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Dec. 9, 2005

Serrato To Speak To Graduating International Students Dec. 16

Carlos Serrato, assistant director of the University of Iowa Office of Student Life, will speak to graduating international students about "Enrichment" at the International Programs Graduation Reception and Celebration Friday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon in the International Center Lounge. The UI Office of International Students and Scholars and UI International Programs host this reception.

Approximately 170 international students are graduating from the UI this December, representing countries from Azerbaijan and Burkina Faso to Jordan and Japan, just to name a few. Beginning at about 10:30 a.m., Serrato will discuss the ways that international students have been enriched by their many professional and personal connections and experiences at the UI during their academic odyssey, as well as the way his own life has been enriched by the international students he has been fortunate to connect with over the years.

"Having international students at the UI makes not only my life but the lives of everyone on this campus richer," he said.

Serrato will be introduced by Punit Vyas, a UI graduate student from India and president of the UI Organization for the Active Support of International Students (OASIS).

Serrato joined the UI Office of Student life as assistant director in 1994. Among his accomplishments are creating and facilitating the annual Global Retreat for UI students, an event designed to bring students together from diverse backgrounds for learning and socializing. Serrato has also served for many years on the UI Celebrating Cultural Diversity Committee, he is co-chair of the 2006 Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week, and he has been involved with numerous other multicultural and diversity initiatives.

The Office of International Students and Scholars 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.

For a comprehensive international student profile, call Scott King, director of the UI Office of International Students and Scholars, at 319-335-0335.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The International Programs Reception and Celebration provide many visual opportunities since parents, family members and friends of graduating students often attend. If you are interested in covering the event, or profiling a graduating international student, please call Lois Gray at 319-335-2026.

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,; Program: Helen Jameson, 319-335-0335; Writer: Erin Vaughn