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Release: May 8, 2000

UI International Programs to honor graduates, global scholars May 12

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa International Programs will host a Graduation and Global Scholars' Celebration Friday, May 12 to honor students and faculty who received scholarships and fellowships supporting international study and research. The reception will also recognize graduating international students, U.S. students earning international degrees, minors or certificates, and international and U.S. students participating in reciprocal exchange programs.

Steven Hoch, UI associate provost and dean of International Programs, will welcome the honorees at the celebration, which will be held in the International Center Lounge from 10 to
11:30 a.m. Rex Honey, director of the University of Iowa Global Studies Program, will also address the audience.

"The University of Iowa is very pleased to have the opportunity to recognize and honor these individuals who are making valuable contributions to international education and research," Hoch said. "We are also extremely proud of our graduates who will help promote global understanding and help solve global issues by making valuable contributions in many different fields."

An estimated 110 UI students have received fellowships or scholarships to conduct research or study abroad in the summer of 2000 or in the 2000-2001 academic year. Students have earned more than $500,000 in scholarships and fellowships from a variety of sources.

Those sources include: the T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Fellowships; Fulbright Grants; Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships; the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) Dissertation Research Grants; CAPS Faculty Research Grants; Global Scholar Awards; Presidential Scholarships for Study Abroad; Stanley Undergraduate Scholarships for International Research; Stanley Fellowships for Graduate Student Research Abroad; Naomi Gunderson Scholarship for Foreign Language Study Abroad; the Center for International Rural and Environmental Health (CIREH) International Health Internships; and the CIREH International Health Research Fellowships.

The 226 international students graduating from the UI and the 61 UI students completing international and area studies majors, minors and certificates will also be honored.

Jane Desmond, UI associate professor of American Studies and co-director of the International Forum for U.S. Studies (IFUSS) will be honored as the most recent recipient of the Global Scholar Award.

The recipients of the Mariko Mizuhara Awards for Cross-Cultural Understanding will also be honored at the program. This year's recipients include the UI American Indian and Native Studies Program and the Office of the State Archaeologist, the UI English as a Second Language (ESL) program, and the Longfellow Elementary School After-School Foreign Language Program. The award is given by the UI Office of International Students and Scholars, part of International Programs.

For more information, call Connie Noren, assistant director of International Programs' Cross-Cultural Programming and Outreach, at (319) 335-0345.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This event provides great broadcast footage and photo opportunities of international students with their family members, faculty advisers and friends to portray a different perspective on graduation. For more information on coverage, call Lois Gray at (319) 335-2026.)