Global Village Day, March 12, 2001

SOCORRO, N.M., March 12, 2001 -- International students at New Mexico Tech are gearing up for "Global Village Day"--an annual festival of native costumes, cuisines, and crafts, which will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 2 until 5 p.m. in the Tech Gymnasium. Admission is free and open to the public.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to share in the many diverse cultures represented here in the Tech community," says Karen Schlue, Tech's manager of international programs. New Mexico Tech has about 115 international students enrolled this semester, representing 34 different countries.

The various exhibits at Global Village Day will include samplings of flags, maps, brochures, and posters--as well as the always-popular food and refreshments--from the students's native countries. Displays will consist of handcrafted items such as woven rugs, leather goods, musical instruments, jewelry, and apparel. Some of the exhibitors also will offer music and videotape presentations throughout the afternoon.

As an added fun activity, souvenir "passports" will be sold for 25 cents each at the door, allowing visitors to collect "visa stamps" from each of the countries represented at Global Village Day. In turn, visitors who have filled their passports with visa stamps will be eligible for drawings for various door prizes.

In addition, throughout the afternoon, renowned ethnic dancer and solo dance performer Travis will trace a musical path from Appalachia to Armenia, to the Middle East to Uzbekistan, in a richly rhythmic and deeply personal performances of Oriental and Western dance forms.

Mark your calendars now, and bring along the entire family to Global Village Day!