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‘Lawn Party’ Breaks Ice, Builds Connections

A colorful lineup of international flags sets the stage for the multicultural celebration.
A colorful lineup of international flags sets the stage for the multicultural celebration.
Greeting guests at the gate and handing out tickets for a prize giveaway is Abdulaziz S. Alomani, a senior in plastics and polymer engineering technology from Saudi Arabia.
Greeting guests at the gate and handing out tickets for a prize giveaway is Abdulaziz S. Alomani, a senior in plastics and polymer engineering technology from Saudi Arabia.
With Glendalis Guadarrama on the microphone, guests listen to the gathering’s addresses. A board member with Minorities Lending Knowledge and junior in nursing, Guadarrama hails from Avondale and is proud of her Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage.
With Glendalis Guadarrama on the microphone, guests listen to the gathering’s addresses. A board member with Minorities Lending Knowledge and junior in nursing, Guadarrama hails from Avondale and is proud of her Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage.
Marceline Y. Salomon-Debrosse (left) and Katie L. Mackey call out winning numbers for prize giveaways.
Marceline Y. Salomon-Debrosse (left) and Katie L. Mackey call out winning numbers for prize giveaways.
Police Officer Justin M. Hakes (center), enjoys asking students questions from a card set of "conversation starters" (placed at each table). Joining in the fun is fellow Officer Charles E. O’Brien.
Police Officer Justin M. Hakes (center), enjoys asking students questions from a card set of “conversation starters” (placed at each table). Joining in the fun is fellow Officer Charles E. O’Brien.

Representatives of four campus organizations – Minorities Lending Knowledge, the Saudi Student Organization, College Women of Williamsport and Penn College Alliance – enlightened incoming and returning students during Thursday’s Multicultural Lawn Party outside The Victorian House. Organized by Marceline Y. Salomon-Debrosse, a residence life coordinator, and Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement, the event attracted a mix of faculty, staff and students bound by a desire to make a difference at Penn College. “Conversation starters” were placed at each of the organizations’ tables to assist in involving one another in discussion throughout the evening. Raffle tickets for a variety of prizes were distributed to students; if they connected with members of the student groups, they received more tickets and more chances to win!