International Education Week 2017_ November 13 - 17
International Student News
October 25, 2017  |  Number 8
      
Plans Underway to Celebrate International Education Week
Kent State University will celebrate the 18th annual International Education Week (IEW) during the week of November 13. As in past years, the week-long celebration will feature numerous internationally-oriented events, including lectures, presentations, exhibits and special events hosted by student groups, academic departments and campus offices, as well as individual faculty members.
 
This year's International Education Week will get underway beginning with a Global Health Symposium hosted by the university's College of Public Health on Friday, Nov. 3, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in 143 Lowry Hall. Entitled "Global Health Is Local Health: Journey From Northeast Ohio Through Europe To The Brazilian Amazon," the symposium will feature three renowned keynote speakers, each with extensive personal experience with current issues in global health ranging from identifying new strains of bacteria to identifying bio-threats for the Department of Defense and researching infectious diseases.
International Education Week was created in 2000 as a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. The objective of International Education Week is to promote educational programs that prepare Americans, as well as international students, to succeed in a world that is becoming increasingly globalized. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs describes International Education Week as "an opportunity to celebrate diversity and the many opportunities and benefits of international education and exchange worldwide." International Education Week also encourages the active participation of all individuals and institutions interested in international education and exchange programs.  
Upcoming Events
 
Halloween celebrations get underway this weekend, so join in the fun. Then get ready for International Education Week coming in November as we head into the homestretch of Fall Semester. 
 
Halloween Party October 27 - Halloween Party 
Room 206, Multicultural Center, Kent Student Center  |  5:00 pm 
The Office of International Student Affairs and the International Student Council invites everyone to join them for a ghostly good time. The kid-friendly Halloween Party include free food and a best costume contest. 
 
Kent State Haunted Library_ October 27
October 27 - Haunted Library and Costume Party 
University Library  |  9:00 to Midnight
A Kent State Halloween Tradition. The University Library's staff invites you to a Halloween Costume Party. Enjoy goodies, refreshments and music. Plus, prizes for best costumes.  
 
Global Health Symposium_ November 3 November 3 - Global Health Symposium 
143 Lowry Hall  |  1:00 to 4:00 pm 
This year's International Education Week will get underway beginning with a Global Health Symposium hosted by the university's College of Public Health. The symposium will feature three renowned keynote speakers, each with extensive personal experience with current issues in global health. 
 
Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony  |  4:00 to 5:30 pm
Explore these two countries without leaving home. Learn about their long histories, unique cultures and their place in the modern world. Plus, sample a taste of their traditional cuisine. Free and open to all.
 
2017 International Cook-Off_ November 16 November 16 - International Cook-Off Competition
Kent Student Center Ballroom  |  6:00 to 8:00 pm
Join us for the highlight of International Education Week. Sample food prepared and presented by six international cooking teams. Vote for your favorite. Enjoy the food, fun, friends and festivities.
  
Plan Ahead 
UGRAD Program Brings Gifted Pakistani Student to Kent State
 
Students from all over the world are able to attend Kent State thanks to one or more of the many academic accords and agreements which are shared between their home countries and the United States. One such notable agreement is the U.S. Department of State's Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD). Each year, thousands of students from around the world apply to the extremely competitive and prestigious UGRAD program, yet only a few hundred are eventually accepted. Each of the participating students are placed at a college or university within the United States and given the opportunity to study for an entire semester. The U.S. State Department's uses the UGRAD program to promote a broader and better understanding of the U.S. overseas by providing talented, highly motivated undergraduate students from under-served areas the opportunity to study in the U.S.
 
Maryam Jamil This fall semester, Maryam Jamil was one of several students from Pakistan selected to study in the U.S. through the UGRAD program. Surprisingly, she found herself enrolled at Kent State. Because the UGRAD progam is limited to a single semester, she will return to Pakistan shortly after the completion of her finals in December. While she is here at Kent, though, Maryam has the opportunity to share her unique perspectives and her background with members of the Kent State Community. Upon her return to Pakistan, she will share her experiences and thoughts about U.S. culture, traditions, and values with her fellow students, friends, family, and even potential future employers.
Let Us Know Your Health Concerns      
 
The staff at University Health Services (UHS) realizes that many of you may be new to the United States. Many of you may also be finding that adjusting to a new environment and culture may at times be frustrating and difficult. To help smooth the transition for you, University Health Services offers you the support of a staff of professional therapists and psychologists. They are available to assist you with a variety of concerns including difficulties adjusting to American culture and social norms, academic stress and personal relationship concerns as well as any difficulties affecting your academic performance.
 
To better assist you with your health concerns, we ask that you complete a short, simple survey. The results of the survey will enable us to better understand the issues which most concern you. We thank you in advance for your time and assistance. 

Nominate a Student for the International Community Impact Award      
 
 Kent State University is currently seeking nominations for the International Community Impact (ICI) Award. The award recognizes a graduating international student who has made significant contributions to the Kent State community through his or her activities and relationships. The award will be presented during this fall's International Graduate Student Reception, December 13.
 
International Community Impact Award
If you know of someone whom you feel is worthy of receiving the award, we eagerly encourage you to nominate him or her. The deadline for nominations is November 20.  
 
Watch upcoming issues for more information about the International Graduate Student Reception as well as the winner of the International Community Impact Award!

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