CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 10, 2000
UI International Programs seeks nominations for cross-cultural award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The UI Office of International Students and Scholars,
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 from
1988-1992. She died unexpectedly in 1992.
Mizuhara's parents, Shunji and Noriko Mizuhara, established a memorial fund
for the awards. The awards are given annually to an individual or organization
who has demonstrated one or all of the following: commitment beyond his/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. The program or project needs to have or have had a connection
to or an effect on the University of Iowa or Iowa City community.
"Mariko was a warm and welcoming person -- a great role model for building
relationships between people of differing cultures," says Marlys Boote,
who was a fellow UI music student and colleague of Mizuhara's.
Boote will present the award to this year's recipient at a Friday, May 12
International Programs' Graduation and Global Scholar Celebration at the UI
International Center Courtyard, starting at 10 a.m.
Awards will be given for activities that took place between January 1999
and April 2000. 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 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2000. Nomination
forms are available from the 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 nomination
forms should be returned to Ivory Lacy, The University of Iowa, The Office
of International Students and Scholars, 120 International Center, 52242.
For more information or a nomination form, contact Lacy, at (319) 335-0335.
Questions can also be directed via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.