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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 11, 2005

ICC Open House Oct. 16 Features International Food And Fun

Food, music and dance from around the world will highlight the International Crossroads Community (ICC) Open House on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Hillcrest Residence Hall on the UI campus. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the ICC and UI International Programs.

Visitors can tour student rooms decorated to celebrate 21 different countries from 3 to 5 p.m. Cultural demonstrations will follow from 5 to 6 p.m. in the residence hall's Martha von Nostrand Lounge. A fashion show will feature attire from several countries around the world. Residents of the ICC and invited guests will showcase their unique talents. There will be a tae kwon do demonstration, Turkish music, an Indian dance demonstration and a Vietnamese duet.

"The ICC Open House is a great opportunity to get a taste of all the countries you've always wanted to visit and meet the residents that have enthusiasm for cultural diversity," said Danielle Pettit, an ICC programmer and UI junior biology major from Charles City. "There will also be great entertainment to follow the room tours. I encourage everyone interested or simply curious in cultural diversity to check it out. There will also be lots of great food."

Pettit said she and other open house organizers hope everyone from faculty, staff and students to members of the general public will join them for this fun, educational event.

Located in Hillcrest Residence Hall on the UI campus, the ICC is a living-learning community open to all students, regardless of academic major or background, who are interested in global issues and different cultures. The ICC is made up of both international and American students who have different language abilities, interests, ages, travel experiences and cultural backgrounds.

For more information or for special accommodations to attend the open house, contact Blythe Burkhardt at 319-335-0345 or blythe-burkhardt@uiowa.edu.

ICC is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the 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: Blythe Burkhardt, 319-335-0345, blythe-burkhardt@uiowa.edu