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LWC International Host Dinner draws nearly 150

'We owe so much to our Host Families. Our international students are often on their first trip away from their home countries. The warmth and caring they receive from out Host Families help them adapt to their new and sometimes confusing surroundings" - SABINE EASTHAM, Director of the International Student Program
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By Dan Koger, Associat Professor of Communications
Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY

Nearly 150 persons filled the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church at a dinner Tuesday night, May 2, 2017, as International Student Program students and program leaders at Lindsey Wilson College said "thank you" to 39 area Host Families who gave students from countries as far away as Japan and Lithuania a taste of home during the past year.


"We owe so much to our Host Families," said Sabine Eastham, Director of the International Student Program. "Our international students are often on their first trip away from their home countries. The warmth and caring they receive from out Host Families help them adapt to their new and sometimes confusing surroundings"
LWC's 100 international students, many of them athletes, live on campus. Host families informally "adopt" one or more international students, providing them with home-cooked meals, showing them interesting sights in the surrounding area, and generally providing their young visitors with a feeling that they are welcome here in southcentral Kentucky.

"Some of our host families have been opening their homes to our international students for 10 years or more," Eastham said. "Lifelong relationships have been formed. Host "parents" have visited the home countries of their students, attended weddings and christenings there and generally stayed in touch for years on end."


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Scene at International Student Host Dinner, CUMC



2017-05-03 - Columbia United Methodist Church, 202 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Elena Nikolaeva, student from Russia and Assistant Director of LWC International Student Program.
Standing up on the left with white sweater and orange shirt is Alex (Alexandra) Shchipakina a student from Russia. She is returning to her table where you have Rudy Thomas (host parent and Upward Bound Director) with his back to us and two of his host students; to the left is Kimberley Stevens from Jamaica and to the right of her, Janice Brown, also from Jamaica. - SABINE EASTHAM

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