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Western's Language and Culture Programs to Host Fourth of July Community Celebration

June 30, 2014

BELLINGHAM, Wash., June 30 -- Western Washington University issued the following news release:

Western Washington University's Language and Culture Programs will host a potluck-style picnic celebrating the Fourth of July from 6-11 p.m. on Friday, July 4 at the Performing Arts Center Plaza on Western's Campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Western's international students from the Asia University America Program (AUAP) and the Intensive English Program (IEP) will be in attendance, allowing for an opportunity for cultural exchange with members of the community.

Students and attendees are encouraged to bring food dishes to share in the potluck.

"It is part of our goal at Western to help the international students understand and explore American culture by participating in special events and holidays," said Maggie Barklind, director of Extended Education Student and Course Services. "The Fourth of July is an essential event that we want our students to be involved in experiencing."

Western's Language and Culture Programs offer students and professionals from all over the world the opportunity to strengthen their use of the English language through an international education. Each program aims to welcome all international applicants, as well as create opportunities for Western's community to share in cultural awareness.

Western Washington University is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact Extended Education, (360) 650-3308 or

For more information on upcoming events or Western's Language and Culture Programs, please visit, email, or call (360) 650-3308.

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