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Russian Tea Time at the University of South Dakota

Kaleigh McLaugh­lin (Azer­bai­jani 2016), a 2018 ADF recip­i­ent, planned and exe­cut­ed a very suc­cess­ful Russ­ian Tea Time event with the Depart­ment of Mod­ern Lan­guages at her uni­ver­si­ty, Uni­ver­si­ty of South Dako­ta. This event was held in sup­port of the new Russ­ian Stud­ies minor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Dako­ta. Despite chal­lenges, includ­ing hav­ing to change the venue last minute due to flood­ing, 50 stu­dents attend­ed the event in addi­tion to sev­er­al staff and fac­ul­ty mem­bers. Mem­bers of the Russ­ian-speak­ing com­mu­ni­ty in east­ern South Dako­ta also attend­ed the event, pro­vid­ing tra­di­tion­al home­made treats. 

Dur­ing the event, Russ­ian inter­na­tion­al stu­dents per­formed tra­di­tion­al Russ­ian dance and served as con­ver­sa­tion part­ners for those prac­tic­ing their Russ­ian lan­guage skills. Stu­dents tak­ing Russ­ian cours­es gave bilin­gual pre­sen­ta­tions on Moscow and St. Peters­burg and Kaleigh gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on Azer­bai­jan and the South Cau­ca­sus. Schol­ar­ships for lan­guage study were dis­cussed, includ­ing the CLS Pro­gram. In addi­tion, Reporters from the uni­ver­si­ty news­pa­per and tele­vi­sion chan­nel inter­viewed Kaleigh and the Russ­ian pro­fes­sor who sup­port­ed her in this event.


Kaleigh McLaughlin
Azerbaijani 2016

Posted Date

April 12, 2021