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Green River welcomes SUSI scholars at banquet


SUSI scholars introduce their culture and country to the attendees at the welcome brunch.

Bright young leaders from five different countries - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan - arrived at Green River's main campus Monday, June 24 for the annual U.S. Institutes for Scholars program.

Their five-week educational stay at Green River launched with a Welcome Banquet in the Glacier room. The event was coordinated by Edith Bannister and emceed by Director of Extended Learning Vivette Beuster.

"We are off to a great start with one of the best groups we have hosted for the SUSI program," said Beuster. "We are extremely impressed with the students' level of commitment, energy, enthusiasm and determination."

The banquet introduced the best of Green River to the students and provided an opportunity for the administration, faculty and staff to welcome and meet these remarkable scholars.

After eating lunch, the scholars grouped together by country and delivered short presentations on their culture for the rest of the guests. In attendance were Board Chair Tom Campbell, Dean of Technology and Trades Divisions and Workforce Education Josh Clearman, and Vice President of Instruction Derek Brandes.

President Ely then delivered a welcome speech that was followed by a short welcome from Dean of International Programs and Extended Learning Wendy Stewart. Oksana Knyaz concluded the event with a few remarks in Russian.

Green River is the only community college in the U.S. chosen to participate in the program, run by the State Department. The scholars will stay with Green River for four weeks. The final day on campus is July 18.