Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 24, 2005

Whitworth to Host 20th Annual International Banquet on Nov. 11

The 20th annual International Banquet, "Tour du Monde: Live Culturally Strong," sponsored by the Whitworth International Club and cultural-diversity advocates, will take place on Friday, Nov. 11. Dinner will be served from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building (HUB), and an entertainment program will follow in Cowles Auditorium from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 general admission and can be purchased starting Nov. 1 at the Whitworth Information Desk in the HUB (information-desk staff can be contacted by calling 509-777-3796). 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 lgonzalez@whitworth.edu.

Students representing 18 countries will prepare and serve the banquet meal. The menu will feature specialties from Thailand, Switzerland, South Africa, Korea and Japan. The entertainment program will feature an international fashion show, as well as song and dance performances by students from countries including Japan, Mexico, Vietnam, Cambodia, Switzerland, South Africa, Korea and the United States. Thirty-four international students currently attend Whitworth.

"Whitworth and the Spokane community have the opportunity to learn first-hand from our international students' perspectives about their lives and about the world in which we live," says Lulu Gonzalez, the International Club advisor and Whitworth's international-student-affairs coordinator. "Whitworth prepares its students to be leaders around the world. It is encouraging to know how we are similar to each other once we engage in meaningful conversations."

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.

The college also 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 in locales including India, Thailand and Australia.

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 lgonzalez@whitworth.edu.

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

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