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

Release: Aug. 10, 2001

MEDIA ADVISORY

New international students arrive for orientation

WHO: University of Iowa international students

WHAT: Orientation activities

WHEN: Aug. 15-24

WHERE: Various locations on- and off-campus

This week the University of Iowa Office of International Students and Scholars welcomes nearly 375 new international students to campus with a variety of activities designed to help them start to feel at home in Iowa City. Members of the media are invited to attend any activity on the schedule and meet some of the new students arriving from all over the world. A complete schedule of events is available from contact Anna Stepanova, international student advisor, 335-0335, or
Lois Gray, 335-2026.

Orientation activities include:

Wednesday, Aug. 15

6-7 p.m.--Banquet: Iowa City Food Sampler, sponsored by Iowa State Bank & Trust Co. featuring a variety of cuisine from different local restaurants; location, Iowa State Bank & Trust,
102 S. Clinton St.

Thursday, Aug. 16

1 p.m. -- Official welcome from Gary Althen, director of the UI Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), followed by a cultural adjustment session, also led by Althen; location, Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

2:30-4:30 p.m. -- Orientation fair, highlighting resources, departments and services on campus that may be helpful to new international students, including Information Technology Services, Hancher Auditorium, and Parking and Transportation; location, IMU Main Lounge

6-9 p.m. -- Hoe-down for both international students and members of the local community; location, International Center Main Lounge. (A great photo opportunity)

Friday, Aug. 17

11 a.m. -- Information panel featuring off campus resources and businesses; location,
W141 Pappajohn Business Building

Monday, Aug. 20

9-9:45 a.m. -- ITS Computer Center tour; location, Lindquist Center

10-11 a.m. -- Library tours; location, Main Library

Wednesday, Aug. 22

3 p.m. -- Graduate College orientation session; location, IMU Main Lounge