International Day at LEON Campus

| By Corrine Hickin |

Once a year, the College of Southern Maryland hosts an event to raise international awareness and promote their travel study courses.

The Global Initiative Committee at CSM usually hosts this International Day event at the La Plata campus, but this year Professor Michelle Christian’s COM-1450: Groups, Teams, and Leadership class took over the project at Leonardtown.

The event featured four different countries: Belgium, The United Kingdom, India, and South Africa. Each booth offered information on that country’s culture and history. The students prepared several dishes to correspond with their country.

“We do this to make sure students of CSM and Leonardtown know about the trip to South Africa,” said Darrien Kristianson, a student in charge of the Belgium booth. “It’s a group effort.”

At the beginning of the event, the students asked for a moment of silence for the recent tragedies in Paris, Lebanon, and Baghdad. “It’s about international recognition,” said Kristianson.

The class prepared for this event for approximately two months, according to Kristianson. Another student, Maureen McFadden, in charge of the South Africa booth, said that the class broke up into groups and subgroups to divide up the countries and other tasks.

“The first thing you think of when you think of the UK is London, but, no! There’s so much more than that… I’m happy to get a chance to show the diversity of the UK,” said Mirelle Patrey, a student in charge of the UK’s booth.

In addition to verbal information, the class offered up free mock passports, brochures on each country, free key-chains, pencils, and other trinkets to thank people for attending their event. Each campus has a similar event this week to promote International Education Month.

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