Park’s Annual Cultural Sharing Event to Feature Micronesia

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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April 15, 2014 — Park University, which boasts more than 600 international students from 103 countries, including 350 at the University’s Parkville Campus, will highlight the food, history, traditions and arts of the Federated States of Micronesia during its 10th annual Cultural Sharing event on Friday, April 25. The event, held on the Parkville Campus, is open to the public.

The Cultural Sharing event begins with a dinner from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Pirate Café, located on the second floor of Thompson Commons. Micronesian dishes such as barbequed chicken marinated in soy sauce and lime, Kosraen soup (with fish in coconut milk) and chicken Pancit (with noodles and vegetables) are on the menu. The cost for the dinner is $7.50 for adults and $4 for children 8 years old and younger. Park University students, faculty and staff are free with their Park ID.

The presentation segment of the event is free and begins at 5:45 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel. Park University students from Micronesia will present dance performances and share information about the unique and diverse nation comprised of more than 600 islands in the western Pacific.

This year’s selection of the Federated States of Micronesia as the featured country was based on Kansas City’s expanding Micronesian community. Lured by a quality education opportunity, economical cost of living and ample job opportunities, Micronesians, mostly from the island of Pohnpei, began migrating to the Kansas City area to attend Park University in the late 1970s. Today, Park has students from each of Micronesia’s four island states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap.

The event is sponsored by the University’s Office of International Student Admissions and Services. For more information, e-mail or call (816) 584-6820.

Please note: Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel has restricted physical access. Park University wants to make available to everyone access to all programs and activities conducted in this building. Requests for physical access accommodations should be addressed in a timely manner to Park University’s Office of Campus Safety at (816) 584-6444. Park University will make all reasonable modifications to ensure that individuals with physical challenges have an equal opportunity to enjoy all programs and activities.