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Manchester University hosts International Buffet on April 7

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. -- Guests at the 2019 International Buffet at Manchester University can sample sweet tiramisu from Italy, spicy tobogee from Liberia and Spanish churros rolled in cinnamon sugar.

The buffet is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 7 in the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center on East Street in North Manchester.

The community is invited to sample dishes that represent more than 10 nations. Tickets are $14.99 for adults or $9.99 for students. It can count toward an MU student meal plan. The buffet is free for children 11 and under. Register at www.manchester.edu/internationalbuffet  

International Buffet 2017Offerings also include mughlai paratha, a stuffed omelet flatbread with chicken from India, and lighter options include Greek salad and Moroccan mint tea with melon. 

More than 50 volunteers are helping with the event, and food preparation begins that Friday.

The MU Office of Multicultural Affairs is co-host and coordinator of the traditional spring event. Chartwells, the University’s food service, is co-hosting the event, assisting with prep work and service.

“I’ve been a part of the office for four years now. It feels surreal that as a senior I’m leading the planning committee for this event,” said Angie Gonsiorowski, who is completing a double major in art and psychology with a minor in peace studies.

“The International Buffet is one our staple programs, meant to educate and integrate cultures from around the world. While that’s part of our mission statement, here we get to have a little fun and do it through food,” she said. The multicultural affairs programmer is from Cedar Lake, Ind., and is the office liaison to the Hispanos Unidos student group.

The International Buffet is the closing event of Peace Week 2019.  
Manchester has students from 28 states in the U.S. and 20 countries. It is home to the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center and Toyota Round, a campus and regional focal point for discussions about diversity and inclusion, civic engagement and civil discourse.

Contact information for the media
International Buffet coordinator is student Angie Gonsiorowski, AJGonsiorowski2019@manchester.edu 
Michael Dixon, director of intercultural services and chief diversity officer, MGDixon@manchester.edu

Fast facts

  • Manchester has the oldest undergraduate peace studies program in the world, established by Gladdys Muir in 1948.
  • Manchester is the first University in the United States to hold permanent observer status with the United Nations.
  • Andrew J. Cordier, who graduated from Manchester in 1922, was a key player in drafting the founding charter of the U.N. The keynote address for Peace Week will be in the auditorium named in his honor.

About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 70 areas of academic study to more than 1,400 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu . 

Our mission
Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition. 

March 2019