MBAA: Mason Celebrates Diwali — The Festival of Lights

Students at the Mason School of Business recently celebrated Diwali, the biggest and brightest festival in India.  Diwali, or the festival of lights, symbolizes the age-old culture of India which teaches to vanquish ignorance that subdues humanity and to drive away darkness that engulfs the light of knowledge. Even today in this modern world, Diwali projects the glorious past of India.

The International Student Association (ISA) celebrated the festival of lights on November 9th with a grand function in Brinkley Commons at Miller Hall. With over 250 guests in attendance, students, faculty, staff, executive partners and family members enjoyed food, music, culture and fun.

The delicious Indian cuisine gave guests a sneak peek into Indian kitchen and a glance at Indian spices.  The highlight of the event included various performances by enthusiastic students and fabulous faculty/staff. It was really a pleasant shock to the spectators to see another side of our talented faculty! All the performances were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. No one could resist the musical atmosphere.   Everyone joined the dance floor, shaking their legs to the Indian tunes. There could not have been a better way to conclude a night of amazing performances.

One of the objectives of ISA is to facilitate an environment to showcase the significant elements of cultural diversity, and help people understand and appreciate global traditions. With the continued encouragement and support from students, staff and faculty, we look forward to bringing many more such events, hoping that the memories of these events will be a significant part of the Mason MBA experience for all students.

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Oranich Kulapatrapa

Oranich (Gift) Kulapatrapa is a native of Bangkok, Thailand and is currently attending the College of William and Mary’s Mason School of Business. She is pursuing an MBA and expecting to graduate in 2013. Not only is she the president the International Student Association at Mason school of Business, but also a member of International Student Advisory Board in the College. She received a Bachelor degree in Business Administration degree with Second Class Honor from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. After she graduated, she worked in a Supply Chain function for more than five years including Import Officer, Logistics Staff and Planning Executive. When she was a Logistics Staff member at Unilever Company, she was responsible for the whole process of New Product Development. Then she moved to work as a Supply Planning Executive – Inter-Market at Nestle Company. Her responsibility was supply planning which she need to coordinate planning with producers from Malaysia, Philippines, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands and Taiwan.

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