Nine Countries Lighting the Night

Light the Night 2022

PHOTO | Tara Espinoza

Tech’s International Student Services will present Light the Night on April 6, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Hindsman Tower.

“The event was initially started by a graduate student back in 2011,” Sara Chronister, director of international student services, said. “I was not here for the first Light the Night; however, our event has only increased in recent years.”

The main idea was to bring all the different cultures that help make Tech unique together for one night and allow the students and Russeville community to attend a “free trip around the world,” according to Chronister.

“Most people never get the chance to travel to different counties; this event gives them a fun learning opportunity to take that trip in their backyard,” she said.

Each group is asked to present a learning visual, food, and other activities for guests to enjoy.

“The sky is the limit. I know we have some groups that are going to teach a dance; others will play music and have games. It really is up to the student organization to put this together and figure out how they want to represent their culture,” Chronister said.

The Light the Night will have nine different counties representing their cultures and will also be doing a new activity for students to participate in; each student will get a “passport,” and the first 100 students who get their stamps from all nine counties will get a prize.

“We have students coming from other colleges who attend the event, and each year I am blown away by their work and their passion for Light the Night,” said Sabrina Anwar, international student services specialist. “I hope to see a big turnout and have lots of fun.”

In case of weather issues, the event will be moved to under the back porch of Doc Bryan. Follow their social media @atuimsso for more updates and other events.