Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 11, 2004

Whitworth to Host 19th Annual International Banquet

The 19th annual International Banquet, "Passing the Torch: An International Odyssey," sponsored by the Whitworth International Club and senior cultural diversity advocates, will take place on Friday, Nov. 19, 2004. Dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building (HUB), and an entertainment program will follow in Cowles Auditorium from 7-8:30 p.m.

Ticket are $12 for adults and $10 for students/children and can be purchased at the Whitworth Information Desk in the HUB. Tickets will also be on sale each day in the HUB at the International Banquet ticket table from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. For more information, please call (509) 777-4509 or e-mail lpage@whitworth.edu.

Fifty-six international students currently attend Whitworth. Students representing 29 countries will prepare and serve the banquet meal. The menu will feature specialties from Greece, Nigeria, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Egypt. The entertainment program will feature an international fashion show as well as song and dance performances by students from countries including Japan, Mexico, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sweden, France, Korea and the United States.

"Whitworth's international students enrich all of us by sharing themselves, their perspectives, their cultures, their ideas and their beliefs with us," says Lulu Gonzalez, the International Club advisor and Whitworth's international-student-affairs coordinator. "We have the opportunity to learn first-hand about students' homelands and how similar and different they are from the United States."

Whitworth requires all students to take a cross-cultural studies course as a component of their graduation requirements; the college also offers dozens of international study-abroad and exchange programs that take students to the far reaches of the globe.

Whitworth offers a variety of faculty-led overseas-study programs and exchange opportunities to enrich its students' educations. Students can take semester-long study trips in places such as the British Isles, Central America, France and Spain, or they may take part in January Term multicultural course offerings. Whitworth also recently launched its new School of Global Commerce and Management, reflecting the growing international focus of its undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting, economics and management.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Lulu Gonzalez, International Club advisor and international student affairs coordinator, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4509 or lpage@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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