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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 3, 2004

Editors: If you are interested in covering these presentations, please check in at the main office of Viola Gibson Elementary School.

UI International Students Share Family Life With Cedar Rapids First Graders

Three University of Iowa students will talk about life and culture in China, Germany and Korea with first grade students at Viola Gibson Elementary School in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Dec. 7. The speakers will rotate through three classrooms from 10 to 11:45 a.m. The school is located at 6101 Gibson Drive NE in Cedar Rapids.

These talks are part of the UI International Programs' International Classroom Journey (ICJ), which seeks to globalize the K-12 curriculum in eastern Iowa.

The three speakers are Junqi An of China, a graduate student in actuarial science; Ursula Adelt of Germany, a graduate student in early childhood education; and Whi Jae Roh of Korea, a biosystems engineering major.

The students will speak on family life and traditions in their respective countries. Topics that will be covered include family size, what children do in their spare time, the role of the extended family, what a typical day is like for a first-grader and family celebrations.

These presentations are made possible by The International Classroom Journey, a program sponsored by UI International Programs with support from the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization. One component of the International Classroom Journey is classroom presentations. A team of "tour guides" consisting of a native from that country and a U.S. student who has spent some time in that country/region, provide first hand accounts of daily life, traditions and customs in that culture. The international student provides the insider perspective while the U.S. student may identify cultural complexities of that country and explain the perspective of an American who has adjusted to life in another culture.

For more information, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs' outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345.

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.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345; Writer: Po Li Loo