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BCCC Hosts Nepali Ambassador to U.S. in “International Heritage Day” Celebration of Nepal Tuesday, 04 November 2008
The College’s first annual International Heritage Day—“Nepali Cultural Day” in honor of Nepal—played to a packed house Thursday, Nov. 6 from 1-3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building as BCCC Nepalese students and members of the Nepalese community from across Baltimore gathered for a rich cultural exchange which included dance, music and ethnic dress. As part of the event, the College was privileged to host Nepali Ambassador to the U.S. Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise, who stayed afterward to mingle with students and enjoy food prepared by area Nepalese restaurants.
BCCC student Shradha Karki, whose slain brother Himank studied engineering here and in whose name the event was dedicated, read an inspiring journal passage written by her brother exemplifying his life’s vision and commitment to education. The passage will be used to memorialize Himank on the BCCC Wall of Recognition, for which the Karki family will purchase the largest-sized brick offered by the BCCC Foundation—a 12-inch by 12-inch, $750 tribute. The College originally offered to purchase the brick but the Karki family declined, citing its love for and commitment to BCCC. Ms. Karki’s father, Jagannath, also attended.
Some 300 of BCCC’s 1,100 international students—by far the largest proportion of international students at the College—claim Nepal as their country of birth. Currently, 114 countries are represented in BCCC’s international student body. Most find their way to the College after connecting with native communities in Baltimore, seeking education for professions back home or enough credits to transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
Santosh Onta, environmental science major in his third semester at the College, said Baltimore’s rich Nepalese community is what drew him here. He transferred to BCCC from Troy University in Alabama to be closer to other members of his family.
Nepali Cultural Day—one of BCCC’s most spectacular and best-attended events in years—was spearheaded by Dr. Williams and coordinated by Andre Williams and a team of 25 students and staff from the student affairs, student development, enrollment management, English-as-a-Second Language, and Business and Continuing Education areas, who met weekly to coordinate details.  Special thanks are extended to Meintje Westerbeek, director of Adult Education and English Language Services at BCCC; the International Student Club; Deneen Dangerfield, director of Admissions, Recruitment and Orientation; and William H. Hug, assistant director of Admissions, Recruitment and Orientation.
In addition, Lucious Anderson, vice president of the BCCC Business and Continuing Education Division, Ellen Abdul-Rabb, and former BCCC student Mohan Thapa, co-founder of the Baltimore Association of Nepalese in America, are congratulated for furthering the relationship of BCCC with the Baltimore Nepalese community. Mr. Thapa, whose impressive vocal performances alongside Prem Raja Mahat punctuated an already colorful and celebratory day, were outdone only by his painstaking efforts—with Mahat and Kris Ghimire—to secure the attendance of His Excellency Ambassador Chalise.
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For Immediate Release                                                  Contact: Bill Fleming

November 3, 2008                                                                        410-986-5507

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Press Release


BCCC to Host Nepali Ambassador to U.S. in

“International Heritage Day” Celebration of Nepal


        BALTIMORE — Baltimore City Community College and President Dr. Carolane Williams will host Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise, Nepal’s ambassador to the U.S., in a grand celebration of Nepali culture Thursday, Nov. 6 from 1-3 p.m., at the Liberty campus Fine Arts Building, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave.


      The celebration marks the college’s first International Heritage Day in which the people, cultures and countries of some 1,100 international students at BCCC are honored as a way to learn more about the diversity represented in its student body.


      Nepal is the country of birth of over 300 BCCC students – by far the largest proportion of international students attending. Currently, students from 114 countries call BCCC their “home away from home.” Most come to the college after arriving in Baltimore with other members of their communities to learn engineering, technology and related fields.


      Thursday’s event will feature food from area Nepalese restaurants. In addition, Nepalese students will present a series of rich cultural expressions including dance, music and ethnic dress, which promise a memorable community exchange.


      For more information, contact William N. Hug, assistant director of admissions, recruitment & orientation, at 410-462-8360 / This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
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