Ouachita’s International Club and Grant Center for International Education have reinvented this year’s International Food Festival in order to continue celebrating the many countries and cultures of its students! New on the blog, senior João Rodrigues shares about the Feb. 16 virtual event.
Every time I have walked into my office at the Grant Center over the past seven years, I have been greeted by the smiling face of our first Asian student, Charles Pong. It elicited in me a deep curiosity to find out his backstory and a desire to find out more about how someone from Kaifeng, China, could have arrived on the campus of Ouachita Baptist College in the early 1920s.
Ouachita Baptist University’s International Club and Daniel and Betty Jo Grant Center for International Education will host the 2020 International Food Festival (IFF) on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in Walker Conference Center. Tickets will be $5 each at the door.
For the 1500+ students who make their way onto Ouachita’s campus every day, each one has a unique and specific path that brought them to Arkadelphia. Joao Rodrigues, a sophomore finance and business administration major from Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, had never even heard of Ouachita before thinking about college, but a big passion and talent for swimming was just what it took to come to school in southwest Arkansas.
Food is a reason to gather with our friends and family. Food is also something that is nostalgic, whether from our childhood, special occasions or cool places we’ve visited. For many of us, food reminds us of home and our community. Our international students on Ouachita’s campus feel exactly the same way, but they cannot simply go home for a weekend if they are missing home.
I love traveling and, in college, many of us will get the chance to do so. Over the years and during my travels both national and abroad, I have learned some hard lessons. Here are some tips and things I’ve learned so you can know before you go.
Ouachita, which many of us affectionately call “the bubble,” is its own world and culture, of sorts. Many of us come from different backgrounds, states and even countries, but we can relate because we are studying for the same CORE classes, practicing for Tiger Tunes and standing out in the cold to cheer for the tigers during Battle of the Ravine.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Carl Goodson Honors Program and Alpha Tau student honors organization hosted their annual Black and White Reception on Thursday, Feb. 7, awarding three student research grants and inducting more than 100 new members.
Ouachita Baptist University’s International Club and Daniel and Betty Jo Grant Center for International Education will host the 2019 International Food Festival on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 5:30 p.m. in Walker Conference Center.