The Edmond Sun

Education

April 12, 2014

Gala to celebrate global programs

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma’s Office of Global Affairs will present the International House Night Market Gala from 6-9 p.m. April 18 at the UCO International House, 912 N. Chowning Ave. in Edmond, just north of the main campus.

Now in its second year, the gala’s 2014 theme is “A Fusion of Art and Cultural Storytelling.”

Attendees will enjoy dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment and the presentation of the award for Promoting Cross-Cultural Understanding to Pam Washington, Ph.D., dean of Central’s College of Fine Arts and Design, as well as the recognition of Zhongying Wang, president of Tiptop Energy Production US LLC, as a top contributor to Cross-Cultural Understanding.

Washington has been instrumental in developing study abroad opportunities for Central students, while Wang has been vital to educating his U.S. workforce in the intricacies of doing business both here and abroad.

“The Night Market Gala engages the UCO and Edmond communities in a formal evening of cultural events while raising funds for the continued efforts of the UCO International House,” said Dennis Dunham, executive director of the Office of Global Affairs at Central.

“Guests will enhance their cultural understanding and see the rich cultural diversity that UCO and its international students have to offer.”

The evening’s performances will include Japanese hibiki drums, a vocal performance from Qun Wang, graduate student in Central’s School of Music, and piano performances from Central students Buyun Kan and Jin Quanxiu.

Opened in 2012, the UCO International House offers opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the broader community to experience global cultures through transformative learning experiences. The one-of-a-kind facility serves as a “home away from home” for Central’s international students, a venue for special events with a global focus and as a housing facility for visiting faculty and guests of the university.

The gala is black tie optional and open to the public. Tickets are available for $50 per person or $75 per couple. To purchase, visit www.uco.edu/ihouse.

For more information, contact Nela Mrchkovska, manager of the International House, at 888-3583 or via email at ihouse@uco.edu.

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