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New student group couples international, domestic students

10/29/2012

By RANDY GONZALES

rgonzales@dailynews.net

Go to Fort Hays State University and experience the world around you.

That's Tre' Giles' mission.

Giles, a sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colo., majoring in organizational leadership, is the student coordinator for the Global Leadership Project's new initiative to connect American FHSU students with international students.

"I think this is really important because on campus at Fort Hays, we have (many) international students," Giles said. "It's really important we start bridging the gap ... so we can be united as a university."

Students who sign up for Tiger Voices will be required to meet with their partner three times for at least an hour each time during the fall semester.

The group plans to have its first event Tuesday for the partners who have been matched up.

"We're going to have the pairs we do have set up, they're going to get together and carve pumpkins, talk about their cultures," Giles said. "We're trying to kick it off real big on Tuesday, just get bigger and bigger from then on."

Initially, there were approximately six pairs arranged. On Thursday, Giles set up a table in Memorial Union and signed up approximately 18 more American students.

Those students are waiting to be placed with an international student.

"Probably in about another week or two, I'll run another table," Giles said. "A lot of universities have programs like this, and they have hundreds of people that do it. I want to get Fort Hays to that level."

For more information or to receive an application form, contact Giles by email at tlgiles@fhsu.edu or call (785) 628-5399.