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May 4, 2005

McNulty To Speak At International Programs Graduation Celebration May 12

Michael McNulty, professor emeritus of geography and former associate provost and dean of University of Iowa International Programs, will offer congratulations and speak to graduates at this year's International Programs Reception and Celebration, Thursday, May 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the International Center Lounge. The reception is hosted by the UI Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) and UI International Programs.

McNulty's address, "International Students and Student Internationalists," which starts at approximately 4:30 p.m., will reflect upon his own experiences as an international student in Ghana in 1965-66. He will share insights on some of the many changes that have affected the lives of those who choose to study abroad, in the United States and elsewhere.

"There is a need to strengthen and expand international studies programs in U.S. universities and elsewhere in the face of the current global political climate, which has had a chilling effect on study abroad, student and faculty exchange programs, and other aspects of international studies," said McNulty.

"International exchanges, faculty research, and international visitor programs play a significant role in promoting greater understanding and appreciation of other cultures," he added.

About 300 UI students have been invited to the reception. This includes graduating international students as well as both international and domestic students who are international and global/international studies students. Many of the domestic students also have international travel and study abroad experience.

McNulty will share some of his thoughts and perceptions from his days as a graduate student when he and his wife Darlene first traveled to Nigeria and Ghana. Those experiences had a lasting impact on their lives both personally and professionally. Through the years, he has returned frequently to West Africa, serving as a visiting professor in Nigeria at the University of Ibadan, conducting research, establishing institutional linkages and facilitating faculty and student exchanges with universities in Ghana and Nigeria. Currently he serves as co-director with Cliff Missen of the WiderNet Project, a nonprofit organization affiliated with International Programs at the UI, working to improve digital communication in developing countries.

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 many visual opportunities since parents and friends of graduating students often attend. If you are interested in covering the event, profiling an international student or doing a feature on McNulty, 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: Po Li Loo