Hosting students from Saudi Arabia makes Thanksgiving special

My wife, Debbie, and I had the great privilege of hosting several of our students from Saudi Arabia for Thanksgiving dinner. We had a chance to honor Hussain Saeed Alnahdi and celebrate his life while learning a bit more about each other.


We had a map of Saudi Arabia on hand, and our guests signed in on it and told us a bit about their hometowns, families, programs they are enrolled in and future plans.

I couldn’t think of a better way to spend our Thanksgiving. UW-Stout’s students from Saudi Arabia, as well as our other international students, are a tremendous blessing to us. They enrich our campus and the lives of our staff and students.

Thanksgiving was an appropriate time to host these students as we could express our gratitude to them for being part of our campus community and for generously sharing information about their backgrounds and culture.


We were joined by Lou Mougenburg, a retired faculty member who spent time teaching in Saudi Arabia. He brought some amazing acorn squash and baked yams to the event.

Not present at this feast but critical to it were Nancy Schofield, Kirsten Berkemer and Jeanne and Rich Rothaupt. They prepared a variety dishes and desserts that were enjoyed by everyone in attendance.