

Elise Mullinix


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