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New Valley Group Helps International Students Make Connections

Herald Journal Thursday, May. 18, 2017


Hailing from Brazil, Utah State University Ph.D. candidate Camila Pagarini has only been in Utah for a few months, but she has already learned how to use Cache Valley’s public transit system and been out for a bite with friends at restaurants. ... Pagarini admits coming to Utah is a culture shock, particularly with food options and, not surprisingly, the weather. She is quick to note, however, that members of the community have been welcoming. ... Pagarini was one of several international students who gathered at the former Gia’s Restaurant on Main Street in Logan on Wednesday night to meet members of the community and learn what Cache Valley has to offer. ... The event was hosted by the International Friends Program, a Logan-based nonprofit founded last fall that provides outreach to international students, visiting scholars and their families. ... Janis Boettinger, vice provost and director of USU’s Office of Global Engagement, said the creation of IFP and Wednesday’s event present great opportunities. ... Retired USU Professor Anne Shifrer said she came to Wednesday’s event to connect with some international students who might be able to help her garden. ... Wendi Hassan, executive director of the Cache Valley Center for the Arts and Julie Hollist Terrill, director of the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau, were at Gia’s on Wednesday to talk about the valley’s arts scene and things students could do off campus. “We always want Utah State students, no matter where they’re from, to have a good experience living here,” Hollist Terrill said. “We don’t want them just going to school. We want them to integrate with the community and love it because, of course, from a tourism perspective, they’ll be super inclined to want to come back and visit if they have a good experience while they’re here.”



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