CU Women’s Alliance Brunch highlights international students

March 30, 2015
For Immediate Release

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Many Campbellsville and CU women attended CU’s Women’s Alliance Brunch March 28 hosted by students from the Center for International Education. (Campbellsville University Photo by Jordan Snider)

By Jordan Snider, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University Women’s Alliance met March 28 and highlighted the Center for International Education (CIE) with students performing for the women in the Banquet Hall of the Badgett Academic Support Center.

The purpose of the Women’s Alliance is to build stronger connections among women with the university and to support special needs of Campbellsville University students through the benevolence fund and the scholarship fund.

Hyukki Park (South Korea), Bulganaa Erdene (Mongolia) and Mwamini Bahati (Democratic Republic of the Congo) performed songs in their native language. Hiroko Kurimoto (Japan) performed a traditional Japanese dance. Huihui Nie (China) gave her testimony about how she came to know Christ. The brunch closed in a prayer by Hyukki Park in her native language, Korean.

The Center for International Education hosts activities, helps with visas and helps to connect international students with families in the community.

Debbie Carter, Carver School of Social Work director of recruitment and community relations, assistant professor of social work and wife of CU president Michael V. Carter of Campbellsville University, thanked the 44 women for coming and introduced the CIE.

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The Women’s Alliance Brunch was hosted by Campbellsville University’s Center for International Education. From left – Elaine Tan, Hiroko Kurimoto, Mwamini Bahati, Hyukki Park and Huihui Nie. (CU Photo by Jordan Snider)

“There are students from 45 different countries here. There are many languages spoken and that is what makes this campus so special,” she said.

Elaine Tan, area, ethnic and cultural studies instructor/facilitator, who works with the CIE, encouraged the women to be missionaries to the international students here before they go home.

Only 20 percent of international students step foot in an American home and Campbellsville is trying to change that statistic. Tan challenged the women to invite the international students into their homes as a part of the Friendship Family program.

Photos from the event can be found at CU’s Flickr page.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian University with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.