Common Ground, Regardless of Home Turf

Published 11.10.2016

Student News
Faculty & Staff

Plastics and polymer engineering technology students Raed H. Alzahrani and Abdullah A. Albishi, both of whom transferred to Penn College after receiving associate degrees from Jubail Industrial College in Saudi Arabia, partake in the plentiful offerings.Staff and students from Scotland, Guam and across North America converse over dinner.Shanin L. Dougherty, coordinator of international programs, talks with students.Students and staff who have roots all over the world shared a meal and casual conversation on Wednesday. The campus was invited to the International Student Reception and to bring a dish that represents their heritage or a donation to the Penn College Food Cupboard. Participants responded, providing a full buffet of traditional foods, including red beans and rice that represented part of a grandfather’s pay as a farm worker in Alabama; the “quintessentially British” bread-and-butter pudding; Chamorro pork and beef barbecue with an Asian twist, to dually represent a student’s Guam homeland and Asian ancestry; and sugar cakes from Barbados, among many other tasty specialties. Most represented special times with families and provided a starting point for conversation. This semester, Penn College is host to students who are residents of Canada, Ghana, India, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Taiwan, and Thailand.