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Dec. 10, 2007

Van Allen students will learn about South Korea Dec. 12

A University of Iowa program will help first and second grade students at Van Allen Elementary School in North Liberty learn about family life and customs in Korea on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Soyang Kwon, a UI student from South Korea pursuing a doctorate in epidemiology from the College of Public Health, will speak with teacher Keith Feldman's class through the UI International Programs' International Classroom Journey (ICJ). The first and second graders are studying families and communities in Iowa and around the world. The presentation will take place from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. in Feldman's classroom.

The ICJ, 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 Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345 or; or Mary van Andel, International Programs outreach assistant, at 319-384-2247 or

University of Iowa International Programs 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 UI Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kelli Andresen, UI International Programs, 319-335-2026,, or Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,