CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
UI International Programs seeking nominations for cross-cultural
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The UI Office of International Students and Scholars,
a division of UI International Programs, is accepting nominations for the
Mariko Mizuhara Award for Cross-Cultural Understanding. One or two awards
of $200 each will be given in memory of Mariko Mizuhara, a Japanese student
who was a music major at the UI from 1988-1992. She died unexpectedly in
Mizuhara's parents, Shunji and Noriko Mizuhara, established a memorial
fund for the awards, which are given annually to an individual or organization
who has demonstrated one or all of the following: shown commitment beyond
his or her job description, developed a new and innovative program, demonstrated
cross-cultural understanding, sought to build ties of involvement among
diverse groups on campus and in the local community and/or helped to educate
others about diverse populations.
"This carries on the legacy of Mariko," said Claire Cardwell,
OISS international student adviser. "The awards are a way for her
spirit to continue to touch students and the community just as she touched
them while she was a student here through her music and her personality."
Awards will be given for activities that took place between January
1997 and April 1998. Those nominating a person or organization may nominate
more than one person. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominations can
be either U.S. or international students or groups. To help the committee
make a decision, the members ask that people include supporting documents
such as newspaper clippings, an article or essay written about the nominee,
articles written by the nominee and no more than three letters of recommendation.
Nominations will be accepted until 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. Nomination
forms are available from OISS, 120 International Center, on the UI campus.
The International Center can be reached by car at the end of Ferson Avenue
off of Park Road, or by foot up the stairway from Riverside Drive.
The awards will be presented at the International Student Graduation
Reception Friday, May 15, hosted by the OISS. For more information, contact
Cardwell at 335-0335.
OISS provides information, services and programs that help international
students and scholars benefit from their stays in Iowa. The office also
seeks to foster constructive relationships among international and other
members of the university community. Student advisers provide orientation
for international students and scholars, immigration advising, financial
counseling, conflict resolution and crisis intervention.
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.