ABERDEEN, S.D. -About 120 people gathered Sunday for the Northern State University Friends from Afar fall potluck social.
The Friends from Afar program pairs Aberdeen families with NSU international students. While the students live on campus, they participate in activities with their host families – and often become like members of the family. Many students continue their family friendships long after they have returned to their home countries.
As of Friday, NSU has matched 72 international students with 30 local host families. Currently, 27 international students still need families.
Sunday’s event was held in the NSU Student Center Centennial Rooms. Another social will be held in the spring.
To get involved with the Friends from Afar program, contact Erin Giovannini of NSU's Office of International Programs at 605-626-7802.