The College of Extended University’s Global Education Institute (GEI) hosted the second annual Lunar New Year Celebration, welcoming more than 300 dignitaries and attendees.
The Feb. 2 event, which was in the Bronco Student Center’s URSA Major, was done in partnership with the Cal Poly Pomona Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA). The celebration observed the traditional Lunar New Year. It recognized the Year of the Pig and included a talent show featuring various on-campus student groups and visiting scholars from international universities, as well as local community groups and partners.
Associate Provost Sep Eskandari welcomed all the local and international guests on behalf of the university administration. Howard E. Evans, dean of the College of the Extended University and International Center, expressed his appreciation to GEI for playing a very important role in building and maintaining international institutional partnerships, and recruiting international students, scholars and working professionals to Cal Poly Pomona. Evans thanked GEI for their great efforts in putting together this celebration as well.
The talent show featured 11 different performances from groups such as the China Conservatory of Music, CPP Barkada Club and Kyung Hee University from Korea. Besides the musical performances, there were various cultural dances and a Chinese traditional poetry song remix. Evans awarded a certificate of appreciation to Professor Wang Sufen, the performing troupe leader from the China Conservatory of Music for her outstanding contribution of promoting traditional Chinese culture.
“This is the second year that we partnered with CPP CSSA to continue to bring the diverse and exciting event to campus,” said Lisa Xue, director of GEI, “We hope the event will help increase the cultural awareness to our campus community, international visitors and business partners.”