Festival of Nations 2012 at Barry University
e-Toile: Elodie Wendling, you are Career Counselor at Barry University located in Miami Shores. What are your main missions?
Elodie Wendling : We, the office of Career Services assists current students and alumni in their lifelong career development and create a caring student centered environment in a global and inclusive community. Our office educates students and alumni on essential job searching and life skills to propel them to succeed in the increasingly competitive global marketplace.
I, as a Career Counselor, counsel undergraduate, graduate students, and alumni regarding career related issues such as resume/cover letter writing, interview skills, networking, job/internship search strategies and graduate/professional school advising.
I am dedicated to supporting students’ career development and to serving the community through collaborative relationships with faculty and staff and mutually productive partnerships with employers.
e-Toile : On March 2012, we are organizing an event focusing on Nations. What are the main goals of this happening on a campus like Barry University?
Elodie Wendling : The 17th Festival of Nations sponsored by the office off International and Multicultural Programs will be hosted on Friday, March 30th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm on the campus of Barry University.
The goal of this event is to promote international awareness among the Barry Community through live performances, cuisine and music presented in a public forum and a festive atmosphere.
Enthusiastic students, staff, and volunteers have the opportunity to share the wonders and joys of their home countries with the Barry University and South Florida communities. F.O.N is one of the largest events hosted by the university with participants from all over the world and an attendance of over 500 people each year.
In addition, there will be 25 countries from five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa) will be represented this year, emphasizing the significance and global aspect of this festival.
One of the main reasons this event is such a success each year is that the goals of F.O.N coincides well with one of Barry University core commitments, “Inclusive Community”.
Indeed, “Barry is a global, inclusive community characterized by interdependence, dignity and equality, compassion and respect for self and others. Embracing a global world view, the University nurtures and values cultural, social and intellectual diversity, and welcomes faculty, staff, and students of all faith traditions” (Barry University Core Commitments, 2008).
e-Toile: How do you showcase France in this event and in general during the year?
Elodie Wendling : Each year, Festival of Nations kicks off with a Parade of Flags with national anthems of each represented flag played in the background.
France will be part of the festival and will be represented by Barry staff, students and volunteers with a booth showcasing French culture and travel opportunities. Plenty of national artifacts and travel brochures provided by the Consulate General of France in Miami will be displayed on the booth.
Throughout the year, French cuisine is often showcased during international events such as International Education Week, the Consulate Reception etc...
Local French restaurants usually participate in these events.