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Diversity to be celebrated at International Student Picnic

Between 200 and 300 people are expected to attend the New Mexico State University International Student Picnic to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, in Preciado Park.


es from around the world will be represented at the picnic. This year, NMSU's international students come from more than 70 countries including India, China, Mexico, Jordan, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, El Salvador, France, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, Brazil, Albania and Sri Lanka.

"Students are still arriving, so even more countries may be represented," said Judith Messal, of NMSU's communication studies department. "Also, friends and families of these students are invited, which will expand the countries represented."

After food service begins, there will be performances by the Mariachi Real de Chihuahua and the NMSU Rodeo Club.

"We wanted to offer a typical U.S. picnic-style meal and also highlight some regional traditional culture," Messal said.

William Mattiace, mayor of Las Cruces, Everett Egginton, NMSU's dean of International and U.S.-Mexico Border Programs and Jacqueline Sanchez, president of the NMSU Rotaract Club, will be among officials greeting students at the picnic.

The picnic is sponsored by NMSU, the Las Cruces Rotary Club, the Rio Grande Rotary Club, the Mesilla Valley Rotary Club and the NMSU Rotaract Club.

For more information contact Messal at (505) 646-3629.

Austin Craig
Aug. 30, 2006