May 08, 2009
|“Around the World—A Night of Culture” was held at The Commons, Disney’s intern complex. Students enjoyed international fare, Disney characters representing a variety of cultures, music and interaction.|
More than 70 Rollins students and 100 international students interning at Walt Disney World attended “Around the World—A Night of Culture.” This event was the culmination of this semester's joint activities between Rollins and Disney’s International Program, which recruits interns from all over the world. Launched in 2007, the collaboration between Walt Disney World and Rollins benefits students through cultural enrichment and conversation.
Rollins modern languages department hosted several events on campus throughout the spring term including a Chinese language night with Lecturer Li Wei, a Spanish language night with Assistant Professor Patricia Tomé, and a joint French and German night where students went bowling and to a Rollins softball game with Associate Professor Nancy Decker and Lecturer Cathy Blunk.
"I'm delighted to have seen the relationship between Rollins students and Disney cast members expanding over the past two years. Every new connection teaches us more about being a global citizen. Ten minutes after arriving at Around the World night, I had made connections with Disney students from Botswana and South Africa, with whom I was able to talk about my upcoming trip there. To quote Disney: 'It’s a small world after all,'" said Roger Casey, Provost and chief academic officer about the budding program with Disney.
Some Rollins students who attended the event are currently studying a foreign language, others are preparing to study abroad next semester and wanted insight into their trips, while others came for the experience and to meet individuals from around the globe.