CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
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
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
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
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.)