New Mexico State University hosts International Festival

October 8, 2008 by Louie Calderon NMSU News Center

With 75 countries and about 1,000 students making up the international population at New Mexico State University, there’s no better way to share a multicultural encounter in southern New Mexico than at NMSU’s International Festival.

Hosted by the Associated Students of NMSU and the Office of International and Border Programs, the two-day festival will take place in the Corbett Center Ballrooms on the NMSU campus. The public is invited to attend the event from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Las Cruces area school children are invited to attend from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27.

“It’s an opportunity for international students at NMSU to put their cultures on display,” said Mary Jaspers, assistant director of foreign students at NMSU.

The festival was formerly held every spring semester, but will now be held in the fall.

The festival will include displays of music, dancing, games, art, clothing and photos from each participant’s native country. There also will be native foods that can be purchased with a donation of 50 cents.

Australian Dave George, a sophomore majoring in microbiology and participant at this year’s festival, said he plans to share the history, scenery, animals and flowers that make Australia unique.

Sean Milton, foreign student advisor at NMSU and festival organizer, said one of his fondest memories while in elementary school in Kansas was attending an international festival.

“I think it’s ideal for kids to get educated by experiencing it rather than seeing pictures in a book,” Milton said.

Admission to the festival is free. For more information or questions about participating in the event call (575) 646-2017.

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