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April 4, 2006

Bridging Fiesta Showcases Diversity Of Talents And Fashions April 14

The University of Iowa Organization for the Active Support of International Students (OASIS) will host the first-ever Bridging Fiesta from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, April 14, in the Richey Ballroom at the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) on the UI campus.

The Bridging Fiesta is a cultural event designed to promote diversity and intercultural friendships among students, student groups and faculty members in the local community. According to OASIS president, Punit Vyas, it is an opportunity to showcase talents and represent cultures. The variety show will include a fashion show by models of various countries and multicultural performances, including Chinese and Turkish instruments, African dance, a drag queen, an American band and an Arabic poetry reading. There will be tokens of appreciation for all performers, Vyas said.

Admission is free and open to the public. There will be a door prize drawing based on tickets given at entry. Free snacks and beverages will be provided. Those who attend are encouraged to wear their ethnic and cultural dress.

"Through this event, OASIS is trying to bring various cultures together to add to the flavor of the community," Vyas said. "As a student-developed, student-run event, we are reaching out to nationality and diversity groups and the local community."

For more information or special accommodations to attend this event, contact Vyas at 319-400-1001 or For more information about OASIS, please visit:

Additional sponsors of the Bridging Fiesta include US Bank, International Programs, UISG, the UISG Diversity Committee and a Coca-Cola grant.

OASIS is a student organization that serves the international students and scholars on campus, including individuals, nationality organizations and underrepresented groups. OASIS is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and to promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Punit Vyas, 319-400-1001,; Writer: Kelli Andresen

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.