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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 3, 2006

Wilkins Elementary Third Graders To Learn About China Monday, Feb. 6

Students at Wilkins Elementary School, in Marion, Iowa, will have an opportunity to learn about China first-hand when Yao Lu, a University of Iowa biomedical engineering graduate student from China, shares certain aspects of her culture, customs, celebrations, holidays and clothing with the school’s third graders.
The two 30-minute presentations will take place Monday, Feb. 6 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 to 11 a.m. for teacher Bev Headington’s class. Lu’s talk is part of the University of Iowa International Programs’ International Classroom Journey (ICJ), which seeks to globalize the K-12 curriculum in eastern Iowa.
International Classroom Journey, which is sponsored by UI International Programs, arranges for guest speakers to visit K-12 classrooms and community groups to promote cultural awareness and knowledge of other countries. These guest speakers are trained international students and scholars and U.S. students who have spent time abroad.
For more information, contact Ursula Adelt, International Programs’ interim outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345.
UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and the dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and to promote global scholarship, research and training.
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: Kelli Andresen
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Reporters or photographers who wish to cover this event should check in at the main office of Wilkins Elementary School, located at 2127 27th Street, Marion.