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University of Iowa News Release

April 21, 2006

Elementary Students To Experience 'Global School Day' At April 28 Open House

University of Iowa International Programs will host its sixth annual elementary school open house with the theme "A Global School Day" on Friday, April 28 in the International Center Lounge in the UI International Center, located at the end of Ferson Avenue in Iowa City. More than 200 students from Eastern Iowa elementary schools in grades second through sixth will participate in one of two sessions, either from 9 to 11 a.m. or from noon to 2 p.m.

Scott McNabb, an associate professor in the UI College of Education, is the keynote speaker. He will share some of his experiences from his numerous trips to Thailand, which span the period from 1968 when he taught there in the Peace Corps to his most recent trip in January of this year.

Students will also rotate through five different fun and educational stations, each operated by several international student volunteers. These include Penmanship: Chinese calligraphy with Kangying Guo; Math: Latin American math activity with dominoes with Marcelo Mena; P.E.: Dance from India with Monica Verma; Language Arts: African storytelling with Sunday Goshit; and Art: Middle Eastern tile painting with Lara Elborno.

"The purpose of the event is to increase the visibility of International Programs and to provide cross-cultural experiences to elementary-school level students to enrich their worldview, to build a bridge between the University of Iowa and local community schools around Iowa City, and to allow the University of Iowa's unique multicultural student population to share their cultural knowledge and distinct talents," said Ursula Adelt, International Programs interim outreach coordinator.

Schools participating in the open house are (school, grade level, session):

CEDAR RAPIDS: Bowman Woods Elementary, second grade, morning.

IOWA CITY: Horace Mann Elementary, second grade, afternoon; Regina Elementary,  second grade, afternoon.

MIDDLE AMANA: Amana Elementary, fourth and fifth grades, afternoon.

NORWAY: Norway Elementary, fifth and sixth Grades, afternoon.

RIVERSIDE: Riverside Elementary, fourth and fifth grades, morning.

WEST BRANCH: Hoover Elementary, third grade, afternoon.

"We would like the students to learn about and appreciate schooling in different cultures," Adelt said. "While the methods and circumstances of schooling and education in general may differ across cultures, it is important for the students to learn that it is a universal concept that is present in all cultures."

Funding for the Open House is provided by UI International Programs. For more information about the workshop, contact Adelt 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 and dean for international programs, 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,; Program: Ursula Adelt, 319-335-0345; Writer: Erin Vaughn