Tastes of Caribbean, Japan, and Togo Featured During the 2014 International Dinners Series at U of M Crookston; Dinners will be held March 3, March 10, March 24, and April 2

Get a taste of the world without the travel expense at the annual International Dinners Series 
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at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The 2014 series highlights the Caribbean, Japan, and Togo and are scheduled for March 3, March 10, March 24, and April 2. All dinners begin at 6 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For tickets and information, contact Rae French at 218-281-8339 (rfrench.umn.edu). Adult tickets are $15 per dinner or $50 for the series. Children 13 years or younger are $10 per dinner or $35 for the series. Tickets are limited. 

On March 3, dinner guests will enjoy "Living Tropical in the Caribbean" with Abigail, a software engineering student who has lived between Guyana and the Bahamas. 

On March 10, the evening will take you to Japan where Riho, an accounting major will share the traditions and beauty of her country in her presentation on "Japan and its Traditions."

The next dinner takes place on March 24 when dinner guests will enjoy "The Smile of Africa" with Delali, an applied science major. She worked in Togo as a midwife and is interested in the maternal and child health care system, but enjoys the beautiful sights and sounds of Togo. 

The series will conclude Wednesday, April 2 with an international dinner hosted by the International Multicultural Club including talent showcases, along with demonstrations, table displays, and entertainment from countries all over the world. The student showcase will begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

The International Dinner Series is a longstanding tradition at the U of M, Crookston and highlights the culture and cuisine of selected countries annually. To learn more about international programs, visit www.umcrookston.edu/international. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Rae French, coordinator, study abroad, 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)