Oct 31, 2013

FVCC Hosts Free Cultural Day Events for Community

Flathead Valley Community College’s Multicultural Affairs Office invites the community to partake in a line-up of free cultural day events on the college campus in celebration of cultures and diversities across the globe on November 5.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., tables representing many different countries will be set up in the foyer of Blake Hall.  Guests will be provided mock passports and encouraged to visit each table and collect stamps while learning about the different nations and their cultures.

Then at noon, the community is invited to hear several students from FVCC and Brazil who participated in this year’s U.S.-Brazil Connect program share their experiences.  In July, five FVCC students ventured to Belo Horizonte, Brazil to participate in the four-week paid fellowship program that aims to strengthen education and build economic opportunities by connecting communities, engaging leaders and creating transformative learning experiences linking the United States and Brazil.  Taylor Keltner, Elaina Hansen, Brigitte Henkelmann, Lee Shamp and Monica Peterson were among the outstanding students from four U.S. community colleges selected to participate in this year’s program.  While in Brazil, FVCC students taught English to Brazilian high school students in an effort to improve the English skills of Brazilian technical students while developing the foundation for mutually-beneficial cooperation and opportunities between U.S. community colleges and SENAI/SESI schools in Brazil.  Since their return, six of the top Brazilian students were selected to travel to Northwest Montana for a follow up nine-day visit to the Flathead Valley November 3-12.  The presentation will take place in the large community meeting room in the Arts and Technology Building.

At 6 p.m., Dr. Paulo Zagalo-Melo, director of the Office of International Programs at The University of Montana, will present “The Value of International Education at Home or Abroad.”  Zagalo-Melo is a former director of the Luso-American Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal, his native country, and also served as executive director of the Fulbright Commission in Portugal.  His presentation will take place in the large community meeting room inside the Arts and Technology Building.

For more information, contact the FVCC Multicultural Affairs Office at 756-3945 or at