International Hoedown offers cultural exchange

Student Writer Kayla Lutrell

An International Hoedown brought students together from different countries and cultures, Sept. 19.

The Hoedown was hosted by Baptist Campus Ministry and the Office of International Affairs, marking the third year of the international gathering.

“This is the second time we have done a hoedown,” said Joy Mallard, International Services Coordinator. “Last year we did a sock hop and we have had great turnouts every time we have done it.”

Students dressed in their best cowboy boots and flannel to participate in snacking, dancing and fun with new friends.

The goal of the gathering was simple, Mallard said.

“I hope there is a mutual cultural exchange among students,” she said.

Kenny Chang experienced a gathering of different cultures for the first time.

“This situation, I have never seen it before,” Chang said. “In Taiwan we don’t have parties like this.”

Student who attended the festivities enjoyed learning line dancing while mingling with fellow students from different countries.

“I came to have fun, meet international students and make them feel welcome,” said junior John Neeson.

With great turnouts for each of the International Affairs themed cultural get-togethers, Mallard said they plan on continuing the yearly gathering.

“I hope the international students get an appreciation of some kind of Americana.” Mallard said. “I hope some domestic students meet some international students.”