Thursday, October 25, 2012

Culture Week at Ball State University

Culture Week at Ball State University Begins October 29

The Ball State University Rinker Center for International Programs, the Multicultural Center, the University Program Board, and Ball State Dining Services have joined forces to sponsor this year’s Culture Week.  The highlight event will be called “The Amazing Taste: Global Fair,” and will be held in the Student Center on November 1 from 4-8 P.M.  This year’s event will feature a street fair atmosphere with cuisine from more than 20 countries, interactive cultural activities and displays, and student group demonstrations as well as a main stage entertainment in the Ballroom and Tally Area of the Student Center. 

Ball State Dining Services will host an elaborate multicultural menu from around the world.  Students can use their meal card for this event.  Cost for the food fair is $7.75 for students, $8 for non-students, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for ages 2 and under.  Pre-purchasing of wristbands begins in the Student Center Tally on Monday, October 29.   Access to the cultural displays and activities is free.

Culture Week 2012 begins on Monday, October 29 with information available in the Student Center Tally Area from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Study Abroad 101 is from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in the Yuhas Room, Student Center 102.  China In-Depth: A Changing China presented by Po Hu is in Student Center 303 at 6:00 pm.  And the Outlet Hip Dance Troupe will be giving a Hip-Hop workshop at 7:30 pm in Student Center 310.

Tuesday, October 30 events include Opportunities with the Peace Corps from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the Student Center Forum Room and International Conversation Hour at 6:00 pm in Student Center.

The University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) will be providing maps and posters for the country booths at the Global Fair.  Every week the GRMC provides maps for display for the Culture Exchange at the Rinker Center for International Programs, and many of these countries will be represented at this event.  The Culture Exchange for Wednesday, October 31, will feature a presentation about Iceland by Gunnar Ingolfsson at 12:00 pm in the Yuhas Room of the Student Center.  An Iceland-Inspired lunch is available in the Tally from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Other events for Wednesday, October 31 include Day of the Dead: Dla De los Muertos at 5:00 in Student Center 301 and Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown at midnight in Pruis Hall.

Friday, November 2 events include Cardinals Abroad at 1:00 pm in the Yuhas Room and International Career Opportunities at 2:30 pm in Student Center 303.

On Saturday the Multicultural Center and Housing and Residence Life will sponsor a trip to Jungle Jim’s International Market in Cincinnati, Ohio.    

For more information about any of the Culture Week events, please contact the Rinker Center for International Programs at 765-285-5422.  For more information about using maps and other resources from the GRMC for classroom displays, exhibits, and other special events, please call the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

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