Moving to a new country can be pretty scary, but the staff and volunteers at the International Hospitality Foundation make sure it’s a little less so for LSU’s international students. New international students for the spring semester were welcomed to campus with a Mardi Gras-themed party on the night of Jan. 10 at the International Cultural Center.
Formally welcoming guests were IHF board Chairwoman Rebecca Gerdes and Executive Director Virginia Grenier. Among the special guests were LSU Provost Stuart Bell and wife Susan.
Entertaining and teaching the students a few Cajun dances were members of Les Danseurs de la Capitale de Baton Rouge, accompanied by John Richard & Déjà Vu. Reigning as king and queen were Matt h ias Martin, of France, and Hande Ihan, of Turkey. Other countries represented included Australia, Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, Germany, Guatemala, India, Iran, Jordan, Nepal, the Netherlands, Oman, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria and Vietnam.
Cooking jambalaya were members of the St. Joseph Cathedral Knights of Columbus and IHF board member emerita Rose Mary Poirrier. The Ladies of the Cathedral provided king cake and the Downtown Kiwanis Club served drinks.
Other IHF board members assisting with the celebration were Gail Acree, Diola Bagayoko, Henry Bradsher, Delia Brown, Gary Graham, Tom Oswald, Mike Robinson, Carlos Rosas and Linda Wright.
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