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Mizuhara Award for Cross-Cultural Understanding announced

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Office of International Education and Services (OIES) is accepting nominations for the Mariko Mizuhara Award for Cross-Cultural Understanding.

Two awards will be given in memory of Mizuhara, a UI music major from Japan who died unexpectedly in 1992. Mizuhara was a student at the UI from 1988-1992.

Mizuhara's parents, Shunji and Noriko Mizuhara, established a memorial fund for the awards. The awards are given annually to organizations or individuals who have gone beyond their normal professional duties to demonstrate outstanding leadership and participation in promoting cross-cultural understanding, appreciation of diversity and cooperation among culturally diverse groups.

"This carries on the legacy of Mariko," said OIES Foreign Student Advisor Claire Cardwell. "The awards are a way for her spirit to continue to touch students and the community just as she touched them while she was a student here through her music and her personality."

The two $200 awards will be presented at the OIES foreign student graduation reception Friday, May 16 for activities that took place between August 1996 and April 1997. More than one person or organization may be nominated at a time, and self-nominations are encouraged. Nominees can be either American or international students or groups.

Nomination forms are available at OIES and will be accepted until 4 p.m. Friday, April 18. For more information, contact Cardwell at (319)335-0335. OIES is located in the UI International Center, which can be reached by car at the end of Ferson Avenue off Park Road, or by foot up the stairway from Riverside Drive.

OIES provides foreign student advising and educational and study abroad programming and works to increase the cross-cultural understanding and skills of UI students, faculty and community members. Approximately 2,000 students and scholars representing an estimated 100 countries study at the UI, and more than 400 UI students study abroad each year in more than 35 countries.