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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 8, 2004

Skorton Invites Community To Engage In International Education

University of Iowa President David Skorton invites the community to engage in international activities during International Education Week Nov. 15-19 and to recognize the rich array of resources and expertise that exist year-round on the UI campus and in the local community through many networks across the state, nation and world.

A complete list of International Education Week activities on the UI campus is available online at

Skorton encourages UI faculty, students, staff and members of the public to join in recognizing International Education Week by participating in some of the many activities planned to enhance awareness of international education opportunities, whether that means pursuing study or research abroad, joining a community organization or developing a friendship with someone from another country.

"We are fortunate to have many opportunities to be engaged in international education on the UI campus," Skorton said. "UI is home to a tremendous amount of diversity -- more than 2,500 international students and scholars from more than 100 countries from all over the world and many faculty and students with diverse backgrounds and strong international expertise and interests. This week is a chance to inspire our community to get involved and contribute to making our world a more humane and peaceful place to live."

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 a combined art and photography exhibit, "" At the reception, the winners of the International Programs Third Annual Photo Contest, "Show us the World Through Your Eyes" will be recognized. Also honored will be children whose artwork is being displayed that features child labor, sponsored by UI International Programs and the Year of the Arts and Humanities. The reception will be Friday, Nov. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. in The Gallery Space in the Iowa Memorial Union. The reception is free and open to the public.

"This visual art addresses our shared humanity on a global level," says Buffy Quintero, IP outreach coordinator and YAH grant recipient.

The exhibit contains an estimated 40 photos taken by UI students as part of the photo contest and works of art by middle and high school students. The photos are from the perspective of an international student studying in the United States or from the perspective of a study abroad student in another country.  The works by middle and high school students are the final product of a YAH grant to foster awareness of international human rights and child labor issues in Iowa classrooms. These exhibits will be on display in the Gallery Space throughout the month of November.

Maneewan Sanubol, a graduate student in the UI College of Nursing from Thailand, won the grand prize in the "International Students' Views of the U.S.," category with her photo, titled, "The sweet giant ice cream cone."

Ozge Girit, a UI graduate student in communications studies from Turkey, received the runner-up prize with a photo titled "Iowa's Corn and Hawkeyes."

Michael Crews, a cinema major from Cedar Falls, Iowa, won the grand prize in the "Study abroad students' views of the world " category. His photo, "Experiencing," is a photo of the Eiffel Tower taken during his study abroad experience in France.

Marcella Card, an environmental bioscience major from Urbandale, Iowa, won the runner-up prize with her photo depicting a lizard on a hand entitled, "What Big Eyes You Have," taken in Costa Rica. Her study abroad program focused on the ecology of the tropical ecosystems of Costa Rica.

Marie Gernes, an art history and literature, arts and the sciences major from Des Moines, Iowa, received an honorable mention with her photo, "South African Girl," a photo taken in Cape Town, South Africa.

International Programs will again recognize UI faculty, staff, students, volunteers 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 a pin, bookmark and a note of thanks.

Other highlights from the schedule include:

-- Monday, Nov. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge: UI student Abiodun Oluyomi, a UI graduate student in occupational and environmental health from Nigeria, will discuss "Water Related Diseases and Water Handling Practices: A Case of Trachoma and Water Supply in The Gambia." This is part of the International Mondays lecture series, and refreshments will be served.

-- Tuesday, Nov. 16: The International Opportunity Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the ground floor of the Iowa Memorial Union: Representatives from international campus and community organizations will be available to answer questions about study abroad, the international studies major, international student groups, volunteer activities and other international education opportunities, sponsored by International Programs.

-- Tuesday, Nov. 16 is also the International Day of Tolerance. Two UI student groups, the International Intercultural Friendship Association (IFA) and the Organization for Active Support of International Students (OASIS) are co-sponsoring a student panel entitled, "Beyond Boundaries: Bridging the Cultural Gap." It will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkwood Room (Room 257) of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) on the UI campus. The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, will feature discussions of classroom experiences, community involvement and creating a welcoming campus environment for international students.

For a complete schedule of UI International Education Week events, visit the UI International Programs Web site at For more information, contact Lois Gray,, 319-335-2026 or Buffy Quintero,, 319-335-0345. 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.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,