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Buckwalter to address graduating international students at reception

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kathleen Buckwalter, associate provost for health sciences and professor of nursing at the University of Iowa, will address graduating international students at a noon luncheon Friday, Dec. 19, in the International Center Lounge.

Buckwalter, who also serves as the director of the UI Center on Aging, was a visiting professor at the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium, through the World Health Organization. She has served on a number of national, regional and university committees, has been widely published and has received a number of honors, including selection as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Michael McNulty, associate provost and dean of International Programs, and Stephen Arum, assistant dean of International Programs, also will address the group.

Approximately 124 international students are graduating from the UI this month, representing countries as diverse as China, Taiwan, Korea, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Germany, according to Gary Althen, director of the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).

The luncheon is hosted by OISS and the Key Internationals Program, both part of International Programs at the University of Iowa. The Key Internationals Program is a linkage program between the university and its alumni living abroad. The reception has been made possible by a bequest from the late UI alumna Dr. W. Leslie Garnett of Cedar Rapids.

"Dr. Garnett believed strongly that UI graduates will become key people upon their return to their home countries," said Arum. "This reception is a way to celebrate the crowning achievement of students from other countries who have not only earned an academic degree but have accomplished this in another culture and language and have shared their culture with us."

OISS provides information, services and programs that help international students and scholars benefit from their stays in Iowa. The office also seeks to foster constructive relationships among international and other members of the university community. Student advisers provide orientation for international students and scholars, immigration advising, financial counseling, conflict resolution and crisis intervention.

OISS is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic and co-curricular programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

The International Center is located at the end of Ferson Avenue, off of Park Road.

For more information, contact Lois Gray at (319) 335-2026.

(Editor's Note: Several families' members are traveling from overseas to attend this event, and photographers and videographers are welcome. If you require special accommodations in order to cover this event, or if you would like to arrange for interviews with students and their families in advance, call Gray at (319) 335-2026.)