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Thanksgiving staples such as turkey and dressing will be served along with more unique fare such as pumpkin cannoli.

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'Pretty as a picture' is an apt description of the pre-Thanksgiving feast for CHSP international students

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The meal will be provided by the Atrium Cafe, a Certified Green restaurant located on the first floor of Grover Center.

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CHSP plans Thanksgiving feast for its international students


Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions is planning a pre-Thanksgiving feast for its international students to give them a taste of this most American of holidays while they are away from home.

Students from more than 100 countries are enrolled at Ohio University, many of whom are unable to return to their home country for their own holidays, much less the annual turkey feast unique to the United States. 

To help remedy that situation for CHSP international students, the college’s Atrium Cafe is spreading a table for CHSP’s approximately 50 international students (and family members/guests) on Nov. 24, two days before the holiday. 

The menu will include Thanksgiving staples such as turkey and dressing, as well as some culinary twists including roasted local root vegetables, beet and goat cheese salads and pumpkin cannoli.

New additions to this year’s event include a Thanksgiving-themed photo booth which will allow students to pose as pilgrims or turkeys and a “fusion crafts” table where students can try their hand at unique crafts including origami paper turkeys.

The event is the brainchild of Francis McFadden, assistant professor of food and nutrition sciences and faculty coordinator of CHSP’s Atrium Café. 

“It is always a wonderful experience for both the American students and faculty hosting the event, as well as for our international students, who have the experience of a true American feast and holiday,” McFadden said.

Several CHSP faculty and staff members have volunteered to help serve during the festivities, which is a college-wide event McFadden describes as a way to get a head start on the holiday spirit.

The dinner will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Grover Center’s first-floor atrium. 

For details, contact café manager Kristen Herbst at Herbstk@ohio.edu.