Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Oct 10 2006

CONTACT: Anita Moody, Director, Public Relations/Marketing
1-304-384-5288, FAX 384-6017,

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 for area residents to open their homes and share this Thanksgiving holiday with an international student.

On Friday, November 17, the residence halls and food services 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 26.

“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 faculty and staff from Concord University graciously open their homes to international students, and the university appreciates those who are willing to welcome students for the holiday.

Contact Nancy Ellison, director of multicultural affairs, for more information on the Homestay Program. Those interested may call 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 ext. 6086, fax 1-304-384-6064, or e-mail