With the coordination of Rev. Clifford Liu, a Chinese pastor who frequently helps with Wilson's international admission, the group made Wilson one of its touring spots.
The group arrived at Wilson on Wed. afternoon and toured the campus. Since they only planned to stay for a night, Paul Miller, the director of International Student and Scholar Services at Wilson, planned a special experience for them.
Wilson's "Friendly Families" host visiting pianists
Before the Chinese guests came, Miller asked several international students' "friendly families" if they would be willing to have the Chinese guests over for dinner. Several "friendly families," which are local families that keep in touch with the Wilson international students, showed their hospitality to the Chinese guests that night.
"We received extremely positive feedback," says Miller, "the guests were very interested in touring the friendly families' homes and some asked lots of questions about the structure of the homes." Miller also mentions that one guest who was an architect even wanted to discuss the heating systems in one of the friendly families' houses.
Chinese pianists perform impromptu concert in Thompson Hall
After dinner, the friendly families sent the Chinese guests back to Wilson and the young pianists presented an informal but sincere mini-concert in the Thompson Hall Chapel. A total of eight pianists performed, including the six year old and the 22 year old.
Although these Chinese guests did not spend much time on campus, their visit and concert added festivity to campus. After the concert, one friendly family said that, "it was a shame that not many people knew about their visit, and this wonderful concert should definitely be seen by more people from the community."
Miller also comments on the significance of this event: "Events such as this sometimes create lifetime friendships and make our worlds smaller and more meaningful... And I believe that any time we can showcase Wilson College to international visitors, it can be a marketing opportunity for future students. In fact, one Chinese visitor, an eleventh grader, expressed interest in making application to Wilson College."