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

Release: Immediate

UI International Programs seeking nominations for cross-cultural understanding award

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 1992.

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.

3/31/98