College Village Residents Prepare for Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Students

For nearly 50 international students living at College Village, 2010 will mark their very first Thanksgiving dinner. Beginning at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 23, the resident assistants (RA) and College Village staff at Genesee Community College will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for students in the Village Hall of College Village.

For nearly 50 international students living at College Village, 2010 will mark their very first Thanksgiving dinner. Beginning at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 23, the resident assistants (RA) and College Village staff at Genesee Community College will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for students in the Village Hall of College Village. The meal is free to residents and will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and traditional pumpkin pie.

On average, 150-200 students attend the annual dinner. For many, this will be their only Thanksgiving celebration. And for international students, this may be the first time they’ve experienced the holiday or tasted the traditional foods of an American Thanksgiving. Resident assistants spend most of the day preparing the meal, working around their classes, activities and other school functions. College Village staff is kept busy by running to and from apartments double checking on the cooking, especially the turkey.

“Each year can bring a few surprises from the residents’ kitchens,” said Ellen Brokaw, assistant director of Residence Life at College Village. “Sometimes a turkey is a little over done and sometimes, not done enough. But overall, we have an amazing feast with wonderful students who have a blast learning to cook a traditional Thanksgiving meal.”

Prior to the meal, Lauren Paisley, instructor of Business and advisor for the International Student Organization, will present a Cross-Cultural Student Development Series on the history and traditions associated with Thanksgiving. The International Student Organization assists Genesee's international students in making the transition into a new environment. The group promotes cultural awareness, while serving as a support network for the educational and social development of foreign students. The presentation will begin at 5:00PM with the Thanksgiving meal immediately following.

This is the sixth year that College Village has provided a free Thanksgiving dinner to students.

For further information, please contact Ellen Brokaw, assistant director of Residence Life at Genesee’s College Village at 585-343-0163 or by email ecbrokaw@genesee.edu.

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