Christmas time has come and gone, but for the foreign teachers at Linyi University it was a season that will live on in their memories forever. The School of Informatics International Collaboration Office started off the Holiday Season by creating video Christmas cards to send to partner universities, William Carey and Athlone Institute of Technology. Last year these partner universities and University of Oveido in Spain sent Linyi University video cards which were presented in the office’s first annual Internaitonal Christmas Concert. Fourteen students were selected from the freshman and sophomore classes to participate in the videos. Dean of the School of Informatics, Dr. Zhang Wenyin, also made a special statement to the leaders of the institutions calling for further friendship and growth in our exchange programs.
Teachers and international office staff quickly began integrating their local traditions into their classrooms and throughout the halls of the Informatics School. Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree began to take on meaning for some Chinese students who were previously unfamiliar with the westernized holiday. In addition to the traditional Christmas tree located in the English Corner on the second floor, Vice-Dean Peng Hongjun, lead a team in decorating a large tree located in front of the building.
“Students can take pictures with the tree and make memories,” said Peng.
The crowning jewel of the festive season was the second annual International Christmas Concert. This year’s performances included appearances by office staff members Ame’ Karoly and Jillayne Campbell singing “All I Want for Christmas is You,” and Dong Yangxue singing a popular Chinese love song. Students from Karoly’s class also presented a variety of performances including a traditional minority song and dance and an English drama originally awarded first at a local English drama competition. The concert was well attended with standing room only.
“It was an honor getting to participate in the performance,” said Campbell. “I love seeing the student’s hard work pays off in such a great event. This is my favorite time every year.”