Annual Dinner Celebrates Walsh International Students


School News

March 18, 2019

The Walsh University community celebrated its global campus community during the annual International Dinner on Saturday, March 16, in the Walsh Cecchini Center. For more than 30 years, this highly-anticipated event has brought people together for a night of food and fellowship to celebrate the heritage of Walsh’s international community.  

Organized by the Office of International Student Services and The World Student Organization, the event featured a buffet style dinner prepared by Walsh international students and served alongside meals donated by Sodexo. The Walsh University campus is home to more than 115 international students from 34 different countries.

"Our students really put their heart and soul into creating an event that is full of energy and personally celebrates the unique aspects of their individual cultures," said Kristi Campbell, Director of International Student Services. "The entire night is an expression of who they are as a community."

Entertainment included an international fashion show, Walsh Choir performance, St. Haralambos Hellenic Dancers, cultural dances, poetry and music provided by Walsh students and guests. Throughout the evening, students competed in a "dance-off" competition from countries including Bolivia, Uganda, Nepal and the USA. This year’s event Emcees were Emily Kobel (USA) and Robinson Otim (Uganda).

The fashion show highlighted traditional clothing modeled by Walsh’s international students from around the world. Performances showcased the talent and diverse culture of Walsh’s students including an Irish Dance, Traditional Nepali Folk Dance, a Martial Arts Demonstration, Poetry from South Africa, and a vocal performance by Director of Campus Ministry Ben Walther.