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Oct. 18, 2007

PHOTO: Students enjoy food from around the world at the University of Iowa International Crossroads Community Open House in 2006.

International Crossroads Community hosts open house Oct. 21

International cuisine and photographs from around the world will be featured at the University of Iowa International Crossroads Community (ICC) Open House. The free, public event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, on the eighth floor of Mayflower Residence Hall, 1110 N. Dubuque St., in Iowa City.

Each participating suite in the ICC will represent a different country with ethnic food samples and cultural decorations.

The ICC 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 diverse, co-ed community accommodates students of different linguistic abilities, international interests, ages and experiences. Residents have the opportunity to participate in cultural festivals, language dinners, and programs in which they learn about the intricacies of living in a diverse world. This year, more than 60 students are living in the ICC.

"Through the International Crossroads Community, students live, learn and work together to broaden their knowledge of global issues, languages and cultures," said Buffy Quintero, UI International Programs outreach coordinator and IP liaison to ICC. "In addition to creating close friendships, students collaborate to plan fun international programs, activities and events 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.

For more information or special accommodations to attend the open house, contact Sunday Goshit at or Quintero at 319-335-0345 or

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.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345,; Kelli Andresen, 319-335-2026,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,