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International business students at UI get taste of Thanksgiving Nov. 15

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Graduate business students from nearly 20 countries will feast on a traditional American Thanksgiving meal of turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce Saturday, Nov. 15 as part of the University of Iowa College of Business Administration's second annual "International Thanksgiving Dinner."

Students from China, Germany, Korea, Greece, Nigeria, India and other countries studying in the master of business administration (MBA) program will join their classmates and faculty from the United States at Waspipinicon State Park in Anamosa for a dinner and activities designed to introduce international students to the unique American holiday.

The program is sponsored by the UI School of Management and the Office of International Programs in the College of Business Administration.

Kevin LaMontagne, a second-year MBA student and an organizer for the dinner, says the annual event is intended as a social activity for students from different countries to get to meet one another.

"We plan the day so it is a lot of fun," LaMontagne says. "One of the goals is to get students' minds off school for a little bit before the semester wraps up."

The event also is a chance for business students to learn about other cultures, LaMontagne says. Prior to the dinner, students are asked to submit descriptions of holidays in their home countries for publication in the MBA newsletter.

The dinner, which includes roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetarian lasagna, cranberry sauce, pies and more, is free for international MBA students.

Activities include demonstrations of how to bake an apple pie, and how to make mashed potatoes and gravy. Indoor and outdoor games are also planned.

Students will leave for Waspipinicon State Park at 1 p.m. from the Pappajohn Business Administration Building. Activities will be held in a year-round lodge at the state park. The vans will return by 8 p.m.

For more information, or to register, contact the UI College of Business Administration's Office of International Programs at (319) 335-0964 or by email at