Annual festival to kick off International Education Week at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 03 November 2011

TROY – The International Student Cultural Organization (ISCO) festival will highlight a week of activities aimed at promoting internationalization at Troy University.

The ISCO Festival, which features international cuisine and entertainment by TROY students, is set for 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11 in the Trojan Center Ballrooms.

The festival will kick off the University's Observance of International Education Week, a nationwide event set for Nov. 14-18 that is designed to showcase the benefits of international exchange and cultural diversity. Troy University serves more than 800 international students.

"The festival is the most diverse and most exotic dinner theater offered in or around Troy," said Pete Vroom, ISCO's faculty advisor. "We take you all around the world without leaving your dinner table through a variety of international foods and performances."

Entertainment for the event will include performances by students from China, Korea, Russia, Japan and Saudi Arabia.

Tickets for the festival are $10 for students and $17 for non-students and are available in the International Student Services Office, 123 Pace Hall on the Troy Campus. For additional information contact Stephen Swan at 334-670-5964 or by email at or Vroom at 334-434-2089 or by email at

Other International Education Week events on the Troy Campus include:

An International Photo Contest display in the Trojan Center Food Court.
An International Soccer Tournament at 10 a.m. on Nov. 13 on the University's intramural fields.
TROY's Confucius Institute's "Experience Asia" presentation for third graders from Troy Elementary School at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 14 in the Trojan Center Ballrooms.
Guest speaker Dr. Sheila Nguyen of Australia's Deakin University, "Small Market, Big Sports: Sport in Australia" at 10 a.m., Nov. 14 in room 122, Hawkins Hall. The presentation is presented by the College of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Cesar Lazcan Carreno's discussion of "Drinking Water Issues in Peru," sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, at noon on Nov. 14 in room 214 of the Math and Science Complex.
"Taste of the World" tea and coffee tasting at 3:30 p.m., Nov. 16 on the Bibb Graves Quad.
Troy University's Opera Workshop presentation of "Les Arts Florissants," at 7 p.m., Nov. 17 and 18 in the Claudia Crosby Theater.
Admission is free, and the performances are open to the public.

In addition, TROY's Freshman Forum will host its annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the University's international students on Nov. 17.