Welcome to a World of Dragons

Are you ready to experience a World of Dragons? Then check out TU’s 21st annual International Dinner on Friday, March 23, in the Gillmor Student Center.

“The value of the International Dinner cannot be overstated,” says Rachel Crooks, Director of International Student Services. “This is our chance as a University to share the cultures of our diverse international student body with members of the TU family and the greater Tiffin community.” Crooks says that this year’s theme, “A World of Dragons,” was chosen not only to honor the TU mascot, but also the Chinese year of the dragon and dragon legends from around the world.

Crooks says those who attend the dinner can expect a wide variety of foods from around the world. “The menu is selected using recipes submitted by TU students, staff, and faculty,” she says. Headlining the performances is the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, which also will collaborate with two of TU’s current international students. Tiffin University’s student performers include Andres Torres, Sarah Raber, and Pai Liu with students Shandor Stefil and Angelica Garcia serving as emcees for the event.

The students involved in the event consider it a “don’t miss event” at TU. “The International Dinner is a chance to travel around the world without leaving the university through ethnic meals and authentic performances,” says student performer Sarah Raber. “The dinner is a reminder that we are but a small part of a global community, and we hope it promotes diversity through the people who attend,” says WSA President Ashlee Conley. “I think the International Dinner is a great way of getting a real insight into the cultures of other countries,” says student emcee Shandor Shtefil. “Asking international students questions may be a good way to make one more well-rounded

The staff also is busy preparing for the International Dinner. “With Cultural Diversity and Global Awareness being such a focus here at TU, AVI Foodsystems is proud to partner with the International Student Services  to focus on International cuisine and the impact it has on our society as well as  broaden horizons and palates alike, says Tracey Kardotzke of AVI.  “Our goal is to introduce not only our International population personally but also to help the cultures of our students to be represented by utilizing their own family recipes and highlighting the unique flavor profiles that represent each region.”

The International Dinner often sells out quickly, so get your tickets today! Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, with no charge for ages five and younger. To purchase tickets, call 419-448-3369,

e-mail Rachel Crooks at CrooksRN@tiffin.edu, or visit the International Student Services Office on the second floor of Franks Hall. Doors for the International Dinner will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Tiffin University is proud of its global diversity. There are currently students representing 28 different countries attending TU. For details about International Student Services at TU, visit http://www.tiffin.edu/international/