PLATTSBURGH — Students from all over the globe gathered in the Warren Ballrooms to show a little bit of their culture to the community at the first ever GEO Expo at SUNY Plattsburgh.
“The idea originally came from Study Abroad (Office), where they had the around-the-world event,” International Student Adviser Jessa Karki said.
“They wanted to go larger, and they incorporated ideas from International Student Services and International Admissions. And as one office, we kind of pulled all our resources together and did the GEO Expo.”
SUNY Plattsburgh is home to students from more than 60 different countries. At the recent Expo, some of them presented cultural dances, regional foods and even martial arts.
Most of the participating students set up stands representing their countries, where anybody could stop and ask about their cultures.
Among them was a Brazilian display, where tiny soccer balls were awarded to whomever was able to answer a questionnaire about the country.
Pakistani display was filled with pictures, flags and a video about the nation.
Raffle tickets were also distributed at the entrance so every attendee would have an opportunity to win a prize just from stopping by and checking out the Expo.
Karki said they had expected around 250 to attend, but the event actually drew about 300 visitors.
It was put together by a combined effort of SUNY Plattsburgh’s Global Education Office and the Study Abroad Office, together with the international and Study Abroad student bodies.
“Expectations have been exceeded in terms of the contributions of all the student groups,” Associate Director of International Enrollment Service Cody McCabe said.
“There are far more students who are participating in terms of displays, dances, games, food, everything.”
‘A GREAT JOB’
Manager of Study Abroad & Exchanges Jamie Winters said that with the success and turnout they had, there is a possibility of the Expo becoming an annual event.