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Release: April 10, 2000

UI International Programs seeks nominations for cross-cultural award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The UI Office of International Students and Scholars, International Programs, is accepting nominations for the Mariko Mizuhara Award for Cross-Cultural Understanding. One or two awards of $200 each will be given in memory of Mariko Mizuhara, a Japanese student who was a music major from 1988-1992. She died unexpectedly in 1992.

Mizuhara's parents, Shunji and Noriko Mizuhara, established a memorial fund for the awards. The awards are given annually to an individual or organization who has demonstrated one or all of the following: commitment beyond his/her job description, developed a new and innovative program, demonstrated cross-cultural understanding, sought to build ties of involvement among diverse groups on campus and in the local community and/or helped to educate others about diverse populations. The program or project needs to have or have had a connection to or an effect on the University of Iowa or Iowa City community.

"Mariko was a warm and welcoming person -- a great role model for building relationships between people of differing cultures," says Marlys Boote, who was a fellow UI music student and colleague of Mizuhara's.

Boote will present the award to this year's recipient at a Friday, May 12 International Programs' Graduation and Global Scholar Celebration at the UI International Center Courtyard, starting at 10 a.m.

Awards will be given for activities that took place between January 1999 and April 2000. Those nominating a person or organization may nominate more than one person. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominations can be either U.S. or international students or groups. To help the committee make a decision, the members ask that people include supporting documents such as newspaper clippings, an article or essay written about the nominee, articles written by the nominee and no more than three letters of recommendation.

Nominations will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2000. Nomination forms are available from the OISS, 120 International Center, on the UI campus. The International Center can be reached by car at the end of Ferson Avenue off of Park Road, or by foot up the stairway from Riverside Drive. The nomination forms should be returned to Ivory Lacy, The University of Iowa, The Office of International Students and Scholars, 120 International Center, 52242.

For more information or a nomination form, contact Lacy, at (319) 335-0335. Questions can also be directed via e-mail at

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 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.