|Columbia College in Chicago Hosted 2019 Spring Festival Gala|
On February 14th, 2019, Columbia College (CC) in Chicago hosted its 2019 Spring Festival Gala. The event was organized by CC’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA). Over 200 Chinese students and scholars, along with friends from all over the world, came to enjoy the evening’s wonderful performances.
Counselor Chen Yinghui and Deputy Consul Liu Jiaming of the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago, as well as representatives from CC’s International Student Office were invited to attend the gala. Counselor Chen Yinghui began her opening remarks with special New Year greetings to all. She continued, “Though many of you are a world apart from home, you are certainly not alone. We at the Consulate General are always here for you, supporting you on your journey abroad. I hope everyone makes great academic strides during their time here and concludes their study abroad experience safely and successfully. I hope, too, that you make strong connections with your American peers, serving as ambassadors for the betterment of China-US relations.”
Clare Lake, Director of CC’s International Student and Scholar Services Office, commented that the Chinese New Year is a holiday full of energy and joy. He then thanked the Chinese students for bringing such a diverse cultural atmosphere to the school. Director Lake affirmed that CC will continue providing the best of service to all its international students and scholars.
The evening’s atmosphere was thrilling. Event-goers gobbled down Chinese goodies while viewing talented vocal, instrumental, dance, and comedy performances, cheering on the performers with ever-louder, ever-longer applause. Such was the festive atmosphere, full of unbridled joy and holiday peace, of the evening’s New Year celebration.