College celebrates Global Awareness Day

Motoko Tichi, a Lord Fairfax Community College student, gives an origami demonstration during Global Awareness Day at the college in Middletown on Wednesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

MIDDLETOWN – Lord Fairfax Community College celebrated Global Awareness Day on Wednesday with presentations, food tastings, live music and raffles.

A variety of events were planned, including a presentation from history professor Curtis Morgan, who was with the CIA. He gave a military and political overview of East Asia, followed by a presentation on global population by economics professor Jim Brumbaugh.

International culture tables were set up in the Corron Community Development Center with food tastings and displays. International students presented information about their home countries

According to an LFCC news release, the college has 182 international students from 58 nations.

Motoko Tichi, of Winchester and first-year LFCC student, gave origami demonstrations at the Japan table.

Harol Castillo, 20, of Stephens City, samples Mexico's signature hot chocolate, Abuelita. Rich Cooley/Daily

Tichi grew up in Tokyo and said she was taught origami in kindergarten to learn about the Japanese culture and art.

She added that she first visited the United States in 1998 and later moved permanently to the U.S. in 2004, first living in Washington state and later to Winchester. She is studying English as a Second Language at the college.

LFCC student Harol Castillo, 20, of Stephens City, sampled the dishes at the Mexico table. A band,  Mariachi Los Monarcas, played during the event.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com