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March 29

March 29, 2016
Nannette Rodriguez
Associate vice president, Office of Marketing, Brand and Communication
Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager

New citizens, colorful celebrations to highlight 2016 International Fair

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College’s International Fair will bring entertainment, fashion and food from around the world to the College on Thursday, April 14, 10 a.m.–7:30 p.m. inside the Connector Building at the South Omaha Campus, 27th and Q streets. The event is free and open to the public and will feature global displays, community organizations and a naturalization ceremony.
The annual event is aimed toward giving attendees of all ages the opportunity to learn about different cultures from around the world. The day begins at 10 a.m. with a musical salute by Kathy Tyree. At 10:30 a.m., a USCIS Naturalization Ceremony welcomes new US citizens in the Industrial Training Center, room 120. Musicians, dancers and performers will then take center stage in the Connector Building Commons throughout the day, blending cultures and various backgrounds.
“MCC’s International Fair highlights the cultural and artistic diversity that continues to weave the fabric of communities around the globe. The showcase of artistic and cultural projects is accompanied by the opportunity to seek service from community agencies and businesses hosting displays,” said Barbara Velázquez, coordinator of international and intercultural education.
Featured performers include Bernard Woma’s Saakuma Dance Troupe from Ghana, West Africa; Will Thoren, inventor of the Multidrone Didgeridoo, from Los Angeles; and Bedouin Star’s Ethnic Belly Dance.
For more information, contact or 531-MCC-2253.
The International Fair is presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and also features implementation of a City of Omaha grant entitled, “In Pictures: South Omaha History, Bringing the Past to the Present.”


Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.