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International Dinner brings food, cultures to Milledgeville

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March 12, 2014

Nicole Moyo will cook up a traditional beef stew at the International Dinner March 29.Nicole Moyo will cook up a traditional beef stew at the International Dinner March 29.Education has always been important for junior Nicole Moyo. Her parents are both principals in her native country of Zimbabwe, so from an early age she was taught the value and need to further her education.

“I went to an all girls high school in Zimbabwe and was selected as a participant in the United States Student Achievers Program,” said Moyo. “It helps students apply to universities in the U.S., and after speaking to an education advisor at the U.S. Embassy who suggested Georgia College would be a perfect fit for me, I was able to come to Milledgeville to pursue my degree.”

She’s working toward a double major in management and economics, but Moyo has also used her experience away from home to learn from her peers outside the classroom.

“I have been involved in the International Club for three years and am now the president,” said Moyo. “It has given me a wonderful opportunity to interact with students from around the world, learn about their cultures and gain a valuable new view how we can work together.”

The group will put their collaborative skills to work as they present the 29th annual International Dinner Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in Magnolia Ballroom.

More than two-dozen of dishes will be available giving guests a quick trip around the globe.

“My group partner and I will be making a traditional beef stew with peanut butter,” said Moyo. “In Zimbabwe, we use peanut butter in just about everything, so I look forward to giving people a chance to taste our beef stew with a Zimbabwean twist.”

Other dishes range from fried plantains to potato dumplings and bulgogi—a Korean dish with beef.

“We will have appetizers, entrees and desserts available from all over the world,” said Libby Davis, interim director of the International Center. “The International Dinner also includes entertainment with a fashion show, dances and songs performed by our students.”

Tickets are $35 for general admission and $15 for students. They can be purchased in advance at the International Education Center in the Bone House. This event sells out quickly so people are encouraged to buy tickets early. Proceeds benefit the Global Scholars Fund, which provides financial assistance to international and study abroad students at Georgia College.

Nearly all 100 members of the International Club work together to make this event a success year after year, one of the many benefits of being a part of this group according to Moyo.

“It’s important to be able to understand about different cultures and being able to work together,” said Moyo. “It’s also fun to be able to try the new cuisines. The International Dinner is a great cultural experience for all involved.”

For more information, contact the International Center at 478-445-4789. 

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