The University of New Mexico Global Education Office kicked off International Education Week (IEW) with a dessert competition in the Student Union Atrium. UNM international students from seven countries prepared and presented culinary delights bearing names such as Alfajores (Peru), Lv Da Gun (China) and Halva (Iran).

It couldn’t have been easy for judges Steve Stucker, KOB-4 News co-host and weatherman; UNM Provost Chaouki Abdallah; Christopher Scrivano, Chartwells executive chef; and Dr. Jamal Martin, director of UNM Peace Studies to select one winning dessert, but competitions being what they are, the Cuban entry Pastelitos De Guayaba won.

Team Cuba: Jennifer Zafra and Tania Delgadillo each received $100 Lobo cash. They said the traditional dessert consists of a puff pastry filled with guava paste and slightly sweetened cream cheese. Many bakeries in the United States now serve pastelitos, which can be filled with a variety of fruit pastes and even meats.

EIW (Nov.16-20) is designated by the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education. IEW events promote cross-cultural awareness and highlight opportunities for students to become more connected to and educated about the global environment.

For additional IEW events, visit: schedule of events.

For more information or to suggest an event to the IEW @ UNM calendar contact: Danielle Gilliam, administrative officer, or 277-6051