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International students to take center stage

This year’s International Education Week held Nov. 12-16 will have an authentic and personal feel, according to Michele Raphoon, Program Coordinator in the Office of Global Engagement.

“We have 14 international students from 11 countries who will be hosting the Language and Culture Fair themselves,” Raphoon said.

The event will be at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in Dickson Assembly Room.

Students representing the Bahamas, Brazil, China, Denmark, England and Northern Ireland, India, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Scotland will serve as hosts at tables representing their home countries. There, they will teach visitors a few phrases in their native language and talk about their culture.

“Participants will be asked to spend at least five minutes in each country to master some key phrases and learn about music, food, religion and culture before they ‘travel’ to the next country,” Raphoon said. “A flag button will be presented at each country’s table you visit.  Collect at least six flag buttons to earn CE credit.”

Activities will commence on Monday with a viewing of the movie “Ratatouille” at 6:30 p.m. in the Boopie. The film is about Remy, an idealistic and ambitious young rat in Paris. He has incredible senses of taste and smell, and Remy dreams of becoming a chef himself.

Dr. Elizabeth Appleby, Associate Professor of French, said she was approached by students Meghan Gross, Casey Evans and Benjamin Hays, who wanted to do a Cultural Enrichment event about the movie.

“I suggested they do it during International Education Week,” she said. “They did their research and like the way this film accurately portrays French culture, which they will explain prior to showing the film. They plan to make the French dish ratatouille (using all fresh ingredients) on the day of the event and serve samples at the showing.  There will also be some other snacks to munch on while watching the film.” 

On Wednesday, the international students will serve coffee, tea and desserts from their homelands in Edmondson Parlor from 3 to 5 p.m.

“There will be green tea, Yorkshire tea, French press coffee, apple pie and custard, rice candy, Danish sweets, Indian sweets, Chinese snacks and cookies from Mexico and Peru,” Raphoon said.

The dining hall also will feature food from around the world. The menu will include Vietnamese beef stir fry with flat rice noodles on Monday, peri peri African chicken on Tuesday, chicken fried rice from China on Wednesday, bangers and mash from the United Kingdom on Thursday and chicken and avocado quesadillas from Mexico on Friday.

“Jason Jin, Linzhengrong Shao, Riku Murata and Mathias Anderson will be on hand Wednesday to teach diners how to use chop sticks,” Raphoon said. 

International Education Week is sponsored on campus by Global Engagement and the Modern Languages Program.

In proclaiming next week as International Education Week, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said international relationships and experiences abroad help break down barriers and build understanding and cooperation.

“By participating in such programs, Georgia students develop a more profound appreciation for other cultures,” he said. “As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, greater global literacy contributes to our nation’s foreign policy, economic competitiveness and national security.”


Cultural Enrichment events


  • “Ratatouille,” 6:30 p.m., the Boopie



  • Sports Management Class of 2018 Forum, 11:15 a.m., Bailey Room
  • Language and Culture Fair, 11:15 a.m., Dickson Assembly Room
  • Performing Arts Recital, 4:30 p.m., Beason Recital Hall, West Side



  • Ardelia Austin, Director of Super Bowl LIII, 11:15 a.m., Corn Auditorium
  • Named Scholarship Thank You Card signing, 11:15 a.m., Dickson Assembly Room
  • Recycling Games, 11:15 a.m., the Boopie (Sustainability Credit)
  • Wall-E: The Environmentalist Parable, 7 p.m., the Boopie
  • Hardwired (original student music compositions), 7 p.m., Beason Recital Hall, West Side

In the headlines

Across party lines: Smith, Trammell speak at LaGrange College – LaGrange Daily News, Nov. 2, 2018

Panthers shine on senior day – LaGrange Daily News, Nov. 5, 2018

Local foundations name new president – LaGrange Daily News, Nov. 6, 2018

Panthers’ Searcy excels/Panthers’ senior shines at new position – LaGrange Daily News, Nov. 7, 2018

Local politicians meet at LaGrange College – Troup County News, Nov. 5, 2018


Video of the Week



Football team

The Panthers (3-6, 2-4 USA South) defeated Methodist 48-38 last Saturday for Senior Day. Sophomore quarterback Caleb Speir threw for 355 yards and four touchdowns. Speir was named the USA South Offensive Rookie of the Week for his play. LC closes out the season Saturday at Huntingdon.

Men's Soccer team

Men’s soccer
The Panthers had two players selected to the USA South All-Conference teams. Freshman forward Jude McEvoy was named to the second team, while senior midfielder Qua Tucker was a third-team selection.

Women's Volleyball team

Junior middle blocker Jazzlyn Kenner became the first Panther in the program's history to be named to the USA South All-Conference first team. In addition, Kenner was a first-team West Division selection, while senior outside hitter Mimi Loftus was on the West Division second team.


Campus notes

Saturday is Fall Preview Day. Be sure to welcome our guests if you should see them around campus.

Nine voice students of Dr. Toni Anderson, Dr. Andrea Mueller and Dr. Nathan Frank recently were named winners in 10 different categories at the 2018 Georgia state auditions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  More than 445 students from colleges across Georgia competed in the event. State winners were Dean Kivotidis, freshmen men (musical theater); Abigail Young, junior women (musical theater); and Chris Davis, adult men (musical theater). Preliminary winners by category were, Freshmen Women (musical theatre) Kaylee King, second place and state finalist, and Gracen Brantley, third place; Freshmen Men (musical theatre), Luke Brown, first place and state finalist; Sophomore Women (musical theatre), Joely Peterman, third place; Sophomore Men (musical theatre), Kyle Hildebrand, second place; Junior Women (musical theatre), Ashlynn Eubanks, first place; and Sophomore Men (classical), Kyle Hildebrand, third place.

Congratulations to the Campus Circle and Our Circle organizations who made the top 10 in this year’s LaGrange Has Talent competition. The student group works with people with disabilities and its video from last year’s Step Sing performance garnered enough votes to qualify them for the final.  Visit here to view the top 10 contestants and vote for the People’s Choice award. The live show will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Performing Arts Center at Troup High School. Tickets are $15.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

The Troup County chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace will be on the Residential Quad on Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon to help students with their “No Kid Sleeps on the Ground in My Town” project. They will be building handmade beds for children in the community who don’t have their own beds. Building materials will be provided.

LC Servant Scholars Heartwork Gala

The Wilkinson Family Servant Scholars will host a Heartwork Gala from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 16 in Beason Recital Hall, featuring musical performances, light hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 706-201-7266 for more info.