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SCC International Festival will be held on Somerset Campus

“Listen to the World (exploring music, culture, and language)” is the theme for the 2013 Somerset Community College International Festival. The festival, held on the SCC Somerset Campus, located at 808 Monticello Street in Somerset, will be Thursday, October 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The festival, now in its eighth year, will feature over 25 educational presentations and activities. The event is free and open to the public. A complete schedule, as well as information on celebrations at the other SCC campuses and centers can be found on the International Festival webpage.

Highlights this year include:

  • The traditional Opening Ceremony with SCC President/CEO Jo Marshall, Mayor Eddie Girdler, and the Parade of Nations, led by bagpipers Davidson and Lewis, held outside on the stage.
  • "Beauty in the World" video developed by student Carla Moore, presented all day long in the Learning Commons.
  • A session on water wells and new schools in Bullike, Uganda,  held in the Rogers Student Commons Citizens National Bank Community Room from 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
  • Wearable art by Laverne Zabielski, with musical accompaniment by her husband Larry, held in Stoner Little Theatre from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  
  • A discussion, "On Greece," presented by SCC professors Wanda and Denny Fries about their recent trip, held in Meece Auditorium from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • A Fire Poi exhibit by John Fryman from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. on the outdoor stage.
  • A display by UK Alumni Association Lake Cumberland Club on International Affairs, held in the corridor of the Rogers Student Commons corridor all day.

Other topics include:

  • Student Exchange Program
  • Yoga, Zumba, and Tai Chi demonstrations
  • Chopstick Relay
  • How to write Chinese characters demonstration
  • QEP exhibit on critical thinking

In addition, there will be presentations on various countries, including Germany, Bangladesh, and Egypt. SCC Cosmetology students will also have displays from their international fashion contest. Be sure to vote for your favorite.

Elaine Wilson, director of cultural diversity at Somerset Community College, said the festival has again expanded its offerings in fine and culinary art this year. Music will include the Big Maracas Band, Sogo Drums, and Michael Wells playing the Pipa. Lunch for the event will be coordinated by Chef Michael Wells, director of the SCC Culinary Arts program. Local chef Mete Sergin will present a food demonstration. The Pulaski County Homemakers will provide tea and cookies. And, breads and coffee, donated by Baxter’s, will be served at 9:00 a.m. in the community room by the Wayne County Homemakers.

The International Festival is supported by: Pulaski County Public Safety Coordinator Tiger Robinson, Director of the Somerset-Pulaski Convention and Visitors Bureau Carolyn Mounce, Pulaski County Homemakers and Wayne County Homemakers.