Say hello to the world
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 17:47


Enjoying a “Taste of Ukraine” at CCBC Dundalk last Thursday is English Department professor Elsbeth Mantler, along with visitors Eva and Michael Hecner.photo by Roland Dorsey

College marks International Education Week

by Nicole Rodman

First held in 2000, International Education Week (IEW) is a joint venture of the U.S. Departments of State and Education designed to promote international education and exchange.
    Celebrated in more than 100 countries, this year’s IEW was held last week, Nov. 12 through 16.
    At the Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), students and staff marked the week with a variety of workshops and events.
    This year, CCBC focused their IEW celebration on Ukraine, Poland, Ethiopia and Italy.
    In an email to The Eagle last Friday, Rachele Lawton, chairman of the Reading and Language department at CCBC, explained that “CCBC has celebrated International Education Week (IEW) for many years, and it is an important component of our Global Education program.”
    Noting the school’s efforts to “bring the world to our students,” Lawson wrote that IEW “provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to increase their global knowledge and broaden their perspectives through their participation in co-curricular activities.”
    CCBC Dundalk kicked off the week last Monday with a performance by the Ojczyzna Polish Dancers, based at Baltimore’s Holy Rosary Church.
    Following this performance, students and visitors were invited to experience a “Taste of Ukraine” during a free tasting event held in CCBC’s Building L lobby.
    A wide variety of Ukrainian delicacies was made available for visitors to expand their palates.
    On Tuesday, CCBC Dundalk hosted an informational session on Psysanky — Ukrainian Easter eggs.
    A video demonstration showed students and visitors how the world-famous eggs are decorated using beeswax and paint.
    Traditional Ukrainian folk designs are applied to the egg using wax. Once paint is applied, it is repelled by the wax, creating a variety of unique designs.
    CCBC Dundalk also celebrated Italian culture last Tuesday.
    Students and visitors were treated to a pizzella cookie demonstration.
    Pizzelle  [the Italian plural for pizzella] are waffle cookies made from flour, sugar, eggs, butter and vanilla.
    The cookies are then baked by pressing the dough into a specially designed pizzella iron to create the cookie’s unique design.
    CCBC students also got the chance to brush up on their Italian language skills with an Italian vocabulary word search fun quiz last Tuesday.
    Rounding out last Tuesday’s events was “A Conversation with Alex: A CCBC Faculty’s Immigration Experience.”
    During the event, CCBC faculty members who immigrated to the U.S. shared their personal stories with attendees, giving a human face to immigration.
    On Wednesday, students and visitors got a taste of Ethiopian culture during an Ethiopian coffee history lecture at CCBC Dundalk.
    In Ethiopia, coffee production is vitally important to the economy, accounting for more than 30 percent of the country’s yearly exports.
    The $350 million Ethiopian coffee industry supports about 25 percent of the population.
    Not just an economic engine for the country, coffee is also a way of life for the Ethiopian people. The country leads Africa in total coffee consumption.
    One way coffee is celebrated in Ethiopia is through the coffee ceremony.
    Coffee ceremonies consist of the ritualized brewing and drinking of coffee.
    At CCBC Dundalk, students and visitors had the chance to experience this type of ceremony as an Ethiopian coffee ceremony and costume display was held at the school last Wednesday afternoon.
    Food is a large part of any culture, as visitors to CCBC Dundalk’s IEW events could see.
    In addition to another Taste of Ukraine event at the school last Thursday, CCBC also hosted “Food Delicacies From Around the World,” featuring gourmet treats from a variety of countries around the globe.
    During the event, attendees were also treated to a performance by Naimah, a Baltimore-based belly dancer.
    On Friday afternoon, CCBC Dundalk closed out their weeklong celebration with a Ukrainian dance workshop.
    Fast-paced and energetic, Ukrainian folk dance features dancers in costumes bearing traditional Ukrainian patterns and motifs.
    For her part, Bunmi Babarinde Hall, co-chair of the CCBC Community Outreach Subcommittee, sees the weeklong celebration as a way for students to experience different cultures without ever leaving the country.
    As she wrote to The Eagle last week, “Many of our students have never traveled outside of Baltimore; many may never do.  These events bring the world to their doorsteps.”