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Oct. 9, 2006

International Crossroads Community Open House Oct. 15 Features New Location

International cuisine and a montage of photos from around the world will be two of the featured activities at The International Crossroad Community (ICC) open house. The event will run from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, on the eighth floor of the Mayflower residence hall on Dubuque Street in Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public.

The open house is the inaugural event of the ICC's new location in Mayflower, a move across the Iowa River from its previous location in Hillcrest. Each participating suite on the eighth floor of Mayflower will represent a different country with ethnic food samples and cultural decorations.

The festivities will move downstairs at 3:30 p.m. to the Mayflower Multipurpose Room (MPR). Food will continue to be served while a slide show with pictures of ICC members and eighth floor residents. Participants will have the option of playing games or getting their names written in Chinese or Japanese by ICC residents.

The International Crossroads Community (ICC), located in Mayflower Residence Hall, is a unique living/learning community for all students interested in foreign cultures, languages, and international issues. It is one of the oldest living/learning communities on campus. The community is diverse; it is coed, and it accommodates students of different language abilities, international interests, ages, and experiences. Residents have the opportunity to participate in cultural festivals, language dinners, and programs where they learn about the intricacies of living in a diverse world.

ICC is a living-learning community open to all students regardless of academic major or background. The ICC is made up of both international and American students who have different language abilities, interests, ages, travel experiences, and cultural backgrounds. There are currently 68 students living in the ICC at Mayflower.

"As ICC residents, students have the opportunity to build close friendships with other students who share the common goal of broadening their knowledge of global issues, languages and cultures," said Buffy Quintero, UI International Programs outreach coordinator and IP liaison to ICC. "They will also plan fun international programs, activities and events with other community members throughout the year.

Students not living on the ICC floor are encouraged to attend the event, and to bring friends as well. In addition to an annual festival, the ICC programmers organize several other cultural events throughout the year such as film screenings. More events will be announced at the open house.

ICC is affiliated with UI International Programs, which enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

For more information or special accommodations to attend the open house, contact Brian Fu at, Michelle Gin at, or Buffy Quintero, IP outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345 or

For more information on the ICC, visit the new ICC Web site, live after 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, at

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: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345,; Writer: Aris Dravillas