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International Education Week, Nov. 17- 21, 2008, Filled with Activities for Both Campus and Community at the U of M, Crookston
November 6, 2008

Contact: Rae French, Study Abroad coordinator, 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Crookston, Minn. (November 7, 2008) – A joint initiative by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education encourages the celebration of the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide during International Education Week, November 17-21, 2008. The University of Minnesota, Crookston has a week of events planned to help recognize the value of global learning. The community is welcome to attend a number of International Education Week events including:

Monday, November 17, 4 - 5 p.m., Lisa Loegering, who works in Office of Service Learning, will share her experiences in the Dominican Republic when she was on a service-learning site visit. Loegering’s presentation will be held in the Minnesota Room in the Sargeant Student Center.

Tuesday, November 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., there will be a photography contest for U of M, Crookston students. The community is welcome to visit the display located in the International Lounge in the Sargeant Student Center and cast their votes for the most outstanding photographs. The weekly “Chinese Corner” will be held from 4-5 p.m. in the Northern Lights Lounge. The Chinese Corner is an opportunity for participants to learn simple phrases or brush up on their Chinese speaking skills. This event is free and everyone is welcome. Coffee will be served from the Golden Eagle Grind.

Wednesday, November 19, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., a special lunch with “Food from the Four Corners of the World” will feature dishes from the countries of China, Korea, Nigeria, and Jamaica. For members of the community, the meal costs $7.65 and guests will have the opportunity to not only taste authentic dishes but learn more about them from students. From 2-6 p.m. the International Student Market will be held in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Clubs from across campus will be selling items related to their club giving it the feel of an international market.

Thursday, November 20, 12 - 2 p.m., a poster board contest will be on display in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center, for the public to view. Poster contestants will be judged on their understanding of their own poster, organization, creativity and their oral presentation. Students will be on hand to answer questions related to the topic of “The World at your Fingertips.” From 3-5 p.m. there will be an open house in the International Office located in 12 Hill Hall. As part of the open house, tea and desserts will be served. In the evening beginning at 7 p.m., the Natural Resources Club will host a presentation on sustainable agriculture in Kiehle Auditorium. This event is free,  and there will be booths to visit prior to the program on sustainability.

Capping off the week on Friday, November 21, 2 -8:30 p.m., everyone is invited to the International Week Festival. Several students will be demonstrating something unique to their country, and there will be flag face painting, origami, learning to write your name in another language, computer kiosks with photographs from around the world and international games. These events, which are designed to involve younger children also, will take place in the Sargeant Student Center’s International Lounge and the Northern Lights Lounge areas.

Parking will be free during the week for community members who would like to participate in these International Education Week activities. Along with these events, students at the U of M, Crookston will have opportunities during the week to learn about studying abroad, alternative spring break, global business, and much more. For more information on events during International Week on the Crookston campus, contact Rae French, coordinator of study abroad at 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu)

International Education Week promotes efforts that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. To learn more visit, http://iew.state.gov.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.