Lane showcases world talent; International Day unites students from 35 countries

Mayra Jaquez plays the accordion and sings for the student body May 7 for International Day in Lane’s cafeteria.


Mayra Jaquez plays the accordion and sings for the student body May 7 for International Day in Lane’s cafeteria.

International students and performers from 35 different countries gathered in Lane’s cafetria on May 7 for Lane’s International Day.

Lane created the event to demonstrate the talents of Lane’s multicultural student body. Beth Schenderlein coordinated the showcase this year.

“The mission of International Day is to showcase the amazing talents of the diverse population of international students who come to Lane and promote understanding between cultures,” Schenderlein said. “We also want the whole student body of Lane to have the opportunity to meet our international students.”

The day started with a fashion show. Twelve students modeled clothing from their native countries. As the day went on, singers and musicians took the stage. Dancers also performed, pulling students from the crowd out of their seats to join them.

Lane student Yaara Tal helped Schenderlein organize the event.

“I think 85 percent of the crowd was international students,” Tal said. “I love working with other students and getting to know new people from different countries and cultures.”

Local residents of Lane County also gathered to hear Jimmy Le, a Lane student in the audio engineering program, lay down tracks for the audience. This year Lane Media Services provided student workers to film the event.

Forrest Beckley, a Lane music major, heard the music from across the cafeteria and joined the festivities.

“I thought it was really cool to hear songs in different languages,” Beckley said.

International Day is an event held annually in early May, and all the participants volunteer their time, whether they are students or faculty.

“We appreciate you sharing your culture with us as you learn here at Lane,” Lane President Mary Spilde told the group.