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Lindberg welcomes new foreign students to UI campus, community
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- James Lindberg, associate dean of the University of Iowa
College of Liberal Arts, will officially welcome an estimated 75 new foreign
students to the UI for the spring semester Monday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. in the
International Center Lounge.
This welcome is the beginning of a week-long orientation program Jan. 13-17
new foreign students, organized by the UI Office of International Education
During his welcoming remarks, Lindberg will give advice to the students on
how to successfully adapt to life at the UI and in the local community. OIES
Director Steve Arum and Gary Althen, OIES assistant director for Foreign Students
and Scholars Advising, will also welcome the new students .
Prior to the address, a lunch will be provided from noon to 1 p.m. in the
International Center Lounge, thanks to generous donations from the following:
Cancun Mexican Restaurant, Cub Foods, China Garden, Country Kitchen, Ding
Hao Sushi Popo, Domino's Pizza, Easy Place, econofoods, East West Oriental
Foods Store, Hunan, Hy-Vee, IMU Food Service, Long John Silver, Pizza Pit,
Taste of China, Yen Ching and Great Wall.
Other orientation activities include information sessions on immigration,
computers and health care, sessions on adjustments to new cultures and an
Iowa City bus tour.
A Foreign Student Orientation Fair will be Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 3:15 to
4:30 p.m. in the International Center Lounge. The fair will feature more than
20 university offices and community organizations, including Hancher Auditorium,
The Loan Closet, the Iowa City Public Library, the Iowa City Recreation Center,
4Cs Daycare Centers and the Weeg Computer Center. Snacks donated by econofoods,
Great Wall and Perkins Restaurant will be served.
"The fair is an opportunity for students to meet with representatives
from a wide variety of UI offices as well as community organizations to get
a lot of very specific information that will be useful to them," says
John Rogers, a Foreign Student Advisor (FSA) with the UI Office of International
Education and Services (OIES), who helps organize the orientation. Approximately
22 foreign students and community members volunteer to help with orientation
week at the UI.
"The object is to make the adjustment to U.S. culture and the U.S. academic
system as smooth as possible," Rogers says. "In order to do that,
we offer what we think are critical topics of information for new people.
We want to convey the idea to new students that if they encounter problems
or have questions about anything, the OIES is the place to start to solve
those problems or answer those questions."
The OIES provides foreign student advising and educational and study abroad
programming. Approximately 2,000 students and scholars representing an estimated
100 different countries from around the globe study at the UI. An estimated
400 UI students also study abroad each year in programs and exchanges in more
than 30 countries.
The OIES is located on the UI campus in the International Center, which can
be reached by car at the end of Ferson Avenue off Park Road in Iowa City,
or by foot up the stairway from Riverside Drive.
For a complete schedule of events or more information, call Lois Gray, OIES
International Media Coordinator, at 335-2026 or Mei-yeh Chang, OIES Orientation
Coordinator, at 335-0335.