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Foreign students, scholars invited to tackle fishing during 'Fishing 101'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa foreign students and scholars can learn everything from how to bait a hook to state laws and safety tips during this year's "Fishing 101."

The second annual Fishing 101 program will be from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at the Coralville Dam.

Susan Hager, an Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officer and Army Corps of Engineers representative, will explain basic angling skills. Topics will include equipment, fishing laws, safety tips, and the types of fish native to Iowa. Participants also will have an opportunity to practice casting with plugs and fish in the Coralville Lake.

"They can discover how relaxing fishing can be, especially if they want to de-stress after an exam," said Liz Pearce-Burton, OIES assistant director for the Cross Culture Education and Training Program. "Fishing is a very popular recreational sport here."

The program is designed for all ages and levels of experience, and a fishing license is not required to participate. Equipment will be provided for the day, including fishing rods. Fin and Feather outdoor sporting store in Iowa City will provide the bait. Those attending should bring a picnic lunch, though hot and cold drinks will be available free of charge.

Up to 20 international students can participate, and pre-registration is required by noon Friday, April 18. The cost is $5 to cover transportation and $2 for non-fishers. To register, pick up a form at OIES or call Pearce-Burton at (319) 335-0335. Students will meet at OIES at 10:30 a.m. and will leave the Coralville Dam at 3 p.m. to arrive back in Iowa City at 3:30 p.m.

Fishing 101 is co-sponsored by OIES, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Johnson County Conservation Board. The event is part of the OIES Iowa Insights program. Founded by Pearce-Burton, Iowa Insights events are designed to expose foreign students to various aspects of Iowa and U.S. culture.

OIES provides foreign student advising and educational and study abroad programming and works to increase the cross-cultural understanding and skills of UI students, faculty and community members. Approximately 2,000 students and scholars representing an estimated 100 countries study and work at the UI, and each year more than 400 UI students study abroad in programs and exchanges in more than 35 countries.

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(EDITOR'S NOTE: This event always provides an excellent opportunity for feature photos and broadcast footage. The foreign students and scholars will practice fishing between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. near the Tail Water West area of the dam. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the Visitor's Center. For more information, call Lois Gray, international media coordinator, at (319)335-2026.)

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