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Malaysian student, local teacher to be honored at international student graduation reception

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will present the 1998 Mariko Mizuhara Awards for Cross-Cultural Understanding during the international student graduation luncheon Friday, May 15. The luncheon will be at noon in the International Center Lounge.

More than 200 students from countries as diverse as India, China, Taiwan, Romania and Ukraine are graduating from the UI this semester. Many international students are often joined by family members who travel great distances to attend the graduation and the luncheon.

Vince Nelson, executive director of the UI Alumni Association, will give the keynote address at the event. Michael McNulty, associate provost and dean of International Programs, and Stephen Arum, assistant dean of International Programs, will also address the group.

This year's Mizuhara Awards will be presented to Sok Lin Lim, a UI student from Malaysia, and Connie Greenleaf, an Iowa City teacher. Each will receive a $200 award.

Two awards are given annually in memory of Mariko Mizuhara, a UI music major from Japan who died unexpectedly in 1992. The awards are given to organizations or individuals who have gone beyond their normal job duties to promote cross-cultural understanding, appreciation for diversity and cooperation among culturally diverse groups.

Lim, a senior journalism major from Malaysia who is graduating this spring, worked as a volunteer in the media relations and publications core department of the UI International Programs. She contributed articles and photographs that appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen's 1998 Celebrating Cultural Diversity Special Section and in International Highlights, an International Programs publication. Many of her photos will also appear in the nationally recognized 1998-99 Handbook for International Students and Scholars, written by Gary Althen, OISS director.

Her nomination papers read, "Armed with a camera, a talent for journalistic reporting and a keen appreciation of different cultures, Sok Lin Lim has been making a difference on campus and in the community with her wide-ranging efforts to promote intercultural understanding."

Greenleaf, an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Irving B. Weber Elementary School, has created many innovative programs to bring together school and local community in celebrations that generate an understanding of diversity as well as have educational value. Greenleaf has been active in instituting an annual United Nations Day celebration, an international cooking class, the children's Cultural Heritage Museum, and "Rice Day" at Weber Elementary.

The international student graduation luncheon is hosted by the UI Key Internationals Program, which serves as a link between the UI and its alumni living abroad. It has been made possible with a bequest from the late Dr. Leslie Garnett, UI alumna from Cedar Rapids. Other sponsors of the reception include the College of Engineering, Graduate College, College of Liberal Arts, Alumni Association, Office of Vice President for Student Services, International Programs and International Admissions.

OISS is part of UI International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the Associate Provost and Dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

For more information, call International Programs at (319) 335-0335.

(Editor's Note: Lim and Greenleaf are available for interviews. Lim can be reached at home at 353-1186. Greenleaf can be reached at Weber Elementary at 339-5757.)