International Education Week will make its grand appearance next week.
Lucy Dawson, immigration specialist for the Center for International Education, is helping organize events throughout the week.
Dawson said there are around 170 international students from 42 different countries who have not claimed permanent residence in the states.
“There is quite a large international presence on this campus,” said Dawson. “The events throughout this week will leave our international students feeling more appreciated and valued which can provide a positive reaction on our campus.”
Dawson said the event is a way for the campus can show how much it desires to engage the rest of the world.
Dawson said learning about other cultures allows students to gain a global perspective on life.
“This is a resource for students to learn about life outside of the U.S.,” said Dawson. “Our international friends provide a window to look and observe other cultures.”
Byron Martin, director of Multicultural Enrichment, is helping support this week by having his office spread the word around campus.
Martin said that OME is informing students about the events scheduled for this week through many forms of communication.
“Our office will be spreading word through ads on myACU, email, our weekly meetings, Facebook and Twitter,” said Martin.
“I encourage everyone to come out and join,” said Martin. “It is definitely worth being a part of.”
Kyndall Howard, graduate student in the Department of Communication from Early, plans to attend the Ethnos Cultural Show in support of a friend.
Howard said the events planned for International Education week will be beneficial for students who are from the United States.
“Understanding of other cultures is vitally important in this growing world,” said Howard. “With businesses and other jobs expanding globally, it is important our students have a taste of different cultures.”
The International Education Week schedule is as follows:
Nov. 8-9- Ethnos Culture Show:
7 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium.
Nov. 11 – Captain Phillips and Kony 2012: Discussion:
5 p.m. in Campus Center.
Nov. 12- International Student Reflection
11:30-1:00 p.m. in the Adams Center. (For faculty and advisors).
Nov. 12- Languages Live
7:00-8:30 p.m.in the Library Core classroom. Engage in 30-minute interactive learning sessions of different languages.
Nov. 13- Oxford Live Feed
A student studying abroad will read a bible scripture during Chapel.
Nov. 13 Global Opportunities Fair
11:30-1:30 p.m. in the Campus Center and Living Room.
Nov. 13- Foreign Film “Welcome to Sarajevo”
7:00 p.m. in the Library Core Classroom.
Nov. 15- Pronouncing Mandarin Chinese names
12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Living Room. Students and Faculty are encouraged to bring their lunch to this session.