Last Saturday night’s annual International Dinner at the University Union attracted more than 150 guests with participation by students from 26 different countries. Exchange students Cindy Olaria and Lars Willmitzer documented the festive evening of food and entertainment in photos.
The student International Club will once again be hosting its annual International Dinner — one of UW-Green Bay’s tastiest and most longstanding traditions — on Saturday, April 18. The dinner will showcase food and performances from around the world. The doors open at 5:30 and the performances start at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the University Ticketing and Information Center, (920) 465-2400. Prices are $8 for students, $17 for non-students, $8 for children ages 8-14, and $5 for those 7 and under.
It has been 30 years and he lives 9,000 miles away in his native homeland, Malaysia, but memories of UW-Green Bay come both quickly and fondly for UW-Green Bay alumnus Ahmad Faisal Alias.
So much so, that Faisal is an active contributor to the UWGB alumni facebook page and he has created a page for UWGB Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean alumni, as well.
“I like the UWGB social sites because of all the memories UWGB gave me, and I want to share and keep them,” he said. “This was also the place where I grew up from a school boy to an adult. UWGB itself and its people might have changed and grown since I left, but it has been a part of my life.”
Despite the time past, Faisal has lightening quick recall for the faculty and staff that made both a deep and fond impression on him: “Ron Baba, Ray Hutchison, Per Johnsen, Ismail Shariff, Kumar Kangayappan, Bill Niedzwiedz, David Damkoehler, and Johnson (Patricia).”
His fondest memories, he says, came from his time at the International Student Center, at that time located on the seventh floor of the Cofrin Library.
“The center was headed by Elizabeth K. Hocking, the Assistant Dean of Students, and she was assisted by her secretary, Nancy Long. They were among the sweetest ladies I have ever met during my stay there. The center was our home away from home, away from home (twice). That’s the place we used to hang out between classes, for drinks and food. There were also the International Dinners, when we played host to our American friends. We cooked our traditional dishes, put on our traditional clothes and got to showcase our cultural dances and customs.”
Faisal came to UW-Green Bay in August of 1983, not by chance. After much research into Urban and Regional Planning academic programs, the Malaysian Public Service Department offered him a full scholarship and the organization chose UW-Green Bay as the school he should attend.
Now he follows in the footsteps of the faculty members that left such an impression. He is an Urban and Regional Planning Associate Professor at the MARA University of Technology, one of the public universities in Malaysia.
“My experience at UWGB has helped me in many ways,” he says. “Being a student in a foreign land gave me a different perspective and appreciation about America and its people and cultures, apart from what I saw on TV when I was growing as a child in Malaysia.
“Although I studied about North American geography in high school, being there myself was amazing. I also got to meet and know some American families on Washington Island and Door County during a program arranged during the 1986 Easter Break. We became good friends and they became my foster families to this day. And then, there was the Green Bay weather and the Green Bay Packers. I played rugby at my school, so American football comes naturally for me.”
When he wasn’t in class or “LL730” (Library Learning Center), he spent his time at the Phoenix Sports Center playing indoor soccer and swimming.
“Unfortunately, I have lost contact with virtually all my American classmates. However, I am still in contact with some of the faculty members like Profs. Hutchison and Alesch, and have exchanged occasional greetings with Prof. Damkohler and Bill Niedzwiedz.
After leaving UWGB, Faisal earned a master’s degree at Virginia Tech and returned to Malaysia to teach, among other subjects, Planning Project Studios, Site Planning, Sustainable Development and Environmental Planning, Technical Drafting, and History of Planning. He successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis last month, and hopes to officially graduate in October of 2014.
Members of the student International Club invite campus and community to the 38th annual International Dinner on Saturday, April 12. Those attending will have a chance to enjoy food and performances from around the globe coordinated and presented by UW-Green Bay’s international students. Dinner will include Egyptian Macaroni Béchamel, Malaysian Vegetable Udon, Indian Naan Bread & Cucumber Salad and Spanish Empanada de Manzana y Crema. The International Club students will offer nearly a dozen different performances of music, dance and more. Doors to the University Union Phoenix Room open at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner starting at 6 p.m., followed by the performances at 6:45. The event is $6.50 for students and $16.50 for the community, faculty and staff. Tickets are available by calling (920) 465-2400, or going to the University Information and Ticketing Center. Only a limited number of tickets will be available after next Wednesday, April 9.
