General - Wed, Apr. 5, 2017
 
Members of  the Wiley College International Club participated in a flag-raising ceremony on campus Tuesday as part of International Students' Day and International Week, an annual observance  that aims to enhance and broaden students' cultural experiences, understanding and awareness to prepare them for work, service, and leadership in a global society. 
 
"Through our club and through our International Week activities, we strive to enhance everyone's appreciation for the  diversity represented on our campus," said Lujien Sallam,  who hails  from Egypt and is president of the International Club. " We try to promote and to introduce rich and unique world cultures to the Wiley College student body." 
 
Wiley's student  population is comprised of students from 16 countries, including the U.S., Bangladesh, Brazil,  Egypt,  Jamaica, Nigeria, Mexico, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, and Zambia. 
 
The week's events began  Tuesday  morning with an international  chapel service that included  a processional into the service by International students, faculty, and staff wearing traditional attire. 
 
The speaker for the worship service was the Rev. Shadene N. Stewart, pastor of Life Empowerment
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church of Montego Bay, Jamaica, who left home to study and earn her college degree and Master of Divinity degree in the U.S.  After completing  her undergraduate degree at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama, and earning her master's degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, she returned home to help others.

"When we come here to study, we know there is a child back home who did not have this opportunity," she said. "We have to work hard so that we won't fail because if we fail, a generation may fail.  If we do our best, we pave the way for  those behind us to follow us and be blessed."
 

The flag-raising ceremony followed the chapel service, and more events are scheduled through Saturday.

The very popular  Taste of Nations, which gives students the opportunity to  prepare and showcase
their favorite dishes from their home countries, will be held  on Thursday  from  4 until 6 p.m. in the 
Alumni Gymnasium; it will be followed in the same location by  Culture Clash at 7 p.m.,  an event that will feature music and dance lessons.
 
On Friday at 7 p.m., the College  will host its annual "Miss International Pageant" in Alumni Gymnasium. 
The pageant will be followed by an International  Party at 8 p.m., also in the Alumni Gymnasium. On 
Saturday, students will pan out to take part in community service projects.

 

PHOTOS:
 
In top photo,  Members of the Wiley College International Club are pictured  in the  courtyard of Thirkield Hall participating in a Flag-raising ceremony Tuesday as part of International Students' Day and International Week.
 
In first photo at right, Katia Denisse Pena of Mexico, Tafadzwa Madamombe of Zimbabwe, and Priscila Zubia of Mexico are pictured at Tuesday's Flag-raising Ceremony.
In second photo at right, Wiley student Freida Ekwueme of Nigeria, Wiley staff member Eileen
Burbano(in hat) of Colombia, and students Cecilia Salas of Mexico, Ghislain Nicholas of Dominica, and Lujien Sallam of Egypt are pictured in chapel after Tuesday's International Students'
Day Worship Service.
In bottom photo at right, International Day chapel speaker  Rev. Shadene N. Stewart, Pastor of Life Empowerment Christian Methodist Episcopal Church of Montego Bay, Jamaica, is pictured with a Wiley student.