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Feb. 16, 2006

CIVIC Welcomes Japanese Students With Potluck

The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) is welcoming 15 Japanese students to Iowa City with an indoor potluck picnic on Sunday, Feb. 19 in the International Center Lounge on the UI campus.  Introductions begin at 12:30 p.m., and the dinner starts at 1 p.m.

The students from Tokyo Denki University arrived on Feb. 11, and as part of their stay will begin an intensive three-week program to learn English.  The potluck is an opportunity to get acquainted with the students and involve them in family activities during the week, CIVIC members said.

Guests are asked to bring a main dish, salad or dessert.  CIVIC will provide beverages.

For more information or special accommodations, contact Marianne Weiss at CIVIC at (319) 335-0351 or by email at

CIVIC was organized in 1984 by a group of Iowa Citians to promote understanding between Iowans and international visitors on a person-to-person basis.

CIVIC was recognized in 1986 as a full member of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV). NCIV is composed of community based, not-for-profit groups (like CIVIC) which are staffed by professionals and draw on community resources and volunteers to design professional development programs for international visitors in more than 100 U. S. cities.

Visitors participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Program are invited by U.S. ambassadors and include professionals, technicians and emerging political leaders.

CIVIC is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and 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: Marianne Weiss, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Erin Vaughn