DATE:  October 31, 2005

Brittney Wood, Student Activity Coordinator, (361) 825-3430; or Melissa Goonan, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2337

Culture Fest Gives A&M-Corpus Christi Students and Community an International Experience

Event inspired by the different cultures on campus

Once again the University Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will be filled with the sights, sounds and aromas from its diverse student population during the annual Culture Fest on Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center. Culture Fest is free and open to the public.

This year’s event titled “Postcards from around the World,” is a day of celebrating and learning about different cultures. The event is hosted by the Islander Cultural Alliance, a student organization that celebrates cultural diversity. Featured events include a poetry slam, Salsa dancer’s workshop, fly fishing demonstration, Ty Kwando, the Middle Eastern Dancers, Danzante’s Mexican Dancers, and performances by the Wu Shu Club. The event will also feature live music and cultural exhibits with items for sale.

A&M-Corpus Christi is a diverse campus with 126 International students from different locales such as China, Mexico, India, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Italy, South America and African countries. Culture Fest is inspired by the different cultures represented on campus and University officials hope the event will inspire students to open up lines of communication about their backgrounds.