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WorldQuest 2014: UMD's Sixth Annual International Triva Competition

UMD students and staff at WorldQuest 2013  
UMD students and staff compete at WorldQuest 2013

The Alworth Institute is giving community members a chance to escape to warmer weather without leaving town.

On Thursday, Feb. 27, the Alworth Institute is holding its sixth annual WorldQuest competition, hosted by Olaf Kuhlke, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, at 7 pm in the Kirby Ballroom. WorldQuest is an international trivia competition, and this year the featured country is Mexico, complete with a Mexican buffet.

“I don’t have a favorite part, but I really love the presence at the event,” said Maureen Tobin Stanley, professor of Hispanic Studies and head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. She has played four different times and is getting ready for this year’s competition.

“I especially enjoy the energy and enthusiasm people get for learning about new countries," Stanley said. "And the food is always good. Andrelino Cardoso, the director of UMD Food and Services, always does a great job.”

To compete in WorldQuest, a team of eight is required. The competition isn’t just for UMD students and faculty; it is open to the community. The teams must register in advance, by Thursday, Feb. 20, and include at least two undergraduate students. Registration for WorldQuest is $5 for students and $10 for non-students.

“In past years, we have had teams from the University for Seniors, as well as UWS. This year, we’re hoping for a team from St. Scholastica.” said Alworth’s director Cindy Christian. “WorldQuest has grown from averaging about 13 teams to about 21 teams in recent years.”

While getting her team ready for the competition, Stanley mentioned that her department will pay for the faculty that plays on the team. “I do this for the faulty on my team to encourage participation,” said Stanley. “It helps promote the University’s goal, mission, and vision of global citizenship and intercultural competence.”

The competition includes four categories: flags and capitals, geography, people in the news, and world events. Questions come from the Minnesota International Center, but the Alworth Institute will also have bonus questions that usually come from the Alworth website. Tiebreakers are on hand for any teams that fight it out until the very end.

“I don’t have a favorite category,” said Stanley. “My least favorite is definitely Flags. People in the News is always an interesting one.”

Once the scores are tallied, first, second, and third place are awarded. “The winning teams choose an international charity or non-profit organization, and an individual donor will make a modest donation on its behalf,” said Christian.

More prizes are also awarded for Best Costume and Best Team Spirit, and all competitors have a chance to win door prizes. With a little friendly competition and prizes in store, there is nothing else you need to have a good night.

To register:

Teams are required to register by Thursday, February 20. The fee is $10 per person or $5 for students. Eight team members are needed, including at least two undergraduate students.

To register a team or find more information, contact the Alworth Institute.


UMD students and staff at WorldQuest 2013  
UMD's University Honors team takes home Best Costume at WorldQuest 2013


Written by Brilynn Janckila, February 2014.


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