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Alcorn international students share global perspectives with local community

IMSO at Senior Citizen

Terry Kelly shares his drwings with IMSO memebrs.

Taste of different countries was brought to the Claiborne County Senior Care facility by international students of Alcorn State University early in the morning of November 14. Seven members of the International and Multicultural Student Organization (IMSO), including Leidy Tatiana Moreno from Colombia, Alexzandr Lidzar and Vera Zholondz from Russia, Celina Clark and Morgan Genereaut from Canada, Mwiti Samuel from Kenya, Arielle Buchmann from Switzerland, and IMSO advisor Elena Dobrynina, paid a visit to the facility in Port Gibson, Mississippi, to share with the elderly about their home countries.

Many of the seniors paid close attention to the colorful posters and short presentations done by the Alcorn State students and made remarks. “The presentation about Colombia was so informative,” stated resident Barry McCain. “I would like to travel there someday.” Resident Nathaniel Abraham said, “It was interesting to know that money in some countries is of different color, not just all green, like in the U.S.”

“The visit was a give and take,” shared Elena Dobrynina, IMSO advisor. “It was beneficial for the elderly to visit with international students and learn about their home countries firsthand. And for the students, it was a new experience showing them one more aspect of American life.”

“It was interesting to see the senior citizen facility and compare it to the facilities in Russia,” said Alexandr Lidzar who came to the United States two years ago and is still learning about the American culture. “I was impressed with how nice the facility was and you could tell that the residents get very good care.”

After the presentations, the elderly sat with the students in the dining hall asking questions, telling stories and sharing their drawings. “It was lovely how Terry opened up and shared his art with us,” said Arielle Buchmann. “And he enjoyed the presentations so much!”

The event concluded with music performance major Vera Zholondz playing two short pieces on the piano that enchanted both the aged and young crowd. At the end of the day, the residents and the personnel of the facility thanked the students and invited them to come and visit again in the near future.