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Sept. 8, 2006

FIS To Celebrate International Student Day Sept. 13

Friends of International Students (FIS) will celebrate International Student Day on Wednesday, Sept. 13 thanks to a proclamation signed by Iowa City Mayor Ross Wilburn at a recent Iowa City City Council Meeting.

FIS is a non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Iowa Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) and is run by community volunteers. The main goal of FIS is to give international students and their American friends an opportunity to gain new perspectives on the world through an exchange of ideas.

In honor of the day, the group will host a reception, at which Wilburn will read a proclamation declaring Sept. 13, 2006 International Student Day. The reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in University Capitol Centre Commons, located in the Old Capitol Town Center. Current and past Friends of International Students and international students are invited as well as those interested in meeting some of the estimated 2,300 international students on the UI campus. The reception will celebrate the 35 years of FIS. Snacks and soft drinks will be served.

The actual proclamation declaring Sept. 13, 2006 as Iowa City's first International Student Day was made at the beginning of the Sept. 5 Iowa City City Council meeting. The proclamation was read at the council meeting and presented to representatives of FIS. The proclamation also honors FIS for its 35 years of helping to create international friendships in the Iowa City area.

Caryl Lyons, FIS president, said the proclamation and reception are a way to thank international students as well as the local community members who have worked with FIS over the past 35 years.

"The community owes a lot to international students for the diversity they bring to the area," Lyons said. "They bring all kinds of intercultural activities to Iowa City so that we are a microcosm of world instead of a little town in Iowa."

For more information or special accommodations to attend the Sept. 13 reception, contact Scott King, OISS director, at 319-335-0335.

OISS is part of UI International Programs, which enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world.  Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge.  For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700.  International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost. 

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,; Program: Scott King, 319-335-0335,; Writer: Kelli Andresen

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