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Celebrate International Education Week with food, entertainment

Origami demonstration, Sakura Festival, 2011International Education Week, Nov. 12-17, will celebrate the university’s commitment to providing students with knowledge about the world.

  • Find a schedule of the week’s events.

The week is sponsored by UNT-International. Events include music, food and cultural displays, beginning with a World Street Party. The event begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 in the University Union, Silver Eagle Suite.

The World Street Party will be emceed by students, and will include performances by six international groups as well as the UNT International Band, comprised of former students of the Intensive English Language Institute.

Student recipients of International Education Scholarships and winners of the Hot Shots from Hot Spots contest will be honored at the event. The annual competition is designed to encourage critical viewing of the people and places of other cultures during official UNT study abroad programs, to promote appreciation of the art of photography and to increase awareness of international study opportunities for students.

James Meernik, professor of political science and Becky King, academic advisor in the College of Music will be honored. Meernik is winner of the Citation for Distinguished Service to Internationalization given by UNT-International, and King will receive an award for Exemplary Staff Support to Internationalization.

Free events include:

  • 3-5 p.m., Nov. 13 - Japanese Fall Festival, Campus Green outside Sage Hall. The event will feature taste-testing booths, traditional games and cultural activities such as origami, above, and calligraphy.  Information will be available about Japanese classes taught on campus as well as two UNT Japanese organizations.
  • 2-7:30 p.m., Nov. 15 - Korean Festival, Library Mall. Attendees can sample Korean food, don traditional clothing and participate in traditional Korean games. The festival will also feature a Gangnam-style flash mob as well as vocal and dance performances by members of the Korean Culture Exchange program.

This year’s events for International Education Week are designed to help students and others appreciate the cultures of Brazil, India, Japan, Korea and several Mediterranean nations.

International Education Week is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, and was established by the  order of President Bill Clinton.

  • Learn more: Mary Beth Butler, communications director, UNT-International, at 940-369-5264.

-Mollie Jamison, Student Assistant, News Promotions

Posted on: Thu 08 November 2012

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