CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: August 10, 1999
Orientation helps new international students adjust
to campus, community
IOWA CITY, Iowa Everything from a health care
session to a hoe-down will be part of orientation activities designed for
new international students arriving at the University of Iowa this fall.
The University of Iowa Office of International Students
and Scholars (OISS) expects an estimated 375 new international students on
campus this August. To help these students adjust to life on an American campus,
the OISS has planned a comprehensive orientation program, including a series
of informational sessions and social activities.
The orientation runs from Aug. 12 - 25 and begins
with a free lunch for all new international students at noon Aug. 12 in the
International Center Lounge. Following the lunch, there will be welcoming
remarks by UI officials. Gary Althen, OISS director, will continue the afternoons
presentations with a discussion about adjusting to a new culture.
Other events planned for orientation include an "Iowa
City food sampler;" an orientation fair with information and representatives
from a variety of university and community organizations; a picnic; a hoe-down;
a bus trip to the Iowa State Fair; information sessions on immigration regulations
and health care and insurance in the U.S.; an immunization clinic; tours of
the Main Library and Weeg computing center; and a reception with UI President
Mary Sue Coleman.
The UI enrolls approximately 1,600 international students
each year from nearly 100 countries ranging from Brazil to China and Romania.
An additional 400 international scholars annually conduct research or teach
at the UI.
OISS is part of UI International Programs, which consists
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.
A complete calendar of international student orientation
events is available from the Office of International Students and Scholars
by calling Mei-Yeh Chang at 335-0348 or Lois Gray with International Programs
Media Relations and Publications at 335-2026. If you would like to arrange
an interview with new international students, call Gray at 335-2026.
Following is a partial listing of international student
orientation events that may be of interest:
Friday, August 13
3:30 to 5 p.m.: Orientation fair in the International
Center Lounge. There will be booths and representatives from approximately
30 university and community organizations, including UI recreational services,
the Tenant-Landlord Association, Information Technology Services, UI Libraries,
Iowa City Public Library, Community Coordinated Child Care (4Cs), and several
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.: Picnic for new international students.
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Hoe-down in the International Center
Lounge. International students will learn a variety of traditional American
Saturday, Aug. 21
8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.: International Center staff will escort
a group of new international students on a bus trip to the Iowa State
Fair in Des Moines.
Wednesday, Aug. 25
4 to 5:30 p.m.: Presidents Reception in the South
Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.
UI President Mary Sue Coleman hosts a reception to officially welcome
new international students. Students are invited to bring their cameras
and have their photos taken with President Coleman.