On Nov. 7, students caught a glimpse of what the spring 2004
Intercultural Day will be like when winners from last year’s
event participated in what is becoming an annual fall preview.
Spring 2004 will mark the 20th year that HPU has celebrated
Intercultural Day, which was founded by assistant psychology
Professor Howard Markowitz, who was the International Student
Advisor in 1984. The event allows students to share, participate
in, and appreciate the many cultures that makes HPU unique, and
it gives students the opportunity to share their diversity with
each other and the downtown community.
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Participants included the Samoan club, the performance segment
and overall winners; Thailand, winners of the best exhibit
table; and the International Choir. The actual event will be
held on April 16 at upper Fort Street Mall. The purpose of
the preview day, according to Ann Newton, director of International
Student Services, was to be “an infomercial publicizing
In the past, about 30 groups have participated in the spring
event, setting up exhibit tables, performing, or taking part
in the cultural parade that passes down Fort Street Mall and
through the downtown area. Students don’t have to be
a part of a club to get involved: “Students can actually
participate. You do not need to be a club; just have the desire
to share information about your country,” Newton said.
ICD coordinators are looking for interested students to join
the committee that helps to put on the event. For more information
or to get involved, call the Career Services Center on 1132
Bishop St., Ste. 502, at 544-0230.