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International Education Week wraps up at Lindsey Wilson

Lindsey Wilson College currently serves 109 international students from 39 different countries. Throughout the week students shared cultural diversity through presentation, food, song, dance, spoken word and other forms of performance art.
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By Travis Smith, Assistant LWC Public Relations Director

COLUMBIA, KY (18 Nov 2016) - Lindsey Wilson College's International Student Program wrapped up it's week-long schedule of events and activities celebrating International Education Week on Thursday, November 17th. This year marks the 17th anniversary of the event nationally. It was established by the U.S. Department of the State and U.S. Department of Education as a way of celebrating the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.


Lindsey Wilson College currently serves 109 international students from 39 different countries. Throughout the week students shared cultural diversity through presentation, food, song, dance, spoken word and other forms of performance art.

Lena Nekolaeva, Assistant Director of the International Student Program (ISP), found the variety of presentations from different cultures to be a great benefit to students.

"Students were very creative," said Nekolaeva. "We saw everything from history of other countries and foreign food to martial arts, soccer tricks, piano performance, and traditional dance.

Nekoleava finds International Education Week to be very important to the liberal arts student at Lindsey Wilson College.

"This week is important to the LWC community because students get exposed to other cultures and learn more about differences and similarities between them. International students get to share information that is important to them and domestic students get to discover new worlds and experience unfamiliar traditions."

Alexi Pahkasalo, an LWC student from Vantaa, Finland, gave a presentation during Thursday night's closing ceremonies in the Norma and Glenn Hodge Centre for Discipleship that presented many interesting aspects of his home country. Pahkasalo was encouraged by the overall mood and participation of students and community members at the event.

"The thing that I enjoyed most about presenting was seeing the enthusiasm of the people there," said Pahkasalo. "People were laughing, participating, and truly showing their interest in what I was sharing about my country. I loved seeing the reaction of my volunteers as they tasted salty licorice from Finland. That was so funny."

Derrick Kisita, an LWC student from Uganda, also spoke during the final night of International Education Week about the differences between his home country and the United States. Kisita stressed the importance of the week for Lindsey Wilson College.

"International education week is beneficial the LWC community and any community for that matter because we get to learn and exchange ideas and different perspectives," said Kisita. "Being in touch with what is going in the world contributes to the making an all round student. I am grateful to LWC for such a life changing opportunity."


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Derrick Kisita leads trivia session on Uganda



2016-11-19 - Norma and Glenn Hodge Center, 402 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY. - Photo by Travis Smith, Lindsey Wilson College photo.
Derrick Kisita, an LWC nursing student from Uganda, gets the crowd involved in some trivia about Uganda in the Norma and Glenn Hodge Center for Discipleship during the final night of International Education Week hosted by the Lindsey Wilson College International Student Program. - Travis Smith

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Alexi Pahkasalo shares favorite treat from Finland



2016-11-19 - Norma and Glenn Hodge Center, 402 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY. - Photo by Travis Smith, Lindsey Wilson College photo.
Alexi Pahkasalo left, with microphone, an LWC student from Vantaa, Finland, shared black licorice (a popular treat in Finland) with several LWC students to get their reactions in front of a crowd of over 100 students, faculty, staff and community members in the Norma and Glenn Hodge Center for Discipleship during the final night of International Education Week hosted by the Lindsey Wilson College International Student Program. - Travis Smith

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