Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Sep 08 2004

Public Service Announcement: Concord International Students Need Homes for Thanksgiving Holiday

Athens, W.Va. – Thanksgiving is a time of year dedicated to being thankful for what we have and sharing that with others. Concord University would like to extend an invitation to area residents to open their homes and share this Thanksgiving holiday with an international student.

On Friday November 19, the residence halls and food service at Concord University will close for Thanksgiving break. Host families are needed for international students who have no plans of their own and need a place to stay over the break, which lasts through November 28.

“The students are from a wide variety of countries, including Japan, Bulgaria, and Nepal. International students typically are very open, enthusiastic, and flexible,” said Nancy Ellison, director of multicultural affairs. “The ‘Homestay Program’ at Concord University provides an opportunity for American families to learn about other countries and cultures by having an international student stay in their home during college breaks. In turn, the international student benefits by being able to practice English conversation and learn about American culture first hand in the comfortable, friendly environment of an American home.”

Each year, local families and Concord faculty and staff graciously open their homes to international students, and the University appreciates those who are willing to welcome students for the holiday.

If you would like to invite a student to share the Thanksgiving holiday with you, contact Nancy Ellison, director of multicultural affairs. Those interested can call 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 ext. 6086, fax 1-304-384-6064, or e-mail


Jesse Call, a student in Concord University’s political science department wrote this public service announcement. His hometown is Pocahontas, Va.