Ice Cream Party Teaches Games, New Words to Anhui Students

Forty students from Anhui Normal University, enrolled in Brenau’s 2+2 Program, enjoyed frosty treats as Ray Tatum, Vice President for Enrollment Management, and Profs. Rudi Kiefer and Bryan Sorohan held an ice cream party at the SUB Saturday, Oct. 28.

VP Tatum shows his “coins changing hands” trick to Dean Zhang and senior Xining “Rachel” Pei.
VP Tatum shows his “coins changing hands” trick to Dean Zhang and senior Xining “Rachel” Pei.

“We had initially scheduled it at Longwood Park, at the shore of Lake Lanier,” Tatum said. “But when heavy rain entered the forecast, we decided to keep it on campus.”

“Maybe we should have held it in Wuhu,” Kiefer joked. “The temperature is the same, but it’s not raining there right now.”

Visiting ANU faculty, including Deputy Dean Xiaorong “Cole” Zhang and Xiaobo Lee, agreed. With five ice cream churns running to produce home-made flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, games got under way. Tatum handed out door prizes to students guessing the letters for the word “churn.” Brenau teachers WeiWei Hu (Physics) and Khalid Ibrahim (ESL) busily engaged the students with backgammon and Chinese checkers. The stage piano as well as the ping-pong and futbol table games also got a work-out.

Ibrahim challenges students to a Chinese checkers game.
Ibrahim challenges students to a Chinese checkers game.

“I’m very excited about this party,” said junior Qianyu “Crystal” Zhu. “We never had home-made ice cream before.”

Amid the socializing that helped the two years of Anhui groups get acquainted with one another, a consensus emerged to do this again.