Global Village Day, March 18, 2002

SOCORRO, N.M., March 18, 2002 -- Once again, international students at New Mexico Tech are gearing up for "Global Village Day"--an annual multi- ethnic festival of native costumes, cuisines, and crafts, which will be held on Saturday, April 6, 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 118 international students enrolled this semester, representing 36 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 videotaped presentations throughout the afternoon.

As usual, 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.

"As for entertainment, we are fortunate this year to have the India Association of Albuquerque with us for the entire afternoon," Schlue says. "They will present instrumental music, regional and classical dances of India, a fashion show, and demonstrations of how to wear traditional Indian clothing.

"In addition, Melissa Begay-Ornelas, Tech's physical recreation director, will join her father and sister for several presentations of hoop dances from Santa Clara Pueblo," she adds.

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