Faculty & Staff

ICC Highlights International Students and Culture at 11th Annual International Fair Saturday, April 18

Illinois Central College will be hosting its eleventh annual International Fair on Saturday, April 18, from noon to 3 pm, in the ICC East Peoria Campus cafeteria.  The event will offer the community an opportunity to meet some of ICC’s international students and celebrate their cultures through music, entertainment, food samples, and dancing.

Some of ICC’s international students will also provide a fashion show, exhibiting traditional costumes from their home countries. Other entertainment will include Kenyan dancing and a martial arts demonstration. A few of the countries providing food samples and informational booths include: China, Thailand, Japan and Mexico. Global Village of Peoria Heights will display a selection of coffees, chocolates, clothing and gifts for sale from developing countries.

“ICC enjoys a rich cultural exchange with the nearly 200 international students representing 55 different countries who attend each year,” said ICC Director of International Education Dr. Barbara Burton. “Our purpose is to extend this learning experience to the community through the International Fair so everyone can appreciate world cultures other than their own while being entertained.”

The event is open to the public, and families are encouraged to attend. Admission is $2, with children 12 years and younger admitted for free. Food samples will be available for a modest fee. All proceeds will go toward an international F-1 student scholarship fund.

For more information regarding international education at ICC or the International Fair, contact Dr. Barbara Burton at (309) 694-8817 or Tia Van at (309) 694-5553.