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Giving Thanks Together

Friday, November 18, 2011
The International Thanksgiving Dinner on November 16 brought students, faculty, and staff together for an evening of shared fellowship, good food, music, and thanksgiving. Co-sponsored by the International Club, African-Caribbean Student Association, International Student Services, and Campus Ministry, the dinner featured jerk chicken and fried plantains, in addition to the traditional turkey and side dishes.

Grace and Olivia Shank, daughters of Marymount President Matthew D. Shank, gave the Prayer of Thanksgiving, and members of Marymount’s Chapel Choir sang songs of thanks to God. In addition, Nilee Kerr, daughter of Emembet Mikael who works in Student Accounts, gave a lovely violin performance.

Dinner participants then shared what they are thankful for in their lives, including “family at home and at Marymount;” “this wonderful gathering,” and “my Marymount education.”

Donations were collected for the International Student Emergency Fund, which helps cover unexpected health care costs and other essential needs of MU’s international students.

The evening ended with prayers in several languages: Olivia Fedor ’13, a Criminal Justice major, spoke in Hungarian; Rainier Heredia ’13, a Nursing major from the Philippines, in Tagalog; and Yaa Ampofo ’15, a Biology major from Ghana, in Twi.

- The MU community enjoys an international Thanksgiving dinner.

PHOTO 2 – Theology major William Shingler ’13, Fashion Design major Dayle Angus ’15, and Psychology major Isabelle Maramag ’14 sing “For the Beauty of the Earth.” Music Ministry Coordinator Jill Staudt (in back) joins in on keyboard.

PHOTO 3 - Seated: Politics major Laura Jimenez ’15, Nursing major Kimberlee Roberson ’15, Communications major Jeffrey Wilkins ’12, and History major Ryan Phillips ’12; Standing: Fashion Merchandising major Theodora Myers ’15

PHOTO 4 – Grace Shank reads the Prayer of Thanksgiving as her mother, Lynne Shank, and sister, Olivia, look on.