TROY students span cultures with theme nights

Posted: Wednesday, 20 February 2013

TROY – Troy University students who participate in the International Student Cultural Association are broadening horizons with themed meetings this semester.

Each meeting focuses on a presentation of a particular nation by student members. ISCO, the longest-standing international organization at the University, includes not only international students, but American-born students as well.

Thursday, for example, is “Russian Night” where students from Russia will present their nation and its cultural heritage, and usually, a sample food, according to Joe McCall, a history lecturer who serves as the faculty advisor to the group.

“Each presentation from week to week is different depending on who is presenting, consequently each week’s session has the unique stamp of the cultural differences represented on our campus. We follow this weekly meeting format once our ISCO Festival is completed in November,” he said. “We have a great time with it, and it really does serve to give students and non-students a glimpse of real life in other countries.”

The meetings take place in Room 119 of the Trojan Center, and are open to all students, staff, and faculty. The organization was founded in 1975 by nine students under the leadership of the late Dr. Nolan Hatcher and specifically designed to promote student awareness of the world around them. The organization’s signature event, the “ISCO Festival,” features ethnic cuisine and entertainment.

The organization also organizes other events and field trips for members that showcase Alabama, the region and the United States.


Members of Troy University's International Student Cultural Organization, or ISCO for short, participate in a traditional Pakistani circle dance at a recent meeting. Each week, ISCO highlights a particular country and hosts a cultural presentation on traditions, customs and current events. (TROY photo)