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University of Iowa News Release

April 19, 2005

photo: Students from Lone Tree Elementary School learned about transportation around the world at the 2004 International Programs Open House.

UI International Programs Open House Invites Students To Celebrate Earth Day

In conjunction with this year's Earth Day Friday, April 22, University of Iowa International Program's Fifth Annual Open House will promote the theme "Let's Celebrate Earth Day!" More than 250 elementary students from Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Iowa City, Lone Tree, Middle Amana and West Branch will commemorate Earth Day at the International Center Lounge on the University of Iowa campus in two sessions, from 9 to 11 a.m. and from noon to 2 p.m.

"I hope the students will come away with a greater knowledge of environmental issues on a local and global scale," said Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator. "This year's Open House will focus on the environment. We want students to see how environmental issues cross national borders and impact everyone on the planet. The choices these young people make have far reaching global effects."

Students will rotate through four stations that will teach them about endangered animals, plants and vegetation, water and air quality, and recycling and reusing. They will also hear about UI professor David Osterberg's "Green Bike Tour," where he traveled on his solar bike visiting sites of alternative energy production in Europe. Osterberg, an associate clinical professor in the UI Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, teaches classes in environmental health policy.

Although this year's open house places less emphasis on different cultures, students will have a chance to interact with UI international student volunteers as well as those from the UI chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World and the UI Department of Geoscience, Quintero said.

Students participating in the Open House are from the following cities (student grade level, school, session):

CEDAR RAPIDS: Sixth grade, Prairie Middle School, afternoon

CORALVILLE: Fourth grade, Coralville Central, afternoon

IOWA CITY: Second grade, Horace Mann Elementary School, morning; fifth and sixth grade, Lincoln Elementary, morning; first and fifth grade, Maplegrove Home schools, morning; first, second, third and fourth grade, Montessori School of Iowa City, morning

LONE TREE: Second grade, Lone Tree Community, afternoon

MIDDLE AMANA: Third, fourth and fifth grades, Clear Creek-Amana Middle School, afternoon

WEST BRANCH: Fifth grade, Hoover Elementary, morning

Funding for the Open House is provided by UI International Programs. For more information about the workshop, contact Quintero at 319-335-0345.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects, and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345; Writer: Po Li Loo