Cultural diversity biggest SUNY Plattsburgh has ever seen

PLATTSBURGH - In a place where cultural diversity often lacks, the State University of New York at Plattsburgh is working to become as widely diverse as possible.

SUNY Plattsburgh will be hosting Night of Nations Saturday, Nov. 20, at E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall. Night of Nations, explained graduate assistant for International Student Services Kate Friedrich, is "a unique event at SUNY Plattsburgh in that it really celebrates international and domestic students.

"It's really the only event that solely has given special attention to international students," said Friedrich, "nd it's an opportunity for international and domestic students to showcase talents from different cultures, some traditional and some contemporary."

Night of Nations is an event that has been going on for several years and is widely regarded and looked forward to at the college campus. The event is said to have been formed organically by students - both international and domestic - who wanted a place to educate others about their culture and traditions in a fun and educational way explained Friedrich.

"There will be dancing, singing, musical instrument performances and there will even be a skit that is a kind of a parody on Bollywood movies, so there will be a lot of variety," said Friedrich.

Several clubs will be performing including the Korean Association, African Unity, Club Caribbean, and Afro/Brazilian Capoeira Club. American students will also be performing.

"It's a great way to celebrate other cultures, but it's really a great opportunity for Americans to be involved," added Friedrich.

Night of Nations has been growing in attendance over the last couple of years. The event started with 200-300 guests but last year's attendance was more than 800. This year's turnout is anticipated to be the same.

"[Attendees] will be blown away by the professionalism in which the event will be produced and also by many of the staging aspects of the show like lighting and stage managing," said production manager Rory Wallace.

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