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DWU cultural festival offers quick trip around the globe for students and residents

Sally Wickware-Thompson, right, a Dakota Wesleyan University campus counselor, talks to senior Aaron Rolen at Thursday's Around the World cultural festival at DWU. Wickware-Thompson's table included items and photos from mission trips she and DWU students have taken to Tanzania. The event marked its 10th anniversary Thursday. (Chris Mueller/Republic)

Students, faculty and the Mitchell community had the chance to go on a world tour in only an hour at Dakota Wesleyan University's Around the World cultural festival Thursday afternoon.

The DWU Multicultural Committee hosted the event, which invites students, faculty and local residents to set up booths and represent a country or culture that is of interest to them.

"People on campus can get a taste of all the different countries," said Mikayla Davis, DWU senior and member of the Multicultural Committee.

Many representatives stocked their booths with samples of food from whichever culture they had chosen to represent, as well as information and other culturally relevant items.

DWU campus counselor Sally Wickware-Thompson presented a booth of her own, which included items and photos from mission trips she has taken with DWU students to Tanzania, a country in eastern Africa.

She said the trips allow students to participate in service projects, while they get first-hand experience with a new country and culture.

Wickware-Thompson plans to return to Tanzania with another group of students in May 2012.

This year's festival is the 10th time the university has hosted the event.

"It is very exciting that Around the World is now a DWU tradition," said Kate Miller, director of TRiO Student Support and adviser for the DWU Multicultural Committee, in a DWU press release.

"I would like to thank all past participants for 10 great years of sharing different cultures through art, music, language and food. The DWU Multicultural Committee will work hard to keep this event going for the next 10 years and beyond."