Flag Ceremony kicks-off Worldfest 2012
By Katrina Neveri
Monday's opening flag ceremony signaled the beginning of UW-Parkside's annual Worldfest celebration. More than 30 students volunteered to carry flags from countries all over the world. Led by the Omeyocan Aztec Fire Dancers from Milwaukee, the procession began at the Student Center grand staircase and ended in Main Place where students presented their flag and introduced themselves in their native language.
After the parade, Valeria Pugliese of the Parkside International Club, Professor Farida Khan, Senior Diversity Officer Ed Twyman, and Chancellor Debbie Ford addressed attendees.
"Worldfest is a testament to UW-Parkside's commitment to world affairs and global education. It demonstrates that our commitment extends beyond student exchange programs," said Chancellor Ford.
After the speakers, the Omeyocan Aztec Fire Dance Company performed several traditional Aztec dances for the audience, including the "Fire" dance, in which a ceremonial fire was lit during the performance to pay tribute to the Aztec Sun God.
Of course, the flag ceremony is only one event in a week of activities put together by the Parkside International Club and Student Activities. There will be many programs, workshops, and movies throughout the week. A complete list and descriptions of Worldfest events is available on the UW-Parkside web site. Visit www.uwp.edu and click "More Events" on the Calendar for a daily list.
Tuesday at Worldfest:
- International Menu: A Taste of the World, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Brickstone Eatery
- Worldfest Lecture: "Weddings Around the World," 3-4 p.m., Student Center Walnut Room
- Worldfest Discussion: "1964 Tokyo Olympics," 4-5 p.m., Student Center Walnut Room
- Worldfest Food Tutorial: Colombian Sancocho De Pollo, 5-6 p.m., Pike River Suites Kitchen
- Worldfest: Latinos Unidos present Quebradita Workshop, 6-7 p.m., Pike River Suites Conference Room