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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 11, 2003

Skorton Invites Community To Support International Education Week 2003

University of Iowa President David Skorton invites the community to support International Education Week Nov. 17 to 21 and to recognize the valuable contributions made to the UI campus and community by the more than 2,400 international students and scholars on the UI campus.

"During International Education Week, we recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the contributions of international students and scholars throughout our campus community," Skorton said. "These friends and colleagues from around the world enrich our university, our surrounding community, and our entire state with their skills and perspectives. They are crucial to our campus and community diversity."

Skorton continued, "Provost Pat Cain and I are dedicated to actively recruiting international students and scholars from a variety of countries and regions, especially from regions of the world that are underrepresented on our campus. These will be important goals as we update our University strategic plan. I call on the University community to join me in celebrating International Education Week and our friendship with students and scholars from around the globe."

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

UI International Programs has planned a series of activities to celebrate International Education Week. One of the highlights will be a reception for the International Programs Second Annual Photo Contest, "Show us the World Through Your Eyes." The photo reception to honor contest winners will be Friday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. in The Gallery Space in the Iowa Memorial Union. The estimated 40 photos that were submitted will also be on display in The Gallery Space through November. The reception is free and open to the public.

Weidong Zhang, a UI journalism doctoral candidate from China, won the grand prize in the "International Students' Views of the U.S.," category with his photo, titled, "Milwaukee Art Museum."

Mitul Sarkar, a UI graduate student in neuroscience from India, received the runner-up prize with a photo titled "Best when it's Daily." The picture was taken in Coralville.

Joan Kato, an international marketing major from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won the grand prize in the "UI students' views of the world abroad" category. Her photo, "Egyptian Kiss," was taken during her study abroad experience in Cairo, Egypt.

Angela Phillips, a health promotion major from Cresco, Iowa, won the runner-up prize with her photo, "Father and Daughter," taken in Ghana.

Cory Petersen, an anthropology major from Clinton, Iowa, received an honorable mention with his photo, "Beach Dogs," taken in Goa, India.

This year, International Programs will also recognize UI faculty and students and K-12 educators who have shown a special commitment to the goals of international education and have consistently supported the work of International Programs. These "Friends of International Education," will be presented with either a pin or flower and a note of thanks and acknowledgment.

Other highlights from the schedule include:

-- Monday, Nov. 17: International Mondays. This installment of the International Mondays series invites Janis Perkins, director of the UI Office for Study Abroad and Sandra Barkan, assistant dean for the UI Graduate College, to speak on "The Importance of Study Abroad." The lecture will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

-- Tuesday, Nov. 18: International Opportunity Fair: The fair will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in River Room 1 of the IMU. Organizations such as Office for Study Abroad, WiderNet, the Peace Corps, and many others will be present at the fair. This fair will give students, staff, faculty and the general public an opportunity to learn about international organizations and opportunities.

For a complete schedule of UI International Education Week events, visit: For more information, contact Lois Gray,, 335-2026 or Buffy Quintero,, 335-0345. For more information on the national celebration of International Education Week, visit

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 (IP), these units serve to further internationalize the campus and 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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Writer: Kent Nguyen