By Kaitlan Morehouse
Do you like learning about other cultures? What about coffee and pastries? You’re in luck! ASU International Appalachian (INTAPP) will host the fourth annual High Country World Cup for students and the 23rd annual Coffee Buzz 5K, which is open to the public, in the month of April.
There will be international and Appalachian students who studied abroad, so you’ll get to have fun and engage with them as you learn about other cultures.
“It’s important to promote because [the events are] something that helps students develop and see the world in a different way, kind of integrate into a different culture, work with different people and bring creativity” said Riziki Omonde, the ASU INTAPP public relations committee head. “A lot of business in the world today has people working together, so it’s really important to understand how the world works.”
About ASU INTAPP
INTAPP is an App State international leadership club that focuses on increasing international understanding and direct involvement with other cultures and countries at App State and in North Carolina.
It strives to promote interest and for international travel, study abroad, study abroad alumni involvement, international recruitment to App State and leadership.
The club works with the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) to create a sense of internationalism to the App State culture, which helps the team members and international students become better world citizens who are prepared to contribute to their local communities.
“[The club] promotes peace within the world and breaks down negative stereotypes that you might have had about another culture,” Omonde said.
Club members strive to be as Landon Hill, the honoree for the Landon Hill Memorial Scholarship.
Hill was a leader in INTAPP, who strived to improve the organization, encouraged other members to reach their goals and had a passion for enhancing his intercultural perspective. Hill was able travel to the home universities of and engage with ASU’s former international students before contracting bacterial meningitis during a study abroad trip to Spain in 2011. Because he loved coffee and running, the Coffee Buzz 5K was created to honor him and his legacy in the club.
“We put on these events to raise money for his scholarship,” Omonde said. “It’s really near and dear to our hearts.”
The fourth annual High Country World Cup will be held at 12 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 and open to App State students.
The World Cup will be co-sponsored by ASU INTAPP and Phi Sigma Kappa, the newest fraternity at Appalachian.
Tournament rules and regulations will be the same as ASU UREC co-ed intramural soccer.
Team registration $2 a person – email your 5-7 person team to [email protected] with your team name, player roster and app state email addresses.
Proceeds will go to the Landon Hill Memorial Scholarship for study abroad and Special Olympics.
For more information, visit the event Facebook page.
About The Coffee Buzz 5K
The 23rd annual Coffee Buzz 5K will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 23 at ASU Duck Pond field and anyone can join!
Registration will start at 7 a.m. on April 23rd for $20 or available online until 11:59 p.m. on April 22nd for $18 a person or $15 a group.
The first few 100 that signed up last year received a free t-shirt – sign up today, and you might get that chance!
The route will be the same as the ASU ACT Gobbler 5K.
Come out and enjoy running, drinking coffee from ASU Wired Scholar and Bald Guy Brew, eating pastries from Stick Boy and partaking in some morning yoga!
All proceeds will go to the Landon Hill Memorial Scholarship and Special Olympics.
Visit the Facebook page for more information.
“Come out to the event,” Omonde said. “We really appreciate people getting involved.”
Here are some other public events the club hosts that you should look out for:
- Global Panel – students from each continent answer questions about politics, among other things going on
- Culture Crawl – multicultural clubs perform different dances and performances from around the world
- Global Exchange – co-hosted by INTAPP and OIED every Wednesday from 4-5:30 p.m. This Wednesday is Bollywood dancing, so come out and enjoy some free food and dance lessons!