International Festival 2018

Story and Photos by Grace Pritchett After being introduced to the International Festival as a sophomore at WKU two years ago, the International Festival has been an event that I look forward to every year. I love talking to people who come from different backgrounds and cultures. I also love learning about other cultures’ clothing,…

Highlighting Mohammad Alnakhi

      When I first sat down to write this I decided I wanted to feature someone who is both an incredible father and dedicated student. After interviewing Mohammad Alnakhi, I saw the love that he had for his children and his wife and knew he was the perfect fit. In honor of Father’s…

Omani Visitors at WKU Meet Students and Congratulate Graduates

On Thursday, May 10th, not only did we formally congratulate international graduates of 2018, but we also were honored to host both Dr. Talal Al Balushi, the Omani cultural attache and senior academic advisor for the Omani Cultural Center May Abdo. Both Dr. Talal Al Balushi and May Abdo were able to present graduation pins…

International Graduation Reception 2018

On Thursday, May 10th, we congratulated the graduates of 2018 on their successes and wished them well on their future endeavors. The graduates of 2018 came to the graduation ceremony accompanied by friends and family. Some even reunited with family they hadn’t seen for years. The ceremony included several speeches by students, faculty, and the…

KIC UnivAssist Tour

  On Friday, April 27th, KIC UnivAssist visited Western Kentucky University. KIC UnivAssist is an organization which connects universities throughout North America with counselors in high schools from around the world. 16 counselors from 13 countries were able to tour campus, experience the WKU Ag Farm, speak to international student diplomats, and even meet our…

Korean Student Association

Songbee Kim, Vice President of the Korean Student Association says, “Coming here to WKU is a really nice way to interact and broaden my horizon. It’s like another family here at WKU.” Kim says sometimes when the KSA members meet up, they make food. Her personal favorite Korean dish is pork belly eaten with lettuce,…

Communities and Cultures: African Student Union

The African Student Union is an organization made up of international students. Its main focus is sharing African culture with the campus community. Started by several African students at WKU, the group hosts events like potlucks, fashion shows, and other cultural events which highlight various countries in Africa and their traditions. Ted Theuri, junior at…

Indian Student Association Celebrates Holi Fest

Blog Post and Photos by Grace Pritchett   The lawn was filled with joyous music and excited screams, the pink, blue, yellow, orange, and green colors exploding into the air. I heard greetings of “Happy Holi” as students and families from around the community spread colors on each others’ faces. Holi is one of the oldest…

Omani Student Association

Abdullah Alashahri, is a grad student from Salalah, Oman. Abdullah runs social media for the organization and says that one purpose of the OSA is to help educate other students on campus about the Omani culture. About once a month or so, the OSA gathers to talk about how to make that happen, whether it…

Project Pengyou

朋友 or ‘Pengyou’ is a Chinese word that translates to ‘Friend.’ The aptly named Project Pengyou is, in student Victoria Hans’ words, “an organization and network that creates friendships among Chinese and American students.” Victoria is a sophomore majoring in Spanish, Chinese, and Asian Religions and Cultures. She says that her favorite part of being…