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From the Desk of the Chancellor, Feb. 28, 2012

Chancellor Charles R. Bantz
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February 28, 2012

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Congratulations to the Office of International Affairs and all the partners who came together to make this year’s International Fest this past Thursday vibrant and engaging. Now in its 8th year, the festival continues to grow, and the Campus Center was packed.

Visitors were treated to international cuisine prepared by IUPUI Food Service with dishes from India, Mexico, China, Egypt, and Kenya. A panel of IUPUI students who have studied abroad in China discussed how the experience transformed them. Even pre-schoolers made “field trips” by shuttle busses from the IUPUI Center for Young Children to sample the food and view the IUPUI Flag Collection displayed throughout the atrium (sponsored by Duke Energy and curated by the International Center).

Some 50 student organizations, community agencies, and academic units participated in providing activities. Here are some highlights:

•Two international students in the Music Technology program of the School of Engineering and Technology entertained the crowd with keyboard and guitar—a volunteer performance that was a great way to showcase the program’s talented students.

•Professor Abdalla Ali of the Herron School of Art and Design worked with students to write visitors’ names in Arabic calligraphy on specially designed cards with four different Islamic design borders. This was so popular, more than 150 name cards were made!

•New this year was an International Fashion Show organized by Honors College student Evangeline Hodgson and the International Club. This was a follow-up to their highly successful show the preceding Friday (February 17), which was covered by NUVO,  and attracted some 300 onlookers.

Jane Gehlhausen, director of International and Cultural Affairs for Mayor Ballard, brought greetings to the International Festival and said, “IUPUI is a jewel in our city that is a key part of what makes Indy global.” We appreciate the very gracious words, knowing how Mayor Ballard’s office has worked to highlight Indy’s international assets, such as the International Marketplace project, which will transform the Lafayette Square Mall.

Photos of this festive event may be viewed in this IUPUI website gallery.  We look forward to the 9th year!

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