Campus Chefs Welcome Cultural Exchange

There was a beautiful sunset and view of downtown Raleigh on Wednesday night from The Terrace Restaurant at Lonnie Poole. Twenty SKEMA and NC State students joined NC State chefs from campus dining halls and restaurants for a cooking demonstration of US southern cuisine including collard greens, grits, hush puppies, pimento cheese, fish and chicken gumbo. Students had the opportunity to taste a variety of dishes and learn how to prepare some of these southern comfort foods. In addition to learning about American cuisine, the chefs educated the group about the influence of French Culinary Science on the trade around the world.

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Speed Friend-ed

Since our Cultural Karaoke event was postponed due to inclement weather (stay tuned for a new date!), CENet’s first social activity of the semester was Speed Friending. On Tuesday night, more than 30 NC State and SKEMA students came together to meet some new faces on campus.

Upon arrival, students created a personal identity map to help start conversations with other attendees. After 90 minutes of 4-minute introductions, new friends shared pizza and contact information.

Interested to join CENet to watch the Men’s basketball game at Duke on Monday night? Register to join our watch party at Sammy’s Tap & Grill:

A new year, a new CENet scholar blog

Happy 2017 to everyone! Before we start looking forward to all the great things this year will bring, we wanted to showcase Sam’s final blog where he reflects upon his amazing semester in Ecuador:

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Also, the CENet scholar blog will continue this spring semester with Jael Garner who will be studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. Jael is an NC State junior who is majoring in biology. We look forward to reading about her travels and adventures in the coming months as “The Nomadic Mountain Goat.”

CENet Scholar Blog: I’m leaving on a jet plane…

Follow CENet Scholar Sam LaFell on his last trip to the Galápagos before he wraps up his semester abroad and comes home:

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CENet Scholar Blog: Twice is Nice

Read more about how CENet scholar Sam LaFell (and his friend Sam) return to a small Ecuadorian town:

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Cards for a Cause

20161129_115140The Cultural Exchange Network at NC State celebrates #GivingTuesday 2016 by mailing 72 cards to Zach’s Toy Chest, a North Carolina non-profit organization that delivers donated toys, games, books and other items to pediatric cancer patients. Our holiday cards will be distributed to children spending the holiday season in hospitals around the state.

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November 2015 – Leadership Council collect donations in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Last November, CENet celebrated the end of the semester by renting all of the lanes at The Alley, the beloved Hillsborough Street bowling alley which closed its doors this past weekend.

After raising $150 for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Leadership Team has continued the tradition of celebrating with service!

Last night, crafting met culture as students from around the world sat down to create cards to donate to local ill children. The exchange of greeting cards has become a unique part of American culture, especially in the last 6 weeks of the calendar year when over 2 billion cards are sent each year.

CENet students took a break from the stress of exams and essays to share some pizza and perspective. Although crafting a greeting card may be a simple task for our creative Wolfpack, the activity was both relaxing and rewarding. We are so happy to be able to send 72 holiday greeting cards to Zach’s Toy Chest this season.

Home Sweet Homestay – Thanksgiving 2016

This holiday season, the Global Training Initiative is thankful for our 19 local families and 40 visiting students who applied for and participated in the GTI Thanksgiving Homestay Program. Thanks to everyone who participated in this cultural exchange!

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“We had a great time with the students this weekend! Thanks for letting us be a part and we look forward to doing it again in the future!” – Thanksgiving Homestay Host