'Lawn Party' Breaks Ice, Builds Connections

Published 08.26.2016

Student News
Faculty & Staff

A colorful lineup of international flags sets the stage for the multicultural celebration.Greeting guests at the gate and handing out tickets for a prize giveaway is Abdulaziz S. Alomani, a senior in plastics and polymer engineering technology from Saudi Arabia.With Glendalis Guadarrama on the microphone, guests listen to the gathering’s addresses. A board member with Minorities Lending Knowledge and junior in nursing, Guadarrama hails from Avondale and is proud of her Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage.Marceline Y. Salomon-Debrosse (left) and Katie L. Mackey call out winning numbers for prize giveaways. Representatives of four campus organizations – Minorities Lending Knowledge, the Saudi Student Organization, College Women of Williamsport and Penn College Alliance – enlightened incoming and returning students during Thursday's Multicultural Lawn Party outside The Victorian House. Organized by Marceline Y. Salomon-Debrosse, a residence life coordinator, and Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement, the event attracted a mix of faculty, staff and students bound by a desire to make a difference at Penn College. "Conversation starters" were placed at each of the organizations' tables to assist in involving one another in discussion throughout the evening. Raffle tickets for a variety of prizes were distributed to students; if they connected with members of the student groups, they received more tickets and more chances to win!