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Nov. 3, 2006

University Of Iowa To Celebrate International Education Week Nov. 13-17

University of Iowa International Programs invites the public to learn about the remarkable opportunities international education creates through a series of activities to celebrate International Education Week Nov. 13-17.

In 2005, 77 countries and all 50 states in the United States celebrated International Education Week. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

University of Iowa Interim President Gary Fethke said this is an especially good time to reflect upon the many international education opportunities available to students, faculty, staff and the community year round, as well as look for ways to strengthen international education and exchange.

"This week is an opportunity to celebrate the successes and support of internationalization at the UI," Fethke says. "I encourage everyone to look for more ways to pursue their own remarkable journeys through international teaching, research or service."

Activities at the UI include a reception to honor the winners and runners-up of the International Programs Fourth Annual Photo Contest, "Show Us the World Through Your Eyes," as well as an essay contest "Coming to America," from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 on the fourth floor of the Blank Honors Center on the UI campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Fifty-five photos were entered in the photo contest. Entrants submitted images from either the perspective of an international student studying in the United States or from the perspective of a U.S. student studying abroad. All entries are displayed on the fourth floor of the Blank Honors Center for the entire month of November. The photo contest is sponsored by the UI Office for Study Abroad, and the essay contest is sponsored by the UI Office of International Students and Scholars. Both contests are co-sponsored by International Programs. The winners of the essay contest, which was open to all international students, will be announced at the Thursday reception.

The following students won prizes in the "Study Abroad Students' Views of the World" category:

* Ryan Reid, a senior business management major, won the grand prize for his photo, "Pure Cloth," taken in Yangon, Myanmar.

* Rebecca Olson, a junior Portuguese and international studies major, won the second-place prize with "Vender on the Ganges," taken in Varanasi, India.

* Carrie Rauch, a senior graphic design and communications studies major, won the third-place prize with "Ocean Waves and Decaying Boats," taken in Fraser Island, Australia.

* Jamie Nivala, a graduate student in environmental engineering, won the popular choice award for her untitled photo, taken in Sanlivrfa, Turkey.

The following students won prizes in the "International Students' Views of the U.S." category:

* Olga Kulikova, a graduate student in foreign languages from Russia, won the grand prize with, "The Pine Tree," taken in Iowa City.

* Jiyoung Jung, an undergraduate exchange student in electrical engineering, from South Korea, won the second-place prize with, "Enthusiasm in Kinnick," taken in Iowa City.

* Mitul Sarkar, a graduate student in neuroscience, from India, won the third-place prize with, "Chicago Masterpiece," taken in Chicago.

* Olga Kulikova, a graduate student in foreign languages, from Russia, won the popular choice award with, "The Family Man," taken in Iowa City.

To view the winning photos, visit the IP Web site at and click on the IEW Show Us The World winning photos online gallery.

Other highlights from the International Education Week schedule include:

- Thursday, Nov. 9: "Night of a Thousand Dinners," 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Old Brick, 20 East Market Street, Iowa City. Hosted by Iowa United Nations Association (UNA), this event raises funds for the UNA-USA Adopt-a-Minefield Program, which provides support for mine clearance and survivor assistance. The program includes dinner, musical entertainment and a silent auction. For tickets or more information, call 319-337-7290 or e-mail

- Monday, Nov. 13: "International Mondays," 12 to 1 p.m. at Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. Kathy Gockel, Stanley Foundation program officer in the policy analysis and dialogue department, will present "International Education: It's Not Just Children That Will Be Left Behind." This is sponsored by International Programs, The Stanley-UI Support Foundation and the Iowa City Public Library.

-- Tuesday, Nov. 14: "Life in Iowa: Thinking about Final Exams - Strategies for Success," will be held 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the International Commons, Room 1117, University Capitol Centre, sponsored by UI Office of International Students and Scholars.

- Wednesday, Nov. 15: "Share Your Experience: educational systems in different countries," 5 to 7 p.m. at Jones Commons, Lindquist Center. International students will talk about similarities and differences between the educational systems of their countries of origin and the United States. The panel will be moderated by Scott McNabb, UI professor in UI Department of Education Policy and Leadership Studies, College of Education. This is sponsored by the Organization for Active Support of International Students (OASIS).

- Thursday, Nov. 16: International Programs Fifth Annual Photo Contest Reception, 4 to 6 p.m., Blank Honors Center, Fourth Floor. Winners of both the IP Photo Contest and OISS Essay Contest will be announced. This is co-sponsored by UI International Programs, the UI Office for Study Abroad and OISS.

For a complete schedule of UI International Education Week events, visit the UI International Programs Web site at

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of the events, contact Kim Francis, International Programs Project Coordinator, at 319-335-2862. For more information on the national celebration of International Education Week, visit

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,; Writer: Kelli Andresen