USF World News

2011 Mid-Autumn Festival Attracted Hundreds of Students at USF
September 15, 2011

The USF Confucius Institute worked with several organizations to sponsor the 2011 Mid-Autumn Festival event on September 12th at 6:00-8:00pm in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom. Nearly four hundred students, faculty and community members attended the event to experience the Chinese culture, watch student performance, and taste moon cakes. One of the purposes for hosting this event is to provide opportunities for the American students who are learning Chinese or interested in China to network with the students from China, whose number has increased sharply in the last couple of years. This year, USF has 289 students from China, which is the largest group of foreign students on campus.

At the opening, the CI director Kun Shi hosted a ceremony to observe the Teacher’s Day and thank all the teachers of Chinese at USF, including three from Nankai University (Mingzhao Hu, Xizhen Qin, Eric Shepherd, Jingrong Wang, Qiong Wu, and Rong Xue). Cards and gifts were presented to the teachers. Then Senior Vice President Karen Holbrook delivered welcome remarks. She was particularly amazed by the turnout this year and emphasized the importance of building USF into a global university. Finally, a dozen performances were introduced by the two MCs: Samantha Ashworth (American student speaking in Chinese) and Doris Tao (Chinese student speaking in English). Most of the performers are American students who are learning Chinese.

The event sponsors include: USF Confucius Institute, USF World, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Chinese Culture and Language Club, Department of World Languages, and INTO USF. We appreciate Mr. Ron Floto for donating some special moon cakes and Daniel Clark for serving tea at the event.

Earlier in the day, the CI presented an informal Mid-Autumn Festival event at the Patel Center for Global Solutions (where the CI office and USF administrative offices are housed). Visitors, staff of the USF World, and university administrators (such as Vice President Hoad) stopped at our booth and tasted the moon cakes.