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International Day Celebration

By Blondell Peterson
January 2006

Phil Hanson was the emcee for the program. Photos by Steve McCaw, Image Associates.
Phil Hanson was the emcee for the program. Photos by Steve McCaw, Image Associates. (Photo by Steve McCaw, Image Associates.)

Xiaolin Zheng, Hui Gong, Lingkang Huang and Ling Yang set up the display table for the Chinese New Year's celebration.
Xiaolin Zheng, Hui Gong, Lingkang Huang and Ling Yang set up the display table for the Chinese New Year's celebration. (Photo by Steve McCaw, Image Associates.)

The NIEHS brass band played Christmas songs while employees sang along.
The NIEHS brass band played Christmas songs while employees sang along. (Photo by Steve McCaw, Image Associates.)

A Polish dance troop performed a lively routine for the audience.
A Polish dance troop performed a lively routine for the audience. (Photo by Steve McCaw, Image Associates.)

After the conclusion of the annual Honor Awards ceremony, Director David Schwartz invited everyone to adjourn to the cafeteria for the International Day celebration.

With more than 30 countries represented by NIEHS scientists, Schwartz said the theme for the event, "Holiday Traditions Around the World," was very fitting. He thanked the Diversity Council, Equal Employment Opportunity committee and the Office of Management for reminding everyone that diversity is a part of each employee's life and work day.

Phil Hanson, an NIEHS human resource specialist, was the emcee for the holiday program that included Christmas songs played by the NIEHS brass band, Chinese and Polish dance troupe performances and Puerto Rican music.

Tables stretched along the center of the cafeteria overflowed with international food samplings including Chinese, Korean, German, Japanese, Italian, American and Indian cuisine.

The walls of the cafeteria were lined with tables displaying holiday traditions from countries around the world. Some also had food samples such as German cookies, Korean rice cake, Chinese sugar candy and Japanese tuna rolls made from tuna, rice and vegetables wrapped in seaweed.

NIEHS employees who helped with the set up for the event included:

Jeff Card, Debra Greer, James Voltz, Gino Limmon, Alexandra Heinloth, Mehrnaz Fatemi, Juanita Roman, Ewa Marczak, Darryl Zeldin, Jessica Sherman, Hui Hu, Soojung Park, Noriko Nakamura, Jinsmaa Hi, Sudha Prasad, Beby Jayarm, Lysandra Castor, Karina Rodriguez, David Goulding, Bill Quattlebaum, Xiaolin Zheng, Ling Yang, Xiaoping Yang, Rita Ray, Alyson Scoltock, Rodrigo Franco, Cynthia Radford, Andrea Lynn, Jinsmaa Yunden, Mehmaz Fatemi, Kiki Ton, Damian Gawel and Kasia Bebenek.



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