From as far as Tokyo, Japan, to as close as Knoxville, Tennessee, international alumni will swarm in on November 1st to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the University and march in the homecoming parade. Along with participating in homecoming festivities, international alumni will attend the second International Alumni Reunion.
The reunion reception and dinner will be held in the International House Great Room.
The International Alumni Reunion is organized by Yoshitoshi Momoki, an international alum from Tokyo, and co-hosted by the Office of Asian Engagement and the Office of Alumni Affairs.
“I am very excited to welcome back this many international alumni to join us and celebrate the 225th anniversary of the University and be part of the homecoming parade,” Rachel Rui, Communications Director of the Center for Global Engagement said. “I believe with engaging our international alumni, we can make a bigger impact in the world and build our UT brand globally.”
Several thousand international students and scholars have called UT Knoxville their home away from home. This year’s International Alumni Reunion is an opportunity for our alumni across the world to come together and celebrate diversity, global education and 225 years of Volunteers worldwide.
Momoki was eager to meet up with International Alumni who share his strong value for cultural diversity. “I thought we should get together to reinforce our bonds among UT international alumni,” Momoki said.
The first International Alumni Reunion was on August 19, 2016. About 15 international alumni got together at UT and enjoyed reconnecting over dinner in Market Square.
“Momoki plays a vital role in inviting international alumni and serves as an inspiration to us all with his true volunteer spirit,” Rui said. He is appointed in October by the Office of Alumni Affairs as the Official Alumni Area Representative for Tokyo, Japan.
Along with many international alumni attending the reunion is Ekem Amonoo Lartson from Ghana, a former celebrity among international and domestic students according to Momoki. Lartson established International Dance Night at Lord Lindsey’s during his time at UT.
For years, UT has been recognized as a renowned institution for nurturing and celebrating diversity and continues to develop international engagement and global partnerships.