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

Release: Sept. 13, 2002

'Life In Iowa' series helps international students learn the ropes

University of Iowa international students can learn about everything from slang in the United States to ice skating and fast food through a new series of programs entitled, "Life in Iowa: A Series of Activities for New International Students."

The series kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 17 with "English: American Style," from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge on the UI campus. In this interactive session, students can learn about the various idioms and slang used by Iowans in everyday conversation.

"This workshop is designed for students who are quite proficient in English but are less familiar with the local accents, slang and idioms," says Helen Jameson, international student program coordinator. "This session is one in a series programs aimed at helping new international students develop a sense of belonging within the UI campus communities."

An estimated 1,800 international students attend the UI, representing more than 100 different countries around the world.

Even though this information session is designed for international students, it is open to the entire UI community. Pizza and pop will be served to all students who attend.

Jameson and Rashmi Gupta, an International Programs graduate research assistant, will be the key speakers. Some American undergraduate students have also been invited to do role playing and make the session more interactive.

This is not the only event that OISS is organizing for international students. Over the course of the fall session, students can participate in a number of activities ranging from information sessions on time management to learning more about "Nutrition in the Land of Fast Food!" Another highlight of this series is Cafe Central, which is held every first and third Friday of the month at the International Center Lounge, from 3 to 5 p.m. For a complete schedule of fall events, contact Helen Jameson, International Student Program Coordinator, at (319)-335-3584 or helen-jameson@uiowa.edu

The series is sponsored by the UI Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). OISS is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, 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.