The International Cultural Center on the LSU campus was hopping the night of Jan. 8 as the International Hospitality Foundation hosted its spring Welcome Party for LSU’s new international students.

Welcoming the students and other guests were IHF board members Chairman Carlos Rosas, Marvin Borgmeyer, Mary Ann Coleman, Marcia and Roger Moser, Tom Oswald, Rose Mary Poirrier, Michael Robinson and Linda Wright, assisted by Susan Borgmeyer and Don Boutté.

As is tradition, the menu included jambalaya prepared by the Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph’s Cathedral. The Ladies of the Cathedral provided king cake. Assisting with the serving were members of the Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge.

Since the event had a Mardi Gras theme, a king and queen were chosen. This year the honors went to Mohannad, of Dubai, and Sophie Churchward, of Australia . Providing music for the second line and other dancing were John Richard and his musician friends with Deja Vu. Members of the Cajun French Music Association showed the students how to dance to the lively music.

Aside from Australia and Dubai, new students attending the party were from Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Palestine, South Korea, Switzerland and Turkey.

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