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Louisiana Tech’s Cultures come Together

February 5, 2015

 

 

MICHAEL HOGE
Staff Reporter

 

The sounds of music and dance filled the Tonk Jan. 31 with International Student Scholarship Night.

Laura Rodriguez, a junior kinesiology and animal science major form Colombia, performed a Colombian dance with Fernando Merino, a sophomore accounting major from El Salvador– Photo by Deepanjan Mukhophadyay

Laura Rodriguez, a junior kinesiology and animal science major form Colombia, performed a Colombian dance with Fernando Merino, a sophomore accounting major from El Salvador– Photo by Deepanjan Mukhophadyay

The International Student Association hosted the event, entertaining guests with songs and dances from around the world.

 

“This is one of the fun times when we get to share our culture,” said Shashank Shrestha, a senior economics major from Nepal.

 

He said by connecting American and international students, everyone can learn more by sharing cultures.

 

“We help international students get more involved on campus and help out with whatever they need,” said Laura Rodriguez, a Columbian who is president of the International Student Association.

 

Cory Green, a senior sociology major, said he looked forward to learning about food, music and dance from around the world.

 

Hong Nguyen, a junior computer information systems major from Vietnam, hosted a table during the International Scholarship Dinner– Photo by Deepanjan Mukhophadyay

Hong Nguyen, a junior computer information systems major from Vietnam, hosted a table during the International Scholarship Dinner– Photo by Deepanjan Mukhophadyay

“My friend Nelson invited me, and I’ve never been here so I’m pretty excited,” he said.

 

Rakshya Deoja, coordinator for the International Student Office, said, “It’s a way for all students to come together.”

 

All ticket sales and donations go toward scholarships as well as scholarships donated by organizations, she said. Deoja said about 175 international students attended, and while not all are there many do help out in other ways with the program.

 

Hong Nguyen, a junior computer information systems major from Vietnam, said she was a table host. Each table represented a different country and she decorated her table with items from her country.

 

“We introduce our country with our guests and maybe assist them to help understand more about the different performances tonight and how the different countries are involved with Tech,” she said.

 

Nguyen said the performances were amazing and thought the guests also enjoyed the program.

 

“I thought it was pretty good,” Rodriguez said. “I set it (my table) up with a couple of other people, and we were trying to get people to feel like they were in a story.”

 

Hugo Zumaran Justiniano, an architecture graduate student from  Bolivia, served pita bread to Ruby Delatte, the daughter of Justin Delatte, an architecture graduate student, in line behind her– Photo by Deepanjan Mukhophadyay

Hugo Zumaran Justiniano, an architecture graduate student from
Bolivia, served pita bread to Ruby Delatte, the daughter of Justin Delatte, an architecture graduate student, in line behind her– Photo by Deepanjan Mukhophadyay

Sujan Kunwar, a senior biomedical engineer, was one of those awarded a scholarship.

 

“I’ve been involved with the international students since I came to Tech and my application was pretty strong and I’m a student in pretty good standing ,” he said.

 

Kunwar said he was surprised but very happy to receive a scholarship.

 

“I was pretty excited when I heard my name, because it helps me a lot paying for school,” said Rodriguez, a junior double major in animal sciences and kinesiology. “Paying for school, it’s hard, and being an international student has its limitations.”

 

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