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A very special dinner for Panamanian group in New York

8 May, 2019

Kings New York at Concordia College is preparing to bid farewell to 27 kind, loving, diligent, and inspiring young people from Panama. These students have warmed our hearts and filled our classrooms since October 2018.

The warmth and kindness coming through each Panamanian student has been matched by the Concordia College community, from Concordia's President, Rev. Dr. John Nunes, through to their fellow students on campus.

There have been plenty of opportunities for social mixing and mingling, not to mention practicing English outside the classroom, such as the Welcome Reception hosted by the President in October to being interviewed by Concordia's Vice President Dr. James Burkee about their academic and cultural experiences in the US.

To top off the graciousness of the Concordia College community, the group of students were treated to a delicious home-cooked Cuban dinner on 26th April at the home of Concordia's Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Stephanie Squires, and her husband, Professor Alberto Deschapelles.

One of the students, Saraly Castillo Bermudez, performed grace before everyone indulged in Cuban style black beans, rice, meat and fried plantains. And soon after, the dancing ensued! There was salsa, bachata, Congo — a traditional dance from the Panamanian province of Colón — and even some belly dancing moves!

The students dancing.

When students were not busy eating delicious food or dancing, they were conversing with the dinner hosts and other guests — Dr. Burkee, Concordia Director of Partnerships Hanen Abboud, Manager of International Student Operations and PDSO Gary Vega, Dean and Chair of School of Humanities Dr. Mandana Nakhai, Abdul Amini from the Finance Office, and Kings New York Center Director Nino Bitsadze.

We thank Dr. Squires and Professor Deschapelles for adding such a fond memory to the Panamanian students' adventures in New York!