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Release: Feb. 28, 2003

Davies To Discuss International Student Tracking System March 3

Diana Davies, director of University of Iowa International Programs, will speak about, "SEVIS or Service? National Security and International Education," Monday, March 3. This presentation is a continuation of the International Mondays lecture series and will take place at the International Center Lounge from noon to 1 p.m. This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is now in use around the country but its implementation has been fraught with difficulty, according to Davies. During her lecture, Davies will address several issues: how the new immigration rules have already impacted the work of international student advisors; how the international offices are being restructured in order to meet new expectations; how this is affecting the academic careers of international students and scholars in the U.S.; and what the implications for this system are for international education in the future.

Davies has been the director for international programs since 2000. She is also currently the interim director of the UI Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).

For more information on this lecture or International Mondays, please contact Buffy Quintero, international programs outreach coordinator at (319) 335-0345.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345. Writer: Kent Nguyen