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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 10, 2004

Ju To Speak On Going Home During International Student Graduation Reception

Dau-shen Ju, director of Student Disability Services and assistant director of the University of Iowa Counseling Service, will share thoughts on going home during his keynote speech at the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) fall graduation reception for international students.

The event, which is sponsored by OISS and UI International Programs, will be Friday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon in the International Center Lounge. More than 150 UI students from 32 different countries have been invited to the reception.

The Taiwan native will address "Going Home," the dynamic concept of home and its relationship with one's self-concept and ways in which one can be "at home" regardless of where he or she lives.

Ju believes the meaning of home varies from person to person and changes over the course of one's lifetime. It is not only a place a person lives but also the place a person may wish to die and be buried, he said.

"As the journey of our academic pursuit concludes, some of us choose to return where we are from, whereas others stay," Ju said. "Regardless of the decision one may make now, the pursuit of a home will continue, depending where jobs avail, where relationships are, what status of our parents' health and where we believe happiness can be abundant and ever-lasting."

The father of two daughters, Ju is an active community volunteer and an advocate for individuals from diverse backgrounds. Recently, he was awarded the UI College of Education's Audrey Qualls Award for his ongoing commitment to diversity, and the Iowa Council for International Understanding's Passport to Prosperity Award for his contribution to the community as a recent immigrant.
The licensed psychologist with specialties in head injury and psychotherapy has strong ties to the UI; he obtained his master's degree in educational psychology and his doctorate in counseling psychology from the UI. In addition to being the assistant director of Counseling Services, he is also director of Student Disability Services and an adjunct professor in the College of Education's Counseling Psychology Program.

OISS is part of UI International Programs, which consists 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.

The International Center is located at the end of Ferson Avenue in Iowa City, off of Park Road or by foot up the stairway from Riverside Drive.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The International Programs Reception and Celebration provide great photo opportunities If you are interested in covering the event, profiling an interesting international student or doing a feature on Ju, please call Lois Gray at 319-335-2026. For statistics on international students and scholars at the UI, visit: and click on the
downloadable file entitled, "International Student Profile Fall 2004."

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: Helen Jameson, OISS, 319-335-0335; Writer: Po Li Loo