Baylor Round Table Shares American Thanksgiving Traditions with International Students

First Round Table
The first Baylor Round Table, created by seven women including Matti Sims Brooks, wife of former Baylor President Samuel Palmer Brooks, in 1904.
Nov. 5, 2013

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 5, 2013) - The Baylor Round Table will host its annual Thanksgiving Dinner honoring Baylor's international students and visiting scholars at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, in the Special Exhibit Room of the Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive.

The Thanksgiving International Dinner celebrates and shares heritages with Baylor international students and scholars.

"This is a long-standing tradition with the Baylor Round Table," Corrie Logan, coordinator for the Baylor Round Table International Thanksgiving Dinner program, told the Baylor Lariat. "It was started by President Abner McCall in the '60s.

"One of the things we have discovered is a lot of them don't know about turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie and a lot of other things we take for granted and we're used to," Logan said.

The meal is provided by Baylor President Ken Starr, who will tell the story of the history of Thanksgiving and how it has evolved throughout American history.

This event provides an opportunity for students to meet members of the Baylor Round Table, as a member from the Round Table will host each individual table. During the dinner, each student will take with President Starr in front of his or her home country's flag.

Baylor Round Table is an organization of faculty women, female staff with executive benefits and the wives of faculty and wives of staff with executive benefits. The purpose is to promote the social and cultural life of Baylor University.

The dinner is limited to members of the Baylor Round Table and international students and permanent residents. Tickets are on sale for through Wednesday, Nov. 6. To make a reservation online, go to

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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