21st Annual International Day at UHCOP - 2013 Date TBA
Launched in 1992 by the Pharm.D. Class of 1995, the International Day festival is organized and hosted by the First Year Class of students in the college's Pharm.D. program.
The student-run event celebrates the rich cultural heritage represented within the College of Pharmacy, with free entertainment in the form of:
- Live musical, dance, athletic and other performances by UHCOP students;
- A fashion show featuring students and faculty in traditional dress worn by cultures from around the globe; and
- Other fun and games ranging from a limbo contest to jalapeno and pie eating contests (separate contests, that is).
International Day attendees also can purchase a meal/drink ticket to sample an array of cuisine from around the world, such as African, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Filipino, French, German, Korean, Mexican, Thai and Vietnamese to name a few. The food samples are either prepared by the students or donated by generous businesses from among the Houston area's culinary "melting pot."
In addition, the event serves as a fund-raiser for the First Year Class, with proceeds from previous classes used for donations to charitable organizations -- such as the Japan Tsunami relief efforts -- and/or purchase of textbooks or other materials for the entire class.