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International Education Week November 16-20, 2009

International Education Week activities

Take part in a world of opportunities! This November 16-20, 2009, look no further than Penn State’s planned activities for International Education Week.

International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, which aims to highlight the benefits of international education and exchange throughout the world. International Education Week began in 2000 and is celebrated in November each year during the week before Thanksgiving. This important week is observed all across the United States and in more than 100 countries overseas. For more information about International Education Week go to: http://iew.state.gov.

The Pennsylvania State University will be celebrating this year’s International Education Week with a full schedule of exciting events:

Monday, November 16

Event: Internationalizing Student Affairs

Speaker: Kenneth Osfield, EdD (live via video conference)
Audience: Student Affairs Professional Staff
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: 412 Boucke Building
Hosted by: University Office of Global Programs

Kenneth J. Osfield, EdD is the primary author of the newly released NASPA book, Internationalization of Student Affairs and Services: An Emerging Global Perspective, and co-author of the recently released UNESCO book, Student Affairs and Services in Higher Education: Global Foundations, Issues and Best Practices. He is a student affairs/services practitioner, adjunct faculty, and ADA Compliance Officer from the University of Florida. He will discuss the whys and hows of internationalizing the student affairs/services profession.


Please R.S.V.P. for this event with Kristin Thomas .


Event: Anatolian Fusion (Turkish fusion music)
Audience: All are welcome
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Location: First Floor, Hub-Robeson Center
Hosted by: University Office of Global Programs

Enjoy the eclectic sounds of Anatolian Fusion, offering unique interpretations of traditional folk and classical Turkish music. A fun complement to your lunch hour!


Event: Keynote Lecture by Asya Al-Lamki, Ed.D.
(Omani Cultural Attaché)
Audience: All are welcome
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Foster Auditorium, Pattee Library
Hosted by: University Office of Global Programs and Penn State University Libraries

Dr. Al-Lamki is the current Omani Cultural Attaché in Washington DC. She was formerly the Assistant Dean for Research and Post Graduate Studies at Sultan Qaboos University’s College of Commerce and Economics. Her research interests are primarily focused on human resource and gender issues in organizations. During her lecture, Dr. Al-Lamki will provide an overview of Oman’s historical journey and great place in world events and how its strategic location inspired the entrepreneurial spirit and eminence of its people. The presentation will aim to unravel aspects of Oman’s uniqueness within the context of her economic challenges.


Tuesday, November 17th

Event: International Student Panel Discussion
Audience: All are welcome
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Global Programs Lounge, 410 Boucke Building
Hosted by: University Office of Global Programs

A panel of international students will recount their experiences of adjusting to life in the United States. Questions from the audience are encouraged.


Event: Paying the Way: Financial Aid and Study Abroad
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Global Programs Lounge, 410 Boucke Building
Hosted by: University Office of Global Programs

So, you want to become a global citizen and enhance your education with an international experience, but you have no clue how to pay for it or where to find the funds. For assistance, attend this session hosted by Education Abroad in the University Office of Global Programs.


Event: Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company
Audience: Open to the Public
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Eisenhower Auditorium (Center for Performing Arts)
Hosted by: Penn State College of Arts and Architecture

Since 1980 Myroslav Vantukh, a choreographic ethnographer, has served as artistic director of the company his mentor created. Under Vantukh’s leadership, the company of eighty-five artists continues to create dances that enrich an already broad and deep repertoire. This event is part of the Center for Performing arts line up for the Fall 2009 season. Please visit their website for ticket information http://www.cpa.psu.edu/events/virsky.html.



Wednesday, November 18th

Event: Belly Dance Club and Penn State International Dance Ensemble
Audience: All are welcome
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: First Floor, Hub-Robeson Center
Hosted by: University Office of Global Programs

Enjoy traditional dances from around the world by two student clubs: the Belly Dance Club and the Penn State International Dance Ensemble. A perfect complement to your lunch hour!


Event: International Opportunities Fair
Audience: All are welcome
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Heritage Hall, HUB
Hosted by: University Office of Global Programs

Been abroad and yearn for more? Looking for your first international experience? Visit the International Opportunities Fair to explore opportunities for volunteering, working, and interning abroad, as well as local opportunities for broadening international awareness.

FedEx will be offering discounted passport photos: $6 for the first 2 photos and $3 for each additional photo. Cash only.


Thursday, November 19th

Event: Russia Country Presentation
Audience: All are welcome
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Foster Auditorium in Pattee Library
Hosted by: Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program/ College of Education

Come learn about Russia from two Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows.


Event: Global Perspectives
Audience: All are welcome
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Foster Auditorium in Pattee Library
Hosted by: Penn State University Libraries

Hear stories, exciting experiences, and character growing challenges from two Penn State Students who are “global citizens.” The perspectives of an international student attending Penn State and a U.S. student who has studied abroad will both be represented.


Event: Found in Translation: World Poetry Read by World People
Audience: All are welcome
When: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Irvings (Downstairs), 110 E College Ave. State College
Hosted by: Global Connections

Readers (community members, faculty, and students) from around the globe will come together for Global Connections’ 4th “UN of poetry” to share words in their native language with translations from their home countries. There is a suggested donation of $5 for community members and $3 for students at the door. All proceeds benefit Global Connections, a local United Way agency.