International Students Enjoy a Taste of Thanksgiving
Getting into the Thanksgiving spirit are front row
: Perry Goldsberry (England), Archie Massen (England), Dillon Gaffney (Ireland) and Sam Butler (England); back row
: Luis Lopez (Mexico), Thea Dybvig (Norway), Hanne Neby (Norway) and Maria Eriksen (Sweden).
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV.
26, 2013 – "At home, we have turkey at
Christmas," said Dillon Gaffney, a junior at The University of Texas at
Brownsville, as he enjoyed a Thanksgiving
lunch a few days in advance of the holiday.
Kildare, Ireland, Gaffney was among 89 international students who were treated
to a Thanksgiving feast by the Office of Global
on Monday, Nov. 25, in the Salon Cassia.
is a little taste of America, my second Thanksgiving here in the States,"
chimed in Archie Massen, a sophomore who hails from Lincoln, England.
a kinesiology major who hopes to coach in the future, and Gaffney, a
communication major who jokes about becoming a talk show host, perhaps the next
Piers Morgan, came to UTB as athletic recruits to play soccer for the Ocelots.
very kind for the Global Engagement folks to put on this meal for us to all
enjoy, especially since we'll not have the opportunity to be with our families
over the holiday," Gaffney said.
Executive Director of Global Engagement, and her staff welcomed the students to
Salon Cassia where tables were decorated for the season. Each place at every
table held an information sheet about Thanksgiving for the students to learn
more about this uniquely American holiday.
are delighted to share this custom with our international students,"
Paroiatnikova said. "For some, this is their first Thanksgiving meal, while
others have been here a year or more and are familiar with this custom. The
Office of Global Engagement is the hub for our international students;
here to make their time at UTB as productive and culturally enriching as
possible. We also want them to learn about this very American tradition of a
special Thanksgiving meal when a whole family meets to celebrate it together,
and this way they can experience it with their family of international
Global Engagement staff served Thanksgiving dinners to 89 international students.
Kazakhstan, Askar Kassymov and Zamart Ramazanova were seated at a table with students
representing three other countries: three from Matamoros, Mexico, majoring in
biology, biomedical research and bioengineering, two physics students from
China, and a Russian student studying accounting.
is in her third year at UTB working on her master's in physics, whereas
Kassymov is at UTB for only three months as an exchange student from his
university, Kazakh National
Technical University After K.I. Satpayev in Almaty in southern Kazakhstan. He is
working on research with Dr. Karen Martirosyan, an Associate
Professor in the Department of
Physics and Astronomy.
agreed the Thanksgiving meal was delicious. As for Mexican food, Kassymov said
he is not fond of spicy dishes, but he has enjoyed a taco or two, although he
prefers "not to have a spicy taco every day."
more information on international studies, contact the Office of Global
Engagement at 956-882-7690 or firstname.lastname@example.org