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CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Community invited to do-si-do at UI international hoedown Friday, Aug. 15

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Newly-arrived University of Iowa international students will have the opportunity to do-si-do and swing their partners round and round at an international hoedown Friday, Aug. 15.

The hoedown for foreign students will start at 7 p.m. in the International Center Lounge, International Center, on the UI campus. The event, which is sponsored by the UI Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The hoedown will feature country music, and participants will have an opportunity to learn basic square dance moves from seasoned professionals. Chuck Lovig, a professional square dance caller for the Iowa City Square Dance Club, will be the caller.

According to Liz Pearce of UI International Programs, this event gives international students an opportunity to share in a fun aspect of United States culture in an informal, relaxed setting as well as to meet members of the local community.

"This is a great opportunity for local members of the community to meet people from all over the world," Pearce said. "It also makes new international students feel very welcomed into the local community. Square dancing is an activity that breaks down barriers and allows people to learn about, from and with each other in a relaxed and fun setting."

The International Center is located at the end of Ferson Avenue, off of Park Road.

A picnic for international students will be held prior to the hoedown at 5 p.m. in the International Center Courtyard, sponsored by First National Bank, as part of international orientation activities.

OISS is part of UI International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the Associate Provost and Dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

For more information, call Lois Gray, UI at (319) 335-2026.

(Note to News Directors and Editors: This event provides a great photo opportunity, broadcasting visual or feature story with foreign students learning square dancing from local community members. For more information, call Lois Gray, at (319) 335-2026.)

8/12/97