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Release: March 21, 2001

Nominees sought for cross-cultural understanding award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), 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 graduate student of music from 1988-1992, who 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 to diversity beyond his/her job description, developed a new and innovative program fostering 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 UI or Iowa City community.

Awards will be given for activities that took place between January 2000 and April 2001. 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 or individuals (professors, researchers, etc.). 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 6, 2001. Nomination forms are available from the OISS, 120 International Center, on the UI campus. Nomination forms may also be downloaded at For more information or a nomination form, contact the OISS, at (319) 335-0335. Questions can also be directed via e-mail at

The nomination forms should be returned to The University of Iowa, The Office of International Students and Scholars, 120 International Center, 52242.

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.