President and Mrs. Stephen Spinelli Jr. hosted a large gathering of students, faculty and staff for Philadelphia University’s International Student Reception held Nov. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the President’s House. Organized by the Office of International Students, Hannah Bar-Giora, director, this yearly event, held during International Education Week, was a lively mix of students from 30 countries. According to Bar-Giora, there are approximately 100 students enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate programs that hold F-1 student visas, allowing them to enroll and study in the United States.
Greeting reception guests was a spectacular array of flags representing all 30 countries that are home to the University’s international student population. The flags were displayed along the drive in front of the President’s House, which made for a grand entrance for those arriving for the event.
Music was provided by John Lionarons, who played a variety of ethnic and international music on the hammered dulcimer. The reception featured foods from around the world and including such taste sensations as adobe steak from Mexico; spicy, garlic string beans from China; sushi from Japan, Shrimp Biriyani from India, and chicken satay with peanut sauce from Thailand. Guests moved from the buffet through the first floor of the President’s House, enjoying conversation, getting to know their international classmates and meeting more of the University’s faculty and staff.
Photo caption: President and Mrs. Spinelli are pictured with Sharanya Srinivasan of Hyderabad, India (second from right), and Ruchi Attri of Nahan, India, at the International Student Reception held at the President’s House on Nov. 12. Both are students in the M.S. in Fashion Apparel Studies Program.