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Celebrating Global Diversity: Highlights from UWL’s 59th Annual International Banquet

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) recently hosted its 59th International Banquet, a vibrant celebration of global cultures and educational achievements. The event welcomed UWL students, faculty, and community members to immerse themselves in the diverse international community that UWL prides itself on. This annual gathering not only showcases cultural performances but also honors notable contributions to global education through various awards.

A Night of Cultural Exchange and Recognition

The International Banquet at UWL served as a grand stage for celebrating the myriad cultures represented on campus. The event commenced with the Global Citizenship Showcase, where attendees enjoyed presentations that included personal items and photographs illustrating the unique traditions of international students and faculty. As the evening unfolded, participants carrying their national flags provided a visually striking start to a series of cultural performances. Karolyn Bald, Director of IEE, expressed her gratitude towards the international students: “Your rich cultural insights greatly enhance our campus life, and we thank you for making UWL your educational choice.”

Awards and Achievements in International Education

The banquet also recognized individuals who have significantly influenced international education at UWL. Miranda Panzer, International Student and Scholar Advisor, presented awards such as the International Student Academic Excellence and Internationalization Award to students exemplifying outstanding academic prowess and contributions to UWL’s internationalization. Additionally, the W. Carl Wimberly Founders Award highlighted faculty members dedicated to fostering international partnerships, with this year’s honor going to Dr. Marcie Wycoff-Horn, Dean of the School of Education.

Culinary Delights and Artistic Performances

Following the awards, the banquet featured an international cuisine dinner, with dishes ranging from Bangladeshi Chickpea Salad to Ethiopian Doro Wat, and concluded with a German Black Forest Cake. The performances of the night were particularly notable, including dances and songs from around the world, such as the “Shanghai in the Night” and the traditional Vietnamese song “Hào Khí Việt Nam” performed by Khang Duong. Each performance was a testament to the rich cultural fabric that makes up the UWL community.

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Events like UWL’s International Banquet play a crucial role in enriching students’ educational experiences by providing a platform for cultural exchange and recognition of global perspectives. Such events not only foster a greater understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures but also prepare students to thrive in a globalized world. By participating in or supporting these celebrations, community members and students enhance their global awareness and contribute to a more inclusive campus environment. Engaging with international education initiatives can broaden personal and professional networks and foster skills necessary for success in increasingly interconnected global industries.