Alcorn celebrates Holiday Traditions Around the World at Student Leadership Roundtable

Alcorn celebrates “Holiday Traditions Around the World” at Student Leadership Roundtable

On December 5, Student Leadership Roundtable hosted “Holiday Traditions Around the World” as a collaboration between Student Engagement and Global Programs.

International and American students, faculty and staff shared their holiday traditions and samples of their national cuisine with the audience. The first two presenters were Hongli Wen from China and Hanaa Al Sawafi from Oman, both serving as Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants at Alcorn. They shared about winter and spring holidays that their respective countries celebrate. The next presenter was an exchange student from Pakistan Kaneez Fatima. The program continued with Miss Alcorn Airnecia Mills and her story about Christmas traditions in the Unites States, followed by Elena Kostyleva, senior staff writer in the Division of Media Relations, explaining why in Russia New Year’s celebration comes before Christmas. President of International and Multicultural Student Organization Bronwyn Leeming, shared about Canadian winter festivities. Student Services Director in the School of Business Beverly Adams was fortunate enough to have lived in several countries growing up in a military family. She wished happy holidays to the audience in several languages. The last speaker was Dr. Martha Ravola, associate professor in the Department of Human Sciences, who dressed in her national Indian attire and touched on some holidays that people of different religions celebrate in her country.

Vice President for Student Affairs E. Cheryl Ponder closed the program wishing “As you go on to celebrate the holidays, please remember to step out and wish good things to others, spread the joy to people who you know need a kind word and encouragement. Travel safe and come back to Alcorn ready for 2013.”

“Many of the students indicated that they enjoyed the Roundtable and received new information about different cultures,” stated Dr. Valerie Thompson. “The primary goal of the Roundtable series is to provide students an opportunity to share and discuss classroom successes, co-curricular experiences, and issues concerning campus life.”

This event concluded the fall 2012 Roundtable sessions and the spring 2013 sessions will be held January 30, February 27, March 27, and April 24.

2012 Holiday Roundtable 

Bronwyn Leeming from Canada talks about her country’s traditions.

2012 Holiday Roundtable presenters 

The Roundtable presenters.