‘Trine Airlines’ to celebrate international community

Trine University’s 48th annual International Night, themed “Trine Airlines, Wonders of the World,” will celebrate the diverse cultures represented on campus.

Held in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center, International Night will take place from 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16. All festivities are free and open to the public, with the exception of an optional paid dinner in Whitney Commons.

International Night opens with the International Airport held in the University Center Mall. More than 40 booths filled with cultural music, food, exhibits and various activities will showcase over 20 different countries represented at Trine University. Activities will include caricatures, jewelry making, henna art, reiki Japanese massage, Peace Corps recruiting and a booth where participants can take selfies while dressed in clothing from various countries.

Dinner will be available from 4-6 p.m. in Whitney Commons at a price of $8.50 for community members and $5.30 for children younger than 10, featuring cuisine by Bon Appetit from Mexico, India, China, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Brazil, Greece and France. Sushi demonstrations will be given at 4:30 and 5:15.

At 6 p.m., attendees are invited to sit back as the “Trine Airlines captain” takes them through traditional and modern performances by students, faculty and staff in Fabiani Theatre, including a traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstration, a reading of Proverbs of Africa, a Bollywood dance exhibition, a Taiwanese Warrior Dance and a Gangnam Style performance. The featured performance will be a Detroit-based group performing Egyptian-style dance.

International Night enables students, faculty and staff from other nations to share their cultures with the Trine campus and Angola community. The event also provides an opportunity for all to experience and celebrate Trine’s growing international population and embrace its members as part of the community.