International Banquet


Heirloom Tomato Cous Cous Saladv | Israel

Leek Bolaniv—flatbread stuffed with leeks | Afghanistan

Kumla—potato dumpling | Norway

Mushroom Bao Bunsvo—steamed buns with mushrooms and vegetables | Taiwan

Congolese Peanut & Palm Oil Stewv | DR Congo

Kaeng Kaui Wanvo—Green curry chicken | Thailand

French Peach Piev | France

vo=vegetarian option available

If you have special dietary requests, please submit them to by Monday, April 13, 2020. All menu items are processed in the same facility. We will make every attempt to honor your requests however menu items may come into contact with wheat, eggs, nuts, soy and dairy.

The 2020 International Banquet has been cancelled:

Updated March 20, 2020

The 2020 International Banquet has been cancelled due to current public health concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus.

Individuals who purchased tickets for the International Banquet can request a refund by sending an email to Please use "Ticket Refund" as your email subject line and include your contact information in the body of the email. We will contact you to issue your refund as we are able. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process.

2020 International Banquet --CANCELLED

Saturday, April 18, 2020 

6–9 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Union Bluffs Ballroom
Student Union, UWL

Featuring food from around the world and performances by local musicians and dancers.

Fulbright Lecture:
Student Union 3130 | 4–5 p.m.

Global Citizenship Showcase
Union Bluffs Foyer, Student Union | 5–6 p.m.

For additional information contact:
International Education & Engagement 608.785.8823 or

2020 marks the 55th anniversary of the International Banquet. The UW-La Crosse International Engagement & Education (IEE) invites the La Crosse community to attend the 2020 International Banquet!

The International Banquet began as a celebration and an opportunity to share the rich diversity and culture the international students & scholars bring to UW-La Crosse and the community and is now a celebration of all our international connections. The Banquet includes entertainment performed by international students/staff/faculty/community members and an internationally themed menu. A variety of meat and vegetarian options are provided as a buffet.

Global Citizenship Showcase

Join us ahead of time for a poster session and display of our area's global reach. While socializing with each other and our international students, take time to peruse the posters and displays in the Union Bluffs Foyer. Our international students, study abroad students, faculty, and community are invited to showcase their international experiences and international projects to the community. Interested in showcasing your project or experience? Click here!

Altman & Wimberly Award Nominations due March 13, 2020

Nominations are being sought from the UWL community for the following awards to be announced at the 55th International Banquet. Nomination period closes on March 13, 2020. We appreciate you taking the time to nominate others for their efforts!

  • The Altman Award recognizes outstanding contributions to advancement of international education at UW-La Crosse in three categories:
    • Leadership (UWL faculty/staff/department) - Past recipients include Haixia Lan, John Porcari, Adam Van Liere, Ruthann Benson, Paula Knudson, and Gary Gilmore
    • University Service (UWL faculty/staff/department) - Past recipients include It Make$ Cents, Vernell Glenn, Heather Holm, David Anderson, UWL Information Technology Services, and Jim Jorstad
    • Community Service (UWL affiliated or community member) - Past recipients include Global Initiatives Week Planning Committee, Ale Quartiroli, Ayesha Patnaik, Troy Harcey from the La Crosse School District, Ron Kind, and Ron Rada
  • The Wimberly Award recognizes an outstanding UWL/community individual or organization that has contributed to the development of long term excellence in international programming at UW-La Crosse.  Some past recipients include Academic Programs International (API), Mao Zheng, Carl Foster, Liz Arnold from Global Partners, UW-La Crosse Budget Office, and CEA Study Abroad.
  • Please complete the following survey to submit nominations for these awards, including 3-4 sentences about why you feel the nominee is worthy of the award.

International Student Academic Excellence/Internationalization Award Nominations due March 13, 2020

This award recognizes one outstanding international student for academic achievement and contributions to the internationalization of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. This award is only offered to graduating international undergraduate students that have met all graduation requirements. 

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