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Cross-cultural understanding awards to be presented May 16 at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Office of International Education
and Services (OIES) will present this year's Mariko Mizuhara Awards for
Cross-Cultural Understanding during the upcoming foreign student graduation
The luncheon will be at noon Friday, May 16, in the International Center
Lounge. This year's Mizuhara Award winners are Iowa City residents Luis
Sierra and Linda Walking Woman. Each will receive a $200 award.
The awards are given in memory of Mariko Mizuhara, a music major from
Japan who died unexpectedly in 1992. Mizuhara was a student at the UI
from 1988-1992. Awards are given each year to an individual or organization
who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and participation in promoting
cross-cultural understanding, appreciation of diversity on campus and in
the local community.
The keynote speaker at the luncheon will be Raul Curto, associate dean
of the College of Liberal Arts and a professor of mathematics. OIES Foreign
Student Adviser Claire Cardwell will present the awards. Michael McNulty,
associate provost for international programs, and OIES Director Stephen
Arum also will speak at the event.
Approximately 227 foreign students are graduating from the UI this month,
representing countries as diverse as China, Taiwan, Korea, India, Malaysia,
Indonesia and Germany, according to Gary Althen, OIES assistant director
for foreign student and scholar advising.
"One of the things that's interesting is that some of the students'
families will come and be with them," Althen said. "Typically,
it's a very happy event. It has a nice atmosphere about it."
The event is hosted by the OIES Key Internationals Program, which serves
as a link between the UI and its alumni living abroad. The reception has
been made possible with a bequest from the late UI alumna Dr. Leslie Garnett
of Cedar Rapids.
"The reception is dedicated annually to Dr. W. Leslie Garnett,
who believed strongly that UI graduates will become key people upon their
return to their countries," Arum said. "It's a way to celebrate
the crowning achievement of students from other countries who have not
only earned an academic degree but have accomplished this in another culture
and language and shared their culture with us."
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 at
the UI, and more than 400 UI students study abroad each year in programs
and exchanges in more than 35 countries.
OIES is located in the UI 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 more information, call Claire Cardwell at (319)335-0335.