We’ve told you previously to mark your calendar for a pair of events this week:
• Tuesday, Sept. 17 – Jordanian Dinner, 5:30 p.m., with visitors Tony Anqod and Ahmad Kamal Azban providing the music and food at the Mauthe Center
• Thursday, Sept 19 – Panel Discussion on Middle East refugees, 6 p.m., at the Mauthe Center
Here is additional detail about the Thursday panel discussion, as provided by Jill Collins White, anthropologist and assistant professor of Human Development: Jordan has a long history of aiding refugees from the various wars of the 20th Century in the Middle East; a consistent American ally, Jordan is also a poor nation and one whose citizens struggle with the stress of providing aid to these refugees. Adjunct Prof. James White will provide an historical introduction and moderate the discussion. The panelists, including Jill White and Jordanian educators Ahmad Azban and Tony Anqoud, will then discuss the issues from the perspective of Jordanian citizens as well as from those living in the camps. More information about Azban and Anquod.
They would have appreciated an earlier RSVP – easier to order and prepare enough food that way – but if you ask nice you still might be able to order up a ticket for one of UW-Green Bay’s best and longest-running traditions: the annual student-organized International Dinner and fashion/talent show. Contact Kristy Aoki at email@example.com or see our original post for details.
The International Club reminds us that tickets should be purchased now for the annual International Dinner taking place at 5:30 p.m. next Saturday, April 27, in the Union’s Phoenix Room. Members of the community, students, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy flavors from around the globe. Additionally, students from India, Kenya, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Japan,China, Egypt, the USA and Nepal, among others, will entertain the crowd with talent and fashion show performances. It’s one of the University’s oldest and best student-event traditions. Tickets, available at the Union’s ticket desk, are $16.50 for non-students, $6.50 for students, and $8.25 for children under 12. Buy tickets by Monday (April 22) to ensure availability. For more information contact Kristy Aoki, international student services coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets are still available for the 36th annual International Dinner Saturday (April 21) here on campus. The student International Club hosts this University and community event, choosing the menu and providing recipes for preparation by UW-Green Bay food service. International students will entertain the audience with a fashion show and dance styles from England, Northern Ireland, Japan,India, Korea and China, among others. More details.
Tickets are still available for the 36th annual International Dinner this Saturday evening (April 21) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The campus and community event is hosted by the student International Club. Members choose the menu and provide recipes for preparation by UW-Green Bay food service. Additionally, international students will entertain the audience with a fashion show and dance styles from England, Northern Ireland, Japan, India, Korea and China, among others.
Dinner will include Malaysian curry, Japanese salad, Egyptian rice, French onion soup and German apfel kuchen for dessert.
Doors to the Phoenix Room, located on the main level of UW-Green Bay’s University Union, will open at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner starting at 6 p.m., followed by the performances at 6:45 p.m.
Tickets should be reserved in advance. They are $16.50 for community members, faculty and staff; $8.50 for UW-Green Bay students; and $5 for children under 10. Tickets may be ordered by calling (920) 465-2400, or visiting the University Information and Ticketing Center in the University Union at UW-Green Bay.
Join the International Club for the 36th annual International Dinner this Saturday (April 21). Doors to the Union’s Phoenix Room open at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner starting at 6 p.m., followed by the performances at 6:45. The event is $8.50 for students, $16.50 for the community, faculty and staff, and $5 for children under 10. Dinner will include Malaysian curry, Japanese salad, Egyptian Rice, French Onion Soup and German Apfel Kuchen for dessert. International Club students will perform nearly a dozen different dance styles from England, Northern Ireland, Japan, India, Korea, China, and more. For tickets, call (920) 465-2400, or visit the University Information and Ticketing Center. Only a limited number of tickets will be available after Tuesday.