The Associate Dean of International Affairs Sue McDougal sponsors the International Coffee Hour every Friday afternoon in the Mary Low Coffeehouse. This event begins at 4:30pm and provides a cosy atmosphere to mix and mingle over freshly baked cookies and coffee or tea! There are fun activities going on like live music, origami workshop, martenici, painting on eggs for Easter, and games! Sometimes there are themes for certain coffee hours such as “Bring your roommate”, “Host Family coffee hour” and many more.
The big campus-wide event is the International Extravaganza, which usually happens in April. It is a celebration of the cultures present on the Colby campus through songs, dances, skits, music, food (and even martial arts!). Come and tour the world under the dozens of flags that decorate the Page Commons!
International Food Festival
Huseying Akturk from Turkey and of the class of 2007 came up with the idea for holding a food festival to help bring students together. It is a great opportunity for students to cook food with each other and share it with the community. Food representing 28 countries was made at the Second Annual International Food Festival. The event not only brings students together but also faculty. In the past two events, there have been faculty and staff members acting as judges. Jean McIntyre, retired Senior Teaching Associate in Chemistry has judged the event twice. So far there has been two food festivals and we are looking forward to more in the future.
Music Around the World
This event, the brainchild of Valentina Saltane, class of 2004, provides an opportunity for students to show-case their talents in Music. Participants put up a wonderful show that range from singing to playing musical instruments.
Host Family Program
The Host Family Program matches new International Students at Colby with families who would like to spend quality time with someone from another part of the world. The time commitment varies depending on the student and family. There are three to four events organized during the year and these have ranged from bowling, to skiing, to pot luck dinners. The program is open to all students be they four-year degree students or one-year language assistants.