Article By: MC2 Chablis J. Torrence
The Naval Postgraduate School’s International Day, a cultural showcase of diversity in the student population, returned to campus with near record crowds as more than 25 countries offered food, faire and information along the campus quad, April 27.
“Over 1,500 guests attended the event Saturday,” said International Executive Committee (IEC) International Co-Chair, Turkish Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Gokay Huz.
“The guests we interacted with throughout the day continually praised the student-led country booths for the quality of food, enthusiasm in showcasing their countries and the overall atmosphere of the day,” added IEC United States Co-Chair, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Adam Yang.
“[It was a] great turnout and lots of fun had by all,” added NPS Interim President, Rear Admiral Jan E. Tighe. “Seeing the kids dressed up in their traditional outfits was a special treat. I definitely ate too much, but it was worth it to get a sample of so many diverse and new dishes! Congratulations to the IEC for initiating and delivering such a fantastic event.”
Representatives from all over the world participated in the celebration with food, varying demonstrations of culture including dancing, singing and handcrafts, all performed by NPS students and their families. Each booth featured some of the respective country’s most popular dishes, including German sausage, baklava, a Brazilian soda, and Turkish coffee.
"The return of International Day to the Naval Postgraduate School was a resounding success, one of the best we have ever had," said retired Marine Corps Col. Gary Roser, Assistant Dean of the School of International Graduate Studies and Director of the International Graduate Programs Office at NPS.
|A delegation of students and spouses from Taiwan serve up a variety of traditional dishes to a long line of hungry attendees. More than 25 nations shared traditional food, faire and cultural information during the return of the Naval Postgraduate School’s International Day, April 27.|