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Thanksgiving Programs

Thanksgiving is an American holiday that brings family and friends together to enjoy a traditional meal and reflect on what they are thankful for in their lives. This special day falls on the third Thursday in November and was celebrated on November 22nd this year.  Every year, the OISS sponsors two events that enable international students to experience this popular American holiday. 

The first event took place on Sunday, November 11th in the O’Connell House.  The annual International Assistant (IA) Thanksgiving Dinner offers our international freshmen and exchange students the opportunity to get together and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal.  The International Assistants did an excellent job preparing food for nearly 120 students, including homemade turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and gravy; the cranberry sauce and apple and pumpkin pies were also not forgotten. 

On Friday, November 16 participants of the weekly Graduate Discussion series feasted on similar traditional holiday food at the Murray Graduate House.  OISS Director Adrienne Nussbaum shared the history of Thanksgiving, as well as information about the increasingly popular start of  the holiday shopping season, Black Friday.  This was an enjoyable wrap-up to the semester.

IA Thanksgiving photo2