College Village, Genesee Community College’s on-campus housing, will once again host their annual Thanksgiving dinner for students. Beginning at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 22, the resident assistants (RA’s) and College Village staff 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.
“This is the seventh year that the staff has come together to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for the residents,” said Ellen Brokaw, assistant director of Residence Life at College Village. “For some students, this is their first try at cooking a full Thanksgiving meal. We hope to have a good turnout of students participating and are looking forward to a fun evening.”
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.
For further information, please contact Ellen Brokaw, assistant director of Residence Life at Genesee’s College Village at 585-343-0163 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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