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LSUA to Recognize International Students in Flag Ceremony

Released: 10/19/2009

Fifteen countries represented by 18 students will be recognized in the first Flag Day Ceremony at LSU Alexandria, announced Dessie Williams, director of international and multicultural affairs. The event, which is part of International Education Week activities, will be held Nov. 18 at noon in the Fitness Center on campus.

A presentation of flags from Cameroon, Canada, Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Finland, Germany, Guatemala, India, Japan, South Korea, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Ukraine and Vietnam will be accompanied by the national anthems of the countries represented in the LSUA student body. “The 18 international students who will carry their flags in the processional are those who have retained their foreign citizenship,” said Williams. “Several other of our students are foreign natives but have become naturalized American citizens.”

LSUA chancellor Dr. David Manuel will welcome the students. “An important part of education is understanding and appreciating cultural diversity. Our international students enrich the educational experience, and we appreciate the contributions they make to the entire student body. We’re also mindful of the hardships and challenges that many of them have overcome to study in this country,” Manuel said.

Manuel, a strong proponent of international exposure in higher education, wants to increase the opportunities for foreign exchange among students and faculty and eventually establish an LSUA foreign study program. A Fulbright Scholar from Montenegro, Marija Knezevic, is teaching in the Department of English, Arts and Humanities this semester.

The flag presentation ceremony is open to the public. Additional information is available from Williams at 473-6473 or dessiew@lsua.edu