Carpe Diem Nov. 4 Celebrates Diversity at Southeast

Southeast Missouri State University’s annual Carpe Diem festival celebrating cultural diversity is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, in the East Gym of the Student Recreation Center.

Carpe Diem is a program organized to celebrate the multicultural ethnicity of the University’s students through traditional dances, music, food and educational exchange. The event is an opportunity to experience global cultures, meet new people and enjoy an evening of entertainment. The overarching theme is “collectively we make a difference.”

“The evening is a family-friendly event that provides an opportunity for cultural exchange right here at Southeast,” said Dr. Kevin Timlin, executive director of the Office of International Education and Services. “Our international students offer presentations, food and entertainment from countries around the world.”

Southeast students receive free admission and three food tickets with a student ID. Southeast faculty, staff and children in the 6th grade and younger receive free admission.

General admission is $5 and includes three food tickets. Additional food tickets are $1 each, $10 for 12 tickets, or $20 for 25 tickets.  The event will be open until 10 p.m. or until supplies associated with food and activities are exhausted.

Over 15 student groups will provide educational displays highlighting aspects of their home cultures, including traditional crafts, home items and foods. Individual and group performances will feature dances and music from around the world and a fashion show.

Carpe Diem is an annual event originally organized by the Office of Residence Life that began in fall 2010. This is the first year the event will be sponsored and organized by the Office of International Education and Services, in collaboration with the Intensive English Program and the International Student Association.

For more information, contact the Office of International Education and Services at (573) 986-6863.