World Fair to Promote and Preserve Cultural Awareness

by Emily Finlay, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University’s School of Pharmacy and Walgreens are partnering to present Cedarville University’s first World Fair, an event to celebrate the various cultures represented on campus, on April 22 in the Dixon Ministry Center Alumni Hall.

Catherine Hernandez, a multicultural admissions specialist at Cedarville University, said the event is a time to celebrate the beautiful cultures around campus. The vision for the event is two-fold, she said, promote and preserve. 

“We want to bring cultural awareness to campus,” she said. “And we want to help students from different cultures feel at home, so what they are familiar with is being celebrated.” 

The event will feature food, music, art and dance from each continent, as well as faculty and students representing different countries and cultures. International worship music will be provided by student-led band IFI and Cincinnati salsa band Son del Caribe, which is led by Jaime Morales-Matos, a trombonist and conductor who has performed, conducted and taught both nationally and internationally. Folk dances, games and henna tattoos will be available, as well as a photo booth where participants can get a picture taken in front of famous places around the world. Students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to participate in a mini World Cup soccer tournament, where teams of five representing different countries will compete against each other in five-minute games. This event is free and open to the public.

The fair is going to a fun and exciting time to intentionally learn from people from different cultures, Hernandez said, and to enjoy what these cultures have to offer.

“For students feeling homesick, we’re bringing home to them,” she said. “And for other students, it’s developing an appreciation for a different way of life and doing things.”

Cedarville University, located east of Dayton, Ohio, has 3,459 students in more than 100 areas of study. A Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs, Cedarville is recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at

Date: April 22, 2014

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Alumni Hall, Dixon Ministry Center

Address: Cedarville University, 251 N. Main St., Cedarville, Ohio (Campus Map)

Cost: Free