|Thirty-one American students and 30 international students attended the Oct. 27 dinner.|
The Global Initiatives Club held their Asian vs. Western Etiquette Dinner on Oct. 27 at Ginger Bistro Restaurant located in the Delmar as part of an effort to bring American and international students together to exchange and share about their cultures.
Sixty-one students participated, with a near even mix of American students and international students. The dinner was a huge success and these 61 students highly represented and defined what a global citizen should be.
Tim Patrick Hercules and Weimin Wang, Ph.D., spoke at the event, comparing the formal dinner etiquettes between Western and Asian contexts. Hercules is the director of Office for International Services and also established the Host Family Program for international students. Wang is an accounting professor in the John Cook School of Business and has been very supportive of The Global Initiatives Club.
Special guest Michael Shaner, Ph.D., a management professor in the School of Business, also joined the dinner to express his care and concerns towards international students.
The Global Initiatives Club (TGIC) was founded at the beginning of this semester by Stephanie Song, the current vice president of international affairs in the Student Government Association, with the purpose of building a bridge between domestic and international students and form sustainable friendships.
Currently, TGIC has 61 members with almost equal distribution of domestic and international students. Every member of TGIC is automatically enrolled into a "Buddy Program" that pairs up international students with domestic students in order to establish a sense of brotherhood among the club.
Anyone interested in learning more about TGIC, can friend the "The Global Initiatives Club" on Facebook or email TGIC at firstname.lastname@example.org.