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Events around campus will celebrate International Education Week from Friday, Oct. 18, to Saturday, Oct. 26.
Michele Petrucci, assistant vice president for international education and global engagement and director at the American Language Institute, said IEW is a time for our university to appreciate its diversity.
“International Education Week is a time for universities and schools across the U.S. to highlight their communities’ international diversity,” Petrucci said, “and to promote international education initiatives such as study abroad, international student populations, diverse languages and cultural and academic programming.
“IEW brings a microcosm of the world to campuses across the U.S. for students, faculty, staff and community members to explore.”
IUP had its first IEW in 2004, said Jessica Dories, assistant director of student immigration in IUP’s Office of International Education.
Scheduled events for IEW are as follows, according to an IUP IEW October news release:
• The IEW luncheon and international art contest will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Folger Hall’s Crimson Event Center. Food and music will be offered.
Artwork with an international theme will be displayed, and attendants may vote for their favorite for a People’s Choice Award. All photos will be displayed in the Commonplace Coffeehouse through Feb. 1, 2014.
• Six O’Clock Series: “Cultural Adjustment Through Study Abroad Experiences,” will take place at 6 p.m. in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room.
• International Tea Time will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the HUB Susquehanna Room. International students will staff booths representing 10 to 15 countries. Each booth will offer tea, coffee, juice, food and customs of their respective countries.
• Study abroad fair will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room. Students will learn about IUP reciprocal exchanges, affiliated programs, faculty-led programs and overseas volunteer and service-learning opportunities.
IUP’s ROTC will be present to discuss ROTC programs that support study abroad, including scholarships.
Products from Mi Esperanza, a nonprofit organization supporting the women of Honduras by helping them to create small businesses, will be for sale.
• Summer Study Abroad in Southern Africa information program will be at 7:30 p.m. in Weyandt Hall, Room 6. It is sponsored by the IUP biology department.
• The Working and Teaching Abroad after Graduation program will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the HUB Monongahela Room. Attendants may bring a lunch and hear a presentation from faculty and students about teaching and working abroad.
• IEW will end with Noche Latina from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room. The event, including food, music and dance, will be hosted by Latino Student Organization and Ritmo Latino Dance Crew in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
IEW is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to “promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and that attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States,” according to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website.
IEW is viewed as an opportunity to “celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide,” the bureau website said.
Article updated on 10/20/2013