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Germany the focus for International Day 2024

Published on March 8, 2024

The Diversity and Cultural Events Committee recently hosted its 14th  annual International Day on Wednesday, March 6. Ozarka students, faculty, staff, and the public filled the John E. Miller auditorium at Ozarka College in Melbourne to welcome exchange student Tobias Surauf. This enriching and educational event focused on the country and culture of Germany.  

Melbourne High School Exchange student, Tobias Surauf, a native of Germany, was the guest speaker. Following Mr. Surauf's presentation, the Ozarka College Culinary Arts department provided samplings of international cuisine. Dishes that are common in Germany, Greece, England, Africa, France, Denmark, Sweden, and Ireland were prepared and served by Ozarka College students.

"It's wonderful how this event, held to increase cultural awareness, brings together students, faculty, staff, and the community. Mr. Surauf's presentation was excellent, and we appreciate him sharing about his native country, " said  Zeda Wilkerson, Ozarka College vice president of student services. " The event would also not be possible without the fantastic work by our Culinary Department, whose international cuisine sampling is always a highlight. We are already looking forward to next year."

The Ozarka College Diversity and Cultural Events Committee is committed to providing diverse and cultural experiences and enrichment opportunities for the College community. The Committee advocates practices that bind peoples and cultures, specifically encouraging inclusiveness, discouraging acts of insensitivity and disrespect, and seeking commonalities while understanding differences.

For more information about International Day events, please contact Zeda Wilkerson, Ozarka College vice president of student services, by calling 870.368.2027.

Photo Caption: (L-R) Mandy Brooks, TRIO Academic Advising Coordinator; Zeda Wilkerson, Vice President of Student Services; Jo Ann Counts, Early Childhood Faculty; Tobias Surauf, Guest Speaker; Kendra Smith, Perkins Program Director; and Lindsey Johnson, Career Support Services Facilitator.

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