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A Warm Welcome For Students From Around The Globe

The University of Louisiana at Monroe and surrounding community opened the doors to its new International Student Center Tuesday.

The center was funded by a donation from ULM alum Eric Liew.  Liew, a CEO for a medical supply company, says the house provides many conveniences for students when they first arrive at the university.  "A large kitchen to prepare their favorite foods, TV viewing areas, bedrooms, laundry area, all convenient," says Liew.

Yasmin Bichara, a communications student from Brazil, is excited about the new site.  "Students from different countries can get to know each other and learn about the campus.  The center allows us a gathering place to get used to the area and university," she said.

The million dollar center features a large open floor plan with kitchen and sitting areas.  Bedrooms, smaller meeting rooms, bathrooms, and a laundry room, fill the wings of the building.  Sets of French doors at the rear of the main living area open to a large patio and green space for outdoor recreation.

ULM Vice President for Enrollment Management Lisa Miller says the center shows validation and the value of opportunity for international students at ULM.