R4WH (Ride for World Health) Event
Presentation: Friday, April 5, 11 a.m., Sandia Room, CUB
R4WH is a non-profit organization based out of Columbus, OH. Each spring, medical students, health care professionals and volunteers from all over the country (but mainly Ohio State) participate in a cross-country bicycle ride from San Diego, CA to Washington, DC for the purpose of raising awareness about health issues facing people around the world.
The team of R4WH will be giving a presentation on Friday, April 5 at 11 a.m. in Sandia Room to talk about what they do and will spread their spirit to ENMU. Being medical students, some topics that will be discussed are: Infectious Diseases, Mental Health, and Poverty and Health.
International Affairs, the Athletic department and Sodexo are going to help this team with their housing and meals while they visiting ENMU. The entire team of 22 will be present in the baseball game at 6 p.m. that Friday.
Our very first event of the fall semester is the homecoming parade. During homecoming international students learn about homecoming. The students also build a float that represents their diversity in the parade.
Peanut Valley Festival
One of the most fun activities that the International Club participates in is the Peanut Valley Festival in October sponsored by the community. The International Club gives the community members the opportunity to learn about the international students. Some of the international students prepare many activities such as henna painting and taking pictures with traditional outfits from their country, while others sing and dance to African drumming. On that day we all come together as club to share our culture with the community.
During the fall semester, international students go on a field trip to learn more about the American culture. This year we chose to go to Albuquerque, NM and to the Carlsbad Caverns in Carlsbad, NM.
One of the most important activities that the International Club does during the fall semester is International Week in November. Throughout the week the international students sponsor different activities that make Eastern New Mexico University aware of the different types of cultures that exit around the world.
Our very first event of the spring semester is Chinese Week. The purpose of Chinese Week is to celebrate the Chinese New Year with all the Chinese students and campus community. All Chinese students participate in one way or another. The biggest event during the week is the Chinese Concert. During the concert the students entertain the audience by performing different types of singing and dancing.
Every April, International Student Affairs sponsors the International Banquet. During this banquet the international students have the opportunity to entertain the audience with something unique from their culture such as how people eat in India or a Nigerian dance. During the banquet, graduating international students are recognized for their efforts and are given a sash with the flag of their country.